Three of Bloc Festival’s headliners have been revealed, adding to an already diverse, heavyweight line-up. The relocated two day event will take place at the London Pleasure Gardens on the east side of the capital on July 6th and 7th, with Richie Hawtin, Snoop Dogg and Steve Reich the latest confirmations from organisers.
Borgore has joined the line-up of the first Playgound Fest, adding to an impressive array of acts including A-Trak, Dirtyphonics, SebastiAn and Dillon Francis at London’s Coronet in May. It will be The Playground’s biggest show to date bringing together 25 live acts and DJs across three rooms of dubstep, drum & bass, electro and moombahcore.
After supporting Oasis on their final tour including dates at Wembley Stadium, Reverend and the Makers have been confirmed to join Red Hot Chili Peppers this summer. They will play their two dates this summer at Knebworth Park on Saturday, June 23rd and Sunderland’s Stadium of Light on Sunday, June 24th respectively.
Funky breaks and beats label Bombstrikes take over London’s Big Chill House for March’s Big Chill Presents. Funk, hip hop, breaks and beats will be heard at the free night, headlined by Futurecast. He will be celebrating the release of his new artist album, and has a fine pedigree with releases on Catskills and Funk Weapons. He’ll be joined by Pimpsoul and Bombstrikes label boss Mooqee.
Rob da Bank has revealed more about Bestival this September, adding acts and stages to the festival he curates on the Isle of Wight. Making a return to Robin Hill Country Park is Mercury Prize and Brit-nominated chanteuse Bat For Lashes who will have a follow-up to Two Suns to showcase. Folk singer-songwriter Ben Howard will join them along with masked dubstepper SBTRKT, hip hop legend Roots Manuva and the exalted Alabama Shakes
!(feature_l)http://relayer.s3.amazonaws.com/articles/spreads/4f5ba63933ba7200010000ee.jpg!Nero fans who were not quick enough to get tickets to their sold-out show at Brixton Academy on Saturday, March 24th can see the dubstep duo at the Electric Brixton later that night. The famed producers are hosting their official after show party up the road at Electric Brixton with support from Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, Delta Heavy, Chasing Shadows present: KillSonic, Millions Like Us and Pete Jordan. The night will run from 10pm to 6am at the venue on Town Hall Parade.
Beacons Festival moves to the Funkirk Estate in Skipton this August as the three-day music and arts event looks to bounce back from cancellation last year. Promising an even more picturesque location, the first acts have been announced for the affordable festival from seasoned festival producers. Roots Manuva, Junior Boys, Ghostpoet, Errors, Factory Floor and Patrick Wolf are artists set to appear.
Indie bands Ash, The Pigeon Detectives and Reverend and the Makers will headline this year’s Play Fest on the Eccles Hall Estate near Norwich in Norfolk. The intimate three day festival will see 3,500 people enjoy entertainment across six stages from Friday, June 1st to Sunday, June 3rd, at an event that was shortlisted for Best New Festival 2011.
Luciano is bringing his Vagabundos concept to London with a headline performance from the Cadenza boss himself. On Saturday, May 5th his three hour set will cap a party at a secret London warehouse. Joining Luciano will be Reboot, Maayan Nidam, Alex Picone and, hosting room two, the Zombie Sound System.
Live from Jodrell Bank returns this June with Elbow and Paul Weller performing in the grounds of the iconic Lovell Telescope. Masterminded by people behind Kendal Calling, The Warehouse Project and Ear To The Ground, last year The Flaming Lips took centre stage at The University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire. For Transmissions 002 and 003, Elbow and Weller will each get a night to play with special guests in support.
Dot to Dot Festival returns to Bristol, Nottingham and Manchester over the Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend. The tri-city festival will feature The Drums, Pulled Apart By Horses, Willy Mason, Dog Is Dead, Summer Camp and Lucy Rose this year having previously showcased many of today’s big acts such as Ed Sheeran, The xx, Florence & The Machine, Friendly Fires and Laura Marling. See who could be next when the event returns from June 2nd to June 4th.
New York party Body & SOUL makes a return to London Easter Sunday for eight hours of open-minded house vibes to celebrate 15 years doing what they love. The collaboration of Francois K, Joaquin ‘Joe’ Claussell and Danny Krivit will play at 2932 East off Hackney Road with their “anything goes” deep and soulful music policy plus one rule: have fun.
For the fourth year running, Urban Nerds are bringing the bass to Snowbombing. The underground London promoters are hosting a one-night rave at the festival’s infamous Schlussel venue on Thursday, April 12th. Affectionately nick-named the ‘sweat-box’ by Snowbombing regulars, the Urban Nerds are taking some of their favourite UK DJs spinning dubstep, electro, garage, grime and UK bass in all its forms alongside Urban Nerds residents.
All the acts playing at underground dance music festival Glade have been announced, including the names for the returning Overkill arena, the Pyromid Stage and intrguing concept of the Meteor. The Glade experience is back at Norfolk’s Houghton Hall from June 14th to 17th, one of the few places in the UK which welcomes all festival-goers equally. The site will have 14 stages showcasing hundreds of DJs and live acts from around the globe.
One of Europe’s finest boutique festival Soundwave Croatia returns for its fourth year in the stunning location of Tisno on the Dalmatian coastline between Split and Zadar. From July 19th to 23rd bands and DJs from around the world will play boat parties on the Adriatic Sea and at an on-site club.
UK house veterans, X-Press 2, return with their third album for Skint, The House of X-press 2. On Saturday, March 3rd London’s XOYO will welcome Rocky and Diesel for their album launch party for a night of unadulterated house music.
A new one-day music festival has been announced for Bristol: Love Saves the Day. Happening over the Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend on Sunday, June 3rd, the greenfield festival in the heart of the city is being produced by innovative Bristol promoters including the team behind Glastonbury Dance Village’s Wow! stage, last year’s See No Evil and one half of the brains of In:Motion. There will be a mix of DJs, live acts, exhibitions and arts installations for revellers to enjoy – and the music offerings announced so far are perfect festival attractions.
Victorian garmented futurist Daedelus returns to London with his beat-crunching Monome and his steamfunk audiovisual invention Archimedes at Village Underground on Friday, April 13th. Imagined by Daedelus, created with the expertise of Emmanuel Biard and David Leonard, and premiered at London’s Koko, Archimedes is a bespoke mechanised wall of moving mirrors. In time with the music, Archimedes twists lights and flips images projected from its base, amplifying the already-ecstatic light show for a unique visual experience.
Music icons, breakthrough acts, a swimming pool, themed fancy dress, an on-site nightclub, bars that never close, sprawling arts installations and a roaming interactive theatre will be part of this year’s Standon Calling three-day festival. The Hertfordshire event will run from August 3rd to 5th with headliners Death in Vegas, Beardyman and Fat Freddie’s Drop the first music acts to be revealed.
The Lake District will come alive when Kendal Calling returns this summer with a mash up of music styles and quirky entertainment including a Twin Peaks-style diner curated by Tim Burgess called Tim Peaks. Dizzee Rascal, James and Maximo Park lead the music at the three day festival running from Friday, July 27th to Sunday, July 29th. Other acts include Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Feeder, Andy C, Ms Dynamite and Benga.
The UK’s newest dedicated techno venue launches at the end of March in Birmingham with a programme including Radioslave, Carl Craig, Audiofly and Onur Ozer over its first two months. Run by the city’s techno brand TRMNL, the flagship club LAB11 will open in Digbeth on Saturday, March 31st with Radioslave headlining its debut night.
New Order, Wilco, James Vincent McMorrow and Leftfield lead the billing for Dublin city centre’s music and arts festival Forbidden Fruit. The winner of Best New Festival at the Irish Festival Awards 2011, the three-day event returns for the June Bank Holiday Weekend with five days in its urban setting.
Carl Cox, Erick Morillo and John Digweed will be the headline DJs for Saturday at South West Four this August bank holiday. The trio of superstar deck wizards have all performed famous sets at the Clapham Common event and will return on Saturday, August 25th. They join the headline live act Chase & Status.
Manchester’s Warehouse Project has announced a second show over Easter at its new venue. On Good Friday (April 6th) Swedish house superstars Eric Prydz and Axwell will headline room one with Bedrock’s John Digweed taking charge of room two.
Rock royalty Queen return to the live stage a quarter of a centurty after their last performance to play a second concert at the venue that once provided them with their biggest gig: Knebworth Park. Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor have confirmed the band will headline the second day of Sonisphere on Saturday July 7.