King Jacks is a rock ‘n’ roll solo artist. Walking with the swagger that his Britpop heroes have paved the way for, he’s hitting London on a return from Manchester armed with a collection of songs whose lyrics relate to the common man at a time where the people of the world are already joining together. He’s promising to unify truth and empowerment as he chants his way through this indie anthem “Heroes”. In The Guardian’s famous Band of the Day column it was said “This prince charming’s ambitious pop reminds us of the brash, brilliantly bolshy quality of Adam Ant”, and he’s got three shows to make good on his potential.
The original underground dance music camping festival Glade returns for 2011 in a smaller but more perfectly formed package. Stipped down to its roots, 5,000 revellers will amass at a secret UK location where the same attention to detail that once saw the event crowned Best Dance Festival at the UK Festival Awards in 2008.
Drumcode, Cocoon and Together are among the hosts of the arenas at Clapham’s South West Four Weekender festival in August. Every year the dance events top party organisers from London and the world take over their indoor arenas – in 2011 those include one of the biggest dance labels and two of Ibiza’s most legendary club nights.
Influential graphic artists Luke Insect, Leo Zero and Dave Little will be exhibiting a collection of hypnotically-striking works in London from the end of April. They have their roots firmly seated in the psychedelic scenes of the 1960s as well as the musicians, clubs and brands for which they have produced work and ON will see a selection of the artists’ originals, back catalgue works and bespoke, site-specific creations inspired by the converted warehouse space of the Idea Generation gallery on display.
For the first time on Saturday, August 13th spectacular dance event Sensation is coming to the O2 Arena. After more than a decade of creating dance music history and rocking over a million people around the globe with impressive stage shows, acrobats, performers, state-of-the-art lightshows, lasers, fireworks and the world’s top DJ’s, Smirnoff presents Sensation is set to be a major event for dance music fans.
Reformed legendary dance music group Leftfield have been confirmed as headliners of the intimate Beat-Herder Festival. Last year, Leftfield took their live show on the road after 10 years in hibernation producing impressive performances and now their hitting the festival circuit for a second year taking in the three day event in Lancashire’s Ribble Valley in July from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd.
House DJ and producer Claude Monnet is fusing his passion for music with his love of street art, giving young artists the chance to shine. His Back 2 Fundamentals project celebrating the world of urban culture and house music appreciation is back, seeking creative and artistic ways to match this expressive culture and offer an exciting visual aspect this year dubbed “Act 2: The Nouvelle Vague”.
After celebrating 10 years of dance festivals in 2010, GlobalGathering returns this summer promising a new concept for the two-day event including a new layout and fresh promotors joining the fray. On Friday, July 29th and Saturday, July 30th Long Martson Airfield will be taken over once more, this year with an even more eclectic mix of acts than ever before. Pendulum, Tinie Tempah, Chase & Status, Eric Prydz and Underworld may be the headliners but there’s a diverse range of acts among the 150 other performers across 10 arenas with trance fans in particular getting treated to many of their favourite acts.
Continuing on from the announcement of Razorlight to headline Get Loaded in the Park’s return to Clapham Common in June this year, more acts have been announced for the one-day festival.
Urban festival Dot to Dot will once again take over three of Britain’s musical hubs on the late May bank holiday weekend with events in Manchester, Nottingham and Bristol. The multi-venue festival will continue the event’s tradition in hosting some of the most exciting up-and-coming artists, this year headlined by Hurts and We Are Scientists.
One of London’s biggest underground party brands Urban Nerds celebrates four years in the game with their biggest ever rave with more than 20 acts representing the finest in dubstep, electro, garage, grime and all things bass heavy, at legendary King’s Cross nightspot, Scala.
Manchester’s new festival has laid out its stall for 2011 as it expands to two days – and it’s one that will have even veteran revellers crowd round for a glimpse of the top acts. A rare appearance from reclusive hip hop star DOOM, mash-up favourites 2ManyDJs, experimentalist DJ Shadow, Mystery Jets and Adam Beyer are choice picks from a eclectic selection set to take over Platt Fields Park on Saturday June 11th and Sunday, June 12th. Like the South West Four one-day festivals in London, there will be no camping between days as the music finishes at 11pm but you’ll be glad of the rest between days if you do go for the two day ticket – be quick, two thirds of tickets are already sold.
French electro maestro Para One returns to the UK for a night packed with talent at London’s Scala supported by live duo Autokratz, Brighton-based South Central, Citizen Records Teenage Bad Girl and party-starter Paul Chambers together with two other rooms of techno and dubstep-inspired music on Saturday, April 9th.
Electro trio The Japanese Popstars will be raving all the way to Scotland’s most beautiful festival RockNess with a series of six dates starting in London in April and working their way north to Aberdeen in May.
This Saturday Get Physical at Fabric with acts from the famous house label showcasing new material from their latest albums. DJ T. will be bringing with him a sterling roster of music stars to play at fabric including Berlin-based creative duo M.A.N.D.Y who are set to release their mix CD Body Language Vol.10 in April and whose Fabric mix still dazzles along an unrivalled and shining minimal house movement.
The DVD-mixing, rare-video digging comedic mastermind DJ Yoda is set to bring his new show to London’s Koko on Saturday, April 16th. Entitled “Stop, Look and Listen”, the audio/visual artist will appear just after the release of new EP DJ Yoda and Friends on April 11, taken from his exclusive album sessions on A-Skills’ Jam City label.
Robin Hill Country Park will once again come alive to the sounds of Bestival in September and line-up continues to grow, adding Pendulum to the Friday night main stage headline slot to partner The Cure at the top of the billing. Rob da Bank has suggested this year’s festival will feature the most “out there” selection of live acts and DJs: with PJ Harvey making her only UK festival appearance of the year at the three-day September event and a wide-variety of acts spread across 15 stages, it’s going to be a big year for Bestival.
Al Pacino’s iconic performance as Tony Montana is coming to Blu-ray with the release of Scarface in September.
Get Loaded in the Park is back in 2011, but this time it’s hitting Clapham Common in June – Sunday, June 12th to be exact. Once the sister festival to South West Four over the August Bank Holiday Weekend, Get Loaded is going solo with a Sunday event in June headed up by Razorlight.
Dubstep supergroup Magnetic Man seemed destined to play every festival there is by the end of 2011 with an appearance at Clapham Common’s South West Four confirmed for Sunday, August 28th. Skream, Benga and Artwork will join Pendulum’s day with Underworld taking top slot on the Saturday of the two-day event.
Northern Irish trio The Japanese Popstars may not be anything they call themselves, except future stars in the making. Their live electro shows have seen their reputation skyrocket with Gary, Declan and Gareth taking their show around the globe. On Thursday, April 28th they’ll get the Royal Wedding long weekend underway with a set at London’s Cargo supported by Losers and Luke Walker.
Support for deadmau5 playing his first ever outdoor event have been announced. The day festival from the L.E.D. team will take place in London’s Victoria Park on Saturday, June 11th has seen a host of additional acts announced, including internationally renowned DJ and producer Mark Ronson. The Brit award winner who has worked with some of the biggest names in music including Amy Winehouse, Christina Aguilera and Adele will spin the tunes, as will chart topper is Calvin Harris.
One of the festivals only known to those of a more inquisitive nature is back as Beat-Herder returns to the sleepy Ribble Valley in Lancashire for more under the radar electronic dance music fun. Now in its sixth year, Beat Herder is shaping up for its biggest event yet with early bird tickets selling out in five minutes and a line-up including Simian Mobile Disco, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Mr Scruff, Mylo, Dub Pistols and Plump DJs.
Indie heroes, electro idols and breakthrough acts have been added to Scotland’s RockNess festival to add to headliners Kasabian, The Chemical Brothers and Paolo Nutini. From Friday, June 10th to Sunday, June 12th Loch Ness will host many of the finest musical acts today, hoping to build on the success of winning Best Line-up at last year’s UK Festival Awards.
Put equality on the dancefloor with the EQUALS Soul Train soundtracked by Horsemeat Disco and Ladybugz. Music legend Annie Lennox formed EQUALS as a partnership of leading charities to celebrate the centenary of International Women’s Day and on Tuesday, March 8th SouthBank Centre’s Jubilee Gardens will see DJs, celebrity MCs, dance troops provide the entertainment to mark the landmark anniversary of the day.