With two months until Bestival kicks off on the Isle of Wight, more treats have been announced along with the chance to win tickets thanks to the Beastie Boys.
DJ Yoda follows up sell out shows at London’s IMAX and KOKO venues with a new live AV experience at the Roundhouse. Scratch DJ Duncan Beiny, aka DJ Yoda, used his seminal “How To Cut & Paste” series to showcase a tongue-in-cheek mixing style that prompted Q Magazine to declare him “one of the ten DJs to see before you die”, whilst Hip Hop Connection voted him “one of the top three DJs in the world”. Now he’s bringing a fresh concept to the Roundhouse in Camden on Saturday, September 10th.
_As Clapham Common’s annual two-day dance music festival South West Four approaches, we’re hosting interviews with the top acts including Underworld and M.A.N.D.Y. Along with Magnetic Man, Eric Prydz performing as Cirez D, Andy C, John Digweed and Sasha, there’s another range of top acts performing over the August bank holiday weekend. Read on for more details and check out for our first interview – with Karl Hyde of Underworld – here
You could collaborate with the legendary DJ Sasha on his new album in a remix competition. He’s teamed up with burn studios and Beatport to give 14 electrnoic music stars of the future to take part in an exclusive production bootcamp at the burn studios Hacienda in Ibiza, with mentoring from some of the industry’s leading names, including Sasha. The one who proves their skills will be flown to New York to work directly with Sasha on his third artist album.
London warehouse party specialists eastern electrics return for August bank holiday, heading back to Great Suffolk Street with regulars mulletover along with house music label Made to Play and one of the capital’s cutting edge bass agencies, Reprise. On Sunday, August 28th expect more of the finest underground beats.
Iconic synth pioneer Thomas Dolby has dreamt up a revolutionary way to access new music. The singer/synthesist behind the top five single “She Blinded Me With Science” and co-inventor of the Beatnik polyphonic ringtone engine has unveiled his latest creation: transmedia game The Floating City. It’s a world which reacts to player contributions, using web browsers, social networks and even smart phones and iPads as a way for fans to access his latest musical endeavors.
The Big Chill is offering cyclists the chance to raise money for charity and ride their way to the festival for a free ticket into the Herefordshire event. The Tour de Chill invites festival-goers to get on their bikes in aid of Bristol-based charity Kenyan Orphan Project, then celebrate with four days of music and the arts at Eastnor Castle.
Legendary desert soul rebels Tinariwen will perform live at London’s KOKO in October.
Iceland’s finest Björk is heading to the Isle of Wight this September to close the main stage on the Sunday night at Bestival. It will be her only outdoor performance of the year and marks a real coup for the four-day event.
House Rules is going from south to east for a Shoreditch outing this summer. The popular promotion is making its debut at East Village on Saturday. July 9th with Swedish House Mafia support act, the Essex-based duo Third Party.
Soundcrash head to London’s KOKO in September with another night of forward-thinking electronica. LA’s Daedelus will launch his new AV set with acid-favourite Luke Vibert, Brainfeeder’s Kutmah and the Hidden Orchestra in support.
Comic Lee Nelson will have The Big Chill in stitches with his cheeky humour. He joins another six acts added to the Herefordshire festival line-up covering dance, electronica and hip-hop.
Become a superstar celebrity party hopping around London and then to Ibiza with two-day dance festival South West Four. The event on Clapham Common is offering one lucky winner the chance to go VIP at South West Four on Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, August 28th with a trip to the Ministry of Sound inbetween before a flight to Ibiza on Sunday night for We Love at Space.
Kate Moss front her famous hot pants and Hunter welly combo at Glastonbury beat off competition from Jimi Hendrix, Lady Gaga and Shirley Bassey to top the Lovebox poll of the most iconic music festival fashion moments of all time. The survey was commissioned by the London festival in Victoria Park and gave 1,000 festivalgoers the choice of 10 moments from the first events of the 1960s throug to modern day.
The third season of Sanctuary returns to Watch tomorrow night at 9pm. The second half of the hit sci-fi series features more monsters and explosive action. Featuring Stargate’s Amanda Tapping as 158-year-old Dr Helen Magnus, head of a secret group of some of the 19th century’s most experimental minds (including Nikola Tesla and Dr James Watson) who has crossed the boundaries of time to patrol the streets, she offers help and sanctuary to monsters and beasts that are found on the streets and in dark corners who aren’t accepted by human society.
Normally associated with importing top electro acts from Europe into London, The Playground is to turn its attention to bringing the best in dubstep to Camden at Koko in July. Isreali Borgore leads the billing with Flux Pavilion, Doctor P, Bar 9, Bare Noize, Funtcase, Cookie Monsta and Run Riddum all set to play too.
Musician, DJ and producer James Blake ranked second in the BBC’s Sound of 2011 poll will help kick off The Big Chill a day early this year as the festival gets started on Thursday August 4th. The now four-day event at Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire will be kickstarted by Blake’s smooth, dubstep-peppered electronic tracks.
It’s fun to stay at the YMCA… and Bestival – the Village People are set to judge the famous fancy dress competition at the Isle of Wight festival in September. This year’s theme of rock stars, pop stars and divas will be perused by the prime purveyors of classic New York Disco who loved to dress up. The band’s predilection for kitting themselves out as American cultural stereotypes made them one of the most iconic bands the world has ever seen so who better to judge the Bestival competition?
The first Big Feastival on London’s Clapham Common has unveiled it’s One Big Menu developed by Jamie Oliver and chefs from some of the UK’s top restaurants, including Thomasina Miers, Giorgio Locatelli and Cass Titcombe. Feastival-goers will be able to indulge in the their dish by visiting the pop-up restaurants all to the soundtrack of acts including Soul II Soul, The Charlatans and Athlete from Friday, July 1st to Sunday, July 3rd.
This summer GlobalGathering promises to take its festival to the next level with a new layout and fresh concepts at the two-day July event, and has also revealed more acts including dubstep duo-of-the-moment Nero and the quartet Modestep.
The Godfather of electro Gary Numan will grace London’s XOYO with a headline DJ set at The Playground in July. In town to promote his new album Dead Son Rising due to be released in September, Numan will perform with collaborator Ade Fenton on Saturday, July 2nd with support from Drums of Death, Cyberpunkers and Without My Medicine.
A new arena has been added to London’s Lovebox festival: The Bacardi Get Together. Adding to a line-up that already includes Snoop Dogg, Scissor Sisters and The Wombats, the Bacardi area will feature DJs, producers and crews over all three days culminating in a finale which will see three DJ greats join forces behind the decks for a one off set.
Al Murray continues to front the only meat-based game show Compete for the Meat in which the winners go home with a fresh chicken on Dave.
Swindon Invincible Festival is back and on the move after three years at the Old Town Bowl. The Wiltshire one-dayer is heading to Lydiard Park as the dance festival returns on Saturday, August 20th. This year 5,000 people will be able to take in acts spread across three stages with the pioneering Leftfield headlining.
Big Chill veteran Tom Middleton will continue his run of performing every year at the festival with a main stage set as well as heading up his own stage. He joins American indie act Here We Go Magic fronted by singer Luke Temple, live drum & bass maestros NZ Shapeshifter and one-man music-making machine Taylor McFerrin on the bill with Fuel’s dance and sound spectacular Electric Hotel and The Simple Things in Life confirmed for the arts programme.