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.
Liquid drum and bass, dubstep, progressive house, electro and techno – the March Mad Hatter’s Ball has it all and more when the party touches down at The Bussey Building in London’s Peckham. Miles Dyson is flying over from Germany to headline ahead of Eat Static’s Merv Pepler on Saturday, March 5th.
Croatian festivals are becoming increasingly popular and Soundwave Festival Croatia is a UK export that has been winning plaudits as one of its finest. Organised and promoted by the UK’s most boundary pushing promoter collectives Soundcrash and New Bohemia, the festival showcases leftfield artists set on the Adriatic Coast in the beautiful 900-year-old white-wash-walled fishing village of Petrcane.
Following the annoucement Pendulum will close this year’s South West Four Weekender on Clapham Common Underworld have been revealed as the Saturday headliner.
deadmau5 is lining up an exclusive live festival appearance for London’s Victoria Park – the scene of Tiesto’s epic performances over the last two summers. The Canadian sold out Earls Court in December, and now will look to deliver an outdoor experience to match on Saturday, June 11th as LED presents a headline show from the electro act.
A Ninja Tune legend is to head-up a task-force of DJs to deliver past, present and future sets from one of the most important musical genres of the 20th Century at London’s Big Chill House. New monthly residents Mixcloud will give a lesson in the history of hip hop with a Latin Grammy Award-nominee taking centre stage on Saturday, February 26th.
The Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project is returning to the UK following a cultural swap which saw London and Miami switch their traditional Saturday night’s out. London’s Troxy saw 2,000 revellers enjoy a Miami-style night out, and now Hatfield, Edinburgh and a third city to be voted for by you will see repeat visits from across the Atlantic.
One of the most prolific electronica artists Luke Vibert revives his Wagon Christ moniker this year with a new album and an appearance at London’s XOYO.
Another successful new year party behind them, London’s eastern electrics crew have announced their first major event of the year on the second May Bank Holiday. On Sunday, May 29th the Great Suffolk Street warehouse will see DJ Koze, James Holden, Loefah, Martyn and Braiden bring the noise with three major promotions fuelling three arches of techno, house and dubstep.
London’s underground party collective the Urban Nerds are hitting Shoreditch’s newest hotspot XOYO for further adventures in grime, garage, dubstep, funky and UK bass on Saturday, March 26th. Returning for the first time since their Halloween special last year, crack house pioneer DJ Zinc will lead the line ahead of Newham Generals, Hot City, Engine-Earz and Rattus Rattus & Klose One in room one.