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.
Engine Earz and RackNRuin will play special reggae DJ sets for Rompa’s Reggae Shack at The Victory. The final installment before the event jets off to Snowbombing in April, get along to the venue on Kingsland Road in Shoreditch for reggae, dub, roots, rockers, dubstep and jungle on Saturday, March 3rd.
London’s Lovebox festival has moved to June for 2012 but the three day event promises the same mix of dubstep, hip-hop, drum & bass, house, techno and indie over three days in Victoria Park. The Hackney green space will play host to the 10th anniversary of Lovebox running from Friday, June 15th to Sunday, June 17th.
The reformed New Order will headline Bestival on its Saturday night. Gillian Gilbert has rejoined the long-running act and they will play the main stage on the third day of The Isle of Wight festival, this year running from Thursday, September 6th to Sunday, September 9th.
Bristol’s Motion nightclub has built a firm foundation for top parties on its skatepark roots following two seasons of In:Motion. It’s launched a new website with a host of hot acts appearing in March as well as galleries, videos and a blog to keep the Motion spirit alive all during the week.
Glade continues to reveal its line-up with further influential electronic music acts Stephan Bodzin, Oliver Huntemann and System 7 along with favourites the Stanton Warriors, The Correspondents and Lewah. The 10,000 capacity dance festival at Houghton Hall in Kings Lynn, Norfolk will run from Thursday, June 14th to Sunday, June 17th also featuring Sven Vath, Andy C, Rusko and Vitalic.
Clapham Common’s South West Four will go on an hour later each day this year and be headlined by bassheads Chase & Status on Saturday, August 25th. The popular day festival over the August bank holiday weekend has had its licence extended to a 10pm close on both the Saturday and Sunday, and has revealed the first act to close the main stage.
Patrick Bodmer of duo M.A.N.D.Y. will get behind the decks for an eight hour set as part of the A Night With… series in London. On Saturday, March 10th Bodmer will appear independently of his songwriting partner Philipp Jung as A Night With… moves to NW10’s Loft Studios.
UK festival exclusives from The xx and Sigur Rós plus performances from Justice, Hot Chip and Gary Numan lead the latest set of acts announced for Bestival. The Isle of Wight festival also promises more space for campers at the Robin Hill Country Park site, this year running from Thursday, September 6th to Sunday, September 9th.
Parklife has unveiled its line-up with a whole host of acts across seven stages headlined by The Flaming Lips and Dizzee Rascal. The two-day weekender in Manchester is back on Saturday, June 9th and Sunday, June 10th with promotions and top acts from across the music spectrum.
mulletover celebrates its eighth birthday by hosting Carl Craig at a secret London warehouse and releasing their first ever compilation album. Carl Craig will present his 69 live show on Thursday, April 5th while Geddes will get behind the decks to give a flavour of his mix on the mulletover CD.
Masaaki Yoshida, aka Anchorsong, plays a live set at London’s Cargo as he starts a world tour supporting his debut album Chapters.
Electric Deluxe Presents touches down in April for the London leg of their fourth birthday weekender with a German techno cast at Brixton Electric. Following a night in Lausanne with Phil Kieran and Thierry Collado, EDP brings a slice of Berlin and Berghain to the south London venue, courtesy of Marcel Dettmann, Marcel Fengler and the esteemed Sandwell District performing live. Proceedings will be hosted by Mr Electric Deluxe himself, Speedy J.
Following a successful run of 13 dates at Hidden in London’s Vauxhall, FOUND has returned to the venue with another season of deep, progressive electornic music. Resident nights TRIX and Hertiage return with favourites Tech:nology and Loud Noise hosting guests including Kromestar, EZ, Scott Garcia, Simon Baker and Smutlee fortnightly until April 6th.
The evolving Bloc festival has revealed the first details of its 2012 line-up featuring some of the most famous names from across the electronic music spectrum. The now two-day event in London’s docklands will see custom-built outdoor and on-water stages playing host to techno, house, electro, dubstep, bass and electronica acts on Friday, July 6th and Saturday, July 7th.
The first details have emerged about Bestival 2012 including a dance headliner and the fancy dress theme. Back at Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight from Thursday, September 6th to Sunday, September 9th, curator Rob da Bank has also revealed new features at the popular event this year.
Outdoor electronic dance music festival Glade is back in 2012 at Houghton Hall after a successful relocation in 2011. Billed as bigger and better, this June 10,000 revellers will head to the Norfolk countryside to enjoy stages old and new featuring music from across the dance spectrum.
It’s only just a month since the curatin came down on the Warehouse Project’s second venue, but you can get a taste for it’s new home over the Easter weekend with a marathon night. On Sunday, April 8th a high calibre line-up will test the space which will be revealed on March 22nd, but organisers have said it will remain in Manchester.
House and techno label Dirtybird celebrates 10 years since their first free party with a seven-date tour spanning its birthplace in San Francisco through to New York, Miami, LA, Paris and London. The London show takes place over the Easter weekend and feature the biggest Dirtybird line-up ever, topped off with their signature BBQ.
The family-friendly Camp Bestival has unveiled the first details of the 2012 event at Lulworth Castle in July. Their Olympic-themed weekend will feature a of screening the opening ceremony live in the Big Top on Friday night complete with a Camp Bestival torch, plus the Camp Bestival Blue Coats will host a 2012 Silly Olympics. Musical highlights will include Hot Chip, Kool & The Gang, Chic and the Earth Wind & Fire Experience for a fun-filled four days with more than 100 free things for kids to do.