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.
:London’s newest nightclub Pulse opens on Friday March 18th with a special guest bringing his Pacha Ibiza club night to the venue. Erick Morillo will ease Pulse into the capital’s nightlife with his Voodoo Nights landing in the UK for the first time.
The newest UK underground dance music festival returns for its second year in an enchanting forest clearing in Anglesey, Wales. The four-day Gottwood Festival is an intimate event for 3,000 beat-lovers from Thursday, June 30 to Sunday, July 3.
House Rules returns in March with Space Ibiza resident and Circus head honcho Yousef, Cream Ibiza resident Gareth Wyn, rising Swedish star Oliver Ingrosso and the freshest London talent Jon Bills.
Tickets go on sale on Thursday for the two-day Parklife Festival in Manchester this June. Following the success of the first summer event organised by the team behind the Warehouse Project, Parklife is back for two days this year.
The world’s biggest drum and bass live act Pendulum have announced their only London show of 2011: closing South West Four on August Bank Holiday Sunday. The Australian band will be the last act on stage at Clapham Common’s two day event, closing the weekender with their immense sound.
In Brooklyn, New York, amidst waves of richly textured melodies and driving beats rises a haunting voice
intoning messages of modern hope and despair that will invade your memories. This is the sound of Home Video: high-school friends Collin Ruffino and David Gross from New Orleans who have been collaborating since their first short video in 1997. After originally recording for electro powerhouse Warp Records, the band are self-releasing their second album, The Automatic Process, available to download on February 25 with a physical to be released on March 25.
A New clubbing experience is coming to south London in an old warehouse space transformed into a music venue. On Friday 18th March 2011, Pulse will make its mark on the city’s club scene by opening its doors for the first time. Formally used as a wine vault, a Thames Link depot station and the last undeveloped Virgin railway space on the South Bank, the owners promise to deliver one of the best nightclubs that the capital has to offer.