The last acts joining Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel And The New Blood Orchestra and Suede at hop Farm Music Festival are acoustic singer-songwriter Jose Gonzalez, British alt rockers Athlete, Nitin Sawhney, Taj Mahal and Barclaycard Mercury Prize nominated I Am Kloot.
The Red Bull Music Academy is joining forces with FOUND at Hidden on Friday, June 8th for a night of futurist beats headlined by LA beatsmith Daedelus. London’s Vauxhall venue will be a playground for fresh-thinking talent with Dorian Concept, Cooly G and Braiden all performing.
Hip hop legends Public Enemy have been added to South West Four’s line-up for the bank holiday weekend along with a host of other additions. The two-day dance music festival on Clapham Common on Saturday, August 25th and Sunday, August 26th.
Dance music festival GlobalGathering has revealed additions to its line up plus two new stages. The two-day event returns to Long Marston Airfield, Stratford Upon Avon on Friday, July 27th and Saturday, July 28th headlined by Tinie Tempah, Chase & Status, Armin van Buuren, Skrillex and Friendly Fires. Among the new additions is south London grime act Dot Rotten, nominated for the BBC’s Sound of 2012 poll, for the main stage.
Croatia’s Dimensions Festival is coming to London for a launch party at a secret location on Friday, June 1st. Room one will be hosted by Eglo Records with Floating Points, Alex Nut, Funkineven and a special performance from Mala from DMZ. Room two will host Synkro, Indigo Youandewan and Echer.
This month’s Big Chill Presents welcomes back the Nice Up! crew to help them celebrate their 9th birthday. They’ll be bringing the dub pistols, Serial Killaz, Tomb Crew, Mr Benn, Shepdog and Rompa along to London’s Big Chill House on Saturday, May 19th.
Live From Jodrell Bank has announced further music and science collaborations for its Paul Weller headlined show on Sunday, June 24th. Along with a fascinating programme of science-related activity throughout the day, Craig Charles will be appearing for an exclusive Q&A ahead of the airing of the 10th series of Red Dwarf. He’ll also have a Jodrell Bank scientist on hand to relate the fiction of sci-fi series Red Dwarf to the facts of space exploration, as well as getting behind the decks to deliver his funk and soul show.
Molotov Jukebox are a whirlwind of trumpets, accordions, corsets and punch-packing vocals. The six-piece, genre-dodging troupe are back with their second EP release Bang, out Monday, May 21st. The band will perform in their Tasmanian devil style at the Islington Metal Works on Thursday, May 24th in a night of dance inducing musical madness.
David Lynch and Charlatans fans will be hankering for a slice of cherry pie at the festival’s Tim Peaks Diner this summer. Starting life on BBC 6Music, Tim Peaks Diner is the creation of The Charlatans’ frontman Tim Burgess, and he will curate three days of music, book readings, live art, DJs, breakfasts, afternoon tea, jukebox jives and damn good coffee. From Friday, July 27th to Sunday, July 29th you’ll also be able to get your hands on Kendal Calling’s exclusive breakfast cereal called Totes Amazeballs, with all profits from the Diner going to the David Lynch Foundation – a charity set up by the award winning film director himself.
Eastern Electrics is heading – er – east to the London docklands for its first festival. After the cancellation of first venue Clapham Common, a new venue has been found five minutes from Greenwich tube and the O2. Area 12 is a space discovered through some friendly venue operators, and organisers say it meets with the demand from their core audience to put on the festival a little closer to its traditional East London heartlands without any compromises in the programme of acts and brands.
Hidden’s FOUND series has been serving up impressive underground line-ups from across the spectrum of genres, and soon welcomes its TRIX night back in association with electronic genre-hopping cult Streets of Beige for another dose of progressive electronic music from respected Dutch label Clone Records. On Friday, May 11th two of Clone’s imprints – Royal Oak and Basement Series – take over the Vauxhall club with their stripped-back deep soundscapes and enticing grooves set to keep the dancefloors pulsing.
Bestival continues to add more acts to its line-up, and has announced it is twinning with Serbia’s Exit Festival. Back to the Phuture returns for the third year running to open the Isle of Wight’s four-day event on Thursday, September 6th in their own immaculate style. Their line-up includes long-time Bestival cohorts Hot Chip, synth legend Gary Numan, Alabama Shakes, John Foxx and the Maths, electro rockers Killaflaw, The 2 Bears, acid legend Adamski and Back to the Phuture’s own Mark Jones.
End the festival season in the sun surrounded by wild animals – but not just the partygoers. Ibiza’s Zoo Project Festival will take over Port Lympne Wild Animal Park from Friday, September 14th to Sunday, September 16th with nine stages welcoming DJs and revelers to 12 hours of music a day. As is the case with the iconic Zoo Project in Ibiza, attendees will be welcome to dress up as animals while they dance to the most cutting-edge electronic music available this side of the sun.
Chuckie, Hardwell, Cazzette and Steve Smart will support Avicii’s headline show at the O2 on Monday, June 4th. Dutch house supremo Chuckie is renowned for his tracks “Let The Bass Kick” and “Aftershock”, becoming a worldwide phenomenon with his explosive beats and ability to cross styles.
The Red Bull Music Academy has become a globally-recognised platform for unique music projects since its inception in 1998. Each year, the Academy takes over an inner city space, transforming it into a bespoke venue for musical innovation where aspiring music makers from all over the world are joined by pioneering legends to learn about music history and technology. Previous lecturers have included Bootsy Collins, Nile Rogers, Carl Craig, Bob Moog, Steve Reich, Erykah Badu and the Mizell Brothers as well as more recent successes such as MIA, Oneohtrix Point Never, Peaches and Magnetic Man’s Skream.
Underground bassline partystarters the Urban Nerds celebrate reaching their fifth birthday with a massive bash on Saturday, May 26th at London’s Scala. They’ve compiled a diverse selection of UK bass artists past and present to mark the occasion with the Newham Generals, Rudimental, Gorgon City, Marcus Nasty, Klashnekoff, Rattus Rattus and IC3 getting behind the decks to spin the tunes.
Norman Jay MBE will serve up an afterparty in the name of the Queen when the good times DJ presents his Diamond Jubilee Festival afterparty at The Clapham Grand on Sunday, June 3rd. A Right Royal Carry On will see ‘the People’s D’ take to the stage with his legendary wheels of sound the Good Times Bus.
An ex-Communist deep-sea fishing vessel is one of the spectacular stages planned for the first Bloc Festival in July. The two-day underground dance music event is relocating to the capital promising production levels that will set the bar higher than ever before – and the first details of its stages have been revealed.
Buster Shuffle’s eagerly anticipated second album, ‘Do Nothing’, is set for release on Monday, June 4th. They’ll be giving a taste of the album at the London International Ska Festival at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on Sunday, May 5th which also doubles as the launch party of double A-side single “Come In/Elvis vs. Wag”.
Birmingham’s new superclub LAB11 enters its sixth week with the first LAB11 Presents special headlined by Desolat Records head honcho Martin Buttrich. On Saturday, May 5th Buttrich will play an extended set, renowned for his virtuoso use of synths, drum machines and effects. He’ll creatve a stunning live show as his technical talent is combined with a liberated music taste that has resulted in a flourishing career spanning over two decades.
The sound of Germany’s clubbing hotspot Berlin will be heard at London’s EGG over the May bank holiday weekend. Celebrating its ninth birthday on Saturday, May 5th, the club’s regular Berlin Berlin night will welcome Monika Kruse, Hamburg duo Kaiserdisco and electronic icon D.Ramirez as well as Edwin Oosterwal, C.J. Hartmann and Pagano for a party that will last well into Sunday.
Glade Fest have announced the following acts for their PYROMID stage on Sunday and its looking house-tastic.
Ahead of the release of second album Do Nothing on Monday, June 4th, Buster Shuffle will kick off a UK tour including a double A-side single launch party at the London International Ska Festival on Saturday, May 5th at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire.
Soundcrash presents a one-off joint headline show for the desert soul rebels Tinariwen and cosmopolitan folk singer/songwriter José González on Thursday, May 3rd. London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire will host the pair of acts for the first and only time together for a night of exquisite world music.
Boston party starters and masters of the slow jam Soul Clap are the next guests at the A Night With… series. On Saturday, June 9th they’ll get behind decks for eight hours at The Loft Studios in West London as part of their Efunk album tour. The duo have already been to Miami, Rome, Paris, New York and Berlin – for London they’ll bring their Everybody´s Freaky Under Natures Kingdom sound with the aim of leaving people grooving and moving together in intergalactic harmony.