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.
Eastern Electrics Festival has announced a major change in this year’s debut event. It will be moving from its Clapham Common venue announced last month to a new space.
FOUND at Vauxhall’s Hidden is back for the summer, kicking off with a Clone Records night on Friday, May 11th presented by TRIX and Streets of Beige. Gerd, Conforce, Untold and Genius of Time will represent imprints Basement Series and Royal Oak for a major label showcase. On Friday, June 1st Heritage returns with a secret line-up and there’s more secrecy on Friday, June 8th for a special FOUND event.
Joining Dizzee Rascal on the main stage at Shakedown Festival in Brighton are Professor Green, Katy B, Stooshe, Clement Marfo and The Frontline. Taking place on Saturday, October 6th in Stanmer Park, Shakedown will cap off the festival season with a day event of beats, bass and electronic rhythms.
Industry have unveiled plans for their first event in Birmingham featuring Booka Shade, Carl Craig, Dubfire and DJ T over the Jubilee Weekend. We Are Industry on Sunday, June 3rd will start at 12noon with an outdoor party on Floodgrate Street in Digbeeth until midnight before moving inside for an afterparty until 6am.
There are just under five months to go until the Fort at Punta Christo in Croatia hosts the debut Dimensions festival. Produced by the team behind Outlook, Dimensions will take place in September hosting top names in house, techno and electronica.
All tickets for the Secret Garden Party 2012 have sold out in record time. It marks a second cause for celebration in a year the festival celebrates its 10th birthday.From humble beginnings in 2004, the Secret Garden Party’s appeal has grown organically over the years, its ethos of fun, friendliness and participation connecting to a new generation of festival goers. It has remained independent and non-corporate in its outlook – billed as a festival of the arts where everyone is the artist.
We Love… has been putting on parties at Space for 12 years this season and will help the Ibiza superclub usher in its 23rd birthday with a DJ set from big beat favourites The Chemical Brothers performing in the Discoteca. Having previously played at We Love… in 2008 and 2009, The Chemical Brothers return having become hugely a respected dance act able to continue to move with the times and reinvent themselves.
Joining headliners Death in Vegas, Beardyman and Fat Freddie’s Drop at the three day festival in Hertfordshire that is Standon Calling are !!!, Crazy P, Willy Mason, the Trojan Soundsystem, Greg Wilson and more. Running from August 3rd to 5th, the independent event has a Journey to the Ends of the Earth theme this year along with a dog show, the only festival swimming pool in the UK and a homage to the Olympic games.
Superstar house DJ Avicii will headline the O2 over the Queen’s Jubilee weekend. On Monday, June 4th the 22-year-old Swede will get behind the decks and is sure to play hits such as “Levels”, “Fade Into Darkness” and “Seek Bromance”. He was recently seen alongside Madonna at Ultra Music Festival 2012, which helped sell out the first release of tickets already.