Electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk will take centre stage when Sonar celebrates its 20th birthday in Barcelona next summer. Now a global brand with events throughout the world, the original three-day festival in Spain will follow shows in Reykjavik, Cape Town, Tokyo and São Paulo. Kraftwerk, Pet Shop Boys, Two Door Cinema Club and Hot Natured are all set to play between Thursday, June 13th and Saturday, June 15th.
Charlie Simpson from Fightstar has set the World Record for playing the coldest concert ever in Siberia.
Tickets for a redesigned Reading & Leeds Festival went on sale today and the first acts have been announced. Deftones, Alt-J, Sub Focus, Boy Better Know will perform over the weekend of Friday, August 23rd to Sunday, August 25th at Richfield Avenue, Reading and Bramham Park, Leeds. A hip hop stage and expansion of the dance line-up to a three day stage look to appeal to a broader spectrum than the typically indie-centric event.
Bestival is 10 next year and curator Rob da Bank is preparing to push the boat out for its anniversary on the Isle of Wight next September. From Thursday, September 5th to Sunday, September 8th there will be the usual mix of eclectic entertainment all set to the theme of HMS Bestival.
After a successful one-day festival in central London this summer, Eastern Electrics will expand to a three-day event in 2013 offering one-day tickets and weekend camping passes. It’s bringing together 15 promoters from across the UK and Europe including long-term allies Black Atlantic, notorious underground renegades Crosstown Rebels with Rebel Rave and pioneering Spanish after-party Elrow, famed for full – throttle events in both Ibiza and Barcelona.
Following a successful import of the sounds of Ibiza to Kent’s Hop Farm this summer, Circo Loco’s first event for 2013 is a NYD special at Brixton Academy. From 9pm to 5am on Tuesday, January 1st they have put together an impressive line-up of Tania Vulcano, Seth Troxler, Maceo Plex, Davide Squillace, System Of Survival, Cirillo, Clive Henry and Shaun Reeves for one of the first raves of the year.
Shit the Bed is back in Bristol for a night of heavy bass sounds with Rusko, P Money, Dillinja and Roska playing the In:Motion club series on Friday December 7th. The skatepark venue will host a double warehouse event with STB taking control in the main room. Dubstep champion Rusko and a live set from south London grime MC P Money. Support will come from The Others, DarqEFreaker, Superisk B2B OH91 and Dubious.
Two London NYE party organisers are joining forces for those who want to continue the New Year celebrations well into 2013. Eastern Electrics and Urban Nerds have teamed up to offer four rooms of music at the Ministry of Sound in Elephant and Castle featuring house, techno, garage and disco with support from Connected, Staunch and Trix.
Hideout Festival returns in 2013 promising a bigger line-up, re-organised seven-day calendar but no expansion in capacity to ensure an intimate event. The Croatia event will span Sunday, June 30th to Friday, July 5th with Chase & Status, Andy C, Pendulum, Claude Von Stroke, Damian Lazarus, Heidi and Martin Buttrich already confirmed for Zrce beach armed with their sounds of the summer.
London’s bass-loving underground partystarters the Urban Nerds have revealed more of their line-up for NYE including a host for its third room at The Sidings Warehouse in Southwark. Urban Nerds’s own Marcus Nasty and Rattus Rattus have just been announced to play along with Leon Vynehall & A1 Bassline present Laszlo Dancehall, plus Redlight, Bondax, Breach and Dark Sky.
A sell out Jamie Jones eight-hour set completely unsupported rounds off another year of A Night With… and cements its status as a firm fixture on the monhtly London calendar. Sebo K, X-Press 2, M.A.N.D.Y, Soul Clap, Seth Troxler, Greg Wilson and Sasha have each had the chance to take clubbers on a musical journey, and plans are already afoot for 2013 with Trevor Jackson and A Guy Called Gerald first to get behind the decks.
Party for free this New Year’s Eve at the London’s Spanish bar and restaurant Camino. The Kings Cross venue will be soundtracked by Bruk Out residents Mangno & Nasty McQuaid. Taking in five decades of block party sounds, from soul and disco to hip hop, pop, RnB, house, dubstep, dancehall and beyond, requests will be very much welcome and dancing is guaranteed.
Bristol’s Futureboogie visits East London on Saturday, December 1st bringing some of its best talent for an all night party in a secret warehouse location. The showcase will include Maxxi Soundsystem, Waifs & Strays, Ron Basejam, Behling & Simpson, Christophe and Futureboogie resident DJs.
Camden’s Koko will channel the spirit of Madchester at the birth of rave when The Haçienda celebrates its 30th anniversary with the pioneers of house music. On Saturday, December 15th Haçienda 30 will see Todd Terry, Marshall Jefferson, Mike Pickering and Bobby Langley turn back the clocks 30 years on from when the last official Haçienda party came to town.
Electronic music legends descend on London on Saturday, November 24th for the UK’s longest-running and highly-influential night Lost. The impeccable line-up includes four exclusive UK dates from pioneers of the house and techno scene from Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Tevo Howard and Mark Ernestus plus a exlcusive London date for Kyle Hall.
Big Chill Presents a winer warmer event in late November with London hip-hop promoters Main Squeeze. On Saturday, November 24th they will welcome Marc Mac, Mr Thing, Josey Rebelle, Mo Kolours and Pedro 123 to the Big Chill House on Pentonville Road in Kings Cross for a free-entry night running from 9pm to 4am.
London underground dance music partystarters Eastern Electrics has revealed the full line-up for their NYE night at The Coronet in Elephant and Castle. On Monday, December 31st techno and house will soundtrack the all-nighter with Hot Creations stalwart Miguel Campbell, soulful Frenchman Shonky and Berlin-based producer and designer Santé completing the key additions to the already-announced line-up.
The UK Festival industry has had a tough year with cancelled events, challenging conditions and an uncertain future which will all be discussed at the UK Festival Conference 2012. Camden’s The Roundhouse will host an event for industry professionals to gather on Monday, December 3rd and discuss the future of the industry. The conference will be followed by the UK Festival Awards ceremony.
Guerrilla Zoo’s Modern Panic exhibition returns for a third installment at Apiary Studios in Bethnal Green this month. From Saturday, November 24th to Sunday December 2nd there will be a unique collection of more than 50 surreal, controversial and provocative international artists and live art’s practitioners.
secretsundaze have lined up Andrés, Trevino and a live set from Martyn for their NYE party in Hackney. They’ll take over The Bunker in Hackney Wick – a freshly-christened warehouse space in Hackney Wick that has underground stamped all over it.
London’s Lovebox festival celebrates the end of its decade of love with an After Dark party at Vauxhall’s Fire. On Saturday, December 8th it will showcase dubstep and drum & bass with Hospitality Record, Sick Music and Union curating the line-up.
More acts have been added to the UKF Bass Culture NYE party at Brixton Academy. DJ Fresh, Delta Heavy, Drumsound and Bassline Smith will join Chase & Status (DJ set), Foreign Beggars, Shy FX & B.traits and KOAN Sound at the south London venue for an all night party.
Radio One legend Pete Tong is taking his “It’s all gone” party to Bristol with three rooms of music at an In:Motion all-nighter on Friday, November 16th. He’ll be taking over the main room with special guests as Crack Magazine get the Tunnel while Electroquisite and Revolution host the Cave.
More than 20 acts will grace the decks at this year’s Urban Nerds NYE party at The Sidings Warehouse in London Bridge. The bass-loving underground Nerds have revealed Redlight, Bondax, Breach and Dark Sky will help see in 2013 with plenty more to be named and a host still to be announced.
Vitalic launches his new album Rave Age next month with a live performance at the Neon Noise Project’s Halloween Soirée on Saturday, November 3rd. The electro mastermind headlines the main room of Fire in Vauxhall as part of its new In Session series as the venue shifts its focus into attracting some of the biggest London promotions.