A pin badge could be your way in to music and art events in Manchester and London thanks to Beck’s. The Beck’s Fusion Summer Guestlist will see unique pin badge listening devices known as Playbuttons hidden around the two cities and given away in competitions. Each Playbutton will have an mp3 player featuring exclusive, unreleased music, interviews and bespoke artwork designed by one of the visual artists who is featured in the events in the season, and give priority access to the events too.
Grammy Award-winning British house music trio Dirty Vegas have returned with a new album, Electric Love and will play a one- off London show at XOYO on Thursday, June 9th.
Brighton’s Fat Cat Records has launched an independently run sister label Palmist, a vinyl only “labour of love project” with aims to release artists of a mainly DIY tradition, often home recordings.
Snoop Dogg, The Wombats, Example, Scissor Sisters and 2ManyDJs lead the line for London’s Lovebox festival this July with three days of music in Victoria Park. Rap, indie and dance music will all get a look in with the centrepiece set Saturday’s performance from Snoop Dogg which will see the rapper perform his seminal hip hop album Doggystyle in full with G-Funk collaborator Warren G as well as Daz Dilinger, Kurupt, RBX, The Lady of Rage and Joe Cool. But there’s much more to see over the weekend from July 15th to July 17th, read on for the day-by-day low down.
San Franciscan producer Eskmo comes to London for an exclusive show in June, debuting his new live audio / visual show at the Village Underground in Shoreditch.
Spectrum have revealed the first names for their London summer warehouse party, but they’re keeping back the details of the two headliners promising acts that will be worth the entrance price alone. So far they’ve already assembled a blend of bassline, electro and house for the night on Saturday, July 2nd at Ewer Street Car Park, SE1 with Kissy Sell Out and Zinc leading the line.
RockNess have launched their annual nationwide talent search, with a second search on to find the UK’s hottest new DJ to perform at this year’s festival.
Al Murray will adopt his Pub Landlord moniker once more for a new quiz show, Al Murray’s Compete for the Meat on Dave. The series sees team compete for a side of meat as television’s only meat-based quiz show.
The monthly Big Chill Presents welcomes back on-demand radio platform Mixcloud in May, teaming up with Belgium’s online station Laid Back Radio to celebrate the release of LDBK’s All School Flavor Vol 1 Compilation.
Video artist Chris Cunningham will return to The Big Chill festival two years after producing a spellbounding performance with a new show to close the event’s main stage. He’ll follow headliners Rodrigo y Gabriela on Sunday, August 7th with Baio, North Mississippi, Allstars Duo, Fight Like Apes and Redlight also added to the bill.
Exquiste food and fine live music will combine at a new festival experience coming to Clapham Common this July. The Big Feastival is a new, three-day event featuring cuisine from some of the country’s top chefs and a selection of top bands and DJs. From Friday, July 1st to Sunday, July 3rd, friends and families are invited to get a taste of a fresh festival concept which will also raise funds for The Prince’s Trust and The Jamie Oliver Foundation.
The Rifles, About Group and Six Nation State are among the names added to Clapham Common’s Get Loaded in the Park on London’s Clapham Common in June. Together with Connan Mockasin and Spector, they’ll play alongside headliners Razorlight and more at the one-day indie festival on Sunday, June 12th.
Following the recent dose of sunny weather, The Big Chill House has revealed a series of monthly parties will invite its favourite promoters in to throw a party on its lovely terrace. Dubbed the Savana Terrace Sessions, they will ensure the BBQ is fired up and cool drinks are on ice for the best in funk, soul, dancehall, hip-hop, reggae and electro-pop.
The Playground give London another taste of French flair, German imports and homegrown talent with their debut night at XOYO on Saturday, May 28th. Kavinsky, Feadz, Hey Today!, My Tiger My Timing, Tiger Love and more will deliver their brands of dancefloor panache.
Dubbed as the biggest Australian, New Zealand and South African gathering in Europe, Southern Sounds hits Clapham Common on Saturday, June 11th featuring a whole host of attractions and acts from south of the Equator. The London event will see musicians, amusement park rides, surf simulators, bucking crocodiles and the capital’s largest barbecue sizzle.
A real life Jedi Knight was spotted at the Gottwood Music Festival site in Anglesey, North Wales. The robed figure was photographed passing through the woodland, perhaps on a mission of galactic importance, but more likely a Star Wars obsessed local attempting to use his Jedi mind tricks to influence the fancy dress theme at this year’s event.
Jazz/hip-hop legends The Herbaliser will play an exclusive DJ set at London’s Koko on Saturday, May 14th. Fresh from supporting DOOM on his recent UK tour, expect nothing but impeccable tune selection and serious party vibes.
New names have been added to Big Chill 2011, as well as the chance for more locals to get their hands on discounted tickets. They will get to see newly-announced Empire of the Sun, The Bullitts featuring Jay Electronica and Lucy Liu, Dionne Bromfield, King Midas Sound and Engine-Earz Experiment together with headliners Kanye West, The Chemical Brothers and Rodrigo y Gabriela.
The late May bank holiday edition of eastern electrics will see nine hours of underground dance music reverberate around London’s Great Suffolk Street Warehouse. Hosted by mulletover, Bloc and Deviation, more top talent has been added to the already impressive line-up featuring DJ Koze, James Holden, Martyn, Loefah and Braiden.
Four years after opening as a North London hotspot, The Big Chill House will unveil its refurbishment on Thursday 28th April. Architect, maker, and general all round creative, Lucy Tauber has undertaken a concept study of The Big Chill festival to understand what makes the festival so unique and special to interpret this into the venue refurbishment. Join the free party and find out what’s new.
Annie Nightingale’s illustrious broadcasting career will be celebrated at The Big Chill Festival, where the MBE bearer will perform her Decades Show to close the event’s Revellers stage on the Sunday. She joins headliners The Chemical Brothers, Kanye West and Rodrigo y Gabriela at the family-friend festival in Easntor Castle Deer Park, Ledbury, Herefordshire this August.
Clapham Common’s two-day dance music festival South West Four has revealed its full line-up including top trance, techno, house and electro DJs and live acts to add to headliners Underworld, Pendulum and Magnetic Man. With music spread across four arenas over the August Bank Holiday, the additions of Sven Vath, Above & Beyond, Laurent Garnier, Loco Dice and Tiga is just the tip of an impressive array of acts.
Two UK festival exclusives and an appearance by a celebrated dance duo at this year’s Big Chill Festival shows the event is keen to stay as fresh as ever, now in its 17th year. The first acts have been unveiled for the August festival at the luch surroundings of Eastnor Castle Deer Park in Herefordshire, spanning countless genres with artists from around the world.
Camp Bestival, the sister event to the Isle of Wight’s Bestival, is back at Lulworth Castle in Dorset this July for another family-friendly outing. Having won the last two Best Family Festival Awards, join headliners Primal Scream Presents Screamadelica, Blondie and Mark Ronson and the Business INTL join Groove Armada Presents Red Light, House of Pain, Katy B, Beardyman and The Cuban Brothers for four days of music and entertainment.
For the first time a music festival will be made available to experience in 3D TV when Bestival screens on Sky in September. Set from The Cure, Pendulum, Primal Scream, PJ Harvey, Brian Wilson and DJ Shadow will be among the seven-and-a-half hours of coverage from event on the Isle of Wight.