Musician, DJ and producer James Blake ranked second in the BBC’s Sound of 2011 poll will help kick off The Big Chill a day early this year as the festival gets started on Thursday August 4th. The now four-day event at Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire will be kickstarted by Blake’s smooth, dubstep-peppered electronic tracks.
It’s fun to stay at the YMCA… and Bestival – the Village People are set to judge the famous fancy dress competition at the Isle of Wight festival in September. This year’s theme of rock stars, pop stars and divas will be perused by the prime purveyors of classic New York Disco who loved to dress up. The band’s predilection for kitting themselves out as American cultural stereotypes made them one of the most iconic bands the world has ever seen so who better to judge the Bestival competition?
The first Big Feastival on London’s Clapham Common has unveiled it’s One Big Menu developed by Jamie Oliver and chefs from some of the UK’s top restaurants, including Thomasina Miers, Giorgio Locatelli and Cass Titcombe. Feastival-goers will be able to indulge in the their dish by visiting the pop-up restaurants all to the soundtrack of acts including Soul II Soul, The Charlatans and Athlete from Friday, July 1st to Sunday, July 3rd.
This summer GlobalGathering promises to take its festival to the next level with a new layout and fresh concepts at the two-day July event, and has also revealed more acts including dubstep duo-of-the-moment Nero and the quartet Modestep.
The Godfather of electro Gary Numan will grace London’s XOYO with a headline DJ set at The Playground in July. In town to promote his new album Dead Son Rising due to be released in September, Numan will perform with collaborator Ade Fenton on Saturday, July 2nd with support from Drums of Death, Cyberpunkers and Without My Medicine.
A new arena has been added to London’s Lovebox festival: The Bacardi Get Together. Adding to a line-up that already includes Snoop Dogg, Scissor Sisters and The Wombats, the Bacardi area will feature DJs, producers and crews over all three days culminating in a finale which will see three DJ greats join forces behind the decks for a one off set.
Al Murray continues to front the only meat-based game show Compete for the Meat in which the winners go home with a fresh chicken on Dave.
Swindon Invincible Festival is back and on the move after three years at the Old Town Bowl. The Wiltshire one-dayer is heading to Lydiard Park as the dance festival returns on Saturday, August 20th. This year 5,000 people will be able to take in acts spread across three stages with the pioneering Leftfield headlining.
Big Chill veteran Tom Middleton will continue his run of performing every year at the festival with a main stage set as well as heading up his own stage. He joins American indie act Here We Go Magic fronted by singer Luke Temple, live drum & bass maestros NZ Shapeshifter and one-man music-making machine Taylor McFerrin on the bill with Fuel’s dance and sound spectacular Electric Hotel and The Simple Things in Life confirmed for the arts programme.
Robert Hood returns to Nitsa during the Sonar festival in Barcelona at what is set to be one of the top off-Sonar events in the city. EPM and Spanish digital music store Phonomonkey will team up for the third year in a row with Hood launching his new album Omega: Alive, Lee J Malcolm unleashing Folded Spaces and EPM celebrating 10 years and the start of its record label. Joining them will be Radioactive Man and Billy Nasty back-to-back as RadioNasty and Oliver Way aka Mr Oof the Detriot Grand Pubahs on Thursday, June 16th.
There’s just three weeks until the new-look Glade Festival but drum & bass legend Sub Focus has been added to the bill. After smashing his headline slot on the Glade stage at Glastonbury last year, Nick Douwma’s rise through the ranks of underground jungle to become a major player in electronic music scene has been nothing short of spectacular. Initially known for air-punching, dancefloor dismantling drum & bass, Sub Focus has now become synonymous with music that draws from all corners of the electronic landscape, and has come to epitomise the ‘anything goes’ mantra of today’s flourishing dance scene.
Not going to Spain for Sonar festival in Barcelona this year? The annual June three-day event can be enjoyed from the UK in London as the Big Chill Bar opens its doors for three days of electronic music from Thursday, June 16 to Saturday, June 18th for a trio of free events.
Electro superstar DJ deadmau5 has invited fans to design the next mau5head.
Time is running out to get your ticket to Bestival as more entertainment is announced and one online outlet sells out. While The Cure, PJ Harvey, Public Enemy and Primal Scream headline the four-day event on the Isle of Wight this September, curator Rob da Bank has revealed details of the non-music entertainment at this year’s festival.
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.