Urban Nerds return after their fifth birthday for their annual Notting Hill Carnival warm up party. On Saturday, August 25th, the underground party-starters will host acts such as Breakage & MC Wrec, Mala & Coki, Kode9, Jackmaster and True Tiger at Scala in Kings Cross.
GlobalGathering – the UK’s most diverse and progressive electronic music festival – returns to Long Marston Airfield, Stratford Upon Avon on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th July featuring headline performances from Tinie Tempah, Chase & Status, Armin van Buuren, Skrillex, Friendly Fires, Chase and Status, Nero, Annie Mac, Sub Focus, Magnetic Man, Boy Better Know and many more promising to make the 2012 festival the highlight of the summer for dance music fans.
Hidden’s FOUND series brings Berlin’s revered house and techno label Fachwerk to London to mark its 25th release. Mike Dehnert will lead the showcase in Room 1 on Friday, June 15th while Well Rounded Records take over Room 2.
Will Dutta will be joined by collaborators Plaid and Max de Warner when he launches his new album Parergon at the Southbank Centre on Wednesday, June 20th. Pianist Dutta may not yet be out of his twenties, but he can already boast a résumé embracing everything from Russian conservatoire residences to stellar electronic DJ collaborations and fearlessly innovative, yet always accessible performance and record productions. This live show is an opportunity to hear his latest material produced with Plaid and Max de Warner.
Booka Shade, Dubfire and DJ T. headline an impressive electronic music line-up at We Are Industry in Birmingham on Sunday, June 3rd. Along with Lowjak, Burnski, Maxxi Sound System and Manik, Industry are set to fire up the city with three areans of music across an outdoor terrace and two-room warehouse.
If you’re aren’t going to Spain’s Sonar festival in June but want to indulge in three days of cutting edge beats and bass, you can get along to the third edition of Só Not Barcelona. While not on the scale of the electronic music event behemoth, it is a series of free nights at London’s Big Chill Bar featuring Preditah, Kwistax Kicks, and Photonz.
Bristol’s Motion will host an evening of burlesque, magic, singing showgirls and vintage dancing with the Flaming Feathers on Saturday, June 9th. Motion will be renovated into a beautifully embellished cabaret, complete with a 1940s repertoire enriched with crimson draping, intimate candlelit dining and luxurious table service. Expect an elegant and graceful show that mirrors a post-war jazz club with outstanding performances from critically acclaimed and talented performers.
East London will get a street party inspired by Notting Hill Carnival on Saturday, June 9th with an afternoon of electronic music. Promoters krankbrother who live by the ethos that no two parties should be the same, will close down Clifton Street in Shoreditch and provide a stage with performance from Wolf + Lamb, Guti, Stimming (Live), Adeline and krankbrothers.
We’re less than four weeks away from getting outside and dancing to some of the finest electronic music in the countryside surrounding Houghton Hall in Norfolk. This year’s headliners include techno deity Sven Vath, Andy C’s Alive show, electro king Vitalic, Detroit’s Jimmy Edgar and a UK festival exclusive appearance from Plantage 13 acts Stephan Bodzin and Oliver Huntemann.
Glade is the festival of choice for serious electronic music lovers held in the glorious English countryside surrounds of Houghton Hall in Norfolk. Headliners include Rusko, Sven Vath, Andy C, Jimmy Edgar, Max Cooper and Mosca and this year Glade Festival is inviting one artist or an art collective to attend the festival from Thursday, June 14th to Sunday, June 17th to create live art. Glade will provide a 16ft by 8ft primed wall which will act as the canvas for the weekend ensuring the final piece is seen by 10,000 ‘Gladers’ attending the festival.
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.