Arcadia stage on tour 2012

The mechanical, fire-breathing beast of a festival stage that is Arcadia is taking a year off to with no Glastonbury this summer to go on a pyrotechnic extravaganza of a tour. There will be a new, exclusive, one-off show with the mega 50-tonne spider structure at Bristol’s BoomTown Fair in August and a collaboration of imported fire art, circus and mechanical sculptures at Bestival in September. The team will also be venturing into Europe for the first time.

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Blissfields headliners revealed

Noisettes and Patrick Wolf will headline the 12th Blissfields festival as organisers confirm their first batch of music acts, The event returns to The Park, Woodmancott, this year running from Friday, June 29th to Sunday, July 1st.

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More for Kendal Calling

The Lake District’s Kendal Calling has confirmed a host of acts to join headliners Dizzee Rascal, James and Maximo Park. Running from Friday, July 27th to Sunday, July 29th in the Lake District, there will be 11 stages which will now include We Are Scientists, The View, Tribes, Spector, DJ Yoda and The Transiberian Marching Band, Ghostpoet, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Swiss Lips, Toddla T, Mosca and DR/U/G/S.

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LAB11 opens to sold out crowd

Birmingham’s newest music venue LAB11 opened its doors on Saturday, March 31st attracting a sell out crowd. The Digbeth venue was christened with sets from Radio Slave, Mark Henning and Ethy & Flori across two rooms of a former warehouse plus an outside terrace.

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High octane thrills in The Raid

Award-winning action thriller The Raid opens in UK cinemas on Friday, May 18th on a wave of excitement. Critics have been wowed by the Indonesia/USA co-production which brings Welsh-born writer-director Gareth Evans together with Indonesian martial arts sensation Iko Uwais – the pairing responsible for the martial arts extravaganza Merantau Warrior.

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Arcadia UFO lands at RockNess

Scotland’s festival with the dramatic backdrop of Loch Ness – RockNess – has confirmed its electronic acts galvanising its dancefloors this June. Organisers have also revealed a new stage concept called The Arcadia UFO adding to the unique atmosphere.

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Bloc Festival day tickets on sale

Day tickets have been released for Bloc Festival in London on Friday, July 6th and Saturday, July 7th along with the line-up split for each. Both days will run from 2pm to 6am with a blend of techno, electro, dubstep, house, hip hop and electronica at the London Pleasure Gardens in the Royal Victoria Docks, East London. The setting by the water’s edge, overlooked by monolithic post-industrial derelict buildings is the first time the event has been held outside a holiday park with open air stages.

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More for SW4

Clapham Common’s South West Four dance festival has announced more of its acts playing over the August bank holiday weekend. Joining Carl Cox, Erick Morillo, John Digweed and Knife Party on Saturday, August 26th will be Benny Benassi, Gareth Emery, Joris Voorn, Mark Knight and Funkagenda. Supporting Skrillex, Skream, Benga, Andy C and DJ Fresh on Sunday, August 27th will be 2manydjs, Eric Prydz, Sasha, Simian Mobile Disco and Erol Alkan.

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We Love opening fiesta and residents revealed

One of Ibiza’s favourite parties at one of its finest clubs is gearing up for a new season with an opening fiesta on Sunday, June 10th along with confirmation of its residents and fresh talent making their debuts. We Love… Ibiza at Space kicks off with Carl Craig making the Discoteca the base for his 69 live show infused with masks, darkness and visuals to stimulate all senses. Support will come from fellow Detroit legend Derrick May alongside Paul Woolford and Ben UFO back-to-back with resident Jem Haynes.

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Play Fest line-up swells

Play Fest has confirmed festival favourite Scroobius Pip, sunshine maestro Natty and UK hip-hop king Roots Manuva for its three-day event at Eccles Hall Estate near Norwich over the Diamond Jubilee Weekend. The POW! dance arena will feature Toddla T, Shy FX, Jaymo & Andy George and Zinc. There are still a handful of headliners to be announced with Ash, Pigeon Detectives and Reverend And The Makers already announced.

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More acts for Dot to Dot

Three-city festival Dot to Dot has announced more of its line-up joining headliners The Drums and Pulled Apart By Horses in Bristol, Nottingham and Manchester over the Diamond Jubilee Weekend. Joining them are San Diego surf punks Wavves, the Acoustic Sorcery of Willis Earl Beal, psychedelia from Hooray For Earth and SXSW sensations Pond.

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Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Suede headline Hop Farm

Legends Bob Dylan and Peter Gabriel along with famed alt-rockers Suede are set to headline this year’s Hop Farm Festival. Now in its fifth year, Vince Power’s three-day Kent event builds on performances from Prince, The Eagles and Morrisey in 2011 with another three-days of independent festival fun from Friday, June 29th to Sunday, July 1st.

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Stop Making Sense reinvents chill out spaces

Croatia’s Stop Making Sense festival has revealed a late-night area that promises to revitalise the chillout space of club culture. Anomalous Visuals have teamed up wiht {ourhistory} to create imagery and ambient soundscapes alongside classic documentary footage from archives. Cine A.M. will appear each night between 1am and 3am for those who want to relax under the full moon to a feast of visual wonders.

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Intimate forest dancefloors at Gottwood Festival

Returning to its lush and enchanting deep forest location in idyllic Anglesey, Gottwood is back with three days of musical experimentation. It’s eclectic mix of electronic dance music genres including house, techno, drum & bass, dubstep, hip-hop and garage will be fed to the ears of just 1,500 revellers as organisers retain the intimate atmosphere that has made the last two years such a success.

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Stevie Wonder Sunday at Bestival

True music legend Stevie Wonder will headline Sunday night at Bestival. The man who had his first number one hit with “Fingertips, Part 2” at the age of 13 will grace the main stage at the Isle of Wight festival to cap its final day on Sunday, September 9th. He had a run of five classic mid-70s albums that included Talking Book, Innervisions and Songs in the Key of Life and platinum-selling albums in the 80s producing hit singles “Superstition”, “Higher Ground” and “Masterblaster (Jammin’)”. He’ll bring all these and more to Robin Hill Country Park.

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Eastern Electrics Festival announced

Long-running underground London promotors Eastern Electrics is branching out from all-night warehouse raves into the festival circuit with a day event at a central London outdoor site. Famed for hosting large-scale raves, their last welcomed in 2012 with a four-hour set from Laurent Garnier at The Coronet in Elephant & Castle. On Saturday, August 4th revellers will be able to enjoy house and techno in the open air during the day and tickets are selling fast.

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Warehouse Project reveal Easter venue

The venue for the two Warehouse Project events over Easter has been revealed. The location for the events on Friday, April 6th and Sunday, April 8th will be on Trafford Park Road, Trafford Park. Organisers have said the venue will lend itself perfectly for this occasion, distinguished by its huge dimensions with its interior dominated by steel and brickwork. Having lay dormant for a number of years, the Warehouse Project is set to ignite the buildings faded flame, restoring it with new function and purpose.

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Farr Festival unveiled

Boutique dance music festival Farr returns to a deserted wood just outside London for its third year. Expanding to two nights with four stages and restricted to an intimate 2,000 people, its a chance to get up close to some of your favourite DJs. Just Jack, Sancho Panza, The Ransom Note, Society and Flux are collaborating on the event running from Thursday, July 26th to Sunday, July 29th with the music starting on the Friday.

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Party in paradise at Groove Fest

Jet off to the Caribbean island of the Dominican Republic to party for seven days in the sun at Groove Fest this September. From Wednesday, September 5th to Wednesday, September 12th a sleek resort in Puerto Plata will host revellers as they enjoy house DJs, live acts, sandy beaches, bars and swimming pools which includes everything in one price.

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Coppe' returns with deluxe album

Legendary Japanese electronica act Coppe’ is back with a new single ahead of a special album release in April. Her 14th album, Rays is a joint effort with Georgian musician and filmmaker Nikakoi coupling Coppe’s otherworldly vocals with Nikakoi’s rich, textured production. Rays will be preceded by digital double A-side “Forbidden/My Heartbeatz Become Earthquake” from Bleep.com on April 9th (general release April 16th) with which Nikakoi takes “Forbidden” into spiky glitch terrain. On “My Heartbeatz Become Earthquake” Japanese producer Jemapur collaborates for a taster of what’s to come at the end of April with the full album release.

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Parklife to leave Platt Fields

In just three years Manchester festival Parklife Weekender has outgrown its birthplace and will look to move for its event in 2013. With just 12 weeks until this year’s two day music festival on 9th and 10th June, the promoters have confirmed that 2012 will be the last at its current home.

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Blissfields comedy revealed

Following a hugely successful event in summer 2011, Blissfields Festival returns to Winchester for the weekend of Friday, June 29th to Sunday, July 1st with a top comedy line-up. Boasting appearances from Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards host and warm-up act for Never Mind The Buzzcocks, occult “metalhead” stand-up Andrew O’Neill, a man described by the New York Times as “an intellectual air” and regular guest on ‘Big Brother’s Bit On The Side’ David Morgan and organiser of the 5-star Edinburgh show ‘The Big Comedy Breakfast’, Marc Burrows, Blissfields is shaping up nicely.

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Fedde le Grand & Mark Knight for High Definition

House giants Fedde le Grand and Mark Knight will headline this year’s High Definition Festival in Essex for a day of established and breakthrough acts on Saturday, June 30th. Ilford’s Forest Farm will have five stages featuring harcore, drum & bass, techno and house as well as entertainment, food and VIP areas.

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Cocoon In The Park 2012

Cocoon return to Leeds in July for the techno label’s fourth day festival featuring Sven Väth, Cassy and Visionquest trio Seth Troxler, Shaun Reeves and Ryan Crosson. A stone’s throw from Leeds city centre, Cocoon in the Park will sit within the grounds of a 450-year-old mansion house surrounded by forests and lakes on the historic estate of Temple Newsam on Saturday, July 7th.

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