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.
Clapham’s Get Loaded in the Park’s line-up swells with its latest additions to the day festival on Clapham Common this June.
An abandoned fort, boat parties and beach parties over four days of music: Croatia’s Outlook Festival remains Europe’s largest bass music and soundsystem event with settings to match its lofty title. This September, head to Croatia for the finest in hip hop, grime, dub, dubstep, raggae, drum & bass, electronica and techno starring Barrington Levy, Pharoahe Monch, Skream, Benga, Kode 9, Iration Steppas and more.
Looking to celebrate the Royal Wedding in London somewhere other than in front of the television as the ceremony unfolds or on the streets trying to catch a brief glimpse of the happy couple? Then head to the Leonard Street Royal Wedding Party with The Book Club.
This June Beach Break Live returns to South Wales for its fifth year of frolics in the sun. Heading up the five-day beach party is rock act White Lies along with Tinie Tempah, Example, dubstep supergroup Magnetic Man, Newton Faulkner, Professor Green, We Are Scientists and the woman-of-the-moment Katy B.
The main stage acts at Clapham Common’s South West Four Weekender in August have been revealed. Joining Magnetic Man, Underworld and Pendulum over the two-day event in south London is a roster of big name DJs as the Ministry of Sound take over the stage on Saturday, August 27th while Union present the line-up on Sunday, August 28th.
As more details are revealed about the return of Glade Festival this June, two competitions could see you either camping in style or getting behind the decks at the event. Along with the main stages of Glade, Overkill, Origin, InSpiral and the mini venues of Nanosystems, there will also be BETA – an area programmed by Bristol’s Team Love, online mix hosting network Mixcloud and London promoters Man Make Music and Bridging the Gap.
It’s been an interesting year for Royal Family memorabelia – the Will and Kate wedding has led to all manner of tacky trash hitting shelves across the UK and gimmicky tie-ins with everything from the traditional dishcloths to mobile phones. Now there’s something else for avid collectors to buy: streetwear brand Bench have launched a commemorative dubplate with Doorly.
Alternative-electronic music promoters The Playground celebrate their third birthday in style with a party bash at London’s Koko starring French electro heroes Yuksek and Brodinski under their moniker The Krays. Along with Uffie, nominated at the French Victoires De La Musique Awards for Best Electro Album, James Yuill, a UK debut from Icelandic act Huoratron and French group Sexy Sushi, the event on Saturday, April 23rd will be an Easter dance bonanza.
Lets Go Crazy, the youth clubbing and lifestyle brand set up by 21-year-old promoter Callum Negus Fancey, has joined the party in Victoria Park this June with deadmau5. It will host its own area featuring Nero, Skrillex, Modestep, DJ Hype, DJ Fresh, Jaguar Skills and Netsky.
Scotland’s RockNess has revealed more acts, the launch of a rock n roll circus and a celebration of 20 years of Soma at this year’s June festival.
King Jacks is a rock ‘n’ roll solo artist. Walking with the swagger that his Britpop heroes have paved the way for, he’s hitting London on a return from Manchester armed with a collection of songs whose lyrics relate to the common man at a time where the people of the world are already joining together. He’s promising to unify truth and empowerment as he chants his way through this indie anthem “Heroes”. In The Guardian’s famous Band of the Day column it was said “This prince charming’s ambitious pop reminds us of the brash, brilliantly bolshy quality of Adam Ant”, and he’s got three shows to make good on his potential.
The original underground dance music camping festival Glade returns for 2011 in a smaller but more perfectly formed package. Stipped down to its roots, 5,000 revellers will amass at a secret UK location where the same attention to detail that once saw the event crowned Best Dance Festival at the UK Festival Awards in 2008.
Drumcode, Cocoon and Together are among the hosts of the arenas at Clapham’s South West Four Weekender festival in August. Every year the dance events top party organisers from London and the world take over their indoor arenas – in 2011 those include one of the biggest dance labels and two of Ibiza’s most legendary club nights.
Influential graphic artists Luke Insect, Leo Zero and Dave Little will be exhibiting a collection of hypnotically-striking works in London from the end of April. They have their roots firmly seated in the psychedelic scenes of the 1960s as well as the musicians, clubs and brands for which they have produced work and ON will see a selection of the artists’ originals, back catalgue works and bespoke, site-specific creations inspired by the converted warehouse space of the Idea Generation gallery on display.
For the first time on Saturday, August 13th spectacular dance event Sensation is coming to the O2 Arena. After more than a decade of creating dance music history and rocking over a million people around the globe with impressive stage shows, acrobats, performers, state-of-the-art lightshows, lasers, fireworks and the world’s top DJ’s, Smirnoff presents Sensation is set to be a major event for dance music fans.