There are just under five months to go until the Fort at Punta Christo in Croatia hosts the debut Dimensions festival. Produced by the team behind Outlook, Dimensions will take place in September hosting top names in house, techno and electronica.
All tickets for the Secret Garden Party 2012 have sold out in record time. It marks a second cause for celebration in a year the festival celebrates its 10th birthday.From humble beginnings in 2004, the Secret Garden Party’s appeal has grown organically over the years, its ethos of fun, friendliness and participation connecting to a new generation of festival goers. It has remained independent and non-corporate in its outlook – billed as a festival of the arts where everyone is the artist.
We Love… has been putting on parties at Space for 12 years this season and will help the Ibiza superclub usher in its 23rd birthday with a DJ set from big beat favourites The Chemical Brothers performing in the Discoteca. Having previously played at We Love… in 2008 and 2009, The Chemical Brothers return having become hugely a respected dance act able to continue to move with the times and reinvent themselves.
Joining headliners Death in Vegas, Beardyman and Fat Freddie’s Drop at the three day festival in Hertfordshire that is Standon Calling are !!!, Crazy P, Willy Mason, the Trojan Soundsystem, Greg Wilson and more. Running from August 3rd to 5th, the independent event has a Journey to the Ends of the Earth theme this year along with a dog show, the only festival swimming pool in the UK and a homage to the Olympic games.
Superstar house DJ Avicii will headline the O2 over the Queen’s Jubilee weekend. On Monday, June 4th the 22-year-old Swede will get behind the decks and is sure to play hits such as “Levels”, “Fade Into Darkness” and “Seek Bromance”. He was recently seen alongside Madonna at Ultra Music Festival 2012, which helped sell out the first release of tickets already.
A one-off festival to commemorate the late Joe Strummer is coming this summer. From Friday, August, 17th to Sunday, August 19th a secret location in Somerset countryside will mark the 10th anniversary of the death of the legendary Clash frontman. Strummer of Love will host 5,000 visitors with the aim to re-connect with the original concept of a festival – a joyous celebration in the fields. The line up is yet to be announced, but will comprise of friends and fans of Joe’s paying respect to the influence that he has had on their lives and music.
Headway East London’s Dance Marathon is back in London on Saturday, April 28th. Registration is now open for the annual fundraiser for the brain injury charity at York Hall in Bethnal Green.
Although the Isle of Wight’s Bestival has compiled an eclectic mix of music acts for September including Stevie Wonder, New Order, The xx, Sigur Rós, Friendly Fires and Orbital, but there’s a lot more happening at Robin Hill Country Park besides. Entertainment lies around every corner with attractions old and new between Thursday, September 6th and Sunday, September 9th.
Entertainment legend Sir Bruce Forsyth is swapping television for an outdoor stage this summer as he makes his first appearance at a festival. The Price is Right and Strictly Come Dancing presenter will be at Hop Farm Festival at Kent’s Paddock Wood over the weekend of Friday, June 29th to Sunday, July 1st.
The Red Bull Music Academy rocks up to The Big Chill Bar on Monday, April 16th for a free night of bass music from 7pm until 1am. Academy team member, Deviation host and Radio 1 presenter Benji B will DJ alongside MC Judah, and last year’s Academy graduate Om Unit will also get behind the decks. Big Chill residents will lend their support to the soulful, forward-thinking, bass-filled beat music from old classics to new sounds.
Spectrum returns in 2012 with another a warehouse party featuring a bass heavy line up featuring Chase & Status, Sub Focus, Redlight, Disclosure and BrEaCh. On Saturday, May 5th they’ll be at the Great Suffolk Street Warehouse for an all-nighter of drum & bass and dubstep.
The Playground is developing its one-off parties into a regular monthly event at Dalston’s Hysteria. On Saturday, April 28th Ed Banger’s original signing Mr. Flash plus Autokratz, Maya Von Doll and more will play.
The BoomTown Fair at Winchester’s Matterley Estate has sold more than 70 percent of its tickets, and has now revealed its fancy dress theme along with plans for 15 new venues, areas, attractions and adventures. From Thursday, August 9th to Sunday, August 12th its immersive environment will be full of fancy dress of the outer space variety and last year organisers saw revellers adopt their personas for the entire four days and nights. This year there will be 15 more bonkers venues for space creatures to enjoy themselves.
Clapham Common will host the first Eastern Electrics Festival on Saturday, August 4th. The all-night warehouse parties will step out into the daylight with six stages and acts including Jamie Jones, Maceo Plex, Nina Kraviz, Tensnake and Joy Orbison previously announced for the 11am to 10pm day of house and techno. The first batches of tickets sold out fast, and with more names revealed you may need to get yours quick.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Live From Jodrell Bank has revealed more acts for one of the outdoor concerts in the shadow of the iconic Lovell telescope. On Saturday, June 23rd Elbow perform a sold out show but tickets are still available for Sunday, June 24th headlined by Paul Weller.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.