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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Electronic music fans have a new festival to enjoy: make some noise for Noisily Festival. Debuting at a secret location near Market Harborough from Friday, May 25th to Sunday, May 27th, the 1,000 capacity event will by an intimate affair with a respected line-up of electronica acts in a woodland setting.
Dance festival GlobalGathering returns to Long Marston Airfield, Stratford Upon Avon on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th July headlined by Tinie Tempah, Chase & Status, Armin van Buuren, Skrillex and Friendly Fires. 12 areas over the two days have also been revealed with Visionquest, UKF Bass Culture and van Buuren’s A State of Trance radio among the highlights as the event caters for a wide range of dance music tastes.
The Secret Garden Party is back from Thursday, July 19th to Sunday, July 22nd to celebrate her 10th Birthday and explore the ceremonies, rituals, initiations, anniversaries and carnivals that bind us together, emphasise matter over mind and emphasise our gifts as humans: social existence. This year’s event will enable participation, interaction, simulation and sheer silliness, particularly in the Never Ever Land Theatre Tent where the Troubadours of Tax Deductible Theatre Company will bring a line-up of performance to suit every palate. There will be hilarious, rock n’ roll performances from Shitfaced Shakespeare, the all-singing, all-dancing string quartet Bow Jangles, surrealist puppetry by Colossal Crumbs and the Goodyearian National Theatre Company will be back to bemuse and baffle audiences with their nation customs and dances. Along with psychedelic dancing by Huru Dance, surprises from Little Bulb Theatre and mischievous revelry from the naughty Victorian Tiny Wallops, it’s evidence of how The Secret Garden Party isn’t just about headline acts.
House duo X-Press 2 is the next act to step up to the decks for an eight-hour session following on from Partick Bodmer’s show in March. On Saturday, April 21st Darren House, aka ‘Diesel’, and Darren Rock ‘Rocky’ will take clubbers on a sonic journey at Shoreditch’s Basing House for A Night With X-Press 2.
Skrillex will headline South West Four on Sunday, August 26th, bringing the two day festival on Clapham Common to a close. The triple Grammy Award winner will play the main stage hosed by UKF Bass Culture who have been curating a line-up featuring Skream and Benga performing with MC Youngman, Ram Records boss Andy C, DJ Fresh, BBC Sound of 2012 nominee Flux Pavilion, Isreali Borgore and Friction AKA ‘The Shogun Warrior’. Doctor P, Redlight and Moombahton favourite Dillon Francis complete the UKF Bass Culture acts.
Three of Bloc Festival’s headliners have been revealed, adding to an already diverse, heavyweight line-up. The relocated two day event will take place at the London Pleasure Gardens on the east side of the capital on July 6th and 7th, with Richie Hawtin, Snoop Dogg and Steve Reich the latest confirmations from organisers.
Borgore has joined the line-up of the first Playgound Fest, adding to an impressive array of acts including A-Trak, Dirtyphonics, SebastiAn and Dillon Francis at London’s Coronet in May. It will be The Playground’s biggest show to date bringing together 25 live acts and DJs across three rooms of dubstep, drum & bass, electro and moombahcore.
After supporting Oasis on their final tour including dates at Wembley Stadium, Reverend and the Makers have been confirmed to join Red Hot Chili Peppers this summer. They will play their two dates this summer at Knebworth Park on Saturday, June 23rd and Sunderland’s Stadium of Light on Sunday, June 24th respectively.
Funky breaks and beats label Bombstrikes take over London’s Big Chill House for March’s Big Chill Presents. Funk, hip hop, breaks and beats will be heard at the free night, headlined by Futurecast. He will be celebrating the release of his new artist album, and has a fine pedigree with releases on Catskills and Funk Weapons. He’ll be joined by Pimpsoul and Bombstrikes label boss Mooqee.
Rob da Bank has revealed more about Bestival this September, adding acts and stages to the festival he curates on the Isle of Wight. Making a return to Robin Hill Country Park is Mercury Prize and Brit-nominated chanteuse Bat For Lashes who will have a follow-up to Two Suns to showcase. Folk singer-songwriter Ben Howard will join them along with masked dubstepper SBTRKT, hip hop legend Roots Manuva and the exalted Alabama Shakes
!(feature_l)http://relayer.s3.amazonaws.com/articles/spreads/4f5ba63933ba7200010000ee.jpg!Nero fans who were not quick enough to get tickets to their sold-out show at Brixton Academy on Saturday, March 24th can see the dubstep duo at the Electric Brixton later that night. The famed producers are hosting their official after show party up the road at Electric Brixton with support from Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, Delta Heavy, Chasing Shadows present: KillSonic, Millions Like Us and Pete Jordan. The night will run from 10pm to 6am at the venue on Town Hall Parade.
Beacons Festival moves to the Funkirk Estate in Skipton this August as the three-day music and arts event looks to bounce back from cancellation last year. Promising an even more picturesque location, the first acts have been announced for the affordable festival from seasoned festival producers. Roots Manuva, Junior Boys, Ghostpoet, Errors, Factory Floor and Patrick Wolf are artists set to appear.
Indie bands Ash, The Pigeon Detectives and Reverend and the Makers will headline this year’s Play Fest on the Eccles Hall Estate near Norwich in Norfolk. The intimate three day festival will see 3,500 people enjoy entertainment across six stages from Friday, June 1st to Sunday, June 3rd, at an event that was shortlisted for Best New Festival 2011.
Luciano is bringing his Vagabundos concept to London with a headline performance from the Cadenza boss himself. On Saturday, May 5th his three hour set will cap a party at a secret London warehouse. Joining Luciano will be Reboot, Maayan Nidam, Alex Picone and, hosting room two, the Zombie Sound System.