Bestival 2010- The Year of the Fantastic

The multi-award winning Bestival invites you to step into a world of magic and myths this summer with its Year of the Fantastic. The September festival curated by Radio 1’s Rob da Bank has become famous for its revellers embracing its fancy dress theme, and together with another illustrious line-up that features
Dizzee Rascal, Flaming Lips, LCD Soundsystem, Roxy Music, Fever Ray and The xx, it’s time to start thinking about the September festival once again.

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The Warehouse Project Presents Easter Weekend

It’s been less than two months since Manchester’s Warehouse Project brought another winter of dance mayhem under the streets of the city to a close, but the party is ready to ignite again as the team enters its fifth year of parties. Over the long Easter weekend Warehouse Project is back.

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Countdown to BLOC Weekend

There are just two weeks left until the premier indoor electronic music festival BLOC Weekend kicks off. The line-up has been confirmed with some legendary acts set to make their debut and there are new additions to make the three days of underground dance music at the premier Butlins resort in Minehead the best yet.

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South West Four Weekender Announced

London’s inner city dance festival South West Four is evolving for 2010 into two days of beats on Clapham Common. With Get Loaded focusing on gigs in venues this year, SW4 is taken over the August Bank Holiday Weekend and holding a second day of music on the Sunday. The SW4 Weekender will see world’s biggest DJs, electronic live acts and leading dance labels hosting its arenas, bigger and better than ever before.

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The Gallery featuring John 00 Fleming

John 00 Fleming has seen it all: the early years of trance, it’s explosion during the Superclub years and the lull in popularity which followed. Through it all, he has upheld an unwavering support for the genre, consistently plucking out the tunes his ears enjoy and bringing the psy trance sound to audiences who may never have discovered it without him. And so it goes with The Gallery: the legendary London clubnight was forced to move to Ministry of Sound with the demise of its famous Turnmills home, but its policy of booking the biggest names in trance, house and techno has continued and made Fridays at the Ministry its own. Both Fleming and The Gallery have found success by being consistent and keeping their fingers on the pulse of what they are best at: delivering the best party music.

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Vitalic announces second wave of live dates and new single "Second Lives"

High-octane electro powerhouse Vitalic is back with a new single and string of club performances and festival appearances throughout the UK. Fast becoming as respected as his pioneering Gallic peers Daft Punk, Pascal Arbez-Nicolas is not short on electrifying material following the release of his acclaimed Flashmob album last year. He’s set to unleash “Second Lives” as his second single on March 22nd and will come with a remix package for the first time.

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Red Bull Music Academy call for budding reporters and photographers

The Red Bull Music Academy has touched down in London with thirty nights of events up until mid-March. The five week series of events includes cultural collisions which bring cutting edge acts together at renowned venues, and Red Bull is looking for budding reporters and photographers to attend and cover the events. You could be one!

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Glade Festival 2010 Headliners Announced

The UK’s premier outdoor electronic dance music festival Glade has unveiled it’s new look for 2010 with a fresh website and the first headline acts on its main stage. Following a hugely successful move to a new home at Matterley Bowl in Winchester last summer, this July organisers are promising to build an even more awe-inspiring world to immerse yourself in.

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Playaway Annonuces New Acts

Now dreaded January is out of the way, it’s time to think to warmer times and the joys that come with them: music festivals. Playaway is a new entry for 2010, promising to instil some old skool sea side antics into the musical mayhem that comes with the season of rocking out to bands and dancing your way through the night to DJs you’ve never heard of before.

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Leftfield back for RockNess

Electronica pioneers Leftfield are back with their first show for a decade this summer, at Scotland’s RockNess festival. Following in the footsteps of The Future Sound of London and Orbital who returned to wow dance fans once more last year, the return of Leftfield is even more eagerly awaited as they will be bringing the sounds of their seminal album Leftism to life once more.

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Camp Bestival 2010

Family favourite Camp Bestival returns next July with another mix of music, comedy and entertainment at Lulworth Castle in Dorset. From Friday, July 30th to Sunday, August 1st Madness, The Human League, Lee Scratch Perry and the English National Ballet will take the lead to keep kids of all ages happy in the first weekend of the summer holiday.

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WIN: Spandau Ballet Live DVDs

Fresh from the release of Once More, their first album in 20 years, Spandau Ballet’s first live recording in over two decades will be released on DVD on November 30th.

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New festival from Live Nation unveiled: Playaway

Music festivals are fast becoming regular events out of their traditional summer field settings thanks to the emergence of resorts such as Butlins opening up their holiday parks for revellers to enjoy music inside out of the cold and the luxury of a chalet to sleep in. The latest edition is the intriguing offering from Live Nation, the producers of festivals worldwide including Wireless and Download in the UK. Dubbed Playaway, this brand new event next April promises to be a festival of music and high jinks — think old school British Holiday capers with a twist of contemporary chic.

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RockNess 2010

Scotland’s Rockness has announced it’s return for 2010 starring the band who received NME’s album of the decade, a Belgium act famed for their party prowess, a Mercury-nominated act and new additions for the Highland music festival from Friday, June 11th to Sunday, June 13th.

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Mister Jack invites you to 'Dream a Little Dream This Christmas'

Mister Jack has become an online sensation this year thanks to MySpace, Youtube, Facebook and Bebo users lapping up his reggae sounds. As the 38th most viewed musician on UK Youtube and awards such as Best Male Vocal and Best Lyrics from Garageband.com, the reggae act is set to take the Christmas chart by storm with “Dream a Little Dream This Christmas”.

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Cover to Cover in aid of the Hepatitis C Trust

Boy George rarely takes to a stage unnoticed, and his performance at a the Hepatitis C Trust’s celebrity karaoke night Cover to Cover was one of many tongue-in-cheek performances at The Paradise in West London. Organised to raise awareness of the fact 20 percent of people in the UK have Hepatitis C but as few as 10 percent know they have it, there were many reasons to go home with memories of this night thanks to the selection of nervous popstars, and a very scared Sadie Frost, getting up on stage in front of a heaving crowd keen to see their favourite perform.

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J-Proc bring novelty back to the Christmas chart race!

“We kind of wanted Jedward to win X Factor, just because it would have been a bit more fun than another bog standard cover version!” announces JW of newly launched techno-pop duo J-Proc. Formed of JW and Proc Proc (apparently their real names, somehow we at zap! bang! don’t believe them) apparently met outside a garage in E17 and discovered a shared love of the novelty pop record. Agreeing that the charts had changed and that the Christmas race was no longer exciting. For them, the lack of releases by artists including the Teletubbies, Cheeky Girls, Mr Blobby or Clive Dunn’s meant that the Christmas rundown was the same as every other chart rundown of the year.

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Blur live 2009 free with The Sunday Times

Relive Blur’s best summer moments with The Sunday Times this weekend as it gives away five more free songs to download from iTunes. Following last week’s free 10-track live CD inside every copy of the Sunday Times, this Sunday you can add another five songs to your Blur collection –- all recorded from their reunion summer gigs.

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Competition: Win Signed Whigfield Goodies!!!

Before Whigfield arrived on the scene in 1994, the phrase “Saturday Night” may have caused everyone to picture drunken nights out on the town. But that was all about to change when the 23 year old blonde Dane arrived on the scene with her insanely catchy bubble gum pop tune “Saturday Night”. Suddenly “Saturday Night” was a dance routine that everyone knew (and secretly still does).

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Celebrities and Popstars Karaoke at Hepatitis C Trust's Get Tested! Get Covered

Popstars, celebrities and superstar DJs will be taking to the microphone and performing their favourite songs to raise awareness of the Hepatitis C Trust’s GET TESTED! campaign. It’s collaboration with Cover to Cover will see Boy George, Sadie Frost, The Chemical Brothers’ Ed Simmons and more line-up for a one-off extravaganza at West London’s The Paradise on Thursday, November 26th.

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BLOC Weekend 2010 - First Names Announced

Lets talk about sex and party — the premier indoor dance festival BLOC Weekend returns next year and has just announced its first acts including the reformed, biggest selling rap group of all time Salt N Pepa. Never an event to follow current trends, the bold move is supported by fellow rapper Ms Dynamite, the original turntablist Grandmaster Flash and leading electronica, techno and dubstep names too.

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