Fest news update: 25th March 2014
We bring you the latest news from the greatest festivals in 2014 in bitesize chunks to help decide your summers!
BESTIVAL: Basement Jaxx, Bonobo, SBTRKT, Darkside, Temples, DJ Yoda, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Peter Hook & the Light will perform landmark album Unknown Pleasures, Cate Le Bon, Nick Mulvey, Denai Moore, Public Service Broadcasting, Radiophonic Workshop, and Ady Sulieman have been added to the Bestival 2014 bill. The Big Top, old 'big blue' in the main arena is Bestival’s action-packed, genre busting second largest stage, amidst a myriad of mind-blowing musical and immersive experiences and insane Bestival micro-parties. Opening the show on Thursday night with a line-up big enough to grace almost any other festival’s main stage, it’s where the best breakthrough acts rub shoulders with cult heroes and international favourites. Giving genre-specific cosiness a swerve, The Big Top is awe-inspiring eclecticism brought to life and programmed for maximum aceness.
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SONISPHERE: Band Of Skulls, Gary Numan, Carcass, New Model Army, The Winery Dogs, The Bronx, Gallows, 65DaysOfStatic, Sebastian Bach, Chiodos, Bam Margera's Fuckface Unstoppable, Anti Nowhere League, Little Matador & The Lounge Kittens join Sonisphere’s line-up - Due to phenomenal demand, day tickets for the 2014 SONISPHERE festival, headlined by The Prodigy, Iron Maiden and Metallica are now on sale, with Friday tickets priced at £55 and the Saturday and Sunday at £75 per day. In addition, camping add-ons are available to day ticket holders for £35 and for those looking to really treat themselves, a ‘King For A Day’ * package is available. Weekend tickets start at £180. Check
www.sonisphere.co.uk for all ticket options and further info. WIRELESS: Live Nation today announced a host of new acts confirmed to play across the Wireless Festival line up. Tinie Tempah, Robin Thicke, Sean Paul, Naughty Boy, Labrinth, Kid Ink, Wilkinson, Meridian Dan, Lizzo, Jon Bellion, Schoolboy Q, Javeon, Elli Ingram, Blonde, Rixton, Alec Benjamin, Say Lou Lou, Sinead Harnett, Indiana, All About She and Sasha Keable all join the incredible bill. The tenth Wireless Festival takes place for the very first time at London’s Finsbury Park and Birmingham’s Perry Park on Friday 4thJuly – Sunday 6th July. Kanye West, Drake and Bruno Mars will headline whilst OutKast, Pharrell Williams, Rudimental, and many more of the very hottest acts in music today are also already announced to play across the weekend, more acts will be announced soon.
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DOWNLOAD: More bands have been added to the line-up incl; Against Me!, Monster Magnet and The Wildhearts, Chevelle, Arthemis, Orange Goblin, Lawnmower Deth, Page 44, Royal Blood, The Dirty Youth, Marmozets, VAMPS (JPN), Kid Karate, The Magnus Puto, No Hot Ashes, Colt 45, Drones and Tax the Heat.
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FIELD DAY: We are honoured to welcome the legendary Thurston Moore to Field Day on Saturday 7th June. A key member of one of our all-time favourite bands, the art/punk rockers Sonic Youth, Moore has been involved in numerous side projects and has worked with everybody from Yoko Ono, Dinosaur Jr and Beck to Merce Cunningham and Gus Van Sant. His new solo album is to be released by Matador in September and we can't wait to have him at Victoria Park. We are verypleased to confirm band of the moment, Future Islands, who will be joining Pixies, The Horrors, Temples and more on Sunday 8th June. Their sound is one part melancholic, one part euphoric, full of animated basslines, robust drum machines and questing keyboards, all set off by Samuel T Herring's remarkably distinct, soaring vocals. And since that performance on David Letterman earlier this month, we are impatient to see Baltimore's most quixotic and emotionally involving trio live on stage at Field Day. Also confirmed for Field Day Sunday are Heavenly signed psychedelic act The Wytches with their 50s surf riffs, melancholic shuffles and kaleidoscopic stage performance, as well as buzzy newcomers Lovepark. More exciting news coming soon.
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STANDON CALLING: Public Enemy are now confirmed as a main stage headliner for Standon Calling, 1st - 3rd August 2014. The groundbreaking hip-hop group joins fellow headliners Maximo Park and Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls. Also added to proceedings is another hip-hop legend in Grandmaster Flash, Shapeshifter and new talents East India Youth, Young Fathers, Say Lou Lou plus more. Adult weekend tickets for just £119 each are available now from
BLISSFIELDS: Blissfields are excited to announce 2ManyDJs and Sleigh Bells for its 2014 event this July 3rd to 5th, with Hercules And Love Affair, Chloe Howl, Tune-Yards, Dan Croll, Snakehips, Luke Sital Singh, Nick Mulvey, and more now also confirmed for the award-winning family-friendly event in Hampshire. Tickets available now via
T IN THE PARK: Electro pioneers The Human League are Balado-bound this July to make their T in the Park debut on Saturday 12th July, festival organisers DF Concerts and founding partner Tennent’s Lager are delighted to announce. The band join a hugely diverse bill, which will see headliners Biffy Clyro, Calvin Harris, Arctic Monkeys, plus Paolo Nutini, Pharrell Williams and loads more play to an 85,000-strong daily crowd in the fields of Balado this summer over 11th – 13th July.
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MELTDOWN: Southbank Centre’s Meltdown festival is known for bringing to life the world of its curator, and for the 21st anniversary of the festival James Lavelle delivers a programme not to be rivalled by any other summer festival. Through his Meltdown, audiences will have the chance to engage with James Lavelle and some of the artists that have collaborated with him, influenced and inspired him across music, art, design and film. Line up confirmed so far; Chrissie Hynde performs first live show in 5 years and plays her debut solo record ‘Stockholm’, UNKLE play a one off Royal Festival Hall show with collaborators old and new, Goldie and the Heritage Orchestra perform Timeless, celebrating 20 years since its release, Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin to be performed with a live soundtrack from Mica Levi and Orchestrate, Waltz With Bashir to be screened with Max Richter’s score played live by the Philharmonia Orchestra and conducted by André de Ridder, Neneh Cherry performs new material from Blank Project, Mark Lanegan plays his only 2014 European date exclusively for Meltdown, Rare DJ Harvey set at the Spiegeltent in London Wonderground, Acid Brass by Jeremy Deller performed by The Fairey Band to feature in Sunday Come Down, Seminal New York group ESG return to London for one off show and more names to be announced.
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ARCTANGENT: Today ArcTanGent have announced that another 33 bands have been added to their line up and revealed that their third international headliner will be announced on the 2nd April. God is an Astronaut, El Ten Eleven, Tall Ships, I Like Trains, Year of No Light, Alarmist, We Are Knuckle Dragger, No Spill Blood, BATS, Lost in the Riots, Cleft, Olympians, Shiver, Human Pyramids, Astrohenge, Diagonal, Rumour Cubes, Monsters Build Mean Robots, Blueneck, The Winchester Club, Suffer Like G Did, Charlie Barnes, Memory of Elephants, Big Joan, AK/DK, Adding Machine, Samoans, Waking Aida, Wicket, Sleep Beggar, Howard James Kenny, Super Squarecloud and Flies Are Spies From Hell join the line up.
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WYCHWOOD: Eighties rock band The Levellers are today announced as the final headliner for Saturday night's Wychwood Festival 2014, joining Sir Bob Geldof with The Boomtown Rats and The Stranglers for an exceptional three-day programme. Additional acts announced for the Cheltenham Racecourse event includes inspirational and hugely popular CBeebies children’s entertainer Justin Fletcher, talented singer-songwriter King Charles, Madness saxophonist Lee Thompson and his Ska Orchestra, plus many more acts to perform across the three days. Today's announcement further confirms the all-star line-up with many more acts to be announced for the very special 10th Anniversary of Wychwood Festival taking place from 30th May – 1st June. Weekend and day tickets are on sale and available with more information from the new
BLOODSTOCK: Norse black metal standard-bearers, Dimmu Borgir, Texas groove metal kings, Hellyeah, homegrown extreme metal outfit, Bloodshot Dawn, Brits De Profundis, and London extreme metal crew Aghast have all been added to the Bloodstock bill. Bloodstock 2014 is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet! Friday night’s headliners are New Orleans sludgemeisters, Down. Joining them to head up Saturday night are re-united black metal overlords, Emperor and closing out proceedings on Sunday are the mighty thrash legends, Megadeth. Also announced so far are Amon Amarth, Obituary, Crowbar, Hatebreed, Lacuna Coil, Carcass, Prong, Children Of Bodom, Saxon, Decapitated, Flotsam & Jetsam, Evil Scarecrow, Graveyard and many more. Even more bands and other cool things on site will be announced in the coming weeks.
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FARMFESTIVAL: If you're looking for guaranteed goodness from your festival experience this summer look no further than Farmfest. The scene is classic glorious English countryside, their support of the UK's top emerging acts will tick all your music boxes with a line-up full of burgeoning talent, and the rebelliously reasonable prices will make the fine selection of local craft ciders and ales taste even sweeter. Confirmed Live Acts: Public Service Broadcasting, Melt Yourself Down + headliner TBA, Alpines, Beaty Heart, Laid Blak, Jus Now Live, Skinny Lister, Emily and The Woods, The Fire Beneath The Sea, Beans on Toast, The Sounds of Harlowe, Gorgeous George, Gemini (Kelle & Borei), Ukes of Hazard, Firewood Island + more guests TBA. Confirmed DJs: Ralph Lawson, DJ Food, Channel One Soundsystem, Romare, Leo Zero, The Kelly Twins, Shapes Bristol Djs, COR Djs, Slim Goodgroove, Wholemeal Djs, DJ Louie Louie, Franklin (Freerange Recs), Ways And Means, The Quintessential Soundsystem, Farmfestival Djs, James ‘James Bell’ Bell + more guests TBA.
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StreetFest, the UK’s number 1 Live Art & Urban Culture festival which takes place at its new venue ‘Formans Fish Island’ in Hackney Wick, on Sunday the 4th May (Bank Holiday). This year, Ms. Dynamite and Goldie headline, with support from the likes of; True Tiger who have collaborated with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Professor Green, Maverick Sabre, and Ed Sheeran, DJ Woody from Capital FM, also presenter of the ‘Hip-Hop is 40’ AV Show,’ AMPLIFY DOT and many others...
DOLLOP: Created by the team at dollop, Elsewhere 2014 is a new multi-venue festival taking place across various Hackney spaces on May 2nd - 3rd. Boasting a carefully curated line-up of celebrated acts and DJs from the cutting edge of contemporary electronic music, Elsewhere 2014 is the sister event of Nottingham’s Elsewhere festival, which launched with a sell-out success last year. Line-up so far; Actress, Doc Daneeka, Floating Points, Kelela - Live, Lxury, Marcellus Pittman, Mike Skinner, Ryan Hemsworth, Snakehips - Live & more TBA.
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THE STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL: ...returns with a vengeance on Saturday July 19th and Sunday July 20th for another spectacular outdoor line up of rock ’n’ roll in the breathtaking countryside at Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm in Ebbw Vale, South Wales. The Answer joins headliners Europe on Sunday July 20th. This year’s festival, which looks set to attract over 10,000 fans, will be held in a spectacular mountain top location in the heart of South Wales. Saturday July 19th is headlined by Black Star Riders with support from The Graveltones, Tax The Heat, Buffalo Summer and Black Wolf. Sunday July 20th is headlined by the Swedish rockers Europe, plus The Answer, former Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden, Heaven & Eearth and Buck & Evans. Many more acts will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets can be booked from the official festival website:
BRADFORD THREADFEST: The free cross city festival of independent music and art that takes place Spring Bank Holiday May 23 - 25th - has been given a boost to its arts strand in the form of a grant from Arts Council England and support from Bradford Council. Art In Unusual Spaces, a Community Interest Company who curate and commission art in the public realm, have a programme of activity focused in the city’s Oastler Market. New artists confirmed for the rest of the festival include Leeds-based Black Sabbath fused rockers Black Moth (who will be fresh faced from their tour with Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats) Glasgow folk rock from Two Wings, as well as Cantaloupe, Grey Hairs, Rattle, Sentimentalists, Negative Panda, Crinkle Cuts, Snack Family, Gerrard Bell-fife, Idiot Box, Ironrat, Marry Another, Allusondrugs, and Cleft who will join acts including Japan’s Nissenenmodai, Canada’s Nadja and Bradford’s Monty Casino for a packed weekend full of free independent and underground music. Details at
www.bradfordthreadfest.com. Before the weekend itself is the second of the M@BU (Music at Bradford University) lead-up events, featuring Vilalka from France performing a ‘minimalist opera’, avant-garde anti-choir Juxtavoices from Sheffield, and Bradford’s Stephanie Hladowski. All at Theatre in the Mill on University of Bradford Campus on Saturday 29th March. Tickets and more details at
PRIMAVERA: “Primavera” is in the air and three new bands will be joining the main programme in the Parc del Fòrum: The Americans Future Islands and from Dublin, Girl Band, who will both play on Thursday 29th May and the British artists FKA Twigs, who will play on Friday 30th.
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WAY OUT WEST: Sharon Van Etten, Tinariwen, Mac DeMarco, Elliphant + Bo Ningen Added To Way Out West Line-Up. Festival takes place 7th - 9th August in Gothenburg, Sweden with Outkast, Röyksopp & Robyn, Queens Of The Stone Age, The National, Neutral Milk Hotel, Janelle Monáe, Pusha T, Icona Pop, Bill Callahan, Darkside + more. Way Out West tickets are available from
UNKNOWN CROATIA: Chic Ft. Nile Rodgers, London Grammar, Disclosure (DJ), Jamie XX, Clean Bandit, Moderat (live), Prins Thomas & More Added to the line-up. Unknown Croatia has unveiled another huge wave of acts to join its already burgeoning line-up, including the first ever Croatian performance from the legendary Chic Ft. Nile Rodgers and further live shows by Clean Bandit, breakthrough trio London Grammar and pioneering Berlin outfit Moderat. Brit nominees Disclosure also head to Unknown this summer for a unmissable DJ set along with the likes of Jamie XX, DJ Koze, Eats Everything, Richy Ahmed, Prins Thomas and Fainting By Numbers. Having already confirmed over 50 artists including Chvrches, Wild Beasts, Mount Kimbie, DJ Harvey, George Fitzgerald, TEED and John Talabot, Unknown Croatia 2014 will be the highlight of the summer. Tickets and more information at
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