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Festival Update 23rd April 2014

We give you the latest news for Jabberwocky, Lovebox, Sonisphere, Wilderness, Calling Festival, Download Festival, Bestival & Meltdown...

Jabberwocky festival announces after party line-ups for Friday, Saturday & Frabjous Sunday plus Ace Hotel packages! Held across the weekend at Shapes in Hackney Wick and The Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, free to anyone with a Jabberwocky wristband for the respective day and priority entrance to all parties for Ace Hotel package holders, the events see acts from the festival and more join in the after hours festivities following the inaugural Jabberwocky Festival. SHAPES (HACKNEY WICK) AFTER PARTY LINE-UPS: Friday: Kode9 + PATTEN (Live) + DJ Fra Soler (Primavera) + DJ Coco (Primavera). Saturday: Fuck Buttons (DJ set) + DJ Andy Stott + Pitchfork DJs + DJ Declan Allen. THE ACE HOTEL AFTER PARTY LINE-UPS: Friday: Ought Live + Death Waltz DJs. Saturday: DJ Cherrystones + ATP DJs. Frabjous Sunday: Thee Oh Sees + Jozef Van Wissem + Hebronix + Eaux + Pitchfork & ATP DJs.‎
Lovebox is hugely excited to announce a UK exclusive performance for Lovebox this year: seminal hip-hop figure Nas will be joining M.I.A. to co-headline Saturday’s proceedings. With a career spanning over twenty years, he’ll be performing iconic debut album ‘Illmatic’ which celebrates its 20th Anniversary and re-release this year. Also joining the bill is London-institution Norman Jay MBE, Swedish techno don and Drumcode head-honcho Adam Beyer, London’s finest living garage legend DJ EZ, Disco purveyors Maxxi Soundsystem and PBR Streetgang, fast-rising producer Adesse Versions, Melbourne’s Mic Newman and London boy Dolan Bergin. Amsterdam’s freshest face of future house Tom Trago will be tearing up the dancefloor, as will Radio 1 and Rinse golden girl Monki, and Kid Fiesta. We also have a performance from songstress of the moment Jess Glynne to look forward to.‎
Sonisphere festival announces its comedy cast for the 2014 Knebworth event & 12 more acts join the line up... Hosting the Saturday is MAT REED. Born and Bred in Sunderland, the cheekily salacious Mackem charmer hosts a comedic cast that will ensure that most contagious of human functions fills the big blue tent during the comedy hours. Tickling ribs on the Saturday are enemy of the righteous and champion of profanity FIN TAYLOR, ALFIE BROWN, purveyor of socio-political alternative comedy (or SPAC as he likes to call it), the lighting-quick wit of UK improve troupe NOISE NEXT DOOR, JOHN HASTINGS, whose jokes revolve around his world travels, love of metal and what it’s like to look racist but not actually be racist, ANDREW O NEIL – the world’s favourite vegan-transvestite-occultist-metalhead (but-not-goth) comedian and JOHN ROBERTSON – showman, writer, singer, dancer, YouTube manipulator and grinning anarchist extraordinaire. Splitting sides on the Sunday and hosted by SONISPHERE veteran ANDREW O NEIL are Chortle Best Newcomer nominee MATT REES, the surreal and absurd comedy of PAT CAHILL, “Well produced bullshit” specialist (his words, not ours) MAT EWINS, the one man rock/pop extravaganza that is ROB DEERING and “heavily tattooed idiot” (again, his words, not ours) JIM SMALLMAN. This added to the news that 12 more acts have been added to the bill, incl; Therapy? (playing Infernal Love in full), Atari Teenage Riot, Bo Ningen, Trash Talk, Canterbury, Lostalone, Bleed From Within, Dregen, TRC, Beastmilk, Malefice, and Glass City Vice!
Wilderness Festival Adds Joan as Policewoman, Slow Club, Chet Faker, Jack Savoretti, Teleman, Hozier, Josh Record to the Lineup. A Celebration shaped by Nature, a Landscape Transformed By the Arts on August 7-10th 2014, Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire! The gloriously multifaceted and delightfully freewheeling festival known as Wilderness returns this summer for the fourth year, with even more musical, culinary, literary and theatrical hijinks set to take place in the gorgeous Cornbury Park, the jewel in the heart of the Cotswolds. The incomparable musical legend Burt Bacharach has already been confirmed to headline the festival, along with award nominated soul-pop trio London Grammar, chart busting electro kooks Metronomy, mind-blowing Kiwi psych-rocker Connan Mockasin, effortlessly moving troubadours Sivu and Jessie Ware, who will be teaming up with the Wilderness Orchestra in her only festival appearance in 2014. All tickets available via:
Stevie Wonder confirmed to headline Sunday 29 June at Calling Festival... Live Nation today announces that Stevie Wonder, one of the most celebrated and prominent figures in popular music, will headline Sunday 29 June 2014 at Calling Festival in London, while Richie Sambora will join the Aerosmith lineup on Saturday 28 June. The two-day event will take place in Clapham Common on 28 & 29 June 2014. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 11 April 2014 and are available at or
Richie Sambora & more added to Download Festival's line up... Celebrated rock icon Richie Sambora has been added to the line-up for Download Festival 2014. His performance will feature special guest, Australian singer-songwriter and guitar goddess Orianthi. A modern rock guitar legend, Sambora has played to more than 34 million fans worldwide over the course of a career that now spans over four decades. Sambora is one of the few hard rock musicians to truly transcend genres; his collaborators include Cher, LL Cool J and Eric Clapton, and his three solo albums bestride hard rock, blues and experimental rock with the most recent – 2012’s Aftermath of the Lowdown – receiving critical acclaim.‎
Red Bull Music Academy teams up with Bestival... Taking its place among more than 20 stages in 10 fields of wonderment with mega soundsystems, non-stop parties and 24-hour escapism, Bestival are delighted to announce that Red Bull Music Academy will be returning to Robin Hill once again in 2014 with a mind-blowing new stage featuring a stunning altar dedicated to dance and a winged deity. Joining a throng of castaways cutting some rug from September 4th – 7th. A takeover by Glaswegian electronic music Mafiosi Numbers, who return to Bestival for the fourth time, kicks things off on Thursday, with Jackmaster & Oneman Present Can U Dance showcasing their four-deck manoeuvres, live sets from Redhino, and Kool Clap and Spencer going back to back with Optimo. Friday sees Harvey’s Discotheque taking charge, channelling the same wide-grinned disco as his sell-out UK comeback gig with RBMA in 2012. Techno DJ du jour Daniel Avery joins in, alongside stalwarts of the sunrise anthem Pachanga Boys, while Eric Duncan brings the party-throwing antics of his NYC outfit Rub N Tug to the fray, and the ever-charismatic Berlinite Hugo Capablanca goes maximal. The Red Bull Music Academy alumni corner is repped by Jolly Mare and Andre Laos, both from the 2013 edition in New York. Saturday’s line-up comes packing some urban heat, headed up by Boy Better Know’s JME, Skepta, and ex-Kiss FM DJ Logan Sama. They’re joined by garage poster boy Preditah with regular collaborator C4, Rinse co-founder and “Godfather of Grime” Slimzee with Riko Dan, and dubstep pioneer and early FWD fave Plastician. Saturday’s special guest comes in the form of garage royalty DJ EZ, while RBMA alumni Elijah and Skilliam go b2b for an alumni hat-trick. Bringing the weekend to a close, Sunday sees Diplo & friends take the headline slot, with appearances through the night from seasoned beatmaker Kaytranada, enigmatic remix artiste Trippy Turtle, dubstep originator Artwork and sublime selector Martelo. Rounding up Sunday’s roster, 2013 RBMA alumni DJ Slow and Sinjin Hawke weigh in.
James Lavelle reveals new acts added to his Meltdown line-up... Southbank Centre today announces the latest names confirmed to play at James Lavelle’s Meltdown (13 – 22 June). Meltdown is known for bringing to life the world of its curator and for the 21st anniversary of the festival, audiences will be able to engage with DJ and label boss James Lavelle and some of the artists that have collaborated with him, influenced and inspired him throughout his career. Hip hop legend Grandmaster Flash and Scratch Perverts play a one off double-bill, Trentemøller brings his unique blend of Scandinavian electronica to the Royal Festival Hall for the first time, Detroit DJ Jeff Mills comes to the Royal Festival Hall, with support from A Guy Called Gerald, Rosie Lowe joins Glass Animals to play an exclusive set in the unique setting of the Royal Festival Hall’s Production Arch, A second performance of 'Enlightenment' - A Re-envisioning of John Coltrane's A Love Supreme is confirmed due to demand, Bolder Community label founder James Holden plays the Purcell Room & BFI Southbank presents a selection of cinema curated by James Lavelle, exploring hip-hop and street culture, including the UK Premiere of Charlie Ahearn’s Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer.