FESTIVAL REVIEW- FESTIVAL NO. 6

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September 29th || Ben Nixon

Myself and fellow member of Psyence, Jamie Cartlidge, begin our journey driving through the deep Welsh valleys in search of Portmeirion, a famous model village situated on the western coast line. The journey itself was a smooth process and quite enjoyable drifting through country roads. However as soon as we landed with it being nightfall, we managed to drive 18 miles going around in circles trying to find the site where we could collect our artist wristbands. Eventually we found the place and within no time, we caught the last shuttle bus and headed to the site where we were greeted by a familiar festival atmosphere.

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We arrived on the Saturday so the festival was already in full swing and everyone was having a blast. The whole camping and arena sites were in a shitty state of chaos, with the weather not holding out the grasslands were converted into a bog and to be honest I wouldn't have it any other way. For me, being covered from head to toe in shit and various unidentified chemicals only adds to the experience. We managed to catch the very last bit of Bloc Party and the set from The Blinders which was sounding big and the party continued until the a.m with plenty to occupy your mind on. First impressions passed the test, it was exactly what I needed.

In the morning, after a sludgy battle to the Tim Peakes stage and finding out that we were unable to perform due to weather conditions and change arounds, we decided to go and visit the second half of the festival. The whole site is split into main parts. The arena being the first and woodlands & village being the second. For those who are unsure why the festival has its name, here is a bit of No.6 Trivia. The model village of Portmeirion was used as a set for the late 1960's series 'The Prisoner' which was about an agent who was transported by an unknown entity to this isolated village supposedly to gain information from him, that had weird balloons capturing anyone who tried to escape. The agent was given a number, No.6 to be precise.

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Through the woodland section there was various stages and activities happening simultaneously, plenty enough to fill out the empty space some festivals fail to fill. The village had its own surprises with a wide range of performing arts on offer. Having watched several bands throughout the day, we waded through to see the grande finale, The Flaming Lips. I have seen their performance before and this one only raised expectations. From giant inflatables balls being hurtled into the crowd to a giant inflatable alien looking thing, these guys know how to put on a show and know how to engage the crowd with every split second that you can experience. Epic. To anyone who has never been to No.6 I would highly recommend to get a ticket for next year. The whole vibe was chilled out and family friendly, so anyone of any age can enjoy it's fruits. Its diversity in entertainment is unique, where else could you go to get smashed listening to bands and then go and trip out to opera? Festival No.6, that's where.

FESTIVAL REVIEW - JUST SO FESTIVAL (Big Un meets Sorbet)

Benedict McManus (and Family)

Sometimes the glove just fits, while I was ready to review Glasto, Leeds/reading or even the Gladstone Beer Festival, having two small daughters, the Just So festival it was...let’s go!  

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Now in it’s 8th year the family focussed festival located just outside of Congleton Cheshire, promises imaginative, intimate one of a kind family festival and wonderland of world class literature, arts, theatre, dance, music, comedy and creative pursuits.  

We had a family weekend camping ticket and three of the four of us were pumped and eager to go. My wife was non plussed but I assured her it would be a dream. First thing I had to do was get a tent. A few successful Facebook posts/pleads later, I had bagged a gem (Cheers Lucy!) Car packed and kids adequately riding a sugar rush that I hoped would last till we got there, we set off ready for our adventure.  

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Skip forward what feels like an age, we finally arrive at the site. Great signage littered the country roads surrounding the festival but then disappears off the face of the earth when you get anywhere close. “This is all part of the fun”, I explain to the family 45 minutes later. For a festival that prides itself on the ‘clean energy revolution’ and carbon offsetting, we might as well have travelled here on a private learjet powered by golden eagle feathers!  

It wasn’t long before the tent was up and bedding out and in place. The sugar had subsided and was replaced by genuine excitement. The girls were desperate to get inside the festival.   Set in over a 4 acres of beautiful woodland in Rhode Hall in Cheshire. The site is transformed into a series of small stages, secluded tents, woodland walks and endless magical discoveries.   Possibly the best festival location I have seen and this was confirmed when I saw a few craft ale camper vans and champagne conversions.  

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I was worried that it would all just be for the kids in a schmaltzy way that perhaps I have been used to. Some spotty teenager in a well weathered Peppa Pig outfit breaking character to discuss love island, but no…..it was something far more interesting and there was something for everyone.  

It is here that I need to come clean, although I eat hummus and correct my kids when they misspell skeuwull (school), I listen to radio 4 and have been known to shop at Trentham, this was perhaps the most middleclass thing I have ever witnessed.  I need to get over myself here but when I overhear a twelve year old boy say “Mummy, Mummy. This sorbet is like a symphony in my mouth!” I start to question my very existence.  If I had to describe the Just So festival I would say think Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome meets the Good Life! This is no bad thing but I needed to have been more prepared.  Imagine if the world had come to an end and was beginning to be repopulated by wonderful people that valued the power of creativity but also were happy to pay £6 for a husk of corn.

This was all my beef and I soon forgot about it when I saw how excited my kids were. Free and safe to roam around site. Explore and direct where they would like us to go next, it was a wonderful freedom that I haven’t experienced in such a large public gathering and was hugely relaxing.  

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The whole festival is underpinned by the Tribal Tournament. This is a big deal. I mean a HUGE deal! Festival goers have the opportunity to side with one of the tribes, Foxes, Frogs, Owls, Fish, Stags, Lions or this year’s new tribe, the Bees. The site is split into it’s relevant tribes and each tribe has a leader that you will occasionally see roaming the site like some kind of Piscine deity with shoal of kids in tow. As a reward for getting involved, good behaviour, sorbet reviews etc you can be rewarded with ‘golden pebbles’. These in turn need to be handed to the tribe leaders and become part of a ‘hunger games’ style leaderboard. Upon entering the festival we were asked by the fish queen whose tribe we belong to, Eve answered “fish” and so it began.

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My failure to own a tent or pack a sleeping bag paled into insignificance when I saw some of the family costumes. Eve was asking why were weren’t dressed up as some of the other families and my response was simple.. I don’t have a degree in stage and theatre costume design or a budget of a small west end production of Cats! As wonderful it was to see such beautiful and detailed family of Fox costumes I can’t help thinking that these guys must have started making these last summer!  Having said this, when Eve recieved her first golden pebble I have never witnessed someone as excited and proud. This was then echoed in myself when later that evening she traded the pebble with a food vendor for a tent load of sweets! Who runs barter town?

The music over the weekend was eclectic, fun and bloody good! We saw folk, acoustic, indie and Bhangra Brass. There was a jelly fight with over 250 people. Talks, workshops and film screenings. Row boats and even a beach. There is literally something for everyone.  

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To conclude, even though my wife had to leave after the first night (work, not my snoring!) and my romantic vision of camping with two beautiful daughters was tested beyond belief, no sleep x slight hangover x constant whining x trying to pack down a tent for the first time = kill me with fire. We all had such a great time with loads of great memories. Look….We all know that I will be back next year, I will be dressed as an ‘end of level Boss’ fish and it will be the best festival I have ever been too.

Just So, I’m a changed man and I thank you. Pass the sorbet and go team FISH!  

JUST SO FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES PROGRAMME AND NEW EXPERIENCES

Just So Festival, 18 – 20 August 2017, Rode Hall Estate, Cheshire

The multi award-winning family arts festival, produced by Wild Rumpus, has revealed its full programme of regional, national and international artists and performers and new areas for families to adventure through in 2017. 

Now in its 8th year and recently awarded Best Festival by the National Outdoor Events Association, Just So is an annual, intimate, weekend-long festival – an imaginative outdoor adventure like no other as the only arts camping festival in the UK dedicated solely to children and their families 

With a love of stories and childhood escapades at its heart, Just So Festival enables families to step out of their day to day lives and into a wonderland of world class literature, arts, theatre, dance, music, comedy and creative pursuits together. Underpinned by the Tribal Tournament, the most bonkers competition in the land, it takes audiences (from bumps to great grandparents) on a unique expedition of mischief and mayhem, to lands full of magical midnight feasts, curious creatures, raucous pillow fights, hidden retreats, top notch food, drink and boutique camping options and breathtaking beauty.

NEW AREAS FOR JUST SO 2017:

The glorious lakeside Silver Screen is a new large-scale area dedicated to all things cinematic. Recreate famous dance scenes from favourite flicks, join a musical chorus line, slapstick and ukelele workshops, become extras in a Just So epic production and get ready for Hollywood with film star styling. Look out for absurd usherettes and a“drive-in movie experience like no other” in Ecstatic Cinema, the new walkabout show from Kitsch n Sync Collective and become part of a theatre company for a day, producing your own show in Gypsy Caravan Theatre. Expect marvellous music, theatre and dance all themed around the big screen and the completely competitive Just So Film Quiz. Bring a blanket while night falls to the beautiful outdoor cinema here and snuggle up to watch the best silent movies and family classics together in a programme supported by Film Hub North West Central and the BFI.  

Head to the new Social Barn for a completely crackers celebration of fodder. Located next to The Social (with its incredible array of artisan food and drink) expect insect eating, foraging, the inaugural Just So jelly fight, Jellybean architecture challenges and compete in the Vegetable Games (skittles, Jenga and juggling with veggies!). Don’t miss the chance to make and play your very own instrument in a Vegetable Orchestra and of course, the famous Just So Midnight Feast and The Great Just So Bake Off.  

Inquisitive family explorers can discover the new Forgotten Courtyard, an area for children aged 8 and older in association with acclaimed current affairs magazine The Week Junior. Set within Rode’s Italian Garden in the atmospheric ruins of the Old Tenants’ Hall it will provide a creative space for inquisitive young minds to stretch their knowledge of the world around them through challenging and exhilarating workshops, provocations, debates and talks including photography and writing workshops, the chance to take part in a topical debate with The Week Junior team and to have your news articles, front covers and pictures created at the festival featured in the magazine. 

Some of the UK’s favourite children’s authors will be leading interactive sessions here revealing more about the creative process behind their storytelling and sharing the best new books out this year. Blue Peter book award-winner Kieran Larwood (Podkin One-Ear) will be providing guidance on how to invent your own world and design your own fantasy world map, Mike Brownlow (Ten Little Dinosaurs, Monsters, Pirates and Princesses book series) will be sharing the process of making a picture book and Froggicorn illustrator Katy Jones will be leading a session on devising strangecreatures culminating in the creation of a brand new Extraordinary Beast.   Author Sarah Mussi (Snowdonia Chronicles Trilogy) will be leading a session on uncovering fact and fiction behind the legends surrounding the dragons of Wales and the tales of Merlin. 

Adventurer, author (The Everest Files)  and award-winning Director Matt Dickinson (who has survived avalanches and killer storms) will be sharing his thoughts on what motivates explorers to take risks in the extreme corners of the planet and the current challenges faced by indigenous people who live in the highest, coldest and most dangerous regions on earth. 

Join Corin Bell, Director of the incredible Real Junk Food Manchester to discover more talk about how and why so much food goes to waste, the work that the Real Junk Food Manchester are doing to eradicate it, and how to play your part. Young festivalgoers can also stretch some musical muscle and write and perform top tunes with award-winning songwriter and storyteller David Gibb and through a Bramble Jam session with the carnivalesque band the Bramble Napskins. 

THE BEST OF THE GLORIOUS REST – THE NEW PROGRAMME FOR 2017

Step into the extraordinary Spellbound Forest for Theatre For One from Horse & Bamboo, tales from our storyteller extraordinaire Ian Douglas, and tickle your senses further with a new Barefoot Walk experience from our friends at Natural Reatreats . Join the team from Chester Zoo across the weekend to become a Wildlife Champion by buzzing like bees, becoming mesmerised by moths, discovering bats, singing for songbirds, creating homes for wildlife and building storytelling dens. Don’t miss campfire tales, bonfire bands and an invitation to a special Wedding Feast here as dusk falls and the woodland magic really begins.

Join our Spellbound Shindig this year to celebrate anything you like led by our eccentric master of ceremonies. In true Just So style, traditions will be turned on their head and will include Cake Throwing (Japanese wedding tradition), Tying The Knot (shake bad luck by marrying a tree – a tradition found in India - or say I do to someone you love) celebrate a birthday in Birthday Brouhaha games and songs or just join in our Free For All Celebration to mark any reason to revel.

In the magical Woodland Theatre award-winning performance poet Joseph Coelho will reveal the mysterious rules of The Werewolf Club, how to look like a rainbow and how to fold up your gran.  Laugh until you fall over at a new show from comedian James Campbell and don’t miss Goblin Theatre’s brand new musical take on Peter And The Wolf with animal antics a plenty.

More creative larks here include new side-splitting material and the launch of the new album Climb That Tree from award-winning children’s songwriter David Gibb and performance from three-part harmony group The Bobbysocks. Join Costa Children’s Book Award shortlisted Ross Montgomery (Perijee & Me) on an interactive discovery session exploring his magical worlds and stories and get ready for top writing tips and how to harness the power of your imagination from debut author Amy Wilson who will be sharing her inspiration for her critically acclaimed A Girl Called Owl.

Adventure into Tales of Animalia to encounter lands, creatures and characters beyond your wildest dreams from the strange imaginations of our friends at outdoor theatre company The Fabularium. For those festivalgoers considering ill behaviour experience new performances The Cautionary Tales of the Animalia and hear stories of those who have committed dark misdeeds and met darker consequences including Naughty Little Suck-A-Thumb, Cruel Frederick and The Cat and the Matches.

Throughout the day encounter The Cyclops and his Naughty Flock of Sheep, The Magical Moving Trees and The Carnival of Animals here too, then visit at dusk to close the Animalia for the night with bedtime tale The Lion’s Lullaby.

Deep within the forest find Away With The Fairies, an enchanting secret fairyland. Spy sprites making mischief up in the trees, meet the Fairy Queen and make woodland crowns and all manner of other fairycraft.

Head to the eccentric Village Green to experience the best new outdoor performance for families including Matthew Harrison’s The Actual Reality Arcade – a life-sized interactive game zone for all ages, inspired by classic arcade games. Keep your eyes peeled for Baba Yaga’s House by contemporary circus and theatre company Dizzy O’Dare – a ramshackle old cottage which roams the land on chicken legs while Baba flies in her giant pestle and mortar – she might tell your fortune, or then again she might just eat you. 

See new show The Jukeboxes from Bootworks Theatre and meet Wilford, a rockabilly tree planting anarch-nomad in Seed, the brand new show from Pif-Paf. Head to the new, glorious Games Tent, do a spot of Maypole dancing and hone your circus skills on the Green too. Visit the special Just So Post Office - send a letter to a new pen pal at Just So Brasil

The Village Green is also the nerve centre of the Tribal Tournament and where festivalgoers can encounter a sports day with a difference -  pillow fighting anyone? Throughout the festival join the Bee, Fox, Frog, Owl, Fish, Stag or Lion tribes to compete in ridiculous games and all manner of unexpected shenanigans to earn coveted golden pebbles and be crowned the winning tribe. Find your tribe on festival Sunday and take part in the Tribal Parade, a Just So highlight. 

Dance like wild things to the outstanding line-up of over 20 brilliant artists and bands on the Footlights stage. Headliners include “sea-soaked” Dublin folk quintet The Eskies, riotous six-piece The Carny Villains and the blistering brass of The Baghdaddies. Don’t miss the UK’s current award-winning queen of country music Laura Oakes, folk rockers Ogre Melodies, gutsy sounds of Circe’s Diner and folk artist Rob Ritchings. Let loose to the hoedown experience of Cut A Shine, The Rip Roaring Success and The Hot Rock Pilgrims, the carnivalesque Bramble Napskins and the Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band.

Do some more wild whirling and swirling at Jitterbug where more unmissable music and dance performances and workshops include CanCan, Charleston, Circus Swing, Flatfooting, Bollywood and Ballet.  When evening comes, dance the night away at the DISCO here too.

 Contemplate the universe at The Observatory with brand new performance How I Hacked My Way To Space by Unlimited Theatre and be wowed by Spanish contemporary trampoline circus show Anyday by Max Calaf Seve.  Learn about the constellations with Star Gazingsessions led by an astronomer, play our Eye Spy in Space game weave stars for Woven Constellations to form a tapestry of beautiful stars lit up at night and make an array of star and moon shaped lanterns to parade against the twilight sky. 

 

Step through a verdant archway into the new Weleda Peekaboo Garden – an area of botanical bliss and innovative performances, activities and right royal facilities for 0-4s in a new location close to the family campsite. Experience some huge adventures for little people connecting us to our natural world.  Look out for the curious bubble-loving snail Snigel in brand new inspirational performance The Adventures of Snigel and step into a nest to join the daily life of a bird family in Fine Chisel Theatre’s new show Fit, Flap Fly. From the early morning until night, music, dance and movement, painting, baby book club, baby massage and baby yoga will ensure the littlies doze off to the sound of our bedtime lullabies to soothing live beautiful harp music as dusk falls. 

Visit a living Weleda garden to discover more about the amazing properties and powers of our native plants. Join the Weleda team for a Mad Hatter’s tea party and sample Weleda’s pure and 100% certified natural products including their multi-award winning baby and pregnancy ranges.  Flex some creative muscles together in flower crown and seedbomb making workshops (advance booking) and enjoy some grown-up relaxation time with complimentary Weleda Skin Food hand massages. Enjoy airy baby changing and relaxing baby bath time here with complimentary Weleda Baby products, the Just So baby-feeding boudoir, sponsored by Medela, pregnancy yoga, a Sling Library support and advice on hand from trained midwives and Cheshire East NCT and high chairs and bottle warming facilities across the buggy-friendly festival site.

Make your way to the calming High Seas on the Left Bank of the stunning Rode Pool lake for relaxation galore. Walk through Between Stillness and Storm, a newly commissioned, mesmerising, large-scale sculptural installation by renowned artists Aiden Moesby and Tim Shaw and experience changing sound, light and motion made by a range of historic and contemporary instruments for “sensing” the weather.  Enjoy family yoga, tai chi, meditation and take a wooden rowing boat out on to the tranquil expanse of water. 

Just So is set in woodland clearings, rolling parkland, arboreal amphitheatres and lakeside spots in the Rode Hall Estate, Cheshire, one of the most stunning landscapes in the UK, with limited public access the rest of the year. 

A not-for-profit arts festival, the ticket price includes all entertainment and programming across the festival site, with capacity capped at 5000 to ensure a magical, relaxing and safe environment for all. 

Winners of Tourism Experience of the Year, Festival Kidz Gold Award and Inclusive Tourism Award, Just So Festival aims to create memories treasured by families year-round and has a pioneering approach to accessibility, enabling families with all needs and preferences to enjoy and participate together.

 Rowan Hoban and Sarah Bird, Directors of Wild Rumpus who produce large scale immersive outdoor family arts events in natural landscapes, set up Just So Festival in 2009 to create a spellbinding weekend where families could step out of their day to day lives, be immersed in incredible stories and moments of wonder together, and experience world class, breathtaking outdoor arts. 

They say “thank you to all our incredible audiences who have adventured together at Just So to help us make it one of the best family festivals in the world today. Spending time together as a family, exploring the woods, venturing to the Lake at dawn, singing around the campfire, eating under the stars, dancing like wild things to incredible foot stomping bands and listening to stories that will fill us full of awe and wonder at the magical world around us….what’s not to look forward to. We can’t wait to share Just So 2017 with you soon.”

Families planning to come to Just So 2017 are being advised to buy tickets earlier than usual this year, with tickets selling at a record rate for the 5000 capacity August event.  

 START YOUR ADVENTURE NOW

Family adventurers should keep their ears to the ground for more adventures and surprises to be revealed each month.

For information and tickets visit www.justsofestival.org.uk

Follow Just So @justsofestival https://www.facebook.com/justsofestival

FESTIVAL REVIEW - Y Not Festival 2017

Bethan Shuff

After a glorious drive through the beautiful Derbyshire countryside, we found ourselves wondering, ‘are we sure we’re in the right place? There doesn’t seem to be much traffic?’ we spoke too soon as we reached a long line of festival goers jumping out and doing laps of their cars in the standstill, people on foot getting there much quicker than those driving. A big blue tent and a sea of other colourful tents just visible a few miles down the road. We were definitely in the right place…nearly.

Once into Y Not, we were sent here, there and absolutely everywhere until we finally made it to the press office where we booked in before heading off to set up camp. We headed straight for the VIP area with hot showers and nice toilets, you can take a girl out of the city, but you can’t take the city out of the girl. Tent up and raining in through the roof, we decided to use initiative and attempt the trusty home-waterproofing method of binbags!

The rain meant that there were some delays on the main stage and the acts wouldn’t be up and running for a while, and so it was off to grab the nicest cheesy chips I’ve ever had in my life with peri peri salt and gloopy liquid cheese and a cold can of Red Stripe.

The delays meant that the running order on the main stage went off schedule, and so we missed out on Sundara Karma’s short four song set, but managed to catch The Hunna who embraced the bad weather and kicked off their set with You and Me. For some of their fans, Y Not will have ben their first festival experience and The Hunna made it worth their while giving it 100% as the crowd sung the backing to Bonfire. 

We waded through the mud in search of The Quarry, where the big blue tent was packed and overflowing for Brummie four piece Jaws. It’s so difficult for a band to condense their catalogue into just a short half hour set, but Jaws managed to squeeze in Be Slowly, Cast, Gold and a few other fan favourites. If there were enough hours in the day, I’d have loved to see Think Too Much and Bad Company, half an hour just isn’t long enough!  

Music was coming from every stage, tent, stall and van, but only the sound of Clean Bandit could be heard throughout the entire campsite as they got through their set of chart toppers, their most recent single being Rockabye. Clean Bandit’s energetic pop set headlined the show as indie lads The Vaccines pulled out of the show due to the rain.

A wet, rainy night made way for a relatively sunny, but pretty muddy Saturday and everyone was heading straight through the barriers, arms in the air showing colourful wristbands. The Quarry was brimming with bright colours and glitter for Mr Motivator, who had been moved from the Main Stage so that they could set up the stage for the rest of the acts. Mr Motivator got us all energised and ready for the day with squats and lunges and telling us we are amazing specimens. I mean, it is pretty amazing how the human body will allow you to drink vodka for breakfast and not throw up in an exercise class. Feeling empowered after our stretching, our next exercise was getting through the mud, past the Y Not sign, which was now just the ‘not’ sign as someone had managed to rugby tackle the Y to the mud, and to the Main Stage.

Midlands band Deco kicked off the Main Stage antics with their electronic indie set. Frontman and Birthday Boy Max Kendall must have been chatting with Mr Motivator as he bounced around the stage with bags of energy for a groggy morning. The band offered a lucky fan the chance to win a free CD if they tweet the band, to which I imagine they were absolutely bombarded on social media as the crowd was already packed out by 12:30. 

A lot of the day was spent negotiating the mud, getting glittered up and scouting out waterproofs! Junk Manchester must have sold thousands of yellow rain macs (with matching trousers!) but more and more boxes of them were getting brought out of the van like a tardis! 
Later in the day we bagged ourselves a spot at the main stage for DMA’s set, I managed to hear Lay Down and Delete from the huge VIP Portaloo queue as only one toilet was open, but made it out alive for angsty punk duo Slaves. Who needs a full drum kit anyway? ‘F**k the high hat* they chanted, bashing the four-piece drum kit of cymbals, snare and floor tom as hard as humanly possible. Mosh pits erupted throughout the crowd as Slaves recruited more fans to their cult, hitting them square in the face with The Hunter.

Opening his set as main support on The Big Gin Main Stage was Jake Bugg with the song that made him famous – Two Fingers; Bugg has a cracking live voice identical to his records. He seamlessly switched between acoustic and electric guitars, playing tracks from all three of his incredibly diverse albums. Highlights of the set included Slumville Sunrise and Taste It with their upbeat chorus’, but slowing it down for Broken was absolutely beautiful with all arms in the air. He finished off with a cover of Back To My Roots by Richie Havens and finally, Lightning Bolt.

After Jake Bugg, the buzz at the Big Gin stage was growing in anticipation for Stereophonics, who had to bring their stage times forward to 8pm. Fainting just before Kelly Jones took to the stage meant I got a sneak peek at the set list in the medical room as well as a free mars bar before I could go and re-join the huge crowd for the opening number C’est la Vie. How such a huge set of lungs fit in such a small man, I’ll never know, but Jones’ voice projected across the field with an enormous amount of power. Stereophonics fans sung their hearts out to Have A Nice Day and Maybe Tomorrow before Kelly Jones tells us about how he used to listen to tapes in his bedroom, an played us a medley of his childhood favourites, including Highway to Hell. An emotional Graffiti On The Train was followed by Indian Summer, after which we were introduced to their latest release All In One Night, the first single from their 10th studio album out later this year. All In One Night is a more electronic number which has found its way onto radio stations in the past few weeks, making RadioX’s single of the week just two days after playing Y Not. A Thousand Trees turns 20 years old this year so it got a special little mention and spot in the set list, along with the punchy indie-rock track Bartender and The Thief and finally, everyone’s favourite summer song to lay back with your head on the grass – Dakota. Everyone had a dance and a cuddle with their mates as they reminisced previous summers and fond memories. Jones’ seemed to be waiting for something, looking up in the air mid-track… someone forgot to set the fireworks off; but we did eventually get a beautiful pyro display at the end of the track.

After the band had finished, people made their way back through the, yes, mud in the pitch black, some wandered off in search for more beers, others headed over to The Quarry for Lethal Bizzle and some headed back to suffering, wet tents to prepare, mentally and physically for Sunday.

Sunday morning came and we got ready, glittered up and headed towards the Rock and Roll camping field. Hundreds of people were packing up their tents and leaving, I assumed either due to not being able to hack the mud or because they only brought day tickets. When we arrived at my brother’s tent, he was packing up too… ‘what’s going on?’ ‘festival’s cancelled’. I thought he was joking. There had been no announcements, just a Facebook post and hearsay (which wasn’t much use to those with no signal or no battery) saying that due to adverse weather conditions, the rest of the festival was cancelled. We headed back to the other end of the site to pack up, still no officials or stewards in sight to announce the closure. We packed up our stuff and headed back to the carpark, which was a complete free-for-all as there were still no stewards to direct traffic or assist the cars stuck and wheel-spinning in the mud. Some cars were allowed to go left, but others not; and so we had an additional five mile round trip added onto the journey before hours of panicked, unorganised traffic.

Home safe and well with phones charged, we could finally read Y Not’s statement for closing the festival:...

"Unfortunately we’ve had to take the difficult decision to cancel Sunday due to the adverse weather conditions across the weekend, after consulting all the relevant authorities. The safety of our guests, performers and crew is our primary concern and the potential risk was too severe for Sunday to go ahead. We are very sorry for the disappointment and disruption caused to everyone who was looking forward to the final day of the festival. We understand that people will have questions about refunds. We will be giving all our guests further information about this over the coming days."

Y Not was a laugh whilst it lasted, with amazing food, class bands and lots of MUD. It’s a huge shame that the Sunday got cancelled, with acts like Maximo Park getting turned away at the gates, Two Door Cinema Club rumoured to have pulled out of the festival the previous day, a cancelled paint party and so much more that festivalers were looking forward to. Keep an eye out on the Y Not Facebook Page for more updates. 

FESTIVAL REVIEW - Truck Festival 2017

Leah Hamer

‘Where are the tent poles?’ This Rebel’s experience of Truck Festival began with those words.

After two stuffy train journeys from Stoke to Didcot-Parkway, followed by the winding queue and cramped proximity of the shuttle bus, furthered by a stifling walk to the entrance and yet another queue, we had finally arrived in the heart of Steventon. Bubbling with an overwhelming curiosity and anticipation, it all came crashing down with the unzipping of the tent bag. After several stages of confusion, denial and anger- laughter and acceptance shortly followed as we sauntered over to the onsite camping shop and said the inevitable words, ‘Can we buy a tent please?’ 

Truck Festival is renowned for being ‘the godfather of the small festival scene’. Nestled in the quaint countryside of Oxfordshire, it has been bringing together teenagers and indie music lovers for two decades now, and continues to grow with every year. In celebration of its twentieth anniversary, one hell of a party was in store.

Rain fired its way down from the heavens over the vibrant arena- packed out with glowing fairground rides, engulfing striped tents, sun-kissed hammocks, streams of stalls, all surrounding the almighty Truck Stage. Brummy grunge kids Jaws were the first band on the evening agenda, packing out the Market Stage- the centre of the hipster force field for the weekend. With their phenomenal cult fan base, Jaws had a crowd fit for a far bigger platform and gave a stylish and engaging performance, with hit tracks like Gold going down a treat. 
After grabbing an overloaded burrito from The Flaming Cactus Co, we caught the final moments of the anarchistic Slaves- a band that continues to have a captivating impact on fans across the world- to the right of us was an entire family wearing their merchandise- including an eight-year-old child and their liberal parents. 

As the night dawned on, the headlining noughties wonders, Franz Ferdinand, took to the stage. With the garish blue hair of Alex Kapranos blinding the crowd, they kicked in with Dark of the Matinee and immediately locked us all into their hypnotic spell of nostalgic indie-pop. A tight and catchy set, that didn’t rely on over winded solos or heavy effects, the tracks remained at a consistent tone, polished with some groovy overdrive and the courageous vocals of Alex- who flaunted himself around the stage with sass and power. With crowd-pleasers like Do You Want To, Take Me Out and This Fire- Franz Ferdinand were an incredible way to begin the weekend of celebrations. 

The music did not end with the goodbyes of the headliners, throughout the arena more intimate venues continued onwards until the early hours, including The Saloon Bar. Henry Senior Jr and The Champs drew in the crowd of drowned rats to watch their alternative instrumental rock. With a peculiar arrangement including a slide guitar and saxophone- the band gave us twangy, sleek rock n roll, as the audience danced and cheered. 

Saturday morning arose with the sunshine and promise. We waded through the river of mud to discover a ray of neon orange flapping across the Truck Stage. Mr. Motivator. Hundreds of tired festival goers had risen to lunge, jump, twirl, march and dance in their wellies to the charming commands of the legend himself. He had us screaming and shouting war cries, shaking our bodies and shimmying from side to side. Embarrassing dads made their children cringe, whilst competitive boyfriends out-lunged their girlfriends. In a wonderful feat of positivity and blatant silliness- everyone was uplifted and simply loving life. 

A return to The Saloon Bar followed to catch upcomers, The Americas- a three piece indie group who relied on a recording device to fill in for their lack of bass player. Cool and confident, they were a surprising and welcomed discovery. Over at the Market Stage, rising stars The Shimmer Band had taken their places in preparation for a godly set filled with impressive finger work, snazzy dress codes and an engaging persona at the hands of frontman, Tom Newman. After working their way up the venue scale in recent months, it is easy to see why they have been pipped as an act to watch. As fans eagerly await their debut album, there are whispers and hopes that the five-piece could follow in the footsteps of the likes of Blossoms. 

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The tourist elements of Truck followed- a colossal paint party (that essential turned into a mud fight, with speckles of yellow and pink dust), the obligatory photograph with the Truck sign, and a visit to Palm City to catch some flashing lights and dance music. Nothing But Thieves then arrived onto the main stage to force out the goose-bumps from our pores and tickle the hairs on our spines. Frontman Conor Mason coughed and admitted to being hungover, before blowing us all away with his unearthly vocal waltz. With tracks like Amsterdam, Trip-Switch and Sorry- Nothing But Thieves are a band that’s records resonate completely with their live performances. 

Over at the Rockin’ Chair Hip Hop karaoke was going down, with ordinary folk getting their swag on and attempting to rap like Jay-Z and booty-pop like Beyoncé- entertainment central. A trip to the Virgins and Veterans tent was next required where Thomas Truax was performing his endearing one-man-band-routine as a hearty veteran. 

Big contenders The Wombats were giving their pleasant pop routine at the Truck Stage, warming everyone up with their fun sing-along tracks like Techno Fan and Let’s Dance To Joy Division. They prepared the crowd for the dose of messy nostalgia that was waiting behind the curtains- The Libertines. Pete Doherty and Carl Barat spent years of their lives collecting a die-hard fan base that have followed the pairing throughout the depths of their rollercoaster careers. So today, the majority of fans will be so in awe of seeing their heroes live, that the band do not actually need to try anymore. They rock up with dirty rhythms and mumbled lyrics with their iconic tracks like Up The Bracket, Can’t Stand Me Now and Don’t Look Back Into The Sun and people are wild with ecstasy. Non-fans will hear out of time guitar bashing and drunk vocalists, but that’s not the point. Within their cult following- they have achieved the status of demi-gods that outsiders will never understand. They will be eternally worshiped.

Sunday morning called and so arrived the first and last dry day, as everyone began the slow pack up, readying the final journey home. Kicking off the day was Cassia- a fun loving three-piece who had the Market Stage overflowing. With popping, sweet indie tones and endearing melodies, they were reminiscent of an early Vampire Weekend. The picture of summer happiness and freedom, they could not be a more suitable festival band and have a promising future ahead. 

The rest of the day was spent jumping on space-hoppers in the Angel Gardens (no, we did not realise it was a children’s playground), bopping to the swinging 60s tunes of the Blue Rinse DJ sets in the Rockin’ Chair, and experiencing a spiritual healing for a wasp sting. The variety available in such a small space was marvelling. Cabbage then hit the main stage with their politician whacking and fight-the-power attitudes. The fellas are famed for their chaotic performances- normally one of them is hanging off the lighting stands or head-first in the crowd. However, they were bizarrely sober and tame- they would have perhaps been more suited to a more intimate venue where they had the ability to let loose. 

Maximo Park gave the penultimate performance of the evening, with their sparky and free willed frontman, Paul Smith providing snake hips and comedic prowess whilst dancing about in his blue suit and trilby. Playing a mixture of new tracks and old- they were tight, clean and catchy- the perfect preparation for the final show. To the regal theme tune of Game Of Thrones, The Vaccines entered the stage and performed their classic, indie-pop sensations- Post-Break Up Sex, Wetsuit, Wreckin Bar, all mixed in with their darker later work like Dream Lover. With charm and wit, Justin Young carried the band together in an exhilarating show filled with top-notch riffs, sing-along-anthems and bag loads of charisma. Ending with the stadium fillers, If You Wanna Come Back and Norgaard- the crowd was alight. 

As a spectacular blast of fireworks soared into the air, each crowd member held their loved ones and swayed together in the bittersweet notion that another Truck Festival had come and gone. Here’s to twenty more. 

FESTIVAL REVIEW - Latitude 2017

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Henham Park once again provided the backdrop for one of the UK’s most eclectic and immersive festival experiences, as enthusiasts of all arts revelled in the sights and sounds of Latitude Festival 2017.

Melvin Benn, MD of Festival Republic said: “Latitude 2017 has been one of the best, and most certainly the biggest Latitude yet – we welcomed 40,000 people to Henham Park this year. The 1975 gave a phenomenal debut headline performance on Friday night. Mumford and Sons and their Gentlemen of the Road Takeover brought with it so many memorable performances – notably their headline set which was simply unforgettable. Fleet Foxes rounded off the weekend in the only way they know how – it was stunning. Yet again, I’m blown away by our Latitude audience, who were treated to the finest in music, arts, theatre, comedy and literature. I can’t wait to see you all again next year.”

Temperatures rose on Thursday night as Hot Brown Honey kicked off the theatre programming. At The SpeakEasy, Bang Said The Gun and Tim Key represented the vanguard of performance poetry and the stage took an erotic turn with popular podcast My Dad Wrote A Porno. Sick of The Fringe tackled an altogether more serious subject with Austerity Cuts as part of a virtual Wellcome Trust Arena takeover and Blue Boy Entertainment christened an effervescent Waterfront Stage with a display of hip-hop theatre with The Get Down.

Friday saw one of the UK’s biggest breakout bands of the last decade; The 1975 make their Obelisk Arena headline debut by bringing their current chapter of I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It to a close before announcing their new feat, Music For Cars to the captivated audience. Friday’s Obelisk revellers were also spoiled with earlier sets from the likes of electro pop royalty Goldfrapp and the pitch black indie of The Horrors. Topping the bill at the BBC Music Stage were the iconic Placebo who provided a career-spanning, crowd-pleasing set which enthralled both die-hard fans and newcomers, whilst the tent was awash with shoegaze noise from RIDE and East Anglian native Beth Orton.

Friday saw one of the UK’s biggest breakout bands of the last decade; The 1975 make their Obelisk Arena headline debut by bringing their current chapter of I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It to a close before announcing their new feat, Music For Cars to the captivated audience. Friday’s Obelisk revellers were also spoiled with earlier sets from the likes of electro pop royalty Goldfrapp and the pitch black indie of The Horrors.

Topping the bill at the BBC Music Stage were the iconic Placebo who provided a career-spanning, crowd-pleasing set which enthralled both die-hard fans and newcomers, whilst the tent was awash with shoegaze noise from RIDE and East Anglian native Beth Orton.

There was plenty to discover on day one across the Latitude bill as Australia’s Julia Jacklin offered a soundtrack of melancholic alt-country for fans looking to start their Latitude experience early. At the Sunrise Arena, Norway’s next big thing Sigrid showed why everyone’s talking about her as the crowd spilled out into the woods. Over at The Lake Stage, curated by BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, a back to back performance by Shame and HMLTD whipped the audience into frenzy. Latitude’s arts stages were full of highlights including BalletBoyz who rounded off a UK Tour of their outstanding, provocative and dazzling Life. on The Waterfront Stage. Latitude’s renowned comedy programme featured the unstoppable Susan Calman, and in a return visit, Dara O’Briain rounded off the first day with a storming headliner Come

There was plenty to discover on day one across the Latitude bill as Australia’s Julia Jacklin offered a soundtrack of melancholic alt-country for fans looking to start their Latitude experience early. At the Sunrise Arena, Norway’s next big thing Sigrid showed why everyone’s talking about her as the crowd spilled out into the woods. Over at The Lake Stage, curated by BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, a back to back performance by Shame and HMLTD whipped the audience into frenzy.

Latitude’s arts stages were full of highlights including BalletBoyz who rounded off a UK Tour of their outstanding, provocative and dazzling Life. on The Waterfront StageLatitude’s renowned comedy programme featured the unstoppable Susan Calman, and in a return visit, Dara O’Briain rounded off the first day with a storming headliner Come

In Theatre, MANWATCHING tested Seann Walsh’s literacy skills by delving into the realm of female desire and Charlie Fink’s collaboration with playwright David Grieg brought audiences along on his musical journey storytelling-through-song project Cover My Tracks. In The SpeakEasy Dom Joly gave Latitude an interactive glimpse into his social media and showbiz adventures whereas in the Wellcome Trust Arena, a discussion about immunity and the health revolution raged on. Kevin Spacey Foundation for Dance winner Holly Blakey drew The Waterfront programme for Friday to a close with energy, vulnerability and transgression in Some Greater Class. Friday also featured a very special Will Youngdouble bill: a SpeakEasy Q&A titled The Art of Listening and a capacity filled Cabaret Arena jazz jam session. In Cabaret Daniella Isaacs gave wellness a two-fingered salute with Hear Me Raw. Saturday saw Mumford and Sons bring their curated Gentlemen of the Road line up to a sold out Latitude Festival. Collaboration was the order of the day as the headliners coupled their towering folk rock anthems with guest appearances by handpicked GOTR acts Baaba Maal, Maggie Rogers, Leon Bridges, Lucy Rose, Gill Landry, Kevin Garrett and The Very Best.

In Theatre, MANWATCHING tested Seann Walsh’s literacy skills by delving into the realm of female desire and Charlie Fink’s collaboration with playwright David Grieg brought audiences along on his musical journey storytelling-through-song project Cover My Tracks. In The SpeakEasy Dom Joly gave Latitude an interactive glimpse into his social media and showbiz adventures whereas in the Wellcome Trust Arena, a discussion about immunity and the health revolution raged on. Kevin Spacey Foundation for Dance winner Holly Blakey drew The Waterfront programme for Friday to a close with energy, vulnerability and transgression in Some Greater ClassFriday also featured a very special Will Youngdouble bill: a SpeakEasy Q&A titled The Art of Listening and a capacity filled Cabaret Arena jazz jam session. In Cabaret Daniella Isaacs gave wellness a two-fingered salute with Hear Me Raw.

Saturday saw Mumford and Sons bring their curated Gentlemen of the Road line up to a sold out Latitude Festival. Collaboration was the order of the day as the headliners coupled their towering folk rock anthems with guest appearances by handpicked GOTR acts Baaba MaalMaggie RogersLeon BridgesLucy RoseGill LandryKevin Garrett and The Very Best.

Impressive sets came from festival newcomers throughout the day, with Declan McKenna filling the BBC Music Stage to the rafters, Jorja Smith effortlessly dazzling the audience with her R&B sounds on The Lake Stage and the raucous IDLES who, not content with a ferocious, well-attended set on the Lake Stage proceeded to lead fans up to the BBC Music Introducing stage for a secret set. The Obelisk Arena received a special performance by Two Door Cinema Club who left no hit unaired, whilst the BBC Music stage saw the debut festival performance by Ben Howard’s mysterious A Blaze of Feather and a phenomenal final Saturday night set from Jack Garratt.

Impressive sets came from festival newcomers throughout the day, with Declan McKenna filling the BBC Music Stage to the rafters, Jorja Smith effortlessly dazzling the audience with her R&B sounds on The Lake Stage and the raucous IDLES who, not content with a ferocious, well-attended set on the Lake Stage proceeded to lead fans up to the BBC Music Introducing stage for a secret set.

The Obelisk Arena received a special performance by Two Door Cinema Club who left no hit unaired, whilst the BBC Music stage saw the debut festival performance by Ben Howard’s mysterious A Blaze of Feather and a phenomenal final Saturday night set from Jack Garratt.

Sunday’s Theatre included Gary McNair’s Locker Room Talk; a politically potent verbatim piece inspired by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, which was carried through in political activist and satirist Barry Crimmins’ Comedy Arena set. Notes of a Native Song provoked serious thought and positive action; and the legendary Benjamin Zephaniah treated Latitude to a preview of his latest, savagely political album Revolutionary Minds in the Music and Film Arena. It was a full house for Linton Kwesi Johnson with his rhythmic rhymes after Colm Tobin had captivated The SpeakEasy audience to a reading and discussion of his latest novel House of Names. In Cabaret,Nabakov celebrated London’s disappearing nightlife in Last Night, whilst Vanessa Kisulle’s one woman show tackled the who’s, why’s and how’s of being Sexy. There was an animated Q&A in the Music and Film Arena following a screening of Daisy Asquith’s extraordinary documentary Queerama, whilst Sadler’s Wells brought Matthew Bourne’s earliest work Country to the Waterfront.

Sunday’s Theatre included Gary McNair’s Locker Room Talk; a politically potent verbatim piece inspired by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, which was carried through in political activist and satirist Barry Crimmins’ Comedy Arena set. Notes of a Native Song provoked serious thought and positive action; and the legendary Benjamin Zephaniah treated Latitude to a preview of his latest, savagely political album Revolutionary Minds in the Music and Film Arena.

It was a full house for Linton Kwesi Johnson with his rhythmic rhymes after Colm Tobin had captivated The SpeakEasy audience to a reading and discussion of his latest novel House of Names. In Cabaret,Nabakov celebrated London’s disappearing nightlife in Last Night, whilst Vanessa Kisulle’s one woman show tackled the who’s, why’s and how’s of being Sexy. There was an animated Q&A in the Music and Film Arena following a screening of Daisy Asquith’s extraordinary documentary Queerama, whilst Sadler’s Wells brought Matthew Bourne’s earliest work Country to the Waterfront.

Early risers on Sunday witnessed a performance that perfectly encapsulated the magic of Latitude, asKatherine Jenkins took to the Waterfront stage for a stunning headliner worthy lunchtime slot. Arriving at the stage via gondola, a packed out 360 degree crowd were treated to a wealth of classics from the Welsh songstress, alongside surprise covers such as Seal’s ‘Kiss From A Rose’ and Clean Bandit’s ‘Symphony’. Show stopping sets across the final day of Latitude Festival came from Loyle Carner, Temples, Ibibio Sound Machine, Fatboy Slim and many more, with a host of legends including Mavis Staples and John Cale taking to the stage later in the day ahead of a mesmerising headline performance by Sunday night headliners, Fleet Foxes. Playing from their critically acclaimed new album Crack Up and their stunning back catalogue, the folk rock icons provided the perfect end to Latitude 2017.

Early risers on Sunday witnessed a performance that perfectly encapsulated the magic of Latitude, asKatherine Jenkins took to the Waterfront stage for a stunning headliner worthy lunchtime slot. Arriving at the stage via gondola, a packed out 360 degree crowd were treated to a wealth of classics from the Welsh songstress, alongside surprise covers such as Seal’s ‘Kiss From A Rose’ and Clean Bandit’s ‘Symphony’.

Show stopping sets across the final day of Latitude Festival came from Loyle CarnerTemplesIbibio Sound MachineFatboy Slim and many more, with a host of legends including Mavis Staples and John Cale taking to the stage later in the day ahead of a mesmerising headline performance by Sunday night headliners, Fleet Foxes. Playing from their critically acclaimed new album Crack Up and their stunning back catalogue, the folk rock icons provided the perfect end to Latitude 2017.

Sunday saw a packed out Comedy Arena for superstars Simon Amstell and Katherine Ryan and The Waterfront Stage was overflowing with exceptional talent as National Youth Dance Company and 2017 BBC Young Dancer finalists proved the bright future for UK dance. The SpeakEasy showcased the breadth of women’s literary genius at Stories for Rebel Girls, where 2017 Bailey Prize-winning Naomi Alderman (The Power), Elif Shafak (Daughters of Eve) and Catherine Mayer (Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman) talked about the rise and rise of popular feminist writing, and recent Ted Hughes’ Prize winnerHollie McNish beguiled the crowd in The SpeakEasy finale with her Picador Poetry debut Plum. On the Theatre bill Middle Child’s All We Ever Wanted Was Everything and Paul Barritt’s Cat and Mouse gave audiences two very different takes on gig-theatre, whilst the Wellcome Trust Arena was full of surprises with topics ranging from philosophy to rehabilitation. The Faraway Forest delivered richly layered and diverse experiences including Opera North’s beguilingUnderworld installation, Paines Plough’s Come to Where I’m From where writers read work they have written about the places they belong to, Unlimited Theatre’s midlife crisis show How I Hacked My Way Into Space and Dr Joe Latimer, Dr Sarah Withers and Dr Ian Goodhead who gave festival goers the opportunity to read their DNA live.

Sunday saw a packed out Comedy Arena for superstars Simon Amstell and Katherine Ryan and The Waterfront Stage was overflowing with exceptional talent as National Youth Dance Company and 2017 BBC Young Dancer finalists proved the bright future for UK dance. The SpeakEasy showcased the breadth of women’s literary genius at Stories for Rebel Girls, where 2017 Bailey Prize-winning Naomi Alderman (The Power), Elif Shafak (Daughters of Eve) and Catherine Mayer (Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman) talked about the rise and rise of popular feminist writing, and recent Ted Hughes’ Prize winnerHollie McNish beguiled the crowd in The SpeakEasy finale with her Picador Poetry debut Plum. On the Theatre bill Middle Child’s All We Ever Wanted Was Everything and Paul Barritt’s Cat and Mouse gave audiences two very different takes on gig-theatre, whilst the Wellcome Trust Arena was full of surprises with topics ranging from philosophy to rehabilitation.

The Faraway Forest delivered richly layered and diverse experiences including Opera North’s beguilingUnderworld installation, Paines Plough’s Come to Where I’m From where writers read work they have written about the places they belong to, Unlimited Theatre’s midlife crisis show How I Hacked My Way Into Space and Dr Joe LatimerDr Sarah Withers and Dr Ian Goodhead who gave festival goers the opportunity to read their DNA live.

As the sun sets on this year’s festival, sights are already set on 2018 when Latitude will return to Henham Park in July for its 13th edition. Tickets for Latitude Festival 2018 will be available from 10am on Thursday 20th July.

As the sun sets on this year’s festival, sights are already set on 2018 when Latitude will return to Henham Park in July for its 13th edition. Tickets for Latitude Festival 2018 will be available from 10am on Thursday 20th July.

FESTIVAL REVIEW - Tramlines 2017

TRAMLINES FESTIVAL 2017 WRAPS UP NINTH SUCCESSFUL YEAR

Sheffield’s Tramlines Festival has closed the gates on its 2017 event. The inner city festival which took place from 21 – 23 July, spanned 5 stages with over 70 standout performances from Primal Scream, Kano, The Libertines, Metronomy, All Saints, The Coral, The Pharcyde, Toots & The Maytals, Omar Souleyman, Twin Atlantic, We Are Scientists, Cate Le Bon, The Big Moon, Lady Leshurr, Loyle Carner, and many more. Super early bird tickets for 2018 – the festival’s 10th anniversary – are now on sale and available fromwww.tramlines.org.uk

Tens of thousands of festival-goers travelled from across the UK to attend the new look Tramlines Festival that took place across three of the city’s best parks and outdoor spaces. The Ponderosa played home to the Main Stage with killer performances from The Libertines, Primal Scream and Metronomy, and the new Into The Trees stage saw excellent sets from DJs Don Letts, The Reflex, and The Heatwave. Stage 2 took over Devonshire Green, the city centre location where Tramlines first began in 2009, with memorable sets from Kano, All Saints and The Coral. Whilst the wet English weather did its best to dampen spirits, crowds donned weatherproofs and umbrellas creating one of Tramlines’ most electric atmospheres yet.

Tens of thousands of festival-goers travelled from across the UK to attend the new look Tramlines Festival that took place across three of the city’s best parks and outdoor spaces. The Ponderosa played home to the Main Stage with killer performances from The Libertines, Primal Scream and Metronomy, and the new Into The Trees stage saw excellent sets from DJs Don LettsThe Reflex, and The Heatwave.

Stage 2 took over Devonshire Green, the city centre location where Tramlines first began in 2009, with memorable sets from Kano, All Saints and The Coral. Whilst the wet English weather did its best to dampen spirits, crowds donned weatherproofs and umbrellas creating one of Tramlines’ most electric atmospheres yet.

Across the city at Endcliffe Park, was The Folk Forest boasting alternative live performances from the likes of Cate Le Bon, Omar Souleyman, Blaenavon and dozens more. Festival goers travelled on The Hallam Shuttle bus whilst being entertained by acoustic sessions on board the top deck. As ever, the whole of Sheffield joined in the party atmosphere that Tramlines brings every year to the city. Most live music venues, pubs and bars staged their own events making up the festival’s fringe activities, as well as the Tramlines supported street theatre at Barker’s Pool and world music performances at thePeace Gardens.

Across the city at Endcliffe Park, was The Folk Forest boasting alternative live performances from the likes of Cate Le Bon, Omar SouleymanBlaenavon and dozens more. Festival goers travelled on The Hallam Shuttle bus whilst being entertained by acoustic sessions on board the top deck.

As ever, the whole of Sheffield joined in the party atmosphere that Tramlines brings every year to the city. Most live music venues, pubs and bars staged their own events making up the festival’s fringe activities, as well as the Tramlines supported street theatre at Barker’s Pool and world music performances at thePeace Gardens.

Festival Director, Sarah Nulty said: “Thanks to everyone that came and partied with us at Tramlines 2017. There was such a unique atmosphere across the site and, musically, it was another great year with All Saints, The Pharcyde and The Coral being a highlight for many festival-goers. “We are committed to making Tramlines the best it can possibly be and with 2018 being the 10th birthday, we’ve got something very special up our sleeve to mark the occasion. “We would also like to say a huge thank you to the hundreds of volunteers, staff, and everyone involved in Tramlines; this wouldn't be possible without you. “As ever, we are really proud to host this event in Sheffield.”

Festival Director, Sarah Nulty said:

“Thanks to everyone that came and partied with us at Tramlines 2017. There was such a unique atmosphere across the site and, musically, it was another great year with All Saints, The Pharcyde and The Coral being a highlight for many festival-goers.

“We are committed to making Tramlines the best it can possibly be and with 2018 being the 10th birthday, we’ve got something very special up our sleeve to mark the occasion.

“We would also like to say a huge thank you to the hundreds of volunteers, staff, and everyone involved in Tramlines; this wouldn't be possible without you.

“As ever, we are really proud to host this event in Sheffield.”

A limited number of Super Early Bird tickets for Tramlines 2018 are now on sale for £25 + bf for a weekend ticket, which can be purchased atwww.tramlines.org.uk Watch the festival highlights in this highlight after movie: https://www.facebook.com/Tramlines/videos/10159221544700085/ To check out the festival’s official photos visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/tramlinesofficial/collections

A limited number of Super Early Bird tickets for Tramlines 2018 are now on sale for £25 + bf for a weekend ticket, which can be purchased atwww.tramlines.org.uk

Watch the festival highlights in this highlight after movie: https://www.facebook.com/Tramlines/videos/10159221544700085/

To check out the festival’s official photos visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/tramlinesofficial/collections

FESTIVAL NEWS - Belladrum, Kendal Calling, Festival No.6, Boardmasters, HRH, Elrow Town, Leeds/Reading, Camp Bestival, Neighbourhood Festival

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival which takes place from Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th August 2017 in the picturesque surroundings of Belladrum Estate, near Beauly in Inverness-shire, Scotland, has announced the "eclectic mix of electronic artists and dj’s from the Highlands and further afield" that will perform this year on the Mother's Ruin stage. Announced for the Friday are State of Grace, Ally Ridgers, Evan Duthie, Marc, Louis Slorach, Esko, Stuart Ross, Mad Dog, Roo, Jamie B, and Fozko, while on saturday there's Grant Clark / Khalid Hussain, Alan Macpherson, Hypnotic Groove, Andy Rough, Alottarhythman, Lewis Bates, Steve Wilson, Elephants Can:t Jump, Viami Mice, Aidan Dawes, and Cougar Macdougall. Acts previously confirmed for Belladrum include headliners The Pretenders, Franz Ferdinand, and  Sister Sledge (Thursday), plus First Aid Kit, Feeder, Birdy, KT Tunstall, Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes, Honeyblood, Young Fathers, Deaf Havana, The Sherlocks, Karine Polwart, Dub Pistols, and many more. http://www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk/

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival which takes place from Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th August 2017 in the picturesque surroundings of Belladrum Estate, near Beauly in Inverness-shire, Scotland, has announced the "eclectic mix of electronic artists and dj’s from the Highlands and further afield" that will perform this year on the Mother's Ruin stage.

Announced for the Friday are State of GraceAlly RidgersEvan DuthieMarcLouis SlorachEskoStuart RossMad DogRooJamie B, and Fozko, while on saturday there's Grant Clark / Khalid HussainAlan MacphersonHypnotic GrooveAndy RoughAlottarhythmanLewis BatesSteve WilsonElephants Can:t JumpViami MiceAidan Dawes, and Cougar Macdougall.

Acts previously confirmed for Belladrum include headliners The Pretenders, Franz Ferdinand, and  Sister Sledge (Thursday), plus First Aid Kit, Feeder, Birdy, KT Tunstall, Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes, Honeyblood, Young Fathers, Deaf Havana, The Sherlocks, Karine Polwart, Dub Pistols, and many more.

http://www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk/

The long-ago sold-out Kendal Calling which takes place at Lowther Deer Park, Hackthorpe, Cumbria from Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th July 2017 have announced a further act - Happy Mondays - for the additionally-ticketed Thursday, which also includes performances from Franz FerdinandFrightened RabbitBritish Sea Power, and more. Thursday tickets are still available to be purchased by those who already have a weekend ticket at a price of £27.50 (plus fees).

The full line-up includes headliners Franz FerdinandManic Street PreachersStereophonicsFrank Turner & The Sleeping SoulsTinie Tempah and Brian Wilson, as well as EditorsJake BuggSlavesSeasick SteveCirca WavesLethal BizzleLoyle CarnerFrightened RabbitNothing But Thieves and many more across 11 stages.

http://www.kendalcalling.co.uk/

Festival No. 6 which takes place around the town of Portmeiron in Wales from Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th September 2017 have announced that their Sunday will become a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper's. Throughout the day there will be live spectacles, installations, talks, screenings related to the seminal album, around a huge themed carnival, culminating in a UK exclusive performance by the Bootleg Beatles & Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. The festival is headlined by Bloc Party, The Flaming Lips, Mogwai, and will also include performances by Cinematic Orchestra, Wild Beasts, Rag n Bone Man, Laura Mvula, Kate Tempest, Arab Strap, The Cribs, Public Service Broadcasting, James Vincent McMorrow and many more. http://festivalnumber6.com/ 

Festival No. 6 which takes place around the town of Portmeiron in Wales from Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th September 2017 have announced that their Sunday will become a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper's.

Throughout the day there will be live spectacles, installations, talks, screenings related to the seminal album, around a huge themed carnival, culminating in a UK exclusive performance by the Bootleg Beatles & Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

The festival is headlined by Bloc PartyThe Flaming LipsMogwai, and will also include performances by Cinematic OrchestraWild BeastsRag n Bone ManLaura MvulaKate TempestArab StrapThe CribsPublic Service BroadcastingJames Vincent McMorrow and many more.

http://festivalnumber6.com/ 

With less than a month to go until Boardmasters takes place over five days from Wednesday 9th to Sunday 13th August 2017 at a cliff-top location overlooking Watergate Bay, and Fistral Beach, in Newquay, Cornwall, the festival has announced "a huge new area and hedonistic simulation" called 'The Underworld', produced by The Masked Ball's Alec Short and Kelvin Batt.  Described as "a time trip through tunnels to long lost iconic clubs and the legendary parties that took place within their walls", there's representations of a hard-bop prohibition era boogie-woogie club from 1930s Detroit, 'The Blind Pig', Bristol's 1960s 'Bamboo Club' for reggae and dub, the 1970s New York disco scene with 'Coney Island', and for hip hop, funk, post punk and early rap there's '1520 Sedgwick Ave' as a nod to the legendary 1970s building in The Bronx where those genres came to life. There's an eclectic mix of performers, with The Ivy Drip and The Lillettes in The Blind Pig, The Downbeat Melody Soundsystem in the Bamboo Club, Ere Waxand Russian Kay in Coney Island, and 45 Live, a collective of DJs from across Europe and the USA in 1520 Sedgwick Ave. It's open from 4pm until 1am each day, apart from Sunday when the area will open at 3pm for The Alternative Sunday Service hosted by Reverend Michael Alabama Jackson and The Hail Mary's. This joins the previously announced acts which include headliners Two Door Cinema Club, Jamiroquai, and Alt-J as well as Jake Bugg, Laura Mvula, Slaves, Roger Sanchez, Solado, Wild Beasts, High Contrast, TDQ, Newton Falkner, and many more. http://www.boardmasters.co.uk

With less than a month to go until Boardmasters takes place over five days from Wednesday 9th to Sunday 13th August 2017 at a cliff-top location overlooking Watergate Bay, and Fistral Beach, in Newquay, Cornwall, the festival has announced "a huge new area and hedonistic simulation" called 'The Underworld', produced by The Masked Ball's Alec Short and Kelvin Batt. 

Described as "a time trip through tunnels to long lost iconic clubs and the legendary parties that took place within their walls", there's representations of a hard-bop prohibition era boogie-woogie club from 1930s Detroit, 'The Blind Pig', Bristol's 1960s 'Bamboo Club' for reggae and dub, the 1970s New York disco scene with 'Coney Island', and for hip hop, funk, post punk and early rap there's '1520 Sedgwick Ave' as a nod to the legendary 1970s building in The Bronx where those genres came to life.

There's an eclectic mix of performers, with The Ivy Drip and The Lillettes in The Blind Pig, The Downbeat Melody Soundsystem in the Bamboo Club, Ere Waxand Russian Kay in Coney Island, and 45 Live, a collective of DJs from across Europe and the USA in 1520 Sedgwick Ave. It's open from 4pm until 1am each day, apart from Sunday when the area will open at 3pm for The Alternative Sunday Service hosted by Reverend Michael Alabama Jackson and The Hail Mary's.

This joins the previously announced acts which include headliners Two Door Cinema Club, Jamiroquai, and Alt-J as well as Jake Bugg, Laura Mvula, Slaves, Roger Sanchez, Solado, Wild Beasts, High Contrast, TDQ, Newton Falkner, and many more.

http://www.boardmasters.co.uk

The first acts have been announced for HRH Metal which returns for a 2nd year to the O2 Academy, Birmingham on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th February 2018 featuring over 40 bands, in 3 arenas over 2 days. Leading the names are Alestorm, along with German metallers Grave Digger. Also announced are Evil Scarecrow, Memoriam, Elvenking, Power Quest, Haerken, Fury, Attica Rage, Desert Storm, Ballsdeep, Monument, Kaine, Cypher 16, Collibus, Fire Red Empress, Gravil, WarCrab, Footprints In The Custard, Dakesis, Lifer, Torous, Sister Shotgun, Skarthia, Elimination, Nightmare World, Trivax, Ironrat, The Mighty Wraith, Vice, Incinery, Metaprism, The Face Of Ruin, Sodomized Cadaver, XIII, Masters Call, Wrath of the Gods, Ashen Crown, and Devils Playground. Tickets are currently available at the bargain price of just £19.90 for a 2-day festival pass, although the full HRH experience is with accommodation included. https://www.hrhmetal.com/

The first acts have been announced for HRH Metal which returns for a 2nd year to the O2 Academy, Birmingham on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th February 2018 featuring over 40 bands, in 3 arenas over 2 days.

Leading the names are Alestorm, along with German metallers Grave Digger. Also announced are Evil ScarecrowMemoriamElvenkingPower QuestHaerkenFuryAttica RageDesert StormBallsdeepMonumentKaineCypher 16CollibusFire Red EmpressGravilWarCrabFootprints In The CustardDakesisLiferTorousSister ShotgunSkarthiaEliminationNightmare WorldTrivaxIronratThe Mighty WraithViceIncineryMetaprismThe Face Of RuinSodomized CadaverXIIIMasters CallWrath of the GodsAshen Crown, and Devils Playground.

Tickets are currently available at the bargain price of just £19.90 for a 2-day festival pass, although the full HRH experience is with accommodation included.

https://www.hrhmetal.com/

The line-up has been announced for elrow Town London at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August 2017, which combines three elrow themes in once space, with Singermorning, El Rowcio Presents: Feria de Abril and, appropriately in the Olympic Park, Rowlympics all set to feature. Performing over the two days - day splits will be announced 'soon' - are Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, Eats Everything, Idris Elba, SPECIAL GUEST, The 2 Bears, Sante & Sidney Charles, Butch, Route94, Jasper James, Lauren Lane, Riva Starr, Man Power, Mele, Robert James, Cause and Effect, Crazy Cousinz, William Djoko, Jus Now, DJ Die, Foundation: Sticky & Scott Garcia, Marc Maya, De La Swing, Toni Varga, George Privatti, Bastian Bux, Shadow Child, Marcus Nasty, The Menendez Brothers, Chimpo, Lord Leopard, Charlie Tee, and K Stylz. There's also a 'very special guest' who they promise will be announced at the start of August. The Saturday is already sold out, but you can still buy tickets for the Sunday, priced at £49.50. http://elrowtownlondon.com/

The line-up has been announced for elrow Town London at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August 2017, which combines three elrow themes in once space, with SingermorningEl Rowcio Presents: Feria de Abril and, appropriately in the Olympic Park, Rowlympics all set to feature.

Performing over the two days - day splits will be announced 'soon' - are Jamie JonesSeth TroxlerEats EverythingIdris ElbaSPECIAL GUESTThe 2 BearsSante & Sidney CharlesButchRoute94Jasper JamesLauren LaneRiva StarrMan PowerMeleRobert JamesCause and EffectCrazy CousinzWilliam DjokoJus NowDJ DieFoundation: Sticky & Scott GarciaMarc MayaDe La SwingToni VargaGeorge PrivattiBastian BuxShadow ChildMarcus NastyThe Menendez BrothersChimpoLord LeopardCharlie Tee, and K Stylz. There's also a 'very special guest' who they promise will be announced at the start of August.

The Saturday is already sold out, but you can still buy tickets for the Sunday, priced at £49.50.

http://elrowtownlondon.com/

The dual Reading and Leeds Festivals, which happen annually over the August Bank Holiday weekend in those respective cities, have announced the after-hours Alternative Stage line-up brought to you by Transgressive Records. This is at Reading on the Friday, and Leeds on Saturday/Sunday night, with the stage running from 9.30pm until late. At Leeds Festival on the Sunday to close the stage are XL Recordings' New Gen & Friends collective, which features the freshest array of young rappers, singers and dancehall gurus currently making new music in the UK. With a cast of special guest performers revealed on the day, this is set to be a truly unique and exclusive moment. The New Gen compilation dropped towards the end of 2016 on XL and has since received rapturous praise worldwide - this very special performance will feature some of the best new voices in the country, all sharing the same stage. Joining them will be South London's Section Boyz, with young MC Benny Mailswarming up the crowd, and first on will be HMLTD. For the Saturday night at Leeds, after headlining Reading & Leeds in 2016, Foals return for a very special DJ set, with the band’s Edwin Congreave spinning a memorable set of classics and deep cuts. At Reading on Friday night sees a DJ 'battle' set take place, hosted by BBC Radio 1's Huw Stephens, and featuring DJ sets from Circa Waves, The Big Moon, Marika Hackman, Jen Long, and Bless DJs, all pitted against each other for who can get the biggest sing-alongs combined with specially-commissioned visuals and perhaps some surprise appearances. Elsewhere on the bill there's a few more additions. For the Main Stage are Royal Republic, (Reading Sunday; Leeds Friday), new for The Pit are Dream State(Reading Saturday; Leeds Sunday), while for the BBC 1xtra Stage there's Yung Fume (Reading Friday; Leeds Saturday), and Lotto Boyzz (Reading Sunday; Leeds Friday).  The headliners at this year's Reading & Leeds Festivals are Eminem, Kasabian, & Muse, joined a line up of the biggest names in modern music and across the musical spectrum, including the likes of Major Lazer, Haim, Bastille, Liam Gallagher, Two Door Cinema Club, At The Drive In, Migos, You Me At Six, Fatboy Slim, Halsey, Charli XCX, Glass Animals, Korn, PVRIS, Wiley and many more. http://www.leedsfestival.com/

The dual Reading and Leeds Festivals, which happen annually over the August Bank Holiday weekend in those respective cities, have announced the after-hours Alternative Stage line-up brought to you by Transgressive Records. This is at Reading on the Friday, and Leeds on Saturday/Sunday night, with the stage running from 9.30pm until late.

At Leeds Festival on the Sunday to close the stage are XL Recordings' New Gen & Friends collective, which features the freshest array of young rappers, singers and dancehall gurus currently making new music in the UK. With a cast of special guest performers revealed on the day, this is set to be a truly unique and exclusive moment. The New Gen compilation dropped towards the end of 2016 on XL and has since received rapturous praise worldwide - this very special performance will feature some of the best new voices in the country, all sharing the same stage. Joining them will be South London's Section Boyz, with young MC Benny Mailswarming up the crowd, and first on will be HMLTD.

For the Saturday night at Leeds, after headlining Reading & Leeds in 2016, Foals return for a very special DJ set, with the band’s Edwin Congreave spinning a memorable set of classics and deep cuts.

At Reading on Friday night sees a DJ 'battle' set take place, hosted by BBC Radio 1's Huw Stephens, and featuring DJ sets from Circa WavesThe Big MoonMarika HackmanJen Long, and Bless DJs, all pitted against each other for who can get the biggest sing-alongs combined with specially-commissioned visuals and perhaps some surprise appearances.

Elsewhere on the bill there's a few more additions. For the Main Stage are Royal Republic, (Reading Sunday; Leeds Friday), new for The Pit are Dream State(Reading Saturday; Leeds Sunday), while for the BBC 1xtra Stage there's Yung Fume (Reading Friday; Leeds Saturday), and Lotto Boyzz (Reading Sunday; Leeds Friday). 

The headliners at this year's Reading & Leeds Festivals are Eminem, Kasabian, & Muse, joined a line up of the biggest names in modern music and across the musical spectrum, including the likes of Major Lazer, Haim, Bastille, Liam Gallagher, Two Door Cinema Club, At The Drive In, Migos, You Me At Six, Fatboy Slim, Halsey, Charli XCX, Glass Animals, Korn, PVRIS, Wiley and many more.

http://www.leedsfestival.com/

Camp Bestival 2017, which returns for its 10th edition from Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th July, to the picturesque setting of Lulworth Castle, Dorset. has announced activities for its redesigned Sports' Park, which features workshops with Chelsea FC and Hampshire Cricket Junior Academy, plus a wealth of fun and games that the whole family can enjoy. Rob da Bank Says: "Camp Bestival is many things -  a family festival, a mum and dad’s knees-up, a village fete next to a castle, but it’s always been energetic and sporty, and we’re pleased to announce a reinvigorated Sports Park for 2017. The da Banks are Saints fans at heart but no one can knock the fact that Premiere League winners Chelsea FC are coming to Camp along with Hampshire Cricket, and not forgetting crazy golf and beach volleyball… see you in the sandpit!" English Premier League Champions Chelsea are heading up the activities in the Sports Park, with CFC Summer Football Camp coaching staff giving a taste of what it’s like to win the top flight and imparting the club ethos to eager youngsters with 5-a-side, pop-up penalty shoot-outs and more. Plus, you might just catch sight of a dazzling replica of the Premier League Trophy too!  If you prefer smaller balls and the sound of leather on willow, then there's Hampshire Cricket Junior Academy with a series of workshops and sessions with their best batsmen, bowlers and coaches to help you improve your action or shot selection. If something more extreme floats your boat, you can rock tail-slides, kickflips and grab air with skate pros showing you the best way to attack the Skate Park hosted by Team Extreme. If walking is more your pace you can play a round of Crazy Golf, and for the more-energetic there's Beach Volleyball. There's also some simpler pursuits including Ping-Pong, Boules, Hoopla and more.  Camp Bestival is headlined by Mark Ronson, Madness, and Brian Wilson playing 'Pet Sounds' in full. Also confirmed are All Saints, Holly Johnson, Leftfield, Louisa Johnson, and Bootleg Beatles, with DJs and soundsystems including Skream, David Rodigan presents Ram Jam, Raindance, Big Fish Little Fish, and more, and along with the music there's comedy and kids shows too. http://www.campbestival.net

Camp Bestival 2017, which returns for its 10th edition from Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th July, to the picturesque setting of Lulworth Castle, Dorset. has announced activities for its redesigned Sports' Park, which features workshops with Chelsea FC and Hampshire Cricket Junior Academy, plus a wealth of fun and games that the whole family can enjoy.

Rob da Bank Says: "Camp Bestival is many things -  a family festival, a mum and dad’s knees-up, a village fete next to a castle, but it’s always been energetic and sporty, and we’re pleased to announce a reinvigorated Sports Park for 2017. The da Banks are Saints fans at heart but no one can knock the fact that Premiere League winners Chelsea FC are coming to Camp along with Hampshire Cricket, and not forgetting crazy golf and beach volleyball… see you in the sandpit!"

English Premier League Champions Chelsea are heading up the activities in the Sports Park, with CFC Summer Football Camp coaching staff giving a taste of what it’s like to win the top flight and imparting the club ethos to eager youngsters with 5-a-side, pop-up penalty shoot-outs and more. Plus, you might just catch sight of a dazzling replica of the Premier League Trophy too! 

If you prefer smaller balls and the sound of leather on willow, then there's Hampshire Cricket Junior Academy with a series of workshops and sessions with their best batsmen, bowlers and coaches to help you improve your action or shot selection.

If something more extreme floats your boat, you can rock tail-slides, kickflips and grab air with skate pros showing you the best way to attack the Skate Park hosted by Team Extreme. If walking is more your pace you can play a round of Crazy Golf, and for the more-energetic there's Beach Volleyball. There's also some simpler pursuits including Ping-Pong, BoulesHoopla and more. 

Camp Bestival is headlined by Mark Ronson, Madness, and Brian Wilson playing 'Pet Sounds' in full. Also confirmed are All Saints, Holly Johnson, Leftfield, Louisa Johnson, and Bootleg Beatles, with DJs and soundsystems including Skream, David Rodigan presents Ram Jam, Raindance, Big Fish Little Fish, and more, and along with the music there's comedy and kids shows too.

http://www.campbestival.net

The 2nd wave of announcements have been made for Neighbourhood Festival which takes over 11 venues around the south-side of Manchester City Centre on Saturday 7th October 2017. Leading the news names are The View, who will be performing  their debut album 'Hats Off To The Buskers' to celebrate their 10th anniversary, and the live return of The Subways. Also newly added are Billy Lockett, Fazerdaze, Get Inuit, The Big Moon, Zak Abel, Caro, David Kennan, Feet, Flatline Stereo, Fling, Haunt the Woods, Hey Charlie, Isaac Gracie, Lyra, Nathan Ball, Neon Waltz, Nikhil D'Souza, Nilufer Yanya, No Hot Ashes, October Drift, Oddity Road, Party Hardly, Pip Blom, RedFaces, River Matthews, Sam Fender, Sea Girls, Strange Bones, Swimming Tapes, Team Picture, The Old Pink House, Yonaka, and Yungblud. These acts join headliners by Peace, and Rat Boy, along with performances from the likes of Billie Marten, Black Honey, The Amazons, Cabbage, Jaws, Superfood, The Strypes, and The Orielles http://www.neighbourhoodfestival.com/

The 2nd wave of announcements have been made for Neighbourhood Festival which takes over 11 venues around the south-side of Manchester City Centre on Saturday 7th October 2017.

Leading the news names are The View, who will be performing  their debut album 'Hats Off To The Buskers' to celebrate their 10th anniversary, and the live return of The Subways. Also newly added are Billy LockettFazerdazeGet InuitThe Big MoonZak AbelCaroDavid KennanFeetFlatline StereoFlingHaunt the WoodsHey CharlieIsaac GracieLyraNathan BallNeon WaltzNikhil D'SouzaNilufer YanyaNo Hot AshesOctober DriftOddity RoadParty HardlyPip BlomRedFacesRiver MatthewsSam FenderSea GirlsStrange BonesSwimming TapesTeam PictureThe Old Pink HouseYonaka, and Yungblud.

These acts join headliners by Peace, and Rat Boy, along with performances from the likes of Billie Marten, Black Honey, The Amazons, Cabbage, Jaws, Superfood, The Strypes, and The Orielles

http://www.neighbourhoodfestival.com/

FESTIVAL FOCUS - Festival Number 6

WEB: http://festivalnumber6.com/

WHERE: Portmerrion, Wales, LL48 6ER

WHEN: 7-10 September

TYPE OF FESTIVAL: A four day art and music festival that puts Portmerrion on the map

LINE UP: Big names – Bloc Party, The Flaming Lips, Mogwai, The Cribs, Rag n Bone Man, Kate Tempest, Public Service Broadcasting.

DETAILS: ‘Before No.6, we felt the festival circuit had become a little stale and we wanted to create a more bespoke offering, carefully curated for those who are looking for a more refined weekend. A festival which is a scene but not a herd, which inspires the artists as much as the audience, giving them the opportunity to present new work in unique intimate venues and allowing everyone the chance to put reality on hold for a few days.’

There’s no other festival like Number 6, created by a team dedicated to being unique. Screenings, readings, performance, art, installations; a luxury spa and beautiful coasts; castles, cottages and tipis huts - Number 6 is a boutique festival that you’re going to want to experience.

The festival is still young, in its fifth year, but growing bigger each year – in past year’s they’ve featured artists such as Primal Scream, Johnny Marr, and Catfish and The Bottlemen and continure to impress festival goers with this year’s line-up.

VERDICT: a cute boutique festival in a beautiful surrounding where you can explore the magnitude of talent on offer to your hearts content.

FESTIVAL REVIEW - Bluedot Festival 2017

REBEL Editorial || July 13th

Last year's introduction of Bluedot Festival at Jodrell Bank was a glimmering success, with all manner of people coming together to enjoy science and technology wonderfully partnered with live music, and the second Bluedot given quite the task in matching the wonders of 2016, but it did so with ease.

Thousands gathered with eager anticipation at the inspiring site, where intergalactica was the strong theme of the weekend. Last year's hot pick Public Service Broadcasting were not performing this year, but even banners promoting their brand new album Every Valley could be seen across the main arena, where fabulous food stalls were dotted in between the impressive stages, least not of course the Lovell Stage, taking pride of place right in front of the unimaginable Lovell Telescope. Unimaginable, in that it's awe and beauty is simply inexplicable. Unfortunately, problems with the ball-bearings (so it is rumoured) meant the festival goers were not able soak up the immense lighting displays that were on offer last year across the face of the telescope, but stood watching acts such as The Pixies, Orbital and Alt-J in front of the telescope was still an amazing experience.

At a festival which could be taken as one who books its acts based on their names, you'd be forgiven for thinking this was a straight up geek fest. But you would be wrong. As soon as you walk through the entrance gates, you find yourself welcomed to a bar and stage before you've even reached the camp site, and you can't help but soak up some of the sun with a craft beer. Head closer to the arena and you find a collection of large blue balls; basic Bluedot Festival promotional gear you might think (I thought).

But no, of course, there's a genius concept behind the piece known as Colony. Colony is a visually arresting and aurally entrancing work that transforms the environment into an alien landscape through light and sound. Quite literally, as you hug the large bubbles, you feel like you're having a conversation with an alien. The sound vibrates through your entire body but in a subtle way, in a whisper, perhaps, while the soft yet somehow eerie sounds are enough to give you goosebumps. Colony is a collaborative effort from Alison Ballard and Mike Blow, and is certainly worth the experience if you manage to catch them on their tour.

Leftfield performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

Leftfield performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

Leftfield, however, stole the show on the opening day, without even being on the main stage. The same could notably be said for Belgian act Soulwax, who rocked up with three live drummers, and provided the crowd with a stunning display of electro which could only be described as being set in the perfect location at the perfect time.

The Pixies closed proceedings on day one of the festival, with hits such as Here Comes Your Man and Monkey Gone To Heaven being bellowed back to the band from the crowd who were having so much fun they were almost oblivious to the down-pour of rain. Mr Scruff and Space Cassette made sure you had a run around catching both performances heading late into Friday night, 

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Saturday saw up and coming star Shura and also the throwback-yet-somehow-futuristic Goldfrapp almost steal the show, but Orbital quite possibly stole away with the weekend, with their outstanding performance (well, not that we'd expect anything else) featured Doctor Who theme tunes with the help of BBC's Radiophonic Workshop, and obviously the trademark head torch glasses. Against the backdrop of a stunning lighting show, Orbital dropped favourites such as Chimes, which certainly resonated with the entertained crowd.

A little earlier, Factory Floor had brought their hard-hitting, minimalistic sound to the stage, and thus brought people to the dancefloor. Their repetitive style has seen the duo grow solidly in reputation over the last few years, especially of late, with Gabriel Gurney and Nik Void constantly on the road performing, or in the studio working on new hypnotic soul, collaborations, or solo projects.

The Luminarium returned to Bluedot Festival and continued to grow rapidly in reputation as mighty queues surrounded the colourful labyrinth throughout the whole weekend. Elsewhere, crowds were treated to inspiring talks from the likes of Robert Minchin and Tim O'Brien, along with literally hundreds of talks and workshops throughout the weekend. Bluedotters were also treated to yoga workshops and gong baths, and what science fest would be complete without its space walk parade?

The final day of Bluedot saw many faces bustling around still enjoying the talks and intriguing workshops on offer, but it was almost clear people were waiting excitedly for the evening to come. And why wouldn't they, with Warpaint and Alt-J closing the Lovell Stage, and DJ Yoda bringing a special show to Jodrell Bank.

Warpaint, after a blinding performance headlining the Park stage at Glasontonbury, stepped up to main stage, main support duties at Bluedot, and they more than smashed it. Giving a big up to their good friends All We Are, who were indeed in the crowd (yes, I eagerly patrolled the audience for a good few minutes in the hope of spotting them), Warpaint performed seamlessly some big hitters; Love Is To Die, as always, being one of the crowd favourites. Their set ended with me having a lengthy conversation about how I think Haim are overrated and Warpaint are much better anyway. The other guy completely agreed, which is not the reaction I'm used to. A mention must also go out to Shobaleader One, who we managed to stumble across as they headed towards the end of their set. Witnessing two songs, however, was enough to convert us REBEL's. With their unbelievable lighting display, which saw lighting masks cover the band members' faces, Shobaleader One brought electronic music twinned with heavy metal drum beats in a frenzy of instrumental genius.

Alt-J performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

Alt-J performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

Al-J, after two consecutive years on Glasto's Pyramid Stage, came to close the main stage here at Bluedot, and they more that delivered. Unfortunately, due to the issue with the Lovell Telescope, no light so was to be found emanating from it, but that was no trouble to the geeky trio, who were more than happy to oblige to the want of the crowd and had come prepared. A dazzling lighting show which grew in awe with each song was joined by quite literally all of Alt-J's best songs. Singer Joe Newman quickly apologised after a barely noticeable error in the first line of their first track, but this was quickly forgotten about in what is surely to become one of Alt-J's finest moments yet.

DJ Yoda came to Bluedot to provide the good people of Jodrell Bank with some mind-boggling nostalgia as he presented A History Of Gaming. As Yoda performed an eclectic mix of tunes finely put together, he also played videos of video games dating from the early 80's right through to the modern day, providing a DJ set that both had the crowd dancing and singing, as well as reminiscing. Some of the best scenes of the weekend came when DJ Yoda introduced a new game, and the whole crowd went crazy with oo's and ahhh's at being reminded of their favourite childhood game. Anyone remember Pacman Fever? Yes, he did drop that tune.

Another successful weekend for team Bluedot, and REBEL is most certainly proud to have been part of the press team for both of Jodrell Banks new festival. On a closing note, any festival that can offer clean toilets – complete with toilet roll – close to the main stage on its final day is most certainly onto a winner.

FESTIVAL REVIEW - Glastonbury 2017

Leah Hamer || July 12th

Glastonbury. That name circulates your entire social media sphere for endless months. Who managed to get tickets? Which line-up rumours will prevail? Will the infamous rain strike Worthy Farm once again? Until last October, I was not privy to engaging in any of this bustling excitement. Glastonbury would instead spark within me a boiling envy and bitter pessimism- I bet it’s not that good anyway. Then I got tickets…

On a scorching coach spiralling around the Somerset country roads, a field of Tipis entered my line of vision on a bright Wednesday morning. The coach parked up, we mounted our luggage onto our backs and waddled like human turtles to a shuffling line of sweaty hippies and awaited the arrival of a glittering, green band across our wrists. The sickening heat made everyone clamber to the campsites blindly, in a desperation to find shade and slap on sun cream. With the tents pitched and accommodation perfected in the Pylons site, so far it seemed just like any other British festival. I was wrong.

Wandering into Silver Hayes, I immediately became aware what the fuss was all about. Swishing, striped flags. Random, ringing telephone boxes. Surreal dancefloor spaces. Then stages after stages after stages. People were overflowing already, piling into the bars to get a cold cider or demolishing plates of halloumi. Wandering on past the Other Stage and onwards towards William Green, my eyes were overwhelmed. A kaleidoscope of colour surrounded us and the path kept on going. To the Left Field, to West Holts, to the Green Fields, to The Park to the Glastonbury sign. Stopping on the hill as the sunset groaned, we overlooked the empire beneath us and remained breathless at this unimaginable sight. As the Phoenix bonfire was set alight and the fireworks ascended in the starry sky- it was an opening night, like no other. After spending the rest of the night entranced in the eerie silhouettes and trees of The Wood, we finally headed back to our sleeping bags.

Thursday brought more discoveries. The spiralling slide of Avalon, the skateboard park of the Greenpeace Field, the tumbling trapeze artists of the Circus. Our day was spent in limbo- unsure where to go next, eager to glimpse every conceivable sight. The evening came too soon, and we found ourselves hanging over a metal barrier at Cineramageddon in the desperate hope to see Johnny Depp in the flesh, as he introduced his film The Libertine to an audience sat in a post-apocalyptic drive in. We later found solace in a soothing campfire by The Park before our alcoholic intake made us realise that we had peaked too soon.

A blurry Friday morning arrived and we rushed to the BBC Introducing Stage to witness a glorious local talent, Onyda, who too had made the journey from Stoke in order to engage in this magic. With an endearing temperament, funny slurs, ‘Sorry I forgot what sun cream is and now I look like a burnt Slim Shady’, and enchanting voice- Onyda made herself at home on the stage that so many legends have encountered on their way up. Pride was teeming in that tent.

A strict itinerary followed- the melodramatic rock of Nothing But Thieves, the summery swing of Circa Waves, followed by a trip back to BBC Introducing to encounter a secret set from the indie kids Blossoms. Then it was time to encounter the Pyramid stage. A mammoth crowd overflowed for Royal Blood, whose dark and daring beats locked in the audience. Half way through they paused to grab two bottles of champagne, ‘Excuse us one minute…we just found out our album has gone to number one.’ They were greeted with screams as they sprayed the bottles all over us before downing the rest and carrying on.

Our evening was eating festival food and listening to the background soul of George Ezra, before we cried over Lorde’s Liability and watched her dance in a spinning glass box. We trudged over to catch the end of Radiohead whose improvised, experimental sound had left everyone with goose bumps. An hours walk later, we arrived at the South East Corner- a playground of raves and raucous with The Common, Block9, Unfairground, Glasto Latino and Shangri-La. We arrived at the latter too sober to understand what we were witnessing. Walls of propaganda, buildings made of bottles, towers of trash- with DJs and artists hidden amongst it, pounding beats from every corner. In a daze we wandered through every aspect in awe and shock simultaneously. We fell into a female only bar, before discovering a reggae band elsewhere with astronaut dancers in the crowd. In the end, we had found ourselves at Bella’s Field watching a disco tribute act see the night out.

We arose late Saturday afternoon, scampering together to catch Craig David supply some ironic cheese, before Jeremy Corbyn arrived to cheers and chants, telling us of a future that he was living for and that the whole crowd was dreaming of. Kaiser Chiefs gave us our indie fix, whilst Katy Perry ignited the pop princess inside us all, before The National brought us back to earth with their harrowing lyrics and the magnificent voice of Matt Berninger.

The main attraction that evening came all the way from America, two years late…’Sorry we’re late guys…’ the sly smile of Dave Grohl said as he strummed his guitar, with the rest of the Foo Fighters laughing behind him. After breaking his leg and pulling out of their headline performance previously, it was clear that this show was going to make up for it. Pulling out all the classics with style and charisma, The Pretender, Times Like These, Learn To Fly, Dave and his posse performed the set of their careers, and would have easily played until sunrise. Instead they did a solid two and a half hours of guitar solos and power anthems, before ending on the emotional climax of Everlong- with a thousand fireworks exploding above us.

The final day came, alongside the packing up process, preparing for a painful Monday morning. We caught the psychedelic mind movers, King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard at the John Peel Stage, and returned to catch a (not so) secret set from The Killers, which left fans piling all the way down through the campsite in an attempt to hear the legends play live. Our final meal took place listening to Not Nineteen Forever from The Courteeners, before we made the final journey to Pyramid. Biffy Clyro had our emotions raised with Many of Horror, before they left us in the hands of the loop pedal master, Ed Sheeran. A fan or not, it was impossible not to applaud his unworldly skills as a solo artist- which even led some less informed crowd members to believe he was miming! As we left the stage, and found refuge in the indie tunes of the Chameleon Bar, we raised our cider to our lips and enjoyed our final evening of freedom in the kingdom.

I wanted to taste everything, dance in every bar, listen to every talk, buy every bit of glitter, discover every hidden quirk- but it was impossible. Yet now, after a brief period of calm and overcoming the festival blues, I think I have cracked the secret of the Eavis family’s success. Because I didn’t taste everything and I didn’t dance in every bar and I didn’t listen to every talk and buy every bit of glitter and discover every hidden quirk…I’ve just got to go back every year now until I do.

See you in 2019. 

FESTIVAL NEWS - Womad, Boardmasters, BluesFest, LeeFest, Festival No. 6, RivFest

WOMAD - World of Music, Arts and Dance - held at Charlton Park, near Malmesbury, in Wiltshire from Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th July 2017 has announced the acts who'll make use of "the world's finest sound system" that you'll see at festivals, created by British audio specialists Bowers & Wilkins. 

Designed to create an unrivalled listening experience that brings revellers closer to the music, the four 3.5m speaker stacks embody the acoustic engineering of Bowers & Wilkins flagship hi-fi speakers, delivered on a massive scale. The result is a thumping club sound system, which this year features the likes of Floating Points and Joey Negro alongside Howie B and Craig Richards.

The full line-up for the Friday has the collaboration Howie B and Craig Richards Present Hurtle - A Trip Into Bass Felt Emotions, there's a fusion of grime, neo-soul, hip hop and jazz from Blue Lab Beats, 'live' electronic compositions from Anchorsong, WOMAD favourite Joseph Arthur, and lots of arm-waving from The New York Theremin Society presents: Dorit Chrysler & Charlie Draper in "Sounds of the Ether".

On Saturday there's a set of funk, disco and housefrom Joey NegroAddictive TV with their show "Orchestra of Samples"Rival Consoles, the soundsystem gets shown off at its very best with Portico Quartet - Special Live Surround Mix, a "fusion of New Wave Italian indie-rock and dream pop" from Ofeliadorme, London-based Japanese-American composer who uses body movements and human gestures to create live electronic music Atau Tanaka, and especially for children School of Noise - Hands on Foley Workshop.

And on Sunday "spinning a mix of futuristic dance electronica" is Floating Points (DJ set), Mercury Prize winning British rapper Speech Debelle, Swedish multi-instrumentalist Loney DearNick Mulvey - In Conversation explaining the musical journey behind his latest album, "powerful, multi-layered and lyrical songs" from Tom HickoxProject Adrift which is a "unique meeting of art, sound and science" from artists Cath Le Couteur and Nick Ryan, and (for children) DIY Beatboxing.

These join the acts previously confirmed, who include Toots & the Maytals, Goat, Oumou Sangare, Eliza Carthy and The Wayward Band, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Benjamin Zephaniah & The Revolutionary Minds, Afro Celt Sound System, Roy Ayers with Seun Kuti And Egypt 80, Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra, Shobaleader One, Alsarah & the Nubatones, Bixiga 70, Inna De Yard All-Stars, (members of) The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, Trembling Bells, Khmer Rouge Survivors, Bokante, and many more.

http://womad.co.uk/

Boardmasters which takes place over five days from Wednesday 9th to Sunday 13th August 2017 at a cliff-top location overlooking Watergate Bay, and Fistral Beach, in Cornwall. has announced the 21 acts for the BBC Introducing Cornwall Stage.

Friday brings you The Velvet HandsChay SnowdenEven NineArbourProlezHypophora, and A Thousand Years Of Light.

On Saturday there'll be The ReznerLocal NobodiesThe RaiseNight MotorRonnie CookThe Raikes, and Seb Clifford.

And on Sundays there's LiliumOh MajesterMildred MaudeEnnorWinstons AwakeGreen Lane, and Ezmay Grace

Also announced the Corona Sunsets Stage.

Friday brings you Norman JayTayo (ft Purple Power Prince Tribute)Franc Moody (live)Bobby Pleasure & Mr MShamuHatchettSamiad, and Easylife Sound Association. On Saturday there'll be DoorlyMatt Woods (live)Bobby Pleasure & Mr MJack PriestSleazy WonderSamiad, and Easylife Sound Association again. And on Sunday there's AeroplanePete HerbertRat on the Roof (live)Bobby Pleasure & Mr MCal JaderShamuSleazy Wonder, and Easylife Sound Association yet again.

They join the previously announced acts which include headliners Two Door Cinema Club, Jamiroquai, and Alt-J as well as Jake Bugg, Laura Mvula, Slaves, Roger Sanchez, Solado, Wild Beasts, High Contrast, TDQ, Newton Falkner, and many more.

http://www.boardmasters.co.uk/

Fresh from their latest Glastonbury success, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers has been announced for the Friday of BluesFest which takes place this year between Friday 27th and Sunday 29th October 2017, again within the various venues of The O2 Arena, Greenwich, London. 

Nile Rogers said "We love performing in the UK and it's an honour to be asked to headline this year's BluesFest alongside the likes of Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers and Hall & Oates. Our fans can expect a night of funk and soul featuring all of our hits and maybe a few surprises!"

Also recently announced for the Saturday and playing within Indigo at the O2, are American blues-rock outfits Gov't Mule, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band.

BluesFest Director Leo Green said "Securing bands of the calibre of Chic, Gov't Mule and Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band is testament to our commitment to presenting the very best acts from around the world. These are three phenomenal live outfits who will all bring something extra special to the weekend's proceedings."

More acts have been announced for the 11th edition of LeeFest presents The Neverland at John Darlings Farm near Edenbridge in Kent from Friday 27th until Sunday 29th July 2017, to join the weekend's headliners of Jake Bugg, Annie Mac, and Kate Tempest.

Newly confirmed are Berlin-based Aussies ParcelsZak Abel, girl-gang Hey Charlie, alt-rockers Yassassin, Peckham's YowlLissy Taylor, plus some super-secret SPECIAL GUESTS who might not be so secret if you follow the clues of them a Kent-born outfit with lots of energy.

These join the previously confirmed acts of headliners Jake Bugg, Annie Mac, and Kate Tempest, along with Wild Beasts, Jungle (DJ set), Tom Greenan, Wilkinson, Fickle Friends, Crazy P (live), Keston Cobblers Club, Mr Scruff, Bad Sounds, Moxie, The Bay Rays, Oxide & Neutrino, and many more, with more to be announced.

https://leefest.org/

By The Sea Festival, which takes place at the refurbished Dreamland Margate, in Margate, Kent, over the weekend of Friday 29th September until Sunday 1st October 2017 has announced more acts to join headliners The Libertines, Metronomy, & Everything Everything.

The newly confirmed acts are British Sea PowerMarika HackmanHMLTDDream WifeGirl RayFlamingodsDeep Throat Choir, and Wesley Gonzalez.

By The Sea will base most of its activities at the iconic Dreamland amusement park in Margate – a town that continues to enjoy a rejuvenation inspired by a growing local cultural industry, as well as having fringe events and after-parties within the town. Dreamland was recently relaunched after a major investment, which saw the site revamped and expanded with a focus on authentic vintage rides including the second oldest wooden roller coaster in the UK, Wedgwood Tea Cups and the Magic Mouse, reflecting its uniquely British heritage. 

Festival No. 6 which takes place in Portmeirion, Wales from Thursday 7th until Sunday 10th September 2017 has announced the line-up for the Castell Gardens Stage powered by Bowers & Wilkins.

Bowers & Wilkins provide Sound System, the four speaker stacks engineered using the same technology found in Bowers & Wilkins hi-fi speakers. I've heard it, and it's very very good! Across the weekend there's GoldieMary Anne HobbsBenji BJarvis CockerDavid Holmes, former World Snooker Champion Steve Davis, alongside crowd-pleaser moments such as The Social’s Hip Hop Karaoke.

The full monty for Friday has Benji BAnnabel Fraser, avant-garde jazz and psychedelic rock from Steve Davis & Kavus Torabi, a 'medley of genres' from Andy Votel, Welsh brass hip-hop from Band Pres LlareggubRough Trade, and everything from indie-rock to electronic music from Heavenly Jukebox

On Saturday there's Jarvis Cocker and Friends with a 5-hour set with echoes of his iconic radio show as well as a few musical surprises, Stealing Sheep (DJ set)The Kevin Rowland DJ Show with 'occasional vocal enhancements', there's ska, rocksteady, reggae & dub from Trojan RecordsHip Hop KaraokeBand Pres Llareggub, a two-hour takeover featuring talks and readings from the Faber and Faber stable of writers with Faber Social, and Heavenly Jukebox.

And on Sunday you'll get floor-fillers from Mary Anne HobbsGoldie with a set dedicated to old school drum & bass including some of his classic anthems from the 90’s, Justin RobertsonDavid HolmesHeavenly JukeboxHip Hop KaraokeBand Pres LlareggubThe Pool, and C&S Sound System (Oblique Strategies DJ set).

Other music this year comes from the headliners of Bloc Party, Mogwai, & The Flaming Lips, with Cinematic Orchestra, Wild Beasts, Rag n Bone Man, Laura Mvula, Kate Tempest, Arab Strap, The Cribs, Public Service Broadcasting, James Vincent McMorrow, and many more, with many more still to be announced

http://festivalnumber6.com/

RivFest returns from midday to midnight on Saturday 2nd September 2017 to Priestley College in Warrington. The festival was created last year in support of River Reeves, after him and his band Viola Beach sadly died in a car accident in Sweden. 

The festival has announced the line-up, which includes Maximo ParkBilly BraggEliza and The BearSpring KingThe Rainbandthe RPMsSlyDigsStilia, and many more.

Coldplay gave a tribute to Viola Beach at Glastonbury 2016, and have been advocates of the foundation and festival since. They have issued the following statement urging people to attend:

"If you live anywhere near Warrington, please buy a ticket for Rivfest17 on Saturday 2nd September.  It’s a fantastic line up, a top day out and a wonderful cause - raising money to realise the dreams of upcoming local talent, all in memory of the great River Reeves."

http://www.riverreevesfoundation.org/rivfest-2017/

FESTIVAL FOCUS - BEAT HERDER

WEB: http://www.beatherder.co.uk

WHERE: Ribble Valley, Lancashire 

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WHEN: 14-16 July 2017

TYPE OF FESTIVAL: A four day indie and dance festival for anyone and everyone

This year's Beat Herder Festival is very nearly upon us, and with tickets looking very likely to sell out, it's also looking likely to be their best one yet. Now in its 12th year, Beat Herder has fast grown a strong reputation for its ability to create those unforgettable festival moments only the finest of festivals can provide.

This years performers include Crystal Fighters, Kelis, Sleaford Mods & Toots and the Maytals. Stages and performance space is spread over 21 wonderfully distinct areas and spaces.

And with a line-up consisting of the likes of Crystal Fighters, Kelis and Sleaford Mods, it's no surprise to find Beat Herder is already an award winning festival. Legandary names such as Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Faithless, Greg Wilson, and The Sugarhill Gang only strengthen this year's line-up.

The final remaining tickets for Beat Herder are available via the link below, but hit them up fast if you want be a part of the action. Glamping is also available via the festival's website.

VERDICT: Beat-Herder is a wondrous world of discovery, inspiring ‘peace, love and dancing’. Go and get lost in the magic that is Beat-Herder

FESTIVAL FOCUS - BESTIVAL

Bethan Shuff

WEB: http://www.bestival.net/

WHERE: Lulworth Estate, Dorset 

WHEN: 7-10 September 2017

TYPE OF FESTIVAL: A four day indie and dance festival for anyone and everyone

TICKETS: https://bestival.ticketline.co.uk/

LINE UP: Big names – The XX, Pet Shop Boys, Dizzee Rascal, Rag’n’Bone Man, Wiley, Circa Waves, Jamie T, Blossoms, Twin Atlantic, Annie Mac.

DETAILS: Bestival’s first event was back in 2004, with 10,000 attendees… 13 years on and the numbers keep getting bigger and bigger. It’s an innovative and creative festival in ‘an enchanted, wooded country estate on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.’

Fun is at the heart of the festival, gaining a Guinness World Record for most people in fancy dress at an event with 55,000 festival goers in costume.

Bestival is often described as a "boutique festival" due to its non-corporate feel. It is also known for piloting odd and innovative ideas, including an inflatable church where people can get married.’  

VERDICT: Bestival is a wondrous world of discovery, inspiring ‘peace, love and dancing’. Go and get lost in the woods and the magic of Bestival

FESTIVAL FOCUS - GREEN MAN FESTIVAL

WEB: www.greenman.net

WHERE: Brecon Beacons, Wales 

WHEN: 17-20 August 2017

TYPE OF FESTIVAL: 3 day camping festival (you can even camp from the 14th if you want to admire the beauty of the area before the festival begins!)

TICKETS: Green Man Festival is completely Sold Out!

LINE UP: Headliners – PJ Harvey, Ryan Adams, Future Islands, The Shins, Ride, Michael Kiwanuka, Kate Tempest, Sleaford Mods.

DETAILS: Green Man festival has a really homely, sustainable lifestyle feel about it. ‘The Brecon Beacons is one of the most inspiring locations in the world. Surrounded by miles and miles of mountains, forests, waterfalls and rivers, the Settlement is your opportunity to make the most of Green Man’s magical surroundings.’

Barbeques are encouraged by means of socialisation, with meat sold daily from local butchers.

As well as live music, the festival hosts a pub quiz, and promotes fireside cuddles around the bonfire.

Your Settlement ticket provides access to explore the nearby Welsh countryside including castles, cathedrals, gardens and galleries.

VERDICT: Green Man is a beautiful camping experience that will make you enjoy the little things. It has a family/community vibe and you are sure to feel at home in the gorgeous Welsh countryside. 

FESTIVAL FOCUS - LATITUDE

Bethan Shuff

LATITUDE

WEB: http://www.latitudefestival.com/

WHERE: Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk 

WHEN: 13th-16th July

TYPE OF FESTIVAL: 3 day camping festival and a weekend filled with diverse acts big and small

TICKETS: http://www.latitudefestival.com/tickets

LINE UP: Big Names – The 1975, Mumford and Sons, Fleet Foxes, Goldfrapp, The Horrors, The Coral, Two Door Cinema Club, Public Service Broadcasting, Placebo, Fatboy Slim, Jack Garratt, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Cabbage, The Magic Gang

DETAILS: Latitude was first held in 2006 and held a plethora of musicians like Snow Patrol, The Zutons and Paolo Nutini. 

As well as a comprehensive bill of musicians, bands and artists across a number of stages, the festival comprises elements of theatre, art, comedy, cabaret, poetry, politics, dance and literature too, likening it to that of European festivals.

Latitude is run by Festival Republic, the same company that run one of the largest music festivals in the UK, Reading and Leeds – so essentially, Latitude is a taster of what to expect from a much larger festival.

There are over 20 different areas in the festival, so you will never be short of somewhere to explore.

VERDICT: Latitude provides culture of all kinds; it’s the perfect place to enrich yourself in literature, belly laugh at some of the UK’s best comedians or listen to some vibrant live music. Latitude is your best bet if you want to go to R&L, but want to experience what a festival is like before jumping in at the deep end. 

For more Latitude updates, check out REBEL's Festival News.

BESTIVAL ANNOUNCES SLOW MOTION

THE UNITED STATES OF WELLBEING CAN BE FOUND IN

SLOW MOTION

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BALANCE MAGAZINE

WORK OUT:

WITNESS THE FITNESS TENT FEATURING SUPERFOXX, VOGUE BRISTOL,

FAT BUDDHA YOGA, AT YOUR BEAT, BOOTY CAMP, HIP HOP YOGA, HIIT,

DRUM N' BOUNCE, GROOVE OM DEEP HOUSE YOGA,

LAUGHTER YOGA & HAPPINESS WORKSHOPS, ACROYOGA & MORE /

REVOLUTION RIDES SPINNING RAVES / WILD RUNS

 CHILL OUT:

HOT TUBS, HOT SHOWERS & SAUNAS

SLOW MOTION MASSAGE THERAPIES

 STYLE OUT:

THE TRANSFORMATION STATION

HAIR, FACE & BODY ART GLITTER BOUDOIR

THE NAIL BAR / FREE HAIRCUTS

 DINE OUT:

MILGI PLANT BASED CAFÉ 

Uniting the physical, mental and spiritual states of wellbeing in one amazing arena, Slow Motion is a republic of contentment located deep within Bestival’s Colour-infused wonderland. Presented in partnership with Balance magazine, once again there will be a dedicated programme of healthy pursuits from wild runs, spin class raving and euphoric yoga, to relaxing hot tubs, body art, healthy food and much more. So, don’t miss the chance to take your body and soul on an expedition to discover Slow Motion.

Bestival yogi, Rob da Bank says: “Josie and I, and a lot of the team bend, stretch, practice yoga, meditate, do weird things with turmeric and ginger, and occasionally levitate, so Slow Motion is very close to our hearts. We started Slow Motion because we saw people taking better care of themselves and it’s such a beautiful addition to our festival. Let’s get slow!”

Balance magazine Editor, Sophie Scott said: "The best festivals raise your vibrations on every level... Balance magazine is excited to partner with Bestival this year to provide zen, inspiration and magical moments in Slow Motion. Get some headspace, restore your chi (and have a hot shower!) in the midst of all the revelry. 'Cos real fun means finding your balance... We can't wait to help restore yours."

Ensuring you don’t miss your work out, the heart of Slow Motion is home to Witness the Fitness. Our high energy yoga and fitness tent designed for Bestival beauties who care about putting a bit back in too. Programmed from 8am-7pm each day, Witness the Fitness is a place to re-centre and let go, sweat out the night before, or to energise on the way back out. With a variety of fitness and yoga headliners you’ll be able to hit that high with Superfoxx, Vogue Bristol, Fat Buddha Yoga, At Your Beat, Booty Camp, HIIT, Hip-Hop Yoga, Drum n' Bounce, Groove Om Deep House Yoga, Laughter Yoga & Happiness Workshops, Acroyoga and more. 

The hugely popular Revolution Rides Spinning Raves also make their return. A collaboration between Rob da Bank and fitness guru Tim Weeks, unite with your fellow Bestivalites and experience the euphoria of music and exercise in perfect unison. 

If you really feel like escaping it all then why not join up for one of our Wild Runs and explore the beautiful natural surroundings of the Lulworth Estate. Find your place and your pace in nature, kick start those endorphins and feel energised for the day ahead.

If chilling out is more your speed then Slow Motion has got everything you need. Hot Tubs with Bathing Under the Sky are an impeccable way to start the day or enjoy a bit of calm before heading back into the action. Indulge in hot showers, a dry Finnish Sauna and the luxurious restoring warmth of the waters, sip champagne and treat yourself to one of life’s real pleasures. 

If you want to loosen up try one of our Slow Motion Massage Therapies including holistic massage, Reiki, reflexology, Ayurvedic treatments, Indian head massage and sound healing. Whatever your needs, you'll find something to suit your body and soul but book in early - these therapies sell out fast! 

We know that maintaining your style is no mean feat at a festival, so to help keep you on your A-gameThe Transformation Station is your friend. Pamper yourself properly with solar powered showers, Babyliss hairdryers and straighteners, and this year we’ll be collaborating with a range of skincare specialists who will be providing a selection of their beauty products so you can keep your glow all weekend long.

Take your look to the next level at our Hair, Face & Body Art Glitter Boudoir. Dazzle your friends with the glitzy glamour of a makeover with one of our sparkle experts from Jingo. With glitter face art, henna tattooing, hair braiding and more, bring life to your glittery dreams and bizarre fancy dress themes. 

Don’t forget to add even more colour to your outfit and make the pampering complete at The Nail Bar. With nail art to meet your heart’s desire, you’ll leave wanting to come back for more. And Free Haircuts will once again be available at Bestival. If you fancy a quick cut n blow dry, maybe some tramlines, or hey this is probably the year for a bit of colour, you name it, and Dorset’s finest scissor-wielding sculptors will be on hand to sort your style, completely free!

Slow Motion not only caters for your body, soul and mind, we’ve got your diet covered too with Milgi Plant Based Café. Specialists in wild and foraged food their aim is to bring plant-based food to all people by creating delicious and inspiring plates that everyone can enjoy.

Explore the united states of wellbeing and make Slow Motion the homeland of your healthy lifestyle. 

There are still plenty of treats to be revealed so head to www.Bestival.netFacebookTwitter,Instagram / Tumblr

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The Line-Up So Far:

THE CASTLE STAGE: The xx, A Tribe Called Quest, The Pet Shop Boys, Justice, Dizzee Rascal, Little Dragon, Rag'n'Bone Man, Wiley, Laura Mvula, Danny Brown, Loyle Carner, Soul II Soul, Circa Waves, MNEK, Ray BLK, Stefflon Don, Johnny Flynn & the Sussex Wit,

The Cuban Brothers

 

THE BOX: Jamie T, DJ Shadow, Kurupt FM, Blossoms, Lucy Rose, Twin Atlantic, AJ Tracey, Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon, Bomba Estereo, Fakear, DJ Yoda, U-Roy, Romare, Sinkane, Tash Sultana, Clean Cut Kid, Bjarki, Alma, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Formation, Let’s Eat Grandma, Cakes da Killa, 67,

London African Gospel Choir performing Graceland, Skinny Girl Diet, HMLTD, Lost Colours,

Hackney Colliery Band, The Greasy Slicks, Park Hotel, The Smiths Ltd, Disney Rascal

 

TEMPLE: Annie Mac, Andy C presents 25 Years of RAM, - Andy C, Calyx & Teebee, Culture Shock, DC Breaks & MC’s Tonn Piper, Carasel & 2Shy, Maceo Plex, Jackmaster, Kolsch, Heidi, Agoria, Dusky, Patrick Topping, Solardo, Monki, Melé, Raindance: Rat Pack, Slipmatt, Billy Daniel Bunter, Uncle Dugs, Jungle Fever: Brockie & MC Det, Jumping Jack Frost, Ragga Twins, Funky Flirt, Shockin B, Eastman Sound, Ruddy RanksJasper James, Avalon Emerson, Willow, Jem Haynes

 

BOLLYWOOD: David Rodigan presents RAM JAM - Special Guest TBA, Preditah, Conducta & MC Creed, Venum Sound Toddla T presents Carnival, Teklife showcase - DJ Spinn, DJ Taye, DJ Paypal & Teklife Dancers, Fatman Scoop, Midland, Sam Gellaitry, Shanti Celeste,

Job Jobse, Barely Legal, Nightwave, Smerz, The Rhythm Method, Zoee, Anna Wall,

Karaoke Glitter Rave, Martha, Tayo, Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band

 

INVADERS OF THE FUTURE: Honeyblood, Black Foxxes, Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, Chastity Belt, The Magic Gang, Sean McGowan, The Tuts, TRAAMS, Dead!, Barns Courtney, Tom Walker, Dan Caplen, The Rising, The Showhawk Duo, Swan Levitt, Upstarts, Coco and the Butterfields, Vistas, The Du-Rell Family, Lewis Bootle, Fours, Wild Front, Jodie Abacus, Shama Rahman Band, Ecurbrekal, Nakamarra, Compton White, Brandon Rivers, Graceland, Route2Roots, Freazy, Eton Girls Choir, Ian Easton & The Widowmakers, Jarrod Dickenson

 

 

REGGAE ROOTS: Roots Manuva, Mad Professor Trojan Sound System,

Nice Up Presents Daddy G, Star.One, Shepdog, Ghost Writerz,

Reggae Roast & MC Natty Campbell, DJ Dapper Dan

 

HMS BESTIVAL: Sink the Pink, Buttmitzvah, Hard Cock Life, Heartless Crew

DJ Luck & MC Neat, Oxide & Neutrino & Matt Jam Lamont, Dazed takeover; Mykki Blanco, Octo Octa & Eclair Fifi, Jaguar Skillz, Drag Queen Bingo

 

THE FROZEN MOLE: Artwork Presents Art’s House, Slaves (DJ Set), Purple Rave,

Cirque Du Soul DJs

 

STACEYS: Mr Scruff, Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, South London Soul Train

 

CARAVANSERAI: 47Soul, The Turbans, My Baby, Flamingods,

New York Brass Band, Swing Patrol, Fandjango,

 

CLUB DADA: The Ska Vengers, Smoove and Turrell,

K.O.G. and The Zongo Brigade, Kuenta I Tambu,

 

AMBIENT FOREST: Chris Coco, Pete Gooding, Mixmaster Morris,

 

OBERON’S OBSERVATORY: Cut A Shine

 

PLUS: The World's Biggest Confetti Canon, Castle Fireworks Finale, Love-Bot,

The World's Biggest Bouncy Castle, Bestival Inflatable Church,

Confetti Wedding Disco, The Feast Collective, Slow Motion,

Revolution Rides, Carnival Day Parade, Night Parades

Sugar Skulls Cocktail Bus, Sunday Best Cardboard Record Shop,

Lost In The Woods, Ancient Woodlands, Free Haircuts,

Campsite Recycling Hubs, Kids Field, Flags by Angus Watt

More Acts to be announced very soon!

 

                                                                                   

FESTIVAL NEWS - Festival No.6, Victorious, Reading, Leeds, Boardmasters, By the Sea, Womad, Leopallooza, Latitude

Festival No. 6 which takes place in Portmeirion, Wales from Thursday 7th until Sunday 10th September 2017. has announced its 'festival of feasting' Dinner at Clough’s with a line-up of top chefs. Revamped this year, it moves to the main dining room of Hotel Portmeirion, seating tables of any size, and with a rolling service each day from 1pm to 9pm. Friday is Thai food from East London's Som Saa for £49 per-person, on Saturday it's Aiden Byrne with some of his most renowned dishes from his career for £69 per-person, and on Sunday there's Paul Ainsworth's fusion of the world with Cornish, again at £69 per-person. Scroll down the page for the full menu details and how to book. The festival of course keeps it's Street Food Village serving the more-normal festival foods from around the world.  Music this year comes from headliners of Bloc Party, Mogwai, & The Flaming Lips, with Cinematic Orchestra, Wild Beasts, Rag n Bone Man, Laura Mvula, Kate Tempest, Arab Strap, The Cribs, Public Service Broadcasting, James Vincent McMorrow, and many more, with many more still to be announced. Festival goers can also expect pop up-theatre, intimate readings, film screenings, woodland trails, art installations, comedy performances, pop up woodland raves, The Prisoner reconstructions, and more. The acts will perform across the entire site, from the town hall to the Colonnade gardens, to the Estuary Stage and the promenade along the river, against a back drop of neo-classical architecture, and the sandy beaches of the estuary.  festivalnumber6.com/

Festival No. 6 which takes place in Portmeirion, Wales from Thursday 7th until Sunday 10th September 2017. has announced its 'festival of feasting' Dinner at Clough’s with a line-up of top chefs.

Revamped this year, it moves to the main dining room of Hotel Portmeirion, seating tables of any size, and with a rolling service each day from 1pm to 9pm.

Friday is Thai food from East London's Som Saa for £49 per-person, on Saturday it's Aiden Byrne with some of his most renowned dishes from his career for £69 per-person, and on Sunday there's Paul Ainsworth's fusion of the world with Cornish, again at £69 per-person. Scroll down the page for the full menu details and how to book.

The festival of course keeps it's Street Food Village serving the more-normal festival foods from around the world. 

Music this year comes from headliners of Bloc Party, Mogwai, & The Flaming Lips, with Cinematic Orchestra, Wild Beasts, Rag n Bone Man, Laura Mvula, Kate Tempest, Arab Strap, The Cribs, Public Service Broadcasting, James Vincent McMorrow, and many more, with many more still to be announced.

Festival goers can also expect pop up-theatre, intimate readings, film screenings, woodland trails, art installations, comedy performances, pop up woodland raves, The Prisoner reconstructions, and more. The acts will perform across the entire site, from the town hall to the Colonnade gardens, to the Estuary Stage and the promenade along the river, against a back drop of neo-classical architecture, and the sandy beaches of the estuary. 

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Victorious Festival which happens from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th August (bank holiday weekend) at Portsmouth's Southsea Common. have announced the acts playing in its World Music Village. With a multicultural smorgasbord of sounds and cultures from around the world including reggae, Latin, Afro-beats, Eastern European rock, jazz, blues, folk, Bollywood dance and UK bangra, topping the bill is Neneh Cherry (DJ Set).  Joining her is the always-excellent Macka B with his reggae mix of social comment and humour, UK reggae originals Black Slate, UK Bhangra pioneer Des-C, afrobeat and urban funk from Matuki, folk punk from the excellently-named Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants, steel pan sounds from Pan Jazz International Ensemble, African beats from Fellowship Of The Groove, as well as Duke Bossa, Inner Gold International Sound System feat. Subajah, Mikkee Majestic Sound System, Los Hombres Inglese: Latin Rhythms, Emiliyah and The Mighty Z Allstars, Big Noise Rythms From The Streets Of Brazil, Panthalassa: Fusion Sounds From Latin To Reggae, Academy Of Contemporary Music, Mechelle Medeelee, Latin Dance Workshop, and Silver Rejects: Bollywood Dancers. There's also the People's Lounge,  a space dedicated to collaboration, imagination and liberation, which hosts of hands-on workshops as well as The Front Room Poetry, Naan Bredaz, Shakara Soul, Fresh Like Dexies, Moosehead International with Rex Domino, Rich Muscat and The Southsea Groove Collective, Hang Dai, Slick Minded Individuals, Panthaiassa, Kingdome Kingz with Mate, Vanchango, Rob Milner and Friends, and Sahara Rock & Mofunk. Victorious Festival which happens from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th August (bank holiday weekend) at Portsmouth's Southsea Common have announced the acts playing its Butserfest Stage. Butserfest has been running since 2007, presenting the next big thing in alternative & rock music, and they've joined forces with Victorious to bring the vibe to a larger audience. The stage will feature established names, as well as showcase young talent from East Hampshire. Bands who wish to apply to play on this stage can do so until Saturday 1st July at the Victorious website. Confirmed to play on the stage are Saturday's headliner Deaf Havana, who'll be joined by Pulled Apart By Horses. The Sunday is headlined by prog-metallers SikTh, while other acts confirmed for the stage are Young Guns, Dinosaur Pile Up, Hacktivist, Shvpes, Counterfeit, and Fort Hope. Victorious is headlined by Madness, Stereophonics, and Elbow, with The Charlatans, Rita Ora, Olly Murs, Jake Bugg, Maximo Park, Franz Ferdinand, The Dandy Warhols, Slaves, and many more. www.victoriousfestival.co.uk/

Victorious Festival which happens from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th August (bank holiday weekend) at Portsmouth's Southsea Common. have announced the acts playing in its World Music Village.

With a multicultural smorgasbord of sounds and cultures from around the world including reggae, Latin, Afro-beats, Eastern European rock, jazz, blues, folk, Bollywood dance and UK bangra, topping the bill is Neneh Cherry (DJ Set)

Joining her is the always-excellent Macka B with his reggae mix of social comment and humour, UK reggae originals Black Slate, UK Bhangra pioneer Des-C, afrobeat and urban funk from Matuki, folk punk from the excellently-named Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants, steel pan sounds from Pan Jazz International Ensemble, African beats from Fellowship Of The Groove, as well as Duke BossaInner Gold International Sound System feat. SubajahMikkee Majestic Sound SystemLos Hombres Inglese: Latin RhythmsEmiliyah and The Mighty Z AllstarsBig Noise Rythms From The Streets Of BrazilPanthalassa: Fusion Sounds From Latin To ReggaeAcademy Of Contemporary MusicMechelle MedeeleeLatin Dance Workshop, and Silver Rejects: Bollywood Dancers.

There's also the People's Lounge,  a space dedicated to collaboration, imagination and liberation, which hosts of hands-on workshops as well as The Front Room PoetryNaan BredazShakara SoulFresh Like DexiesMoosehead International with Rex DominoRich Muscat and The Southsea Groove CollectiveHang DaiSlick Minded IndividualsPanthaiassaKingdome Kingz with MateVanchangoRob Milner and Friends, and Sahara Rock & Mofunk.

Victorious Festival which happens from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th August (bank holiday weekend) at Portsmouth's Southsea Common have announced the acts playing its Butserfest Stage.

Butserfest has been running since 2007, presenting the next big thing in alternative & rock music, and they've joined forces with Victorious to bring the vibe to a larger audience. The stage will feature established names, as well as showcase young talent from East Hampshire. Bands who wish to apply to play on this stage can do so until Saturday 1st July at the Victorious website.

Confirmed to play on the stage are Saturday's headliner Deaf Havana, who'll be joined by Pulled Apart By Horses. The Sunday is headlined by prog-metallers SikTh, while other acts confirmed for the stage are Young GunsDinosaur Pile UpHacktivistShvpesCounterfeit, and Fort Hope.

Victorious is headlined by Madness, Stereophonics, and Elbow, with The Charlatans, Rita Ora, Olly Murs, Jake Bugg, Maximo Park, Franz Ferdinand, The Dandy Warhols, Slaves, and many more.

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More music as well as the Alternative Stage has been announced for this year's Reading and Leeds Festivals, which happens annually over the August Bank Holiday weekend, joining headliners Kasabian, Eminem, and Muse. For the Alternative Stage and needing no introduction there's Simon Amstell, Bill Bailey, Katherine Ryan, Seann Walsh (Reading Only), Tape Face, Jonathan Pie, Piff The Magic Dragon, Josie Long, and Matt Richardson (Reading Only). Says Tape Face - "I am beyond excited to be playing not one but two of the greatest festivals in the UK. I am lost for words."  There's also hip-hop jokers The Rubberbandits, plus performances from Joe Lycett, Tiff Stevenson (Leeds only), Daniel Sloss, Ivo Graham, Dane Baptiste (Reading only), Suzi Ruffell (Leeds only), Iain Stirling, Elliot Steel, Sean McLoughlin, Mark Oliver, Kiri Pritchard-Mclean (Leeds only), Lloyd Griffith, Pierre Novellie, Fin Taylor (Leeds only), Lauren Pattison (Leeds only), Jonny Awsum (Reading only), James Gill, Steve Hall (Reading only), Flo & Joan, and Masud Milas. There's indie club night Propaganda w/Blossoms on the decks, comedy quizzes and challenges with Wifi Wars, and hits delivered by Hot Dub Time Machine, Buttoned Down Disco, and Rave Karaoke. And to add to the fun, there's more music coming at you from Neck Deep who headline the Lock-up, Sigrid, The View, Fekky, 67, Get Inuit, PINS, Lea Porcelain, Fizzy Blood, Baby In Vain, Otherkin, The LaFontaines, All Tvvin, K.I.D, and Father. www.readingfestival.com/   www.leedsfestival.com/

More music as well as the Alternative Stage has been announced for this year's Reading and Leeds Festivals, which happens annually over the August Bank Holiday weekend, joining headliners Kasabian, Eminem, and Muse.

For the Alternative Stage and needing no introduction there's Simon AmstellBill BaileyKatherine RyanSeann Walsh (Reading Only), Tape FaceJonathan PiePiff The Magic DragonJosie Long, and Matt Richardson (Reading Only).

Says Tape Face - "I am beyond excited to be playing not one but two of the greatest festivals in the UK. I am lost for words.

There's also hip-hop jokers The Rubberbandits, plus performances from Joe LycettTiff Stevenson (Leeds only), Daniel SlossIvo GrahamDane Baptiste (Reading only), Suzi Ruffell (Leeds only), Iain StirlingElliot SteelSean McLoughlinMark OliverKiri Pritchard-Mclean (Leeds only), Lloyd GriffithPierre NovellieFin Taylor (Leeds only), Lauren Pattison (Leeds only), Jonny Awsum (Reading only), James GillSteve Hall (Reading only), Flo & Joan, and Masud Milas.

There's indie club night Propaganda w/Blossoms on the decks, comedy quizzes and challenges with Wifi Wars, and hits delivered by Hot Dub Time MachineButtoned Down Disco, and Rave Karaoke.

And to add to the fun, there's more music coming at you from Neck Deep who headline the Lock-up, SigridThe ViewFekky67Get InuitPINSLea PorcelainFizzy BloodBaby In VainOtherkinThe LaFontainesAll TvvinK.I.D, and Father.

www.readingfestival.com/   www.leedsfestival.com/

More acts have been announced for Boardmasters which takes place over five days from Wednesday 9th to Sunday 13th August 2017 at a cliff-top location overlooking Watergate Bay, and Fistral Beach, in Cornwall. Joining the Friday line-up are High Contrast, Phil Taggart, The Mongolian Disco Show, Daytoner, Slim Jonson, The Mosquitoes, Kernow King Comedy, The Hawkmen, Animal Noise, The Defs, Livewire Showcase, and last but not least, Pulled Apart By Horses. New for Saturday are Laura Mvula, Phil Taggart, Rue, Late Evening Glass Off, Caleb Harris, Kernow King Comedy, Lost In Music DJs, Cut Capers, Oh My God! It's The Church, Big Boss Man, Hedluv & Passman, Smokey and Slim, The Momentoz, Livewire Showcase, Dutch Uncles, FK Panda, and Punctual. Added to Sunday are Mirror Fury, Helm & The All Star Band, Bache, Phil Taggart, Callum Beattie, Kernow King Comedy, Club Peel, The Ska Vengers, Rudi's Message, The Flaming Infidels, The Stalks, Russell Sinclair and The Smokin Locos, Papa Do Swing, Open Mic, Livewire Showcase, Seb Clifford, and Charlie Tee. Also announced the 21 acts for the BBC Introducing Cornwall Stage. Friday brings you The Velvet Hands, Chay Snowden, Even Nine, Arbour, Prolez, Hypophora, and A Thousand Years Of Light. On Saturday there'll be The Rezner, Local Nobodies, The Raise, Night Motor, Ronnie Cook, The Raikes, and Seb Clifford. And on Sundays there's Lilium, Oh Majester, Mildred Maude, Ennor, Winstons Awake, Green Lane, and Ezmay Grace.  They join the previously announced acts which include headliners Two Door Cinema Club, Jamiroquai, and Alt-J as well as Jake Bugg, Slaves, Roger Sanchez, Solado, Wild Beasts, TDQ, Newton Falkner, and many more. www.boardmasters.co.uk/

More acts have been announced for Boardmasters which takes place over five days from Wednesday 9th to Sunday 13th August 2017 at a cliff-top location overlooking Watergate Bay, and Fistral Beach, in Cornwall.

Joining the Friday line-up are High ContrastPhil TaggartThe Mongolian Disco ShowDaytonerSlim JonsonThe MosquitoesKernow King ComedyThe HawkmenAnimal NoiseThe DefsLivewire Showcase, and last but not least, Pulled Apart By Horses.

New for Saturday are Laura MvulaPhil TaggartRueLate Evening Glass OffCaleb HarrisKernow King ComedyLost In Music DJsCut CapersOh My God! It's The ChurchBig Boss ManHedluv & PassmanSmokey and SlimThe MomentozLivewire ShowcaseDutch UnclesFK Panda, and Punctual.

Added to Sunday are Mirror FuryHelm & The All Star BandBachePhil TaggartCallum BeattieKernow King ComedyClub PeelThe Ska VengersRudi's MessageThe Flaming InfidelsThe StalksRussell Sinclair and The Smokin LocosPapa Do SwingOpen MicLivewire ShowcaseSeb Clifford, and Charlie Tee.

Also announced the 21 acts for the BBC Introducing Cornwall Stage.

Friday brings you The Velvet HandsChay SnowdenEven NineArbourProlezHypophora, and A Thousand Years Of Light.

On Saturday there'll be The ReznerLocal NobodiesThe RaiseNight MotorRonnie CookThe Raikes, and Seb Clifford.

And on Sundays there's LiliumOh MajesterMildred MaudeEnnorWinstons AwakeGreen Lane, and Ezmay Grace

They join the previously announced acts which include headliners Two Door Cinema Club, Jamiroquai, and Alt-J as well as Jake Bugg, Slaves, Roger Sanchez, Solado, Wild Beasts, TDQ, Newton Falkner, and many more.

www.boardmasters.co.uk/

By The Sea Festival, which takes place at the refurbished Dreamland Margate, in Margate, Kent, over the weekend of Friday 29th September until Sunday 1st October 2017 has announced its headline acts. Expanding to include a third day for the first time, headlining the Friday night are Everything Everything, while Saturday is headlined by Metronomy, and closing the event on the Sunday will be The Libertines. A supporting cast of live acts and DJs will will be announced over the coming weeks and months. By The Sea will base most of its activities at the iconic Dreamland amusement park in Margate – a town that continues to enjoy a rejuvenation inspired by a growing local cultural industry, as well as having fringe events and after-parties within the town. Dreamland was recently relaunched after a major investment, which saw the site revamped and expanded with a focus on authentic vintage rides including the second oldest wooden roller coaster in the UK, Wedgwood Tea Cups and the Magic Mouse, reflecting its uniquely British heritage.  Tickets went on sale last Friday, priced at £82.50 for all three days. Two-day tickets for any two days will also be available, priced at £67.50 for Saturday and Sunday, £47.50 for Friday and Saturday, and £54.50 for Friday and Sunday. Day tickets are priced at £20 for the friday, £32.50 for the Saturday, and £39.50 for the Sunday. www.bytheseafestival.com/

By The Sea Festival, which takes place at the refurbished Dreamland Margate, in Margate, Kent, over the weekend of Friday 29th September until Sunday 1st October 2017 has announced its headline acts.

Expanding to include a third day for the first time, headlining the Friday night are Everything Everything, while Saturday is headlined by Metronomy, and closing the event on the Sunday will be The Libertines. A supporting cast of live acts and DJs will will be announced over the coming weeks and months.

By The Sea will base most of its activities at the iconic Dreamland amusement park in Margate – a town that continues to enjoy a rejuvenation inspired by a growing local cultural industry, as well as having fringe events and after-parties within the town. Dreamland was recently relaunched after a major investment, which saw the site revamped and expanded with a focus on authentic vintage rides including the second oldest wooden roller coaster in the UK, Wedgwood Tea Cups and the Magic Mouse, reflecting its uniquely British heritage. 

Tickets went on sale last Friday, priced at £82.50 for all three days.
Two-day tickets for any two days will also be available, priced at £67.50 for Saturday and Sunday, £47.50 for Friday and Saturday, and £54.50 for Friday and Sunday.
Day tickets are priced at £20 for the friday, £32.50 for the Saturday, and £39.50 for the Sunday.

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WOMAD - World of Music, Arts and Dance - held at Charlton Park, near Malmesbury, in Wiltshire from Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th July 2017 has announced the acts who'll make use of "the world's finest sound system" that you'll see at festivals, created by British audio specialists Bowers & Wilkins.  Designed to create an unrivalled listening experience that brings revellers closer to the music, the four 3.5m speaker stacks embody the acoustic engineering of Bowers & Wilkins flagship hi-fi speakers, delivered on a massive scale. The result is a thumping club sound system, which this year features the likes of Floating Points and Joey Negro alongside Howie B and Craig Richards. The full line-up for the Friday has the collaboration Howie B and Craig Richards Present Hurtle - A Trip Into Bass Felt Emotions, there's a fusion of grime, neo-soul, hip hop and jazz from Blue Lab Beats, 'live' electronic compositions from Anchorsong, WOMAD favourite Joseph Arthur, and lots of arm-waving from The New York Theremin Society presents: Dorit Chrysler & Charlie Draper in "Sounds of the Ether". On Saturday there's a set of funk, disco and housefrom Joey Negro, Addictive TV with their show "Orchestra of Samples", Rival Consoles, the soundsystem gets shown off at its very best with Portico Quartet - Special Live Surround Mix, a "fusion of New Wave Italian indie-rock and dream pop" from Ofeliadorme, London-based Japanese-American composer who uses body movements and human gestures to create live electronic music Atau Tanaka, and especially for children School of Noise - Hands on Foley Workshop. And on Sunday "spinning a mix of futuristic dance electronica" is Floating Points (DJ set), Mercury Prize winning British rapper Speech Debelle, Swedish multi-instrumentalist Loney Dear, Nick Mulvey - In Conversation explaining the musical journey behind his latest album, "powerful, multi-layered and lyrical songs" from Tom Hickox, Project Adrift which is a "unique meeting of art, sound and science" from artists Cath Le Couteur and Nick Ryan, and (for children) DIY Beatboxing. These join the acts previously confirmed, who include Toots & the Maytals, Goat, Oumou Sangare, Eliza Carthy and The Wayward Band, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Benjamin Zephaniah & The Revolutionary Minds, Afro Celt Sound System, Roy Ayers with Seun Kuti And Egypt 80, Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra, Shobaleader One, Alsarah & the Nubatones, Bixiga 70, Inna De Yard All-Stars, (members of) The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, Trembling Bells, Khmer Rouge Survivors, Bokante, and many more. womad.co.uk/

WOMAD - World of Music, Arts and Dance - held at Charlton Park, near Malmesbury, in Wiltshire from Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th July 2017 has announced the acts who'll make use of "the world's finest sound system" that you'll see at festivals, created by British audio specialists Bowers & Wilkins. 

Designed to create an unrivalled listening experience that brings revellers closer to the music, the four 3.5m speaker stacks embody the acoustic engineering of Bowers & Wilkins flagship hi-fi speakers, delivered on a massive scale. The result is a thumping club sound system, which this year features the likes of Floating Points and Joey Negro alongside Howie B and Craig Richards.

The full line-up for the Friday has the collaboration Howie B and Craig Richards Present Hurtle - A Trip Into Bass Felt Emotions, there's a fusion of grime, neo-soul, hip hop and jazz from Blue Lab Beats, 'live' electronic compositions from Anchorsong, WOMAD favourite Joseph Arthur, and lots of arm-waving from The New York Theremin Society presents: Dorit Chrysler & Charlie Draper in "Sounds of the Ether".

On Saturday there's a set of funk, disco and housefrom Joey NegroAddictive TV with their show "Orchestra of Samples"Rival Consoles, the soundsystem gets shown off at its very best with Portico Quartet - Special Live Surround Mix, a "fusion of New Wave Italian indie-rock and dream pop" from Ofeliadorme, London-based Japanese-American composer who uses body movements and human gestures to create live electronic music Atau Tanaka, and especially for children School of Noise - Hands on Foley Workshop.

And on Sunday "spinning a mix of futuristic dance electronica" is Floating Points (DJ set), Mercury Prize winning British rapper Speech Debelle, Swedish multi-instrumentalist Loney DearNick Mulvey - In Conversation explaining the musical journey behind his latest album, "powerful, multi-layered and lyrical songs" from Tom HickoxProject Adrift which is a "unique meeting of art, sound and science" from artists Cath Le Couteur and Nick Ryan, and (for children) DIY Beatboxing.

These join the acts previously confirmed, who include Toots & the Maytals, Goat, Oumou Sangare, Eliza Carthy and The Wayward Band, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Benjamin Zephaniah & The Revolutionary Minds, Afro Celt Sound System, Roy Ayers with Seun Kuti And Egypt 80, Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra, Shobaleader One, Alsarah & the Nubatones, Bixiga 70, Inna De Yard All-Stars, (members of) The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, Trembling Bells, Khmer Rouge Survivors, Bokante, and many more.

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Maximo Park have been announced as the saturday headliners for this year's Leopallooza which takes place at The Wyldes, near Bude, North Cornwall from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th July 2017. Also newly confirmed are Turbowolf, and Son Of Dave, as well as the first DJs for the Treeline & Temple of Boom dance stages, who are Redlight, Stanton Warriors, DJ Barely Legal, and Cornwall's own Hong Kong Ping Pong. Festival co-founder Sam Dunnett said: "This year’s lineup has got to be one of our best yet. The headliners are sell-out artists in their own right, but with the likes of Redlight on our dance stages, we’ve got the makings of something special." With over 100 bands and DJs playing across seven stages throughout the weekend. Sam continued: "Our two main stages sit next to each other, which means we’re able to pack the music in with pretty much no changeover time. All you need to do is turn slightly, and the entertainment will be non-stop. As always, we will be making the festival about more than just music. The whole experience is something to behold, and gets better every year. With that in mind, I’m very happy to announce that the dress-up theme for the Saturday will be Run Away with the Circus. Interpret that in whatever way you like!" Previously confirmed acts include Friday headliner The Cribs, along with Gabrielle Aplin, Clean Cut Kid, Dagny, Flamingods, Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS?, Hello Operator, Jim Jones And The Righteous Mind, Keston Cobblers Club, Paradisia, Pulled Apart By Horses, Rhys Lewis, Seafret, Tiggs Da Author, The Comet Is Coming, The Japanese House, The Modern Strangers, and Trudy and the Romance, Vant, and more. www.leopallooza.com/

Maximo Park have been announced as the saturday headliners for this year's Leopallooza which takes place at The Wyldes, near Bude, North Cornwall from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th July 2017.

Also newly confirmed are Turbowolf, and Son Of Dave, as well as the first DJs for the Treeline & Temple of Boom dance stages, who are RedlightStanton WarriorsDJ Barely Legal, and Cornwall's own Hong Kong Ping Pong.

Festival co-founder Sam Dunnett said: "This year’s lineup has got to be one of our best yet. The headliners are sell-out artists in their own right, but with the likes of Redlight on our dance stages, we’ve got the makings of something special."

With over 100 bands and DJs playing across seven stages throughout the weekend. Sam continued: "Our two main stages sit next to each other, which means we’re able to pack the music in with pretty much no changeover time. All you need to do is turn slightly, and the entertainment will be non-stop. As always, we will be making the festival about more than just music. The whole experience is something to behold, and gets better every year. With that in mind, I’m very happy to announce that the dress-up theme for the Saturday will be Run Away with the Circus. Interpret that in whatever way you like!"

Previously confirmed acts include Friday headliner The Cribs, along with Gabrielle Aplin, Clean Cut Kid, Dagny, Flamingods, Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS?, Hello Operator, Jim Jones And The Righteous Mind, Keston Cobblers Club, Paradisia, Pulled Apart By Horses, Rhys Lewis, Seafret, Tiggs Da Author, The Comet Is Coming, The Japanese House, The Modern Strangers, and Trudy and the Romance, Vant, and more.

www.leopallooza.com/

The multi-arts Latitude Festival, which takes place over the weekend of Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th July 2017 at Henham Park Estate, Suffolk. has revealed more music, debate, discussion, comedy, and more. First up is the music, with the additions of Pumarosa (Obelisk Arena), and Albin Lee Meldau (Lake Stage), both on Friday, added to Saturday are Skott (BBC Music Stage), and Beans on Toast (Sunrise Arena), and for Sunday are Wesley Gonzalez (Lake Stage), and Life (Alcove Stage). Returning to Latitude for its second year, the BBC Music Introducing Stage has a Friday line-up of Solomons Gardens, Omaloma, Lisa Wright, Fishclaw, Lizabett Russo, Banwo The Poet, and Be Good. On Saturday are Sink, Tender Central, Sefo Kanuteh, Flying Machines, Iona Fortune, Piers James, and Amanda Brown and the Common Ears. Then on Sunday you can enjoy Tinderbox Orchestra, House of Hippies, Adwaith, Valerie Hartzell, Black Thorn, Lumi HD, and Neil March. In tandem with art and healing, the Solas Stage is an intimate venue which plays host to some of the best emerging UK and Irish talent from across the musical spectrum; from folk-tinged acoustic troubadours to ambient electro, from dark pop to the spacier end of electronic music. this year's line-up has psych-dub from Pangani, Rosie Carney, David Keenan, Broen, Le Boom, Geowulf, Into The Ark, Andrew Kearney, Brian Deady, Lowly, genre-straddling MC Afrikan Boy, Willy Mason, acoustica from John Smith, funk-pop from Parcels, multi-instrumentalist Leo Stannard, TooFools, folk storyteller Westerman, Seamus Fogarty, Blue Lab Beats, experimental pop trio White Kite, singer-songwriter Ailbhe Reddy, Ships, Talos, Klangstof, and Hein Cooper. This year Latitude are putting the debates, discussions, and literary & poetry events under one roof, in The SpeakEasy. New additions here includes authors/writers/others Colm Tóibín, Geoff Dyer Sarah Winman, Naomi Alderman, Elif Shafak, Catherine Mayer, Hannah Dunleavy, Mickey Noonan, Jen Offord, Deborah Frances-White, Susie Wokoma, Joanna Cannon, Bryony Gordon, Dr Pippa Kennedy,  Andy Parsons will return with his Slacktivist Action Group to discuss current affairs and agree one direct action will be The Sunday Times columnist India Knight, Sophie Walker,leader of the Women’s Equality Party and Reprieve Director Maya Foa. Carole Cadwalladr (Observer), Nick Hopkins (Guardian) and Carl Miller (Demos) will be discussing the Fake News phenomenon, chaired by Dr Daniel Glaser. James Brown (Above Head Height) and Alexandra Heminsley (Leap In) will be in discussion on amateur sports. There's Global Pillage; the brand new comedy panel show podcast all about idiom, culture, customs and norms. The panel, led by Deborah Frances-White, will include Susan Wokoma, Sarah Bennetto, Bisha K Ali and Athena Kugblenu. BBC 6Music’s Shaun Keaveny will also produce a special episode of his Middle Aged Night Out from The SpeakEasy with special guest Dane Baptiste, whilst Robin Ince’s Festival Shambles guests are Katy Brand, John-Luke Roberts, Joanna Neary, Barry Crimmins and George Egg. History Hit Live present The Art Detective at Latitude, with Dr Janina Ramirez joined by special guest Professor Alice Roberts as they uncover history and culture through a single artwork. In the Music & Film Arena, MOBO founder and music industry pioneer, Kanya King is interviewed exploring her work to bring black music to heart of international music culture. Comedian and magician Pete Firman, known for his appearances on The Magicians and The Next Great Magician, will be joining the Comedy stage on Saturday. Hosted by Phil Ellis, London’s Soho Theatre will have hip-hop duo Rubberbandits, Swedish musical comedian Carl-Einar Häckner, Colin Hoult performing as his alter ego Anna Mann, live art provocateur Lucy McCormick and high-octane stand-up Desiree Burch. In the Theatre Arena,National Theatre Live will broadcast the Old Vic’s acclaimed production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead which stars Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire as the eponymous duo. Rave Karaoke will play karaoke classics of yesteryear in The Cabaret Theatre, presented by DJ, performer & full-time show-off Anna Greenwood. In the Wellcome Trust Arena, Caroline Wright will present Breath Control: Osmosis, featuring classical soprano Laura Wright. Join Caroline and Laura as they lead an interactive session with the Breath Choir, exploring pulmonary health and providing a snap shot of lung capacity through song. Also joining the festival’s Wellcome Trust supported programme, giving talks at Unlimited Theatre’s Space Shed in the Faraway Forest, are endurance athlete Shu Pillinger, to speak about optimizing the body for athleticism on earth and in space, and Beth Healey, the doctor who spent a year in Antarctica in the name of space exploration. Elsewhere in the Faraway Forest, audiences will encounter sheds, talks and installations from artists and companies including the V&A, who will preview images and an immersive chorus audio experience from their forthcoming Opera: Passion, Power and Politics exhibition in collaboration with Royal Opera House. This immersive exhibition spans 400 years, through the lens of seven premieres in seven cities, and explores the seminal forces that drive so many stories. Audience should also keep an eye out for The Hypercollider, Emily Goss’s Grow Your Own Love Revolution, and can drop in to visit the Arts Council, Amy Winehouse Foundation and Medicins Sans Frontieres. Our unseen artists in the Faraway Forest include Metro Imaging, who support the Gallery, and Jane Lennard, who will transform the Forest’s iconic Tree of Life into a mass of yellow roses. They join a music line-up which has headliners of The 1975, Mumford & Sons, and Fleet Foxes, plus acts such as Goldfrapp, Two Door Cinema Club, Placebo, Ride, John Cale, Glass Animals, Grandaddy, Mavis Staples, The Horrors, BEAK>, Jack Garratt, Joe Goddard, Fatboy Slim, Loyle Carner, Temples, Imelda May, and many more. www.latitudefestival.com

The multi-arts Latitude Festival, which takes place over the weekend of Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th July 2017 at Henham Park Estate, Suffolk. has revealed more music, debate, discussion, comedy, and more.

First up is the music, with the additions of Pumarosa (Obelisk Arena), and Albin Lee Meldau (Lake Stage), both on Friday, added to Saturday are Skott (BBC Music Stage), and Beans on Toast (Sunrise Arena), and for Sunday are Wesley Gonzalez (Lake Stage), and Life (Alcove Stage).

Returning to Latitude for its second year, the BBC Music Introducing Stage has a Friday line-up of Solomons GardensOmalomaLisa WrightFishclawLizabett RussoBanwo The Poet, and Be Good. On Saturday are SinkTender CentralSefo KanutehFlying MachinesIona FortunePiers James, and Amanda Brown and the Common Ears. Then on Sunday you can enjoy Tinderbox OrchestraHouse of HippiesAdwaithValerie HartzellBlack ThornLumi HD, and Neil March.

In tandem with art and healing, the Solas Stage is an intimate venue which plays host to some of the best emerging UK and Irish talent from across the musical spectrum; from folk-tinged acoustic troubadours to ambient electro, from dark pop to the spacier end of electronic music. this year's line-up has psych-dub from PanganiRosie CarneyDavid KeenanBroenLe BoomGeowulfInto The ArkAndrew KearneyBrian DeadyLowly, genre-straddling MC Afrikan BoyWilly Mason, acoustica from John Smith, funk-pop from Parcels, multi-instrumentalist Leo StannardTooFools, folk storyteller WestermanSeamus FogartyBlue Lab Beats, experimental pop trio White Kite, singer-songwriter Ailbhe ReddyShipsTalosKlangstof, and Hein Cooper.

This year Latitude are putting the debates, discussions, and literary & poetry events under one roof, in The SpeakEasy. New additions here includes authors/writers/others Colm Tóibín, Geoff Dyer Sarah Winman, Naomi Alderman, Elif Shafak, Catherine Mayer, Hannah Dunleavy, Mickey Noonan, Jen Offord, Deborah Frances-White, Susie Wokoma, Joanna Cannon, Bryony Gordon, Dr Pippa Kennedy, 

Andy Parsons will return with his Slacktivist Action Group to discuss current affairs and agree one direct action will be The Sunday Times columnist India KnightSophie Walker,leader of the Women’s Equality Party and Reprieve Director Maya FoaCarole Cadwalladr (Observer), Nick Hopkins (Guardian) and Carl Miller (Demos) will be discussing the Fake News phenomenon, chaired by Dr Daniel GlaserJames Brown (Above Head Height) and Alexandra Heminsley (Leap In) will be in discussion on amateur sports.

There's Global Pillage; the brand new comedy panel show podcast all about idiom, culture, customs and norms. The panel, led by Deborah Frances-White, will include Susan WokomaSarah BennettoBisha K Ali and Athena Kugblenu. BBC 6Music’s Shaun Keaveny will also produce a special episode of his Middle Aged Night Out from The SpeakEasy with special guest Dane Baptiste, whilst Robin Ince’s Festival Shambles guests are Katy BrandJohn-Luke Roberts, Joanna Neary, Barry Crimmins and George Egg. History Hit Live present The Art Detective at Latitude, with Dr Janina Ramirez joined by special guest Professor Alice Roberts as they uncover history and culture through a single artwork.

In the Music & Film Arena, MOBO founder and music industry pioneer, Kanya King is interviewed exploring her work to bring black music to heart of international music culture. Comedian and magician Pete Firman, known for his appearances on The Magicians and The Next Great Magician, will be joining the Comedy stage on Saturday. Hosted by Phil Ellis, London’s Soho Theatre will have hip-hop duo Rubberbandits, Swedish musical comedian Carl-Einar HäcknerColin Hoult performing as his alter ego Anna Mann, live art provocateur Lucy McCormick and high-octane stand-up Desiree Burch. In the Theatre Arena,National Theatre Live will broadcast the Old Vic’s acclaimed production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead which stars Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire as the eponymous duo. Rave Karaoke will play karaoke classics of yesteryear in The Cabaret Theatre, presented by DJ, performer & full-time show-off Anna Greenwood.

In the Wellcome Trust Arena, Caroline Wright will present Breath Control: Osmosis, featuring classical soprano Laura Wright. Join Caroline and Laura as they lead an interactive session with the Breath Choir, exploring pulmonary health and providing a snap shot of lung capacity through song. Also joining the festival’s Wellcome Trust supported programme, giving talks at Unlimited Theatre’s Space Shed in the Faraway Forest, are endurance athlete Shu Pillinger, to speak about optimizing the body for athleticism on earth and in space, and Beth Healey, the doctor who spent a year in Antarctica in the name of space exploration.

Elsewhere in the Faraway Forest, audiences will encounter sheds, talks and installations from artists and companies including the V&A, who will preview images and an immersive chorus audio experience from their forthcoming Opera: Passion, Power and Politics exhibition in collaboration with Royal Opera House. This immersive exhibition spans 400 years, through the lens of seven premieres in seven cities, and explores the seminal forces that drive so many stories. Audience should also keep an eye out for The Hypercollider, Emily Goss’s Grow Your Own Love Revolution, and can drop in to visit the Arts CouncilAmy Winehouse Foundation and Medicins Sans Frontieres. Our unseen artists in the Faraway Forest include Metro Imaging, who support the Gallery, and Jane Lennard, who will transform the Forest’s iconic Tree of Life into a mass of yellow roses.

They join a music line-up which has headliners of The 1975, Mumford & Sons, and Fleet Foxes, plus acts such as Goldfrapp, Two Door Cinema Club, Placebo, Ride, John Cale, Glass Animals, Grandaddy, Mavis Staples, The Horrors, BEAK>, Jack Garratt, Joe Goddard, Fatboy Slim, Loyle Carner, Temples, Imelda May, and many more.

www.latitudefestival.com

BLUEDOT ANNOUNCES LOVELL TELESCOPE PROJECTION ARTIST

More has been announced for the second bluedot which takes place from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th July 2017 at Jodrell Bank, the Cheshire observatory at the cutting edge of humanity’s quest for knowledge.

The photo above is last year's Lovell Telescope art projection created by Brian Eno. This year, Japanese artist Daito Manabe is set to deliver a unique projection-mapped artwork at bluedot. In a world first use of live astronomical data, and working with the scientists at Jodrell Bank, he will transform the iconic Lovell Telescope into a vivid spectacle from 23:00 until 03:00 each night. This collaboration between world leading scientists and the award winning international artist will be the centrepiece of bluedot’s remarkable fusion of art, technology and the exploration of space.

The upcoming commission is part of Abandon Normal Devices’ COSMOS project – a flagship international art-science residency at Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Observatory. The award winning Tokyo-Based Media Artist, DJ and Programmer, Daito Manabe and technicians from Rhizomatiks Research have been working with scientists during a residency at Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics in May 2017, before returning to Japan to create a new artwork to inspire audiences at bluedot festival in July. Marking the 50th anniversary of the discovery of pulsars in 1967, the artists will use live data collected by the telescope to create a generative audio-visual artwork.

Gabrielle Jenks, Director of Abandon Normal Devices, said: "We are very excited to launch this international commissioning programme which celebrates the importance of artists in translating scientific data and asking critical questions about how our universe operates."

Professor Teresa Anderson, Director of the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, added: "We are thrilled to be welcoming COSMOS, our new artist residency programme to Jodrell Bank Observatory. Working with the teams at Abandon Normal Devices and bluedot, the programme provides an innovative and inspiring approach to engaging visitors directly with research taking place here at Jodrell Bank.  As we mark the steel giant’s 60th year, we are thrilled to showcase the Lovell Telescope in a unique marriage of art and science."

Said bluedot organiser Ben Robinson: "The announcement of this commission signifies an outstanding commission concept, fusing audio and visual art, scientific data and computer programming. We are honoured to welcome an international artist of such standing to bluedot. Coupled with the use of live data from the cosmos, this truly represents an artwork of global ambition."

Elsewhere across the arts and culture programme is internationally acclaimed French theatre company, Compagnie De Quidams, who will host their ephemeral performance ‘Herbert’s Dream’ on the opening night of the festival. Illuminated, unearthly and entrancing, and appearing on the Friday night only, this unique and other-worldly parade is certain to be a bluedot highlight.  Joined by UK company Handmade Parade, who will be working with local Crewe school Beechwood Primary in the creation of pulsar-inspired lanterns for the procession, festival-goers can expect a truly luminous display following Friday’s headline set by the Pixies. 

Last year’s popular Outer Space area returns to the Arboretum with new multi-sensory artworks and installations. Outdoor Arts experts Walk the Plank are once again producing this immersive celestial experience and inviting festivalgoers to get closer to the cosmos with fire, sound and light installations. This year the unique area breaks new ground, premiering three new commissions; a bespoke fire installation, created by Walk the Plank with Hannelora Johansson, Night Chorus by Kazimier Productions and TrOnion by Ian Broscomb’s. 

Bluedot is headlined by Pixies, Orbital and Alt-J, with Goldfrapp, Hawkwind, Ezra Furman and The Boyfriends, Warpaint, Joe Goddard, experimental Squarepusher project Shobaleader One, Shura, Andrew Weatherall, Factory Floor, The Moonlandingz, and more, along with a full weekend of fascinating space and science based culture, from best-selling authors, academics and artists, including the brilliant best selling author Frank Cottrell-Boyce, the return of Prof David Nutt, Prof Danny Dorling and the acclaimed Arthur Miller.

Day tickets are also now available priced at £59 for any day for adults, £25 for those aged 6-15, and free for those aged 5 or under (tho they need a ticket!). Weekend tickets are priced at £159 including camping.

FESTIVAL NEWS - V, Neighbourhood Festival, Victorious, Fusion, Barn on the Farm, Womad, Camp Bestival, Hope & Glory

More acts have been announced for the dual-site V Festival, which takes place at Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex and Weston Park, Staffordshire over the weekend of Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th August 2017, this time for the brand new V Street Stage. With an all-British line-up, the confirmed acts are headliner Yungen, Nadia Rose, girl-band M.O, the cherry-picked Mabel, AJ X Deno, Northampton grime MC Izzie Gibbs, Lisa Mercedez, and Yung Fume. These join a line-up headlined by Jay-Z, and Pink, and including Craig David, Ellie Goulding, Jess Glynne, Stormzy, Emeli Sande, George Ezra, Jason Derulo, Clean Bandit, Madness, Rudimental, Pete Tong presents Ibiza Classics performed by The Heritage Orchestra, Sean Paul, Dizzee Rascal, Sigma, The Wombats, and many more. http://www.vfestival.com/

More acts have been announced for the dual-site V Festival, which takes place at Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex and Weston Park, Staffordshire over the weekend of Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th August 2017, this time for the brand new V Street Stage.

With an all-British line-up, the confirmed acts are headliner YungenNadia Rose, girl-band M.O, the cherry-picked MabelAJ X Deno, Northampton grime MC Izzie GibbsLisa Mercedez, and Yung Fume.

These join a line-up headlined by Jay-Z, and Pink, and including Craig David, Ellie Goulding, Jess Glynne, Stormzy, Emeli Sande, George Ezra, Jason Derulo, Clean Bandit, Madness, Rudimental, Pete Tong presents Ibiza Classics performed by The Heritage Orchestra, Sean Paul, Dizzee Rascal, Sigma, The Wombats, and many more.

http://www.vfestival.com/

The first acts have been announced for Neighbourhood Festival which takes over 11 venues around the south-side of Manchester City Centre on Saturday 7th October 2017. This year is headlined by Peace, and Rat Boy, and includes names such as Billie Marten, Black Honey, The Amazons, Cabbage, Jaws, Superfood, The Strypes, and The Orielles. Also on the bill, in alphabetical order, are Alice Jemima, Babyteeth, Bad Sounds, Bloxx, Broken Witt Rebels, Clay, Darlia, Dan Caplen, Demob Happy, Estrons, Flyte, High Tyde, Hmltd, The Howl and The Hum, Ider, Inheaven, Joe Fox, Joel Baker, Jordan Max, Leo Stannard, Little Hours, The Luka State, Mabel, Marsicans, OUTLYA, Phoebe Green, Rory Wynne, Sink Ya Teeth, The Blinders, The Pale White, The Vryll Society, Stereo Honey, Ten Tonnes, Tora, Trash, Trevor Sensor, Witch Fever, and Xamvolo. The venues used for Neighbourhood are: The Albert Hall, O2 Ritz, The Union MMU, Sound Control, Gorilla, Dog Bowl, Deaf Institute, XOLO, The Zoo, Revolution Oxford Road, Factory, and Underdog. www.neighbourhoodfestival.com

The first acts have been announced for Neighbourhood Festival which takes over 11 venues around the south-side of Manchester City Centre on Saturday 7th October 2017.

This year is headlined by Peace, and Rat Boy, and includes names such as Billie MartenBlack HoneyThe AmazonsCabbageJawsSuperfoodThe Strypes, and The Orielles.

Also on the bill, in alphabetical order, are Alice JemimaBabyteethBad SoundsBloxxBroken Witt RebelsClayDarliaDan CaplenDemob HappyEstronsFlyteHigh TydeHmltdThe Howl and The HumIderInheavenJoe FoxJoel BakerJordan MaxLeo StannardLittle HoursThe Luka StateMabelMarsicansOUTLYAPhoebe GreenRory WynneSink Ya TeethThe BlindersThe Pale WhiteThe Vryll SocietyStereo HoneyTen TonnesToraTrashTrevor SensorWitch Fever, and Xamvolo.

The venues used for Neighbourhood are: The Albert Hall, O2 Ritz, The Union MMU, Sound Control, Gorilla, Dog Bowl, Deaf Institute, XOLO, The Zoo, Revolution Oxford Road, Factory, and Underdog.

www.neighbourhoodfestival.com

A huge list of new names have been announced for Victorious Festival which happens from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th August (bank holiday weekend) at Portsmouth's Southsea Common. The recent additions are exciting up and coming, unsigned, &/or self-releasing artists. The full list in alphabetical order are:- Aaron Middleton, Ade Cull, Alaina Sparkes, Alex Higgins, Alice Milburn, Andrew Foster, Andy Osman, Arcade Hearts, Archie Langley, Archive 45, Assorted Sax, Basement83, Becky Anderson, Becky Jerams, Bella Estelle, Bemis, Ben Brookes, Ben Pryer, Bigtopp, Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles, Blackfoot Circle, Brandon Rivers, Brent Hutchinson, Brock Landers & The Estelles, Charlotte Neal, Chip Jacks, Clayton Connor, Coax, Colour Of The Jungle, Crown Of Thieves, Dan O'Farrell, Day Of The Rabblement, Dean Dyson, Devin-Jade, Dirty Diesel Outlaw Orchestra, DRGM, Elixir, Emptifish, Erin Gracie, Fainties, Fjokra, FM Live, Four Folds Law, Foxier, Goldlaw, Good Times Roll, Grand Tradition, Hanna Doswell, Hannah Hay, Harmonie London, Harrison Etherington, Indiana Quiet Cats, Is Bliss, Jackobins, Jake Hassell, James George, Jamie Hiron, Jamin, Jesse Ray, Jessica Lawler, Jimi & The Jaffa Cakes, Joe Mongan, John Adams, Josh And Daisy, Josh Tremain, Joshua Sanderson, JustSayYes, Kate Bush-Ka, Katie-Louise Ball, Kelly Woods, Kingz Of Leon, Kojaks Revenge, Lauran Hibberd, Lauren Barker, Lennon Taylor, Lewis Smith & The Collision, Lily Garland, Livvy, Los Cranes, Lucas & King, Madeline, Marcus Payne, Mark Handley, Marley Blandford, Marmalade Moonshine, Mayfield, Me And The Moon, Megan Linford, Miami Driveway, Michael Baker, Michelle Lewis, Mollie Scott & Parv, Naan Breddaz, Nine Ace Deck, Normanton Street, Our Propaganda, Paddy Taylor, Paisley Jones, Paul Dillon, Pets, Rachel Broad, Rebekka Nightingale, RemedySounds, Rhythm City Six, Rhythm Of The 90s, Richard Morris, Robyn Grace, Roy Peplow, Ruby and the Revelators, Seething Akira, Serena Spells & The Explorers, Shoot The Duke, Skaraman, Smiley Campbell Band, Sophie & The Darlings, Southerlies, Southsea Alternative Choir, Strumdiddlyumptious, Submariner, The Aim, The Bog Rolling Stones, The Bootlegs, The Curious Incident, The Folsom, The Machete, The Mantic Muddlers, The Morning, The Novatones, The Plucking Misfits, The Racketeers, The Richard Henry Edward Keam Band, The Silver Beatles, The Toffees, The Tribe, The Tuesday Trend, The Urban Vocal Group, The Vela Tides, The Vinalls, Tim Cheatle, Timeless, Tom Bertram, Tom Martin, Tom Millichamp, Too Much 2Tone, Waif & Stray, Wesley Brown, and Yeehaa Granma. Victorious is headlined by Madness, Stereophonics, and Elbow, with The Charlatans, Rita Ora, Olly Murs, Jake Bugg, Maximo Park, Franz Ferdinand, The Dandy Warhols, Slaves, and many more. https://www.victoriousfestival.co.uk/

A huge list of new names have been announced for Victorious Festival which happens from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th August (bank holiday weekend) at Portsmouth's Southsea Common.

The recent additions are exciting up and coming, unsigned, &/or self-releasing artists. The full list in alphabetical order are:- Aaron MiddletonAde CullAlaina SparkesAlex HigginsAlice MilburnAndrew FosterAndy OsmanArcade HeartsArchie LangleyArchive 45Assorted SaxBasement83Becky AndersonBecky JeramsBella EstelleBemisBen BrookesBen PryerBigtoppBilly Bibby & The Wry SmilesBlackfoot CircleBrandon RiversBrent HutchinsonBrock Landers & The EstellesCharlotte NealChip JacksClayton ConnorCoaxColour Of The JungleCrown Of ThievesDan O'FarrellDay Of The RabblementDean DysonDevin-JadeDirty Diesel Outlaw OrchestraDRGMElixirEmptifishErin GracieFaintiesFjokraFM LiveFour Folds LawFoxierGoldlawGood Times RollGrand TraditionHanna DoswellHannah HayHarmonie LondonHarrison EtheringtonIndiana Quiet CatsIs BlissJackobinsJake HassellJames GeorgeJamie HironJaminJesse RayJessica LawlerJimi & The Jaffa CakesJoe MonganJohn AdamsJosh And DaisyJosh TremainJoshua SandersonJustSayYesKate Bush-KaKatie-Louise BallKelly WoodsKingz Of LeonKojaks RevengeLauran HibberdLauren BarkerLennon TaylorLewis Smith & The CollisionLily GarlandLivvyLos CranesLucas & KingMadelineMarcus PayneMark HandleyMarley BlandfordMarmalade MoonshineMayfieldMe And The MoonMegan LinfordMiami DrivewayMichael BakerMichelle LewisMollie Scott & ParvNaan BreddazNine Ace DeckNormanton StreetOur PropagandaPaddy TaylorPaisley JonesPaul DillonPetsRachel BroadRebekka NightingaleRemedySoundsRhythm City SixRhythm Of The 90sRichard MorrisRobyn GraceRoy PeplowRuby and the RevelatorsSeething AkiraSerena Spells & The ExplorersShoot The DukeSkaramanSmiley Campbell BandSophie & The DarlingsSoutherliesSouthsea Alternative ChoirStrumdiddlyumptiousSubmarinerThe AimThe Bog Rolling StonesThe BootlegsThe Curious IncidentThe FolsomThe MacheteThe Mantic MuddlersThe MorningThe NovatonesThe Plucking MisfitsThe RacketeersThe Richard Henry Edward Keam BandThe Silver BeatlesThe ToffeesThe TribeThe Tuesday TrendThe Urban Vocal GroupThe Vela TidesThe VinallsTim CheatleTimelessTom BertramTom MartinTom MillichampToo Much 2ToneWaif & StrayWesley Brown, and Yeehaa Granma.

Victorious is headlined by Madness, Stereophonics, and Elbow, with The Charlatans, Rita Ora, Olly Murs, Jake Bugg, Maximo Park, Franz Ferdinand, The Dandy Warhols, Slaves, and many more.

https://www.victoriousfestival.co.uk/

The first acts have been announced for Fusion Festival which takes place on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd September at Otterspool Park and Promenade, Liverpool. Headlining the Saturday are Little Mix, who are joined by Tinie Tempah, John Newman, Louisa Johnson, and 5 After Midnight. Sunday has Take That, and they're joined by The Vamps, Ella Henderson, JP Cooper, and Jax Jones. There's still more acts to be announced. thefusionfestival.co.uk

The first acts have been announced for Fusion Festival which takes place on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd September at Otterspool Park and Promenade, Liverpool.

Headlining the Saturday are Little Mix, who are joined by Tinie TempahJohn NewmanLouisa Johnson, and 5 After Midnight.

Sunday has Take That, and they're joined by The VampsElla HendersonJP Cooper, and Jax Jones.

There's still more acts to be announced.

thefusionfestival.co.uk

The 'intimate Friday line-up' has been announced for the eighth Barn On The Farm Festival which takes place from Thursday 29th until Sunday 2nd July 2017 at Over Farm Market, Over, in Gloucestershire, with camping available until Monday. There'll be a secret headliner who'll be announced on the day, preceded by an acoustic set from The Amazons, as well as OUTLYA, Isaac Gracie, Prose, Sivu, Emily Warren, Mirror Fury, Delilah Montagu, Tors, Charlie Straw, and Luna Rae. Previously confirmed acts include Saturday and Sunday headliners James Vincent McMorrow, & Tom Odell, plus Sundara Karma, Amber Run, Lucy Rose, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Rationale, Dagny, The Japanese House, The Big Moon, Zak Abel, Benjamin Booker, The Magic Gang, Liv Dawson, Tom Grennan, The Beach, Youngr, and many more. For all of the details so far please see the line-up page. The festival is an intimate, folk-orientated music festival held in several barns. Started in 2010 as a small venture, the festival has gained a reputation as a place you will see the next big thing, and bridges the boundary between the mainstream festivals and your typical village hall shenanigans. There's even some secret campfire sets by some of the performers. http://www.barnonthefarm.co.uk/

The 'intimate Friday line-up' has been announced for the eighth Barn On The Farm Festival which takes place from Thursday 29th until Sunday 2nd July 2017 at Over Farm Market, Over, in Gloucestershire, with camping available until Monday.

There'll be a secret headliner who'll be announced on the day, preceded by an acoustic set from The Amazons, as well as OUTLYAIsaac GracieProseSivuEmily WarrenMirror FuryDelilah MontaguTorsCharlie Straw, and Luna Rae.

Previously confirmed acts include Saturday and Sunday headliners James Vincent McMorrow, & Tom Odell, plus Sundara Karma, Amber Run, Lucy Rose, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Rationale, Dagny, The Japanese House, The Big Moon, Zak Abel, Benjamin Booker, The Magic Gang, Liv Dawson, Tom Grennan, The Beach, Youngr, and many more. For all of the details so far please see the line-up page.

The festival is an intimate, folk-orientated music festival held in several barns. Started in 2010 as a small venture, the festival has gained a reputation as a place you will see the next big thing, and bridges the boundary between the mainstream festivals and your typical village hall shenanigans. There's even some secret campfire sets by some of the performers.

http://www.barnonthefarm.co.uk/

WOMAD - World of Music, Arts and Dance - held at Charlton Park, near Malmesbury, in Wiltshire from Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th July 2017 has announced more acts to perform across the weekend. Leading the names are Jamaica's legendary Toots and the Maytals who's soulful reggae needs no introduction. Jazz-funk legend Roy Ayers made the brilliant 'Music Of Many Colors' album with Fela Kuti back in 1980, while Seun – Fela’s youngest son – is the greatest protector of Kuti Sr’s legacy, and at Womad they perform as Roy Ayers, Seun Kuti And Egypt 80. Cuban singer, flautist and percussionist Yaite Ramos Rodriguez brings her mix of mix of hip hop, cumbia, dancehall and reggae as La Dame Blanche will make her WOMAD debut, as do the 'chk chk chk' pronounced !!!.  Also newly added for the weekend are Nick Mulvey, Amsterdam Klezmer Band (The Netherlands), Ariwo (Cuba/Iran), Clap! Clap! (Italy), Dayme Arocena (Cuba), Hannah Peel & Tubular Brass (UK), House Gospel Choir (UK), Ifriqiyya Electrique (Tunisia/France/Italy), Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra (US/UK), Lamomali (France/Mali), Mamadou Diabate & Percussion Mania (Burkina Faso), Maya Youssef (Syria), (members of) The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians (Syria), Trembling Bells (UK), and Noureddine Khourchid & the Whirling Dervishes of Damascus (Syria). These join the acts previously confirmed, who include Goat, Oumou Sangare, Eliza Carthy and The Wayward Band, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Benjamin Zephaniah & The Revolutionary Minds, Afro Celt Sound System, Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra, Shobaleader One, Alsarah & the Nubatones, Bixiga 70, Inna De Yard All-Stars, Khmer Rouge Survivors, Bokante, and many more. http://womad.co.uk/

WOMAD - World of Music, Arts and Dance - held at Charlton Park, near Malmesbury, in Wiltshire from Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th July 2017 has announced more acts to perform across the weekend.

Leading the names are Jamaica's legendary Toots and the Maytals who's soulful reggae needs no introduction. Jazz-funk legend Roy Ayers made the brilliant 'Music Of Many Colors' album with Fela Kuti back in 1980, while Seun – Fela’s youngest son – is the greatest protector of Kuti Sr’s legacy, and at Womad they perform as Roy Ayers, Seun Kuti And Egypt 80. Cuban singer, flautist and percussionist Yaite Ramos Rodriguez brings her mix of mix of hip hop, cumbia, dancehall and reggae as La Dame Blanche will make her WOMAD debut, as do the 'chk chk chk' pronounced !!!

Also newly added for the weekend are Nick MulveyAmsterdam Klezmer Band (The Netherlands), Ariwo (Cuba/Iran), Clap! Clap! (Italy), Dayme Arocena (Cuba), Hannah Peel & Tubular Brass (UK), House Gospel Choir (UK), Ifriqiyya Electrique (Tunisia/France/Italy), Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra (US/UK), Lamomali (France/Mali), Mamadou Diabate & Percussion Mania (Burkina Faso), Maya Youssef (Syria), (members of) The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians (Syria), Trembling Bells (UK), and Noureddine Khourchid & the Whirling Dervishes of Damascus (Syria).

These join the acts previously confirmed, who include Goat, Oumou Sangare, Eliza Carthy and The Wayward Band, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Benjamin Zephaniah & The Revolutionary Minds, Afro Celt Sound System, Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra, Shobaleader One, Alsarah & the Nubatones, Bixiga 70, Inna De Yard All-Stars, Khmer Rouge Survivors, Bokante, and many more.

http://womad.co.uk/

More has been announced for for the 'pop stars & rock stars' themed family friendly Camp Bestival 2017, which returns for it's 10th edition from Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th July, to the picturesque setting of Lulworth Castle, Dorset. The new acts include three acts from Rob da Bank's Sunday Best label - Alice Jemima, Xylaroo, Mary Epworth, plus includes Rowe, MALKA, Keir, Holiday Oscar, Electric Pyramid, House Gospel Choir, the Prince tribute Purple Rave (Tayo & Rob da Bank), Big Swing Sound, Junior Jungle, and Nutty's Disco. Rob da Bank says: "I started the Sunday Best label off the back of my Sunday Best club night and Bestival and then Camp Bestival was borne out of all those things, so I owe my record label hobby a lot! So, I'm delighted we have so many amazing Sunday Best acts playing this year… oh yeah, we're also bringing back our Purple Rave Prince tribute so be prepared to party like its 1999!' Camp Bestival is headlined by Mark Ronson, Madness, and Brian Wilson playing 'Pet Sounds' in full. Also confirmed are All Saints, Holly Johnson, Leftfield, Louisa Johnson, and Bootleg Beatles, with DJs and soundsystems including Skream, David Rodigan presents Ram Jam, Raindance, Big Fish Little Fish, and more, and along with the music there's comedy and kids shows too. http://www.campbestival.net/

More has been announced for for the 'pop stars & rock stars' themed family friendly Camp Bestival 2017, which returns for it's 10th edition from Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th July, to the picturesque setting of Lulworth Castle, Dorset.

The new acts include three acts from Rob da Bank's Sunday Best label - Alice JemimaXylarooMary Epworth, plus includes RoweMALKAKeirHoliday OscarElectric PyramidHouse Gospel Choir, the Prince tribute Purple Rave (Tayo & Rob da Bank)Big Swing SoundJunior Jungle, and Nutty's Disco.

Rob da Bank says: "I started the Sunday Best label off the back of my Sunday Best club night and Bestival and then Camp Bestival was borne out of all those things, so I owe my record label hobby a lot! So, I'm delighted we have so many amazing Sunday Best acts playing this year… oh yeah, we're also bringing back our Purple Rave Prince tribute so be prepared to party like its 1999!'

Camp Bestival is headlined by Mark Ronson, Madness, and Brian Wilson playing 'Pet Sounds' in full. Also confirmed are All Saints, Holly Johnson, Leftfield, Louisa Johnson, and Bootleg Beatles, with DJs and soundsystems including Skream, David Rodigan presents Ram Jam, Raindance, Big Fish Little Fish, and more, and along with the music there's comedy and kids shows too.

http://www.campbestival.net/

New Liverpool festival Hope & Glory which happens behind St George's Hall, Liverpool in St John’s Gardens and William Brown Street on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August 2017 is to donate all the profits from ticket sales of its inaugural year to the victims and their families of the terrorist attack in Manchester earlier this month. Hope & Glory festival promoter Lee O’Hanlon said: "I have lost count the number of times I have attended shows at Manchester Arena for professional purposes and personal enjoyment. I attended the vigil the following night in Albert Square and then attended the Simple Minds concert in Manchester that same night. I was moved like I never have been before. The defiance and strength the people of Manchester showed that night and in the days after the attack was the most powerful thing I have ever experienced. The images of children and young parents broke my heart so goodness knows what the families are going through. I can’t begin to imagine."   "I just want us to be able to support the friends and families of those injured or who lost their lives as well as the emergency services that supported them, in any way we could. As a North West Festival with two Manchester artists as our headliners, the choice was simple. It’s simply doing what we can, standing with Manchester. These people want to change our way of lives. I grew up on the music of the North West. These people are strong and if we can help them a little then we will."   Lee O’Hanlon’s business partner, Iain Kerr concurred: "Lee suggested that we donate profits from the festival to the cause and I knew in an instant it was the right thing to do." The line-up has headliners James (Saturday), and Hacienda Classical with special guests Shaun Ryder & Bez (Sunday), as well as Razorlight, The Fratellis, Starsailor, Ocean Colour Scene, Tom Chaplin, Reverend and the Makers, The Twang, The Shimmer Band, The Blinders, Coquin Migale and Vynce with many more. http://hopeandgloryfestival.co.uk/

New Liverpool festival Hope & Glory which happens behind St George's Hall, Liverpool in St John’s Gardens and William Brown Street on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August 2017 is to donate all the profits from ticket sales of its inaugural year to the victims and their families of the terrorist attack in Manchester earlier this month.

Hope & Glory festival promoter Lee O’Hanlon said: "I have lost count the number of times I have attended shows at Manchester Arena for professional purposes and personal enjoyment. I attended the vigil the following night in Albert Square and then attended the Simple Minds concert in Manchester that same night. I was moved like I never have been before. The defiance and strength the people of Manchester showed that night and in the days after the attack was the most powerful thing I have ever experienced. The images of children and young parents broke my heart so goodness knows what the families are going through. I can’t begin to imagine."
 
"I just want us to be able to support the friends and families of those injured or who lost their lives as well as the emergency services that supported them, in any way we could. As a North West Festival with two Manchester artists as our headliners, the choice was simple. It’s simply doing what we can, standing with Manchester. These people want to change our way of lives. I grew up on the music of the North West. These people are strong and if we can help them a little then we will."
 
Lee O’Hanlon’s business partner, Iain Kerr concurred: "Lee suggested that we donate profits from the festival to the cause and I knew in an instant it was the right thing to do."

The line-up has headliners James (Saturday), and Hacienda Classical with special guests Shaun Ryder & Bez (Sunday), as well as Razorlight, The Fratellis, Starsailor, Ocean Colour Scene, Tom Chaplin, Reverend and the Makers, The Twang, The Shimmer Band, The Blinders, Coquin Migale and Vynce with many more.

http://hopeandgloryfestival.co.uk/