Slam Dunk, Blissfields, Festival No. 6 and more

REBEL Editorial || February 24th

Slam Dunk which takes place on the May Bank Holiday weekend kicking off in Birmingham on Saturday 27th May, at Leeds on Sunday 28th May, and Hatfield on Monday 29th May, has announced more acts.
Newly confirmed are Deaf Havana, Frank Iero and The Patience, We Are The Ocean, The Maine, Crime In Stereo, Sorority Noise, Too Close To Touch, WSTR, Seaway, Boston Manor, and Stray From The Path.
There's many more acts to be announced with seven more stage splits to be revealed. Other acts already announced include headliners Enter Shikari, plus Beartooth, Neck Deep, Tonight Alive, and more.
www.slamdunkmusic.com 


Cinematic Orchestra have been announced as the Friday headliner for Blissfields, the intimate festival for all the family which happens in the heart of the Hampshire countryside, returning a week later that it's usual slot from Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th July 2017 to Woodmancott, in Hampshire, in the South of England.
Also newly announced are Tom Grennan, Pumarosa, DJ Yoda - Stranger Things, 808Ink, DJ Luck & MC Neat, Jamz Supernova, Shorebitch, Electric Swing Circus, Flamingods, Mary Miss Fairy, Mini Da Minx, Airfish Aerial and Fire, Andy Comley, Basement 83, Chromatouch, Co:Lateral, Colin Robot, Dancehall, Dan Munro, Danzai, Dataline, Dave Kemp, Deerful, Diarmo, Digits McPhee, Doktor Mohlberg, Doris Dodo's Oblitchuary Office, Drug Store Romeos, Dub Pistols (DJ Set), Dubba, Funke and the Two Tone Baby, Greg Dubwize, Is Bliss, Jack Francis, James Chilton, Jetpack Assassin, Jon Hodgson, Karl Phillips & The Rejects, K Lapse, KMP, Lewis Bootle, Little Chief, MC Daddy G, MC Mike Wiley, Melt Dunes, MOK, Mystic Messenjah, Nick Onley, 0nly, Quim Reaper, Red Rash Inn, Route2roots, Seb Marx, Silent Forum, and Soundtracks, with many more acts still to be announced.
These join the previously confirmed acts which includes Saturday headliner Metronomy along with Lady Leshurr, Sundara Karma, The Japanese House, S4U, Dub Pistols, Radio 1 Xtra’s Sian Anderson, Bonzai, Black Honey, and many others. See the Blissfield'[s Line-up page for the full info.
www.blissfields.co.uk
 


Boomtown Fair 2017 which happens at Matterley Estate, nr. Winchester, in Hampshire and from Thursday 10th until Sunday 13th August 2017, and has just revealed it's 'Wild West District' line-up.
Newly confirmed for the Old Mines Stage and joining Frank Turner, Alabama 3, Newton Faulkner, Kíla, and more, are The Wurzels, La Inedita, Sheelanagig, Noble Jacks, and Holy Moly & the Crackers.
New for the Rusty Spurs stage are Ferocious Dog, Rusty Shackle, The Eskies, Moonshine Wagon, Dana Immanuel & The Stolen Band, The Boot Hill All Stars, Black Hearted Riders, Mick O'Toole, Imprints, Surfin' Birds, True Strays, John D Revelator, Dirty Diesel Outlaw Orchestra, Inbredz, Hightown Crows, Black Water County, Dry White Bones, The Back Wood Redeemers, Hodmadoddery, Captain Cactus & The Screaming Harlots, Shootin' the Crow, Grandpa Joe and the Chicken Livers, Andrews & Hammond, Devils Damn String Band, The Dooks, and Sam Raine.
For Crazy Calamities there'll be Afro Cluster, Sounds of Harlowe, Captain Accident, Junior Bill, King Punch, The Tribe, Krupa , Primo Nelson, Iguanas, Agbeko, Basement 83, Solomento, The Special Brew, 6foot7, Mighty John Street Ska Orchestra, King Sub, The Sneak Eazies, Matt Montez Duo, The Whiskey Rebellion, Pareidolia, The Hat Club, Solomento, Slim Pickings Band, King Solomon Band, C**ty Bumpkins, Solid Gone, Kid Kosmic, The Bare Souls, The Wooden Men, Lead Shot Hazard, Bluetown Rumble, Easy Stride Band, Eat The Evidence, and The Railway Sleepers.
And on The Wrong Side Of The Tracks you'll discover Dr Meaker (DJ Set), Phibes Mandidextrous, Selector Spinach, Titan sound Shosh (24 hour Garage Girls) , Dapper Dan, Sinai soundsystem takeover, Pull up collective b2b Monroller, Gorilla Tactics Takeover, Underkind ft. Norfolk MC, Jah Prang b2b Scratch Bandikoot, Tommy D b2b Binksy Super Sunday Funday with Uncle Dugs, Billy 'Daniel' Bunter & Friends, Hot Cakes VS Tumble Audio Showcase - Cut and Run, DevelopMENT, Fish, Hybrid Theory (Hotcakes) - Lucent b2b Deadbeat UK b2b Hadean b2b Hank Limit feat MC Forca (Tumble).
www.boomtownfair.co.uk
 


Many more acts and entertainments have 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.
At the top of the names are Goldfrapp, French electronic maestro Vitalic, and British space-rockers Hawkwind.
From the world of DJ's there's Mr Scruff, DJ Yoda with an exclusive History of Gaming set, Eddy Temple Morris, DJ Cheeba, and Hot Chip frontman Joe Goddard.
For the Arboretum Stage there's mix-tape maestros Late Night Tales presenting Nightmares on Wax, as well as Juanita Stein, The Travelling Band, Paul Thomas Sounders, Francis Lung, Alessi, Charlotte Carpenter, Ardyn, We Were Strangers, Sam Airey, Charlie Barnes, Mi May, Fighting Caravans, James Smith (PWGG), Ben Pike, Kindest Of Thieves, Alter Hanglands, Simon, Widdowson, The Silver Reserve, These Men, Shadowlark. 
There's also Algorave, with algorithmically generated electronic music with live coders Anny, Belisha Beacon, Canute, Calum Gunn, Hellocatfood, Coral Manton and Miri Kat, and elsewhere on the bill there's Space Afrika, Will Tramp, Dream Wife, Galaxians, Sweat, XAM Duo, WH Lung, DJ Woody, Kelly Lee Owens, Andy Votel, Post War Glamour Girls, and Annabel Fraser.
Bluedot is headlined by Pixies, Orbital and Alt-J, with Ezra Furman and The Boyfriends, Warpaint, 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.
www.discoverthebluedot.com 


Bloc Party (UK festival exclusive), Mogwai (UK festival exclusive), and The Flaming Lips have been announced as headliners for Festival No. 6 which takes place in Portmeirion, Wales from Thursday 7th until Sunday 10th September 2017.
Another festival exclusive is the unique collaboration between the Bootleg Beatles & Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra to celebrate 50 years of perhaps the most ground-breaking record on pop/rock history Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. 
Also announced today are Cinematic Orchestra, Wild Beasts, Rag n Bone Man, Laura Mvula, Kate Tempest, Arab Strap, The Cribs, Public Service Broadcasting, James Vincent McMorrow, a crazy covers smash up with Charlotte Church's Late Night Pop Dungeon, Jagwar Ma, Steve Mason, Toy, Palace, Honeyblood, Cabbage, Vaults, Tash Sultana, Tom Grennan, Superfood, Island, Formation, PINS, The Rhythm Method, Skott, Xamvolo, Ten Tonnes, Aine Cahill, The Lightning Year, Slang, Klangstof, Daniel O Sullivan, Gulp, The Pheromoans, Tom House Smith, and Yucatan.
For the electro-heads there's Goldie performing his new album The Journey Man, as well as Hercules And Love Affair, Joy Orbison, Benji B, Joe Goddard (Hot Chip), Mr Scruff, Mary Anne Hobbs, Horse Meat Disco, Justin Robertson, Running Back Super Ball: Henrik Schwarz (live), Gerd Janson, Fort Romeau, David Holmes, Steve Davis & Kavus Torabi, Kevin Rowland (Dexys DJ Set), Down to the Sea and Back, Heavenly Jukebox, and Purple Stardust.
And returning are reigning Welsh national champions and No.6 favourites The Brythoniaid Welsh Male Voice Choir who will be performing all the cover versions they have done for No.6 over the years, and a couple of new surprises.
For non-music, there's director Kevin Allen talking about the filming of Tin Town, the hugely anticipated sequel to the seminal Welsh film Twin Town. Maxine Peake will be curating her own stage for a day, Peaky’s Parlour, with a mixture of special guests and screenings. The legendary snooker player turned DJ Steve Davis will be in conversation with Kavis Torabi and Goldie, Kevin Rowland (Dexys Midnight Runners), Charlotte Church, Diane Morgan (Philomena Cunk) and Mary Anne Hobbs will also be in conversation. Writers appearing include Coco Khan and Vera Chok, two of the authors from The Good Immigrant, voted Britain’s favourite book of 2016, and Ian Martin (The Thick of It) talking about his new book Epic Space.
There will be a special Tony Wilson tribute, to mark 10 years since the death of the Factory Records supremo, Delia Derbyshire Day will mark the 80th anniversary of the electronic pioneer and Ros Wynne Jones will talk about retracing George Orwell’s Road to Wigan Pier, 80 years on.
And there's a poetry line-up that includes Hollie McNish, Luke Wright, Salena Godden, Tongue Fu, Rob Auton, Harry Baker and Laurie Bolger. The No.6 Academy returns, in partnership with Guardian Masterclasses, providing free taster sessions of their popular classes, plus workshops on everything from festival photography to how to publish your first book, and Tim Peaks Diner will be providing everything from Welsh Language Classes to Northern Soul Dance Classes with live Northern Soul brass. There will be further talks from Faber Social, Salon No.6, Heavenly Films and Unbound.
www.festivalnumber6.com
 


The first acts have been announced for WOMAD - World of Music, Arts and Dance - held at Charlton Park, near Malmesbury, in Wiltshire.
Confirmed from around the world are Ladysmith Black Mambazo (South African), Benjamin Zephaniah & The Revolutionary Minds (UK), The No Smoking Orchestra (Serbia), Squarepusher's side-project Shobaleader One, Alsarah & the Nubatones (Sudan/USA), Bokante (USA/Guadeloupe), Bombino (Niger), Chico Trujillo (Chile), Grupo Canalon de Timbiqui (Colombia), Jamie Smith's Mabon (UK), Khmer Rouge Survivors (Cambodia), Maarja Nuut (Estonia), The Nile Project (Egypt/Ethiopia and more), Nomade Orquestra (Brazil), Rajab Suleiman & Kithara (Zanzibar), Savina Yannatou (Greece), The Spooky Men's Chorale (Australia), Tom Middleton (UK), and Zhou Family Band (China). Many more acts are still to be confirmed - expect the most eclectic line-up anywhere in the UK.
www.womad.co.uk
 


Dizzee Rascal, who'll headline the Saturday night, is amongst the latest names announced for Wild Life, which returns to Brighton City Airport (was Shoreham Airport) near Brighton in West Sussex over the weekend of Friday 9th and Saturday 10th June.
Also newly confirmed is Disclosure b2b Armand Van Helden, and Rudimental (DJ Set), Stormzy, Clean Bandit, and J HUS. 
There's also Abra Cadabra, Bassboy, Bondax, DJ Bannerworx, DJ Dubl , DJ Carter, DJ Target, DJ Zinc, Enzo Siffredi, Kideko, Ku De Ta, Low Steppa, Liv Dawson, Matt Oratix, Mike Panteli, Mirage DJs, My Nu Leng, Pedro Sedso, Sampha, Shadow Child, Understate, Vasser, Wax Worx, White Label, William Djoko, Will Heard, and Yousef.
Previously announced acts include Jess Glynne, Fatboy Slim, Damian Marley, Eric Prydz, Wiley, George Ezra, Chaka Khan, Rag n Bone Man, Zara Larsson, and loads more
www.wildlifefestival.com