Festival News - Green Gathering, SW4, Mutiny, Wychwood, Belladrum........

More acts have been announced for The Green Gathering returning for a seventh year to Piercefield Park of Chepstow, in Monmouthshire and held from Thursday 3rd until Sunday 6th August 2017.

Leading the recently confirmed names are Transglobal Underground,  while other acts include Calico JackJohn FairhurstMagic BusSmiling IvyCatrin O'Neill. Acts previously confirmed include Neck, Kangaroo Moon, The Don Bradmans, and more - for all the music names so far please see the line-up page.

Live music and DJs are just one aspect of this off grid festival. There's speakers on green issues, informal acoustic music sessions; and a spoken word arena for poets, comedians and raconteurs. The Green Gathering blends protest culture and environmental activism with wild music and wanton dancing in the best tradition of old-skool festival.

http://www.greengathering.org.uk/

The headline acts have been announced for the annual open air concerts held at London's Somerset House under the banner of Summer Series at Somerset House from Thursday 6th to Sunday 16th July 2017. The line-up and prices are as follows:- Thu 6th July - Norah Jones (£40) Fri 7th July - Damian Marley (£37.50) Sat 8th July - Cinematic Orchestra (£35) Sun 9th July - Goldfrapp (£32.50) Mon 10th July - Warpaint (£29.50) Tue 11th July - Robert Glasper Experiment (£35) Wed 12th July - Birdy (£32.50) Thu 13th July - Foster the People (£32.50) Fri 14th July - Tom Misch (live) + very special guests. (£29.50) Sat 15th July - Mashrou' Leila (£29.50) Sun 16th July - Songhoy Blues (£29.50) https://www.somersethouse.org.uk/whats-on/summer-series-somerset-house

The headline acts have been announced for the annual open air concerts held at London's Somerset House under the banner of Summer Series at Somerset House from Thursday 6th to Sunday 16th July 2017.

The line-up and prices are as follows:-
Thu 6th July - Norah Jones (£40)
Fri 7th July - Damian Marley (£37.50)
Sat 8th July - Cinematic Orchestra (£35)
Sun 9th July - Goldfrapp (£32.50)
Mon 10th July - Warpaint (£29.50)
Tue 11th July - Robert Glasper Experiment (£35)
Wed 12th July - Birdy (£32.50)
Thu 13th July - Foster the People (£32.50)
Fri 14th July - Tom Misch (live) + very special guests. (£29.50)
Sat 15th July - Mashrou' Leila (£29.50)
Sun 16th July - Songhoy Blues (£29.50)

https://www.somersethouse.org.uk/whats-on/summer-series-somerset-house

More acts have been announced for the family-friendly Wychwood Festival  which returns for its' 13th event to Cheltenham Racecourse, in Gloucestershire from Friday 2nd until Sunday 4th June 2017, during the summer half term holiday.

New for the mainstage on the Friday are Inheaven, and The Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band, while The Strypes join Sunday's line-up.

Added to the Big Top on Friday are Yonaka, and The Shimmer Band, while Cabbage will be Sunday's headliner, and are joined by Bunny, and Stevie Parker.

For the Hobgoblin Stage on the Friday are  The Prohibition Smokers ClubThe Black FeathersBlack Hats, and Deadbeat Apostles, new for Saturday are Aaron KeylockSandtimerPaul McClure and The Local HeroesGeorge MontagueNewton Country, and Society, while Sunday has Lucas & KingThe Brickwork LizardsWes FinchPeerless PiratesThe Epstein, and Holly Redford-Jones

And finally, BBC 6music's 'poet in residence' Murray Lachlan Young will be joining Sunday's workshops.

These join the previolusly confirmed acts which include headliners Buzzcocks, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, and Levellers, and other acts including Billy Bragg, C.C. Smugglers, Kanda Bongo Man, Jesus Jones, Electric Swing Circus, Let's Eat Grandma, Flamingods, Thrill Collins, and many more. 

The Wychwood Music Festival has music plus comedy, 100 workshops and events for all ages, kids literature festival, healing and sculpture gardens, The Headphone Disco until the wee hours, great food and real ales, and much more.

Wychwood offers fantastic fun for kids, and hosts a literary festival with authors and illustrators, kids' favourite characters, a multitude of making things, playing with stuff, learning, education, workshops, dance, and much more, and all free with no need to sign up, just drop in and join in the fun.

http://wychwoodfestival.com/

Foals are the latest act announced for the annual Eden Sessions held in the surroundings of the Eden Project in Cornwall. Their show will be on Thursday 15th June. This will be Foals only English show this year aside from their festival exclusive at London's Citadel festival. Rita Broe, Eden's marketing director, said: "It's a real coup for the Sessions and for Cornwall that Foals have chosen to play Eden for their only non-festival show in England this year. They are an incredible live act who have wowed audiences across the world with massive, energetic, emotionally-charged performances. Their triumphant headline show at Reading last year was proof that they are up there with the best. This will be a huge gig at Eden and an opportunity that no music fan should pass up." http://www.edensessions.com/

Foals are the latest act announced for the annual Eden Sessions held in the surroundings of the Eden Project in Cornwall. Their show will be on Thursday 15th June.

This will be Foals only English show this year aside from their festival exclusive at London's Citadel festival.

Rita Broe, Eden's marketing director, said: "It's a real coup for the Sessions and for Cornwall that Foals have chosen to play Eden for their only non-festival show in England this year. They are an incredible live act who have wowed audiences across the world with massive, energetic, emotionally-charged performances. Their triumphant headline show at Reading last year was proof that they are up there with the best. This will be a huge gig at Eden and an opportunity that no music fan should pass up."

http://www.edensessions.com/

The Sunday Main Stage line-up has been announced for London outdoor dance event South West Four, which returns to Clapham Common, London, on the August Bank Holiday Weekend of Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August 2017 for its 14th year. Including some newly confirmed acts and some which had previously been announced, top billing goes to Deadmau5, Knife Party, and Sub Focus (live), and also with (alphabetically) Bakermat, JAUZ, Martin Solveig, Redlight, Tchami, What So Not, plus Example & DJ Wire as 'special guests'. SW4 has Pendulum (live), Sigma, Duke Dumont, and many more on the Saturday, while in addition to those above the Sunday has Marco Carola, Dusky (live), Paul Oakenfold, Ilan Bluestone, Sven Vath, Carl Craig presents Versus Synthesizer Ensemble and many more. http://www.southwestfour.com/

The Sunday Main Stage line-up has been announced for London outdoor dance event South West Four, which returns to Clapham Common, London, on the August Bank Holiday Weekend of Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August 2017 for its 14th year.

Including some newly confirmed acts and some which had previously been announced, top billing goes to Deadmau5Knife Party, and Sub Focus (live), and also with (alphabetically) BakermatJAUZMartin SolveigRedlightTchamiWhat So Not, plus Example & DJ Wire as 'special guests'.

SW4 has Pendulum (live), Sigma, Duke Dumont, and many more on the Saturday, while in addition to those above the Sunday has Marco Carola, Dusky (live), Paul Oakenfold, Ilan Bluestone, Sven Vath, Carl Craig presents Versus Synthesizer Ensemble and many more.

http://www.southwestfour.com/

The Pretenders are amongst the many new acts announced for the 14th 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. They'll be headlining on the Friday. Also new are First Aid Kit, the ever-green Feeder, singer/songwriter Birdy, Hothouse Stage headliners Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Honeyblood, and Louis Berry. The Grassroots Stage will be headlined by Karine Polwart, and Gallagher & Lyle, and will also feature William McCarthy (Augustines), and Benjamin Francis Leftwich. There's also Milburn, Hot Dub Time Machine, Neon Waltz, Slow Club, Vukovi, Urban Voodoo Machine, The James Hunter Six, 3 Daft Monkeys, Bloodlines, Bossy Love, Broken Bones Matilda, The Broken Ravens, C.Macleod, The Dolly Parton Story, Feis Inbhir Narrainn Caldonian Ceilidh Trail, Feis Rois Ceilidh Band, Full Tilt Ceilidh Band, Fun Box, Gerry Cinnamon, Goat Roper Rodeo Band, The Haggis Horns, Heron Valley, Ho-Ro, Indigo Velvet, I See Rivers, Kioko, Lewis Capaldi, MacFloyd, Oxbow Lake, rhythmnreel, Root System, Saltfishforty, Schiehallion, Scooty And The Skyhooks, Single By Sunday, Tamzene, The Dangleberries, The Jar Family, Tigerstyle, Torridon, and Zervas and Pepper. These join Saturday headliners Franz Ferdinand, plus KT Tunstall and Colonel Mustard & The Dijon Five, and the Thursday Headliner of Sister Sledge (who have confirmed their appearance at the festival following the sad death of their sister Joni). Patrons wishing to see main stage acts on the Thursday of the festival will need a three day ticket. The Thursday line-up includes: Sister Sledge, Feeder, Louis Berry, Scooty & The Skyhooks and Torridon. Thursday car parks and camping areas will be open from 8am again after this year’s successful trial run to encourage patrons to arrive in a steadier flow throughout the day to reduce traffic congestion. Arenas will open from 1pm on the Thursday. Bella sold out each of the last eight years, often months before the event so fans are urged to buy early to avoid disappointment. Music comes from around 90 acts across five stages featuring locally and internationally renowned artists and favouring a lo-fi approach. Belladrum offers plenty of interest aside from the music, including an array of entertainment for children, although the fairground rides will not be on site this year. Attractions include street theatre, cabaret, cinema, dance, alternative therapies, stalls, food and drink. http://www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk/

The Pretenders are amongst the many new acts announced for the 14th 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. They'll be headlining on the Friday.

Also new are First Aid Kit, the ever-green Feeder, singer/songwriter Birdy, Hothouse Stage headliners Frank Carter & The RattlesnakesHoneyblood, and Louis Berry.

The Grassroots Stage will be headlined by Karine Polwart, and Gallagher & Lyle, and will also feature William McCarthy (Augustines), and Benjamin Francis Leftwich.

There's also MilburnHot Dub Time MachineNeon WaltzSlow ClubVukoviUrban Voodoo MachineThe James Hunter Six3 Daft MonkeysBloodlinesBossy LoveBroken Bones MatildaThe Broken RavensC.MacleodThe Dolly Parton StoryFeis Inbhir Narrainn Caldonian Ceilidh TrailFeis Rois Ceilidh BandFull Tilt Ceilidh BandFun BoxGerry CinnamonGoat Roper Rodeo BandThe Haggis HornsHeron ValleyHo-RoIndigo VelvetI See RiversKiokoLewis CapaldiMacFloydOxbow LakerhythmnreelRoot SystemSaltfishfortySchiehallionScooty And The SkyhooksSingle By SundayTamzeneThe DangleberriesThe Jar FamilyTigerstyleTorridon, and Zervas and Pepper.

These join Saturday headliners Franz Ferdinand, plus KT Tunstall and Colonel Mustard & The Dijon Five, and the Thursday Headliner of Sister Sledge (who have confirmed their appearance at the festival following the sad death of their sister Joni).

Patrons wishing to see main stage acts on the Thursday of the festival will need a three day ticket. The Thursday line-up includes: Sister Sledge, Feeder, Louis Berry, Scooty & The Skyhooks and Torridon.

Thursday car parks and camping areas will be open from 8am again after this year’s successful trial run to encourage patrons to arrive in a steadier flow throughout the day to reduce traffic congestion. Arenas will open from 1pm on the Thursday.

Bella sold out each of the last eight years, often months before the event so fans are urged to buy early to avoid disappointment.

Music comes from around 90 acts across five stages featuring locally and internationally renowned artists and favouring a lo-fi approach. Belladrum offers plenty of interest aside from the music, including an array of entertainment for children, although the fairground rides will not be on site this year. Attractions include street theatre, cabaret, cinema, dance, alternative therapies, stalls, food and drink.

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

Feeder have been announced as headliners for Camden Rocks which takes place on Saturday 3rd June 2017 in 25 venues in NW1, London. Feeder frontman Grant Nicholas has a strong association with Camden, like many bands they started their careers here: "It’s great to be playing Koko again as part of Camden Rocks Festival in my old haunt. I lived in Camden for over ten years and it’s where Feeder got started and played regularly back in the early and mid-nineties. I remember writing many songs like ‘High’ and ‘Just a Day’ in my old flat on Camden Road, and some fun nights at Feet First, the Electric Ballroom and the Underworld. It’s been almost 21 years since the release of Polythene, our first album, but Camden still holds a special place for us." There's also another 30 bands confirmed, who are Turbowolf, The Virginmarys, Desert Mountain Tribe, The Dirty Youth, Reigning Days, Bad Nerves, Goan Dogs, Reverted, Lock, Wide Eyed Boy, Blank Parody, We Came From Wolves, Tiny Giant, False Heads, Valeras, Curse Of Lono, Damn Dice, Sleepfire, Panic Island, Matty James, Cassidy, Couples, LILITH AND THE KNIGHT, The RPM's, Via Dolorosa, Glam Skanks, They, Uncultured, The Luka State, Two Year Break, and Nash. http://camdenrocksfestival.com/

Feeder have been announced as headliners for Camden Rocks which takes place on Saturday 3rd June 2017 in 25 venues in NW1, London.

Feeder frontman Grant Nicholas has a strong association with Camden, like many bands they started their careers here: "It’s great to be playing Koko again as part of Camden Rocks Festival in my old haunt. I lived in Camden for over ten years and it’s where Feeder got started and played regularly back in the early and mid-nineties. I remember writing many songs like ‘High’ and ‘Just a Day’ in my old flat on Camden Road, and some fun nights at Feet First, the Electric Ballroom and the Underworld. It’s been almost 21 years since the release of Polythene, our first album, but Camden still holds a special place for us."

There's also another 30 bands confirmed, who are TurbowolfThe VirginmarysDesert Mountain TribeThe Dirty YouthReigning DaysBad NervesGoan DogsRevertedLockWide Eyed BoyBlank ParodyWe Came From WolvesTiny GiantFalse HeadsValerasCurse Of LonoDamn DiceSleepfirePanic IslandMatty JamesCassidyCouplesLILITH AND THE KNIGHTThe RPM'sVia DolorosaGlam SkanksTheyUnculturedThe Luka StateTwo Year Break, and Nash.

http://camdenrocksfestival.com/

50 Cent, and Chase & Status (DJ set) & Rage have been confirmed as headliners for Mutiny Festival, which takes place at King George V Fields, Portsmouth, on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May 2017. The line-up for the main Stage on the Saturday is 50 Cent, Lethal Bizzle, Majestic (DJ set), George Kwali, Big Tobz, Nathan Dawes, Foor, and Owen B & Anders, and on Sunday its Chase & Status (DJ set) & Rage, Pendulum (DJ set), Tough Love, an act still to be announced, Chicane, Rewire Varski, and Rhythm Of The 90s (live). For the Big Top on the Saturday there's Roger Sanchez, Jax Jones, Bontan, De La Swing, Rhythm Masters, Soul Divide, Junior Gee / Mongo, and Latecomer, and on Sunday there's Roni Size with Youngman, Friction, Hazard, SaSaSaS, Harry Shotta & Stormin with DJ's Phantasy & Macky Gee, MC Skibadee, Shabba D, North Base, and Mollie Collins. The third stage on Saturday will  have TQD (Royal T, DJ Q, Flava D) , AJ Tracey, Champion & MC Serious, Elijah & Skilliam, and Holy Goof, and on Sunday there's Bugzy Malone, Big Narstie, MJ Cole, Barely Legal, Rudekid, and T2.  https://www.mutinyfestivals.co.uk/

50 Cent, and Chase & Status (DJ set) & Rage have been confirmed as headliners for Mutiny Festival, which takes place at King George V Fields, Portsmouth, on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May 2017.

The line-up for the main Stage on the Saturday is 50 CentLethal BizzleMajestic (DJ set), George KwaliBig TobzNathan DawesFoor, and Owen B & Anders, and on Sunday its Chase & Status (DJ set) & RagePendulum (DJ set)Tough Love, an act still to be announced, ChicaneRewire Varski, and Rhythm Of The 90s (live).

For the Big Top on the Saturday there's Roger SanchezJax JonesBontanDe La SwingRhythm MastersSoul DivideJunior Gee / Mongo, and Latecomer, and on Sunday there's Roni Size with YoungmanFrictionHazardSaSaSaSHarry Shotta & Stormin with DJ's Phantasy & Macky GeeMC SkibadeeShabba DNorth Base, and Mollie Collins.

The third stage on Saturday will  have TQD (Royal T, DJ Q, Flava D) AJ TraceyChampion & MC SeriousElijah & Skilliam, and Holy Goof, and on Sunday there's Bugzy MaloneBig NarstieMJ ColeBarely LegalRudekid, and T2

https://www.mutinyfestivals.co.uk/