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.


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.


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.


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


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."