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/