As Mick Jagger ‘teases’ (yuck) a potential Stones appearance at this year’s Glastonbury, and tickets go on sale for ATP’s shiny new Yeah Yeah Yeahs/Grizzly Bear co-curated I’ll Be Your Mirror, what else have we to say in terms of festival developments?
Well, lots of large-scale internationals (Primavera Sound, Coachella and Bestival, for instance) having now had their days revealing initial artist listings of late, several mid-sized events have taken their chance to do the same.
Take Austria’s ultra-niche Donaufestival, as will host Portishead man Geoff Barrow’s BEAK> and Drokk projects, plus en vogue alternative acts like Andy Stott, Laurel Halo, Holly Herndon, How To Dress Well, The Haxen Cloak and Actress.
Meanwhile, picturesque Welsh fest Gottwood adds Move D, Ben UFO, Extrawelt, Luke Vibert and Crazy P; Manchester’s ambivalently-sited Parklife calls on Hot Natured (aka Jamie Jones, Lee Foss, Ali Love and Luca C); and Farnham’s Weyfest clasps The Stranglers to its milky bosom (ie live bill).
Read on for all relevant info on those, and others besides:
DONAUFESTIVAL, various venues, Krems, Austria, 25-27 Apr/2-4 May: BEAK>, Drokk, Simian Mobile Disco, Girls Against Boys & David Yow, Andy Stott, !!!, Laurel Halo, Actress, The Gaslamp Killer, Ghostpoet, Holly Herndon, Darkstar, Omar Soleyman, How To Dress Well, Martin Rev, Suuns, Michael Rother, Evian Christ, Wife, oOoOoo, :Zoviet*france:, The Haxan Cloak, Peter Weibel & Hotel Morphila: The Origin Noise, NHK’ Koyxen, Lee Gamble, Bill Kouligas, SND, Buke & Gase, Bastards Of Fate, Bosse-de-Nage, Robert Hood, Demdike Stare, Emptyset, Raime, Pete Swanson, Ruin, Manorexia, William Basinski, Phillip Quehenberger, Mi Ami, Gatekeeper, Mia Zabelka, Biosphere, Marcel Du Swamp, Thunderdrone, Skweee Club. www.donaufestival.at
GOTTWOOD, Carreglwyd Estate, Wales, 20-23 Jun: Extrawelt, Ben UFO, Move D, Bicep, Maribou State, Crazy P, Luke Vibert, Waze & Odyssey, Marcus Intalex, Detroit Swindle, Tom Demac, Microtrauma, Ryan Davis, Wolf Music, KRL, Bareskin, Futureboogie, Christophe, Chimpo, Cera Alba, Alex Jones, Eton Messy DJs, Van Did, 2 Bad Mice, General Roots, The Scribes, Strategy, Charlie Banks, Sion, 808 DJs, Acre, Adrian Forster, Alec Function, Ambitur, Angus Cowen, Andy B, Archie Hamilton, Atlas, Autophase, Blackhall & Bookless, Brinsley Kazak, Brothers of Jah, Butterside Up DJs, Butler & Murt, Ca$h Back, Cedric Maison, City Fly, Clerical, Croz, Cubiq, David Moran, Dan Jordan, Digby, Ed Mackie, Ed Steele & Kostas G, eLDOKO, Eoin Thomas, Farrer, FEO, Gearo, George A.G., Guy Richards, Hannah Hammond, The Hat, Hayden, Hesseltime, Hizatron, Hugo Heathcote, Hunter Giles, Jackie Baxter, Jackson, Jigsaw, Jimmy V, Joey Nelson, John Scudamore, City Fly, Jonny Dub, and Josh T, KAG, Kanjira, Kris Le Vay, Leitmotif, Leon Riley, Liam Vance, Lizzle, Luvian, Medlam, Moris Cowan, OJ Smooth, Owen Howells, Preacha, The Pushamann, Real Nice, Rich Reason, Richard Rowell, Rollo Maschietto, Rob Amboule, Ron E, Ryan Pickering, Setaoc Mass, Sharkbait, Solus, Spam Chop, Sparkz, Ste Waite, T-Man, Theo Wainhouse, Thieves, Thomas, Tom Rankin, Toyboy & Robin, Transmission Collective, Tweak. www.gottwood.co.uk
NOW WE ARE WEEKENDER, The Public, New Street, West Bromwich, 25-26 May: Allo Darlin, Darren Hayman, Johnny Foreigner. www.nowweare.co.uk
PARKLIFE, location tba, Manchester, 8-9 Jun: Hot Natured. www.parklife.uk.com
PURBECK FOLK FESTIVAL, Wilkswood Farm, Langton Matravers, Swanage, 23-25 Aug: Show of Hands, Dizraeli & The Small Gods, Karine Polwart, Carrie Rodriguez, Urban Folk Quartet, Sarah Savoy & The Francadians, Sheelanagig, Martha Tilston, Dyer:Cummings, The Klezbians, Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston. www.purbeckfolk.co.uk
WEYFEST, The Rural Life Centre, Farnham, 30 Aug – 1 Sep: The Stranglers, Snakecharmer, King King, John Coghlan’s Quo, Strawbs, The Temperance Movement, Merry Hell, John Waterson, Heavy Metal Kids, The Jackie Lynton Band, Japanese Fighting Fish, Tiny Dragons. www.weyfest.co.uk