So, guess what? Yes, that’s right, The Wanted have signed on to play Northampton pop party Alive At Delapre. They’re the third and final headliner to be named, the others being James Morrison and Paul Weller.
The boyband’s Nathan Sykes has this to say: “We’re really looking forward to our show at Delapre Park. It should be a really great evening, especially with our mates Lawson as our very special guests”. Oh yeah, I forgot Lawson. As Nathan just said, The Wanted’s rivals/BFFs Lawson are playing too. Congratulations to all involved.
And with that it’s over to a similarly inspirational speech by Fatboy Slim, composed to coincide with his new booking at this year’s Rock Ness (the festival which began life in 2006 as a sort of Scottish version of his Brighton Beach Party).
He says: “Comin home to baby on the shores of Dores. RockNess I’ve missed you… feels so good to be heading back to see how my wayward child has grown. Roll on June, roll on The Scottish Highlands, roll on the party”.
Yeah, roll on Rock Ness. And roll on The Cheltenham Jazz Festival, whose HQ has just unveiled its first phase of players; not least Van Morrison, Madeleine Peyroux, Laura Mvula and Lianne La Havas. And roll on the Ramsgate-based and non-insular Sound Island, which will this year host Jessie J, Rita Ora and ‘X-Factor’ victor James Arthur (and Lawson).
And roll on The Great Escape, Nozstock, Osfest, SunceBeat and a Horrors-headlined Truck, who’ve also just shared their own artist revelations:
ALIVE AT DELAPRE, Delapre Park, Northampton, 19-21 Jul: The Wanted, Lawson. www.aliveatdelapre.co.uk
CHELTENHAM JAZZ FESTIVAL, Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham, 1-6 May: Van Morrison, Madeleine Peyroux, Noisettes, Gregory Porter, Laura Mvula, Lianne La Havas, Georgie Fame & The Guy Barker Big Band, BBC Concert Orchestra, Alan Price, Zoot Money, Madeline Bell, Ravi Coltrane, Gary Burton, Julian Lage, Jorge Roeder, Antonio Sanchez, Dave Douglas & Heather Masse, Mike Stern & Bill Evans Band, Roller Trio, Polar Bear, Sons Of Kemet. www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/jazz
THE GREAT ESCAPE, Brighton, 16-18 May: The 1975, Allah-Las, AlunaGeorge, Awaken I Am, Bastille, Bear’s Den, The Black Heart Rebellion, Blackeye, Blaudzun, Brodka, Caitlin Park, Charlie Straight, Childhood, Christine And The Queens, Chvrches, Cloud Boat, Cousins , Cub Scouts, Dan Croll, Dark Star, David Rodigan, Del Barber, Dingus Khan, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Drenge, Dune, Eagulls, Echo And The Empress, Eddi Front, Ed Harcourt, Eliza And The Bear, Fist City, Foam Lake, Gallops, How To Dress Well, Humans, Hungry Kids Of Hungary, Indians, Jacco Gardner, King Krule, Lab Coast, Lawrence Arabia, Lewis Watson, Luke Sital-Singh, Mac Demarco, Made In Japan, Marmozets, MØ, The Naturals, The Neighbourhood, Neighbourhood Youth, Nick Mulvey, Night Engine, Phosphorescent, Portasound, Rainy Milo, Royal Canoe, Ryan Keen, San Zhi, Skaters, Skip&Die, Sleepmakewaves, Snakadaktal, Soak, Spectres, Stonefield, Superfood, Sweet Baboo, Swim Deep, Teleman, To Kill A King, Tom Odell, Tomorrow’s World, Towns, Tres B, The Trouble With Templeton, The Upskirts, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Velcro Hooks, Velociraptor, Wall, Wolf Alice, Young Rival. www.escapegreat.com
NOZSTOCK, The Farm, Bromyard, Herefordshire, 26-28 Jul: Chas & Dave, Dub Pistols, The Beat, Andy C & MC GQ, The Strypes, Bhi Bhiman, Ava Leigh, The Computers, Velvet Stream, Wilkinson, Loadstar, Loko, MC Visionobi. www.nozstock.com
OSFEST – BREAK FOR THE BORDER, Oswestry Showground, Shropshire, 24-26 May: James Arthur, The Enemy, King Charles. www.osfest.co.uk
ROCKNESS, Loch Ness, Scotland, 7-9 Jun: Fatboy Slim, Above & Beyond, Madeon, Julio Bashmore, Steve Aoki, Benga, Skream, Booka Shade, Josh Wink, Pan-Pot, Jackmaster, Harri & Domenic, Gary Beck, Hans Bouffmyhre, Jaguar Skills. www.rockness.co.uk
SOUND ISLAND, Quex Park, Ramsgate, Kent, 27-28 Jul: Plan B, Jessie J, Rita Ora, James Arthur, Lawson, Union J. www.soundfestivalsuk.com
SUNCEBEAT, The Garden, Tisno, Croatia, 24-30 Jul: Moodymann, Mark Farina, Gilles Peterson, Gregory Porter, Derrick Carter, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Timmy Regisford, Joe Clausell, Osunlade, Kerri Chandler, Karizma , Kerri Chandler, Kenny Dope, Nicholas, Jimpster, Mad Mats, Atjazz, Lay-Far. www.suncebeat.com
TRUCK FESTIVAL, Steventon, 19-20 Jul: The Horrors, Ash, Gaz Coombes, Dan Le Sac v Scroobius Pip, Dry The River, Rolo Tomassi, Tall Ships, Gunning For Tamar, Toy, Crash Of Rhinos, Stagecoach, Axes, The Social Club, Salvation Bill, Lewis Watson, Jack Martello, Planes, The Bots, Ady Suleiman, Brother & Bones, The Computers, Wet Nuns, Arcane Roots, Max Raptor & The Physics House Band, The Family Rain, Fight Like Apes. www.truckfestival.com
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