So today in brand new festival announcements, Isle Of Wight gains its third headlining act in The Killers, who now share topmost billing plaudits with The Stone Roses and, quite bizarrely, Bon Jovi. The Cornwall-set Eden Sessions, which in 2013 will take the shape of a series of one-day mini festivals, enlists The xx and Kaiser Chiefs as its first-named musical guests. They’ll play on 2 Jul and 29 Jun respectively. Over on the continent, or rather on the Croatian isle of Tisno, Electric Elephant breaks its first wave of artist additions, as features Andrew Weatherall, Miguel Campbell, Ewan Pearson and Horse Meat Disco.
Most intriguing of all, though, is a first-edition festival curated by Michael Gira, and featuring his day band Swans, Mercury Rev’s Tettix Experiment and Xiu Xiu. Says Gira of Mouth To Mouth, a live study in ‘urgent performance-orientated music, irrespective of arbitrary genres or styles’: “This is the first instalment in what we hope to be a yearly festival, focused on disparate music and genres. Artists are chosen based on their ability to resuscitate, set fire to the air, or to mesmerize. All of the performers chosen for this year’s festival I find personally to be compelling in this regard. The goal: joy!”.
EDEN SESSIONS, Eden Project, Cornwall, full 2013 dates tba: The xx, Kaiser Chiefs. www.edenproject.com/sessions
ELECTRIC ELEPHANT, The Garden, Tisno, Croatia, 11-15 Jul 2013: Andrew Weatherall & Sean Johnston, Heidi, Optimo, Miguel Campbell, Ivan Smagghe, Justin Robertson, Ewan Pearson, Horse Meat Disco, Boston Bun, Unabombers, Late Nite Tuff Guy, DJ Rocca, Chris Duckenfield, Bill Brewster, Frank Broughton & Michael Cook, Kelvin Andrews & Balearic Mike, Krysko, Ben Pistor, Will TRAMP!, Content DJs, High Soul Society, Pablo Contraband, GranTurismo, Balera FM & Futuro Tropicale, Billy Scurry, That Amazing Thing!, DJ Kozmonaut, Chinny. www.electricelephant.co.uk
ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL, Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight, 13-16 Jun: The Killers. www.isleofwightfestival.com
MOUTH TO MOUTH, Koko, London, 4 Apr: Swans, Mercury Rev Tettix Experiment, Ben Frost, Xiu Xiu. www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/OKF0404
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