Today’s is a fairly concise FLUU summary, with only three festivals showing movement amid their artist ranks. But oh, what a trio. For one, Derbyshire metal-fest Bloodstock Open Air ensigns Nottingham locals Hell and non-local Austrian death metal band Belphegor.
Belphegor’s affable guitarist Helmuth Lehner says: “To bomb the UK is always a pleasure for Belphegor. We will celebrate ‘Diabolical Death Musick’, and visualise it with a special 20 year anniversary show, full of bones, flesh and blood! At the start of August, our new as-yet-untitled album will be released. The troupe can’t wait to premiere two of these tracks at Bloodstock. An honour – this horror!”
Erm, OK. And with that, it’s over to revelatory roster additions by circus-themed familial folk fete Chagstock, and – on a much larger scale – one of Croatia’s many niche alt-EDM events, Outlook, as has just confirmed genre A-listers like Talib Kweli, Andy C, David Rodigan, Jay Electronica, The Pharcyde and new boys Koreless, Loefah and Pariah.
BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR, Catton Hall, Walton-On-Trent, South Derbyshire, 8-11 Aug: Hell, Belphegor. www.downloadfestival.co.uk
CHAGSTOCK, Whiddon Down, Dartmoor, Devon, 19-20 Jul: Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, Wille & The Bandits, Marc O’Reilly, Brother & Bones, Ferocious Dog, The Aurora Skies, Crazy Arm, New Crisis. www.chagstock.info
OUTLOOK, Pula, Croatia, 29 Aug – 2 Sep: Talib Kweli, Jay Electronica, Alborosie & Shengen Clan, The Pharcyde, Andy C, Mala In Cuba, David Rodigan, Joe Bada$$, Pharoahe Monch, Digital Mystikz, Goldie, Mr Scruff, Shy FX, LTJ Bukem, Todd Edwards, Kode 9, Calyx & TeeBee, DJ EZ, Boddika, Loefah, Taskforce, J Rocc, Benji B, Jackmaster, Iration Steppas, Zed Bias, Newham Generals, Breakage, Punch, High Focus Records, Dorian Concept, Portico Quartet, Channel One, The Heatwave, Topcat, Dbridge, Youngsta, Addison Groove, Vibronics, Alix Perez, Icicle, Break, Phace, Kanka, Distance, Trevino, Kryptic Minds, Machinedrum, Mungo’s Hifi, Dj Die, Author, Phaeleh, Dub Phizix, Enei, Lenzman, General Levy & Joe Ariwa, Randall, Pariah, Koreless, Xxyyxx, Joe Nice, Terror Danjah, Cooly G, Logan Sama, Benny Page, OBF, Eglo Live Band Feat. Fatima & Olivier Daysoul, Ikonika, Scratcha Dva, Route 94, Ossie, Earl Gateshead, Stamina Mc, Mc Gq, Amit, Jack Sparrow, B.Traits, Spencer, Redinho, Marcus Visionary, Artificial Intelligence, Kasra, Wilkinson, Alexander Nut, Dubkasm, Vivek/Skeptical, Survival, Jubei, Broke’n'£Nglish, Elijah & Skilliam, Marvellous Cain, Biome, Kahn, Solo Banton, Mr Williamz, Ulterior Motive, Eliphino, Northern Lights, Foreign Concept, Mikal, Radikal Guru & Cian Finn, Sp:Mc, Scrufizzer, Dlr, Hackman, Stand High Patrol Feat Pupa Jim, Arp 101, Killawatt, Mc Drs, Strategy, Maribou State, Royal T, Crazy D, Sticky, Roses Gabor, Mc Ad, Chunky, Zero T, Ant Tc1, Cern, South London Ordnance/Xtrah, Paleman, Throwing Snow, Champion, Lefto, Lx One, Mefjus, Rene Lavice, Chimpo, Wrec, Halogenix, Legal Shot Hifi, Alpha Steppa, Gorgon Sound, Walton, Moxie, Faze Miyake, Moony, Cfsn Djs, Danman, Tonn Piper, Beneath, Mella Dee, Thinking, Sun Of Selah, J. Robinson, Dub Conductor, Dub Smugglers, Toast, Jeanville, Vital Techniques, Decibel, Sammy Dread, Rich Reason, Danny T & Tradesman, Joe Rolet, Jc, Gusto, Onset, Pean, Dj Earthpipe, Eniz, Dbx. www.outlookfestival.com
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