Hi all, so this year’s Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein-captained Download has up-sized its artist pool by a phenomenal 49 new acts (only slightly less phenomenal than 50 might’ve been). Papa Roach, Gogol Bordello, Rise To Remain and Lit are four of the chosen 49.
Just as active in the artist additions ‘game’ is Norway’s Øya, as has revealed its third headliners (as in, after Blur and The Knife) as Kraftwerk. They’ll lay on an extra-special live 3D audio-visual ‘experience’ for all to marvel at, while James Blake, Tame Impala, Rodriguez and John Talabot will do normal performances, I guess.
And with that it’s time to cast a critical gaze over details of the above, plus new FLUUs c/o first-edition LGBT love-in As One In The Park, Cheltenham faith-fest Greenbelt, Standon’s Standon Calling and acquisitive highland fling T In The Park:
AS ONE IN THE PARK, Victoria Park, London, 26 May: Katy B, Union J, Holly Johnson. www.asoneinthepark.co.uk
DOWNLOAD, Donington Park, Leicestershire, 14-16 Jun: Papa Road, Rise To Remain, Gogol Bordello, Lit, Escape The Fate, Europe, Blitz Kids, Buckcherry, Uriah Heep, P.O.D, Newsted, fronted by Metallica’s former bassist Jason Newsted, Katatonia, Graveyard, Turisas, Dir En Grey, Nekrogoblikon, After The Burial, The Ghost Inside, Blacklist Royals, Red Fang, Karnivool, Naked Flame, The Algorithm, Skin, Sacred Mother Tongue, Bury Tomorrow, Architects, Brutality Will Prevail, Empress, Crowns, Emperor Chung, Sonic Boom Six, States of Panic, Bleed From Within, Verses, Hill Valley High, Astroid Boys, I Divide, Rat Attack, Mordecai, Modestep, Hang the Bastard, Heart Of A Coward, Glamour Of The Kill, Silent Screams, Cytota, The First, Broken, Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats. www.downloadfestival.co.uk
GREENBELT, Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, 23-26 Aug: Amadou & Mariam, Mama Rosin, the reformed Fat and Frantic, Eliza Carthy, Jim Moray, Moulettes, and The Boxettes. Plus Carrie Rodriguez, Fitz, Goan Dogs, Goat Roper Rodeo Band, Jasmine Kennedy, Jess Morgan, Louise Petit, Matt Creer, The Magnus Puto Band, Sea + Air, Garth Hewitt, Martyn Joseph. www.greenbelt.org.uk
ØYA, Gamlebyen, Oslo, Norway, 6-10 Aug: Kraftwerk, James Blake, Mount Kimbie, Tame Impala, John Talabot, Rodriguez, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Kaja Gunnufsen, Carmen Villain. oyafestivalen.com
STANDON CALLING, Standon Lordship, Hertfordshire, 2-4 Aug: Band Of Skulls, AlunaGeorge, Bastille, King Charles, The Correspondents, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Revere, Belakiss, Bibelots, New Groove Formation, The Stills, Annie Dale. www.standon-calling.com
T IN THE PARK, Balado, Kinross-shire, Scotland, 12-14 Jul: David Guetta, Foals, HAIM, Kendrick Lamar, Phoenix. www.tinthepark.com