Festivals, ahoy! I say that because this year’s maritime-themed HMS Bestival – which celebrates its tenth birthday this year – has just way-hayed anchor on its first wave of 2013 artists, as stars headliners Elton John (plus band) and Snoop Dogg, plus the slightly lesser-billed MIA, Flaming Lips, Franz Ferdinand, Angel Haze, Jessie Ware and Belle & Sebastian. What a pleasing mix.
Elton is marking 40 years since his ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ LP was first released, and of that, he says this: “I haven’t played any of the major festivals in the UK in recent years, so when the opportunity to play Bestival came up I was very interested. I’ve heard that the Bestival audience comes in fancy dress and I can’t wait to see that, they must all look amazing from the stage. At various times I have worn enormous feathered head-dresses, cloaks, hot pants, jumpsuits, clown suits, Donald Duck, Minnie Mouse, French Maid, The Eiffel Tower and The Statue Of Liberty onstage! Wearing fancy dress makes us all feel less inhibited so I think it’s a great way to enjoy live music”.
Great, so Elton’s into it. He may also like the first listings missive sent by Scots monster-fest Rock Ness, as features Example, The Vaccines, Ellie Goulding, The Maccabees, Jessie Ware and Camera Obscura.
After the hoohaa of last year’s Hackney Weekend, Radio 1′s Big Weekend returns to normal service in May, heading over to 2013′s UK City Of Culture, Londonderry in Northern Ireland, for three days of music from 24-26 May. First on the line-up are Olly Murs and Two Door Cinema Club. The previous weekend, 13-17 May, young people in the city will be invited to attend a series of workshops and session on working in radio.
Says the BBC’s Head of Live Music & Events (Popular Music), Jason Carter: “The last Big Weekend in the city in 2004 was a legendary music moment in Northern Ireland and it’s so great to be able to return with an even bigger show second time around”.
Over at Liverpool Sound City, AlunaGeorge, Enter Shikari, King Krule, Future Of The Left and Dexys are amongst the new additions to the line-up. As previously announced, Tracey Thorn and The Wombats will also speak at the conference section of the event. Also, a score of new artist revelations have been attached to roving pop/punk/rock beast Slam Dunk, which has just ‘gone international’ by adding all-day events in Glasgow, Cardiff and Dublin to its existing Leeds, Hatfield and Wolverhampton-based editions. All six sub-fests carry varying rosters, so view the intricacies of each via this link.
And now, please stay tuned to take in info on all the above, and additional artist… additions to ironically-titled northern pop bash Chester Rocks, mild and citrus-y indie melee Lemonfest, Henley’s premier 1980s love-in Rewind, and small-but-shapely Danish do Spot:
BESTIVAL, Robin Hill Country Park, Isle Of Wight, 5-8 Sep: Elton John, Snoop Dogg, MIA, Franz Ferdinand, Flaming Lips, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Roots, Belle & Sebastian, Jessie Ware, Disclosure, Sinead O’Connor, Chic feat Nile Rodgers, Squarepusher, Hot Natured, Angel Haze, The Polyphonic Spree, Johnny Marr, Bastille, Peace, The Strypes, DJ Fresh, Rudimental, Dexys, The Walkmen, John Cooper Clarke, Lissie, The Wonder Stuff, Caravan Palace, The Cuban Brothers, Matthew E White, While She Sleeps, Merchandise, Mikill Pane, True Tiger, Sexy Sushi, Is Tropical, Skaters, Lulu James, Swim Deep, Drenge, Jagwar Mar, Fleetwood Bac, Jaipur Brass Band, Kawa Circus, Lewis Watson, Jaws, J-Cats, Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox, A-Yo (Mark Ronson v Zane Lowe), Annie Mac Presents, Seth Troxler, Julio Bashmore, Maya Jane Coles, Erol Alkan, David Rodigan Mbe Presents Ram Jam, Dixon, Kerri Chandler, Eats Everything, Numbers (Jackmaster, Spencer, Redinho, Sophie Rustie), Joy Orbison, Fabio & Grooverider, Hospitality Take Over feat High Contrast, Danny Byrd, Nu:Logic, Fred V & Grafix, Marcel Dettman, DJ Yoda, The Daft Punk Tribute Night In The Hidden Disco, Redlight, Bondax, Heidi, Ed Rush, Fake Blood, Jesse Rose, Justin Robertson, A Love From Outer Space, Ben UFO, Cyril Hahn, Daniel P Carter, Catz N Dogz, My Love Is Underground, Cashmere Cat, Krankbrother, Ben Pearce, Dollop DJs, Alexander Nut, Roska, Bodhi, Kry Wolf, Coley From Luv*Jam, Crispin J Glover, Bad Zuke. www.bestival.net
CHESTER ROCKS, Chester Racecourse, Chester, 15-16 Jun: The Wanted, Jessie J, Lawson, Union J. www.chester-rocks.com
LEMONFEST, Newton Abbot Racecourse, Devon, 1 Jun: Lucy Rose, The Skints, Tall Ships, I Divide, and local favourites Mad Dog Mcrea, Adam Isaac, Towns, Big Wave, Shoot The Moon, Owen Penrice, Land Of The Giants, Your Last Day, Hysteria, The Kedellas. www.lemonfest.co.uk
LIVERPOOL SOUND CITY, various venues, Liverpool, 2-4 May: Dexys, Enter Shikari, Thee Oh Sees, Mount Kimbie, Future Of The Left, AlunaGeorge, King Krule, Darkstar, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Outfit, Hacktivist, Marmozets, Neck Deep. www.liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk
REWIND FESTIVAL, Temple Island Meadows, Henley-on-Thames, 16-18 Aug: The B-52s, The Pointer Sisters, Kim Wilde, ABC, Belinda Carlisle, Nik Kershaw, Blancmange, Sonia, The Blow Monkeys, Cutting Crew, Heaven 17, The Sugarhill Gang, Then Jerico, Billy Ocean, Go West, Paul Carrack, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, The Flying Pickets, Matt Bianco, Aswad, Imagination feat Leee John. www.rewindfestival.com
RADIO 1′S BIG WEEKEND, Ebrington Square, Londonderry, 24-26 May: Olly Murs, Two Door Cinema Club. www.bbc.co.uk/bigweekend
ROCK NESS, Loch Ness, Scotland, 7-9 Jun: Example, Basement Jaxx, Madness, The Vaccines, Bombay Bicycle Club, Ben Howard, Ellie Goulding, The Maccabees, Jessie Ware, Camera Obscura, Newton Faulkner. www.rockness.co.uk
SLAM DUNK, Leeds University/South Hertfordshire University/Wolverhampton Civic/ O2 ABC Glasgow/Cardiff University/ The Academy Dublin, 24-29 May: Four Year Strong, Pierce The Veil, The Wonder Years, Man Overboard, Fireworks, The Early November, Memphis May Fire, Woe Is Me, Hands Like Houses, Bury Tomorrow, Yashin, Jody Has A Hitlist, Wounds, Red Enemy, We Are The Ocean, Handguns. www.slamdunkmusic.com
SPOT, various venues, Aarhus, Denmark, 3-4 May: Halasan Bazar, Cancer, Broken Twin, We Were Born Canaries, Yast, Kissaway Trail, Bloodgroup, The White Album, Simian Ghost, Far Away From Fiji, Einar Stray, Broke, Baby in Vain, Golden Kanine. spotfestival.dk
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