So, as Sonar Barcelona shares the identity of its love-or-hate new headliner (it’s DJ Skrillex, by the way), and Rhythms Of The World Festival reveals that – because it’s unable to find a site this year – it’s cancelling its 2013 edition (but will be back in 2014), what else is happening in the festivals domain?
Well, for a start, Primavera Sound’s Porto-based parallel Optimus Primavera Sound has added a sizeable cache of rather great artists – not least My Bloody Valentine, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Fucked Up, ‘Sugar Man’ Rodriguez and Grizzly Bear to its existing, Blur-featuring listings.
New-cool-Croatian-festival-on-the-block Unknown – a collaborative event arranged by Hideout Festival, The Warehouse Project and Field Day – has just said it’ll mark its first year of existence with the live presence of Jessie Ware, TEED, Disclosure and Four Tet, and this is what Field Day boss Tom Baker has to say of that: “I’m really thrilled to be working with Hideout and The Warehouse Project on a brand new event that combines brilliant live bands alongside some of the best and cutting edge DJs in the world, in a setting of glorious sunshine, clear blue skies and wonderful beaches! What could be better!”
What indeed, but what else in FLUUs news? Oh yeah, Ibiza Rocks has given its image a ‘math-rock’ facelift by booking Foals for its closing party, whilst Knebworth’s Eastern Electrics takes on an extra 20 acts inc Miguel Campbell and Maya Jane Coles. Also, over in America, Sasquatch has, probably with its hairy mythical paw, invited Mumford & Sons, The Postal Service, Vampire Weekend, Sigur Rós, The xx, Arctic Monkeys to join its roster this year. How nice.
EASTERN ELECTRICS, Knebworth House, Hertfordshire, 2-4 Aug: Dave Clarke, Deetron, Felix Dickinson, Futureboogie, Giles Smith, Huxley, Infinity Ink, James Priestly, Josh Wink, Jozif, DJ Koze, Laura Jones, Luca Pilato, Maceo Plex, Masters At Work, Matthias Tanzman, Maya Jane Coles, Miguel Campbell, MK, Moderat, Nick Curly, Planetary Assault Systems, Ralph Lawson, Raresh, Robert James, Ryan Crosson, Sasha, Shadow Child, Soul Bros, Tama Sumo, Tommy Four Seven, Waifs And Strays. www.easternelectrics.com
IBIZA ROCKS, Ibiza Rocks Hotel, San Antonio, Ibiza, Span, 5 Jun – 18 Sep: Foals. www.ibizarocks.com
OPTIMUS PRIMAVERA SOUND, Parque Da Cidade, Porto, Portugal, 30 May – 2 Jun: The Breeders, Dan Deacon, Daniel Johnston, Daughn Gibson, Dead Can Dance, Dear Telephone, Deerhunter, Degreaser, Dinosaur Jr, Do Make Say Think, Explosions In The Sky, FIDLAR, Four Tet, Foxygen, Fuck Buttons, Fucked Up, Ghostigital, Glass Candy, The Glockenwise, Grizzly Bear, Guadalupe Plata, Hot Snakes, James Blake, Julio Bashmore, L’Hereu Escampa, Liars, Local Natives, Los Planetas, The Magician, Manel, Meat Puppets, Melodys Echo Chamber, Memoria De Peixe, Merchandise, Metz, My Bloody Valentine, Neko Case, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Nurse With Wound, OM, Paus, Pegasvs, Rodriguez, Roll The Dice, Savages, The Sea and Cake, Shellac Of North America, Swans, Titus Andronicus, White Fence, Wild Nothing. www.optimusprimaverasound.com
SASQUATCH, Gorge Amphitheatre, George, Washington, USA, 24-27 May: Mumford & Sons, The Postal Service, Vampire Weekend, Sigur Rós, The xx, Arctic Monkeys, Primus, Empire of the Sun, Grimes, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, The Lumineers, Alt-J, The Tallest Man on Earth, Tame Impala, Earl Sweatshirt, Japandroids, Death Grips, Dirty Projectors, Danny Brown, ake, Andrew Bird, Bloc Party, Dropkick Murphys, Built to Spill, Azealia Banks, Steve Aoki, Father John Misty, El-P, Killer Mike, Divine Fits, Twin Shadow, Solange, Disclosure, Toro Y Moi, Devendra Banhart, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Presets, Torche, P.O.S., SchoolBoy Q & Ab-Soul, John Talabot, DIIV, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Wild Belle, Suuns, Caveman, Hundred Waters, Menomena, Shad, Fang Island, Matthew Dear, Porcelain Raft, Surfer Blood, Holy Ghost!, Red Fang, Reignwolf, Atlas Genius, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. www.sasquatchfestival.com
SONAR BARCELONA, Zamora, Barcelona, Spain, 13-15 Jun: Skrillex. www.sonar.es/en
UNKNOWN, Rovinj, Croatia, 10-14 Sep: Actress, Disclosure, Django Django, Four Tet, Henrik Schwarz, Jessie Ware, Lindstrom, Moderat, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Ame, Cyril Hahn, Damian Lazarus, Daniel Avery, Daniel Baldelli, Dixon, DJ Koze, Erol Alkan, Floating Points, Francesca Lombardo, Geddes, Giles Smith, James Holden, James Priestley, Jamie XX, Joy Orbison, Julio Bashmore, Kerri Chandler, Michael Mayer, Optimo, Prins Thomas, Richy Ahmed, Scuba, SBTRKT, Subb-an, Tim Sweeney, Todd Terje. www.unknowncroatia.com
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