Thursday 7 February 2013, 12:10 | By Aly Barchi
Festival line-up update – 7 Feb 2013
So, to start off today’s FLUUs in style, cash-craving mercenaries Mumford & Sons have just listed the first acts set to appear at their Gentlemen Of The Road Stopover event, a kind-of-festival in Lewes, East Sussex that’s part Vampire Weekend-headlined Friday night show (19 Jul), part Mumford, Mystery Jets and Vaccines-starring all-dayer (20 Jul), and part festival (in that it has camping, and a tba list of extra artists is still to be added). Perplexed? So am I.
Well anyway, this is what M&S (the band) have to say about what they’re about to do: “It’s a real privilege that being in Mumford & Sons has allowed us to be able to shine a light on the towns, places that sometimes don’t get the love they deserve, and to be the facilitators of great musical coming-togethers. We actually get to put on our own shows. Which means that we get to ask our favourite bands to come and play a show with us, where we just get to watch them play all day. Five times in one summer too. Badass”.
Yeah, badass. Elsewhere, Dion Clements, boss of top Norfolk pop ‘do’ Sundown, has lots to say of his festival’s new artist acquisitions (specifically Jessie J, Example, JLS, and tba stages hosted by Rinse and Hospitality). Shall we hear it?
Yes, we shall: “With the huge strides taken by Sundown Festival in quickly establishing itself as one of the UK’s best live music events to end the summer season, Sundown 2013 is set to expand even further on previous years. Example absolutely smashed it as part of the line-up two years ago, to the extent we all felt a little bad for the artist that followed in the running order… so this time he will headline the first full day of Sundown. Jessie J has been the single most requested artist, by Sundown fans, yet to appear, so we’re absolutely ecstatic about bringing her to the Sundown main stage to headline the Sunday”.
So, that’ll be nice. As will the Green Man festival, which has just announced 30 acts due to grace its line-up. As well as headliners Band Of Horses (who will be playing a UK festival exclusive), The Horrors, Edwyn Collins, Fuck Buttons, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and The Pastels will all play. And there’ll be another add next week when the festival announces its second headliner.
But that’s next week. Right now we have all of the above and several other festival-based revelations, c/o the following:
CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL, Cherry Hinton Hall Grounds, Cambridge, 25-28 Jul: Lucy Rose, Willy Mason, Kathryn Roberts, Sean Lakeman. www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk
GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD STOPOVER, Convent Fields, Lewes, East Sussex, 19-20 Jul: Mumford & Sons, Vampire Weekend, The Vaccines, Mystery Jets, Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit, The Very Best Soundsystem. www.gentlemenoftheroad.com
GREEN MAN, Glanusk Park, Powys, Wales, 15-18 Aug: The Horrors. Local Natives. Edwyn Collins. Roy Harper. Fuck Buttons, The Pastels, Archie Bronson Outfit, Woods, James Yorkston, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Andrew Weatherall, Jon Hopkins, Matt Berry, Moon Duo, Arbouretum, This Is The Kit, Ellen & The Escapades, Buke & Gase, Bear’s Den, Fossil Collective, Rozi Plain, Blaenavon, Zervas & Pepper, Trwbador, Wild Smiles, Fist Of The First Man, DJ Fitz, Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog, Huw M, Annie Eve. www.greenman.net
SLAM DUNK, Leeds University/South Hertfordshire University/Wolverhampton Civic/ O2 ABC Glasgow/Cardiff University/ The Academy Dublin, 24-29 May: Deaf Havana, King Prawn, Allister, Transit, Me Vs Hero, Yashin, The Word Alive, Our Last Night, Jonny Craig. www.slamdunkmusic.com
SOUNDWAVE, The Garden, Tisno, Croatia, 19-21 Jul: DOOM, Quantic & Ondatropica, Robert Glasper Experiment, Alice Russell, Ghostpoet, Andreya Triana, Com Truise, Homeboy Sandman, Kutmah, Eliphino, Tall Black Guy, fLako, Shigeto, Letherette, Andrew Ashong, Illum Sphere, Cheeba, Jonny Dub, Jon K, Scrimshire, Memory9, Dom Servini, Gilla, Tamara Saul, Catching Flies, New York Brass Band, Capital 1212, Nubiyan Twist, Phrixus Phrixus, So Flute, Renegade Brass Band, Solko, Phoria, Bedmo Disco, Boba Fatt, General Roots. soundwavecroatia.com
SUNDOWN, Norfolk Showground, Norfolk, 30 Aug – 1 Sep: Jessie J, Example, DJ Fresh, JLS, Moda Black. www.sundownfestival.co.uk