‘What’s new in festivals?’, I hear you say. Well, since you asked, the Eastern Electrics fest – which is now to be based at Knebworth House – has just shared its first phase of artist additions, as features DJ types Seth Troxler, Theo Parish, Blawan, Joy Orbison and Damian Lazarus.
Elsewhere, Cumbria’s Solfest marks its tenth anniversary this year, and as such will be partying in style with just-named main stage acts Afro Celt Sound System and Oysterband, the latter of whom played the festival’s first ever edition. So, that’s worth noting, as are the facts that Fossil Collective, Chapel Club and Nine Black Alps have joined Stockton Calling, whilst headlining attractions Buzzcocks align with the late Joe Strummer’s homage festival, Strummercamp. Take a look:
EASTERN ELECTRICS, Knebworth House, Hertfordshire, 2-4 Aug: Ame, Anja Schneider, Ata, Ben UFO, Blawan, Cassy, Catz N Dogz, Chris Liebing, Claude Von Stroke, Climbers, Clockwork, Damian Lazarus, Dixon, DJ Sneak, Tennis, Droog, Dyed Soundorom, Eats Everything, Ellen Allien, Francesca Lombardo, Gavin Herlihy, Geddes, Guy Gerber, Heidi, Joy Orbison, Justin Martin, krankbrothers, Levon Vincent, Magda, Maurice Fulton, Maxxi Soundsystem, Michael Mayer, No Artificial Colours, Pan-Pot, PBR Streetgang, Prosumer, Richy Ahmed, Roman Flugel, Seth Troxler, Subb-an, Theo Parrish. www.easternelectrics.com
SOLFEST, Tarnside Farm, Cumbria, 23-25 Aug: Afro Celt Sound System, Osyterband. www.solfest.org.uk
STOCKTON CALLING, various venues, Stockton-on-Tees, 30 Mar: Chapel Club, Fossil Collective, Nine Black Alps, The Family Rain, Goy Boy McIlroy, Collectors Club, 12 Dirty Bullets, Jon Windle, Lilliput, Littlemores, Discopolis, Stanley Odd. www.stocktoncalling.co.uk
STRUMMERCAMP, Manchester Rugby Club, Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, 24-26 May: The Undertones. www.strummercampfestival.co.uk