So, to the festivals! Wait, I didn’t mean that literally… I mean gather round to hear today’s FLUUs. Don’t all rush off to the nearest festival to where you are right now.
As expected, The Rolling Stones are playing at the pinnacle of Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage this year, and Mick Jagger has his wellies ready. Glasto’s vast artist reveal yesterday also features Arctic Monkeys, Mumford & Sons, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The xx, Cat Power, Dizzee Rascal, The Vaccines, Smashing Pumpkins, The Weeknd and Azealia Banks – to name but a fraction – so that is nice.
But what else? Well, first in a deluxe Rob Da Bank featurette, I have news on his original and ‘best’ (says its title) fest, Bestival. New passengers aboard Bestival’s ‘HMS’-themed tenth birthday bash, the likes of James Blake, Courtney Pine, London Grammar, Savages, Willy Moon, Parquet Courts and The Child Of Lov, all RSVP to a party-and-a-half starring Elton John, Snoop Lion/Dog, MIA, Franz Ferdinand and Wu-Tang Clan.
Rob Da Bank has also added a parade of pop acts – many of whom hit their chart zenith in the 1980s – to his Camp Bestival cache. Heaven 17, The Proclaimers and Nik Kershaw join existing CB artistes like Richard Hawley, Levellers, Labrinth, The Polyphonic Spree and DJ Fresh.
“As a child of the 80s”, Da Bank says, “I love that era. One hit wonders sit happily alongside some of the most visionary pop and electronic records ever made in my record collection. It’s time for some serious leg warmers, rah rah skirts and fingerless lace glove action… well that’s what I’ll be wearing anyway!”
Oh great, so now I’m imagining that. To take my (and now, probably, your) mind off it, let’s take a look at the following fest memos via Manchester/Bristol/Nottingham-based Dot To Dot, Dalston’s Land Of Kings, and the made-in-Herefordshire Nozstock:
BESTIVAL, Robin Hill Country Park, Isle Of Wight, 5-8 Sep: James Blake, Savages, Courtney Pine, Max Romeo, Willy Moon, The 1975, Clean Bandit, London Grammar, The Child Of Lov, Musical Youth, Evian Christ, Parquet Courts, Molotov Jukebox, Moulettes, Introducing, Filthy Boy, Wheelchair Sports Camp, Ady Suleiman, Hudson Taylor, Champs, Woodpecker Wooliams, Lloyd Yates, Barbarossa, The Keepsakes, Isaiah Dreads, Parlour Flames, Charley Macaulay, Devilman Tweakaholic feat Jackmaster & Spencer, Bicep, Hieroglyphic Being, Addison Groove, Oneman, Psychemagik, Happa, Chris Coco, Pbr Streetgang, DJ Scotch Egg, Misty Conditions, Bill Brewster, Copy Paste Soul, Krysko, Applescal, Pete Gooding b2b Danny Whitehead, Pathaan, Johnno, Sunday Best Forum Allstars, Flying White Dots, March Hare, Gutterslut. www.bestival.net
CAMP BESTIVAL, Lulworth Castle, Dorset, 1-4 Aug: Heaven 17, The Proclaimers, Nik Kershaw, The Cuban Brothers Present, Barry Peters, Sam Lee & Friends, Molotov Jukebox, Ady Suleiman, Hudson Taylor, Lloyd Yates, Isaiah Dreads, Craig Charles, Sunday Best Forum All Stars, DJ Dapper Dan. www.cambestival.net
DOT TO DOT, various venues, Manchester/Bristol/Nottingham, 24-26 May: Tom Odell, Deap Vally, Swim Deep, Chlöe Howl, Beans On Toast, London Grammar, Ruen Brothers, A Plastic Rose, Ady Suleiman, Best Friends, Bipolar Sunshine, Billy Lockett, Blackeye, Blue Hawaii, Candy Says, Chlöe Howl, Dan Croll, Findlay, Heart-Ships, Houndmouth, Indiana, Matthew & Me, Mausi, Middle Class Rut, Random Impulse, Snakadaktal, Syron, The Family Rain, Wildflowers. www.dottodotfestival.co.uk
GLASTONBURY, Worthy Farm, Somerset, 26 Jun – 1 Jul: The Rolling Stones, Arctic Monkeys, Mumford & Sons, Dizzee Rascal, Primal Scream, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Vampire Weekend, Elvis Costello, The Vaccines, Kenny Rogers, Ben Howard, Rita Ora, Rufus Wainwright, Jake Bugg, Professor Green, Laura Mvula, Billy Bragg, Rokia Traore, First Aid Kit, Haim, Portishead, Chase & Status, The xx, Foals, Example, The Smashing Pumpkins, Alt-J, Two Door Cinema Club, Public Image Ltd, Tame Impala, Alabama Shakes, Editors, Azealia Banks, Of Monsters & Men, The Lumineers, Enter Shikari, I Am Kloot, The Hives, Amanda Palmer, Chic feat Nile Rodgers, Public Enemy, The Weeknd, Seasick Steve, Major Lazer, Tom Tom Club, Maverick Sabre, Lianne La Havas, Toro Y Moi, Ondatropica, Sergio Mendes, Dub Colossus, The Orb & Indigenous People (The Orb & Kakasitsi Master Drummers of Ghana), The Child Of Lov, Alice Russell, Goat, BadBadNotGood, The Bombay Royale, Matthew E White, Riot Jazz, Crystal Castles, Hurts, Phoenix, Bastille, Everything Everything, James Blake, Johnny Marr, The Courteeners, Jessie Ware, Tyler, The Creator, Frightened Rabbit, Miles Kane, Local Natives, The Strypes, Savages, Tim Odell, Peace, Villagers, Toy, Jagwar Ma, Sonic, the Wow Stage, the Gully & more with Nas, Hot Natured, Disclosure, Rudimental, The Family Stone, Skream & Benga, Sub Focus,Charles Bradley, SBTRKT, Netsky, Dog Blood, The Congos, The 2 Bears, AlunaGeorge, Eats Everything, Julio Bashmore, Wiley, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Gold Panda, David Rodigan, Cat Power, The Horrors, Fuck Buttons, Django Django, Rodriguez, Dinosaur Jr, Calexico, Steve Mason, Palma Violets, Devandra Banhat, Michael Kiwanuka, Solange, King Krule, Stealing Sheep, Tim Burgess, Melodys Echo Chamber, Ed Harcourt, Half Moon Run, Jospehine, Teleman, Steve Winwood, Sinead O’ Connor, Lucinda Williams, Glen Hansard, Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, Gabrielle Aplin, The Proclaimers, Martha Wainwright, Seth Lakeman, KT Tunstall, Gretchen Peters, Martin Stephenson & The Daintees, Ben Caplan, Beverley Knight, Crowns, Evan Dando, Gary Clark Jr, JJ Grey & Mofro, Josh Doyle, Lucy Rose, Mad Dog Mcrea, Molotov Jukebox, Newton Faulkner, Oysterband, Penguin Cafe, Shooglenifty, Stornoway, The Destroyers, The Staves, The Urban Voodoo Machine, Vintage Trouble, Xavier Rudd, Gene Hunt, Tyree Cooper, Maurice Faulton, Greg Wilson, Mosca, Bill Brewster, Grant Nelson, Youngsta, Digital & Spirit, MC Chickaboo, Randall, Flight, Kerri Chandler, Horse Meat Disco, Brawther, Robert Owens, Underground Paris, Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3, Slim Chance, Simian Mobile Disco, Terakaft, System 7 vs Eat Static, Don Letts, DJ James Monrpo, Gypsy Hill, Electric Swing Circus, DJ Tristan, Mixhell and others. www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk
LAND OF KINGS, various venues, Dalston, London, 5 May: Andrew Weatherall & Sean Johnston, Babe, Boxed In, Brownswood DJs, Casual Sex, Darkstar, Drums of Death, Faze Action, Fimber Bravo, Five Easy Pieces DJs, Flako, Friendly Fires DJs, Gaggle, Gang Colours, Gentlemen, Great Waves, The Lovely Jonjo, Kiwi, Moshi Moshi DJs, NYPC, Rhosyn, Reggae Roast, Rompa, Rory Phillips, Sega Bodega, Stevie Neale, Sweet Baboo, Tayo, To The Lazer Cave, Tropics, Troumaca, The Wave Pictures, Week of Wonders, William Adamson. landofkings.co.uk
NOZSTOCK, The Farm, Bromyard, Herefordshire, 26-28 Jul: Mr Scruff, DJ Yoda, Resonators, Heymoon Shaker, S.P.Y, Kasra, By The Rivers, Backbeat Soundsystem, Coda, Octp Pi, Koncept, MouthMaster Murph, Goldseal, More Like Trees, Gypsy Unit, Cazal, Too Spicy, Duncan Disorderly and The Scallywags, Gaz Brookfield, Wyynona Ryyder, Caolin Claby,Johnny Kowasaki and The Sexy Weirdos, Captain Accident and The Disasters, Sarah Joy, Jennifer Booton, The Inexplicables, The Cadbury Sisters. www.nozstock.com
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