So, what’s ‘hot’ in the always-heated festival scene? I guess I’ll start at Global Gathering, as – says its initial artist listings missive – will feature dance-y type sets by dance-y types like Seth Troxler, Example, 2manydjs, Erol Alkan, Katy B, Skream and DJ Fresh. Oh wait, and Wiley, Rita Ora and headliner Plan B! What a thrill.
Alternative festival thrills are available via this year’s Lounge On The Farm, which will cultivate live appearances by Seasick Steve, Soul II Soul, David Rodigan, DJ Format and Lucy Rose. And what of the London-based Playground Festival and its pretty revelatory first line-up reveal? Well, it features Gary Numan, Booka Shade, Vitalic, Pantha Du Prince, Juan Atkins and John Foxx & The Maths, so have that.
Whilst you’re at it, take a dual update c/o Sinead O’Connor, who’s been confirmed to play Levellers’ Primal Scream/Ocean Colour Scene-capped Beautiful Days AND the Brighton-wide Brighton Festival. So that’s nice, isn’t it? And talking of festival pleasantries, a lot of very pleasing Bristolian artistes have been added to Bristol-based new-kid-on-the-block ArcTanGent, not least: Thought Forms, Zun Zun Egui, The Pirate Ship Quintet and The Naturals. They align with headlining acts 65daysofstatic and Fuck Buttons, and others.
ArcTanGent’s gent-in-charge James Scarlett says: “I feel very confident that we’ve booked the cream of Bristol’s music scene and I can’t wait for people to check out these bands because they are seriously amazing. They have all been booked on merit and the fact they are from Bristol is just an added bonus for us!”
Moving away from Bristol, and past riveting changes at Glastonbury (basically, it’s re-done its late-night spaces, Bloc9 and The Common, and added a new ‘pre-digital’ EDM-themed arena, Genosys) we at last reach this list of FLUU particulars:
ARCTANGENT, Fernhill Farm, Cheddar, Somerset, 29-31 Aug: Thought Forms, Zun Zun Egui, The Pirate Ship Quintet, The Naturals, Deej Dhariwal, Oliver Wilde, Giant Swan, Anta, Joe Garcia, The St Pierre Snake Invasion, Scarlet Rascal & The Trainwreck, Anthroprophh, Spectres, Hysterical Injury, Damien Schneider, RiceBeats, SJ Esau, Vostok, The Mother Beef, The Dagger Brothers, Oxygen Thief, Pohl, Falling Stacks, Flights. arctangent.co.uk
BEAUTIFUL DAYS, Escot Park, Fairmile, Devon, 16-18 Aug: Primal Scream, Ocean Colour Scene, Levellers, Sinead O’Connor, Andy C, Roy Harper, Clannad, Arrested Development, Imelda May, Sam Lee, The Wonder Stuff, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, Babylon Circus, The Skatalites, The Selecter, Molotov Jukebox, Brother & Bones, Skamanians, Spiers & Boden, The Staves, Treacherous Orchestra, Damien Dempsey, Viv Albertine, Sharon Shannon, Headmix Collective, Sheelanagig, Gaz Brookfield, The Emily Brothers, The Chair, Heidi Talbot, Moulettes, The Fabulous Good Time Party Boys, Banco De Gaia. www.beautifuldays.org
BRIGHTON FESTIVAL, various venues, Brighton, 4-26 May: The Flaming Lips, Sinead O’Connor, Fatboy Slim, Apparat, Lucinda Williams, Angelique Kidjo, Sam Lee, Herbie Flowers, Future Wife, Nina Hagen, David McAlmont, The Irrepressibles, The Tiger Lillies, Wara, Felix’s Machines, Zoe Rahman, The Great Enormo. brightonfestival.org
GLASTONBURY, Worthy Farm, Somerset, 26-30 Jun: Gene Hunt, Tyree Cooper, Greg Wilson, Bicep, Mosca, Randall, Digital & Spirit, Kerri Chandler, Robert Owens, Horse Meat Disco, My Love Is Undergrounnd, DIY. www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk
GLOBAL GATHERING, Long Maston Airfield, Stratford, Warwickshire, 26-27 Jul: Plan B, Seth Troxler, Example, Rita Ora, Wiley, 2manydjs, Erol Alkan, Katy B, Skream, DJ Fresh, Andy C & MC GQ, Benga, Annie Mac, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Steve Aoki, Carl Cox, Paul Oakenfold, Hardwell, Madeon, Disclosure, Rudimental, Major Look, Hucci, Netsky, High Contrast, Danny Byrd, Modestep, Delilah, Etta Bond & Raf Riley, Jem Atkins, Jamie Jones, Art Department, Damian Lazarus, Infinity Ink, Subb-an, Richy Ahmed, Bicep, Mark Jenkyns, Solomun, Maceo Plex, Heidi, Scuba, Jesse Rose, Lewis Boardman, Sasha, Porter Robinson, W&W, Arty, Mat Zo, Paul Thomas, Marc Spence, Gareth Emery, Sub Focus, Jaguar Skills, Friction, David Rodigan, B.Traits, DJ Hype & IC3, Dismantle, Breakage, DJ Ez, Killsonik, Monsta , Pegboard Nerds, North Base, Flux Pavilion, Shy FX, Calyx & Teebee, Dimension, Subzee D, Zedd, Fake Blood, Redlight, Gorgon City, Ejeca, Dguru, Dash Berlin, Markus Schulz, Aly & Fila, Simon Patterson, Tenishia, John ’00′ Fleming, Jordan Suckley, TyDi, Jorn Van Deynhoven, HeatBeat, Andrew Reyal, Mark Eteson, Infected Mushroom, Mistajam, Dot Rotten, Matrix And Futurebound, K-Koke, Devolution, John Digweed, Chris Liebing, Nina Kraviz, Cassy, Yousef, Just Be/Bushwacka, and Jon Rundell, Ferry Corsten, John O’Callaghan, Orjan Nilsen, Cosmic Gate, Richard Durand, Andy Moor b2b Lange, Omnia, Steve Arnold, London Elektricity, Camo & Krooked, LTJ Bukem & Fabio, Spy, Wilkinson, Nu:Logic, Fred V and Grafix, DJ TC, Metrik, Lung, Wrec, Dynamite, Lowqui, Youthstar, Texas, Carasel, Nicky Romero, Bingo Players, Danny Howard, Michael Woods, Micky Slim feat Majestic, G Master Funk, Sander Van Doorn. www.globalgathering.com
ICELAND AIRWAVES, various venues, Reykjavik, Iceland, 30 Oct – 3 Nov: Kraftwerk. icelandairwaves.is
LOUNGE ON THE FARM, Merton Farm, Canterbury, Kent, 26-28 Jul: Seasick Steve, Soul II Soul, David Rodigan, Marshall Jefferson, Simone Felice, DJ Format, DJ Alfredo, Inland Knights, Lucy Rose, Dub Pistols, Aswad, Bobby Langley, Jon Dasilva, No Artificial Colours, Eastend Dubs, Rae Morris, Marika Hackman, Treetop Flyers, Charlie Lakin, MK. www.loungeonthefarm.co.uk
PLAYGROUND FESTIVAL, O2 Academy Brixton, London, 7-8 Jun: Gary Numan, Booka Shade, Vitalic, Pantha Du Prince, Juan Atkins, John Foxx & The Maths, James Lavelle, James Zabiela, Richard Dorfmeister, DJ HELL, Kavinsky, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, X-Press 2, Tokimonsta, Lapalux, Nathan Fake, Luke Vibert, Boddika, Luke Solomon, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Om Unit, Olugbenga, Deadboy, Krystal Klear, Mickey Pearce, No Artificial Colours, WildKats, Severino, Whyt Noyz, Dan Beaumont, Luke Unabomber, Flechette, Charlie Traplin, Molo, Maxx Baer, Templa, The Ninetys. www.theplaygroundfestival.com
SOLFEST, Tarnside Farm, Cumbria, 23-25 Aug: Maxmo Park, Flogging Molly,
Victorian Trout Conspiracy, Home Service, New Rope String Band. The Undertones, Bombskare, Roughneck Riot, The Boston Tea Party, The Minx, Thatcher’s Bush, Carousel Circus, The Bluebuds, Nikki Rous, Missarioty, 13 Stars, Life In A Glasshouse, David Kay. www.solfest.org.uk
SUMMER SERIES AT SOMERSET HOUSE, Somerset House, London, dates tba: Goldfrapp, First Aid Kit. www.somersethouse.org.uk/music/summer-series-2013
SUNSPLASH ANTALYA, Hillside Su Hotel, Antalya, Turkey, 2-9 Jun: Mad Professor, Simbad, Stuart Patterson, Shuya Okino, Tim Keenoy, DJ Cliffy. www.sunsplash-festival.com
T IN THE PARK, Balado, Kinross-shire, Scotland, 12-14 Jul: Snoop Lion. www.tinthepark.com
WICKERMAN, East Kirkcarswell Farm, Dumfries & Galloway, Soctland, 26-27 Jul: Amy Macdonald, The Enemy, KT Tunstall, Dexys, Bellowhead, King Charles, Holy Esque, Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire, Steelband. www.thewickermanfestival.co.uk
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