The Rolling Stones have announced that they will play the new (and now expanded to three weekends, rather than two) Barclaycard British Summer Time festival not once but twice. Having already sold out a headline performance in Hyde Park on 6 Jul, the band will now play a second show the following Saturday on 13 Jul. Support for that date will come from Jake Bugg, Tom Odell and The 1975. And assuming you can afford them, tickets will go on sale this Friday at 9am.
Elsewhere, there’s a new charitable pop party in town: the Birmingham-based Fusion. A la its name, the festival will present a diverse blend of genres via guest artistes like Jessie J, Ne-Yo, McFly, Wiley, Wretch 32, The Saturdays (and various ex ‘X-Factor’ contestants). £5 per ticket purchased (something you can do at this link) will go towards The Prince’s Trust.
Speaking as the festival’s all-star act bar none, J says: “I can’t wait to perform at Fusion Festival, it’s exciting to be headlining a brand new UK festival with such an amazing line-up, it’s one of the performances I’m most looking forward to this summer. The Prince’s Trust is one of the charities closest to my heart and makes me even more proud to be on the line-up. Roll on 31 Aug, it’s going to be big!”
Contesting Fusion in the artist additions game is self-styled “village fete with bands” Truck, as has attracted new FLUUs in the shape of And So I Watch You From Afar, Patrick Wolf, Foy Vance, Alessi’s Ark, Wild Swim and Public Service Broadcasting. They join The Horrors, Spiritualized, Ash and Dan Le Sac v Scroobius Pip on the line-up at large. Says Truck organiser Ralph Broadbent: “This year will be a memorable chapter for Truck – I’m not sure what I’m more excited about, the lineup or the food! I’m looking forward to Spiritualized and sushi at Hill Farm!”
Oh, and another thing. ‘Game Of Thrones’ fans with tickets to this year’s Isle Of Wight Festival will be pleased to note that one of the fantasy show’s stars, Carice Van Houten, will be playing live at the festival with her band. And she says: “So proud to show ‘our baby’ to the Isle of Wight Festival where my heroes Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis and The Doors have all played. I am looking forward to seeing Laura Mvula, Paul Weller, Jake Bugg and I Am Kloot play”.
Still thirsting after extra FLUU juice? Read on:
BARCLAYCARD BRITISH SUMMER TIME, Hyde Park, London, 5 Jul – 14 Jul: The Rolling Stones (now twice), Jake Bugg, Tom Odell, The 1975, Kaiser Chiefs, Bush, The Futureheads, Charlie Simpson, Bernhoft, The Coronas, Little Barrie, Funeral Suits, Leo Gun, All The Young, Josh Flowers & The Wild, The Virginmarys. www.bst-hydepark.com
FUSION, Cofton Park, Birmingham, 31 Aug – 1 Sep: Jessie J, Ne-Yo, JLS, The Wanted, McFly, The Saturdays, Wiley, Wretch 32, Union J, Conor Maynard, Amelia Lily, James Arthur. www.thefusionfestival.co.uk
ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL, Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle Of Wight, 13-16 Jun: Carice & Band. www.isleofwightfestival.com
SOUND ISLAND, Quex Park, Ramsgate, Kent, 27-28 Jul: MK1, The Vamps, Joywride. www.soundislandfestival.com
TRUCK, Hill Farm, Steventon, Oxfordshire, 19-20 Jul: And So I Watch You From Afar, Patrick Wolf, Foy Vance, Alessi’s Ark, Wild Swim, Public Service Broadcasting, Royal Republic, Milo Greene, Wounds. truckfestival.com
WEYFEST, The Rural Life Centre, Farnham, Surrey, 30 Aug – 1 Sep: UB40, The Wurzels, Three Bonzos And A Piano, Pylo, The True Deceivers, Grizzly & The Grasshoppers, Simon Kent, Circle Of Reason, Mark Nelson, Caught On The Hop. www.weyfest.co.uk
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