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Live: SlamDunk North 2017

Following on from the hugely popular Live At Leeds festival, the northern incarnation of SlamDunk, which took place in Leeds city centre on Sunday 28 May, had a lot to live up to. Taking the rather controversial decision to not publish or print a program but rather to only make the stage times and line up available via an app, made it rather difficult to plan the festival, especially for less technology literates or those with old phones. Nonetheless, I managed to talk a security guard into giving me a copy of their briefing handout, which included the stage...

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Festival: Kendal Calling, What To Expect?

If there is a best practice guide in how to evolve a festival from a small gathering over 2 days to an award winning 4 night musical and arts paradise, then you need look no further than the beautiful Lake District and Kendal Calling. Back in 2006 a group of music nuts kicked off a two-day party with British Sea Power at the glorious Abbot Hall Park, fast forward 10 years and at Lowther Deer Park Kendal Calling won Best Medium Sized Festival for the second year running, hosting Madness, Noel Gallagher, Blossoms, Rudimental and many others over a packed...

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Festival: V Festival Brings Home The Stars

High among the summer’s busy festival season sits what has become the daddy of pop festivals – Virgin’s V Festival. The dual-site, two-dayer nestles in neatly between the London Parks one-dayers, the large site events such as Glastonbury and Isle Of Wight and before the Reading and Leeds dual-site festival focused on the rockier offerings that are still mainstream. But V Festival, which calls Hylands Park in Chelmsford and Weston Park in Staffordshire home, now in its 21st year, is now unashamedly pop-focused after starting off life with a host of Britpop acts headlining – the likes of Pulp, Elastica,...

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Festival: Glastonbury 2017, Start Planning Those Clashes!

For those lucky enough to bag tickets to this year’s pre-furlough year Glastonbury Festival, there was a ticking clock until the end of May, when the majority of stage times are usually released each year. So while we may all have known the big and small names that would be appearing, deciding exactly who to see on each day begins now. And boy are there some major clashes! Those familiar with the festival site will appreciate just how large-scale it is. Boasting over 100 stages, it takes a good while to travel between them and find a spot to watch...

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Festival: Wilderness 2017

Wilderness Festival returns for its seventh summer with a fantastic array of new offerings. Renowned for their electric live shows, the sparkling Two Door Cinema Club open proceedings as Friday headliners. The shape-shifting divinity Grace Jones heads up Saturday night: her first ever Wilderness appearance. And Bonobo brings the heat on Sunday with a live set of hypnotic favourites and new tracks from his critically acclaimed 2017 album Migration. The Wilderness Main Stage, this year with BBC Music, will host an international selection of some of the finest musical talents – including the heart-wrenching harmonies of Swedish sibling duo...

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Festival: Rewind The 80s Music Festival, Three UK Festival Line-Ups 2017.

“REWIND” – THE 80s MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES  THREE UK FESTIVAL LINE-UPS FOR 2017  REWIND The 80s Festival – the world’s biggest 80s music festival, is back with three UK festivals during July and August 2017. Tickets for all three festivals are available from the official website rewindfestival.com. REWIND SCOTLAND will return for its seventh year at Scone Palace, Perth on Friday 21st July until Sunday 23th July with performances from pop pioneers The Human League and the legendary Billy Ocean, alongside debuts from Scotland’s Tom Robinson, The Undertones, The Trevor Horn Band, Junior Marvin’s Wailers, Musical Youth and Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel. Jaki Graham, Joy Division’s Peter Hook, Owen Paul, Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, Claudia Brucken, and Heaven...

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Festival: Beyond The Tracks, Orbital, Leftfield, Ocean Colour Scene & Editors

Beyond The Tracks is a brand new, three day, green field festival taking place at Birmingham’s Eastside City Park in September.  Featuring some of the most revered names in UK music and the brightest new stars, the festival is a welcome addition to the musical offering of the UK’s second city. Friday night sees electronic music pioneers Orbital headline with the Hartnoll brothers reunited after a five-year hiatus. Orbital were one of the key acts responsible for taking electronic music into the mainstream and out of the clubs and into live venues and festivals.  Their seminal live performances are...

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Festival: Reading hits hard in 2017

There are music festivals and there are rock festivals … and then there’s Reading Festival, the granddaddy of them all! Starting off life in the 1950’s as the National Jazz and Blues Festival in Richmond, the festival eventually settled at it’s current home in Reading in 1971 with the likes of an early Genesis and Wishbone Ash making the cut. The 1970’s saw the likes of Sting-fronted The Police, Thin Lizzy, Status Quo and Peter Gabriel headline the festival’s single stage while the 1980’s drew everyone from Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden to Starship, Meatloaf and New Order while a...

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Live: Live At Leeds Festival Turns 10

With the rise of city festivals, such as Sheffield’s Tramlines and Brighton’s The Great Escape, Live At Leeds has seen a steady growth in size over the years from a handful of bands in 2007 to 189 acts performing at 21 venues across the city on its 10-year anniversary. This year’s festivals attracted a host of well-known big acts as well as a plethora of equally fantastic lesser known ones. Headlining acts this year included Slaves, Rag’n’Bone Man, White Lies, Wild Beasts and Nothing But Thieves and it was one festival that I wasn’t going to miss. Besides being...

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Festival: Glastonbury 2017 Blew The Roof Off Festival Season!

Every year the world’s music festivals announce their line-ups, generally in dribs and drabs, each competing with one another for the slickest offerings – be they pop, rock, dance, legends or any other kind of make-up. But there is one festival that always, always blows the rest out of the water, seemingly without even trying. So when this morning’s first “full” line-up for this year’s Glastonbury Festival was announced, after months of speculation and incorrect guesswork, it took our expectations … and raised them to a whole new level, well and truly blowing the roof off 2017’s festival season!...

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Festival: Wychwood Festival Add The Strypes, Cabbage, InHeaven & Arron Keylock

Wychwood Festival, held at Cheltenham Racecourse, announce that The Strypes will be taking to their main-stage. The four-piece Irish rock band started playing together before they were even teenagers, relentlessly gigging around Ireland and quickly becoming the hottest ticket in any town. Taking inspiration from the likes of Elvis Costello, The Stones, The Jam and many more, The Strypes will be debuting their no-nonsense blues repertoire to festival-goers.  Joining them will be ‘Ones to Watch’ InHeaven echoing the sounds of 90’s grunge as well as debuting tracks such as ‘Regeneration’ and ‘Treats’. BBC Radio 6 Music’s resident poet Murray Lachlan Young will also be on-site with loaded with poem’s on hugely...

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Festival: Live At Leeds, Frightened Rabbit, VANT, The Hunna & Rag ‘n’ Bone Man

Already boasting an incredible day and night of invigorating new music and classic live moments, Live At Leeds has further cemented its position as the defining kick-off for the summer, with a string of new names joining the stellar bill of future stars and revered favourites. Frightened Rabbit (Photographer: Simon Jay Price) Leading the latest additions are cult Scottish heroes Frightened Rabbit, bringing their emotional and passionate live show to Leeds city centre in what’s sure to be a truly defining moment of the festival. Over the course of six studio albums Frightened Rabbit have become one of the nation’s...

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Festival: Grace Jones Headlines Standon Calling

Already boasting an incredible array of entertainment across the festival weekend, Standon Calling is delighted to announce the incomparable Grace Jones as the very special Sunday night headliner for 2017. In what is set to be a rare opportunity to delve into the mind of one of the world’s true cultural superstars, Grace Jones’ set at Standon Calling is destined to be a true landmark moment. Celebrating fashion, artistry and a sense of extravagance not seen in modern pop, her influence remains as powerful as ever, and is an immeasurable force of nature in modern culture.  One of the...

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Festival: Bearded Theory with Seasick Steve, Skunk Anansie, Slaves & Madness

Bearded Theory Festival has announced three more stunning acts onto their already stellar line up for 2017. Platinum selling Scottish indie outfit GLASVEGAS join the Pallet Stage on Sunday, bringing their animated and renowned live show to the fields of Catton Hall. Their chart successes stem back to 2008 with their debut album going into the UK charts at number 2. The beautiful solid oak Woodland stage have bagged a coup in securing iconic post-punk band THE FALL to perform on Saturday night. Led by notorious king-pin front man Mark E. Smith, The Fall’s back catalogue is legendary, with nine Top 40 albums and a chart topping single...

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Festival: Y Not Festival Reveals Stereophonics, Two Door Cinema Club & The Vaccines.

Derbyshire’s finest festival Y Not (27-30 July) has announced the first wave of acts for this year’s festival and it already looks like the best yet with legends the Stereophonics, Two Door Cinema Club and The Vaccines topping the bill. With a remarkable 20 year career and nine seminal albums behind them, Welsh rockers Stereophonics have an incredible back catalogue to delve into and with the promise of some brand new material and a reputation for jaw-dropping live performances their headline set at Y Not is going to be a highlight. Award-winning three piece Two Door Cinema Club, known for their infectious indie-pop anthems, are...

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Festival: Standon Calling For Orbital, Clean Bandit, Laura Mvula & Slaves.

Bringing together a unique weekend of irresistible fun, extraordinary experiences and unrivalled entertainment, Standon Calling, 27 – 30 July 2017 in Hertfordshire, has over 11 years marked itself as the true epitome of what a festival is. Celebrating creativity, community and freedom – Standon Calling offers a genuine weekend escape that’s seen over 12,000 festival-goers return year after year – with 2017’s 12th edition only set to continue that story. Originators, visionaries and vital in defining an era for an entire generation, Orbital sit on the head-table of electronic royalty with a catalogue and legacy packed with forward-thinking music. Since emerging at the...

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Boom Town Reveal The Specials, Cypress Hill, M.I.A for Chapter 9

Boomtown have just announced their first wave of acts for Chapter 9, showcasing the festival’s signature mix of expansive genres, with unique acts spearheading a vast roster of talent. Joining previously announced 2 Tone ska legends The Specials are; hip hop pioneers Cypress Hill, world infused London M.I.A., multi award winning Arrested Development,reggae superstar Toots and the Maytals, 90s legends Chaka Demus & Pliers,  sounds from cult classic film with TheOriginal Blues Brothers Band, folk-punk star Frank Turner, Bob Marley’s eldest son and founding member of the ‘Melody Makers’ Ziggy Marley and folk-rock act Newton Faulkner. The 60,000 capacity Hampshire festival is the only fully immersive music and theatrical festival in the UK and have followed up their storyline trailer for 2017 by...

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Festival: Glastonbury 2017 – Times Like These

American rockers Foo Fighters have just gone and (finally) announced their upcoming headline slot for Glastonbury 2017! Originally billed to headline the 2015 festival’s Friday night, the five-piece were forced to pull out following frontman Dave Grohl’s unfortunate accident at Sweden’s Ullevi festival in Gothenburg, where the nicest man in rock fell off stage during the band’s second song, breaking his right leg, only to return to the stage with the leg in plaster to complete his set. Florence + The Machine were subsequently bumped to Glastonbury headliners and the rest is history. We always knew the Best Of...

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Festival: Chagstock Festival Announce The Shires & Skinny Lister.

Chagstock Festival have announced that UK country superstars, The Shires will headline the main stage on Saturday night. Hailing from the Home Counties, The Shires made music history by becoming the first UK country act to score a Top 10 album. The duo are at the forefront of the British country music movement and the runaway success of their recently released album My Universe has made them not just the fastest selling UK country artist ever, but one of the biggest-selling breakthrough UK acts of any genre in recent years. Across their two albums, Ben and Crissie have had 5 singles...

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Festival: Wildlife For Damian Marley, Anne-Marie, Chaka Khan, Fatboy Slim & Pete Tong.

WILD LIFE Festival, the event created by Disclosure and Rudimental in 2015, announces second wave of its 2017 line up including GIGGS, JME, PETE TONG, DAMIAN MARLEY, DAVID RODIGAN, JAMIE JONES, ANNE-MARIE, HANNAH WANTS, TOM MISCH and many more, with final line up to be announced on 23rd February. Full line up listed below. Day splits and day tickets on sale on Friday 10th February from www.wildlifefestival.com. Acts confirmed today include UK rapper, hip-hop and grime artist Giggs, whose latest album ‘Landlord’ gained him critical acclaim and hit number two in the UK. Reggae and hip-hop artist and producer Damian Marley – the only reggae artist to win...

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