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The hugely popular Dutch DJ goes back to his roots for two exclusive sets of quality techno, the only time he’ll play techno in Ibiza this summer, as he headlines for infamous UK party Taste The Punch, in their debut Ibiza season. Headline dates are 30th June and 28th July.
Taste The Punch, the fast-rising UK party promoters from Luton, have announced that Dutch superstar DJ, Laidback Luke, will headline two dates for Taste The Punch Ibiza at Eden, and will perform two exclusive, underground techno sets. These two sets will be a rare opportunity to hear Laidback Luke showcasing his love for techno, the sound he was known for when he first started Djing in the ‘90’s. Exclusive to Taste The Punch, these will be the only techno sets he will play in Ibiza this summer. The headline dates are Friday 30th June and Friday 28th July. Advance tickets can be purchased at www.tastethepunch.com/ibiza or www.edenibiza.com starting from just €25.
Laidback Luke is one of the most recognised names in dance music and remains at the forefront of the global EDM explosion. He turned heads at the end of last year by dropping a techno set in New York, going on to remind people that he started out as a techno DJ, and was even resident at the legendary Awakenings parties. Laidback Luke has never lost his love for techno and so has decided once again to treat a select few to a rare techno set, exclusively with Taste The Punch at Eden.
Luke explains what to expect from his exceptional journeys back into techno, “I’m bringing it back to my 90’s roots, keeping it abstract and underground, bringing you the sound from when I first started out as a techno DJ. This was the sound I was playing when I first set foot in Ibiza.”
Taste The Punch has become one of the country’s best underground dance events, welcoming such luminaries as Pete Tong, B Traits, Claptone, Annie Mac, Amine Edge & DANCE, Mark Knight, Darius Syrossian and many more to ‘the punchbowl’ turntables. Laidback Luke spinning techno exclusively for the Taste The Punch crowds sums up the attitude and excitement that this young brand will be bringing to the world’s clubbing capital over a 16 week residency at Eden this summer.
Taste The Punch co-promoter, Dean Shields comments, “This is exactly why we decided to take on Ibiza this summer. All the hard work will be worth it just to see Laidback Luke step behind the decks at Eden, our ‘Ibiza punchbowl’, and start dropping his favourite techno, exclusively for the Taste The Punch crowds. These headline techno sets will be some of those Ibiza moments that get talked about for years to come.”
Laidback Luke joins a list of quality artists already announced for Taste The Punch Ibiza every Friday at Eden from 16th June, including Faithless (DJ set), Mark Knight, Tough Love, Monki, Weiss, Icarus, Lee Walker, Marshall Jefferson, Lauren Lo Sung and George Kwali.
Further lineup announcements are coming soon.
With just under 2 and a half months to go, Manchester’s leading music festival Parklife has now completed its 2017 line-up. Presenting a star-studded selection of artists that include headliners Frank Ocean, Boy Better Know and The 1975, Parklife’s final additions see hotly-tipped singer-songwriter Raye join the bill, plus Grime veteran Ghetts who is currently celebrating the 10th anniversary of his seminal “Ghetto Gospel” mixtape.
A reflection of Parklife’s genre-spanning music offering which explores pop, hip-hop, grime, dance and indie, the final names signal what’s set to be the biggest and most diverse year to date. Taking place at Manchester’s Heaton Park on 10th and 11th June, Saturday general admission tickets for this year’s festival are now sold out with a very limited amount of Sunday and weekend tickets still available – all of which are expected to sell-out very soon.
After their incredible inaugural year in 2016, LeeFest presents The Neverland showcase their biggest lineup to date, welcoming Kate Tempest as their Thursday headliner, plus a whole host of additional artists.
Kate Tempest needs little introduction, the mesmerising spoken word poet smashed expectations of what success should be. She is an accomplished playwright, novelist, poet and respected recording artist. Her first album Balance became a critically acclaimed sensation thanks to her openness and raw musical talent. Kate’s music speaks to many and is a precious departure from pop factory hits. She is known for effortlessly weaving song, spoken word and rap in her shows.
Kate Tempest joins fellow headliners Annie Mac and Jake Bugg, and in the magical surroundings of The Neverland it’s sure to be a show to remember.
RAM Records legend Wilkinson also joins the LeeFest lineup. To those in the know Wilkinson means one thing: the finest dance music know how with an equally huge show.
LeeFest are known for supporting the best fast rising new names and are delighted to welcome Lewis Watson, the homegrown singer songwriter sensation. After posting his music online so he could check his technique Lewis earned legions of loyal fans. His sophomore album Midnight is just a little over two weeks old, yet it’s clear fans can expect a soulful heartfelt show.
LeeFest are delighted to add Mr Scruff to the lineup. He flows effortlessly between soul, funk, hip hop, jazz, reggae, latin, disco and house, and is a firm favourite thanks to his preference for mammoth vinyl sets that showcase his fine tuned skills.
Joining the already stellar additions is Rudimental protege Kidnap Kid, blistering punk rockers Milk Teeth, need-to-know Brighton trio The RPMs and Georgia, a professional drummer known not only for her work with Kate Tempest but also for her post-pop bangers inspired by Missy Elliot and MIA.
LeeFest presents The Neverland is a glittering world made of three realms, beyond the music they urge everyone to find their tribe and let loose. You might discover your home with the Mermaids of Mermaids Lagoon, the Pirates at Skull Ridge or join the Lost Boys in The Neverwoods.
The Neverland is an escape from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. As well as their world-class musical lineup, an extensive selection of shape-shifting dance troupes, glitter fuelled games, real beach parties, tranquility spa, comedy, arts & craft workshops, cinema will be on offer.
Choose your Tribe, find The Neverland and never grow old. Tickets from leefest.org
Victorious (25-27 August 2017) – the UK’s biggest metropolitan festival – has today announced its third wave of artists on a burgeoning line-up that already features headliners Stereophonics, Madness and Elbow and many, many more.
Back with their eagerly awaited sixth studio album – Risk to Exit –Maximo Park are a welcome addition to the Victorious bill. Known for their showmanship and exhilarating live performances the Geordie rockers are guaranteed to be a festival highlight.
Special Sunday afternoon guests The Dandy Warhols are sure to bring a slice of sun-drenched psychedelic vibes with them to Portsmouth. The veteran acid-pop leviathans are best sampled live and their blissed-out sound will be the perfect entrée to the 2017 Victorious finale.
Needing no introduction whatsoever are legendary noise-rock purveyors The Jesus and Mary Chain. With an incredible career spanning more than 30 years The Jesus and Mary Chain are one of the most influential rock bands of modern times inspiring acts from My Bloody Valentine to Radiohead. Back on tour and back in form with their first studio album in nearly 20 years – critically acclaimed long-player Damage and Joy – theirs will be a performance not to be missed.
Other acts announced today include heavy indie rock duo Band of Skulls, alt-rockers The Hunna, neo-psych four piece Temples, up and coming dance-indie crossover Bad Sounds and the feted Black Foxxes.
Said festival director Andy Marsh: “We thought it wouldn’t be possible to make the 2017 line-up any better but we’ve just smashed it! This third wave of acts combines solid, stone-cold legends with the very best of up and coming British indie rock.
“Add it to the line-up we’ve already announced with bands like Stereophonics, Elbow, The Charlatans, Franz Ferdinand and Jake Bugg not to mention the pop acts like Olly Murs and Rita Ora and Victorious has got to be the most exciting, most diverse festival programme anywhere this summer.”
Held in the spectacular seaside location of Southsea overlooking the Solent, Victorious Festival is an amazing family friendly experience with the best live acts, an enormous free kid’s arena, bustling markets, real ale, real food and an atmosphere not to be missed.
With early bird tickets still available at an unbeatable £30 for Friday and £37 Saturday / Sunday, Victorious Festival remains the most fun for the family available for the price.
For tickets and details go to: www.victoriousfestival.co.uk
The much-loved daytime clubbing event Pier Jam is thrilled to announce the return of its house, garage and bass party to Hastings Pier on Saturday 1st July. Gracing the boards at the popular south coast destination will be the chart-topping duo Gorgon City, masters of house and funk Amine Edge & DANCE, and revered UK DJ and producer, Redlight. Thousands of clubbers are expected to descend upon the event for its unique mix of sunshine, sea air and leading DJ talent. Tickets for Pier Jam Hastings will be available at 10am on Monday 27th March via www.skiddle.com from just £10, so get the date in the diary and the debit card at the ready.
Pier Jam Hastings is the southern contingent of its northern big brother, Pier Jam Blackpool. The Hastings edition was well received at launch in September 2016 where party goers travelled from all over to dance to sets from MK, Hannah Wants, Camelphat and KC Lights. Pier Jam – the curation of the in-house team at Manchester’s iconic Victoria Warehouse – has quickly become the daytime club event of choice for many, thanks to its special clubbing vibe, outside atmosphere and sea view backdrop.
The event on Saturday 1st July welcomes headliners, Gorgon City. The UK duo soared to dizzy heights in 2014 with the release of debut album Sirens, and have gone on to co-curate a compilation with Pete Tong, and remix and collaborate with heroes like Basement Jaxx and Underworld. From commercial success in the UK charts to having their deeper and darker production released on ultra-cool labels like Crosstown Rebels, Gorgon City have it all. Expect a set at Pier Jam of main-stage bangers, underground club groovers, and twisted acid house.
Joining the bill are Pier Jam favourites, Amine Edge & DANCE. The duo from Marseille can do no wrong after being crowned winners in the “Bass” category at the 2016 DJ Awards, fending off internationally renowned bass-heavyweights such as Andy C and Chase & Status. Having played multiple times at Pier Jam Blackpool to great acclaim, it was a natural choice for them to join the Pier Jam Hastings 2017 opening bill.
Completing the lineup is Lobster Boy head honcho, Redlight. Another firm favourite with crowds at Pier Jam in Blackpool, Redlight brings years of experience to the Pier Jam decks with his signature infusion of bass, house and garage. You’re in safe hands when Redlight is on the bill.
Anyone looking for quality electronic music and an unforgettable location to party at this summer should get on board for Pier Jam. Tickets will go on sale at 10am on Monday 27th March on www.skiddle.com from £10 + bf. When these sell out, second tier tickets will be available for £12.50 + bf (and then going up to £15 +bf ) so buy early to get the best possible price.
To stay up to date with new events announcements, as well as competitions and access to pre-sale tickets for future parties, join the Pier Jam Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pierjamhastings
With festival season just around the corner Creamfields are pleased to reveal the much anticipated line up from Europe’s premier electronic music festival which returns to celebrate 20 years this August Bank Holiday. Having pioneered the dance music genre since its humble beginnings in 1998, it has grown into the musical 4 day, 70,000 capacity behemoth it is today and this year’s line-up is a true reflection of its trail blazing journey.
Hosting over 30 stages and over 300 artists across the weekend it would be quicker to name the few artists who aren’t playing, however, the biggest and the best will be heading to the Cheshire countryside to join in the 20 year celebrations.
Featuring performances from the likes of Above & Beyond, Adam Beyer, Alesso, Andy C, Annie Mac, Armin van Buuren, Axwell & Ingrosso, The Black Madonna, The Chainsmokers, Chase & Status (DJ Set), deadmau5, Dillon Francis, deadmau5 & Eric Prydz join forces for a UK debut and European exclusive live show, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Diplo, DJ EZ, Don Diablo, Duke Dumont, DVBBS, Eats Everything, Eric Prydz, Faithless (DJ Set), Fatboy Slim, Galantis, Goldie, Gorgon City, Hannah Wants, Hardwell, Hot Since 82, Idris Elba, Jackmaster, Jamie Jones, Jauz, Joris Voorn, Kölsch, KSHMR, Loco Dice, Luciano, Malaa, Marco Carola, Marshmello, Martin Garrix, Martin Solveig, The Martinez Brothers, Mistajam, MK, Nicky Romero, Oliver Heldens, Patrick Topping, Paul van Dyk, Pendulum (DJ Set), Pete Tong, Richie Hawtin who delivers a UK exclusive with a new audio-visual performance, titled CLOSE, Sasha, Seth Troxler, Sigma, Steve Angello, Stormzy, Sub Focus, Sven Väth, Tchami, Tiësto and Vini Vici to name a few.
Having pushed the boundaries of event production over the last few years and creating some of the most ground breaking stages, this year will be no different with plans still to be revealed of what they have in store for this, their 20th year so watch this space.
Having recently been voted ‘Best Major Festival’ at the UK Festival Awards, beating off heavyweight competition from the likes of Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds and Isle Of White Festival, the first time an electronic music festival has been awarded the coveted ‘Best Major’ trophy, it would seem Creamfields isn’t slowing down for anyone and long may that continue, as we raise a glass to the next 20 years.
Tickets on sale now www.creamfields.com / #Creamfields2017
Tramlines – Sheffield’s inner-city music festival – has revealed the lineup for its official after-parties. Serving up speaker-shaking drum & bass, funk, grime, disco, house and garage are grime MC Bugzy Malone, the flawless Sister Bliss (Faithless DJ Set), three-time MOBO winner Fuse ODG, garage royalty TQD and Artful Dodger, Austrian duo Camo & Krooked, The Streets’ Mike Skinner, drum & bass legends Marky and Zinc, and tons more talent in the form of Coco, Barely Legal, DJ Target, Gotsome, Kideko, Deadbeat, Lowqui and more. From 10pm on Friday 21 July and Saturday 22 July, the Tramlines after-parties can be found at the o2 Academy, The Octagon, and Fusion & Foundry. Tickets are onsale at tramlines.org.uk for just £12 per day or £20 for a weekend pass, while stocks last.
Tramlines is well-known for its genre-busting live music programme, showcasing internationally acclaimed talent alongside the hottest emerging bands. When the sun sets over Sheffield, though, Tramlines is transformed as it takes over the city’s best clubbing spots for two consecutive nights of unadulterated fun.
For all things garage and grime, head to the o2 Academy on Friday 21 July. The lineup includes TQD – better known individually as Royal-T, DJ Q and Flava D – who will bring a high octane set of classic garage and bassline to the dancefloor. Joining them will be MOBO nominee Bugzy Malone, Sheffield’s own MC Coco, UK garage legend Artful Dodger and DJ Barely Legal. Meanwhile, Sheffield’s finest, including Deadbeat, DR Cryptic and Forcawill be appearing in support.
Saturday night at the o2 Academy sees Fuse ODG heading up the bill, as the multi-platinum Ghanaian-born party-starter unleashes hits like Dangerous Love and Light It Up. After road-blocking the o2 Academy at Tramlines 2015, The Streets’ Mike Skinner returns with a record box full of everything from old-skool to hip-hop. Also touching down is Radio 1 Xtra DJ and Roll Deep cornerstone DJ Target and Gotsome, whose edit of Kayne West’s Fade has been spun by Pete Tong and Gorgon City to name just two. Cause & Affect will showcase a blend of tech-house, bassline and garage, while producer/rapper Donaeo will hype up the crowds with his latest single Black, which features JME and former Tramlines headliner Dizzee Rascal.
At Sheffield University’s Octagon, festival-goers can get lost in more sensational DJ performances, with Faithless founder Sister Bliss demonstrating an impeccable selection of house and tech-house, and new kid on the block Kideko turning out big tunes such as Crank It (Woah) on Friday night.
Saturday night at The Octagon is a melting pot of sounds headed up by Camo & Krooked, who returns to Tramlines by popular demand. Drum & bass royalty DJ Marky will spin his unique, funk-laced style, as heard on the likes of It’s The Way and Silly. DJ Zinc, an artist who has sold over 1,000,000 physical records, including the era-defining Super Sharp Shooter, also appears. ‘Producers’ producer’ and one-time DJ Marky collaborator S.P.Yjoins the lineup, alongside Ram Records’ Loadstar (formerly known as Xample & Lomax), and the globally recognised MC Lowqui, whose razor sharp lyrical delivery will show why he’s the MC of choice for the Metalheadz family, DJ Marky and S.P.Y.
Tramlines’ Festival Director, Sarah Nulty, says:
“We love to watch the whole of Sheffield coming out to party for the Tramlines weekend, and this year is set to be no different. The newly announced after-parties mean that music-lovers can keep dancing for the whole weekend. We’re delighted to be bringing exciting new talent like Donaeo to the Sheffield stage, as well as showing off our own, home-grown rising stars like Coco.”
Tickets for the Tramlines after-parties can be purchased for individual nights for £12 plus booking fee, or as a weekend ticket for just £20 plus booking fee, while stocks last.
More Tramlines after-party acts are yet to be announced. For further lineup additions and up-to-the-minute information about Tramlines 2017 visit www.tramlines.org.uk or follow Tramlines on Twitter @tramlines
Having announcing the biggest and best line-up yet for its tenth anniversary edition, the multi-award winning Sound City has today revealed even more incredible live acts and an exciting arts and culture programme.
Needing no introduction whatsoever are special guests The Cribs with a one-off performance of their hit third album Men’s Needs, Woman’s Needs, Whatever. Celebrating 15 years at the most credible edge of lo-fi indie-rock – not to mention six studio albums and an extended collaborative period with guitar hero Johnny Marr – The Cribs have always more then represented when it comes to playing live and their set at this year’s Sound City is sure to be a highlight.
Hard-riffing Reading four piece The Amazons burst onto the new music scene last year with a deal from legendary indie label Fiction and a reputation for explosive live shows. With a sell-out tour under their belts and new material in the works this is a great chance to see a proper alt-rock band tipped for the dizzy heights in 2017.
Indie-rockers Vant are well known for their garage/punk leanings, political opinions and blistering live performances. With debut album Dumb Blood hot off the press just last week and winning critical acclaim from all quarters there isn’t a better time to be catching them live as they ascend to rock royalty.
Declan McKenna is a young singer/songwriter in high demand. Having won the prestigious Emerging Talent Competition at 2015’s Glastonbury Festival, Declan’s career has soared with a string of hit singles and his first LP due to drop this May – just in time for his Sound City performance.
Rightly renowned for fostering new talent – the festival won the Best Festival for Emerging Talent at last year’s UK Festival Awards – Sound City has also unveiled the first wave of unsigned artists. After successful shows in Korea with Sound City, Glasgow’s Colonel Mustard and the Dijon Five are back to entertain the crowds and they are joined by a plethora of top-notch acts from Merseyside and Greater Manchester including Queen Zee & The Sasstones. Appearing on the Edge Hill label showcase are Shrinking Minds, Oranj Son and Ali Horn, whilst the BIMM showcase welcomes
Fur, Tom Dunne, Ae Mak, Crimsons and Chay Snowden. Also featured is the now infamous Korean showcase with Ssing Ssing, Wasted Johnny’s, Diealright, and Swiimers.
Having expanded into the UK with a Liverpool based record label offshoot, China’s biggest record label and festival producers Modern Sky are proudly showcasing their superb new signings Catholic Action, PIXEY, Violet Youth and FUSS along with Modern Sky overseas artists Cotillon (New York) and Re-TROS (Beijing).
Leading the arts and culture line-up is avant-rock titan John Cale. Following his one and only UK performance of The Velvet Underground and Nico on Friday night the great man himself will be in conversation on Saturday with a once in a lifetime talk that will explore the beginnings of his career, his move to the US and relationship with Lou Reed and his musical direction past, present and future.
Also in conversation is Charlatans frontman and gourmet coffee expert Tim Burgess. In a career spanning almost 30 years at the cutting edge of the indie-rock scene Tim’s fascinating insight into the business is essential listening for anyone with even a passing interest in forging a path in music.
Celebrating its third year at Sound City, Tim is also bringing back his Tim Peaks Diner, world-famous for programming fantastic new acts and of course the finest coffee known to man. On the menu this year is The Rhythm Method, Gulp featuring Super Furries’ Guto Price and youngster Tom Mouse Smith. Alongside them will be The G-O-D, Nev Cottee and some very special guests to be revealed over the weekend.
The wider arts bill includes some of the most spectacularly innovative events and collaborations throughout the festival weekend. The sounds and sights of the Rio Carnival will be brought to life as Liverpool’s Brazilica Festival and notorious party starters Fiesta Bombarda combine to bring something new and a little different. Liverpool based 80 strong Brazilian drumming ensemble Katumba are also collaborating with the Bring The Fire Project, mixing fire and favela beats to deliver a heady south American vibe. The Unusual Art Sourcing Company return again and this year they are taking over their own PopArt themed tent bringing all sorts of delights including the award winning theatre of In Bed With My Brother performed across both nights.
Said Sound City CEO Dave Pichilingi: “Our ten year spectacular is shaping up to be something very special indeed. And we’ve not finished yet – we still have more artists, more music and lots more still to come. Stay tuned for what is going to be our biggest year yet.”
Tickets for Sound City 2017 are now on sale
For more information and ticket sales visit:
Tramlines – Sheffield’s inner-city music festival – is thrilled to unveil the lineup for its 2017 event, which will take place from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd July. Headline acts include iconic indie band The Libertines, legendary ska band Toots and the Maytals and R&B girl-group All Saints. The lineup spans internationally acclaimed talent and the most exciting emerging talent, and also includes Metronomy, The Coral, We Are Scientists, Twin Atlantic, The Pharcyde, Hot 8 Brass Band, M.O, Omar Souleyman, Cate Le Bon, Nadia Rose, Akala, and many more.
The ninth edition of Tramlines will be an exclusively outdoor event, spanning three of Sheffield’s best park spaces and allowing the festival to bring its biggest lineup to date. Tramlines remains one of the best value UK festival tickets around, with weekend passes from just £38 plus booking fee. Tickets are now on sale from www.tramlines.org.uk
Since its inception in 2009, Tramlines Festival has carved a name for itself as one of the most genre-busting music festivals around. Previous acts to have graced the Tramlines stages include Public Enemy, Basement Jaxx, The Charlatans, Sister Sledge, The Cribs, Katy B, George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic, alt-J, the xx, Dizzee Rascal, Martha Reeves Roots Manuva, Slaves, Sugarhill Gang, Buzzcocks and The Selecter. As a former winner of Best Metropolitan Festival at the UK Festival Awards and having been shortlisted for an NME Best Small Festival award, Tramlines continues to set itself apart with its inner-city location, cutting-edge music offering and unbeatable ticket price.
From just £38 (plus booking fee) for a weekend ticket, festival-goers are in for a real treat this year. The Main Stage on Ponderosa park is a melting pot of sounds, from the indie of The Libertines, reggae from Toots and the Maytals, and R&B from one of the biggest girl bands of the 90s, All Saints. Rock fans are catered for with Glaswegian quartet Twin Atlantic, while fans of hip-hop, rap and grime can check out the fast-rising star of British hip-hop, Loyle Carner, the melodic sounds of The Age of LUNA, hotly tipped Nadia Rose and former Mobo winner Akala. The much-loved Metronomy serve up electronica, girl group M.O bring 90s-inspired pop, Hot 8 Brass Band bring the sound of New Orleans to Sheffield with a set of infectious jazz and funk, while R&B, soul and reggae are provided by the legendary Don Letts.
Fans of indie, rock and hip-hop will find tons to check out on Devonshire Green, with sets from New York-based We Are Scientists, Mersey five-piece The Coral, and hip-hop royalty The Pharcyde, who arrive in Sheffield 20 years after the release of the timeless ‘Bizarre Ride II’. Devonshire Green is also the place to discover emerging talent with performances from rising scuzz-rock band Cabbage, the dynamic Welsh outfit Estrons, alt-R&B from Bossy Love and indie band Fizzy Blood.
Meanwhile, the Folk Forest, the ever-popular third stage at Tramlines, is located in the beautiful setting of Endcliffe Park. Its relaxed atmosphere and woodland location is not only the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, but the ideal backdrop to witness performances in world music, alt-pop, folk, jazz and more. Highlight performances come from Syrian musician Omar Souleyman, alt-pop artist Cate Le Bon, progressive-pop trio Blaenavon, the experimental Yorkston Thorne Khan, Rough Trade signings Goat Girl and much more.
The decision to tweak the format of Tramlines 2017 came in response to event organisers listening to feedback from its festival goers. Tramlines Festival Director Sarah Nulty explains:
“After each festival, we turn to our audience to find out what they’d like to see at the next event. The overwhelming feedback was that people wanted to see bigger acts on the Tramlines stages. By streamlining Tramlines to three outdoor stages, it’s meant we could deliver something really special. Sheffield is often hailed as an ‘Outdoor City’, and has a ton of public parks, and a third of it sits within the glorious Peak District National Park. It is the UK’s leading destination for people seeking outdoor adventure, and we are excited to present an exclusively outdoor event for 2017.”
Earlybird and first release tickets for Tramlines Festival 2017 sold out in record time, but second release weekend tickets are now on sale for just £38 plus booking fee. Tickets can be purchased from www.tramlines.org.uk
For up-to-the-minute information about Tramlines 2017 visit www.tramlines.org.uk or follow Tramlines on Twitter @tramlines
Tom Jones has announced dates as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series organised by the Forestry Commission where acts perform in spectacular woodland locations across the country.
Tom Jones has sustained his popularity as a live performer and recording artist in a remarkable career spanning over five decades. Jones has a keen interest in a wide range of music; although well known for hits including ‘It’s Not Unusual’, ‘Kiss’, ‘Delilah’, ‘What’s New Pussycat’, ‘I’ll Never Fall In Love Again’ and ‘If I Only Knew’, he is first and foremost an artist with a true rhythm and blues soul. He has remained a major recording artist, with albums such as 1999’s ‘Reload’, the biggest selling (5m) of his then 35-year career. More recently Tom released the critically acclaimed albums ‘Spirit In The Room’ and ‘Praise & Blame’. In collaboration with producer / guitarist, Ethan Jones, the albums allow an unvarnished Tom to bring a voice to songs that only he can. Tom was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen in 2006 and other highlights of his long career include receiving BRIT Awards for Best Male and Outstanding Contribution to Music, a Silver Clef Award for Lifetime Achievement and the prestigious Music Industry Trust Award.
In the latter part of 2015, Tom released his first ever autobiography entitled ‘Over The Top And Back’ and the book’s companion soundtrack entitled ‘Long Lost Suitcase’, which were extremely well received internationally. This year sees Tom back on our screens, where he has resumed his coaching role on ‘The Voice UK’ alongside fellow coaches Will.I.Am, Jennifer Hudson and Gavin Rossdale.
Sir Tom Jones is indeed a living legend, one of the few musical artists whose profession began at the dawn of modern popular music and who continues to have a vital recording and performing career to this day. His irresistible show traverses musical eras and genres, cutting across class divides and appealing to all ages, male and female, mainstream and cutting edge.
Forest Live is an independent programme organised by the Forestry Commission to bring forests to new audiences. Income generated from ticket sales is spent on protecting, improving and expanding England’s forests and woodlands and increasing their value to people and wildlife. Over Forest Live’s 16 year history, money raised has contributed to a wide range of projects, from wildlife conservation to making improvements for visitors. With everything required for a great night out, including full catering and bar facilities, the gigs are renowned for their relaxed atmosphere.
Commenting on the dates Tom Jones said “I had a great time being part of the Forest Live concerts last year, so I am delighted to be coming back again and performing in three more of these beautiful woodland locations. It’s important that people are aware of our forests and come to enjoy them, so I hope you can join me!”
Tom Jones plus Guests:
Saturday 24 June: Sherwood Pines Forest, near Mansfield, Notts.
Saturday 1 July: Delamere Forest, near Northwich, Cheshire.
Sunday 9 July: Cannock Chase Forest, near Rugeley, Staffs.
Tickets £46.50 (plus £5.15 booking fee) available from 9.00am on Friday 24 February from the Forestry Commission box office tel 03000 680400, or buy online at www.forestry.gov.uk/music
A brand new London music festival – Community – heads to Finsbury Park on Saturday 1 July 2017. Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Wombats and Slaves are amongst the acts announced for this inaugural event. Tickets for Community are on-sale on Tuesday 21 February at 10am for just £35.
On announcing the event, Festival Republic’s Melvin Benn commented: “Finsbury Park has been a real hub for live music for many decades, so we can’t think of anywhere better to launch a new music festival in London.”
Community is the newest music event to be announced at Finsbury Park, which has hosted landmark nights of music with bands such as Arctic Monkeys, Stone Roses, Oasis and KISS in the past, as well as other festivals including leading urban event Wireless Festival.
Catfish and the Bottlemen are the UK’s biggest guitar band to break through this decade. The alternative-rock sensation will perform at this year’s event, their only Festival appearance in mainland England this year. They will hit Finsbury Park in July to deliver an epic set including smashes from last year’s number one album The Ride, as well as favourites ‘Cocoon’ and ‘Kathleen’ from their Platinum debut album. The band head out across the Atlantic shortly after appearing at Community to embark on a two month Stadium Tour of USA with San Francisco legends Green Day.
Liverpool rockers The Wombats will hit Community also and take North London through a decade of hits including ‘Moving to New York’ from their debut, platinum-selling album as well as the likes of fan favourite ‘Emoticons’. Band members Matthew Murphy, Dan Haggis and Tord Øverland Knudsen will be pitstopping at the park as part of a mini UK-tour celebrating 10 years since their debut album.
The UK’s favourite punk duo Slaves, who shot quickly to live music notoriety in 2015 after a series of electrifying gigs on the UK festival circuit, will also play on July 1. Known for delivering raucous and unstoppably high energy sets, the two-man punk band will be making their debut at Finsbury Park to steamroll through hits including ‘Spit It Out’ and ‘Where’s Your Car, Debbie?’
This stellar guitar-laden line-up also includes Southend-on-Sea’s finest guitar rock outfit Nothing But Thieves, to perform new material as well as tunes from their top 10 eponymous debut album.
Community is rounded off by the best of new music, with blazing four-piece The Hunna, Blackpool’s most exciting new rock band Darlia, indie pop five-piece Fickle Friends and Sheffield’s RedFaces added to the line up.
Tickets for the one-day music festival Community are priced at £35 (booking fees apply)
and on-sale at 10am Tuesday 21 February from:
Clean Bandit have announced a special woodland gig as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series organised by the Forestry Commission.
Formed in Cambridge in 2008, Clean Bandit’s debut album ‘New Eyes’ included ‘Extraordinary’ (feat. Sharna Bass) and the No 1 smash hit ‘Rather Be’ (feat. Jess Glynne) a track that took the band into the international mainstream and gave them industry recognition with a Grammy Award for ‘Best Dance’ recording. Following on from this success, 2016 saw the release of two massive hit singles, ‘Tears’ (feat. Louisa Johnson) and ‘Rockabye’ (feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie). The latter’s popularity is reflected in playlist dominance and the formidable status of being No. 1 on the UK official singles chart for 9 consecutive weeks, the longest reign by a UK artist since 1994. It has been No. 1 in thirty countries around the world and the song’s achievement has been cemented with Brit Award nominations for ‘British Single’ and ‘British Artist Video’.
Forest Live is an independent programme organised by the Forestry Commission to bring forests to new audiences. Income generated from ticket sales is spent on protecting, improving and expanding England’s forests and woodlands and increasing their value to people and wildlife. Over Forest Live’s 16 year history, money raised has contributed to a wide range of projects, from wildlife conservation to making improvements for visitors. With everything required for a great night out, including full catering and bar facilities, the gigs are renowned for their relaxed atmosphere.
Clean Bandit plus guests
Sunday 2 July: Thetford Forest, near Brandon, Suffolk.
Tickets £33 (plus £3.80 booking fee) available from 9.00am on Friday 17 February from the Forestry Commission box office tel 03000 680400, or buy online at www.forestry.gov.uk/music
The UK’s premier festival for unearthing the best new talent, Dot To Dot Festival, returns to Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham from the 26th-28th May for its 12th edition. After smashing record attendance, and marking a sell-out Manchester event in 2016, more of the same is expected for 2017, with a huge line- up of established performers and emerging artists from around the world.
With many exciting announcements to follow, Dot To Dot, are ecstatic to announce the first wave of artists to play this year’s festival:
Euphoric guitar rock supremoes SUNDARA KARMA will return to the Dot To Dot stage, this time as festival headliners! Their meteoric rise and epic debut album came as no surprise to anybody who have seen these guys at Dot To Dot before. With stage presence in abundance, and a plethora of huge songs such as ‘Flame’, ‘Loveblood’ and ‘She Said’, Sundara Karma embody everything Dot To Dot stands for and we can’t wait to see them own the headline slot. Joining them will be more Dot To Dot legends, in the form of Nottingham’s own AMBER RUN. Their scintillating second album just dropped after a year in the studio, and we couldn’t be happier for their return. Californian rockers THE GROWLERS also join the party, after their latest album ‘City Club’, produced by The Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas, took the UK by storm when it was released last year.
After a memorable performance in 2015, high octane Scottish duo HONEYBLOOD, have also been confirmed to return. With their blend of Americana influenced, emo-tinged indie rock PINEGROVE are crossing the Atlantic for this year’s Dot To Dot. LOUIS BERRY will be stamping his own brand of Merseyside rock ‘n’ roll on this year’s festival. We’ll also be treated to sets by much-hyped LA 3-piece CHERRY GLAZERR, Irish chart-toppers PICTURE THIS and BBC Sound Of 2017 shortlisted vocalist TOM GRENNAN.
“Each place opens up all of their best venues to embrace these soon-to-be-huge acts and we all get to
boast that we saw them up close before they were huge. The only real worries are the inevitable
agonising clashes and where to begin.” Virtual Festivals
The first wave announcement also includes: ALASKALASKA, ALL WE ARE, ARDYN, BANFI, COSMO PYKE, CROOX, CUCKOOLANDER, EASY LIFE, FREAK, HEATERS, HORSE THIEF, KOLARS, LIV DAWSON, LOW ISLAND, NILÜFER YANYA, OVERCOATS, PARCELS, PAREKH & SINGH, REDFACES, SONNY, SWIMMING TAPES, TEN TONNES, TENDER, THE NIGHT CAFÉ, VAGABON, WILLIE J HEALEY, YELLOW DAYS and YONAKA.
Dot To Dot Organiser Anton Lockwood, of DHP Family, said: “After our record breaking festival in 2016 we are so excited to bring the festival back to Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham this year! We are always proud to see so many previous Dot To Dot artists become huge successes, with Sundara Karma working their way up the ranks to headline this year’s event. We pride ourselves on finding & nurturing new artists, we can’t wait to see the stars of the future playing in small venues this year before their big breaks. This first announcement is only the tip of the iceberg, and there are loads more phenomenal performers still to be announced across multiple venues very soon!”
Previous Dot to Dot line-ups have seen performances from The xx, Ed Sheeran, Mumford and Sons, The 1975, Frank Turner, Caribou, Wolf Alice, Jake Bugg, SBTKRT, Florence + The Machine, Peace, Courtney Barnett and many, many more. With the emphasis on showcasing the hottest new talent on the planet, there will be lots more exciting additions to be announced for Dot To Dot’s 2017 line-up. Make sure you keep checking www.dottodotfestival.co.uk for all the latest news and ticket info. Also subscribe to our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat to keep yourself in the loop for all things Dot To Dot. Tickets are priced from £12 and available now through www.alttickets.com
Over 40 new artists have been added to the bill for Sheffield’s forthcoming Outlines Festival, with iconic punk outfit The Membranes, psych band Flamingods, LA soul singer Kadhja Bonet, rapidly rising punk quintet Shame and alt-pop trio Our Girl among the newly-added acts. The multi-venue metropolitan festival will return to Sheffield City Centre for its second year as a two-day programme from 3rd to 4th March, with a genre-spanning blend of established artists and up-and-coming acts. The new names will join a bill of 100 cutting-edge artists which already features Australian psych outfit Jagwar Ma, former Tramlines headliners The Selecter, MOBO winners Lady Leshurr and Nadia Rose and indie band Clean Cut Kid. Weekend tickets are now on sale for £20 from http://outlinesfestival.com
Outlines Festival is programmed and promoted by some of the team behind the city’s much-loved Tramlines Festival, and was created with the aim of serving as a little sister to Tramlines during the colder months. After the success of 2016’s debut event, the festival’s organisers have extended the event, which will now take place across two days.
The region’s music scene is also on show, with the newly-added indie band Alvarez Kings and desert-rock outfit These Gangs joining the already announced likes of The Crookes, Slow Club, Blood Sport and The Seamonsters.
Meanwhile, fans of electronic music are well catered for, with acclaimed artist Romare heading up the bill at Queens Social Club, and a range of after-parties onsale featuring artists including Admin, Marcel Vogel and Lamont. The after-parties will be hosted by a selection of Sheffield’s most well regarded clubnight promoters, with Nice Like Rice, Banana Hill, Souljam and Pretty Pretty Good taking the reins across two venues with a selection of global sounds, house, funk, disco, techno and more.
Weekend tickets for the event are available now for just £20 while stocks last from http://outlinesfestival.com
The Selecter / Slow Club / The Crookes / Lady Leshurr / Clean Cut Kid / Flamingods / The Membranes
Alvarez Kings / Azusena / Banfi / Bruising / Babe Punch / Blind Saints / Blood Sport / Eyre Llew / Fear Of Men / Girl20 / Girl Ray / Hannah Peel / Harkin / Hejira / Indian Queens / Islet / Jodie Abacus / Kadjha Bonet / Laurel / Liberty Ship / Luxury Death / Mi Mye / Matic Mouth / Nachthexen / Novella / The Orielles / Our Girl / Rocky Nti / Rozelle / Shame / These Gangs / Yassassin
Blackpool’s favourite all-day clubbing event Pier Jam, will return to the North Pier on Bank Holiday Sunday 30th April for its first event of 2017. Across 2 outdoor stages and 2 indoor arenas, Pier Jam is set to welcome 4,000 party people to soak up the sunshine, sea air and some of the best DJ talent around. The lineup for the bank holiday event features future-house French producer Tchami; fellow French duo Amine Edge & DANCE; Defected’s Sam Divine; chart topping duo Tough Love, grime stalwart Preditah; garage legend MJ Cole; the multi-talented remixer and producer Jamie Duggan and many more. Taking place from 2pm until 11pm, this is a destination for quality electronic music in a unique outdoor setting. Earlybird tickets sold out in record time but first release tickets priced at £20 + bf are now on sale from www.skiddle.com/e/12917809
Pier Jam first launched with a series of events throughout summer 2015. With the outside atmosphere and sea view backdrop on Blackpool Pier, it immediately created a special kind of clubbing vibe. To date it has showcased big names acts including Heidi, DJ Zinc, DJ EZ, Darius Syrossian, MK, Basement Jaxx, Shadow Child, Hannah Wants, Duke Dumont and many more. Curated by the in-house team at Manchester’s iconic Victoria Warehouse, Pier Jam is primed to bring back the all-day clubbing vibe for 2017.
The Bank Holiday Sunday event on 30th April sees headliner Tchami make a return to Pier Jam after striking a chord with crowds in summer 2016. Flying the flag for the “future house” sound worldwide, through a string of tracks and mixes signed to Fools Gold and Ministry – most notably the UK Top 10 single Promesses – Tchami’s sound bridges the gap between clublife and festival stages, which makes him the perfect headliner for Pier Jam.
Pier Jam also welcomes more crowd favourites back to the boardwalk, including Amine Edge & DANCE with their unique brand of funked up, hip-house, Defected In The House resident Sam Divine to drop the dancefloor house bombs, and London-duo Tough Love, with their energetic, bass-heavy DJ set – guaranteed to get the jam on!
For garage fans, Skepta’s tour DJ Preditah, will bring bass-wobbling house and garage, as will music icon MJ Cole, the man behind some of the most important records of the past decades, from the 1998 classic Sincere to the rolling tribal club cut Bouldaz on Disclosure’s Method White imprint in 2015.
House and Bass specialist Jamie Duggan also joins the Pier Jam bill, with some impressive remix credits to his name, including rap-royalty Wiley, as does George Kwali who, along with production partner Kideko, was responsible of one of 2016’s biggest tunes, Crank It (Woah!).
Furthermore, the lineup features Ministry of Sound signing TIEKS whose track Sunshine was one of the most Shazamed tracks in 2016; in-demand DJ / producer James Hype who made such an impression on Mistajam that he was invited to join the 1xtra airwaves for an exclusive mix; and Birmingham’s hottest house export, Official Nancie.
Anyone looking for quality house, bass and garage music, and an alternative location to party this summer, should get on board for Pier Jam. Earlybird tickets did sell out in record time, but first release tickets are now available for £20 + bf from www.skiddle.com/e/12917809. VIP tickets are also on sale priced at £35 + bf – perks include queue jump, access to the VIP arena for even more cutting-edge music, plus private bar and toilets.
To stay up to date with new events announcements, as well as competitions and access to pre-sale tickets for future parties, join the Pier Jam Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pierjamuk
Manchester’s iconic Parklife Festival has announced names for this summer’s edition which will take place on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June at Heaton Park. Proudly representing a diverse line-up that spans pop, hip-hop, dance and indie, 2017 headliners include Manchester four-piece The 1975, globally acclaimed Frank Ocean and Grime’s golden boys Boy Better Know, plus performances from A Tribe Called Quest, London Grammar, Two Door Cinema Club, Chaka Khan and Damian Marley.
Headlining Saturday’s Main Stage sees one of rock’s biggest breakthrough bands The 1975, confirmed to play an unmissable homecoming headline performance. The band have received across the board critical success for their album ‘I like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It’ which reached number 1 in both the UK and US charts and Parklife is set to be a landmark occasion for them.
In what will be his very first UK festival appearance of 2017, Frank Ocean will also be joining the bill, following the hugely anticipated release of his second studio album ‘Blonde’ last August after a four-year hiatus. Having last performed in the UK two years ago, his headline slot at Parklife on Sunday’s Main Stage will be the first opportunity for fans to see his critically acclaimed new material live – while legendary hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest are also confirmed to play, in what will be their first UK performance since 2013.
Parklife’s legendary Temple stage – which has previously witnessed the likes of Busta Rhymes and Action Bronson – welcomes London’s premier grime collective Boy Better Know, as well as Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley, Wiley and Andy C. Chart toppers London Grammar, Zara Larsson, Rag N Bone Man and Jess Glynne will appear across the weekend, whist the legendary Chaka Khan scheduled to perform an array of empowering anthems from her back catalogue.
Loyle Carner and Anderson .Paak will make their Parklife debut’s, alongside US producer Flying Lotus who will be showcasing his pioneering 3D show. At the helm of the festival’s dance offering are genre icons Eric Prydz, Fatboy Slim, Carl Cox and Pete Tong, backed by a faultless cast of selectors in the form of Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, Armand Van Helden and Kolsch. Jackmaster will bring his popular Mastermix series to Parklife along with Moodymann, The Black Madonna, Fatima Yamaha and more, while flamboyant party starters elrow are set to return to Parklife for the second year running.
With 10,000 early bird tickets already snapped up and the festival selling out in advance every year, over 75,000 people per day will descend on Heaton Park from across the UK for this huge celebration. Marking the official start to the summer, general admission will go on sale at 9am on Thursday 2nd February with weekend tickets starting at the affordable price of £96.50 and day tickets at £59.50. This years Planet VIP area is themed as: “Return to New York” and will feature a High Line inspired structure leading to a series of intimate spaces, art installations, NYC inspired street food vendors and plenty of hidden surprises – topped off with a ‘secret’ 80’s club space where ticket holders can find secret sets and frivolous activities. After parties are also still to be revealed and with this year’s line-up the biggest yet, festival goers will be hard pushed to find an event as ground-breaking and impressive as Parklife.
General tickets will go on sale at 9am on Thursday 2nd February 2017
Soundcrash are excited to finally announce the full lineup to the amazing Funk & Soul Weekender. After a sellout first year, they are back this May with an unmissable programme of funk and soul artists past and present.
Combining a true love for all things Funk & Soul orientated, they return with their roots firmly placed in big brass sounds, hip hop beats and future soul. Mixing tropical, afro-beat & world performances with disco and all things in between. 2017 promises to be the perfect weekend, blending good times with unmissable talent across the 3 days weekend.
If that wasnt enough, they look to create one of the most immersive projects ever as they build on the activities from last year. Feel good this year with more than just music, as they present a plethora of activities, games & exercise such as:
Echoes Disco Yoga / Northern Soul Dance classes / Glitter / Groovy Hula classes & shows Funkadelic Block parties / Tropical Pool parties / Nightspot Cinema / Secret Activities & loads more!
Not only are they developing the musical and festival experience, they are also proudly working alongside Mind, Lovespecs & Support Act charities in a bid to push feel good values as far as possible, creating more awareness and opportunities for the projects which need it most.
This years headliner are none other than GEORGE CLINTON & PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC. Simply one of the greatest and most important artists to have lived. George Clinton one of the inventors of funk music is one of the last of the A-list in a category of greats that includes James Brown, Bob Marley, Prince, Otis Reading, Miles Davis and Fela Kuti! And guess what he still has one of the most electric live shows out there! Playing with the 16 piece Parliament Funkadelic, one of the tightest bands in history.
Joining them will be two-time Grammy award winning and five-time brit award nominated group Soul II Soul! Caron Wheeler and Jazzie B will be bringing their full live band to throw down such classics as Back to Life and Keep on Movin for the funk and soul crowd.
DJ, Broadcaster, producer and owner of Brownswood Recordings… Gilles Peterson hosts two million global listeners to his weekly Saturday afternoon radio show. Bringing you an eclectic mix of soul, jazz, house and hip hop, he will be joined by the original UK disco legend, Greg Wilson. Good times ambassador Norman Jay rejoins us along with the undeniable Mr Scruff both of whom made last year such a special debut!
Coming straight out of New Orleans will be none other than Tru thoughts’ own Hot 8 Brass Band, bringing the original big brass sound to Pontins this year. What you hear is not a test, the mighty Sugar Hill Gang will be in town! No doubt their performance of Rappers Delight will be a massive highlight of this years festival.
The headliner from Soundcrashs hugely successful Albert Hall Show last year will be in attendance. Submotion Orchestra will be providing their very special dub influenced, electronic soul sound to this year’s weekender.
It doesnt get more soulful than UK legend Omar, who alongside the undisputed Akua Naru bring their signature sound to the programme. Old meets new as we welcome a frontrunners in the modern era; Jordan Rakei will supply you with one of the freshest vocal talents in the genre today.
Completing the lineup, we have also invited some our favourite UK brands which include:
Tru Thoughts, Wah Wah Records, BBE, Band On the Wall, Strut, Mahogany Sessions, Fever 105, Sofar Sounds, Soundway, Tuckshop, Mr Bongo, Banana Hill, So Fresh So Clean, Total Refreshment Centre, Shut The Front Door, Kings Head/Kane FM, Leftfoot, Soul Jam, Stevie Wonderland and many more!
With so much more still to be announced, get down on it & secure your place for 2017. This new event on the festival calendar is an intimate affair, with a capacity of 3000, created for an audience that truly loves its music. If good funk & soul is for you, join the love train and book your super early superfly tickets now!
“Three days of Soul heaven in Sussex” – Time Out
“Festivals just got smooth” – The Metro
“Mixing iconic names & newcomers with unique quality” – Clash
Please note this event is 18+
Tickets include your festival pass and chalet accommodation. Prices are available for 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 berth chalets, and range from £119 £160pp
PLEASE VISIT THE FUNK & SOUL WEEKENDER WEBSITE FOR TICKETS AND FAQs
Seminal Manchester venue, the Victoria Warehouse, is thrilled to announce the return of Dutch megastar Hardwell, for a headline show on Easter Sunday 16 April 2017. Having sold-out two consecutive nights in early 2014 at the venue with his I Am Hardwell tour, the two-time winner of the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll, returns to the Victoria Warehouse with his new Go Hardwell or Go Home tour, featuring stunning visuals, huge production and an arsenal of big room house. Also staring is one-to watch DJ / producer, Kill The Buzz, signed to Hardwell’s Revealed label. Like Hardwell’s last visit to Manchester, tickets will sell-out quickly. On sale now from £32.50 and via www.skiddle.com buying tickets early to avoid disappointment is strongly advised!
The historic, landmark building of the 5,000 capacity Victoria Warehouse has regularly been host to the biggest names in dance music. Whether that’s showcasing top international talent such as Nicky Romero and, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, or welcoming leading-club brands such as Life in Color or Don’t Let Daddy Know, punters consistently leave with smiling faces, great memories and already planning a return trip.
Fans of the EDM scene can start planning their next visit now for the headline show of the award-winning DJ, producer and Revealed Recordings label boss, Hardwell, on Easter Sunday 16 April.
Like his great mentor Tiësto, Hardwell (aka Robbert van de Corput) proudly hails from Breda, Holland. His array of big room tunes, characterised by complex drum ensembles, daring synths, and emotive chords, have swept dancefloors worldwide, and collected a plethora of Beatport #1s along the way. These include the anthemic, Spaceman, regarded by many as one of EDM’s biggest, timeless tracks, released in over 25 countries, and to date, clocking more than 34 million views on YouTube. Hardwell later followed with the hard-hitting, Apollo, propelling his name further into the global spotlight, a position underlined when dance music icon, Pete Tong, invited Hardwell on to the hallowed decks at BBC Radio 1 for an Essential Mix.
Whether playing to vast festival crowds at Ultra Music Fest, Creamfields and Dance Valley, on packed dancefloors in Ibiza, or on sell-out world tour stops in prestigious locations like Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome or Time Square in New York, Hardwell has a musical prowess behind the decks that is capable of uniting dancefloors for hours on end.
Hardwell will be joined at the Manchester Victoria Warehouse by rising star, Kill The Buzz. Also hailing from Breda in Holland, Kill The Buzz has made quite an impression on the EDM scene, thanks to his big room sound and cutting-edge drops. His killer production has been snapped up by Revealed Recordings, tracks like Party Hard and Bouncy Betty got major attention from Benny Benassi and Sander van Doorn, proving that Kill The Buzz has the talent to become a major player on the scene.
Tickets for Go Hardwell or Go Home, presented by the Victoria Warehouse’s in-house EDM promoter, Lost In Time, are now on sale for £32.50 from www.skiddle.com. VIP tickets are also available for £40.00 with perks including fast track entry, private bar, VIP toilets plus access to the VIP mezzanine level for the most spectacular views in the house.
Bringing with him some mind-blowing visuals, pyros and a mesmerising stage show, Hardwell is set to liven up Easter Sunday tenfold. Hardwell has not only helped shape the current state of EDM, but has left an everlasting imprint on it. Join the Go Hardwell or Go Home event at the Victoria Warehouse and discover, first-hand, what the hype is all about.
Venue: Victoria Warehouse, Trafford Wharf Road, Manchester M17 1AB
Age: Over 18s Only (ID Required)
Tickets: Standard £32.50 / VIP £40. Available from www.skiddle.com
The blue touch paper has been lit for the party of the decade – the 10th anniversary of the award-winning Sound City – the UK’s largest city based festival.
Having already announced a move to the larger Clarence Dock for 2017, Sound City has also revealed that it will host four days of festivities to mark its special birthday.
The festival launches on Thursday with a celebration of the English avant-garde featuring a trio of some of the most influential British electronic artists of the modern era – The Human League, Art of Noise and A Certain Ratio.
With a remarkable career that spans five decades, The Human League were the vanguard of the electronic new wave in the 70’s developing a sound that changed the face of pop forever.
Said Phil Oakey: “We’re absolutely delighted to be headlining the first night of Sound City’s 10th birthday celebrations. We love playing for the people of Liverpool, they are properly passionate music fans and we’ve always felt at home in their beautiful city and although we haven’t been there yet from what we’ve heard the setting of Sound City’s iconic industrial landscape is pretty unique and will be a perfect backdrop for our music, we can’t wait to play there.”
Support comes from 80’s synthpop innovators Art of Noise featuring Dudley/Jeczalik/Lanagan. They will reboot their classic album In Visible Silence. This will be a world premiere reworking of this groundbreaking album and their first live performance in 17 years.
To complete this Thursday stellar line up are A Certain Ratio. Discovered by the late great Tony Wilson and signed to Factory Records with label mates Joy Division. Hugely important and influential band. ACR continue to innovate to this day.
On Friday global music legend John Cale takes the stage with the only European performance of THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO album. This will mark the 50th anniversary of one of the most important albums of all time. When announced in October last year this historical stand-alone event sold out in just 2 days. However Sound City have announced there are a limited number of additional tickets to be released. With a host of live collaborators still to be announced this show is going to be one of the most culturally significant happenings of the year.
Nu-disco doyens Metronomy top Saturday’s bill. Following last year’s hugely successful Summer 08 the quartet will be treating Sound Citizens to a genre-busting set of sublime electronica packed with hits from five studio albums. Also featured on Saturday’s impressive line-up are lo-fi rockers The Kills, nu-punk upstarts Slaves, art-pop provocateur Peaches, alt rock prodigies The Hunna, Libertines front man Carl Barat & The Jackals, feted electro-rock five piece Pumarosa, Fickle Friends and many more.
Also taking place on Saturday will be a special keynote ‘In Conversation’ piece with John Cale. This rare interview will unveil a wealth of stories and insights accrued over a career of more than 50 years. It will explore his formation of the Velvet Underground with lifelong collaborator Lou Reed. This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear the most amazing story in rock and roll from one of the most important figures from the history of popular music.
Indie rockers The Kooks are the perfect finale for this momentous weekend. Having closed the festival in 2014 The Kooks provide a knowing nod to the rich history of Sound City. In support are post-punk trio White Lies, American indie-innovators Local Natives, dance-punk agitators !!! (Chk Chk Chk), newly reformed Milburn, dreamy psych-popsters She Drew The Gun, anarcho-rockers Cabbage, The Sherlocks, Liverpool’s very own psychedelic adventurers The Vryll Society and a host of other diverse and exciting acts.
Said Sound City CEO Dave Pichilingi: “For our big tenth birthday we wanted to do something really special, not just to mark to occasion but also to reward all those loyal Sound Citizens who have come with us on every step of this amazing ten-year journey.
“The term legend is way over-used these days but we really do have bona fide music legends on the bill every single day of the festival and we still have lots more to announce. It’s going to be a rollercoaster ride folks. Get yourself strapped in.”
Tickets for Sound City 2017 go on sale at 9am on Friday 27th January
Ticket prices exc booking fee below:
Human League Show – £45
Velvet Underground Show – £50
Sound City Saturday – £35 per day
Sound City Sunday – £35 per day
Weekend Tickets – £65 (Saturday and Sunday)
For more information and ticket sales visit:
Returning to Maidstone next March 11th, The Winter Social has announced the first wave of names for its third edition.
Revealing another heavy-duty line-up that sees festival regular Seth Troxler join Sven Väth, Steve Lawler and festival founder Nic Fanciulli, The Winter Social maintains the same party ethos as its summer counterpart – The Social – offering high quality sound with back to back house and techno in an impressive warehouse setting.
With Hot Since 82 confirmed to return for the latest installment, the fine-tuned stages will also be backed by Alan Fitzpatrick, Andrea Oliva, Bas Ibellini, Tim Green, and Mark Fanciulli, making the all-dayer a must-see entry into the year ahead. Only an hour’s train journey from London Victoria station and fully covered come rain or shine, The Winter Social continues to confirm its position as an opening highlight of the season in music.
NIC FANCIULLI // SETH TROXLER // SVEN VÄTH STEVE LAWLER // HOT SINCE 82 // ALAN FITZPATRICK ANDREA OLIVA // DENSE & PIKA // MARK FANCIULLI // TIM GREEN // BAS IBELLINI + MORE TBA
The Winter Social Kent County Showground, Maidstone 11th March 2017 www.thesocialfestival.com
One of the most exciting events to take place at Printworks has been revealed, as The Hydra bring DJ Koze, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Jeremy Underground, Antal and Dolan Bergin to the cavernous Press Hall for a ten-hour masterclass behind the decks on Saturday 22nd April 2017.
Party connoisseurs, The Hydra have crafted a program of unbeatable vibes with some of industry’s most accomplished selectors dropping dancefloor bombs amidst the giant machines of Printworks’ Press Halls for the all-day event.
Scene maverick and Pampa Records head-honcho DJ Koze takes the headline slot. Never failing to surprise with a dexterous selection and playful style, the dancefloor aficionado is sure to give the Printworks crowd a performance to remember for many years to come.
Motor City Drum Ensemble also joins the bill, having played many epic sessions for The Hydra in previous years. Renowned for impeccable selection, the veteran crate-miner will be digging out his finest dancefloor gems for an irresistible sonic adventure through house, disco and funk.
Sharing a passion for unearthing house music’s rarest grooves, regular MCDE cohort, Jeremy Underground will add his infectious energy to the lineup, and Rush Hour co-founder Antal will be putting Printworks’ bespoke soundsystem through it’s paces. Respected resident of The Hydra, Dolan Bergin, completes an exceptional mix of sonic chemistry in room 1.
This heady combination represents the pinnacle of electronic music culture. A truly unique event of stark contrast as Printworks’ industrial surroundings explode with the shimmering warmth of rare grooves making for standout event in London’s clubbing calendar this year.
Tickets start from £22.50 + BF and can be purchased here.
Adding a final string to the bow for their debut Printworks show, The Hydra have also announced Joy Orbison as the special guest for The Hydra Present Daphni, Floating Points, Gold Panda and Dolan Bergin on Saturday 4th March. First release tickets have already sold out. Second release tickets are available here.
Cream are pleased to announce Marshmello returns to the UK in February 2017 for a series of very special shows, landing in Liverpool on Friday 10th February @ O2 Academy Liverpool.
Having taken the world by storm over the last couple of years the enigmatic producer continues in a long line of music makers putting sound and artistry ahead of image and ego. The mystery artist dons a fully enclosed marshmallow helmet completely hiding the musician in seemingly plain sight and lets the music speak for itself.
Experiencing almost immediate renown upon launching the project in March 2015 and Beatport crowning him Breakthrough artist of the year he quickly garnered a global following, dubbed as his ‘Mellogang’, and saw his debut album ‘Joytime’ shoot straight to the #1 spot on the first day of release in the iTunes Electronic Albums chart and steaming into the Top 5 of Billboards Dance Chart. Both a critical and commercial success, ‘Joytime’ has proved Marshmello’s prowess as a songwriter and producer with crossover potential and has seen him work with fellow dance music heavyweights Skrillex, Diplo Avicii and Zedd to name a few.
Pre-sale tickets available now from here. Tickets go on general sale 10am Friday 25th November 2016.
Marshmello @ O2 Academy Liverpool
Friday 10th February 2017
Marshmello + Guests TBA
O2 Academy Liverpool, 11-13 Hotham St, Liverpool L3 5UF / Doors: 10pm-4am / Age: 18+ (valid photo ID required)
Tickets on general sale 10am Friday 25th November / £15.00+BF
The Social Festival Colombia and Mexico reveal new names joining Nic Fanciulli and Carl Cox this March 17-18th 2017 for their inaugural venture into Latin America.
World-class international DJs Guy Gerber, The Martinez Brothers, Loco Dice and George Fitzgerald have all been revealed in addition to the highest caliber of house and techno: Paco Osuna, Hector, Harvard Bass and Stacey Pullen. The list of Ibiza veterans continues with Art Department and D’Julz, a cast from the pinnacle of the game ensuring neither party drops a point below peak-time.
This new wave of talent is sure to compliment founder and front-man for the festival, Nic Fanciulli who plays with compadre Carl Cox for a throwback throw-down to their team-up at Space Ibiza’s final fiesta. Reconstructing the award-winning boutique atmosphere of The Social Festival in the UK, the line-up reflects the close-knit circle around Fanciulli. This formula is a winning one for its family ethics, a brotherhood perfectly expressed in the flying out of Mark Fanciulli too.
The festivals will also seek to shine a light on Latin America’s flourishing and vivacious club culture. Confirming Mexico City’s astounding, high-capacity venue Arena Cuidad de Mexico, and with Bogota still to be announced, The Social’s Latin American editions look set to captivate a new audience as a standout name on the global festival circuit.
ART DEPARTMENT // D’JULZ // GEORGE FITZGERALD // GUY GERBER
HARVARD BASS // HECTOR // LOCO DICE // MARK FANCIULLI
PACO OSUNA // STACEY PULLEN // THE MARTINEZ BROTHERS
Join Previously Announced:
CARL COX // NIC FANCIULLI
Last week we took our first ever trip to Web Summit; Europe’s Largest Technology Marketplace. The event, which was previously held in Dublin has grown considerably over the last 5 years, starting from a 400 capacity event to now attracting over 55,000 people in 2016.
Having read stories online we had an idea of what to expect but we soon found they were far from the truth as soon as we arrived, for all the right reasons. The event was huge.. not only in one arena but also 3 other pavilions conveniently aligned with the MEO Arena. To get to the main arena you had to pass through all the other pavilions – so you didn’t miss out on any aspect of the event; something greatly supported by the startup businesses exhibiting and pitching.
We flew from Manchester to Lisbon and went a day early so we could do some sight-seeing of this old but really beautiful City. Wherever you looked there was mentions of Web Summit and branding all over. Taxi drivers and bar owners told us about how the City was going to be so busy over the next week or so.
On the first night we were greeted by an opening talk from Paddy Crosgrave the brainchild behind Web Summit and the Portuguese Prime minister. They were joined by 200 Portuguese start up businesses that were exhibiting at the event across the 3 days. This opening ceremony was electric as 15,000 crammed into the arena. An additional 3000 people watched on a big screen outside the venue.
We met thousands and thousands of people throughout the day and made some brilliant contacts. We saw a surge in downloads after the event (We think it was the freebies that helped!). In our area we were the only music type business so it attracted lots of attention. We even managed to appear on a Facebook live video with our Founder; Dane Swindells being interviewed by Product Hunt Founder Ryan Hoover!
After the exhibition day it was time for the Night Summit and Pub Crawls, something which we tried to put off all week due to having to be awake really early to exhibit! It was brilliant to get to chat to people from all over the world and just enjoy a few drinks whilst chatting about the madness of the last few days. We truly believe we have made some friends for life and brilliant contacts and partnerships we can use moving forward.
We are hoping to head back out to Lisbon next year for Web Summit 2017.
House music in its very best forms will be served up when Perfect Havoc Disco returns to London on Saturday 5 November. Fast gaining a reputation for throwing some of the coolest pop-up parties around the world, Perfect Havoc Disco will touch down in the basement of Zebrano with its trademark line-up of genuine breakthrough talent. DJs appearing on the night include Swedish nu-disco wunderkids, Tobtok and Oliver Nelson, Kitsuné legends Punks Jump Up, Perfect Havoc label boss Adam Griffin, and ones-to-watch, Osmo, Clear Six and Zander. First release tickets for just £8 + bf are now on sale from http://bit.ly/PHD-Tickets
Also a record label and artist management agency going by the shorter name ‘Perfect Havoc’, the brand is dedicated to releasing music from the stars of tomorrow, signing hit records to major labels including Ministry of Sound, Atlantic and Polydor. In its short lifetime, Perfect Havoc Disco has been seen globetrotting to dancefloors as far afield as San Francisco and soon in South Korea, as well as on home turf in London at Brixton Jamm and Hoxton Basement. The forthcoming party at Zebrano will showcase the label’s current, in-demand roster and what a night is in store.
First up is Swedish-born Tobtok. His unique house and nu-disco production have been released via Kitsuné and Atlantic, and most recently Tobtok signed a long term single deal with Ministry of Sound, which kick started with his Hype Machine #2 single ‘Aber’. His remix, production, and DJ credits are exhaustive and impressive, with the most recent successes including going Platinum in Australia with his classy take on ‘Fast Car’, remixing ‘Telepathy’ by Christina Aguilera feat. Nile Rogers, releasing his ‘Ibiza 2016’ compilation on Cr2 Records, and playing alongside Avicii at Ushuaia this summer to name just a few.
Fellow Swede, Oliver Nelson, can also do no wrong when it comes to flawless production. His current fan base on Soundcloud alone exceeds 108,000 followers, where his Hype Machine #1 track ‘Changes featuring River’ has clocked over 600,000 plays and 427,000 streams over on Spotify, showcasing his ever-growing popularity. With a headline tour of the USA under his belt and countless remixes, Oliver continues to impress with his latest track ‘Ain’t A Thing Featuring Kaleem Taylor’ premiered by Mark Knight on the Toolroom Records podcast, his ‘Croatia Poolside 2016’ compilation on Toolroom, and a remix of the tune-of-the-summer ‘Sexual’ by Neiked.
Next up is Punks Jump Up, a duo responsible for releasing disco club smashes like ‘Feels Good’, ‘Blockhead’, ‘and Get Down’, gaining fans in Annie Mac and Nick Grimshaw. Their latest release ‘Coming Back Featuring Javi’ was released on Perfect Havoc and has now racked up over 427,000 streams on Spotify, peaking at No. 7 on the UK Viral Spotify Chart.
Perfect Havoc label boss, Adam Griffin, will also spin on the night, applying his skills as an A&R to crafting danceable DJ sets. Always a favourite with crowds at Perfect Havoc Disco, Adam brings an eclectic mix of house music to the floor, seen most recently at the Brixton Jamm relaunch, Kitsuné at The Miranda Club (Ace Hotel) in London, and at the 1015 Folsom in San Francisco at Perfect Havoc Disco.
Further breaking talent on the night comes in the form of Osmo, a DJ and producer born in Uppsala, Sweden, the hometown of Tobtok and Oliver Nelson. His debut track ‘Le Parc’ was premiered by Toolroom and garnered heavy support from the likes of Gigamesh and Timmy Trumpet thanks to its tougher sound. Osmo’s follow up single ‘Take Your Time Feat. Ayelle’, drew further interest from the respected house label, making its way onto Toolroom’s Croatia Poolside compilation and premiered on the label’s podcast.
Newcomer, Clear Six, will also take the stage at Perfect Havoc Disco. His debut record ‘Sunshine Featuring Curtis T Johns’, was one of the biggest tunes this summer, released on Tough Love’s label Get Twisted (via Columbia Records), and he even found time to remix ‘Changes’ for stablemate, Oliver Nelson. Clear Six follows up with ‘Rescue Me Featuring Dija Bhlue’ on Perfect Havoc, a track already set for big things with an impressive 232,000 streams on Spotify and plays on KISS.
Zander is the latest and youngest signing to Perfect Havoc and completes the line-up for the November event. He started producing at the age of 14 and has had success with his tracks ‘Lonely Knights’ and ‘Through You’ at BBC Introducing Kent; these are to be released as a two-track EP on Perfect Havoc this autumn. Zander will rejoin his follow Perfect Havoc artists after playing alongside them at Kitsuné’s recent London event, proving why he’s a bona fide ‘one-to-watch’ both in the studio and on the dancefloor.
5th November may traditionally celebrate Bonfire Night, but this 5th November 2016 will mark a night to remember when Perfect Havoc Disco blows up the dancefloor with only the best electronic music as its dynamite! Early bird tickets are now on sale from just £8 – follow this link to buy now.
Check out the video from the last Perfect Havoc Disco at Brixton Jamm CLICK HERE.
Following the last two sell out shows, The Asylum returns to the Old Newsham Park Hospital in Liverpool on Saturday 29th October for another haunting 13 hour Halloween special.
This year’s instalment sees the return of techno legend Sven Vath, renowned as a risk taking visionary and innovator and master creator of the infamous Cocoon parties, he’ll be at the helm performing a very special extended set, joined by one of the hottest techno artists on the circuit, who following an array of famed sets over the last few year and acclaimed productions on Cocoon Recordings, has firmly established himself as a major player – Ilario Alicante. Bringing some northern clout to the proceedings is Tim Green who makes his Asylum debut, his ability to manoeuvre through the realms of house and techno makes his sound unmistakable and completing the bill is Asylum regular Jemmy.
The party continues into the early hours for Part 2 at the 02 Academy Liverpool, a brand new venue for the after party hosted by 303. Returning for a rare northern appearance is Timo Mass whose three decade career shows no signs of slowing down, he’ll be joined by DJ/Producer Quivver, special guests DJ duo Dense & Pika and completing the bill is 303 residents Samuel Lamont, Stuart Hodson and Gemma Muir.
The philosophy behind The Asylum is refreshingly simple; to build upon the city’s already immense foundations as one of the worlds true bastions of dance music culture and take it to the next level, curating world beating line ups in one of the UK’s most spectacular locations for music. Tickets are on sale now – Click Here for details.