Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Festival Previews

August 6-8, Standon, Hertfordshire
With three stages, numerous tents, secret areas, and a nightclub in a cowshed, Standon Calling has developed a reputation for supporting the best new bands and DJ's. This year the ledgendary Cuban ensemble Buena Vista Social Club will be taking to the stage with their inspiring blend of jazz and mambo. There is something for everyone amongst the electronic roster, from the soaring soul of Alice Russell, to the upbeat electro-pop of the Casiokids to the global vibes of Gilles Peterson and a host of this year's most hotly anticipated acts including, Fool's Gold, Efterklang, Sleepy Sun, These New Puritans and Lulu and the Lampshade.
This years theme, 'Murder on the Standon Express', will revolve around a central hub of crime-an intricate recreation of Baker Street featuring winding alleys of houses including Sweeny Tod's barber shop offering wet shaves. This year's site will turn into a real-life set as artists and actors mingle with festival-goers.
Tickets £95 for the full weekend.

July 16-18, Victoria Park, London
London's favourite festival The Lovebox will open its gates of East London's Victoria Park to welcome 75,000 music fans for an extended three-day festivity. The Friday will kick off with performances from award-winning newcomers Chase and Status, pop trio Noisettes and Europe's hottest DJ for 2010 Riva Starr. To headline the Friday night Award winning British rapper Dizzee Rascal will take to the main stage.
The Saturday line-up is gradually putting the bar higher welcoming back Mark Ronson, the extraordinary Brooklyn based experimental rock band Yeasayer, the internationally renowned outfit Booka Shade. Furthermore a rare treat, the phenomenal Roxy Music.
On Sunday electro-pop juggernauts Hot Chip will be delivering some fresh tunes to the masses, followed by music and style icon Grace Jones. Electro heavyweights Peaches, Silver Columns, and newcomers Hurts will be taking to the main stage. In addition to this electro-funk Chromeo, returning Aussie heros Cut Copy and the legendary glam disco machine Hercules and Love Affair amongst others will provide an epic end to the Lovebox.

Tickets for one day £45, two days is £80 and £99 for all 3.
July 30-31, Long Marston Airfield, Stratford-Upon-Avon
This years Global Gathering is set to be an unforgettable and defining event. The incredible line-up hosts over 150 of the most exciting DJs in the world, taking to 16 stages, to keep the crowds dancing over the two-day festival. Over 50,000 dance music fans will pour through Stratford-Upon-Avon gates to experience the biggest Global Gathering yet
Taking to the main stage on the Friday will be the seminal dance legends Faithless, with support from the legendary Paul Oakenfold and international DJ and producer Sander Kleinenberg who'll start the weekend as it means to go on.
Chart topping Dizzee Rascal will take charge on the Saturday night, with a host of both established and fresh new acts including; Sidney Samson, Scratch Perverts, Chuckie, Jaguar Skills and Pete Jordan.
The festival's Live stage will feature some storming performances for the epic tenth anniversary event, with acts including; Chew Lips, Dirty Vegas, Alex Metric and Ou Est Le Swimming Pool and Drums of death hitting the stage.
Tickets £120 for the full weekend.
July 30-Aug 1, Lowther Deer Park, Lake District
Nominated for the Best Small festival and Best Grass Roots festival in the UK Festival Awards. Line up includes The Doves, The Coral, Calvin Harris, Wild Beasts, The Futureheads, OK Go, Dub Pistols, Erol Alkan, DJ Yoda and Plump DJ's.
£85 for the weekend.
September 9-12, Robin Hill, Isle of Wight
Insainley popular, crazy costume shindig Bestival, is back for the year of fantastic!
Catch the ferry over to the Robin Hill, country park of the Isle of Wight for a unique and botique experience. This years theme is fantsay, expect unicorns, fairies and mad tatters tea parties.
The line-up is as diverse as ever; LCD Soundsystem, Dizzee Rascal, The Flaming Lips, The Prodigy, Mumford & Sons, Roxy Music, and The Wailers.
£160 for the weekend.
September 3-5, The Garden, Petrecane, Croatia
Stop Making Sense festival have hand-picked an unrivalled line up for their inaugural party. The event promises an expansive soundtrack, taking in everything from house, rock and roll, flamenco, disco, baleric, techno, South American/African, blues psychedelia dubstep, soul and beyond.
Highlights include the globe-spanning beats of The Very Best and Radioclit, Friendly Fires' massively popular DJ Incarnation, Son of Dave's new take on blues Django Django's garage rock, pristine electronica from Nathan Fake and decade-spanning UK legend Richard Norris.
£80 for the weekend
August 13-15, Secret location, Buckinghamshire.
Roll up, Roll up, the Boomtown fair is rapidly approaching and calling everyone to the circus! With more line up additions, site art and exclusive areas, this already chock-a-block, high octane and unique music festival just keeps on going. Line up includes some of the finest reggae acts from around the world, including Toots and the Maytals, Dub Pistols and Trojan Sound System.
£68 for the weekend.

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