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Festival line-up update – 03 Mar 2011

By | Published on Thursday 3 March 2011


BLOODSTOCK, Catton Hall, Derbyshire, 12-14 Aug: Recently spotted drunkenly chauffeuring Foo Fighters in their ‘White Limo’ video, Lemmy will make an appearance fronting Motorhead at this year’s hard rock fest, no doubt also drunkenly. Other recent line-up additions are metallers WASP, HammerFall, Poisonblack, Byfrost, Deadly Circus Fire and Primevil, who join a veritable who’s who of rock that includes Kreator, Napalm Death and Nevermore.

, various venues, 27 Apr – 2 May: Guest director Jamie Cullum has had a hand in co-ordinating a diverse programme of acts for this year’s event, which features, alongside jazz stalwarts Dave Holland and Dame Cleo Laine, such unexpected names as Roots Manuva, Bonobo, Andreya Triana, and a rare showing from electronic duo Lamb.

DOWNLOAD, Donington Park, 10-12 June: The Pretty Reckless, as fronted by surly Gossip Girl teen queen Taylor Momsen, will brave the discerning Download crowds this year, as will fellow first-timers, ‘She Hates Me’ bards Puddle Of Mudd, Times Of Grace, Brit metallers Evile, Suicide Silence and Versaemerge will appear alongside existing headliners Def Leppard, Linkin Park and System Of A Down.

THE GREAT ESCAPE, various venues, Brighton, 11-14 May: Amongst the lengthy list of new bands added to this year’s TGE festival line-up are amazing Danish chanteuse Oh Land, Brit rapper Devlin, and New York art rockers Gang Gang Dance. They join headliners Friendly Fires, DJ Shadow and Sufjan Stevens. Relentess Energy Drink will also again be bringing a series of secret outdoor shows to Brighton and for the first time HMV will be showcasing the best of its Next Big Thing festival, which took place in February.

HEINEKEN OPEN’ER, Gdynia, Poland, 30 Jun – 3 Jul: Pulp’s epic reformation tour is to make a further stop, this time in Poland, with the band just confirmed for Heineken Open’er alongside fellow line-up newbies Paolo Nutini and The Wombats. Coldplay, Caribou, MIA and Foals are amongst those already revealed to perform.

HOP FARM MUSIC FESTIVAL, Hop Farm Country Park, Kent, 1-2 Jul: Organiser Vince Power has confirmed the first acts to play the Big Top Stage on the Friday night of this fest, those being 80s electro legends The Human League, and Mosely Britpopsters Ocean Colour Scene. Older news in terms of line-up announcements are headliners Eagles, who will accompany Bryan Ferry, Brandon Flowers, Death Cab For Cutie and 10cc.

, various venues, Leeds, 29 Apr – 1 May: This citywide bash is to welcome Dinosaur Pile Up, The Twilight Sad and Villagers, who will open the festival with a special performance. Also added to the bill are Mazes, Let’s Wrestle, Morning Parade and a further raft of acts including Stagecoach, Alice Gold, Humanfly and Young Liar. They join Live At Leeds supremos like Glasvegas, James Blake, Anna Calvi and Pulled Apart By Horses.

LOVEBOX, Victoria Park, London, 15-17 Jul: Snoop Dogg, Scissor Sisters, Robyn, 2manydjs and Robyn head up the first raft of acts announced to play this park-based bash. An impressively diverse bill also features standout acts like Kelis, Lykke Li, The Drums, Roll Deep, Katy B, Example and Metronomy. Cassius, Uffie and Busy P of French electro label Ed Banger will also appear.

SPOT, Aarhus, Denmark, 27-28 May: This year’s diminutive Spot festival will showcase the best in upcoming Scandinavian talent, with 4 Guys From The Future, Alcoholic Faith Mission, Giana Factory, Raised Among Wolves and Bon Homme all set to play. Fallulah, Vinnie Who, Marie Fisker, Jenny Wilson, Me And My Army, Our Broken Garden, Panamah and Thus:Owls will also perform.

WAKESTOCK, Abersoch Bay, Wales, 8-10 Jul: Rising grime MC Wretch 32 adds another date to a run of summer festival appearances at this year’s watersportsy festival, with Chase & Status, Zane Lowe, Chiddy Bang, Nero, Redlight, YasmIn and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs also set to perform. Existing headliners Ellie Goulding, Biffy Clyro and The Wombats are joined by Example, Danny Byrd and DJ Fresh.

WIRELESS, Hyde Park, London, 1-3 Jul: Fresh on the Friday Wireless line-up are Bruno Mars, Labrinth, YasmIn, Far East Movement and Wretch 32, and also David Guetta, who might chance a performance of ‘Getting Over You’ with Fergie from already-confirmed headliners Black Eyed Peas. Fingers crossed for that. The soon-to-be-defunct Streets are high on the Saturday bill, with Devlin, Katy B and Digitalism also confirmed on that day. They join already announced acts including Chemical Brothers, Pulp, Foals and Janelle Monáe.

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