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Festival line-up update – 1 Mar 2012

By | Published on Thursday 1 March 2012


BEATHERDER, Gisburn, Lancashire, 29 Jun-1 Jul: Fresh Beatherder additions Lee Scratch Perry, Death In Vegas, Mr Scruff & MC Kwasi and Goldie will join Nathan Fake, Pariah, King Charles, D/R/U/G/S and Ellen And The Escapades alongside headliners Orbital on Beatherder’s bill, with more acts performing across the festival’s eleven stages yet to be named.

CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL, Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge, 26-29 Jul: Roy Harper, Seth Lakeman, Pine Leaf Boys, Law and Jim Moray’s Silent Ceilidh make up just a fraction of the acts just added to Cambridge’s premier folk fest, joining Clannad, The Proclaimers, June Tabor, Oysterband, Billy Bragg and Joan Armatrading on the bill.

FRANKFEST, Jabez Clegg Beer Hall, Manchester, 31 Mar: The Fall and Badly Drawn Boy will front this live music drive to raise funds for a statue of papier-mache comic character Frank Sidebottom, aka the late Chirs Sievey, who died in 2010. The event will also feature copious melon-twisting courtesy of a DJ set from Bez of The Happy Mondays.

FUTURE EVERYTHING, various venues, Manchester, 16-19 May: Billed as a celebration of “art, music and ideas”, Manchester will this year invite Amon Tobin and his AV ‘ISAM’ spectacle to its annual Future Everything happening. Sets by Matthew Herbert, Levon Vincent, John Talabot, plus a Tri Angle label showcase featuring Holy Other, Vessel and The Haxan Cloak only enhance a promising initial line-up.

GHOSTFEST, Leeds University Students’ Union, Leeds, 30 Jun-1 Jul: This fast-growing hardcore and metalfest plans to pack Emmure, All Shall Perish, Comeback Kid, Defeater, Silent Screams, Polar and Continents onto its all-day programme, which features three stages sponsored by Monster Energy Drink and fashion brands Impericon and Time Will Tell.

PINKPOP, Landgraaf, The Netherlands, 26-28 May: Linkin Park, Bombay Bicycle Club, Seasick Steve, Chase & Status, Mastodon and Keane head a raft of artists storming onto Pinkpop’s 2012 billing, joining Soundgarden, Mumford & Sons, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band and The Cure.

SLAM DUNK, Leeds University/University Of Hertfordshire, 27 May: The Blackout, The Word Alive, I See Stars, Motion City Soundtrack, Hit The Lights and Lower Than Atlantis form the latest portion of acts visiting both of Slam Dunk’s twin events, joining earlier bookings Taking Back Sunday, Architects, Every Time I Die, Set Your Goals, The King Blues, and Make Do And Mend on a crowded rock roster.

SOUTH WEST FOUR, Clapham Common, London, 25-26 Aug: Fratstep type Skrillex proves a noisesome inductee to SW4’s weekend call-sheet following his being named Saturday headliner. Carl Cox, Erick Morillo and John Digweed are aforementioned fixtures of a bill crowned by closing supremos Chase & Status.

WILDERNESS FESTIVAL, Cornbury Park Estate, Oxfordshire, 10-12 Aug: Now in its second year of existence, Wilderness will accommodate acts including Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Spiritualized, Wilco, Lianne La Havas, Cloud Control, Field Music, Milagres and Stornoway amidst its twice-as-nice 2012 programme.

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