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Festival line-up update – 14 Feb 2011

By | Published on Monday 14 February 2011


CORNBURY, The Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire, 1-3 Jul: Held in the grounds of a country estate in Chipping Norton, Cornbury will this year host headlining acts James Blunt, Status Quo and the still fairly recently reformed The Faces, who will again be fronted by flame-haired Simply Red siren Mick Hucknall. Also confirmed are the venerable Ray Davies, Cyndi Lauper and the not-so venerable Olly Murs. Sophie Ellis Bextor, Imelda May, Eliza Doolittle, The Like and Buffy Sainte Marie will bring a feminine element to the rural proceedings, while The Saw Doctors, John Allen and Bellowhead will not.

DOUR, La Machine A Feu, Belgium, 14-17 Jul: A whole lot of dancey types are to jump around with existing headliners House Of Pain at this year’s Dour fest, including superstar DJ Erol Alkan, The Japanese Popstars, Jamaïca, Shy FX & Digitalsoundboy System and Luke Vibert. Vitalic will also present his ‘V Mirror Live’ set in the Last Arena, which apparently features two giant steel and glass mirror-like structures – okay, mirrors – and an awe-inspiring LED display.

GLASTONBURY, Worthy Farm, Somerset, 22-26 Jun: Just in case you weren’t aware, Beyonce has ended much speculation as to whether she will perform at Glastonbury this year, by confirming that she is to play a 90 minute set at the close of the festival. Having attended Glasto in 2008 to watch hubby Jay-Z’s controversial headline set, she has gushed about returning to Worthy Farm, quoted in a press release as saying: “This really is the biggest festival in the world and I cannot wait to perform there. Everyone who attends is really appreciative of music and is in such a good mood that entire weekend. I’m pumped just thinking about that huge audience and soaking up their energy”.

LIVE AT LEEDS, various venues, Leeds, 29 Apr – 1 May: Organisers have released the names of the first wave of acts set to hit Leeds at this year’s citywide music happening. Leading lights Anna Calvi, Pulled Apart By Horses, Young Knives, The Duke Spirit and Aloe Blacc are accompanied on the bill by an exciting line-up of emerging artists including Cocknbullkid, Dutch Uncles, Slow Club, Swimming, Spark and The Chapman Family. Since The Whip are playing almost every festival this summer, it makes sense that they are also booked to appear at this one.