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Festival line-up update – 18 Apr 2012

By | Published on Wednesday 18 April 2012

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B’ESTFEST SUMMER CAMP, Tunari, Poland, 6-8 Jul: Pulp, Garbage, Caro Emerald, Skindred, Modestep and Andy C are amongst the initial bookings for Romania’s premiere music festival, with further names still to be announced.

BACK2BLACK FESTIVAL, Barbican, Old Billinsgate, East London, 29 Jun – 1 Jul: Customarily staged in Brazil, Back2Black’s first ever British edition will host Macy Gray, Linton Kwesi, Roots Manuva, Femi Kuti and others in a multi-arts move to reconcile Brazilian culture with its African Heritage.

BEACH BREAK LIVE, Pembrey Country Park, South Wales, 14-18 Jun: The Maccabees head a horde of just-added Beach Break revellers, with further line-up extras including Dry The River, Lulu James, Levi Roots and Phaeleh. This lot join Dizzee Rascal, Friendly Fires, Benga, Chase & Status, Ghostpoet, Labrinth and Maverick Sabre on this student-facing seaside fest’s overall roster.

BEACONS FESTIVAL, Funkirk Estate, Carleton, North Yorkshire, 17-19 Aug: Real Estate, The Felice Brothers, Julio Bashmore, Cloud Nothings, Willis Earl Beal, Andrew Weatherall and the excellent Weird Dreams prove mood-enhancing supplements to a shining Beacons bill, as has hitherto housed Wild Beasts, Patrick Wolf, Roots Manuva, Jessie Ware, Willy Mason, King Krule, Mazes and Stay+.

CHAGSTOCK, Whiddon Down, Devon, 20-21 Jul: Performances by Fun Lovin Criminals and Seth Lakeman, plus an acoustic set from Alabama 3, are new on the cards at Chagstock this year. Notable existing bookings include KT Tunstall, Juan Zelada, Ruarri Joseph, The Travelling Band and Mad Dog Mcrea.

DOUR, Dour, Belgium, 12-15 Jul: DOOM and seminal alt-rap twosome Black Star, aka Talib Kweli and Mos Def, are new to a blossoming Dour programme, as cultivates a bank of live luminaries in the various forms of Bon Iver, Franz Ferdinand, Battles, The Flaming Lips, James Black and Caribou.

HARD ROCK CALLING, Hyde Park, London, 13-15 Jul: Brand new line-up features Black Stone Cherry, Kids In Glass Houses, Christina Perri, Big Country, Guillemots, Amy McDonald and nu-reggae metallists Skindred are summoned to the Hard Rock Calling cause, as is also backed by co-headliners Soundgarden, Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon.

HOP FARM MUSIC FESTIVAL, Hop Farm Country Park, Paddock Wood, Kent, 29 Jun – 1 Jul: Ah, yet more Hop Farm additions – the final ones, in fact – as Richard Ashcroft, Kool & The Gang, Ray Davies, Randy Crawford, Gary Numan, Field Music, British Sea Power and more are confirmed to accompany the previously announced Bob Dylan, Suede, Peter Gabriel and – of course – Lord Brucey Forsyth.

LARMER TREE, Larmer Tree Gardens, Salisbury, Dorset, 11-15 Jul: Newly enlisted pop sort Paloma Faith now occupies the Larmer Tree line-up alongside the aforementioned likes of Jools Holland, Levellers, Amadour & Mariam and ivory-tinkling comedy muso, Tim Minchin.

READING/LEEDS FESTIVALS, 24-26 Aug: Gratifying rock fans on Reading/Leeds’ Lock Up stage will be Social Distortion, Less Than Jake, Anti-Flag, Gallows, Turbonegro, Bouncing Souls and A Wilhelm Scream; while Grimes, Modestep, Los Campesinos! and DJ Zinc are freshly destined for the Dance Arena. This lot join Foo Fighters, The Cure, Kasabian, Paramore, The Black Keys, Justice, Metronomy and Florence And The Machine on the alternating line-up applying to both festivals. /

SONAR, Barcelona, Spain, 14-16 Jun: Acts including Trust, Annie Mac, Simian Mobile Disco, Jack Beats, Jamie Lidell and Star Slinger enrich an already well-stocked Sonar roster, aligning with such existing announcees as New Order, Fatboy Slim, Deadmau5, James Blake and Lana Del Rey. Also new to proceedings is hip hop experimentalist Flying Lotus, who will present two completely different live sets.

THE GREAT ESCAPE, various venues, Brighton, 10-12 May: Team TGE have unpacked a raft of guest artists set to board Africa Express Sound System’s headlining slot at the Brighton Dome. These include Shingai Shoniwa of The Noisettes, Reverend And The Makers’ John McClure, South African producer Spoek Mathambo, Ghanaian hip hop artist M3NSA, soul songstress Terri Walker and resident Boiler Room DJ Thristian ‘bpm’.

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