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Festival line-up update – 20 Apr 2012

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The Great Escape

BLISSFIELDS, Woodmancott, Hampshire, 29 Jun – 1 Jul: Thanks to a brand new missive from Blissfields HQ, festival goers now know to anticipate performances from new additions including Guillemots, Clock Opera, Theme Park, Eugene McGuinness, Toy, Citizens! and Dog Is Dead. As aforementioned, Patrick Wolf, The Noisettes, Spector and Toddla T will also appear.

ELECTRIC PICNIC, Stradbally Hall Estate, Co Laois, Ireland, 31 Aug – 2 Sep: Patti Smith heads a procession of recent Electric Picnic recruits, as finds Richard Hawley, Crystal Castles, SBTRKT, Grandaddy, Squarepusher, The Maccabees, Van Dyke Parks and Michael Kiwanuka following not far behind. Subjects of prior 2012 notices include The Cure, The Killers, Tindersticks, Sigur Rós, Elbow, Grizzly Bear, Orbital, The Killers, Bat For Lashes, The xx, Metronomy, Azealia Banks and Roots Manuva.

HARROWGATE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL, various venues, Harrowgate, 5-28 Jul: This year marking its 47th annual edition, this venerable Harrowgate happening will host The Divine Comedy, Bellowhead and Eliza Carthy, as well as a strong multi-arts programme starring John Wilson Orchestra and the BBC Big Band.

MAGIC LOUNGEABOUT, Broughton Hall, Skipton, North Yorkshire, 27-29 Jul: With Detroit house oracles Inner City now taking command of Saturday’s line-up, Loungeabout coordinaters further broaden their 2012 roster with Smoove & Tarell, plus DJs including Dave Beer, Buckley and Chris Duckenfield. The Charlatans, Chic feat Nile Rodgers, Benjamin Francis Leftwich and Jenny O top the festival’s existing bookings.

SHAKEDOWN FESTIVAL, Stanmer Park, Brighton, 6 Oct: Bolstering a Shakedown bill that previously comprised lone headliner Dizzee Rascal are acts including Professor Green, Katy B, Stooshe and Clement Marfo & The Frontline, with many more still to be announced.

SUMMER SUNDAE WEEKENDER, De Montfort Hall, Leicester, 17-19 Aug: Speech Debelle, Agnes Obel, Loney Dear, Bowerbirds and Clock Opera form an eclectic late supplement to 2012’s Summer Sundae stable, which also houses Adam Ant, Billy Bragg, Death In Vegas, Gold Panda, Datarock, Francois And The Atlas Mountains, Friends and Ghostpoet.

THE GREAT ESCAPE, various venues, Brighton, 10-12 May: Pond, Willis Earl Beal, We Have Band, Tribes, Ren Harveiu, The Defiled and the illustrious Dan Le Sac crest the fourth wave of acts now rocking the good ship Great Escape, as also bears headliners Maximo Park, The Temper Trap and Africa Express Sound System amongst an internationally-sourced horde.

WICKERMAN, East Kirkcarswell Farm, Dundrennan, Scotland, 20-21 Jul: Wickerman has booked Scissor Sisters and Texas as its 2012 headliners, with performances by Cast, Newton Faulkner, The View, Dog Is Dead, Levellers and a Mike Skinner DJ set also amongst the festival’s many on-stage attractions.

WIRELESS, Hyde Park, London, 6-8 Jul: The Roots, Santigold, Afrojack, Kreayshawn, Metric, AlunaGeorge and US rap type Lloyd represent some of the latest acts to claim coveted slots on the well-populated Wireless line-up. With Drake, Rihanna and Deadmau5 confirmed as co-headliners, the Barclaycard-backed bash will also count Jessie J, Calvin Harris, J Cole and Rizzle Kicks amongst its artist roster.

WYCHWOOD, Cheltenham Racecourse, 8-10 Jun: Show Of Hands, Simon Friend’s Seismic Survey, Jenny Hallam and Mila Falls make up part of the latest portion of acts added to Wychwood’s live music listings, which also feature Bellowhead, James, The Saw Doctors, The Cuban Brothers, The Damned, Hawkwind and Dodgy.

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