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Festival line-up update – 22 Feb 2013

By | Published on Friday 22 February 2013


So, first to Glastonbury and to its Dance Village area, as has been made-over and renamed ‘Silver Hayes’. It’s divided into a dance-themed ‘supertent’, Sonic, which this year will give shelter to the likes of Nas, AlunaGeorge and Disclosure; a Wow Stage for breaking artists; and the Gully – an installation featuring an open-air stage and, says this official Glasto note, a “pulsating street of sound systems and stalls”, DJs, MCs and live acts.

Co-programmer Emily Eavis explains it all: “I’ve always thought that the closest parallel with Glastonbury is Notting Hill Carnival, and the buzz around this rebirth is exactly what we were looking for, both musically and visually. There’s going to be a lot of incredible music from all around the world”.

Whilst I’m on Glastonbury, Alt-J have inadvertently said (at The BRITs, to James Corden) that they’re playing the festival this year. They weren’t meant to because they didn’t have Michael Eavis’ say-so, the alt-fools.

Also letting secrets out of the bag, though with official sanction, is Manchester’s Parklife Weekender festival, organisers of which have revealed its secret location, having outgrown Platt’s Field where it took place last year. Hmm, a music event in a big park in Manchester, where could it be? That’s right, it’s going to be in Heaton Park, right where those big Stone Roses shows took place last summer.

Says the festival’s Sam Kandel: “We are very lucky that no other large scale events have been planned for the site this year, so that Parklife Weekender is able to work with Manchester City Council for what is our biggest and best festival yet. The Parklife team are very proud to see this year’s festival at Heaton Park – it definitely feels like 2013 is going to be a key moment in Parklife Weekender’s history”.

As well as that, the festival has added The Temper Trap and a few other acts to its line-up, just to make absolutely sure it gets into the FLUU column. It’s OK guys, we would have put you in anyway.

Moving on, lots of artists have been added one-by-one to the Mumford, Rihanna and Killers-headlined T In The Park festival of late, and today’s watery T trickle features Beady Eye and Daughter. We’ll await T’s non-revelatory next epistle with baited breath.

And hey, another thing worth waiting for is the addition of Solange, Local Natives, Savages and John Talabot to Yorkshire torch-fest Beacons. So that’s new, as is the first cast-life to be released by Evolution Festival, one that’s presided over by Paloma Faith and The Vaccines, and co-stars AlunaGeorge, Ellie Goulding, Modestep and Jake Bugg.

Talking of stars, today’s stellar FLUU constellation looks like this:

BEACONS, Funkirk Estate, Carleton, North Yorkshire, 16-18 Aug: Local Natives, Solange, John Talabot, Savages, Fucked Up, Lunar C, Gabriel Bruce, Paradise, East India Youth, Dauwd, Fatima, Iration Steppas, Ofei, Prince Fatty.

EVOLUTION FESTIVAL, Spiller’s Wharf, Tyne & Wear, 26-27 May: Paloma Faith, The Vaccines, Jake Bugg, Ellie Goulding, AlunaGeorge, Rudimental, Bastille, The Strypes, Modestep, Sub Focus, Lulu James, Arlissa, The Lake Poets, Lethal Bizzle, Mistajam, Zinc, Loadstar, Delta Heavy, Dismantle, Decibel, Drenge, Bondax, Gorgon City, P Money, Chroma, DJ Gentleman Jonny, Eliza And The Bear, Rossi Noise.

GLASTONBURY, Worthy Farm, Somerset, 26-30 Jun: Alt-J, Nas, Disclosure, Hot Natured, David Rodigan, Sub Focus, AlunaGeorge, Eats Everything, Rudimental, The Congos.

GREENFIELD, Interlaken, Switzerland, 13-15 Jun: The Prodigy, Ska-P, Coheed & Cambria, Gallows, Karnivool, Bleed From Within, Adept, Itchy Poopzkid, Bury Tomorrow, The Ghost Inside, Deaf Havana, Slag In Cullet, The Strapones.

HENLEY FESTIVAL, Henley On Thames, 4-8 Jul: Beach Boys, Madness, Paloma Faith, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

LYTHAM PROMS, Lytham Green, Lancashire, 2-4 Aug: Rita Ora, Conor Maynard, Stooshe.

NASS FESTIVAL, Royal Bath & West Showground, Somerset, 11-14 Jul: DJ Marky, Benga, Jakwob, Matrix & Futurebound, P Money, Hazard, Ed Rush, Mampi Swift, Metrik, Crissy Criss, Cookie Monsta & Funtcase, Roska, Koven, Taiki & Nulight.

PARKLIFE WEEKENDER, Heaton Park, Manchester, 8-9 Jun: The Temper Trap, Baauer, Boddika, Breakbot, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs.

SOUTH WEST FOUR, Clapham Common, London, 24-25 Aug: Carl Cox.

T IN THE PARK, Balado, Kinross-shire, Scotland, 12-14 Jul: Beady Eye, Laurent Garnier, Daughter, Tribes.

WOOD FESTIVAL, Braziers Park, Oxfordshire, 17-19 May: Mary Epworth, Danny And The Champions Of The World, Syd Arthur, Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou, Dreaming Spires, Washington Irving, Jali Fily Cissokho, Flights of Helios, Ligers, Julie Hawk, Nick Cope, Jack Day, Marcus Corbett.

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