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Festival line-up update – 25 Apr 2012

By | Published on Wednesday 25 April 2012

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BILBAO BBK, Kobetamendi, Bilbao, Spain, 12-14 Jul: Brand new bookings Keane, The View, James Murphy and Pat Mahoney now co-occupy the Bilbao BBK bill with its established residents, several of those being The Cure, Radiohead, Garbage, The Maccabees, Mumford & Sons and Glasvegas.

CHAZZSTOCK, Wolverhampton Civic Hall/Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton, 10 Jun: With organisers forced to cancel the Chazzstock’s original Leicester-based edition due to licensing issues (see above), the festival’s revised and relocated format will still present The Vaccines, The Horrors, and Tribes in tribute to late Ou Est Le Swimming Pool frontman Charles Haddon.

EXIT FESTIVAL, Petrovaradin Fortress, Novi Sad, Serbia, 12-15: Now twinned with the UK’s very own Bestival, Serbia’s foremost live stronghold now houses the just announced Erykah Badu, Citizens!, Hercules & Love Affair and Skindred. This assorted quartet further reinforce a roster that includes Guns N Roses, Duran Duran, New Order, Plan B, Gossip, Wolfmother and Little Dragon.

FESTIVAL NO 6, Portmeirion, Wales, 14-16 Sep: An intriguing late feature to this year’s festival calendar, this bespoke Welsh fest taking place in Portmeirion, the strange setting for 60s TV series ‘The Prisoner’, is so far prepared to host New Order, Primal Scream and Spiritualized, with mixsmiths Erol Alkan, Mr Scruff, Andrew Weatherall & Sean Johnston, Horse Meat Disco and Don Letts also down to deliver DJ sets.

GREEN MAN FESTIVAL, Glanusk Park, Powys, Wales, 17-19 Aug: The Tallest Man On Earth, The Bees and The Staves lead the latest musical horde destined for Green Man glory, joining aforementioned festival guests Van Morrison, Feist, The Walkmen, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Michael Kiwanuka, Friends and Ghostpoet.

HARD ROCK CALLING, Hyde Park, London, 13-15 Jul: Second Stage supremos The Mars Volta join what’s unofficially billed as ‘Soundgarden day’ at Hard Rock Calling, also sharing Friday’s roster with Iggy & The Stooges, Cold Chisel, Blackstone Cherry, Kids In Glass Houses and Skindred. With Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon ruling the roster roosts on alternative dates, the festival will also host Guillemots, Lady Antebellum, Jimmy Cliff and Alison Krauss & Union Station.

HEINEKEN OPEN’ER, Gdynia, Poland, 4-7 Jul: Yeasayer and The Ting Tings are notable amid a last minute influx to the 2012 Open’er roster, one that also features Björk, New Order, Justice, Major Lazer, The xx, Mumford & Sons, Janelle Monáe and M83.

READING/LEEDS FESTIVALS, 24-26 Aug: Latecomers Graham Coxon, Mastodon, Passion Pit, Santigold, The Joy Formidable, Dry The River and The Hives are all just confirmed for Reading and Leeds’ NME/Radio 1 stage, and will thus play parallel to main stage attractions Foo Fighters, The Cure, Kasabian et al. /

SLAM DUNK, Leeds University/University Of Hertfordshire, 26-27 May: With a similar event being staged in Scotland and Wales, Slam Dunk’s English editions share the news that Gallows, Capdown, Random Hand, Sharks and Hildamay will supplement both its northern and southern line-ups. Taking Back Sunday, The Black Out, Funeral For A Friend, Motion City Soundtrack and Architects rule the existing bill.

SUMMER SERIES AT SOMERSET HOUSE, London, 7-17 Jul: Gracing Somerset House’s grand courtyard stage this year are headliners Tim Minchin, Katy B, The Temper Trap, M83, Paloma Faith, The Enemy, Tindersticks and Jill Scott, with an Afrobeat spectacular featuring Fela Kuti disciples Olu Maintain, Cappo Snoop and Atumpan also amongst the festival’s diverse initial listings.

V FESTIVAL, Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex/Weston Park, Staffordshire, 18-19 Aug: New V add-ons Wretch 32, Gossip, The Feeling, Newton Faulkner and Childish Gambino cater to broad listening tastes at this dual-day popfest, which counts The Stone Roses, Noel Gallagher, The Killers, Nicki Minaj, David Guetta and more amid its alternating bill.

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