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Festival line-up update – 25 Mar 2011

By | Published on Friday 25 March 2011

Chester Rocks

CHESTER ROCKS, Chester Racecourse, 2-3 Jul: Welcome additions to this new Chester-based fest are I Am Kloot, Shaun Ryder and tribute band Australian Pink Floyd, who will pay spectacular homage to their namesakes alongside such already announced Sunday rock acts as Echo & The Bunnyment and Iggy Pop & The Stooges. 80s favourites The Christians are the latest act set to appear on the Saturday bill which is largely dominated by poppier sorts like Eliza Doolittle, Taio Cruz, McFly and The Saturdays. Let’s hope those last two acts don’t bump into each other backstage, eh?

LOUNGE ON THE FARM, Merton Farm, Canterbury, Kent, 8-10 Jul: Organisers have summoned local prog legends Caravan back to their glorious hometown for a performance at this Kentish bash, with Katy B and Graham Coxon also occupying much-coveted spots on the line-up. The Joy Formidable, folk heartthrob Johnny Flynn, Egyptian Hip Hop and Slow Club are also amongst those newly set to augment the existing billing of The Streets, Ellie Goulding, Example and Echo & The Bunnymen.

MELTDOWN, Southbank Centre, London, 10-19 Jun: Curator Ray Davies has hand-picked a host of acts for this culture-rich celebration, the first of which include Yo La Tengo, Madness, the London Sinfonietta and art-punks Wire. With opening and closing sets from the venerable Kinks frontman, the festival will also host a film programme, and a variety of comedy and poetry performance pieces involving the likes of Michael Palin, Terry Jones, and Roger McGough. How marvellous this all sounds.

WE THE PEOPLE, Bristol Harbour, Bristol, 4-5 Jun: Sub Focus, Tensnake, DJ Derek and MJ Cole are at the forefront of the latest wave of acts set to hit Bristol’s harbour for the inaugural We The People two-dayer. Also just introduced to the line-up is a collaboration between Krafty Kuts and Featurecast, who join previous announcees including The Streets, Roots Manuva and Chase & Status on the bill.