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Festival line-up update – 16 May 2012

By | Published on Wednesday 16 May 2012

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BEATHERDER, Gisburn, Lancashire, 29 Jun – 1 Jul: Dutch electronica trio Kraak & Smaak crown a company of new confirmations for this year’s Beatherder, as System 7, Jalapeno Sound System, Eddy Temple-Morris and Stealing Sheep also join an existing roster ruled by Orbital, Death In Vegas, Lee Scratch Perry, Mr Scruff & Mc Kwasi and Goldie.

BERLIN FESTIVAL, Tempelhof Airport/Arena Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 7-8 Sep: Grimes, Django Django and Clock Opera’s presence serves as a further supplement to the Berlin Festival billing, as has hitherto housed the likes of Franz Ferdinand, Friends, Little Dragon, Sigur Ros, Metronomy and a score of similarly great international artistes.

BLOC WEEKEND, London Pleasure Gardens, Royal Victoria Docks, 6-7 Jul: Bloc has made a last pass at recognition as this year’s most essential electronic line-up with the announcement that Amon Tobin will bring his acclaimed AV spectacle, ISAM, to this year’s proceedings. Elsewhere, Bloc guests can expect sets by James Blake, Orbital, Flying Lotus, Oneohtrix Point Never, Nicolas Jaar, Battles and Snoop Dogg.

BLOODSTOCK, Catton Hall, South Derbyshire, 10-12 Aug: Witchsorrow, Batallion and Dripback form the newest recruits to Bloodstock’s 2012 edition, and thus line up against veterans Behemoth, Alice Cooper, Watain, Dimmu Borgir, Orange Goblin, Testament and Sepultura.

BT LONDON LIVE, Hyde Park, London, 28 Jul: Tom Jones has been announced for one of the free shows due to take place in Hyde Park this summer as part of the Olympics entertainment programme. He’ll play on 28 Jul. Feeder, Dodgy, Levellers, Cast, Amy Macdonald, Paul Carrack, Kenny Thomas, and the cast of West End Queen-fest ‘We Will Rock You’ will all also do free stints in the park over the Olympic fortnight – go to the BT London Live website and see if you can work out who’s playing when. I couldn’t.

FIELD DAY, Victoria Park, London, 2 Jun: Field Day organisers disclose a DJ roster featuring sets by Amateur Best and Odd Future’s The Internet as an extra festival draw, with this lot and further new additions Chairlift, Blanck Mass and Debruit joining such previously announced revellers as Franz Ferdinand, Sleigh Bells, Mazzy Star, The Vaccines, AfroCubism and Metronomy.

HARD ROCK CALLING, Hyde Park, London, 13-15 Jul: Having only just heeded Hyde Park’s Hard Rock Calling, late arrivals Tom Morello, Karima Francis and The Dirty Youth are now destined to join an overall festival bill including Soundgarden, The Mars Volta, Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon.

ITUNES FESTIVAL, The Roundhouse, London, 1-30 Sep: Jack White, Usher, Norah Jones and One Direction tick pop boxes across the board as the first acts announced to attend individual dates at this year’s September-spanning iTunes Festival, tickets for which – as ever – are free but subject to a lottery.

LIVE FROM JODRELL BANK, Cheshire, 23-24 Jun: Craig Charles, Gomez, and Jake Evans are the latest star players set for the Paul Weller headlined second night transmission of Live From Jodrell Bank, as is also orbited by Graham Coxon, Baxter Dury and Little Barrie. Elbow will headline on the previous day, though their supporting line-up is still to be confirmed.

SWINGFEST, Essen, Germany, 5-7 Oct: Swingfest’s avant-garde listings this year encompass A Winged Victory For The Sullen, who’ll headline beside Moritz Von Oswald, Murcof and Hidden Orchestra. And what’s more, each listed artist will play an hour’s worth of music.

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