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Festival line-up update: Camp Bestival, V Festival, Wilderness and more

By | Published on Tuesday 26 February 2013

V Festival

So, we’ll begin this CMU FLUU interlude with Ash, who are the first ‘beginning-with-A’ artist added to this year’s ‘Around The World’-themed Camp Bestival, according to its spate of A-Z additions. Now we have only to wait for ‘B’!

And here she is right now, B – or Beyonce to you – has been announced as the first headliner of this year’s V, which also keeps the single letter theme going, if jumping ahead a little too quickly. Whatever, V will be Beyonce’s only UK festival performance this year, which is a shame because V is the worst festival on the planet. Kings Of Leon have also been confirmed to headline too, which doesn’t help matters much.

Announcing those two, as well as various other acts for this year’s event, V Festival Directors Bob Angus, Simon Moran and Dennis Desmond sang in near-perfect harmony: “We’ve worked hard to bring fans an exciting and diverse line-up, securing Beyonce for an exclusive European festival appearance and Kings Of Leon as headliners is a great achievement. These acts along with one of the strongest bills in V Festival’s eighteen year history is something we are very proud of. We have a reputation for bringing fans the best world class acts and breakthrough artists, 2013 is set to be another sensational year”.

Now, who’s interested in the first list of live names to find themselves on the bill attached to MAMA/Secret’s un-wild boutique soiree Wilderness? W, see? We’re still on the alphabet thing. If so, have Empire Of The Sun, Noah & The Whale, Rodriguez, Michael Kiwanuka, Tom Odell, King Krule and Melody’s Echo Chamber with Wilderness’s compliments. Oh, and a rapt quote from the man at the heart of Oscar-winning film ‘Searching For Sugar Man’, fabled folk character Rodriguez, who says: “It is an honour and pleasure to be included to perform at this year’s Wilderness. I am told that it is at a beautiful location, so we are definitely looking forward to the scene”.

Yeah, the scene. Orchestrating that scene – which features opera, theatre, banquet-style gourmet hors d’oeuvres and even a luxury spa – are MAMA/Secret’s Dean James, Tim Harvey, Jim Whewell and Jo Vidler, who, like those V types, sang their statement together (it was wonderful, you really should have heard it): “As festival organisers, Wilderness is still the mouth-watering prospect it’s always been. Each and every one of the amazing shows and happenings have been inspired by the lakes, valleys, copses and rides of our majestic home. From this year’s exquisite banqueting concepts to theatrical shows we are bringing over from mainland France, it will be a weekend of both electrifying entertainments and restful escape. We can’t wait”.

Well, they’ll have to wait a while for all that, but this itemised synopsis of all-new FLUUs is ready for consumption right now, including the inaugural Alton Towers Live, insular Croatian fest Echo, Finland’s Kendrick Lamar-starring Flow, Henley’s self-titled jazzy pop party, city-central rock revel Live At Leeds, and the Matlock-based Y-Not:

ALTON TOWERS LIVE, Alton Towers Resort, Staffordshire, 6 Jul: Rizzle Kicks, Labrinth, Little Mix, James Arthur, Conor Maynard, Stooshe, Union J.

CAMP BESTIVAL, Lulworth Castle, Dorset, 1-4 Aug: Ash.

ECHO FESTIVAL, Kanegra, Umag, Croatia, 6-9 Jun: Magda, Redshape, John Roberts, Lorca, Audio Werner, Mandy Jordan, Voigtman, Lamache, Daniel Padlung, Luca Pilato.

FLOW FESTIVAL, Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland, 7-11 Aug: Kendrick Lamar, Haim, AlunaGeorge, Disclosure.

HENLEY FESTIVAL, Henley On Thames, 4-8 Jul: Jamie Cullum.

LIVE AT LEEDS, various venues, Leeds, 3-5 May: The Walkmen, Savages, MS MR, Dutch Uncles, Mo, Melodys Echo Chamber, Still Corners, Sky Larkin, Dinosaur Pile Up, Splashh, Still Corners, Backyards, Bebe Black, Castrovalva, Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs, Chloe Howl, Deep Sea Arcade, Filthy Boy, Findlay, Fryers, Fun Adults, Georgia Thursting, Gliss, Hawk Eyes, Heart Ships, Humanfly, Indians, Jacobean Ruff, Jetta, John Newman, Luke Sital Singh, Lulu James, Man Like Me (live), Max Raptor, Maybeshewill, Middleman, Must, Nadine Carina, Night Engine, On An On, PINS, Post War Years, Robert DeLong, Syron, Take Turns, The Concetines, The Coopers, The Covelles, The Dunwells, These Monsters, Those Rotten Thieves, Tokyo Corner, Troumaca, Wild Swim, Wolf Alice.

V FESTIVAL, Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire, 17-18 Aug: Beyonce, Kings Of Leon, Stereophonics, The Script, Emeli Sandé, Calvin Harris, Beady Eye, Jessie J, Two Door Cinema Club, The Vaccines, Basement Jaxx, Olly Murs, Paloma Faith, James, Rita Ora, The Courteeners, Jason Mraz, Fun., Labrinth, Ellie Goulding, Kendrick Lamar, Of Monsters And Men, Maverick Sabre, Travis, DJ Fresh/LIVE, Jessie Ware, Maximo Park, Lianne La Havas, Rudimental, James Arthur, Scouting For Girls, Deacon Blue, Little Mix, Ocean Colour Scene, The Fratellis, Gabrielle Aplin and Laura Mvula.

WILDERNESS, Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire, 9-11 Aug: Empire Of The Sun, Rodriguez, Noah And The Whale, Michael Kiwanuka, Tom Odell, Ghostpoet, Tribes, Matt Corby, Lucy Rose, King Krule, Melody’s Echo Chamber, Eliza And The Bear.

Y-NOT FESTIVAL, Matlock, Derbyshire, 2-4 Aug: The Cribs, The Twang, Dizraeli And The Small Gods, Propellers.

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