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Festival line-up update: Øya, Rock AM Ring, Other Voices and more

By | Published on Thursday 28 November 2013


So, thrower-of-boutique-music-parties ATP has confirmed it’ll pitch again in Keflavik next July, for its latest Icelandic event.

Taking place between 10-12 Jul 2014 at Ásbrú, an ex-NATO base, the 5000-capacity ATP Iceland bash will feature a cinema, a range of “extra curricular activities”, and a pair of stages on which bands will play live. Which bands, I don’t know, ATP hasn’t said, but Nick Cave headlined last year, so that augurs rather nicely.

Prior to a first line-up announcement, the ATP old faithful can book advance-advance tickets via this link.

Elsewhere in festival news, best-selling men-of-steel Metallica, well-known friends to democracy, are handing over control of the content of their newly-set slots at Germany’s Sonisphere Hamburg, Rock Im Park and Rock AM Ring to ticket-holders. In short, they’re letting fest-goers vote for a top seventeen songs from their entire discography, which will then form the body of their setlist.

This is Lars Ulrich with more of the same: “We are once again psyched to break free of the four walls of the studio to get energised by our devoted European friends for a couple of weeks next May and June. On top of that, the fact that all our nutty fans will pick the songs we play should be some next level fun and take a big load off my shoulders as the guy who usually writes the set list!”

Isn’t democracy great. And in that spirit, read freely (or don’t) this list of itemised new additions to the following festival-type events…

CHELTENHAM JAZZ FESTIVAL, 30 Apr – 5 May 2014: Robert Cray Band, Gilles Peterson, Loose Tubes.

EUROSONIC AIR, Groningen, Netherlands, 15-18 Jan 2014: Kensington, De Staat, Le Pegatina, Navarone.

EUROSONIC NOORDERSLAG, Groningen, Netherlands, 15-18 Jan 2014: Broken Brass Ensemble, Kid Karate, Jungle By Night, Katadreuffe, MC Fit, Mr Probz, Sandra Van Niewland, The Silverfaces, Nigel & Thom. festival.

NORTHSIDE, Soren Frichs Road, Jutland, Denmark, 13-15 Jun 2014: Queens Of The Stone Age, Franz Ferdinand.

OTHER VOICES, Dingle, Ireland, 6-8 Dec: Patty Griffin, Mogwai, John Grant, David Gray, Lulu James, Agnes Obel, Lisa O’Neill, Willis Earl Beal, Asgeir, Hozier, Josef Salvat, Rosie Carney, David Arnold.

ØYA, Middelalderparken, Oslo, Norway, 5-9 Aug 2014: Neutral Milk Hotel, Nadine Shah, Jonathan Wilson, Deafhaven, Joey Bada$$, Omar Souleyman, Emilie Nicolas, Daniel Kvammen, Hanne Kolst, Spidergawd.

ROCK AM RING, Nurburg, Germany, 5-8 Jun 2014: Metallica, Kings Of Leon, Linkin Park, Iron Maiden.

WESTPORT FESTIVAL, Westport House, County Mayo, Ireland, 28-29 Jun 2014: Bryan Adams, Kool & The Gang.

WYCHWOOD, Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire, 30 May – 1 Jun 2014: Boomtown Rats, Craig Charles, The Real Thing, Polly & The Billets Doux, Merry Hell.

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