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Festival line-up update: Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Isle Of Wight, Ultra Europe and more

By | Published on Friday 31 January 2014

Isle Of Wight Festival

Ah, Radio 1’s big Big Weekend. This year’s free-entry (if you’re lucky enough to win one of the 60,000 tickets on offer) event will be based in Glasgow, and feature headliners in the twin forms of pop royals Rita Ora and Paolo Nutini, plus some other acts that haven’t so far been announced, so there.

Bristling with excitement, Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw says: “So excited to announce that we are going to be partying in Glasgow this summer! There is a rule that the further north you go, the more fun the gig will be, so I’m psyched to be in Scotland this year. Big Weekend always has the best line-up and kicking things off are Rita and Paolo. I can’t wait!”

As south as you can go without falling in the English Channel (but I’m sure this’ll be fun, whatever Grimmy says), on to the Isle Of Wight and it’s namesake festival, which has gained a pinch of naff pop spice, aka the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who pile on top of a bill also boasting Calvin Harris, Biffy Clyro, Rudimental and The 1975. Hey, remember when Isle Of Wight was a ‘rock’ festival?

The Chilis sure do, and to that end they say all together: “To headline the Isle of Wight Festival is a once in a lifetime opportunity, following in the footsteps of Jimi Hendrix and The Doors. When we were offered the slot, we jumped at the chance… it will be our only show in the UK/Ireland this year… so we intend to make it really special”.

Now flip through a list of recent updates made to the following festivals, which are all very special too:

ELECTRIC ELEPHANT, The Garden, Tisno, Croatia, 10-14 Jul: Norman Jay, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Prosumer, Awesom Tapes From Africa, Begin, Stevie Kotey, Man Power, Neil Diablo, Joe’s Bakery.

FOUND, secret location, East London, 14 Jun: Damian Lazarus, Cassy, DJ Sneak, Heidi, Ben Pearce, Noir, Dense & Pika, Ejeca, Josh Butler, Leftwing & Kody, Frankie Knuckles, Moodymann, Bicep, San Soda, Citizen, Son of Sun, Visions, Magda, Anja Schneider, Darius Syrossian, Francesca Lombardo, Geddes, Simon Baker, Matt Tolfrey, Jay Shepheard, Krankbrother, Jack C.

HAMMERFEST, Haven Holiday Park, Gwynedd, Wales, 13-15 Mar: Avatar, Feed The Rhino, Savage Messiah, Attica Rage, Honour Is Dead, Sworn Amongst, Cyclamen, The Vintage Caravan, Skam, Throne, Desert Storm, One For Sorrow, Druganaut, Toranaga, Death Valley Knights, Primitai, Imicus.

ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL, Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight, 12-15 Jun: Red Hot Chili Peppers.

LARMER TREE, Larmer Tree Gardens, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, 16-20 Jul: Tom Jones.

LENTE KABINET, Het Twiske, Amsterdam, 31 May: Dixon, Julio Bashmore, Theo Parrish, Actress, Machinedrum, Omar S, DJ EZ, Dusky, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Prins Thomas, Efdemin & Lawrence, Addison Groove, Tama Sumo, Fred P, Eye, Jungle By Night, Anthony Naples, Ron Morelli, Tom Trago, Huerco S, Mr Ties, Cinnaman, Jameszoo, Awanto 3, Casper Tielrooij, Thomas Martojo, Young Marco, Jan Van Kampen, Tako, Malawi, Orpheu The Wizzard, Radna Rumping.

PENN FESTIVAL, The Big Park, High Wycombe, 18-20 Jul: Betty Boo and Buzzcocks, Betty Boo, Robin S, CeCe Peniston, SL2, Baby D, Liquid, Livin Joy, Phats & Small, The Selecter, Ruts DC, Whigfield, From The Jam, Neville Staple, Hot Chocolate, The Dualers, The Members, Brother Beyond, Ed Tudor Pole.

RADIO 1’S BIG WEEKEND, Glasgow Green, Glasgow, Scotland, 24-25 May: Rita Ora, Paolo Nutini.

SNOWBOMBING, Mayrhofen, Austria, 7-12 Apr: Tom Odell, Clean Bandit, Pete Tong, Foxes, Apex Ape, Raffle Mafia.

STOP MAKING SENSE, The Garden, Tisno, Croatia, 31 Jul – 3 Aug: Nick Höppner, Gerd Janson, T Williams, Leon Vynehall, Severino, Will Saul, Harri & Domenic, Kiwi, Danza Macabra, Mr Solid Gold, Park Ranger, Luka K, Zero, Anomalous DJ, Rufus & Bambi, Orlando Boom DJs, Ali Tillett, Ollie Seaman, Rob Aldritt, Blonde Ambition, Lovesick DJs, Madera Verde.

ULTRA EUROPE, Poljud Stadium, Split, Croatia, 11-13 Jul: David Guetta, Tiesto, AfroJack, Armin Van Buuren, Carl Cox, Hardwell, Blasterjaxx, Fedde Le Grand, Laidback Luke, Martin Garrix, Nicky Romero, W&W.

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