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Festival line-up update: Wireless, Bestival, Liverpool Sound City and more

By | Published on Tuesday 28 January 2014


First thing’s first, Outkast. And it’s a double bookings whammy from Big Boi and Andre 3000, who may or not be releasing a collaborative LP soon (NB: Big Boi has a solo one coming out, for sure), who’ve signed on, weirdly, to play ‘special guest’ to Bruno Mars at the tenth ever Wireless fest and then, less weirdly, to headline Bestival.

LDN and Birmingham-based weekender Wireless, the capital edition of which transfers this year to Finsbury Park, will star both Mars and Outkast, plus additional high-wattage acts in Kanye West, Drake, Pharrell Williams and the like.

Meanwhile Rob Da Bank, boss at Bestival, which this year will fly a Desert Island Disco-themed mainsail, has a statement to make on the event’s best (and only) listed act so far: “Hey ya! By the power invested in me as chief Bestival booker, I’m pretty darn excited to announce that OutKast are headlining Bestival this year! We’ve fought hard to get the recently reunited legendary hip-hop duo onto the ferry… and it’s no ordinary ferry this year as Bestival goes Desert Island Disco for 2014… Palm trees, grass skirts and mirrorballs are the order of the day. It truly is gonna be the Bestival yet!”

Whilst that remains to be seen (not that it’s unlikely or anything), let’s skim ever on to recent goings-on at Liverpool Sound City. The Merseyside ‘beast of a festival’/convention has ticked off the likes of Clean Bandit, Fuck Buttons, Clean Bandit, Gruff Rhys and Jungle amid its initial list of on-site acts for 2014, who’ll play all over the place, in a variety of bars and halls and that, from 1-3 May.

And hey, entry to this year’s Exit fest in Serbia just got a whole lot more covetable, with the news that Skrillex and Rudimental will be ‘in the house’, further and fleshier news on which you’ll find below – alongside bill updates via civilised Richmond picnic Kew The Music, rock lockdown Download and indie-ish one-day bash Stockton Calling…

BESTIVAL, Robin Hill Country Park, Isle Of Wight, 4-7 Sep: Outkast.

DOWNLOAD, Donington Park, Derbyshire, 13-15 Jun: Killswitch Engage, American Headcharge, Anathema, The Charm, The Fury, Coldrain, Crazytown, Emmure, Heart In Hand, Joe Bonamassa, Kill Devil Hill, King 810, Lyger, Malevolence, New Politics, Polar, Quicksand, Sabaton, Seether, September Mourning, Skindred, The Pretty Reckless, Upon A Burning Body, The Used.

EXIT, Petrovaradin Fortress, Novi Sad, Serbia, 10-13 Jul: Skrillex, Rudimental, Dub FX, Koven.

FIELD DAY, Victoria Park, London, 7-8 Jun: Drenge.

KEW THE MUSIC, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, 16-20 Jul: Simple Minds, Elvis Costello, Bjorn Again, Jools Holland And His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.

LIVERPOOL SOUND CITY, various venues, Liverpool, 1-3 May: Kodaline, Gruff Rhys, Fuck Buttons, Clean Bandit, Jungle, Wolf Alice, Darlia, Circa Waves, Thumpers, Big Ups, Courtney Barnett, Girls Names, Loom, LSA, We The Wild, Fair Ohs, We Were Evergreen, Marika Hackman, Traams, Sons And Lovers, Dolomite Minor, The Minutes, Blaenavon, Lola Colt.

STOCKTON CALLING, various venues, Stockton-on-Tees, 19 Apr: Superfood, Lola Colt, Young Rebel Set.

WIRELESS, Finsbury Park, London, 4-6 Jul: Kanye West, Drake, Bruno Mars, Outkast, Pharrell Williams, Rudimental, Ellie Goulding, Basement Jaxx, Iggy Azalea, Wiz Khalifa, Azealia Banks, Pretty Lights, Chance the Rapper, Earl Sweatshirt, John Newman, Clean Bandit, Salt N Pepa, Neon Jungle, A$AP Ferg, Ella Eyre.

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