Notting Hill Carnival comes to your home

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival 2020: Access All Areas, the official celebration of Notting Hill Carnival, is delighted to announce its complete line-up of hosts for the August Bank Holiday event including BBC Radio 1Xtra’s DJ Ace and Capital XTRA’s Remel London. Taking place online at www.NHCarnival.org, it brings together some of the most exciting talents from UK radio, educators, MCs, journalists and more alongside the authentic and traditional arts of Carnival.

For the first time in its 54-year history, Notting Hill Carnival will not be on the streets due to Covid-19, but this year’s online celebrations will be kicking off from the UK’s biggest screen in Piccadilly Circus as the event moves to a digital platform. 

In the week building up to Notting Hill Carnival 2020: Access All Areas, official partner Samsung will release a series of mini-films, including an exclusive trailer that captures the essence of what this year’s virtual carnival will offer. 

These mini-films were shot using the impressive 8K capabilities of the Samsung Galaxy S20 and celebrates Carnival and shines a spotlight on its vibrancy and energy through dance, food and music. The videos will launch Carnival with a live countdown on the Piccadilly Circus screen directing viewers to tune in via Notting Hill Carnival’s official site www.nhcarnival.org

The move to digital both encourages the safety and wellbeing of the Carnival community, the general public and local residents, but also allows the Notting Hill Carnival to grow as a global spectacle online, for the world to enjoy safely from their home. 

The Access All Areas free streams, filmed and produced by Let’s Go Do, will be broken down into four channels each showing performances from bands that participate in Notting Hill Carnival every year and interviews with some of the pioneers of Carnival that were integral to what it is today.

Starting on Saturday 29 August at 6pm until midnight will be the Carnival Warm-Up. From 6pm to 9pm actor, writer and comedian Jason Lewis and renowned culture and diversity celebrator and storyteller Reema Samuel bring you the Steelband Show, and then from 9pm to midnight educator, vocalist, Carnival Arts practitioner and founder of Gemz Mas Giselle Carter alongside Caribbean storyteller, author, writer and one of the UK’s leading MCs Coco P host the Calypso and Groovy Soca. All will be streamed through Channel 1.

Stand-up comedian and presenter of The Scene on BBC Radio London, Aurie Styla and Claire Clottey, an award-winning journalist and host of The Beat London 103.6FM’s #TimeToTalk show and will host Channel 1 (The Culture Channel) on Sunday (30) and Monday (31) from 9am – 12pm.

DJ, presenter and Caribbean music specialist Martin Jay aka Big Pappy and Giselle Carter host Channel 2 (Parade Channel) from 12pm to 8pm on the Sunday and Monday that will show J’ouvert, Mas bands, Brazilian bands and more.

Channel 3 (Sound System Channel) will be hosted by Capital XTRA Breakfast Show host Shayna Marie – who presents the station’s flagship week-day morning show alongside Yinka – and producer and musician Ras Kwame who hosts weekend shows on Capital XTRA and Capital XTRA Reloaded. They will be bringing you sets from some of the most famous Notting Hill Carnival Sound Systems from 12pm to 8pm Sunday and Monday.

Channel 4 is the Main Stage Channel and will be bringing viewers music from all over the world. It will be hosted by BBC Radio 1Xtra mid-morning host DJ Ace and Capital XTRA’s Saturday afternoon host and lead presenter of SKY 1’s What’s Up TV Remel London. They will be hosting from 8pm to 11pm on Sunday and Monday.

This three-day spectacle of music, dancing, food and drink will be brought to you by those that have made Notting Hill Carnival the breathtaking weekend we love today. With more names to be announced, here is a snapshot of some of the performers you will be able to enjoy.

There will be exclusive sets from legendary Sound systems of Notting Hill Carnival and includes Volcano, Arts-A-Light, Disya Jeneration, Gaz’s Rockin Blues, Seduction

City, KCC & The Rockin Crew, King Tubby’s, Love TKO, Rampage, Rough But

Sweet, G T Flex Roadshow, CMC Matrix, Saxon Sound System, Sir Valdez and Channel 1.

The magnificence of Calypso and Soca comes courtesy of Ms Desire, Brown Sugar, Rev B, Latoya, G-String, Triniboi Joocie, De Admiral, Clivus, Muffinman, Batch, Dansa, Alexander D Great, Helena B, DeeVine, Soca Kidd, Sunshine & Nadiva, D’Alberto, Masterlink, Nigel Isaacs and The Divette’s.

The incredible sound of the Steelpan comes from Panash, CSI, Panectar, St Michaels and All Angels, Reading All Steel Percussion Orchestra, Stardust Arts, Steel Pan In Motion, UFO, Nostalgia, Ebony, Mangrove, Metronomes, Real Steel and Brazilian bands Baque De Axe and Tribo.

The colour and panache of Mas is brought to you by Notting Hill Carnival bands The Bride Outreach, Calabash, Flamboyan, Colours, Burrokeets, Tempo Mas, Funatiks, Urban Touch,  Ebony Mas, Island Mas, D Riddim Tribe, Karnival Mania, Soca Massive, Jamaica Twist, Vibrance, Cocoyea, Elimu, Mahogany, Elevate, Flagz, Gemz, Saga Boys, Hot Wax, Genesis, CAPCA, Mangrove Mas, Tropical Fusion, IDF and Designers Tiffany Thompson and Edrahil Lucifer.

Carnival kicks off on London’s Piccadilly screen with an exclusive trailer before the full schedule starts at www.nhcarnival.org. The Samsung mini-series, shot in 8K, will play out in full QLED 8K at Samsung KX in Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross over the whole bank holiday weekend. 

Download Festival 2021 announce headliners and more

Download Festival, the world’s premier rock event, has announced KISSBIFFY CLYRO and SYSTEM OF A DOWN as its 2021 headliners, plus many more of the world’s most exciting bands in rock, punk, hardcore and metal including Deftones, KORNSteel Panther and The Distillers will return for Download 2021, with even more yet to be announced. The three-day festival takes place on 4-6 June 2021 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Tickets will go on sale at 9am on Friday 7 August via downloadfestival.co.uk/tickets.

After an epic and well documented 45-year career that launched an era of rock’n’roll, the legendary KISS will perform in the UK at Download Festival 2021, in a UK Exclusive. They embarked on their final ever tour in 2019 under the appropriately named END OF THE ROADand known for their trademark larger-than-life blistering performances, KISS have proven for decades why they are hands down the most iconic live show in rock’n’roll, and one of the best headliners Donington has ever seen. With more than 100 million albums sold worldwide, 2020 was due to be their final ever Download appearance, but due to COVID-19 they’ll be bringing their spellbinding show to the hallowed grounds in 2021 instead.

Also headlining Download Festival 2020 will be SYSTEM OF A DOWN, also in a UK Exclusive. With just five studio albums, the Californian/Armenian band have earned themselves a worldwide following, never failing to put on a mind-blowing performance.

System Of A Down bassist Shavo Odadjian says: “We’re disappointed we weren’t able to make it over this year, but we’re looking forward to next.  Absence makes the heart grow fonder.  Mostly, we all just want to make sure everyone is provided with a safe and secure environment, so we were prepared to wait as long as we needed to.”

Returning to Donington after their fantastic headline set in 2017 are Scottish rock titans Biffy Clyro, who will headline the festival once again in 2021. With the band set to release their ninth studio album, A Celebration Of Endings, this month, the trio will be keen to show off new tracks as well as some of their most well-known hits, including ‘The Captain’, ‘Mountains’ and ‘Many Of Horror’.

In addition to the brilliant acts who have continued over from 2020, Download are delighted to announce several new additions to the line up, along with Biffy Clyro, including the mighty Steel Panther, pop punk kings A Day To Remember, the mysterious Creeper, who have recently returned from hiatus, punk legends Rise Against, internet sensation Poppy, and many more.

Returning to Donington in 2021 are Deftones. Since their inception, the multi-platinum, Grammy-Winning alternative rock band from Sacramento have released seven albums and sold over 10 million albums worldwide which include fan-favourite tracks ‘My Own Summer (Shove It)’, ‘Change (House Of Flies)’, and ‘Swerve City’.

Biffy Clyro said: “We can’t wait to return to headline Download in 2021! It’s a highlight of the festival calendar and a big part of our history as a band. Headlining in 2017 was special and now it’s time to celebrate again! Fuck on!”

With 13 albums behind them already, KORN will be back too. The two-time Grammy Award winning band have toured the world countless times and have continued to push the limits of the rock, alternative and metal genres, while remaining a pillar of influence for legions of fans and generations of artists around the globe.

Also returning are the one and only The Darkness, LA punk rockers The Distillers, Hollywood favourites Black Veil Brides, Scottish pirate metallers Alestorm, Maryland death metallers Dying Fetus, metalcore heroes Killswitch Engage, Brazilian heavy metallers Sepultura, Welsh icons Funeral For A Friend in their last ever festival appearance, and many more.

2021 Lineup

KISS
Biffy Clyro
System Of A Down A.A. Williams
A Day To Remember
Airbourne
Alestorm
Anchor Lane
Baroness
Blackout Problems
Black Veil Brides
Bleed From Within
Blues Pills
Bokassa
Bush
Cellar Door Moon Crow
Cemetery Sun
Control The Storm
Creeper
Daughtry
Dead Label
Dead Posey
Deftones
Dirty Honey
Dying Fetus
Electric Wizard
Employed To Serve
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
Funeral For A Friend
Gender Roles
Gojira
Haken
Hatari
Higher Power
Holding Absence
Hot Milk
Killswitch Engage
Kill The Lights
KORN
Jamie Lenman
JJ Wilde
Joyous Wolf
Lacuna Coil
Loathe
Lotus Eater
Marianas Trench
Mastodon
Modern Error
Myles Kennedy & Company
Obituary
Of Mice & Men
Phoxjaw
P.O.D.
Poppy
Powerwolf
Press Club
Rise Against
Sepultura
Skillet
Sleep Token
Spiritbox
Steel Panther
Stone Broken
Temples On Mars
Tempt
Theory 
The Darkness
The Distillers
The Faim
The Hara
The Pretty Reckless
The Wildhearts
Those Damn Crows
Tiny Moving Parts
Twin Temple
Volbeat
Wage War
Wargasm
Wayward Sons
Will Haven

Creamfields 2021 lineup expands

Creamfields continues to tease fans as they’ve just unleashed more names for their 2021 edition, new additions include Pendulum – TRINITY, Chase & Status (DJ Set),  Oliver Heldens, Sven Väth, Pete Tong, Vini Vici, Michael Bibi, Kölsch, W&W, Sub Focus (DJ Set), Jax Jones, Gorgon City, Gareth Emery, Claptone, Sigma, Hybrid Minds, Holy Goof, Enrico Sangiuliano, Cristoph, Jonas Blue, SASASAS, Dimension, Cosmic Gate, Bassjackers, Franky Wah, Low Steppa, Brennan Heart, Kutski, Friction, Chris Lorenzo, Mason Collective, Eli Brown, Leftwing:Kody, Offaiah, Notion, La Fleur, James Organ and SOSA.

As one of the most anticipated festivals of any year, this latest onslaught join previously announced heavyweights Above & Beyond, Adam Beyer, ANNA, Andy C, Ben Nicky, Boris Brejcha, Carl Cox, Darren Styles, deadmau5, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Disciples, Eric Prydz HOLOSPHERE, Example, Fisher, Hannah Wants, Hot Since 82, KC Lights, Laidback Luke, Martin Garrix, MK, My Nu Leng, Nightlapse, Paul Woolford, Peggy Gou, Scooter, Tchami, Tiësto, Timmy Trumpet and Yousef.

Exit Festival announce first acts for 2021

Tyga

From 8th till 11th July 2021 EXIT will once again welcome people from over 100 countries to gather at one of the biggest medieval fortresses in Europe, set high on the banks of the river Danube in Novi Sad, Serbia.

First headliners that are revealed include one of the most influential music producers and Grammy awarded artist David Guetta, two-time leader of “Billboard’s” singles list and one of the biggest hip hop acts Tyga and DJ Snake, the author of many popular global hits and winner of two Billboard awards. A special moment is left for the finale end when one of world’s most in demand DJs Eric Prydz and the acclaimed electronic artist Four Tet will join forces for a special b2b set to create one of the most iconic closing performances at the spectacular mts Dance arena stage. Exit’s 20th anniversary simply couldn’t pass without the powerful Sepultura, a legendary metal band with fourteen albums and some of the riffs which have left a mark on rock music in general. After last year’s magnificent performance, Dax J is set to bring the flame of techno in a furious b2b with Kobosil. The line up will also feature the new generation of EXIT stars including german DJ and producer Boris Brejcha, indie heroes Metronomy, Grammy Award winner for lifetime achievement and live punk icon Marky Ramone, swedish rock sensation Thundermother, Denis Sulta, and leading regional music artist such as Laibach, Marko Nastić, Goblini, Massimo, Coeus, Kristijan Molnar b2b After Affair, Lag, Layzie, Runy, Space Motion. These are just the first round of confirmed acts, many new names and surprises will be announced soon.

David Guetta

UK Festivals STILL happening in 2020

Secret Garden Party 2014 Paul Taylor

Usually by this time of year, some of us have already had the pleasure to hit one of the many festivals on offer in the United Kingdom, however COVID-19 changed that completely as the music festival industry was forced to shut down in order to comply with government restrictions and keep people healthy and safe.

As restrictions have slowed started to lift, there is some light at the end of the tunnel however as some music festivals have announced they will be going ahead in 2020.

Check out the list here of music festivals in the UK that will be going ahead!

Red Rooster Festival

Red Rooster Festival

Where: Euston Hall estate in Suffolk
When: Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th September 2020
What: Red Rooster will be one of only a handful festivals to take place in 2020. Set amongst 10,000 acres of stunning parklands & pleasure grounds at Euston Hall estate in Suffolk the 7th edition of the 5,000-capacity festival will proceed with appropriate social distancing. The UK’s premier roots festival will now have three outdoor stages celebrating the best in Cajun, Soul, Rock n Roll, Blues and Country.
More Info: Red Rooster

We will continue to update this page as we learn of which festivals will go ahead.

Summer Encore Festival featuring Queen, Pink Floyd, Amy Winehouse and more!

Summer Encore Festival

Across the three-week online festival, viewers will be able to soak up the sun at Rock in Rio, experience the breath-taking energy of Wembley Stadium, transport themselves back in time to the iconic and electrifying mother of all festivals, Woodstock, travel across the channel to join the crowds at France’s biggest festival Eurockéennes, plus many more, all from their living room. 
 
Each week, the Summer Encore Festival programme will give free access to some of the most memorable concerts and festival performances of all time, from Amy Winehouse’s stunning set at Eurockéennes de Belfort in 2007 to Coldplay’s eye-popping and confetti-filled show at La Cigale in 2012, as well as spectacular shows from The CureEllie GouldingThe LumineersRoyal Blood,  Michael KiwanukaBeck and many more.
 
Festival goers and music lovers will be able to access even more jaw-dropping concerts with the Summer Encore Festival ALL ACCESS pass. Experience the pure magic of Queen’s legendary Wembley Stadium show, Pink Floyd and Paul McCartney’s iconic sets at Live at Knebworth in 1990, Janis Joplin’s renowned Woodstock performance, plus concerts by Wu-Tang ClanThe KillersSam SmithGreen DayBob MarleyThe Who and many more.

Get access here: www.rsvp.stingray.com/encore

QELLO CONCERTS SUMMER ENCORE FESTIVAL – FULL LINE UP:

WEEK 1: 29 JULY – 4 AUGUST
QUEEN                                    LIVE AT WEMBLEY STADIUM
PINK FLOYD                            LIVE AT KNEBWORTH 1990 – VOLUME III
SHAKIRA                                 LIVE FROM PARIS
WU-TANG CLAN                     LIVE IN MONTREUX
MUMFORD & SONS               THE ROAD TO RED ROCKS
ELLIE GOULDING                   LIVE AT MAIN SQUARE 2016*
ENRIQUE IGLESIAS                VINA DEL MAR 2000*
THE LUMINEERS                     LIVE AT MUSILAC 2017*
ROYAL BLOOD                        EUROCKEENNESS 2017*
GREGORY PORTER                NICE JAZZ FESTIVAL 2012*

WEEK 2: 5 AUGUST – 11 AUGUST
THE ROLLING STONES          SWEET SUMMER SUN: HYDE PARK LIVE
PAUL McCARTNEY                 LIVE AT KNEBWORTH 1990 – VOLUME 1
JANIS JOPLIN                          50th ANNIVERSARY OF WOODSTOCK MUSIC FESTIVAL: THE WOODSTOCK DIARIES
SHERYL CROW                      MILES FROM MEMPHIS LIVE AT THE PANTAGES THEATRE
THE KILLERS                           LIVE AT V FESTIVAL 2014
COLDPLAY                              LIVE AT CIGALE 2012*
TOTO                                       VINA DEL MAR 2004*
BECK                                       LIVE AT LES EUROCKEENNES FESTIVAL 2016*
JACK JOHNSON                    MAIN SQUARE 2014*
INXS                                          VINA DEL MAR 2003*

WEEK 3: 12 AUGUST – 18 AUGUST
CARLOS SANTANA                GREATEST HITS: LIVE AT MONTREUX 2011
KATY PERRY                            LIVE AT ROCK IN RIO BRAZIL 2015
THE WHO                                LIVE AT HYDE PARK
BOB MARLEY AND THE      LIVE IN CONCERT
WAILERS
SAM SMITH                             LIVE AT V FESTIVAL 2014
GREEN DAY                            BULLET IN A BIBLE
AMY WINEHOUSE                LIVE AT EUROCKEENNES DE BELFORT 2007*
THE CURE                               TOURNEE 2012 AUX EUROCKEENNES DE BELFORT*
MICHAEL KIWANUKA          LIVE: GAROROCK FESTIVAL 2017*
DAMIAN MARLEY                  EUROCK 15*
OF MONSTERS AND MEN   MAIN SQUARE FESTIVAL 2013*

Latitude announce Bastille, Lewis Capaldi & Snow Patrol for 2021

Today marks what should have been the start of a glorious Latitude 2020.This summer may not be as expected, but festival fans can rejoice as the multi-award-winning festival will return to the picturesque grounds of Henham Park, Suffolk, on 22nd-25th July 2021 with headliners Lewis CapaldiBastille and special guests Snow Patrol topping a diverse bill where music meets the arts in a full on cultural explosion.Weekend and day tickets are on sale on Monday 20th July at 9am here.  Things have been a little quiet this year. It’s been tough without the music, without the laughs, without the wonder. So Latitude is getting ready to make 2021 the best year yet!  Festival organisers are thrilled to announce a refreshed programme and emboldened vision retaining everything you loved about Latitude and much more.   

Double BRIT Award winner Lewis Capaldi makes his Latitude debut as one of the UK’s biggest music success stories. In just one year after its release in May of 2019,  Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent was certified triple platinum in the UK and has spent a whopping 60 weeks in the Top Ten. The album spawned such singles as Grace, Hold Me While You Wait, and Someone You Loved, which topped the charts in the US and the UK. It also earned Capaldi accolades on both sides of the Atlantic, including two BRIT awards and a Grammy nomination. A festival superstar, his live performances are legendary and, with the possible premiere of brand new material from his highly anticipated second album, this is going to be unmissable!!  

Brit Award winners Bastille also make their Latitude debut as headliners. The cinematic performance will see the band perform a selection of songs from their three UK Top 10 studio albums Bad Blood, Wild World and Doom Days and material from their eagerly anticipated fourth album. Pioneers of hook-heavy hits such as Pompeii, Marshmello collaboration Happier, and Quarter Past Midnight, the four-piece continue to cement their reputation as one of the world’s most captivating live bands renowned for their cutting edge multi-sensory shows. 

Snow Patrol  make a momentous return to the Latitude in the coveted Sunday afternoon slot. The band who headlined the inaugural Latitude back in 2006,  were forced to cancel their slot at Latitude in 2019 due to illness.  2021 will see the band perform back on The Obelisk Stage. This momentous performance will celebrate 25 years in the business. Expect festival-sized anthems with hits such as Crack The Shutters, Run, and Chasing Cars.

VER:WEST Debut at Tomorrowland Around the World + Katy Perry joins lineup

Tomorrowland

Tijs Verwest, better known as Tiësto, will perform for the first time ever as VER:WEST at Tomorrowland Around the World. Unveiling his new melodic house music project to the world at the iconic Freedom Stage during Tomorrowland’s digital festival.

“I would describe VER:WEST as melodic house music. It’s a lot deeper and more chill and a very different energy than Tiësto. I got this opportunity from Tomorrowland to express a different side of me which I’ve never done before. I know they are going to put amazing visuals around it and make it look really different and cool. Expect the unexpected, it’s going to look amazing!” 

VER:WEST
VER:WEST

Katy’s set will be a breath-taking visual spectacle featuring some of her greatest hits, as well as brand-new music from her upcoming album, “Smile”

Global pop superstar Katy Perry will perform a spectacular and unprecedented show at Tomorrowland Around the World, the digital festival. One of the best-selling musical artists of all time, Katy will dazzle the People of Tomorrow across the globe in an eye-popping visual spectacle full of special effects, delivering a breath-taking show of her greatest hits which shaped 21st century pop music as well as brand new music from her fifth album, “Smile,” which is set to be released on August 14.

Tomorrowland now teams up with Katy Perry, the worlds of electronic dance music and pop will collide in one of the most spectacular ways possible. The global chart-dominating American singer has previously worked together on songs with world class DJs and producers Zedd and Calvin Harris, while her iconic tracks (“I Kissed A Girl,” “Teenage Dream,” “Firework,” “Roar,” “Dark Horse”, and more) have been remixed by some of dance music’s top producers, including Tiësto, Oliver Heldens, R3HAB, Kaskade, Tommie Sunshine, Benny Bennassi, and many more.

In her 12 years with Capitol, Katy has racked up a cumulative 40 billion streams alongside worldwide sales of over 45 million adjusted albums and 135 million tracks. She was the first to reach 100 million followers on Twitter. Katy’s 2015 Super Bowl performance is the highest-rated in the event’s history. Katy was the first female artist to have four videos surpass a billion views each. Her videos for “Firework” and “Last Friday Night” have over one billion views, while “Dark Horse” has surpassed the two billion mark. “Roar” now has over three billion views.

Katy Perry: “I’ve always wanted to be a part of the fun of Tomorrowland, and have been following the amazing innovation, technology, and invention that this festival has always been about for a long time. I’m so glad to be a part of this version, and I hope my set makes you smile.”

Tomorrowland Around the World, the digital festival

  • Saturday July 25 and Sunday July 26, 2020.
  • Between 16h00–01h00 CEST.
  • Festival visitors will be able to navigate easily through Pāpiliōnem with a PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet – you don’t need special VR goggles – and explore the entire festival site with all the different stages and points of interest in an interactive way together with friends.
  • ‘Time-zone-friendly’ for visitors from Asia and North and South America.
  • Open for people of all ages and places.
  • Accessible exclusively on tomorrowland.com.
  • Day ticket costs €12.50.
  • Weekend ticket costs €20.00 and includes a week of video-on-demand content to relive the entire experience.
  • Special People of Tomorrow packages and Home Party packages are available.
  • Info and updates: tomorrowland.com

Virgin Money Unity Arena lineup announced

Virgin Money Arena

Following the announcement last week that the UK’s first socially distanced live music arena would be launching on Tyneside, its organisers have today confirmed a barnstorming opening line-up. Virgin Money Unity Arena will officially launch at Newcastle Racecourse, Gosforth Park, on Friday 14th August and Saturday 15th August THIS YEAR. Two Door Cinema Club will be the first heavweight headliner to … Read more

The BPM Festival Malta lineup announced

BPM Festival Malta 2020 Lineup

Globally renowned as the definitive underground festival experience, The BPM Festival is returning to claim the Summer 2020 crown with a special edition in Malta this September Taking over the famed Uno Malta complex in the heart of the island between September 11th-13th, the global tour-de-force of celebrated underground dance favourites will set up shop for an unrivalled trip … Read more