Shakedown confirm NERO to headline Supercharged Arena

Shakedown is thrilled to announce Nero as the headliner of the Supercharged Arena as Brighton’s biggest festival once again delivers an outstanding line-up featuring the most vital names in electronic music.  Nero bring their adrenaline fuelled, high octane show to Shakedown for what promises to be an explosive performance. Having spent the past few years storming across the globe, amassing a devoted following and enjoying international success with their #1 album ‘Welcome Reality’, the Grammy-Award winning act touch down in Brighton with a show that is bursting at the seams with incendiary drum & bass, dubstep and electro house. 
Nero join a bill that features serious main stage heavy weights including hometown headliners Rizzle Kicks, urban pop superstar Labrinth, electronic aristocrat DJ Fresh who will be performing live and soul man Maverick Sabre.  Bass music superstar Sub Focus will be laying down the beats in the Supercharged Arena alongside Radio 1’s new music legend Zane Lowe and a much anticipated 4 hour takeover from drum & bass dons RAM Records.  With Annie Mac, Kerri Chandler, Toddla T Sound, MK and many more slaying audiences in the Audio Arena, Shakedown is set to finish the party season in serious style.

Tickets £45 + BF


New Audio Arena coming to Shakedown Festival

Shakedown is thrilled to confirm the line up for the brand new Audio Arena at this summer’s festival in association with Brighton’s leading club, Audio.  Shakedown is firmly established as the final festival of the year, bringing the biggest names and electronic and urban music to the UK’s party capital and the 2013 edition will include the brand new Audio Arena immersing festival goers in the very best house and future bass. 
Headlining the Audio Arena will be Radio 1’s Queen of Friday Night, Annie Mac.  Annie Mac’s show is a feast of upcoming, underground and exclusive new dance tunes and she has rapidly made her mark on the party circuit with regular high profile sets at venues such as Fabric London and Digital Brighton.  Her DJ sets are famously unpredictable and addictive, jumping from genre to genre with ease. Known for her support and enthusiasm for underground dance music, Annie has been a true flame holder for the rapidly growing underground house music scene, being one of the first DJs to get behind now huge acts like Disclosure.  Expect her Audio Arena headline set to be a crowd-pleasing house-heavy set of club classics and the biggest house anthems of the moment, with a few surprises chucked in along the way.
Shakedown is psyched to have deep house guru Kerri Chandler join the Audio Arena for 2013. Producing and DJ'ing house music as far back as the genre's early 90s heyday, Kerri has been going strong from the genre's origins right up to its recent massive revival.  Coming from a background of soul, jazz and disco, expect a set of infectious, soulful and funky house from Kerri's Audio Arena set.
A widely respected DJ and producer Toddla T has officially released his brand new concept bridging the gap between his infamous DJ sets and a full out live show. Already road tested at Love Box, Roskilde, Bestival and on the Major Lazer UK tour to name just a few key hosts, the response has been resounding!  The Toddla T Sound features both elements of live performance and DJ'ing with live vocalists, including Shola Ama, Serocee and MC DRS. For the first time, all material used in the set will come from the man himself, drawing upon his two albums to date, Skanky Skanky and Watch Me Dance and a heap of custom edits and refixes especially for the project. The show will also be augmented with the bespoke visuals of Sheffield designers, Peter and Paul. Add all these elements together and you have something really special on your hands.
American house producer Marc "MK" Kinchen is known for his string of underground hits in the mid 90s, such as "Always", "Burning" and his iconic remix of Nightcrawlers "Push The Feeling On", which would later be used as the basis for Latino superstar Pitbull's international hit record "Hotel Room".  Nowadays MK is responsible for his high profile remixes, which include his classic house takes on hits by Lana Del Rey, Sky Ferreira and Chris Malinchak. Catch him on the Audio Arena decks for a ravey, old school-tinged house set.
Leeds producer Hot Since 82 is fast becoming a frontrunner of the deep house scene, with his hypnotic beats and monumental basslines being championed by Radio 1 DJs Pete Tong and Annie Mac. A real treat for house fans, catch his set in the Audio Arena.
DEVolution have more mileage on their meter than your average 2013 house duo. Pete Devereux brought garage to the mainstream as one half of Artful Dodger, and his fellow accomplice is former Size Records artist Tom Devos.  After a string of high profile remixes, including Wiley's "Heatwave", DEVolution have established themselves as frontrunners of the UK bass scene. Expect a bass-heavy mix of old school and new school house and garage during their Audio Arena set.
The main stage will be hosted by and will be headlined by local boys Rizzle Kicks.  Rizzle Kicks are one of the biggest names in urban music having sold over a million singles in the UK and released their debut album Stereo Typical, a mixture of pop and hip hop incorporating elements of the old skool hip-hop era circa 1988 – 92.  Their eagerly anticipated new album is set for release this summer and the boys will have festival goers partying along to the anthemic pop ofWhen I Was A YoungsterMama Do The Hump and Down With Trumpets at what will be a massive homecoming show.
Britain’s urban pop superstar Labrinth will be performing his enormous hits Pass OutLet The Sun ShineEarthquakeLast TimeBeneath Your Beautiful and more whilst DJ Fresh  will be playing with a full live band, a real coup for Shakedownas he delivers a monstrous set of drum & bass, dubstep and electro house.
Maverick Sabre, Jacob Plant, Delilah, Jaguar Skills and Mikill Pane are also appearing on the main stage.
The colossal Supercharged Arena features a plethora of heavyweight DJ’s and is headlined by bass music superstar, Sub Focus.  Radio 1’s Zane Lowe returns by popular demand for a third successive year and legendary drum & bass label RAM Records will host a mammoth, 4 hour takeover in the Supercharged Arena. Krafty Kuts and A Skillz will also take to the decks.
With more acts to be added Shakedown is set to be a fitting end to the summer festival season.

The Playground Festival makes Resident Advisors top 10 festivals

"With Leftfield, Booka Shade, UNKLE and James Zabiela joining Detroit luminaries Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May and Juan Atkins and underground treasures like No Artificial Colours, Krystal Klear and Boddika, Playground Festival will reach new heights of hysteria when it sets up shop in June. Borrowing as much from Sonar as Bloc Festival to inform its booking policy, headline slots from Gary Numan and Squarepusher will touch similar ground to the spectacle committed by Amon Tobin and his ISAM Live series recently, with 3D mapping visuals and an LED construction set, in a venue more than equipped to handle it… Adding to that, there'll be nobody knocking on The Academy door asking for noise to be kept down, ensuring the event is one London festival where the volume hits all the necessary levels. This playground is for adults only." DJ Mag

This year’s Playground Festival brings together many of the godfathers/ innovators of house, techno and electro music alongside those making a significant rise on current underground scene to create a truly retrospective festival experience. Headliners LEFTFIELD, SQUAREPUSHER, GARY NUMAN, DIGITALISM, VITALIC and UNKLE’s JAMES LAVELLE, will be joined by a whole host of upcoming and respected talent as they all play under one roof at Brixton Academy on the 7th – 8th June. 

LeftFieldUnparalleled in their status as one of the UK’s biggest electronic acts of all time, LEFTFIELD, join the Friday leg of the festival with a rare electronic dj performance. Their seminal debut album ‘Leftism’ went platinum within a number of months of its 1995 release and earned a Mercury Music prize nomination later that year. The album is looked upon as a classic is regularly mentioned in music polls including Q Magazine that placed it 8th in their list of ‘The Greatest Albums Of All Time’.

While the Saturday, will be topped by contemporary experimental producer SQUAREPUSHER. This producer has redefined the spectacle of live performances. Using a giant screen, stage board and head-mask comprised of nothing but choreographed LEDs, Squarepusher’s live show now mirrors the incredible attention to detail he brings to his music, as well as highlighting the incredible technology it takes to be one of the world’s best producers.

Joining the list on the Saturday night will be legendary songwriter and innovator to electronic music GARY NUMAN. Since his groundbreaking work and named as one of the figureheads of the electronic movement in the late 70s and early 80s, Gary Numan has been a pioneer of forward-thinking electronic music and a living legend to the UK’s musical history. Since the release of his breakthrough track ‘Cars’ in 1979, Numan has gone on to have a glittering career that still holds strong today. With every passing year, Gary Numan has kept true to himself by breaking barriers and creating diverse and interesting electronic music that wins him new fans every day.

Topping Friday’s bill will be the electronic duo DIGITALISM, making a very rare LIVE performance at Brixton Academy. Known for their breakthrough single ‘Pogo’, Digitalism have been a huge driving force in underground electronic music and their critically acclaimed live show is all part of why we wanted them at the top of the bill.

Joining Digitalism on the Friday will one of the founding members of alternative electronic duo UNKLEJAMES LAVELLE is a true staple of the UK’s music scene. Forming the group, alongside DJ Shadow, in 1996, UNKLE are regarded as one of the most groundbreaking electronic groups the world has ever seen with their debut album ‘Psyence Fiction’ regularly brought up as one of the greatest albums of all time.

French techno will also get its representation at this year’s festival with an incredible live performance from one of the country’s most formidable producers VITALIC. Since the release of his debut album ‘OK Cowboy’, Vitalic has proven to be one of the world’s leading beatmakers on the techno scene. From his early debut work with ‘La Rock 01’ to his current heavyweight album ‘Rave Age’, Vitalic has never failed to bring the party atmosphere everywhere he goes and earned his place on this year’s bill.

As well as all the seminal talent joining us at this year’s Playground Festival, we will also be graced with the presence of groundbreaking electronic duo THE ORB with a full LIVE set. Since the release of their incredible debut album ‘Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld’ more than twenty years ago, The Orb have been one of the most innovative and awe-inspiring electronic outfit in recent times. The pair are currently working on a second collaborative album with dub legend Lee Scratch Perry and rumours have began to fly over a new tag-team with electronic hero and fellow Playground Festival performer John Foxx. Needless to say, The Orb’s performance will definitely come with surprises.

Joining Vitalic and Gary on the Saturday will be two of the founding fathers of the Detroit house and techno scene, DERRICK MAY and KEVIN SAUNDERSON who together reinvented the house sound in the 80s and have gone on to be two of the most respected tastemakers on the scene today.

We are also serving up German house duo BOOKA SHADE, who have been a staple of the world’s clubbing consciousness for more than a decade. Since the early 2000s, Booka Shade have been creating and pushing their sound through their self-conceived label Get Physical, resulting in four critically acclaimed albums with numerous singles and remixes to boot.  After a 3 year absence, we welcome BOOKA SHADE back onto the UK live seen with open arms.

KAVINSKY will also be bringing his unique brand of 80s infused electro to the festival on the Friday night. After all the hype Kavinsky received from his contribution to the ‘Drive’ soundtrack, the producer finally released his debut album ‘Outrun’ this year. A retrospective look at what the producer has managed to achieve since his career began. While his fellow countrymen CASSIUS will join the French producer in what can only become a great union in the sounds of old and new French productions. Known for their anthems ‘Cassius 1999’ and ‘Feeling For You’, Cassius’ inclusion on this bill will bring a cool dose of electro nostalgia to this year’s festivities. 

JAMES ZABIELA also takes the reigns on the Friday night and has been one of the UK’s most praised DJs over the last decade. As a longstanding resident to the Renaissance label, Zabiela’s mixes and DJ sets are regarded amongst the highest and have seen this DJ progress to one of the highest names on today’s underground electronic music scene.

MODEL 500 has been the most successful pseudonym of American producer and originator of the Detroit techno scene, JUAN ATKINS. Atkins first began working as Model 500 in the mid 80s and went on to create the now legendary Metroplex label, home to the likes of Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson, who will of course be joining us on the Saturday.

We complete the top of Saturday’s line up billing with some of the most inspiring and influential artists in the world. Including German-born PANTHA DU PRINCE, a staple of Europe’s ambient techno scene whose new collaborative album with The Bell Laboratory ‘Elements Of Light’ is looking to be one of this year’s most anticipated new releases. JOHN FOXX & THE MATHS, the new project from original ULTRAVOX vocalist, John Foxx, joins him on the second day. This new project has seen a reinvention of John Foxx as he looks to continue the ground he covered with Ultravox, and bring it hurtling into the new millennium.

Also added to Saturday’s bill will be on of the founding members of electronic pioneers KraftwerkWOLFGANG FLUR. Flur left in the group in the mid 80s to pursue other projects that have seen the producer create a number of unique and diverse productions right up to the present day. 

The Playground Festival will also host a huge array of talent across both nights including dance music royalty X-PRESS 2, talented DJ and producer BODDIKA, championed producer of the Numbers label DEADBOY, nostalgic RnB reinventor KRYSTAL KLEAR, ethereal beat producer LAPALUX and North American beatmaker TOKIMONSTA.






► James Lavelle [UNKLE]






► JUAN ATKINS presents MODEL 500- LIVE


















► SQUAREPUSHER- (Full AV live show)

► GARY NUMAN- (Full band LIVE)







► WOLFGANG FLUR [ex Kraftwerk]















Rizzle Kicks to headline Shakedown + many more!

The main stage will be hosted by and will be headlined by local boys Rizzle Kicks.  Rizzle Kicks are one of the biggest names in urban music having sold over a million singles in the UK and released their debut album Stereo Typical, a mixture of pop and hip hop incorporating elements of the old skool hip-hop era circa 1988 – 92.  Their eagerly anticipated new album is set this summer and the boys will have festival goers partying along to the anthemic pop of When IWas A YoungsterMama Do The Hump and Down With Trumpets at what will be a massive homecoming show.  

Rizzle Kicks
Britain’s urban pop superstar Labrinth is also confirmed to perform.  Fresh off his UK tour with Plan B and Rudimental, Labrinth is the ultimate showman, and is set to perform his enormous hits Pass OutLet The Sun ShineEarthquakeLast TimeBeneath Your Beautiful and more.  Labrinth has collaborated with the likes of Tinie TempahPlan BEmeli Sande and Wretch 32 since he exploded onto the scene in 2010 and was subsequently signed to Simon Cowell’s Syco label.  His blend of R n’ B, Hip Hop and dubstep has marked him out as a key player in UK music.  
DJ Fresh will be playing with a full live band, a real coup for Shakedown as he performs all the colossal hits from his Nextlevelism album, Hot Right NowLouderThe PowerGold Dust and The Feeling as well as classic tracks.  Expect a monstrous set of drum & bass, dubstep and electro house for this electronic aristocrat.  
Maverick Sabre is a singer/songwriter with soul in abundance and his set will showcase his outstanding take on soul and r n’ b while DJ Jacob Plant also performs.  Jacob has just released his huge track Shakedown on Calvin Harris’s label Fly Eye and was written to open his set at the festival in 2012.   Also performing on the main stage will be Delilah who will bring a little London swagger, the legendary Jaguar Skills with his eclectic multi-genre, cut-n-paste DJ’ing and the hip hop of Ed Sheeran cohort Mikill Pane.  
The Supercharged Arena is back in 2013 with a plethora of heavyweight DJ’s.  Sub Focus is one of the superstars of bass music, a production obsessive whose attention to detail is matched only by the raw spectacle of his incredible DJ sets.  A bone fide cross over artist Sub Focus is that rare thing in dance music, someone who can keep one foot in the underground and still have credible radio hits. 
Zane Lowe can’t get enough of Shakedown as he returns for a third successive year.  The Radio 1 new music legend needs no introduction and his previous sets at Shakedown have been a festival highlight.  Popular demand sees him return to inflict further musical mayhem on the south coast.
Shakedown is thrilled to announce a four hour RAM Records takeover in the Supercharged Arena.  RAM Records is the legendary drum & bass label that hosts sell out, road block sessions every other month at Fabric as well as one off events all over the world.  They have a roster of the most influential global drum & bass DJ’s and they bring four of their finest to Shakedown for a mammoth session which is sure to be a mecca for clubbers from across the UK.
Award winning Brighton boy Krafty Kuts riotous DJ skills have earned him a reputation as a DJ of some repute whilst A Skillz incredible deck talents have marked him out as the party rocker extraordinaire.
Shakedown was the stand out dance music festival in 2012 and the promoters continue to strive to provide an electronic music experience for their audience.  In addition to the main stage and Supercharged Arena, Shakedown will be introducing aHouse and Future Bass Arena for 2013, providing festival goers with even more destinations to enjoy the electronic sounds of today and tomorrow.  The line-up for the House and Future Bass Arena will be announced shortly as will many more names across all the stages as Shakedown returns to the UK’s party capital for the final festival of the year.


Chase & Status to headline Brighton’s Shakedown Festival

These superstar DJ’s are known for their eclectic blend of genre defying styles and are one of the most potent forces on the dance scene.  Famed for their incendiary DJ sets, this irrepressible duo will be armed to the teeth with a plethora of dance floor anthems and underground classics.
Chase & StatusChase & Status  have earned international recognition through their monumental album ‘No More Idols’ which crashed into the charts in 2011, amassing over 300,000 sales  and  spawning a  stream of chart topping singles including collaborations with Plan BTempa TMaverick Sabre and Dizzee Rascal to name but a few.
Supporting Chase & Status in the Supercharged Arena will be the much lauded Knife Party and Zane Lowe, back by popular demand at Shakedown for a second year after a jaw dropping set at the inaugural event.  Local boy and Drum & Bass heavyweight DJ Friction will also perform alongside pioneering producer and godfather of UK Bass, Shy
FX.  Multi award winning Ms Dynamite and will also join the succession of artists on stage alongside rapidly emerging production duo The Prototypes.
Headlining the main stage is the UK’s ultimate showman Dizzee Rascal.  Armed with an arsenal of hits, Dizzee is arguably the best live act in the country right now; an artist at the top of his game and his set will be a defining Shakedown moment. Professor Green will
take to the stage at Stanmer Park performing all the hits from his albums, Alive Till I’m Dead and ‘At Your Convenience’ whilst girl about town and queen of the underground Katy B showcases her mix of dub step, funky, house, garage and r n’ b to mesmerising effect.
Hotly tipped Stooshe are embracing mainstream success with their brash, bolshy and infectiously catchy brand of urban pop whilst Clement Marfo and The Frontline provide an endless supply of gargantuan pop hooks and sweet neo-soul vocals.
Hed Kandi, the most stylish name in house music have been confirmed to host the VIP Arena with a spectacular production and a host of DJ’s including FreemasonsSeamus Haji and Phil Faversham.
Shakedown Festival 2012 brings the most exciting names in contemporary music to Brighton for one last festival outing.  With such an indepth line up of talent, Shakedown is the perfect end to an incredible summer of festival fun.
TICKETS £40 + bf
VIP TICKETS £75 + bf
Available now from the Hed Kandi bar on West Street, Brighton and

Shakedown Festival announce Professor Green, Katy B, Stooshe and more!

Last year’s event was a huge success and the event organisers are building on their promise to deliver another outstanding line up of contemporary musical talent. 

Professor GreenProfessor Green will perform before Dizzee Rascal in Stanmer Park.  His debut album, ‘Alive Till I’m Dead’ crashed into the charts and went double-Gold, spawning four hit singles with ‘I Need You Tonight’, ‘Just Be Good To Green’, ‘Monster’ and 'Jungle' amassing over 500,000 sales. His second album ‘At Your Inconvenience’ produced the number 1 single ‘Read All About It and the size of his army of Facebook friends – 1.5 million – tells it like it is; Professor Green is a genuine super star!
Girl about town and queen of the underground Katy B enjoyed huge success with her debut album ‘On A Mission’. The Brit Award winner combines dub step, funky, house, garage and r n’ b to mesmerising effect and the London songstress has teamed up with uber producer Mark Ronson to record a track for the
Olympics.  The much anticipated second album is due out this summer and her set is sure to be a Shakedown highlight. 
Stooshe raise eyebrows, turn heads and set tongues wagging wherever they perform and their brash, bolshy and infectiously catchy brand of urban pop marks them out as the ultimate modern pop band.
South London MC Clement Marfo and his genre-splitting band The Frontline are a fusion of grime and hip hop with an endless supply of gargantuan pop hooks and sweet neo-soul vocals.  Their music is based around positivity and inspiration, the sound of an aspirational youth and they are tipped for big things in 2012
These acts will support the irrepressible Dizzee Rascal who headlines the main stage. The ultimate showman, Dizzee Rascal ensures rapturous responses from audiences and arrives with a sack load of number 1 hits including ‘Dance Wiv Me’, ‘Bonkers’, ‘Holiday’ and ‘Dirtee Disco’.
"Been a while since I last played in Brighton”, said Dizzee. “Looking forward to Shakedown, it's gonna be massive this year!"   Shakedown promoter Steve Jones comments, "Pro Green and Katy B are the perfect way to build up to Dizzee on the main stage and I cannot wait to see them getting thousands of people worked up into a frenzy.  Once you see who we have playing in the dance tent you are going to be blown away."  
The line up for the dance stage will be revealed shortly and Brighton will be jumping to the beats, bass and electronic rhythms of the most cutting edge musical artists at the last festival of the summer.
Union are hosting the main stage and will also be playing to get the crowd warmed up in the afternoon and Shakedown will also be showcasing one up and coming band and DJ on the main stage, who will be decided through a huge competition over the summer months.
TICKETS £40 + bf