Sigma, Blonde and more join the Fusion Festival lineup

Sigma, Blonde, Anne-Marie and Imani join the Saturday line up and DJ Fresh, Becky Hill, The Tide and Club Drive join Day Two on the Sunday.  They join Jason Derulo who headlines Day One, along with Tinie Tempah, Labrinth, Craig David, Sigala, Fleur East and Krept & Konan. Olly Murs will bring the two day event to a close alongside Busted, The Vamps, Nathan Sykes, Lawson, Ella Henderson and Jamie Lawson.

Also for the first time ever at Fusion Festival, Kopparberg is set to bring a taste of scandi-cool with the arrival of the popular Kopparberg Urban Forest! Two of Liverpool’s most popular breaking artists, Louis Berry and Mic Lowry will be taking to the stage, underneath the magical canopy of the forest. Kopparberg will be supporting the very best in creative and imaginative live music, by hosting a series of pioneering artists and DJs on its iconic Urban Forest stage.

The stage will be placed in a scenic clearing, surrounded by the intriguing beauty of the Swedish pine forest and the charm of Kopparberg town. Carved into the Kopparberg Urban Forest will be two woodland bars serving up all kinds of refreshment from the independent Kopparberg brewery in Sweden. Alongside its selection of delicious fruit ciders, Kopparberg will also be serving the brand new Kopparberg Fruit Lager. 

Chase & Status announced as headliner for Sundown Festival

Sundown is proud to reveal that Chase & Status will be headlining the Saturday main stage. These chart topping electronic superstars are one of the most incendiary live acts around and their three studio albums have received huge critical acclaim. With a new album on the way including the new Slaves featuring single ‘ Control’, this act are about to go stratospheric and their performance is sure to be one of the defining festival moments of the summer. Do not miss it!

Last year was one of the biggest years in UK urban music’s history and 2016 is set to be no different. Sundown is excited to welcome one of Grime’s undisputed godfathers Kano to the festival main stage alongside breakout UK hip-hop duo and chart superstars Krept and Konan

This year Sundown is partnering with some of the finest brands in dance music with Defected, UKF, Ministry Of Sound and Drum & Bass Arena all hosting their own huge lineups at the festival. Joining the party are British DJ duo and rising stars Blonde, garage god Artful Dodger, drum and bass pioneer Goldie, genre-smashing DJ and Snatch! Records boss Riva Starr and breakbeat legend DJ Zinc as well as Butterz favourite Flava D and dnb star Dimension

Promising to be the biggest year in the festival’s history, tickets are expected to sell fast for the best closing party of the festival season! Sundown Festival returns to Norfolk Showground in Norwich for a fourth year with an enormous line-up of the biggest and best names in contemporary music. With the huge already-announced lineup featuring headliner Jason Derulo alongside Years & Years, Jess Glynne, Dizzee Rascal and many more, Sundown brings together everything that is vital in music right now for a weekend of unparalleled music from all corners of pop, urban and dance.

Notes To Editors:

Saturday 3rd September

Main Stage

Chase & Status

Jess Glynne

Dizzee Rascal

Kano

 

Stage 2 – Defected

Sonny Fodera

Sam Divine

DJ SKT

Riva Starr

 

Stage 3 – UKF

David Rodigan MBE

Jaguar Skills

My Nu Leng

DJ Zinc

Flava D

 

Sunday 4th September

Main Stage

Jason Derulo

Years & Years

Fleur East

Krept & Konan

 

Stage 2 – Ministry Of Sound

Amine Edge & DANCE

Redlight

Low Steppa

Blonde

Artful Dodger

 

Stage 3 – Drum & Bass

Wilkinson

Friction

DJ Hazard

Goldie

Dimension

Snowboxx 2016 announce first acts

Off the back of last year’s sell out event, winter snow sports and music festival,Snowboxx announces it’s first wave of stellar acts for its 4th week long annual event in its brand new home mountain home of Avoriaz from 12th– 19th March 2016.
 
With its move to the snowy peaks of Avoriaz, France for 2016, Snowboxx is now nestled in the largest connected ski area in the world with 650km’s of pistes and the best snowparks in Europe and features its very own festival village which includes a massive main stage, apr├Ęs area, ice bars, tasty food vendors, festival attractions and some of the best snow brands in the Alps.
 
Snowboxx will be the ultimate festival epicenter and is accessible by skis, snowboard or foot to the heart of Avoriaz. There are also more venues and standout features on this years program which reflect the new expanded capacity, making this the most ambitious Snowboxx event to date.
 
As ever, Snowboxx has a varied and creative line up in store for 2016. The team today announce just a few big names for the first wave of acts; hip-hop legend Grandmaster Flash, former front man of The Streets; Mike Skinner, Grime’s man of the hour Stormzy, chart smashing Drum & Bass duo Sigma, and a show stopping live set from Blonde all form the beginnings of this year’s huge line up.
 
Snowboxx’s even has it’s very own nightclub; XX, which this year brings Radio One’s Monki, who will be hosting her infamous night with Monki & Friends.
 
With many more exciting acts, stages, terraces and brand partners to be announced soon, Snowboxx 2016 promises an electrifying mix of live acts and DJ’s.
 
Taking over the French resort of Avoriaz for an entire week 12th -19th March, the festival is a hive of activity and as ever, Snowboxx is about more than just the music, there is a full schedule of unique off slope festival activities on the  program, from human bowling to pro snowball arenas, Snowboxx has really thought outside the box to bring endless immersive content such as the Karaoke Cabins and Stash Park BBQ amongst many other things. With more features to be yet announced, guests can expect surprises around every corner of the resort and a truly unforgettable experience.
 
This year, to add to the already jam packed program, Snowboxx are teaming up with French festival Rock The Pistes who bring a full week of live mountain top music to areas across the Port Du Soleil region. Stages are dotted across the mountain range making everywhere a party on the festival piste.
 
Snowboxx is a great opportunity for skiers and snowboarders of all levels to experience the fantastic tree lined pistes and variety of runs that the Port Du Soleil region is famed for. Whilst festivalgoers take to the mountains to enjoy the region’s famous pistes, first-timers can get lessons on the bunny sloped or simply enjoy the activities in the festival epicenter.
 

MADE Birmingham 2015 Review

Whilst many of the big festivals were coping with mud over the weekend we were thankful that our Brummie feet were firmly on solid ground as we arrived for MADE. With a line up that boasts heavyweight names such as MK, Heidi, Claude Von Stroke, Julio Bashmore and David Rodigan, as well as prominent local acts Tom Shorterz and Adam Shelton, there was plenty for everyone in this urban playground.

MADE is a mini Metropolitan festival that brought ravers from all corners into the heart of Birmingham city. Now in its second year, the site had been expanded to include six stages set across the Digbeth triangle and the Rainbow complex. In keeping with the creative melting pot of the area, that ethos was very much evident in the site production from the epic wall mural by Newso & Gent48, live graffiti art and illustrative signage.

First up was veteran DJ and reggae selector David ‘Ram Jam’ Rodigan on the Heavyweight Bass Champion stage, a boxing ring with caliber of booming bass and DnB acts to match. 40 years in the business and David still knows how to rock a crowd. He invited all the ‘young tongue shooters to take a trip to Jamaica’ with him as he spun tunes from reggae, dance hall and DnB. He bounced around with the energy of a teenager, puffing out his chest and rewinding the decks, it was a pure joy to watch.

Next up was Norman Jay MBE playing from a fire exit high above the car park. The Bloc Party stage set up wasn’t a massive success and it was a shame to see Normal play to smaller numbers than expected. The VIP terrace above the Warehouse offered the best views over the main stage and revellers danced with the inflatables in the hazy afternoon sun. We stopped for some much needed respite with a delicious gourmet pizza from Baked-in Brick.

Back on the Heavyweight stage was beat-box extraordinaire Beardyman and friends for the ‘Bass Battle Off’. DJs Pete Graham, Marc Spence and Santero went back to back with only 7 minutes to impress the audience. We darted round the site, catching glimpses of sets from Korupt FM, Stanton Warriors, and Blonde who performed live as confetti cannons launched multi coloured flakes into the sky of the main arena. Julio Bashmore and Dusky were the stars of the Underground stage as they played to hyped punters in dark sweat-box of a room.

A packed out crowed gathered at the main stage anticipation for the headline act.  It seemed as if most people had come to see MK (Marc Kinchen) as the other stages emptied out. As his first record dropped confetti cannons boomed, followed by smoke jets and fire streams lighting up the crowd. His set was bursting with techno and club classics including remixes of Rudimental’s ‘Powerless’, Bakermat’s ‘Teach me’, Dumont’s ‘The giver’ to the crowd pleasing anthemic sing-a-long moment ‘My head is a jungle’. MK dived into the crowd at the end of his set and was hoisted up on to shoulders for the fireworks finale whilst Low steppa took up the mantle.

We caught up with Pete Jordan festival organiser about the challenges of delivering 11,000 capacity inner-city festival. “Digbeth is a unbelievable place and we had the opportunity to go bigger. We have had a phenomenal amount of support from the council, police and emergency services.”

“Having the indoor and outdoor spaces created a different vibe and we tried to put a bit of personality into each individual stage. Delivering bass music in a conceptual form such as a boxing ring makes people experience the music in different way. To see some of these stages really come off makes me really proud.”

It was clear the festival was a big hit with the punters too. Carly Banks from Staffs said “I have literally had the best day/night of my life!!! so unexpected and so worth it!!!!!”

Despite the terrible weather on Sunday they still had good numbers through the door for Made by Day. The organisers worked quickly to relocate as much of it indoors at the rainbow complex. There was a great selection of food available from gourmet burgers, pizzas, Caribbean, North African, Thai from Digbeth Dining Club regulars, as well as comedy, music and retro gaming from Dead Pixels.

Made my day was a great success and provided thousands with the best in bass and dance to party through day and night. We’re already looking forward to what 2016 has to offer.

 

See the full image set here https://www.flickr.com/photos/summerfestivalguide/sets/72157656009069788

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love Saves The Day Announcements & After Parties

Love Saves The Day are pleased to announce three new additions to their already staggering line up for 2015. Blonde, Jazzie B and Break will be joining Jessie Ware, Azealia Banks, Groove Armada, Roni Size, Leon Vynehall and Grandmaster Flash to name a few at Bristol’s Eastville Park over the bank holiday weekend of the 23rd & 24th May. 

Following the success of last years after parties, the Love Saves The Day team have put together another set of post festival soirees, allowing the Love Saves The Day family to continue the party once the festival gates close. Doors will open at Motion, Lakota, Marble Factory, Coroners Court, Blue Mountain and the Big Chill with well loved names including Gorgon City, Julio Bashmore, David Rodigan and B Traits.

On Saturday 23rd May, electronic music duo who are taking the world by storm Gorgon City, will take over the main room at Bristol super club Motion. Joining Gorgon City will be Shadow Child and My Nu Leng, whilst Motion’s Tunnel welcomes Mihalis Safras, Banjax residents, Craig Brown, Dean Bray, JBSquared, Robert Van Ryn, Jack Cook and  Ollie Higgs with Billy Disney, Hank Champagne (Bodywork), Hall of Fame and Fred Holt in Motion’s cave. 

Over at Lakota, Wide Eyes presents the likes of Julio Bashmore, Hyetal, Velour and Shanti Celeste. Also providing the soundtrack to the evening will be Studio 94 vs Foundations, People Like Us, Get Born, Half Naked and Piff.

Coroners Court welcomes Radio 1′s B Traits, Waifs & Strays, Sly-One, Troy Gunner, Artwork, Origins Sound, Cubana Residents and a very special guest which is still to be announced. Watch this space…

Blue Mountain will provide revellers with their post festival Drum n Bass fix, the line up boasts Danny Byrd, Doc Scott and Cedric Maison who will be performing a Jungle set. In addition to Tayo, TS2W and A.Quake plus more very special guests.

Shambarber takes over the Big Chill with Shambarber Sessions, with very special guests still to be announced.

On Sunday 24th May, soundclash champion David Rodigan will headline a special Motion show, joined by a number of house and bass music heavy weights including Dismantle, GotSome, Jus Now and NYTA.

Elsewhere, party goers will be able to catch Four Tet playing back to back with the highly sought after Floating Points in the Marble Factory. Four Tet and Floating Points will also be joined by Solar and Shapes Residents on the evening, a perfect way to round off the Love Saves The Day weekend.

There are still a couple of very special guests to be announced for Saturday’s night, all will be revealed soon.

Love Saves The Day After Party tickets can now be purchased online here: www.residentadvisor.net

 

After Party Line-Ups & Details:

 

Saturday 23rd May

Motion

+++

Main room – Gorgon City Curates

Gorgon City, Shadow Child, My Nu Leng + support

Tunnel – Banjax

Mihalis Safras, Banjax residents, Craig Brown, Dean Bray, JBSquared, Robert Van Ryn

Jack Cook, Ollie Higgs

Cave – Playback

Billy Disney, Hank Champagne (Bodywork), Hall of Fame, Fred Holt

_______________________

Lakota

+++

Wide Eyes

Julio Bashmore, Hyetal, Velour, Shanti Celeste + support, Studio 94 vs Foundations, People Like Us, Get Born vs Halfnaked vs Piff

________________________

Coroners Court

+++

B.Traits, Special Guest TBC, Waifs & Strays, Sly-One, Troy Gunner

Artwork, Origins Sound, Cubana Residents

________________________

Blue Mountain

+++

Distinguished Gentlemen of Drum & Bass

Present: “And DJ…You Gwan Like Mr. Kipling…Exceedingly Good Me Bredrin.”

Danny Byrd, Doc Scott (History lesson)

Cedric Maison (Jungle set), Tayo, TS2W & A.Quake (The Blast)

+ very special guests

Hosted by: Jakes, Remidy

& More TBA

_______________________

Big Chill

+++

Shambarber

Shambarber Sessions + Very Special Guests

_______________________

Sunday 24th May

Motion

+++

Main room – Trap vs Who Cares?

David Rodigan, Dismantle, GotSome, Jus Now, NYTA

Tunnel – Durkle Disco Takeover

__________

Marble Factory

+++

Four Tet b2b Floating Points, Solar, Shapes Residents

 
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LINKS & INFO

Rudimental and more added to Ibiza Rocks 2015 lineup

This summer Ibiza Rocks will celebrate ten incredible and hugely influential years on the White Isle with a line up that brings together festival giants, music icons and the very best of the new breed of rising stars. New additions include Rudimental, Catfish & The Bottlemen and Spandau Ballet who will proudly return to play Ibiza for the first time since 1981 when they pioneered an electronic music revolution.  Supports come from hotly tipped new talents Shura, Slaves, Krept & Konan, Blonde, Karen Harding and Sam Sure.

Since playing Rocks in support of Jake Bugg last summer, Llandudno lads Catfish & the Bottlemen have gone on to win the BBC Introducing Award at the very first BBC Music Awards, released their debut album ‘The Balcony’ to mass critical acclaim and chalked up a sold out tour in the US. Currently carving their way through their second sold out headline tour of the UK, the band also announced two Brixton Academy shows for November, which sold out in 6 minutes. Widely hailed as Britains next great guitar band Catfish & the Bottlemen will make a heroic return to the famous poolside Rocks stage as headliners on 15th July, for one of the most highly anticipated live shows in the Balearics.

Another sensational live act returning to the world-famous Rocks stage this summer is Best Album BRIT Award winners Rudimental. Rocks championed Rudimental long before they hit the big time and booked their debut Ibiza show in 2012 at the Ibiza Rocks Hotel where they stayed, partied and played, big time! It will be a proud moment to have these boys back to headline on 29th July, for what will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the 14 week long season from one of the best live acts on the planet right now.

Rudimental said: “We can’t wait to come back.  Ibiza Rocks is a lovely story for us, we saw Dizzee Rascal at Ibiza Rocks when on holiday there and then a year later Feel The Love happened and we DJ'd with Disclosure and Zane Lowe and then played live last year which was one of the best nights of our summer. There’s such history there for us. It’s always such a good vibe and the idea to do a party in a hotel is just brilliant. As soon as we finish a gig at Ibiza Rocks, we just want to get in the crowd and party with everyone. We’re part of that culture so we want to rave as well. Ibiza Rocks, we love you. Rudimental are coming for you!!"

Hot on the heels of announcing The Libertines to headline Ibiza Rocks 10th Birthday Party in July, another truly iconic British band that provided the soundtrack to a generation are reunited and ready to return to Ibiza. Spandau Ballet have sold over 25 million records and amassed 23 hit singles across the globe since the late 70s. From fully-fledged members of the iconic Blitz Club scene to one of the super-groups of the 80s, the band spearheaded the New Romantic pop culture movement born out of the nightclub scene.  One of the most significant gigs of Spandau Ballet’s career was in 1981 at Ibiza’s very own Ku Club (now Privilege), chosen by the band simply because it was billed as the most outrageous club in the world. 

Unlike any band before them, Spandau completely understood the currency of the dancefloor and the significance of playing in Ibiza at a time when the clubs were purely packed with Spanish hipsters completely unaware of the London fashionistas about to blow their minds and make their mark, both culturally and musically.  This groundbreaking trip bridged the gap between the Ibiza and London club scenes and Spandau Ballet opened Ibiza’s doors to a UK audience with one incredible, inspirational and influential gig that was to change Ibiza’s music landscape forever. After more than 30 years since that monumental moment, Ibiza Rocks is proud to bring Spandau Ballet back to the Balearics for a very special headline show under the stars on 19th August

Gary Kemp, Spandau Ballet said: "Back in 1981 Spandau were playing one off events at the hottest clubs across the world from New York to St Tropez to the Beat Route in London and The Ku Club had a reputation for being pretty outrageous, in fact the night before we played we went to the club and someone released a bull onto the dancefloor which ended up in the swimming pool. We took over some of our London friends, before us no British people went to these clubs and that was when the conversation between the two nightlife’s began and Ibiza club culture was born. We're really looking forward to going back and playing Ibiza Rocks"

As well as welcoming festival headliners and music icons, Rocks has a rich history of spotting and supporting the best new talent on the circuit.  One of the most genuinely exciting bands that fit that bill are acclaimed punk duo Slaves who will support The Libertines at the hugely anticipated 10th Birthday Party. Bristol duo Blonde, who already boast a No.7 hit single with ‘I Loved You’ will be the very first act of the summer to take to the stage, supporting Years & Years at the Opening Party. MTV Brand New 2015  ‘Best Newcomer‘ winners Krept & Konan will support Sigma whilst Black Butter Records’ bonafide ‘one to watch’ Sam Sure will support Rudimental.  Karen Harding may be a fresh face on the scene but has already scored a Top 10 single with her MNEK-produced ‘Say Something.’ Karen will support Clean Bandit this summer whist fellow fast-rising female singer/producer and BBC Sound of 2015 nominee Shura will support Jungle.  Future stars, live under the stars.

Ibiza Rocks 2015 line up so far:

17/06 OPENING PARTY WITH YEARS & YEARS | BLONDE
24/06 SIGMA | KREPT & KONAN
01/07 JUNGLE | SHURA
15/07 CATFISH & THE BOTTLEMEN
22/07 10TH BIRTHDAY PARTY WITH THE LIBERTINES | SLAVES
29/07 RUDIMENTAL  | SAM SURE
05/08 CLEAN BANDIT | KAREN HARDING
19/08 SPANDAU BALLET
02/09 FATBOY SLIM PRESENTS SMILE HIGH CLUB
16/09 CLOSING PARTY WITH THE COURTEENERS

Tinie Tempah, Robin Thicke and 19 more artists added to Wireless lineup

With Wireless Festival being hosted in both London's Finsbury Park and Birmingham's Perry Park this summer, we can now reveal another massive 21 artists that will join headliners Kanye West, Drake and Bruno Mars.

Tinie Tempah, Robin Thicke, Sean Paul, Naughty Boy, Labrinth, Kid Ink, Wilkinson, Meridian Dan, Lizzo, Jon Bellion, Schoolboy Q, Javeon, Elli Ingram, Blonde, Rixton, Alec Benjamin, Say Lou Lou, Sinead Harnett, Indiana, All About She and Sasha Keable join the bill for what will be one of summer's biggest music festivals.