The Chemical Brothers to headline Bestival + many more announced

With a brand new album about to drop, we are ecstatic to announce that the Chemical Brothers will be headlining Saturday night at Bestival’s Summer of Love. Longstanding favourites at Bestival HQ, we’re giddy with anticipation for an all-new live show featuring Tom Rowlands dropping the knowledge and those fat, fat beats. A colossus in dance music and leaders in club culture’s move into the mainstream, The Chemical Brothers are simply historic, and we love ‘em!

Another firm Besti-crew favourite is Underworld, who, we’re extremely pleased to say, will headline the Big Top on Thursday night as part of a UK festival exclusive for us! Currently touring their seminal Dubnobasswithmyheadman album to packed venues across the land, we’ve bagged them to kick off our epic four-day love-fest, when they’ll be proving it’s not just skyscrapers that they love.

Commenting on their opening night appearance, Underworld said: “Can't wait to be back on the Isle of Wight with the Bestival crew. Be sure to get there early to catch us on Thursday night and start the weekend as you mean to go on”.

Joining our line-up for the first time for a UK festival exclusive appearance are iconic trailblazers Duran Duran. Unstoppable as ever, the band are currently in the studio with Mr. Hudson, Mark Ronson and Nile Rodgers, putting the finishing touches on a brand new album, set for release later this year. Frontman Simon Le Bon says: “This year sees the beginning of a new Duran Duran live show. I couldn't imagine starting it with more of a bang than an appearance at Bestival.

We’ll also have a UK festival exclusive appearance from the world’s most famous musical family, The Jacksons, and live sets from psychedelic riff merchants Tame Impala, soul-powered collective Jungle, bloc party hip-hop kings Jurassic 5, a UK exclusive from unique beat sculptor Flying Lotus, garage duo Gorgon City, who, as you’ll know, are ‘ready for your love’, genre-swerving four-piece Little Dragon; the golden voiced Roisin Murphy, and deep house don and UK singles chart-topper Duke Dumont.

And there’s plenty more live music from the likes of Kate TempestJamie xx (Live), Boy Better KnowTodd Terje (live)Action BronsonFuture Islands, Level 42 , Young Fathers, Flight Facilities, Rae Morris, Jungle Brothers, The Cuban Brothers, Pond, Sleaford Mods, Fat White Family, Lapsley, Cymande, Slaves, Shura, George The Poet, Dean Blunt, Snap!, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Mr Wilson’s Second Liners, The Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band, Reggaerobics and Circus Raj.

Sharing bounteous love on the ones & twos late into the night, we’ll have the undisputed queen of Radio 1’s dance shows Annie Mac, rabble rousing as Lily Allen presents FUNLORD, plus  Kalamazoo’s coolest man Seth Troxler, musical yarn-spinners Tale of Us, first lady of bass Hannah Wants, and the unutterably brilliant Four Tet, who will not only be blowing minds when he opens The Port on Friday but will also be taking everybody that bit higher, bringing our beloved Bollywood to a close the very same night!

We’ll also have mayhem from Black Butter Presents…, sick beats from Madlib, floor-smashing goodness from JackmasterJoy Orbison going toe to toe with Ben UFO, cosmic techno from Guy Gerber, full signal when David Rodigan MBE presents Ram Jam, sonic adventuring from Erol Alkan, beautiful blends as erstwhile Streets man Mike Skinner presents Tonga and unknown pleasures from Andrew Weatherall.

And there’s plenty more arms in the air behaviour courtesy of SHY FX’s Party on the Moon, Mistajam presents Speakerbox, Benji B presents Deviation, Redlight, Jonas Rathsman, The Heatwave, Norman Jay MBE presents Good Times, Wookie, The Shellac Collective, Late Nite Tuff Guy, SG Lewis, Joe Hertz, World Of Rave & Music Mondays presents: Billy Daniel Bunter, Slipmatt, Rat Pack, Mark Archer (Altern-8), Kaotic Chemistry, Baby D, Liquid & Uncle Dugs, Work It DJs, Juicebox DJs and Venum Sound.

Tickets for Bestival’s Summer of Love go on sale at 10am on Thursday 12th February, and will be available through our ground breaking weekly payment plan, which lets you spread the cost of a Bestival ticket across 25 weeks for around £7 per week after your initial deposit. So there are no excuses! Join our legion of lovers now!


The Chemical Brothers / Underworld / Duran Duran / The Jacksons / Tame Impala / Jungle / Jurassic 5 / Flying Lotus / Gorgon City / Little Dragon / Roisin Murphy / Duke Dumont / Kate Tempest / Jamie xx (Live) / Boy Better Know / Todd Terje (Live) / Action Bronson / Future Islands / Level 42 / Young Fathers / Flight Facilities / Rae Morris / Jungle Brothers / The Cuban Brothers / Pond / Sleaford Mods / Fat White Family / Lapsley / Cymande / Slaves / Shura / George the Poet / Dean Blunt / Snap! / The Crazy World of Arthur Brown / Mr Wilson’s Second Liners /The Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band / Reggaerobics / Circus Raj


Annie Mac / Lily Allen presents FUNLORD / Seth Troxler / Tale of Us / Hannah Wants / Four Tet / Black Butter Presents… / Madlib / Jackmaster / Joy Orbison / Ben UFO / Guy Gerber / David Rodigan MBE presents Ram Jam / Erol Alkan / Mike Skinner presents Tonga / Andrew Weatherall / SHY FX’s Party on the Moon / Mistajam presents Speakerbox / Benji B presents Deviation / Redlight / Jonas Rathsman / The Heatwave / Norman Jay MBE presents Good Times / Wookie / The Shellac Collective / Late Nite Tuff Guy / SG Lewis / Joe Hertz / World Of Rave & Music Mondays presents: Billy Daniel Bunter, Slipmatt, Rat Pack, Mark Archer (Altern-8), Kaotic Chemistry, Baby D, Liquid & Uncle Dugs / Work It DJs / Juicebox DJs / Venum Sound

Sonar adds Flying Lotus, Simian Mobile Disco and more!

A double helping of Flying Lotus

The man behind the Californian Brainfeeder label and an artist admired all over the world, Flying Lotus is an essential benchmark in today's hip-hop and electronica, capable of blending all types of genres within his songs to create a highly recognizable style all his own, at the point where jazz, psychedelia and abstract beats converge. He is just about to release his new album on Warp, and at Sónar we can enjoy a double helping of his talent, with two shows at Sónar by Day: one heading the Brainfeeder showcase and another as part of the line-up on the SonarDôme stage curated by Red Bull Music Academy (he was an Academy participant in 2006).

Flying Lotus

Emerging talent of 2012

The Canadians Trust have emerged as one of the surprises of 2012 with the dark and overpowering pop of their (deservedly) acclaimed debut album. The same is true of Russia's Nina Kraviz, the new star of European electronica, who joins the line-up presented by Red Bull Music Academy to present house gems from her first and highly praised self-titled album. The AmericanStar Slinger, meanwhile, is beginning to set tongues wagging in increasingly wider circles with his original sessions and mixtapes covering house, hip-hop and electronic syncopation.

Sonar presents the world premiere of Mostly Robot 

Soul explorer and innovator of electronic live performances Jamie Lidell; the prestigious experimentalist Tim Exile; finger-drumming virtuoso Jeremy Ellis; New York’s 2x DMC World Champ, DJ Shiftee; and the keyboardist and regular member of Lidell's band Mister Jimmy. They are the 5 members ofMostly Robot, the new band conceived by Native Instruments, who will be introduced as a world premiere at Sónar by Day. Truly ‘live’, each musician plays independently of each other – instruments are synced only by the human element, in the tradition of inspiring jazz concerts. The Sónar showcase is also a rare moment to catch a glimpse of yet unreleased song material from individual band members. The music will be accompanied by a visual concept from Berlin’s extraordinary collective Pfadfinderei.  

Complete line-ups of the BBC Radio 1 showcase and SonarDôme stage by Red Bull Music Academy

For a second year running BBC Radio 1 have joined forces with Sonar and programmed a very special line up curated by Annie Mac. Annie will host theBBC Radio 1 Presents stage on June 15th and BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix will broadcast live from 0200-0600 (EST) (0100-0500 BST)  with the live show from Simian Mobile Disco (presenting their new record, "Unpatterns") and DJ sets from Annie Mac herself on the decks , the duo of French DJs Brodinskivs Gesaffelstein and British beatmakers duo Jack Beats. For more information

In addition to Flying Lotus and Nina Kraviz, the line-up on the SonarDôme stage curated by Red Bull Music Academy is now complete with the addition of two more acts: Italy-based psychedelic disco trio Esperanza (a new signing to the acclaimed Gomma label) and the new project of Swiss DJ and producers Faktor and Clinic, Radiorifle. The Red Bull Music Academy, a world-travelling music school which will stop in New York for its 15th yearly edition this September, has been curating the SonarDôme since 2009, with previous editions featuring artists such as Katy B, Brandt Brauer Frick and Pilooski's Discodeine. 

New Spanish additions 

Sónar once again selects the most relevant and interesting outfits on the Spanish scene today for the festival's audience. 

The latest additions include live shows by Arbol (presenting his new album, halfway between electronic and acoustic sounds), El_Txef_A (quality deep house from Bilbao), Koulomek (with a show featuring visual and interactive electronica), the Barcelona-based Cadiz native Fábel (melodic IDM) andMicrofeel (cinematic electronica), and sessions by Logical Nonsense (with a set of ambient electronica to kick things off), the eclectic electronics of emerging Coyu, the young and increasingly popular teams Yall Djs andMachine Beats, the two classic names of DJ2D2 and Amable (at Sónar for the first time), the dj and director of the Ibiza Sónica radio station Igor Marijuán, the bloated beats of Blastto, a head-to-head set with Guillaminoand Diego Armando (one of the main men behind the Bankrobber label) and the experimental and danceable techno of Eduardo de la Calle.

New additions to Sónar 2012 (04/17/2012)

Flying Lotus (US)
Trust (CA)
Nina Kraviz (RU)
Native Instruments presents Mostly Robot with Jamie LidellTim Exile,Jeremy EllisDJ ShifteeMister Jimmy and Pfadfinderei
BBC Radio 1 presents Simian Mobile Disco (UK), Brodinski & Gesaffelstein(FR), Jack Beats (UK), Annie Mac (UK)
Star Slinger (US)
Esperanza (IT)
Radiorifle (CH)
Arbol (ES)
Blastto (ES)
Amable (ES)
Igor Marijuán (ES)
El_Txef_A (ES)
DJ2D2 (ES)
Yall Djs (ES)
Logical Nonsense (ES)
Microfeel (ES)
Fábel (ES)
Machine Beats (ES)
Eduardo de la Calle (ES)
Coyu (ES)
Koulomek (ES)
Diego Armando Vs. Guillamino dj (ES)

LMFAO, The XX, Paolo Nutini join Sziget Festival 2012 lineup

Joining them also are Indie revelations Ting Tings, Norway’s coolest and sexiest Katzenjammer, LA underground hip-hop guru Flying Lotus, the soulful and inspiring Fink and the one and only Anna Calvi. All this and a lot more awaits fans from all over the world this summer, between 6-13 August in Budapest.

The 20th edition of Sziget Festival could give quite some excuse for getting lost in memories, but the Sziget team has always tried to present new stuff and keeps on doing so. Probably this is the only programming method that works for an event that is the unofficial world champion in the category of internationality – once again expecting fans from over 60 countries to the well know Danube island.

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Redfoo and SkyBlu are without any doubts the coolest party icons of these days. They teamed up to create LMFAO (you might wanna check what these five letters actually mean) and took over the planet with their unavoidable Party Rock Anthem. LMFAO is a role model for young kids around the world and started a tidal wave of shuffling in 2011.


London-based The xx have shown their potentials already in 2009 when releasing their debut LP. Their homemade album became platinum and created a huge buzz in some of the highest valued English media, while also earning them a Mercury Prize (given by the British Phonographic Industry).

Paolo Nutini has some Italian origins – hard to deny it with such a name – but lives and works in Scotland, and counts as one of the most talented singer-songwriters and a true titan of the folk-blues scene. 2006 saw the release of his debut album, These Streets, rocketing him to the top 3 of the British charts. His second LP came out in 2009 with the title Sunny Side Up.

"If The Libertines defined the start of the decade and Arctic Monkeys its middle, then Glasvegas are almost certainly going to define its end and beyond" – as stated by the New Musical Express. The impact of the Glasgow-based band in the UK and success of their debut album did not go unnoticed in North America either. See them for yourself at Sziget.

The Ting Tings means groovy guitar pop in a duo format, a joint venture of Katie White and Jules De Martino, the two members of the British indie combo. They have already sold millions of their first LP and are now promoting their 2012 Ivor Novello Award-winning record, Sounds of Nowhere.

The name Katzenjammer might awake memories of bad hangovers, but the four hot girls from the cold north are anything but depressed. The Oslo-based band is renown for cool and characteristic singing, playing more than 25 different instruments and mixing genres such as folk, pop, rock, country and Balkan music.

Flying Lotus is one of the most popular acts of the experimental electronic scene and a true representative of the LA underground hip-hop culture. Two years ago he earned an Independent Music Award with his third album, Cosmogramma, then backed it up with another IMA for the video of his 2011 single, MmmHmm.

Fin Greenall, aka Fink is a singer-songwriter from the UK, mixing his producer skills with romantic, human and thoughtful pieces and charismatic performances. He released five LPs during the last ten years, amongst them the 2011 album, Perfect Darkness, highly praised by many, including The Guardian.

Anna Calvi is another exciting and inspiring representative of the UK singer-songwriter scene, also proven by her Mercury Prize and BRIT Awards nominations in 2011 and 2012. Many think she’s the biggest prospect of the genre since Patti Smith, so you are right to expect something special from her also at Sziget.

Chromeo, Cee Lo Green and more for Sónar Sao Paulo 2012

Cee Lo GreenSonar São Paulo incorporates into its music program the Canadian DJ and producer duo Chromeo, well known for leading the renovation of disco; Cee Lo Green, star of new black music and who no other meets his match on stage; Skream, pioneer of the dub step sound and responsible for taking it to the charts, who will be accompanied by Mc Sgt. Pokes; the Project KTL, formed by Stephen O’Malley of Sunn O)))- & Peter Rehberg (Pita), two of the most important sound experimenters of today; the Dutch DJ and moombathon king Munchi; the Argentine digital cumbia duo Super Guachin; and the Brazilian Nedu Lopes –renowned DJ on the country’s electronic circuit– and Criolo –influent beat maker and hip hop renovator– and the partnership of Muti Randolph & Clara Sverner, with a classical piano show with interactive visuals.

Red Bull Music Academy –one of the main musical talent searchers on the planet– presents on the SonarVillage stage artists of the caliber of Flying Lotus, Rustie, James Holden, James Pants and Tiger & Woods, all of whom are internationally recognized, as are three young and vibrant local producers who are Pazes, Mauricio Fleury and Zegon.
All of which are added to the shows already confirmed; Björk, Justice, Modeselektor, Little Dragon, Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto, James Blake, Four Tet, Mogwai, Seth Troxler, Austra, Za!, Squarepusher, Hudson Mohawke, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Jeff Mills, John Talabot, Emicida, The Twelves, Bruno Belluomini, Psilosamples, Dago, Gui Boratto, Dj Marky Vs Patife, M Takara x Akin, Gang Do Eletro, Silva and Ricardo Donoso, making up a first-class line-up.

Check the full program here.

During both days of the festival, SonarPro will present new projects associated to art and technology, providing live demonstrations of the latest generation of products and organizing workshops with major figures and artists who work in the new media field. SonarPro enables attendees to share ideas, make contacts, and facilitate networking between creative industry working professionals.

Within the program, SonarPro highlights the presence of American artist Scott Snibbe (creator of iPhone and iPad apps for Björk’s latest album, “Biophilia”), the Canadian studio Eski (specialists in the latest generation applications for live shows) the Brazilian Muti Randolph (operating between technological design and architectural spaces) and the Catalan Conductr (creators of surprising audio applications for iPhone) Jocabola (generative systems and data visualizing) and the Music Technology Group team from ‘Universitat Pompeu Fabra’, inventors of the popular interactive musical instrument Reactable.

Check the full program here.

SonarCinema is the area within the festival dedicated to the screening of films, documentaries and audiovisual pieces, which stand out for their quality, originality and artistic values. Amongst the screenings to be enjoyed are Finisterrae (the peculiar story of two ghosts on their journey to the end of the world), Dragonslayer (the day to day of a Californian skater) or High On Hope (the chronicle of the British rave scene during the depression of the late 80’s, early 90’s).

Sonarcinema will also include two themed menus of works selected by the Catalan festivals In-Edit (dedicated to musical documentary) and Screen From Barcelona (specializing in video-art).


The Black Keys, Ane Brun and more for Flow Festival 2012

Some twenty acts, including both international and domestic names, have been added to the bill, which already includes BjörkFeist and Bon Iver. With the announcement, the remaining ticket types also go on sale at Tiketti outlets.

New international artists on the Flow Festival program include the blazing hot American rock group The Black Keys, the Norwegian singer-songwriter Ane Brun, the Philadelphia-based indie rock band The War On Drugs, two innovators of electronic music in Flying Lotus and Nicolas Jaar, contemporary rap trailblazer A$AP Rocky, indie pop up-and-comer St. Vincent, reggae legend Horace Andy and the award-winning jazz pianist from New York, Jason Moran, who will host a very special residency over two days at the stage built for Flow in co-operation with the "Wastelands" architectural assembly.

Other acts on the Valentine's Day program release are soul star Charles Bradley And His ExtraordinairiesFour Tet & Cairbou, performing a unique back-to-back DJ set together, one of the highlights of the album release year 2011,Oneohtrix Point Never, dubstep innovator Pinch, the South African dance phenomenon Shangaan Electro and the ambient duo of two composers, A Winged Victory For The Sullen.

New Finnish artists confirmed for Flow are Jukka PoikaGraciasSiinaiVerneri Pohjola QuartetBlack TwigBendagram and Kuusumun Profeetta.

More acts will be added to the line up during the spring.

With the new release, the remaining Flow tickets will be released on sale, namely two-day ticket combos and single day passes for Friday and Saturday.

Lovebox Bang the Box Friday Full Lineup revealed

Bang the Box is Lovebox’s occasional heavy-duty party, which until now has been pitching a fresh take on an inspiring hybrid of dance sounds in the cities underground venues .Now for the first time Bang The Box reappears at London’s most energetic festival in all its glory with 3 forward thinking, exciting and influential collaborations that include Vice a UK festival debut by Ed Banger and FWD>>+Rinse as well the Gaymer’s Stage jam packed with a selection of some the most thrilling party starting bands that are making some of the biggest noises this year with their newly released albums. Whilst these acts bust the speakers on the main stages our pioneering electronic maestros will be hosting the outdoor soundsystems and Lovebox’s trade mark, high production stages giving Londoners the best value festival ticket in the UK. You’d be hard pushed to beat all this for £28.50.
A capital city Festival exclusive see’s Rinse FM,in house record label Tempa and there long running club night FWD bring their underground sound right back to its roots with dubstep overlord Skream, Kode9 and Roll Deep, Zinc, Geneus & Tippa spin alongside the full power of this heavyweight crew as 18 key members of the bass family take control of one corner of the filed to broadcast  live what the rest of country is following on the headphones, iPods and radio’s Busy P is boasting an Ed Banger party not to be missed offering Friday-goers sets from SebastiAn, Cassius and more. Notorious culture magazine, Vice’s arena gives us appearances from Spank Rock, Flying Lotus and Hudson Mohawke and the Gaymer’s main stage offers performances from Metronomy, the Wombats, Beardyman and Example. You’d be hard pushed to find better value at £28.50 for a ticket.
RoskaRinse FM, to many fans of underground music, is London. From its beginnings 16 years ago as a DIY pirate to a thriving empire, containing a studio, label, clubnight (the legendary FWD>>), it’s clear to see: without Rinse FM, dubstep, grime, UK Funky and the current wave of “post-dubstep” creatives wouldn’t exist the way you know them. They are responsible for bringing stars like Katy B and Magnetic Man and many more to a mainstream audience – Katy B and member of Magnetic Man, Skream will both be appearing at the stage along with Rinse founder Geneeus, internationally acclaimed electronic artist, DJ, and owner of the Hyperdub record label Kode 9, Roska, Ms Dynamite, Brackles and many more.
Busy P will be bringing his stamp to the RELENTLESS ENERGY DRINK ARENA as on Friday, iconic Parisian dance stable Ed Banger Records will launch a full-blown attack on Lovebox patrons ears by presenting enfant terrible SebastiAn, French house duo Cassius, electropop Lolita Uffie and DJ superteam Carte Blanche. Ed Banger head honcho Busy P will be teaming up with graphic designer and illustrator So Me to form Busy Pictionary. In a feast for the eyes and ears, So Me will be creating live artwork on stage whilst Busy P spins the decks. 
Flying LotusThe notorious Lovebox NYC Downlow stage,a mock down town sleaze club plays host to Vice. Taylor-made for London’s hippest bright young things, Friday’s festival-goers will be treated to a very special appearance from Baltimore Bass King, Spank Rock performing tracks from his forthcoming Boyz Noise produced album and Warp Records’ Hudson Mohawke will also be live on  stage unleashing his new eargley anticipated album. Label mate Flying Lotus headlines the live acts .The avant-garde L.A. native producer of otherworldy, and experimental,multi-genre sounds has been heavily influenced by his family’s jazz heritage as well as his love of drum and bass, West Coast gangsta rap and G-Funk melodies. A unique and pioneering electronic artist, his most recent album, Cosmogramma, has been described by Mary Anne Hobbs as “A completely new sonic language. Lotus is like Hendrix – he’s completely torn up the rule book in electronic music… I hear his sound echoing in every corner of the planet.” Also appearing will be Essex raver Herve and a extremely rare live slot by Photek.
The outdoor Gaymers live stage will see appearances from one of Britain’s most exciting live bands, the Wombats, 20-year-old singer songwriter Ed Sheeran and multi talented pop/rock six piece Architecture in Helsinki as well as performances from beatboxing festival regular Beardyman and indie-dance darlings Metronomy.
AeroplaneWe’re also pleased to announce a new arena – The Bacardi Get Together, which will provide surroundings perfectly encompassing both a place to soak up the festival atmosphere together over a BACARDÍ cocktail, and the ultimate place to party. With an eclectic spread of DJs, producers and crews over the course of all three days culminating in unforgettable ultimate finales where the crowds will see 3 DJ greats join forces behind the decks for a one off – never before heard ‘BACARDÍ Together Set’. Included in the impressive BACARDÍ Get Together Friday line up is Italian-Belgian maestro, Aeroplane, electro and techno Fabric resident, Stopmakingme and cutting edge DJs and founders of the Moda clubnight, Jaymo and Andy George.







LIVIN’ PROOF DJS (DJ Rags, DJ Khalil, DJ Snips and Budgie)

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