King Charles, Ibibio Sound Machine and more added to Standon Calling lineup

Standon Calling today reveals additions not just to the live line-up but also the DJ offering for 2014’s festival, 1st – 3rd August in Hertfordshire. Regular and fan-favourite King Charles will be present yet again on stage, whilst the eclectically-eared Giles Peterson takes to the decks.

Newcomers Ibibio Sound Machine will bring a heady cocktail to Standon Calling’s live stage, infusing West-African funk and disco with modern post-punk and electro, a no doubt intoxicating affair. In contrast Fat White Family promise a raucous and often provocative rock n’ roll as one might expect from six young squatters of South London.
Across Standon Calling’s Big Top and Cowshead stages DJs including electro pioneer Felix Da Housecat lead the charge into the twilight hours. Disco / re-edit scene favourite Greg Wilson, alumni of The Hacienda will also be heading to Hertfordshire as will hip hop turntablist and scratch master, DJ Yoda. From 80s warehouse parties to modern-day DJ royalty the next name cued up for the festival will be none other than Norman Jay MBE. Jay is a renowned house music DJ whose crate confidently veers into many sounds including jazz-funk and soul.

Back on the live stages and also returning to the festival is post-rock outfit Revere, boasting their own string section. East London might be lacking in coalmines but thanks to Hackney Colliery Band it does have a vibrant funk, hip-hop and high-octane rock inspired brass band. The group performed at the London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony so should have little trouble rousing the boutique-sized party that is Standon Calling. Long-standing poetic rock trio The Wave Pictures are next up alongside alternative quartet Flyte. Ska-punk will be on offer in the form of Imperial Leisure and N-A-I-V-E-S are set to serve up anglo/french electro-pop sounds. Last but by no means least for the live side of Standon Calling are locals Maddox.
For night owls the festival’s dance music line-up expands further with the Lana-Del-Ray-remixing Asadinho, alternative urban heavyweight DJ Format and duo Heavy Hz, formed of’s Dan Lywood and Ben Bridgewater.

Sunsplash Festival announces line up for 2014

This year Sunsplash Festival moves to a new summer hotspot, the sun soaked shores of Bodrum in Turkey.

We have the first lineup announcement for this years festivals which includes Zara McFarlane, Gilles Peterson, Osunlade, Karizma, Lefto, Phil Asher, Rainer Trueby and many many more below.

Zara McFarlane
Zara McFarlane’s debut album, 2011’s Until Tomorrow, came garlanded with rave reviews and a MOBO award nomination heralding a major new talent in the world of British Jazz. SunSplash welcomes her with open arms. Read More
For the first time at SunSplash! Osunlade is an artist who personifies art. His music creates unified melodies manifested with balance, life and wisdom. Read More
Gilles Peterson
One of the residents of SunSplash, rocking it year after year and needing very little introduction. Read More
One of the most in-demand DJs on the worldwide house circuit, his productions are a must-check for any self-respecting house lover, and his remix talents are sought out by some of the biggest names in the music business.Read More
Phil Asher
One of London’s finest. DJ, producer and a much loved SunSplash resident. Bringing good time boogie and deep club cuts. Read More
Rainer Trueby
The Root Down legend from Germany returns to grace the turntables. What can we say? The man is pure class. Read More
Patrick Forge
First time at SunSplash! A familiar name on the London DJ scene for the last 25 years, his radio show, The Cosmic Jam, ran for twenty one years on Kiss FM, the longest running programme in the station’s history! Read More
Alex Attias
A long established and well loved house, funk and disco and later ‘broken beat’ DJ who has produced some of the most memorable tracks of the movement, working with the likes of Dego, Mark De Clive Lowe, Bembé Segué, Vanessa Freeman and others. Read More 
Kev Beadle
DJ, radio presenter and producer Kev Beadle’s bio reads like a journey through the halcyon years of the jazz, jazz funk and soul scene in the UK from the late 70’s through to todays musical manifestations. Read More
Ruben Estevez (BrukBoogieKru)
Ruben started as a DJ in 1994 in Lausanne, Switzerland, spreading a selection of sounds from hip hop to soul funk and electronica, progressing to drum and bass and broken beat/nu jazz. Read More
Start and finish the day with Yoga; sunrise and sunset sessions are on offer daily and included in the package fee. 
Kate Magic – Raw Living
In keeping with the festival’s good music and good living concept, the scrumptious Kate Magic comes to SunSplash in 2014 with her workshops on Raw Food and Raw Living. There will also be a stool to buy delicious raw cakes and chocolates, so it’s not all talk! Read More
Phil Asher – Beats
One of London’s finest. DJ, producer and a much-loved SunSplash regular Phil Asher will take a music production seminar for ‘headz’, other interested parties and budding producers. Read More

Giles Peterson, Robert Cray and more set for Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2014

A host of world class musicians will once again descend on the Cotswold town of Cheltenham in May 2014 for the return of the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Although full details of the line-up are yet to be disclosed, the organisers have made an initial announcement which hints that the programme will again feature the festival’s trademark mix of jazz icons and up-and-coming new artists interspersed with unique, one-off performances from established international stars.

Amongst the first names confirmed for next year’s festival are five-time Grammy-winner Robert Cray; world renowned DJ and broadcaster Gilles Peterson, who will perform a DJ set at a late night club event featuring a live performance from a very special guest band; and the first show in 24 years from acclaimed ‘80s big band Loose Tubes, who are reuniting to mark their 30th anniversary.

“That Loose Tubes have chosen to perform their reunion gig at Cheltenham Jazz Festival is a real coup for the Festival and for Cheltenham” commented Festival Director Ian George. “Loose Tubes were the first ever jazz orchestra to play the BBC Proms and jazz fans round the world have been eagerly hoping for this reunion.”

“Programming for the 2014 Festival is well under way – 2014 will see the return of the popular club nights and we already have some very big names scheduled to appear in the Big Top. The free stage will also return, giving local artists a chance to perform in front of a hugely appreciative jazz crowd, and we will be launching a new talent search for an emerging jazz artist.”

BBC Radio 3 in association with Jazz on 3 have commissioned new pieces from Loose Tubes original members Chris Batchelor, Steve Berry, Eddie Parker and Django Bates. These will be premiered at Cheltenham Jazz festival alongside classic repertoire from the band’s back catalogue including Yellow Hill, Shelley, The Last Word, Sticklebacks and Sunny.

The 2014 Cheltenham Jazz Festival takes place from 30 April -5 May and is hosted in a tented festival village in Cheltenham’sMontpellier Gardens, featuring a Big Top stage, the Jazz Arena, and a food, drink and market area.

SunSplash Antalya Festival announces Giles Peterson and more!

Renowned across Europe for its unrivalled beach side setting nestled on the stunning Turkish Riviera at the super chic five star Hillside Su Hotel, SunSplash seamlessly combines a music festival with style, travel and serious dance music in one, merging a heavyweight dance music line up with a luxury holiday destination which unfolds as an exclusive beach party by day and night. Far from the muddy fields and long queues of rainy and expensive UK festivals!

To retain its renowned intimate and exclusive vibe SunSplash welcomes only 400 international and local guests, guaranteeing a friendly atmosphere, along with a top-notch programme for music lovers, at SunSplash Antalya, everyone gets a VIP experience, sensational accommodation, beautiful Antalya sunshine and unrivalled hospitality!
Confirmed 2013 line up so far:
Norman Jay MBE with over two decades of Djing under his belt he is arguably one of the finest and most respected Dj’s in the world today and will be providing the Antalya Good Times with some of the finest sun beat tunes.Giles Peterson
Gilles Peterson a man who joins all the dots' between artists, producers and styles breathing fresh air on the dancefloors of the world with his unique selection of music rarely heard elsewhere.
Kirk Degiorgio a seriously heavyweight DJ and producer with a unique, individual sound, beautifully combining elements of jazz, soul, techno and funk into electronic tracks.
Koreless creates music that some spend a lifetime trying to achieve, throwing his beats against a beautifully woven tapestry of cascading ambiance.
Other acts also confirmed for 2013 are Phil Asher, Rainer Trueby, Zaf Chowdry, Martin ‘Atjazz’ Iveson. Lefto, Ahu, DjSoulprovyder, Kaan Durazat, more line up announcements to follow shortly.
Promoter Serkan Cetin says: "The 2013 edition of SunSplash Festival is the 5th edition and sees the coming of age of this boutique and intimate week of fine music in the sun. This is a truly unique experience, combining luxury travel, good living and fine cuisine with some of the best dance music in the world"
SunSplash Antalya is truly a festival with a difference – the venue offers guests spectacular sea-view rooms on the private beach front, along with daily Yoga classes, a top notch spa for all needs to leave SunSplash refreshed and invigorated, as well as having partied to some of the finest dance music around from the soulful side of the spectrum.
Accommodation inclusive packages start from £320 per person for 3 nights, and £500 per person for 7 nights accommodation – including breakfast and dinner each day, use of luxury spa, sauna, gym, Yoga lessons, and all SunSplash music seminars and workshops. Full list of onsite activities is below.
Start and finish your day with Yoga; sunrise and sunset sessions are on offer daily and included in the festival package fee. Classes are given by teachers from the excellent Cihangir Yoga School in Istanbul.
Spa Therapies and Treatments
For some serious pampering look no further, the Hillside Su hotel has one of the best spa centres in Turkey with massages and body treatments that include; Magic Hot Stones, Reflexology and, wait for it; Body Coffee Hydrating Body Wrap. 
Sports and Fitness Classes
The fitness centre has a modern gym and various studios for classes that include: Pilates, Tae-Bo, Circuit, Boot Camp, Power Yoga, Aero Step and Aqua Gym. Squash and tennis are also available.
2 fantastic tennis courts await those in the mood to swing.
The trek to the summit of Mount Tahtali is a thrilling way to spend half a day in Antalya Province. The walk takes around 4-6 hours or so from the starting point in the village of Beycik. For those who just fancy the view, a cable car which runs every 20 minutes or so.
Kids Club
There is a world of adventure waiting for younger guests. Aside from the kids club, crèche and amenities at Hillside Su, there is also a fantastic Aquapark directly next door with mega slides, pools and even dolphins!