Wireless Festival 2012 Preview


Saturday and Sunday are now completely sold out for this years Wireless Festival, and if you haven't got your ticket yet but want to catch a piece of Wireless, you can still get day tickets for Friday to see deadmau5, Aforjack and more!

After pulling out in 2010 due to unforseen circumstances, Drake returns to London to headline Wireless Festival in 2012.  Joining Drake on the main stage will be US rapper Nicki Minaj, Example, Wiz Khalifa, Professor Green, Tulisa and Rita Ora.  Over in the Pepsi Max Stage, Nero will headline along with The Weekend, Labrinth, Deliah, D'banj, Hilltop Hoods, Clement Marfo & The Frontline.

Rihanna returns to London to headline Sunday night after a massive sell out tour in the UK last year.  Joining Rhi-Rhi on the main stage is Jessie J, J Cole, Rizzle Kicks, Labrinth, Pitbull and Cher Llyod.

The Summer Festival Guide will be on hand to bring you all the action from Saturday, we will be keeping you up to date on the performances through the day, who we have seen in the press area's, and will hopefully catch a few acts to interview through the day!

Hilltop Hoods, Fun, Stooshe and more added to T in the Park bill

The Parlotones, Dog is Dead, Blood Red Shoes, Ren Harvieu, Mull Historical Society, Stooshe, Here We Go Magic, The Minutes and Lonsdale Boys Club joining summer’s most finely tuned festival bill. 
T in the Park secures the biggest bands from across the globe whilst consistently promoting the best new and breakthrough talent and providing the ultimate platform for all to appear as part of the festival. This year is no exception with an array of 'ones to watch' in 2012 set to wow the 85,000 strong crowd per day over the weekend of 6th – 8th July.
Hip-hop trio, Hilltop Hoods are one of Australia’s leading live acts and the most significant hip-hop group to ever emerge from this territory. Six studio albums in (including three No.1’s), the band’s sound has been embraced far beyond hip hop’s underground and their fearless and innovative ethos has guaranteed their place at the top of the Australian music industry and now beyond.
Hilltop Hoods
New York indie-pop band Fun. achieved massive success when their hit single We Are Young (featuring Janelle Monáe) hit the top of U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming the first rock/alternative song to do so since Coldplay's Viva la Vida. Their acclaimed second album Some Nights is crammed with catchy pop gems with a hip-hop twist, and is produced by legendary Grammy-winning producer Jeff Bhasker (Beyoncé, Kanye West). 
West London indie-pop singer-songwriter King Charles became the first ever Brit to win Nashville’s International Songwriting Competition in 2010 after wowing a prestigious judging panel including Tom Waits, Jeff Beck and Kings of Leon. Having supported Mumford & Sons on their sold-out US tour, his hotly anticipated debut album Lovebloodis set for release next month, and he is fast emerging as one of the UK’s most exciting young lyricists.
South Africa’s multi-platinum selling The Parlotones are musical heroes at home and are set to make their mark on the rest of the world with their fresh and stylish take on African doo-wop and folk. They wowed the crowds with a sensational performance at the FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert, sharing a bill with the likes of The Black Eyed Peas and Alicia Keys. Their album A World Next Door To Yours is South Africa’s biggest selling rock album of this decade, and the band are set to release their latest record Journey Through the Shadows next month.
The Nottingham art-pop five-piece Dog Is Dead have been tipped for big things. Following widespread acclaim for their recent gigs, which have included touring with Bombay Bicycle Club, the band earned a new following when they performed in the final episode of Skins Series 5. Harmonious indie-pop with jazz and disco influences, their hotly anticipated debut album is scheduled for release this autumn.
Blood Red Shoes are back with their third album In Time to Voices, an edgy, hook-laden record which has seen the band enter into ambitious new territory and is being hailed as their most mature and thrilling release to date. The Brighton punk-rock duo made their T in the Park debut in 2008 and are sure to receive a warm welcome back.
Ren Harvieu’s stunning voice evokes some of the great divas of bygone years. Discovered after posting a song on Myspace, her cool contemporary take on vintage blues sound and old-fashioned swing has caught the attention of industry tastemakers, and she was named in the BBC’s Sound of 2012 poll.   
Hailed by Rolling Stone for his “tuneful and plaintive pop gems”, Mull Historical Society, aka Colin MacIntyre, made a big impact when his single Barcode Bypass was crowned “Debut Single of the Year” by NME. Now firmly established as a major British song-writing force, Mull Historical Society is back in 2012 with a new album City Awakenings, and ready to showcase their sparkling, whimsical new tunes to the T in the Park crowd.
London ladies Stooshe have stormed onto the music scene and into the charts this year with smash hit single Love Me, featuring US rapper Travie McCoy. Nominated in the BBC's Sound of 2012 poll, there’s sure to be many more hits to come from their forthcoming debut album Swings and Roundabouts.
As well as the talent, New York four-piece Here We Go Magic have quite the tale to tell. During a particularly difficult show last year they spotted two men in the front row who, in their words, were ‘dancing around like maniacs’. These two ‘maniacs’ turned out to be none other than Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and legendary producer Nigel Godrich, resulting in Godrich’s decision to produce the band’s third album, A Different Ship – the band’s most remarkable and captivating album yet.
Dublin trio The Minutes’ debut album Marcata is packed with raucous anthems, melding primal garage rock ‘n’ roll with elements of blues and gospel. Renowned for their exuberant energy, it’s sure to be a high octane set at T in the Park, as they wow the crowd with their sing-along tunes.
Featuring reggae club promoter Charlie, New Zealand export Topher, and DJ Loz, together the Lonsdale Boys Club deliver a new wave of beat-driven guitar greatness. With nods to Gorillaz, Outkast and old school disco, they’ll bring the funk to the festival fans at T in the Park.
There’s a lot to see at T in the Park this summer and fans can expect to discover some hidden gems amongst the well-known music maestros.  With 3 amazing days (Fri 6th-Sun 8th July) filled with the best live talent, the Slam Tent open for Friday night fun for the very first time, and the opportunity for fans to start their T in the Park journey by checking into the campsite on the Thursday, T in the Park 2012 is all set up to be the ultimate festival four-day weekend, on a massive scale.


Wireless add Afrojack, The Roots, Santigold and more to lineup

Day tickets for Sunday 8 July, headlined by Rihanna, have already sold out whilst tickets for Friday 6 and Saturday 7 are selling fast.  This year is set to be the biggest and best selling Barclaycard Wireless Festival yet!

SantigoldAfrojack, The Roots, Metric, Santigold and Zeds Dead join an already enviable line up on Friday 6 July, headlined by Grammy-nominated dance maestro deadmau5.  Dutch music producer Afrojack first burst onto the scene with the 2010 smash ‘Take Over Control’.  He became a mainstream chart-topping force when he teamed up with Pitbull, Ne-Yo and Nayer for last year’s ‘Give Me Everything’ and 2011 saw him placed in the top ten of DJ Mags top 100 DJ’s of the year.  Philadelphian neo soul band The Roots have become one of the most respected acts around, with four Grammys under their belt.  Their live shows are known for being among the best in the business and their set at Barclaycard Wireless Festival will not disappoint.  Toronto-based quartet Metric also join Friday’s line-up, their self-released album ‘Fantasties’ sold over a million albums worldwide.  The band have picked up two JUNO awards and also wrote the theme song for the Grammy nominated and Academy shortlisted Twilight: Eclipse soundtrack.  Brooklyn’s Santigold is a unique and inspiring figure on today’s musical landscape. Her 2008 eponymous album established her internationally as one of the most exciting and fearless artists to emerge in the last decade. Her eagerly anticipated new album ‘Master of My Make Believe’ will be out later this year.  Toronto electric duo Zeds Dead have earned an excellent reputation amongst a new generation of producers with their unique brand ofdance-floor classics.

Rita Ora, Hilltop Hoods, Koan Sound and AlunaGeorge are confirmed to join the Barclaycard Wireless Festival line up on Saturday 7 July, headlined by Drake.  Roc Nation’s newest signee and British it girl Rita Orais making waves on the global music scene. Her tremendous vocal ability and fresh take on music have earned her respect and interest from heavy-weights Will.I.Am, Drake and Kanye West, all of whom are working with her on her debut album.  She recently featured on DJ Fresh’s numberone single ‘Hot Right Now’ and is soon to release her own single ‘R.I.P.’, which features Tinie Tempah.  Aria Award winning Australian groupThe Hilltop Hoods have earned themselves a place at the very forefront of the Australian music industry, repeatedly singled out as one of Australia’s hottest live acts by media, industry insiders and fans alike, theBarclaycard Wireless Festival audience are set for a real treat.  Hailing from Bristol, duo KOAN Sound released their first extended single, the ‘Max Out EP’ in early 2011. Later in the year the group unveiled their biggest release to date, the ‘Funk Blaster EP’ on Skrillex’s OWSLA imprint.  The duo rounded off 2011 with the ‘Best Breakthrough Artist’ at the Dubstep Music Awards.  Also joining Saturday’s line up are hotly tipped AlunaGeorge. Taking the boom and glitch of British bass culture and allying it to the slick sweetness of classic American R&B, singer Aluna Francis and producer George Reid have captured the attention of futuristic pop heads across the blogosphere.

Far East Movement

Lloyd, Far East Movement, Doctor P and Kreayshawn join Sunday’s bill, headlined by superstar Rihanna.  R&B recording artist Lloyd released his solo debut single ‘Southside’ in 2004, his fourth studio album ‘King of Hearts’ was released last year, it featured the massive hit single ‘Dedication To My Ex (Miss That)’ (featuring Andre 3000 and Lil Wayne) which went top 5 on the UK singles chart.  LA-based quartet Far East Movement made their major label debut in 2010 with the release of ‘Like A G6’ which topped the US singles chart. They have gone on to collaborate with the likes of Snoop Dogg and Justin Bieber, new album ‘Dirty Bass’ is out later this year.  English producer Doctor P and Californian rapperKreayshawn also join Sunday’s sensational sold out bill which along withRihanna features the likes of Jessie J, Calvin Harris, J Cole and Rizzle Kicks.