‘Milkshake’ star Kelis is now confirmed as BSTK 2016’s third main stage headliner for the party set to rock the weekend of 8th to 10th July in the Essex countryside. The NYC soulstress will perform alongside Tinie Tempah, Annie Mac and Mark Ronson as well as new additions including Dusky, Heidi and many more. Tickets priced at the unbeatable bargain price of £89 are available now via BSTK.co.uk.
BRIT Award winner Kelis completes the billing atop BSTK’s main stage for summer 2016. The ever-stylish singer, brimming with talent boasts hits including ‘Acapella’, ‘Millionaire’ and more sure to keep the party bouncing come July. Electronic duo Dusky and house/techno DJ Heidi are amongst the names joining the already hefty dance music offering. Meanwhile BSTK is getting a special collaboration when Cuban Boys join forces with hip hop duo Jungle Brothers. Elsewhere on the main stage BSTK welcomes a generous handful of young, up and coming talent in the form of Imani, Zak Abel, Reeps One and Lucie Closier
Over on the Treehouse stage BSTK prepares to groove along to dub, deep house, and more courtesy of Tallowah, Local Life, Gabby Gunn, John The Baptist, Undy, Jake Harrington and Andy Hatman.
A boutique festival with major musical ambition, Standon Calling has once again secured some of the best talent around for what will be a truly unforgettable weekend. Joining the festival's 11th edition will be the legendary Suede, set to deliver a headline performance of old school favourites and tracks from their recent critically acclaimed album Night Thoughts. Also heading up the bill are the Grammy-winning vocals of Jess Glynne, fresh from a stellar performance at last week's Brit Awards.
Renowned for her incredible live performances, the multi-talented musician and part-time chef Kelis will be bringing all the boys (and girls) to the yard. Swedish quintet The Hives famed for their famous brand of garage rock are also confirmed, as is Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine supergroup The Thurston Moore Band. Mercury Prize-nominees Everything Everything will no doubt have revellers in the party spirit with their genre-defying musical prowess. Further perfomances come courtesy of fellow Mercury Prize-nominee Anna Calviand winner Ghostpoet along with anti-folk singer-songwriter Adam Green, nine-piece hip-hop groupThe Mouse Outfit and rising Stockport rockers Blossoms who recently jumped to the top of the iTunes album chart.
Flying the flag for electronic music is house pioneer and legendary DJ, Theo Parrish. GOLDIE who was recently awarded an MBE for his contribution to UK music also joins the fray along with Dan Deacon, Gold Panda, Luke Abbott. Standon Calling's own night club, the Cowshed, returns to keep the party going well into the early hours. Seminal label Hospitality are onboard behind the decks for a special one night takeover and Sink The Pink's naughty little sister Savage Disco will take the helm for another night that promises plenty of camp hilarity.
Indie fans are well catered for as Standon adds Teleman, Meilyr Jones, Declan McKenna, Clean Cut Kid, Pins and Swim Deep. Honne bring their futuristic soul and Natty, Tiggs Da Author, Hot 8 Brass Band, United Vibrations, Kiko Bun and Rag'n'bone Man inject a welcome mix of jazz, funk, reggae & r&b to the party. Also on hand to keep crowds entertained will be comedic superstars The Cuban Brothers.
Standon Calling has become renowned for offering a great platform for rising musicians to cut their teeth and over the years Standon has hosted early performances from Florence and the Machine, Friendly Fires, Mumford and Sons, Bastille, Metronome, London Grammar, Clean Bandit, The Maccabees, Paloma Faith and more. This year the festival continues to support rising talent and welcomes Rationale, Loyle Carner, Billie Marten, Jones, Flyte, Charlie Cunningham, Tangerines
What started as a birthday BBQ and DJs with a handful of friends has become the perfect overgrown house party, offering renowned and upcoming acts, immersive theatre, a host of weird and wonderful workshops, talks, the annual dog show, a fancy dress parade and of course its own heated outdoor swimming pool. 2016 is already shaping up to be a special year with plenty more to be announced soon.
The theme for this year's festival will be announced this Saturday when Standon Calling takes over Vault Festival in London for a special Saturday night party on 5th March. Past themes have included ‘Murder on the Standon Express’, ‘Running Away from the Circus’ and ‘A Town of Two Faces’ and this year's theme is set to be even more ambitious.
Promising yet another year of sensational music, wondrous attractions and a plethora of activities for the whole family, Forgotten Fields will once again stand as the definitive British festival experience, combining the picturesque landscapes of East Sussex with the intimate atmosphere that made last year’s event such a highlight. Last year’s sold out debut year provided attendees with a weekend of entertainment from start to finish, all under the blossoming Sussex sunshine.
Indie legends Suede will be taking to the stage to take on headline duties. Having returned this year with the incredible album and accompanying film ‘Night Sports’, the seminal act, lead by true showman Brett Anderson and possessing an untouchable back catalogue, are sure to provide one of the most anthemic moments of the weekend.
Dublin quartet Kodaline established themselves as serious rock proposition with debut album 'A Perfect World'. Full of epic anthems and killer hooks it was one of the biggest selling debut releases of 2014 and their recently released ambitious second album 'Coming Up For Air' has taken the band to the next level, piling chorus upon unshakable chorus with teary, anthemic sing-alongs. The record showcases a band at the top of their game and their headline slot is sure to be a Forgotten Fields highlight.
Also on headline duty, grime star, Dizzee Rascal is the ultimate festival showman and his legendary sets feature huge hits 'Dance Wiv Me', 'Bonkers', 'Holiday' and 'Dirtee Disco'. Expect an irrepressible mix of hip-hop, grime, garage and R'n'B from the Mercury Music Prize winner and an up-tempo party set that will have the festival hordes skanking all night long.
This year Forgotten Fields will also be presenting a huge dance lineup for those wishing to take the party into the nighttime. With the full lineup still to be announced, the weekend already promises to be huge with the stage headlined by undisputed DJ legend Norman Jay MBE, drum and bass pioneer Shy FX, renowned turntablist DJ Yoda and breakbeat producer and DJ Krafty Kuts. Fans of all things dance need look no further!
Championing new and emerging talent, the Horizon stage will host hotly-tipped, youthful indie trio Blaenavon alongside Hastings four piece Kid Kapichi, singer-songwriter Raffer, Kent three piece The Bay Rays, the beautiful sounds of Emmy The Great, synth-pop duo Skies and indie rockers Dorey The Wise, promising Essex indie tykes Youth Club as well as WAX, The Standard Lamps, Rag N Bone Man, The Hyve,JoeyFat, Fours and Marthagunn.
The festival-favourite House Party stage returns for 2016 and promises to deliver one of the most eclectic lineups at the festival. Headlined by Stay Beautiful’s incredible Bowie Disco and featuring a lineup including revered hip-hop mixologist DJ Format & Abdominal, Welsh three-pieceYucatan, Belfats psych-rock maestros Documenta, Australian psychedelic post-punks The Church, Paddy Considine fronted rock outfit Riding The Low, London duo Beds In Parks, on the rise indie quartet Lisbon and S.C.U.M. alumni Blueprint Blue alongside party tunes from DJ Megatune and the incredible Northern Soul Dance Class.
The Gypsy Disco stage will return with an eclectic lineup including Mango Rescue Team, Dr Bluegrass & The Illbilly 8, Forest Of Fools,Buffos Wake, Discount Orchestra, Afro Cluster and Gyps N Progress.
SUEDE / KODALINE / DIZZEE RASCAL
KELIS / MAXIMO PARK / THE SUGAR HILL GANG / BAND OF SKULLS / NEWTON FAULKNER / IBIBO SOUND MACHINE / POLICE DOG HOGAN / JACK SAVORETTI / MILKYCHANCE / TOO MANY T’S / KULA SHAKER / HUDSON TAYLOR
NORMAN JAY MBE / SHY FX / DJ YODA / KRAFTY KUTS / BLAENAVON / KID KAPICHI / RAFFER / THE BAY RAYS / SKIES / DOREY THE WISE / WAX / THE STANDARD LAMPS / MARTHAGUNN / THE HYVE / JOEYFAT / FOURS / EMMY THE GREAT / RAG N BONE MAN / YOUTH CLUB
DJ FORMAT & ABDOMINAL / YUCATAN / DOCUMENTA / THE CHURCH / RIDING THE LOW / BEDS IN PARKS / LISBON / BLUEPRINT BLUE / DJ MEGATUNE / NORTHERN SOUL DANCE CLASS / STAY BEAUTIFUL BOWIE DISCO
MANGO RESCUE TEAM / DR BLUEGRASS & THE ILLBILLY 8 / FOREST OF FOOLS / BUFFOS WAKE / DISCOUNT ORCHESTRA / AFRO CLUSTER / GYPS N PROGRESS
Following a hugely successful inaugural year, OnBlackheath festival is back and promises to be bigger and better with the announcement of platinum selling five piece Elbow and pop icons Madness as this year’s headline acts. OnBlackheath, inpartnership with John Lewis, will return to one of London’s most beautiful open spaces on Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 September 2015. Tickets on sale 9am Friday 20 February and available via www.onblackheath.com
Music complimented by food, OnBlackheath offers festivalgoers a memorable experience on the historic green space of London’s Blackheath Common SE3. OnBlackheath will also feature an array of exciting attractions including a Chef’s Club Immersive Dining Experience, Food Demonstration Stage, a whole host of entertainment dedicated to kids and the family, urban arts experience area, interactive sreet entertainment and much much more.
Saturday's headliner will be BRIT and Mercury winning Elbow, a band that, over six studio albums, have established themselves as one of the most important acts the UK has ever produced. With their current album 'The Take Off and Landing of Everything' entering the UK charts at Number One and a well deserved reputation for incredible live performances this headline set is sure to be unforgettable.
Madness will be hitting the main stage on Sunday for their only London date this year. In the last 5 years the band have released two of their most critically acclaimed albums ‘The Liberty of Norton Folgate’ and ‘Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da’. At the end of 2014 they embarked on a hugely successful arena tour, including a date at London’s O2 Arena.
Madness commented: “We thought we’d left no stone unturned in London: Palaces, parks, stadiums… and now the kind people of Blackheath are letting us play there. Lets hope we don’t cause an earthquake south of the river.”
Manic Street Preachers will arrive on Blackheath following the release of one of the most critically acclaimed albums of their career (Futurology) and the reissue of their 1994 masterpiece The Holy Bible which was also played in full at some of the most feverishly received gigs the band have ever played. They are unarguably one of the UK's most treasured rock & roll bands.
Also heading to the main stage on Saturday will critically acclaimed Anna Calvi with many more artists still to be announced. Whilst leading independent label Heavenly Recordings will be back to curate the second stage Heavenly & Friends.
Sunday will see the likes of American R&B star and food lover Kelis and British soul singer Laura Mvula take to the main stage. National radio DJ Gilles Peterson will be making a return and will be bringing an array of live music and DJ sets to hisWorldwide Stage.
The Meantime Sessions Stage has also been announced and makes a welcome addition to the bill with artists including The Rude Vandals plus Chris Holland All Stars.
London’s intimate live music festival will play host to a typically eclectic and impressive array of headline artists alongside hotly tipped acts.
Opening on the first night will be London-based trio, Daughter. Fronted by Elena Tonra, their haunting melodies will set the tone for a programme of beautifully atmospheric live gigs. Next up will be Dublin-quartet Kodaline who’ll continue proceedings with their powerful blend of emotive rock. Having already gained a strong following after being nominated for the BBC Sound Poll 2013 and winning the EBBA Public Choice Award in 2013, the band have more than qualified the hype that has been lavished upon them.
Taking to the stage on the third evening of Summer Series is angelic Danish singer/songwriter Agnes Obel with her ethereal tones. Having won multiple Danish music awards including Best Album, Best Female Artist and Best Songwriter of the Year, Somerset House will provide a magical backdrop for her exquisitely melancholic vocals.
On 13 July, the incomparably outrageous Australian collective The Cat Empire touch down for their Summer Series debut for an evening guaranteed to make everyone dance. Renowned all around the globe as one of the world’s best festival bands, The Cat Empire have carved themselves a unique place in the musical firmament which will make for a truly unforgettable night.
Summer Series will then welcome the almighty Kelis to the courtyard stage. Known for years of chart-dominating songs including the infamous ‘Milkshake’ and thrilling, boundary-pushing music, Kelis will be bringing her raw and soulful show with her glittering hits to Somerset House.
The following evening will see the biggest-selling new British act of 2013, Bastille, arrive for an intimate show in their home city. With their debut album Bad Blood achieving platinum status in the UK, it’s clear Bastille’s Summer Series show will be welcomed by music lovers far and wide.
On 16 July, London fans will be delighted to see Glaswegian rockers Franz Ferdinand headline the evening’s events with their exuberant and eclectic indie rock. Back with their fourth album, it once again cements their status as a unique and adventurous British band. Scottish synthpop trio Chvrches will continue the Summer Series’ proceedings on 17 July. A band born on the Internet who quickly burst onto the music scene, their wizardry has already won them a top five place in the BBC Sound of 2013 Poll. A magical 80’s inspired, euphoric evening is expected from the band.
Hugely talented singer/songwriter of the moment Sam Smith will join the line-up for an epic evening on 18 July. His melancholic lyrics and unforgettable vocal have led to a Brits Critics Choice win and performances at festivals from Glastonbury to Coachella. Next up, hotly tipped chart-toppers Clean Bandit will headline on 19 July. Having had huge success with their number one hit ‘Rather Be’, the four-piece will bring their addictive dance-pop delights to Somerset House. Beats and soaring strings evoke Massive Attack while their live show calls on Basement Jaxx with a brand new twist.
Headlining the grand finale of the 2014 Summer Series will be insurmountable electro R&B adventurers Little Dragon. Anchored by the otherworldly vocals of front woman Yukimi Nagano, they will close proceedings with their phenomenal live show. Over the course of three albums, Little Dragon have pushed boundaries and shown they’re a dance act like no other.
Kelis & Lianne La Havas added to Sunday line up
If there is an artist who embodies the Lovebox spirit like no other, then Kelis is surely top of the list. Well, Sunday just got even more exciting with the return of Kelis to Lovebox in a UK festival exclusive! The Harlem-bred 90's vocalist brings her euphoric dance, spacey electro pop and R&B beats to the main stage and we cannot wait. Pitch perfect Lianne La Havas is the extraordinary, old-school vibrato sensation, and the name on everybodies lips. London girl Lianne's melodic performances present creativity and soul through all her vocals inspired by the likes of Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu. We are pround to announce Lianne will be gracing the main stage at Lovebox Sunday.
The Fly Presents
UK's most popular new music magazine is presenting the ultimate intimate session of music discovery at Saturday's Lovebox. Big night for the forward thinking music lovers that will catch Ghostpoet, Splashh, Big Deal, Rainy Milo, Bipolar Sunshine, Josef Salvat, Owlle and Roscious exclusively performing live in their very own Fly arena.
Performance, Sound, Style, Lights & Set Design
Lovebox brings you London's most prolific production of performance, sound, style, lights and set design. You can expect the spectacular and the surprising, and we will be revealing some of the plans in the run up to the festival. Such as…: 25 tonnes of 6 meter bamboo now on it's way from China ready to create a stunning residence for the Red Bull Music Academy at Lovebox; The Flaming Tornado "Burning Man's most impressive art installation"; Jose Cuervo's Margarita Garden, 'making a VIP out of everyone'; The legendary lovebox maypole returns 8 year's after the main stage at Victoria Park's first ever Lovebox taking place on the soon to be announced Terrazo arena; Lords of Lighting harnessing 4 million volts of raw electricity into a mystical flow of oscillating chaos; ….plus MUCH more to be announced, making Lovebox the most unique festival experience in town!
Lovebox Jukebox #31
DJ/producer duo Force of Nature, hailing from Tokyo Japan, are scheduled to play at Harvey's Discoteque (in association with Sarcastic) A tent curated by Harvey for Sunday at this years Lovebox Festival. F.O.N have put together a mix for the latest Lovebox Jukebox. Check it out this deep summertime housey mix exclusively for your listening pleasure courtesy of Force of Nature & Lovebox.
Underground music and art must-have bible Crack magazine, present a massively diverse and seriously edgy collection of acts on Sunday's buzzing field. Featuring Jon Hopkins, Charli XCX, Fear Of Men, Chlöe Howl, Idles, Moko and The Portillo Moment. The collection of live electro to dream funk synths will be the perfect discovery for the creative heads looking for electronic tinged festival action.