British songstress Jessie Ware will be bringing her soulful voice to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for her Yahoo! Wireless Festival debut. The singer songwriter released her stunning debut album – Devotion – to critical acclaim last year and received BRIT nominations for British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthough. Also added to the line-up on Sunday 14 July is singer songwriter Katy B, dubstep DJ’s Magnetic Man, US hip hop star 2 Chainz, electro DJ Porter Robinson and hotly tipped UK stars Angel and Daley.
Yahoo! Wireless Festival is the UK’s number one urban/ pop festival and the destination of the summer. Promoted by Live Nation, this dazzling open-air live music experience offers a chance to experience the excitement of watching the best in popular music in one of London’s most iconic sites – Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. With many more acts and details still to be unveiled, Yahoo!Wireless Festival 2013 is set to be the biggest and best event on the summer’s musical calendar.
Dennis Hone, Chief Executive, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park had the following to say; “Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is attracting a fantastic line-up this summer. These acts join an already stellar two days of Yahoo! Wireless and a summer events programme that’s really shaping up to be something special.”
YAHOO! WIRELESS FESTIVAL LINE-UP SO FAR: FRIDAY 12 JULY Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg, Trey Songz, John Legend, Miguel, Ke$ha, Wretch 32, Conor Maynard, special guest Frank Ocean, Bingo Players.
SATURDAY 13 JULY JAY Z, Emeli Sande, Rita Ora, Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, DJ Fresh/Live Special guest Calvin Harris, Flux Pavilion, Zedd, Iggy Azalea.
SUNDAY 14 JULY Justin Timberlake and JAY Z LEGENDS OF THE SUMMER STADIUM TOUR, A Tribe Called Quest, NAS, A$AP Rocky, Jessie Ware, Katy B, Magnetic Man, Rizzle Kicks, 2 Chainz, Porter Robinson, Angel, Daley.
System Of A Down and Deftones return to Reading & Leeds with UK festival exclusive performances, playing Friday at Reading and Saturday at Leeds. Nine Inch Nails are back for the first time since 2007 to perform a 2013 UK exclusive show on the Main Stage and Fall Out Boy return to the Festivals with a UK festival exclusive appearance, both bands playing Sunday at Reading and Friday at Leeds.
Over on the NME/Radio 1 Stage will be a UK festival exclusive set, ‘Mercury Music Prize’ winners Alt-J and French outfit Phoenix, all taking to the top of the line-up for the stage and playing to thousands of revellers across the weekend.
On the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage, newly expanded from one day to three days for 2013, English electronic music producer Sub Focus Live, Magnetic Man and electronic dance music heavyweights Knife Party will all headline.
The BBC Radio 1Xtra Stage, one of the most exciting additions that Reading & Leeds have witnessed for a long time, will play host one to of the pioneers of grime Wiley and UK rapper Devlin as the first confirmed headliners for 2013.
These names are just the beginning, there are many more yet to be announced across these stages, plus the line-ups for the Festival Republic Stage, Lock Up Stage, BBC Introducing Stage and the Alternative Stage.
READING FRIDAY 23RD AUGUST / LEEDS SATURDAY 24TH AUGUST
Green Day complete the Main Stage headliners at Reading & Leeds Festivals 2013, all of which are UK festival exclusive appearances. After a surprise Reading performance at 11am in 2012, which saw thousands of revellers heading to the NME/Radio 1 Stage and thousands more watching on screens in the arena, the band returns to play a full headline set at both sites.
Green Day are integral to the identity of Reading & Leeds Festivals, with their performances among the greatest in the Festivals' history. With each new record and incarnation, they bring riot and rebellion to a new audience. In 2004, their triumphant headline set featured covers of 'Blitzkreig Bop', 'Ever Fallen In Love?', and fittingly, 'We Are The Champions' and in past performances some lucky fans have even had the chance to get up on stage with the band! Their headline sets at the Festivals this year are sure to deliver even more unforgettable Reading & Leeds moments, don’t miss out!
Following a year that saw him play at the Olympics opening ceremony and sell-out Wembley Arena, Frank Turner returns to Reading & Leeds for the seventh consecutive year. The Festivals “hold a special place in his heart” and his set will be a triumphant showstopper as he plays tracks from his forthcoming album ‘Tape Deck Heart’ as well as playing his big hits.
Already announced for the Main Stage for this day are: System Of A Down and Deftones, both UK festival exclusives, plus Bring Me The Horizon, with more names still to come!
NME/RADIO 1 STAGE
Taking to the NME/RADIO 1 STAGE stage will be the most talked about rapper in the world today, A$AP Rocky, playing the festival for the first time, plus Diplo's dancehall supergroup Major Lazer bringing the carnival spirit to Reading & Leeds.
South London indie quartet Bastille join the NME/Radio 1 Stage with an armful of songs from their debut album ‘Bad Blood’, currently Number One in the album chart, including their recent Number Two single ‘Pompeii’. They'll be joined by Birmingham's 'BBC Sounds of 2013 nominees, Peace, whose hotly anticipated debut album 'In Love' looks set to soundtrack the summer. Their Stones Roses-inspired rock garnered them a ‘Best New Band’ nomination at the NME Awards and won them a big slot on the NME Awards tour. Another name just announced is explosive LA rock duo Deap Vally, who have toured with Muse and The Vaccines, enjoyed Radio 1 playlist support and were tipped by NME as one of the bands of 2013, they join what's set to be the best year for the Festivals yet.
BBC RADIO 1 DANCE STAGE
This year the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage will be taking place over three days for the first time, already announced as the first headliner for this stage is Sub Focus Live.
BBC RADIO 1XTRA STAGE
The all new BBC Radio 1Xtra Stage is set to bring the best of hip-hop and grime from the UK and farther afield. Headlining the stage on this day will be one of the pioneers of grime, Wiley; with many more names to come.
READING SATURDAY 24TH AUGUST / LEEDS SUNDAY 25TH AUGUST
Iconic rapper Eminem headlines the Main Stage in a UK festival exclusive appearance. Added to the line-up this day will be legends of UK drum and bass, Chase and Status, bringing a world-class live show to the Festivals. Chase and Status are credited with taking drum and bass from the club scene to the mainstream, with chart conquering songs like 'End Credits' and 'Let You Go'. Currently working on a new album, their jaw-dropping live show is sure to get the crowds moving ahead of Eminem.
Joining Foals, winners of ‘Best Track’ at the NME Awards for ‘Inhaler’, on the expanding bill is White Lies. The British indie trio, whose dark demeanor has seen them win accolades from around the world, make their Main Stage debut in a UK festival exclusive performance at Reading & Leeds. The band are currently in the studio, but by the time the Festivals come around they'll have a new record, the follow up to 2011's astounding ‘Ritual’. Godfathers of emo, Brand New return to the Festivals for the first time since 2009 with a UK festival exclusiveperformance. With a new album in the works, they're bound to premiere new songs as well as their anthem, 'Sic Transit Gloria… Glory Fades'.
NME/RADIO 1 STAGE
With Alt-J already announced as an NME/Radio 1 Stage headliner and Jake Bugg performing on the stage for the first time, other bands can now be announced. Tame Impala will make to their first visit to the Festivals since winning ‘Album Of The Year’ plaudits for ‘Lonerism’ from both Rolling Stone and NME and Imagine Dragons, the Las Vegas rock band who are so popular in the US they haven't stopped touring for over a year, join the bill.
Also just confirmed is Johnny Marr who formed the Smiths formed The Smiths in 1982 when he was just 18, going on to become one of the most important bands in the history of music, with Johnny Marrone of the greatest guitarists the UK has ever seen. Post The Smiths Marr has spent his time playing guitar in a succession of great acts including The Cribs who he performed with at Reading & Leeds before. His debut solo album ‘The Messenger’ has just been released to much critical acclaim.
Also confirmed are ‘Best New Band’ NME Award winners Palma Violets who met and formed at Reading a few years ago and played the Festivals for the first time in 2012. This year marks a special return for the slapdash rockers who are currently riding high off their recent award success. One of the first artists to take dubstep into the live arena, Modestep's show combines live vocals, a full band and a ridiculous amount of bass. Prepare for an adrenaline fuelled party of epic proportions.
BBC RADIO 1 DANCE STAGE
Taking to the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage as headliners will beMagnetic Man. Made up of producers Skream, Benga and Artwork, they have been touring the world with extravagant live shows ever since their performance at Reading & Leeds in 2010. Skream has since said that those Reading & Leeds performances and the incredible crowd reaction were seminal for him in realising the potential for dubstep as a live genre.
BBC RADIO 1XTRA STAGE
Joining Wiley as a fellow headliner on this new stage will be Devlin. Dagenham-based rapper Devlin returns to the Festivals with his sideways social commentary and formidable flow. Having just scored a Top 10 single with 'Rewind', he's leading the UK's next generation of rap stars.
READING SUNDAY 25TH AUGUST / LEEDS FRIDAY 23RD AUGUST
Biffy Clyro make their ascent this year to Main Stage headliners in aUK festival exclusive performance and deservedly so after being crowned ‘Best British Band’ at the recent NME Awards.
Described by Spin as "the most vital artist in music" Trent Reznor is undoubtedly a heroic figure for any Reading & Leeds attendee. For the past few years, he has been more at home in a Hollywood recording studio than on a festival stage, providing the scores for huge Hollywood movies like ‘The Social Network’ and ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’. Now, after a four year hiatus, he's returning to his first love:Nine Inch Nails. In a huge exclusive, they will play their only UK shows this year at the Reading & Leeds Festivals. The band have sold over 30 million records worldwide and are responsible for some of the most daring rock music ever recorded, be there to witness this legendary band.
Fall Out Boy will also appear, making a welcome return to the Main Stage this day, with another UK festival exclusive for Reading & Leeds!
Joining them on the stage will be one of the biggest success stories of the past year The Lumineers, an alternative Americana band from Denver, Colorado who have surpassed all expectation to become a global success with their eponymous debut album going Top 10 in the US, UK and Australia. Editors also join the line-up, bringing their cinematic rock to the Main Stage for a second time.These bands are just the start, with more names for the Main Stage yet to be announced!
NME/RADIO 1 STAGE
The final NME/Radio 1 Stage headliner is Phoenix,returning to the Festivals for the first time since 2010 to toast ‘Bankrupt!’, their new album set for release in April this year. In the time since the French outfit last graced the Reading & Leeds stage, they’ve notched up a Grammy and over one million sales of their critically lauded 2009 album ‘Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix’. This year look ready to set fire to the worldwide festival circuit, including stepping in to the headline role on this stage for the first time.
Other exciting names added to the NME/Radio 1 Stage are Harlem rapper Azealia Banks, who returns to the festival after playing to a packed out Dance Stage in 2012, to play songs from her long awaited album ‘Broke With Expensive Taste’. Production duo Disclosure, currently riding high in the Top 10 with single ‘White Noise’ and working on their house and UK garage-influenced debut album, will also have the crowds in the NME/Radio 1 Stage singing along this summer.
City and Colour, the moniker of singer-songwriter Dallas Green, is gearing up to release his fourth studio album this summer. With three JUNO Awards under his belt (the Canadian equivalent of the BRITs), City and Colour returns to the UK, following a sold out Royal Albert Hall performance and two sold out Roundhouse dates, to play Reading & Leeds for the first time in a UK festival exclusive appearance. LA sisters Haim have had a fantastic year, winning the BBC ‘Sound of 2013’ poll and touring with Florence + the Machine. Currently finishing off their debut album, they bring their astonishing guitar playing and filthy on stage banter to the Festivals for the first time. Major Lazercollaborator Alex Clare also joins the bill, since releasing his debut album in 2011 the British singer-songwriter has had a Top Five single with ‘Too Close’, as well as a BRIT Award nomination for ‘Best British Single’ with the same track.
BBC RADIO 1 DANCE STAGE
Electronic dance music heavyweights Knife Party, the Australian duo who have taken the world by storm, will headline the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage. With two huge EP's under their belt, along with some incredible collaborations and remixes, this is the first time the Knife Party madness will be unleashed on Reading & Leeds Festivals, be sure not to miss out!
ALSO PLAYING AT READING & LEEDS 2013
Last year, Baauer was an underground DJ creating a few waves on Diplo's Mad Decent label. Now he's a global phenomenon, with everyone from the cast of Eastenders to The Simpsons doing the Harlem Shake.
The Blackout have become one of the biggest rock bands in the UK, from supporting the likes of My Chemical Romance and Linkin Park to co-headlining the Kerrang! Tour. Off the back of releasing their fourth album ‘Start The Party’ this year, they play the Festivals for the fifth time.
Hadouken!, once a nu-rave rap crew, have been re-born as a fully-fledged EDM monster. Louder, brasher, but just as much fun they guarantee to bring the party to Reading & Leeds this summer, after an amazing set to a packed crowd on the NME/Radio 1 Stage in 2012.
Australian rapper Iggy Azalea has already toured with Rita Ora and released some astonishingly good mixtapes. Her debut album, ‘The New Classic’, is released this year and she'll be bringing some hip-hop swag to Reading & Leeds.
Named after Juliette Lewis' character in ‘Natural Born Killers’, Cambridge five-piece Mallory Knox’s debut album ‘Signals’ has already gone Top 40 this year.
Reading & Leeds veterans, New Found Glory return to do what they do best, making everyone go wild, they bring a special show to Reading & Leeds playing out their well-loved album ‘Sticks and Stones’ in full.
The Strypes come to Reading & Leeds with their quintessentially retro classic rock, despite the fact the band’s eldest member is only 16, and they already count Noel Gallagher among their fans.
B-Town scene leaders Swim Deep will bring their laid back doss-pop to the Festivals.
Temples, the psychedelic four-piece inspired by the Byrds and Tame Impala, come to Reading & Leeds for the first time in 2013.
In less than a year, Manchester band, The 1975, have gone from back room boozer to Shepherds Bush Empire, smashing the airwaves and stealing the hearts, eyes and ears of thousands of new fans every week. Hardworking boys destined for big things.
Hailing from London, Theme Park recently released their self-titled debut album, full of catchy songs. Having featured as NME Radar’s ‘Band of The Week’ and The Guardian’s ‘New Band of The Day’, they are set for great things.
Tomahawk, weirdo-rock supergroup featuring members of Faith No More, the Jesus Lizard, Battles and Mr Bungle will play the Festivals for the first time.
Scottish rockers Twin Atlantic are bound to make the crowds dizzy with brash and ballsy hits like ‘Free’ and ‘Make a Beast Of Myself’ when they take to the stage this summer.
Also playing at the Festivals will be Sheffield rockers While She Sleeps, named Kerrang!'s ‘Best British Newcomers’, who will get the crowds going with songs from their album ‘This is the Six’.
A-Z OF ARTISTS ANNOUNCED SO FAR FOR READING & LEEDS FESTIVALS 2013
With a host of the biggest and best live artists and DJs that spans the electronic music spectrum, the line-up reads like a who’s who of stadium stars, up and coming UK talent, world-beating DJ’s and industry insiders’ tips alongside some of the most exciting promoters out there.
FRIDAY 27th JULY
Storming the Main Stage on Friday is chart-topping, Brit superstar, Tinie Tempah, bringing a typically energy-fuelled and explosive all-new live show to kick-start proceedings. A firm favourite with the Global crowds, he’ll be supported by one of the most sought-after DJs and producers in the world, Afrojack, and the man with one of the most unique voices in the business, Maverick Sabre (Live). Grime MC Dot Rotten and Micky Slim ft Majestic are also in support.
International phenomenon, Armin van Buuren brings A State of Trance, the most popular trance radio show in the world, to GlobalGathering this summer to host an exclusive arena on Friday night. A festival first, the show will be broadcast LIVE to millions of listeners worldwide – with GlobalGathering once again providing the freshest festival experience to the dance music masses. AVB also welcomes Markus Schulz, Aly & Fila, W&W and more.
Also on Friday night, the UKF Bass Culture arena brings the biggest bass bangers to the largest indoor arena on site. Under the atmospheric cover of canvas, man of the moment Skrillex returns to GlobalGathering following a breakthrough set that was a highlight of the 2011 festival, taking to the stage with his almighty pioneering live show the spaceship that recently wowed the crowds at Coachella and The Grammys. Knife Party, Zane Lowe, Jaguar Skills, Feed Me and more will continue keep the basslines pumping throughout the arena, and be joined by a very special guest performance from Andy C with his new live show Alive.
Friday at Global also features the first ever Visionquest as well as, Rinse, Electric and House arenas featuring the likes of Magnetic Man, Annie Mac , Steve Aoki, Nicky Romero and Art Department,
SATURDAY 28th JULY
Back by popular demand following an unbelievable headline set in the Metropolis Arena at 2011’s festival, pioneering bass kings Chase & Status (Live) headline Saturday’s Main Stage. Joining them will be samba-tastic indie-ravers Friendly Fires (Live), plus chart-topping producer Labrinth (Live) as well as DJ Fresh Presents Fresh/Live, The Japanese Popstars and Major Look.
Saturday sees the return of the Metropolis arena teaming up with drum & bass label Digital Soundboy in 2012 to bring the best of the UK underground scene to the fore. Nero (Live) are joined by GlobalGathering favourites Sub Focus (Live), Modestep, Flux Pavilion and many more DJs and MCs, who’ll ensure the drops just keep on coming.
For the full line-up and info on who’ll be playing Godskitchen, Global, Hospitality, House,Toolroom Knights and Ec-lectricity Arenas on Saturday, go to: globalgathering.com/2012/line-up
Building on the success of last year’s revamped site and epic new areas, GlobalGathering is pleased to announce that the VIP ticket offering at this year’s festival is set to take the experience to a whole new level.
Providing guests with access to the ultimate clubber’s playground and a completely new audiovisual festival experience is the best VIP area GlobalGathering has ever seen. 2012 sees the introduction of a plane crash site theme, ensuring the sanctuary that is the VIP Fields and the party hub, the VIP Woods, perfectly compliment Long Marston Airfield’s aeronautical heritage.
Next to the VIP campsite and entered through a tunnel of windsocks, the VIP Fields are a place to relax, recharge, socialise and enjoy the delicious range of food and drink on offer throughout the weekend. With a Global Impact plane crash theme, the Fields will be dominated by the cockpit of a plane and feature chill-out areas including seating booths created out of graffiti covered cargo boxes, cargo net nests, specially adapted tyres and the Global Reclaim suitcase tunnel.
Tucked away between the VIP Fields and the main festival action are the more intimate VIP Woods. The Global Airways Hangar will dominate GlobalGathering’s very own enchanted forest, which truly comes alive at night. An incredible two story structure styled as a retro airplane hangar, the ground level will host a nightclub where VIP DJ’s and surprise guests will ensure it’s the hottest, most exclusive spot on site. Upstairs, the VIP Pilot’s Lounge will host a chillout area whilst outside, The Good Life zone will be filled with hammocks for revellers who prefer their R&R under fairy lit tries.
The VIP Woods will also invite guests to explore the secret pathways that take them to hidden gems including The Enchanted Garden, an oversized tropical oasis and the Mad Aviator’s Tea Party, featuring a long dining table doused in colourful lighting and seating area (magic teapots not included).
– Making their highly anticipated return to these shores, LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy & Pat Mahoney (DFA) hit Lovebox on Sunday under their Special Disco Version moniker.
– Red Bull Music Academy to takeover Lovebox's prestigious NYC Downlow Arena on Friday, adding Liverpool's rising star Mele, plus Chicago boy Brenmar to the Arena alongside Pearson Sound, Ben UFO, Benji B and more.
– FACTMAG.COM to takeover the final outdoor stage on Friday with the Greco Roman Soundsystem, showcasing a typically diverse lineup to the party with the delights of Radio 1's new favourites Disclosure, Vampire Weekend's Baio, also on this stage are Jaguar Skills joining the already announced Blondes, and headliners The 2 Bears.
– Young London's favourite radio station Rinse FM add a PA from the hugely talented Mz Bratt to their already heaving Big Top Arena on Friday, as well as Brackles and Supplier.
– Lovebox legend Norman Jay added to Saturday's monster lineup.
The 3 day event held in June will see old favourites and musical institutions Hospital Records and Rinse 106.8 FM showcase their finest MC’s and producers alongside new additions; The Red Bull Music Academy who are quickly establishing themselves as the preeminent voice in nurturing British breakthrough talent. What better way to convey their success than with a thirst quenching line up featuring the sounds of Hessle Audio’s Pearson Sound, Ben UFO & Pangaea, plus Mele, Brenmar and BBC Radio 1’s Benji B.
Be sure to join the party early on Friday as East London’s most popular radio station, Rinse 106.8FM sets the benchmark for the rest of the weekend with performances from Magnetic Man, the debut live show from Zinc+, Boy Better Know, Redlight, P Money, Brackles and Supplier.
Also on Friday, Lovebox readies Victoria Park for a horn-blowing, whistle-frenzy in the Digital Soundboy Eastside Carnival will give Londoners license to dance until the speaker’s blow as Sub Focus, Rusko, Shy FX, Breakage, Toddla T Sound, Youngman and B-Traits dish up a zealous serving of bassomatic sound-waves, vibrant carnival treats, samba collectives and much more.
Not content with that, Hot Chip return as Friday main stage headliners following their storming set in 2010. French wonder kid Madeon will hypnotize crowds with his electronic pop wizardry and warped Canadian indie stars Crystal Castles are set to whip the crowd up with their on stage antics as they raise the curtain on a weekend just getting started.
Then on Saturday, Hospitality, one of the countries fasting selling club nights swaps Brixton Academy for the new Lovebox Big Top as they deliver an enviable line up too big for even it’s 6,000 capacity South London home. Netsky, High Contrast, David Rodigan, Camo & Crooked and Danny Byrd are just a few of the acts which will leave clubbers salivating at the prospect.
The Crosstown Rebels bring the Rebel Rave to Hackney on Saturday as well, as Maceo Plex, Art Development, Amirali Live and label boss Damian Lazarus spin a volley of Fabric and DC10 favourites. Demand has never been higher for a collection of DJ’s at the very top of their game.
The final dance arena on Saturday goes to London promoters du jour, Warm & Electric Minds, following on from the success of their storming parties all over the capital the two promoters welcome the likes of international stars Dixon, Prosumer, Joy Orbison, Move D, Gerd Janson and more to the infamous NYC Downlow structure.
One of the most globally in-demand electronic live acts in recent years, Booka Shade will also feature on Saturday spearheading one of the biggest dance-a-thons the capital has ever seen.
Andrew Weatherall, Tim Sweeney and Optimo lead the charge on Sunday as Lovebox institutions Horsemeat Disco supervise a mêlée of electronic DJ’s worthy of their formidable reputation as the ‘UK’s finest operators of Disco’. Cross over to Trailer Trash and Gutterslut as they guarantee to make hairs stand up on the arms of even the most ardent of clubber as Germany’s godfather of Techo, DJ Hell tops a jaw dropping bill alongside James Murphy and Pat Mahoney marking their highly anticipated return to the UK dance scene, plus Tiga, Ivan Smagghe and more.
Also across Sunday catch band of the moment Azari & III, Chicago house impresario Felix Da Housecat, Dan Beaumont, The Lovely Jonjo and many, many more.
Long after the gates have closed festivalgoers are invited to party late into the night as XOYO (Friday) and Ministry of Sound (Saturday) host the official Lovebox after parties.
With tickets starting from under thirty quid per day there is little doubt that this legal high won’t be available for long.
2 BEARS/ AZAR & III/ AZEALIA BANKS/ BLONDES/ BOOKA SHADE/ BOBBY WOMACK/ CHIC FT NILE RODGERS/ FELIX DA HOUSECAT/ FRIENDLY FIRES/ GRACE JONES/ HOT CHIP/ KELIS/ LITTLE DRAGON/ MADEON/ THE NEXTMEN/ NIKI & THE DOVE/ THE RAPTURE/ RONIKA/ TYSON & MANY MORE
It’s been 20 years since Korn rocketed on top of the metal world and the guys from California stayed there ever since. They already sold tens of millions of albums, won two Grammy awards and are generally considered as universal points of reference in the contemporary culture of rock/metal music. During their Sziget gig they plan to present the new LP, also considered as a dupstep-based metal craze, with the title ‘The Path of Totality’.
The Vaccines were reviewed by BBC as one of the biggest prospects of 2011 and the band lived up to expectations with their first album, ‘What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?’ The London-based indie rock guitar combo was already nominated for some of the biggest music awards of the continent and plan to start working on their new LP this March.
Dupstep heroes Artwork, Benga and Skream joined forces to create the legendary Magnetic Man formation and released their self-titled studio album in 2010, reaching instant success. 3 in 1 is always a good offer, so be prepared for another gigantic gig on Sziget.
Steve Aoki has Japanese roots, lives in California and by now he is regarded as a grand master of the electro house scene. ‘Wonderland’, his debut album was released this January, but he also made remixes for bands like Justice or Franz Ferdinand. The DJ and producer is the founder of the world famous Dim Mak Records.
For long years now it’s impossible to imagine DJ Magazine’s top DJ listings without finding Axwell’s name on them. He’s a member of the world famous Swedish House Mafia and counts as one of the most active contributors to the Scandinavian e-music scene.
Two Door Cinema Club is maybe the most lovable UK indie band these days. Easy going and guitar-centric, although not reluctant to some electronic sounds either. They’ve already played the biggest festivals and are currently working on their second studio album.
When it comes to combining fun and punk-rock, short but out-of-control kind of songs, you might wanna turn your heads towards Germany. Really!Beatsteaks has been existing for over 15 years, recorded 7 LPs and the ‘House of Fire’ track from their new album was even selected for the soundtrack of the third Transformers movie.
Antwerp-based immortal cult-rock act, dEUS is an all-time favorite for big festivals. One of the few bands who can perfectly evoke the anger and melancholy that is flooding from their studio recordings, also while playing live.
Synthesizers and machine-like guitar riffs, unbelievable pace and an industrial metal show that will simply blow your mind. That’s what you need to know about Ministry, announcing that after 3 years of silence they have recorded a new album and are ready to blitz the world once again.
Caro Emerald is the favorite singer and nr. 1. music export item of The Netherlands. The nu-jazz sensation has already won several big awards, combining groovin’ jazz with swing and tango, but doing so in a way that you will love her music even if you’re far from being a jazz fan.
Great voice, wonderful charisma and already a Grammy nomination to her name, these are the obvious words to describe Bebel Gilberto, also regarded as the ambassador of modern bossa nova. The Brazilian singer is mixing the Bahia region music with electronic patterns, while her latest LP, ‘All in One’ was nominated in ‘the best contemporary world music album’ category during the 2009 Grammys.
The most iconic names in dubstep, hip-hop, drum & bass, house, techno and indie will team up with some of the capital’s most cherished club nights to deliver a 3 day weekender poised for the musical history books.
London’s biggest dance floor opens early on Friday with Hot Chip, Magnetic Man,Sub Focus Live, and Crystal Castles throwing down the gauntlet alongside a selection of arena hosts that include the return of East London's unstoppable, genre-defining radio station, Rinse 106.8FM¸ and all for a recession busting price of less than £30.
Little time to breathe, as Saturday rolls out an all-encompassing sonic mash up of hipper than thou rockers Friendly Fires, Brit Awards Critic’s Choice Winner Emeli Sandé, Swedish electro hipsters Little Dragon while New York City’s finest are represented in the form of Harlem’s hottest lyricist, Azealia Banks, and back by very popular demand Kelis, whilst the now traditional “Lovebox Legends” slot will be filled by the great Bobby Womack.
The main stages are set against the bone shaking soundscape of drum & bass' number one club night and record label, Hospital Records, plus house and techno institution Warm and international mad-hatters Crosstown Rebels who will be throwing a notorious Rebel Rave .
On Sunday things hot up considerably as Lovebox’s incredibly successful polysexual “Out and Out Fierce” party takes over proceedings with hi-energy disco and electro sounds dominating the site. Holly Johnson takes to the main stage to deliver a “greatest hits” set spanning his days with Frankie Goes to Hollywood through to his solo career. Described by the NME as “the most influential dance act in the world right now” Azari & iii return to Lovebox after their sensational performance last year and there is a debut performance from BBC Sound of 2012 nominee’s Niki & The Dove as well as performances from The Rapture and Patrick Wolf on the Sunday Superstore Live stage hosted by East London’s favourite venue Dalston Superstore.
"By amazing grace I have survived to perform at Lovebox 2012…My first London stage appearance in the 21st Century… Hollylujah!" – Holly Johnson
Meanwhile the many arenas across the site will be working clubbers into a state of submission led by DJ Hell who will be serving up a final flourish of closing party euphoria on a birthday to remember.
As the after parties across town roll on into Monday, organisers will consider their job done, knowing that Hackney will be left with a lasting legacy of love for 2012.
Zane Lowe leads the charge this year as Music Director for the ‘Rocks’ brand. The godfather of new music has championed the Ibiza Rocks movement since its beginning in 2005 and is part of the family, dedicated to pushing boundaries in live music in Ibiza, Mallorca and beyond.
It seems only fitting that Zane will join The Vaccines at both Mallorca and Ibiza Rocks - the band he declared had ‘the hottest record in the world’ when he heard their demo ‘If You Wanna’ last summer. The London lads release that very single and their debut album ‘What Did You Expect From The Vaccines’ today (14 March). It is sure to be everything music fans expect and more when they hear it performed live at Mallorca and Ibiza Rocks. A seminal music moment inevitably ensues.
Zane Lowe, Music Director, ‘Rocks’ Brand said: “I DJ-ed at the first ever Ibiza Rocks event and have been a supporter ever since, so it’s great to make it official. It’s exciting, ambitious and totally in tune. The energy is inexplicable and it’s drawn me back year on year. Playing the opening of Mallorca Rocks last year was one of my best gigs to date and I’m delighted to be asked to be a bigger part of the events and the programming this year. Business as usual then. See you in the summer.”
Indie outfit The Wombats are returning for their first Ibiza Rocks live gig since 2008 and their Mallorca Rocks debut show. They will be supported by hotly tipped Slough boys Brother and it’s safe to say that both bands pack as much in performance pedigree as they do in attitude. Nowhere else are thundering live performances and scorching hot summer nights so perfectly placed than at Mallorca and Ibiza Rocks.
The Wombats said: “Last time we played Ibiza Rocks we had an amazing time. At that time, the gig was held by a racetrack. We had a guy dressed up as a wolf on stage and we rode around the race track in a horse and chariot before the gig! Pretty special memories. We can’t wait to play in both islands this year, double the fun! See you there.”
An appearance from the legend that is Fatboy Slim will go down in history as he makes his Mallorca Rocks debut before bounding over to the Ibiza Rocks Hotel courtyard to wow the crowds in this famous space for the very first time. He’s played Ibiza Rocks Bar before, but now it’s time for Fatboy Slim to premiere poolside! Totally Enormous EXTINCT Dinosaurs will be out in full force to support Fatboy Slim. Whether the fans are front row in the 2000 capacity open-air venue or watching with their friends from their bedroom balcony with a bird’s eye view of the stage, the unrivalled atmosphere at Ibiza Rocks and Mallorca Rocks truly unites the crowd.
Norman Cook said:“Everybody say, HOTEL, MOTEL, HOLIDAY INN…….It’s been a while since I last played Ibiza Rocks. Some say too long. Anyway hang on to your minibars and make ready the trouser press I’m checking in!”
Hailing from Herfordshire, dance punk trio Friendly Fires are set to light up the stage this summer at Mallorca and Ibiza Rocks. Fans might quite literally see them ‘Jump in the Pool’ in true rock star fashion. Mercury Prize nominated band Friendly Fires playing an open air stage next to a giant lagoon style pool – now there’s a match made in musical heaven.
Team ‘Rocks’ may now be a market leading brand internationally and top of the hit list of gigs that global bands and artists want to play, but the promoters always stay true to booking a bill that includes the very best of British and to giving a European platform to the hottest breakthrough talent around.
Since supporting Chase and Status at Ibiza Rocks last year, Tinie Tempah has broken records and boundaries in British music with hit single ‘Pass Out’ being the smash hit of 2010 and securing him the British Single and British Breakthrough at the recent BRIT Awards. He has worked with the likes of Swedish House Mafia and Ellie Goulding and will undoubtedly pass out all the hits and pull out all the stops for his headline shows at Mallorca Rocks and Ibiza Rocks.
Dirty grime and pounding dance beats merge into one when Dizzee Rascal unleashes his distinct sound to the masses and there’s no audience more in demand of Dizzee’s sound than the ‘Rocks’ crowd. Barely doing any other live dates in summer 2011, but back for the love of it and by phenomenal public demand, Dizzee is sure to raise the bar yet again when he bounds onto the Balearic Islands to deliver two more wild nights of unmissable music.
Two of the most exciting producers to hail from the UK, bonafide festival headliners Chase and Status, played an electrifying set in Ibiza last year and return in 2011 to share the bill with Labrinth, a young London musician sticking two fingers up in the face of generic pop music to deliver a new wave of British cool to the sun licked shores of Mallorca and Ibiza. Labrinth produced smash hit ‘Pass Out’ for Tinie Tempah and he’s ready to show the Balearics that he’s got plenty more where that came from.
‘Rocks’ welcomes back Example, supported by superstar producer Sub Focus who collaborated with phenomenal success on huge dance floor filler ‘Kickstarts’ in 2010 and will join forces again in the Balearics this summer. Another ‘Example’ of a breakthrough artist that Ibiza Rocks bet on is back in a headline slot. Example will also be performing material from his new album due out in the summer who he has worked on with Skream, Nero and Chase & Status. Prepare for euphoric choruses and deafening cheers from the ‘Rocks’ crowds in the courtyards, on the hotel balconies and beyond.
Example said:“I first experienced Ibiza Rocks as a punter many years ago before I was doing my own gigs when Faithless were headlining and The Kooks were an unknown support. Two years ago I had the pleasure of supporting Dizzee at Ibiza Rocks. Last year it was Calvin Harris. Now this year I’m headlining Ibiza and Mallorca Rocks it’s going to be overwhelming. The atmosphere is like nothing else I’ve experienced anywhere else in the world”
Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro are quite literally the best live act on the planet right now – they picked up an NME Award last month that said so. Prior to this, they had already won over the Ibiza Rocks crowd when they played the opening party last year, which culminated in the bare-chested and tight jean clad trio considering it so much of a career highlight that they finished their phenomenal set by diving headfirst into the Ibiza Rocks Hotel pool in celebration. Biffy Clyro may be Rock Gods that now grace the very biggest stages, playing to tens of thousands of people a time, but team ‘Rocks’ are proud to have lured these boys back to blast their big sound to a more intimate crowd in the Balearics this summer. It didn’t take much persuasion!
The pioneers of the Balearics live music scene will welcome the pioneers of British dubstep Magnetic Man to work the crowd into a frenzy and make the hotel grounds throb with heavy basslines well into the night. Magnetic Man (Skream, Benga and Artwork) were undoubtedly the biggest draw of the recent NME Awards Tour and they will show why when they thoroughly mix things up at Mallorca and Ibiza Rocks. With the shimmering vocals of dubstep’s first lady Katy B as support, this is set to be one pulsatingly hot gig that cannot be missed.
BRIT and NME Award winners, world class global bands, best breakthrough talent, music icons and legends – ‘Rocks’ has them all. Last year saw The Specials headline Ibiza Rocks which became one of the most talked about and successful gigs of the summer. This year, Suggs and co will take to the stage in Mallorca and Ibiza as multimillion selling and multiple award winning band Madness bring their riotous sound of British ska to the fresh faced Balearic crowd.
Madness said:“Madness in Ibiza? Nothing new there then!”
Madness are the penultimate act to play this summer and some VERY special guests will be announced soon and will bring the 2011 season to a stunning close – Mallorca Rocks on 20th September and Ibiza Rocks on 21st September. The closing party guests and many more acts will be announced in the coming weeks
Andy McKay, CEO, ‘Rocks’ Brand said:“It’s phenomenal to be in a position to present such a strong lineup. The bands love Ibiza Rocks and each one goes away desperate to come back. It’s an unrivalled gig experience for bands and fans alike and to have these massive festival headline acts wanting to play in our more intimate, unique space is testament to that. We started Mallorca Rocks with five gigs last summer and the sheer magic of those shows has meant we’re now mirroring the Ibiza line up with seventeen weeks of gigs right through summer. It’s a pretty special experience.”
Mallorca Rocks and Ibiza Rocks are proud to have British Male BRIT Award winner Plan B kick start the seriously hot seventeen week long series of gigs at Mallorca Rocks and Ibiza Rocks this summer (Tues 31/5 and Wed 01/06 respectively)
Plan B said: “This is going to be fun. I’ve never been to Ibiza before. I better start working out what I’m going to wear now, it’s going to be hard to make speedo’s work with my suit jacket.”
Information, tickets and holidays available at www.ibizarocks.com (Gig Tickets priced £30 plus booking fee)
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**IBIZA AND MALLORCA ROCKS THE SOUND OF A NEW GENERATION**
Playing a London Festival Exclusive, this is what Magentic Man had to say:
“SW4 is an important gig for us! It’s on our home turf, the atmosphere is always incredible and we can get a taxi home at the end. We can’t wait to tear it up in front of our friends and family. This will also be the only chance to catch us in the great outdoors, in the capital this year. So it’s going to be very special indeed – see you there!” (Skream)
After pioneering the dubstep sound from their Big Apple Records HQ in Croydon, Skream, Benga and Artwork formed Magnetic Man. As with many a superhero, their lair no longer exists. But the trio have moved onto bigger conquests, creating an inimitable dark and bassy sound that has rumbled its way to core gigs worldwide. Having played Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds and Manchester’s Parklife last year, they were handpicked by Deadmau5 to support his sell out UK tour – with mind bending shows in Glasgow, Manchester, Coventry and London’s Earls Court.
Studio wise, Magnetic Man are a dominant force. Debut release ‘I Need Air’ was followed up by massive collaborations with Katy B, Ms Dynamite and John Legend – affirming their creative nous and versatility. With October’s debut album released to rave reviews, they have earned a reputation amongst the production elite. With ongoing support from names such as Annie Mac, Zane Lowe, Mistajam and Pete Tong, Magnetic Man’s live show is simply devastating. Set to destroy SW4 2011 with their brand of mutant basslines, don’t miss the magnificent Magnetic Man as they blow up our Main Stage this summer.
Exit’s Main Stage’s After 2am program kicks off with a big bang, with the hottest dubstep movement of the moment – Magnetic Man. Pushing boundaries and forcing dubstep to the mainstream, the trio features Skream, Benga and Artwork. Most recognisably their track ‘I Need Air’ featuring Angela Hunte topped charts worldwide, whilst their self titled debut album impressed even the dubstep purists. Magnetic Man live on Exit’s Main Stage – what more can we say, but BAMM!
Exit is also renowned for having the best electronic stage in the world – The Dance Arena – as stated by all who have been and performed, including heavyweights Guetta, Tengalia, Coxy, Eric Prydz, Angello & Ingross and Sasha. 2011’s Dance Arena announces another wave of names to the line up, bringing DJs that have not played Exit before. DJ Sneak makes his first ever appearance and will be bringing his box of trademark deep and disco filtered house grooves. Recognized as the disco filter innovator, his productions and musical style has maintained his status as one of the Top 100 DJs in the world. Dynamic in style – from furious banging Chicago tracks and Latin tribal beats, to disco filtered reworks of retro classics and melodic rhythms to suit your soul.
The Dance Arena also features creative visionary and electronic music icon Carl Craig who celebrates his twentieth year of Planet E, the Grammy-nominated composer, world-class DJ and ambassador of Detroit is sure to excite his fans playing in the fortress moat. Joining him will be Marco Carola, global ambassador of Italian techno and Minus mainstay, he is one of the driving forces behind techno’s permeation into the world’s dance scene. Groove ridden techno is on the cards with him alongside newcomer and Loco Dice’s protégé tINI, who’s Ibiza season last year was a raging success and who’s set to wow the Dance Arena alight with her unique set. Deeply. Percussively. Impulsively.
EXIT 2011 LINE UP SO FAR: Arcade Fire, Pulp, Portishead, Underworld, Grinderman, Beirut, Hadouken!, Magnetic Man, Fedde Le Grand, Tiga, DJ Sneak, James Zabiela, Carl Craig, Marco Carola, Joris Voorn, Gramophonedzie, tINI
If that isn’t enough EXIT 2011 plays host to a variety of 400 performances on 20 stages connected by cobbled streets, ramparts and tunnels – a walk through the mystical fortress is like a trip through a magical wonderland. Music ranges from rock, dance, indie, Latino, reggae, electronica, chill out and regional music, so there is no better festival in the world that brings you so much value and so much variety! EXIT is still the coolest, most adventurous and best value for money festival experience in Europe for the discerning festival goer. Offering more entertainment, easier and cheaper travel options, stunning weather and an atmosphere unlike any other festival, ensure it’s on your list of things to do 2011!