Virgin Money Unity Arena lineup announced

Virgin Money Arena

Following the announcement last week that the UK’s first socially distanced live music arena would be launching on Tyneside, its organisers have today confirmed a barnstorming opening line-up. Virgin Money Unity Arena will officially launch at Newcastle Racecourse, Gosforth Park, on Friday 14th August and Saturday 15th August THIS YEAR. Two Door Cinema Club will be the first heavweight headliner to … Read more

Maximo Park and more added to Boardmasters

The countdown is officially on as Boardmasters is now just four months away, and to celebrate, even more acts have today been added to this year’s line-up.Maximo ParkSG LewisMichael Kiwanuka and more will be joining the likes of Chase & Status, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Primal Scream on the glorious Cornish Coastline from Wednesday 10 – Sunday 14 August 2016 for Cornwall’s own surf and music festival. With the biggest names in music and the most exhilarating surf action, don’t miss out, tickets are on sale NOW via the website.   

A further nineteen acts have been added to the line-up today, with rockers Maximo ParkMichael Kiwanuka whose new album ‘Love and Hate is out soon, one of the hottest rising UK producers SG LewisThe Big Moon repping the ladies, Northern alt-rock band Dinosaur Pile Up, the infectious Youth Club and the bluesy duoSmokin’ Durrys. They’ll be joined by AntimatadorMy NU Leng & Dread MCCharlie Tee and The Duke Spirit, as well as Hidden Charms, Icarus, Auction For The Promise Club, Joseph J. Jones,The SteelersKeirRecreations and Allibis

Boardmasters can also today reveal on which day each of the acts lined up are set to take to the stage and perform. On Friday it’ll be Catfish and the Bottlemen, followed drum n bass legends Chase & Status closing the show, Saturday will see Kaiser Chiefs get crowds rocking, and an electric set from Deamau5 and finally onSunday, the incredible Primal Scream will take to the stage followed by James Bay who will bring Boardmasters 2016 to an epic close.

Boardmasters is located across two sites bursting with the best in music and sports action. Keep the party going at the Beach Sessions with live music on idyllic Fistral Beach, as well as the Beach Bar and BBQ bringing the food, drink and DJ sets. Head into Newquay to party into the early hours with Boardmasters After Parties, which take place at clubs around the town centre. Don’t miss the Pro Skate and BMX competitions to check out the best in extreme sports, the Surf VillageCornish Market where you can taste the local delights, as well as Surf Art, photography and film sessions. If watching the surf action from the sidelines has tempted you to try it out yourself, ride the waves with a Surf Lesson from a local surf school. Unwind and relax at the Wellbeing Area or the On Site Eco Spa for some well deserved pamper time. There is also Luxury Camping and Glamping on offer to upgrade your experience even more.

Established in 1981, Boardmasters is a 5-day event situated across two stunning locations in Cornwall – the surfing mecca of the UK, Fistral Beach where Boardmasters famous International Surf Competitions take place and arguably the most stunning location in the country to watch live music, Watergate Bay. Last year saw Boardmasters welcome over 150,000 festivalgoers across its two sites over the 5 days of the festival. Boardmasters operates a tiered ticket system with price bands for tickets changing over time. The sooner you buy, the cheaper it is! Book tickets via the website.



Headline Acts

Deadmau5 // James Bay // Chase & Status

Joined by

Catfish and the Bottlemen // Kaiser Chiefs // Primal Scream

Lianne La Havas // Sigma // Craig David’s TS5 // // Wilkinson // Wolf Alice

Example & DJ Wire // Foxes // Soul II Soul // Mystery Jets // Kano // Krept & Konan  The Magic Numbers // Eats Everything // Protoje // Jackmaster // Roots Manuva

Rat Boy // Blossoms // Mike Skinner & Murkage presents TONGA // Raleigh Ritchie  SOAK // Maxïmo Park // Michael Kiwanuka // SG Lewis


Alibis // Antimatador // Apres // Artwork // Auction For The Promise Club  

Ben Remember // Bicep // Big Deal // Bodhi // COASTS // Camelphat // Carly Foxx  Charlie Tee // Danny Howard // Detroit Swindle // Dinosaur Pile Up // Doorly // Dusky

Eli & Fur // Eliza & The Bear // Eton Messy // Formation // Gabrielle Aplin // Heidi

Hein Cooper // Hidden Charms // Icarus // Jack Savoretti // Jamie Lawson

Jonas Rathsman // Joseph J Jones // Keir // Kloe // Louis Berry // MNEK // Maribou State  

My NU Leng & Dread MC // Nahko and Medicine for the People // Rationale  Recreations // Smokin’ Durrys // Spring King // The Big Moon // The Correspondents

The Duke Spirit // The Mouse Outfit // The Steelers // Toucan

VANT // White // Youth Club


Chase & Status, Catfish and the Bottleman, Lianne La Havas, Wilkinson, Wolf Alice, Krept & Konan, Eats Everything, Blossoms, Maxïmo Park

Auction for the Promise Club, Bicep, Big Deal, Bodhi, Carly Foxx, Danny Howard, Dinosaur Pile Up, Formation, Jack Savoretti, Jonas Rathsman, Keir, Nahko & Medicine for the People, Smokin’ Durrys, Spring King, The Correspondents, Toucan, Youth Club



 Deadmau5, Kaiser Chiefs, Craig David’s TS5, Kano, Example & DJ Wire, Foxes, Michael Kiwanuka, Protoje, SG Lewis, Roots Manuva, Jamie Lawson,

Antimatador, Après, Camelphat, The Duke Spirit, Dusky, Eli & Fur, Eliza & The Bear, Eton Messy, Gabrielle Aplin, Icarus, Joseph J. Jones, Kloe, Louis Berry, Mouse Outfit, Panda, Recreations, The Steelers



James Bay, Primal Scream, Sigma, Soul II Soul, SOAK, Raleigh Richie, Mike Skinner & Murkage presents Tonga, Mystery Jets, The Magic Numbers, Jackmaster, Rat Boy

Alibis, Artwork, Ben Remember, Coasts, Charlie Tee, Detroit Swindle, Doorly, Heidi, Hein Cooper, Hidden Charms, MNEK, Maribou State, My Nu Leng & MC Dread, Rationale, The Big Moon, VANT, White 

Forgotten Fields 2016 lineup announced with Suede, Kodaline, Dizzee Rascal and more

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.

Undisputed R&B superstar Kelis will be on hand to provide the crowds with a typically hit laden set that’s sure to get crowds moving with airings of hit singles ‘Milkshake’, ‘Trick Me’ and ‘Caught Out There’. Geordie rock heroes Maximo Park also join the lineup, spearheaded by the dynamic and captivating vocals of frontman Paul Smith and with instantly recognisable anthems such as “Apply Some Pressure”, expect a non-stop barrage of art-rock gold. Systematically pioneering an entire genre with the iconic “Rapper’s Delight”, US hip-hop kings The Sugar Hill Gangstand as undisputed legends and their set at the festival is not to be missed. The lineup is bolstered by gritty Southampton rock trio Band Of Skulls, singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner, indie stalwarts Kula Shaker, Irish duo Hudson Taylor as well as Ibibo Sound MachinePolice Dog HoganJack SavorettiMilkychance and Too Many T’s.

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 WAXThe Standard Lamps, Rag N Bone ManThe Hyve,JoeyFatFours 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 TeamDr Bluegrass & The Illbilly 8Forest Of Fools,Buffos WakeDiscount OrchestraAfro Cluster and Gyps N Progress.






Standon Calling Review 2014

Standon Calling – The Best Bits


This small festival situated in Hertfordshire had a line-up rivaling that of larger festivals. Running from the 1st – 3rd of August, Standon Calling offered music to suit all ages and tastes. Headliners Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, Public Enemy and Maximo Park ensured evening on the main stage ended on a high. Other highlights included Beans On Toast’s performance amongst the crowd, Amber Run inviting members of the audience dressed as a Taco and Paddington Bear to join them during their set and Charli XCX igniting the Big Top with her latest single ‘Boom Clap’. Other standout performances came from Clean Bandit, The Cuban Brothers, Grandmaster Flash and personal favourite Saint Raymond. Unfortunately the highly anticipated Ella Eyre could not attend due to illness. 



Its the first time I’ve been to a festival where dogs are allowed in, its literally the best thing ever. I made some lovely canine friends and owners, who are surprisingly happy to have a million people a day ask to stroke their dog! There was even a dog show which drew in a massive crowd including categories; Best Trick, Waggiest Tail and Owner most like their Dog. Attractions like this are what separates this festival from others and provided light entertainment on Sunday afternoon. Amidst the chaos in the ring, Nigel was the standout dog. 


‘Lost in Latin America’ was this years theme. The attention to detail across the festival blew me away; there was not a single area that hadn’t been decorated, even behind the bar the theme continued. The cowsheds which held the afterpartys had hidden rooms, which had been fantastically decorated, including a Day of the Dead shrine.


Standon Calling offered a brilliant selection of stalls across the festival. The ‘Jose Cuervo’ bar ran margarita making competitions over the 3 days, giving partakers the chance to win a £500 bar tab for making the quickest drink. I gave it ago on Sunday, and managed it in 19 seconds, I was the current champion, only to return in half an hour to see someone had smashed my time and completed the challenge in 13 seconds! Absolutely gutted, but it was so much fun and it attracted a crowd full of competitive spirit! (You also got to keep the drink you made, bonus!)


What more could you ask for? The swimming pool is something that definitely stands out at Standon Calling; they are the only UK festival offering this experience! Suitable for children and adults alike, music by poolside DJ’s provided a relaxing retreat from the bustling crowds. 


Standon Calling also offered a great selection of food, excellently priced. Barnaby Sykes – Pie Maker was a personal highlight, selling pie, chips, gravy, peas and a drink for £9, satisfying you for the entire day. The pulled pork burrito by Luardos was also delicious and worth the long queue. 


The theme provided excellent inspiration for fancy dressers, there really was a top notch effort by all, everyone looked amazing and it added to the atmosphere of the weekend. Costumes ranged from Sally the Llama to bottles of tequila. There was a fancy dress competition for both adults and children on the main stage, with the winners chosen by the crowd. 


During breaks in the music, there was always something else on offer to keep you entertained. Mexican wrestling was very unexpected but so entertaining, with the wrestlers taking on different characters within the ring giving the crowd someone to cheer or boo. Trapeze lessons were also available, for either £8 for a solo swing, or £35 to swing and be caught by a professional. Crowds watched below as the festival goers took the leap of faith!

Festival goers were able to buy tickets for 2015 at a hugely discounted price, and although this offer has now ended, I would definitely pay full price to return next year, it has been a highlight of my summer. 

Photos by Mickey Cole 

The Libertines to reunite at British Summer Time Hyde Park

We are extatic to inform you that the infamous Libertines will reform at this years British Summer Time Hyde Park.  Pete, Carl, John and Gary make a long awaited return to the stage, playing their first full live shows since 2010.  Joined by the cream of UK talent, this is the Best of British Summer Time.

Forming at the turn of the century, The Libertines have become one of the most influential and important bands of their generation. Leading the charge with Pete Doherty and Carl Barat as song writing partners, their on stage chemistry and intense live performances have enthralled fans and critics alike since their debut album ‘Up The Bracket’ in 2002. Following this with their second LP in 2004, ‘The Libertines’ shot straight to #1, catapulting them into the mainstream. Disbanding soon after that release, they went their separate ways for six years, cementing their almost mythical status.

Preceding them on The Great Oak Stage, The Pogues are London’s Irish punk folk heroes.  Formed in the heart of the English capital in Kings Cross, they mixed punk sensibility with traditional Irish instruments and poetic, often funny lyrics scoring seminal hits ‘Dirty Old Town’ and the alternative Christmas fable ‘Fairytale of New York.’  With frontman Shane MacGowan rejoining with his bandmates in 2001, their influence on the likes of The Libertines is writ large.

Spiritualized are one of the most enigmatic British bands of the past 20 years, formed after the breakup of frontman Jason Pierce's groundbreaking former group Spacemen 3.  With minimalist music building into hypnotic, orchestrated masterpieces, Hyde Park will enjoy a rare chance to bathe in their waves of sound in an outdoor setting.

Signing to renowned electronic dance label Warp Records in 2004, Maximo Park have been producing exciting indie guitar music for the past decade and show no signs of slowing down. Fronted by enigmatic Paul Smith, they’re blazed a trail with their debut ‘A Certain Trigger’ which was nominated for a Mercury Prize in 2005. Now signed to V2 Records, Maximo Park will be showcasing their latest album ‘Too Much Information,’ released in February.

The next generation of British talent is well represented on the bill. Voted NME’s Best New Band, 2014 has been an incredible year for London’s Wolf Alice. Joining us at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park, this lovechild of folk and grunge are leading the way for an indie revival in British music.

And Birmingham-based Swim Deep have welcomed ‘shoe gaze’ back to British pop music. Another championed by the NME on this year’s Awards Tour, dates at Brixton Academy especially established them as welcome leaders for a new decade of guitar bands.

At Hyde Park in the glow of an Albion summer, The Libertines will play their largest ever headline show at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park on 5th July, with further Best of British support from: The Enemy,Reverend and The Makers, I Am Kloot, The View, Darlia, The Rifles, Cuckoolander, Brownbear, Raglans, The Twang…..

Standon Calling announce headliners Maximo Park & Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls

Newcastle’s indie rock five-piece Maximo Park have recently scored themselves a third Top 10 album with ‘Too Much Information’. Whilst summer may seem pretty far away their headline set at Standon Calling will be a chance to celebrate the band’s continuing success.

In an opening-night headline set, Frank Turner and his band, The Sleeping Souls’ appearance at Standon Calling will be intimate compared to his recent 20,000 capacity sell out shows at London’s o2 Arena. Turner’s often politically charged songs are renowned for bringing together rousing crowds in mass sing-a-longs perfect for festivals.
The festivals third headliner will be announced in the coming weeks.
Elsewhere on the line-up Clean Bandit, riding high on their recent number one single ‘Rather Be’, will bring their electronic sounds to Standon Calling. Local girl Charli XCX is in for a home turf gig when the Hertfordshire-born singer appears at the festival. A feature on many 2014 ‘ones to watch lists’, Ella Eyre makes for another feisty, femme-pop addition to Standon Calling’s musical offering.
The more indie-centric side of the festival features blues-tinged sounds from The Heavy, the British neo-soul group have made a splash on both sides of the Atlantic and call legendary independent label Ninja Tune home. Also confirmed are Birmingham scene stars Peace, a return to the festival for TOY and a set from folk-tinged outfit Leisure Society. So far the best on-theme act for 2014, The Cuban Brothers will be on hand, channeling the musical spirit of Havana. Bristolian synth-pop five-piece The Other Tribe join the line-up complete with a Pete Tong seal of approval and also to take to the stage will be indie singer-songwriter Saint Raymond.
Standon Calling’s theme for 2014 is ‘Lost in Latin America’. Revolutionaries, Aztec ruins, Amazonian rainforests and more will be woven into the look and feel of the festival culminating including a Saturday carnival, as ever, with prizes being award to the best costumes.

Ringmaster Festival add more acts to lineup

On September 27th Ringmaster Festival will open it's gates for the first time and are pleased to announce their Friday schedule, which will serve as a taster to the main spectacle of Saturday's line up.

Friday will see Dry The River as headliners, along with performances from Dan Croll, Night Engine, Flyte, Dancing Years and a local opener, selected by Dry The River. 

Saturday brings along Maximo Park, Mystery Jets, Deaf Havana, The Blackout, Hadouken!, We Are The Ocean, Ghostpoet and Johnny Borrell & Zazou, as well as some of the UK’s finest rising acts like Swim Deep, Lewis Watson, Theme Park, Thumpers, Luke Sital-Sing and Chloe Howl, whilst Gnarwolves replace Dinosaur Pile-Up. 

Mystery Jets

Saturday will also see the signing tent come to the action, where fans can will be able to meet bands and see acoustic sets from the likes of Deaf Havana in a 150 capacity environment.

Originally planed as a one-day event, the now two-day festival takes place at Hopton Wafers, in the stunning Hereford & Worcestershire countryside. This year’s Ringmaster will home big top tents with the look and feel of a vintage circus but with a focus very much on music.

With a shared vision and ethos of celebrating creativity in all forms whilst supporting the next generation running through from the festival founders and all the extended staff Ringmaster will be donating a share of £5 per ticket to their two chosen charities, Barnardo’s & Longlands Care Farm. The festival will also be supporting the local area by using local food produce.

Other acts set to play this year are: The Xcerts, Young Kato, The Family Rain, Arcane Roots, Fossil Collective, Tall Ships and Sons and Lovers, plus many more..

Ringmaster Festival changes location for 2013

Ringmaster Festival has, due to access issues being insurmountable, changed to a larger venue, enabling the festival newcomer to incorporate 2 nights of camping to the schedule.
Newcomer Ringmaster Festival announces a venue change to Hopton Court, Hopton Wafers, Cleobury Mortimer, Worcestershire, DY14 0EF. The change in venues enables the addition of two nights campaign at this years festival and more music from up and coming local acts on Friday 27th September (full details to be announced soon).

Set in the stunning Worcestershire & Shropshire countryside borders, Hopton Court will now welcome this year's Ringmaster Festival.

Originally planned for one day, Ringmaster is now extended to include camping on both Friday 27th and Saturday 28th September, with upcoming bands now planned for the Friday evening.  

Acts confirmed for this year are: Maximo Park, who headline the BIG ELI tent, withMystery Jets, Deaf Havana, Swim Deep & Theme Park. The Blackout, We Are The Ocean & Canterbury play the Red Baron stage and Ghostpoet, Johnny Borrell & Zazou, Tall Ships & Chloe Howl being some of the names on the Mabel Stark stage.

Maximo Park

Ringmaster also welcome Mike Dignam, Dolomite Minor, The Darlingtons, Lloyd Yates, Tom Jarvis, Midnight Special, Katey Brooks, The Watermelons and Liz Lawrence and many, many more to this years line up.
For full line up and stage information please visit:

Shrewsbury Fields Forever Festival 2013 details

Comprising of some of the very best contemporary artists and alternative cool break through acts, Shrewsbury Fields Forever is a fusion of music, artistic expression with a sprinkling of community stuff and comedy.

Taking place over the friday evening, Saturday and Sunday the festival being only a stones throw away from the town centre will feature multiple arenas of music showcasing a wealth of top big International artists combined with the best Up-coming acts and local talent to provide a superb choice of live Indie, rock, alternative, electronic dance and popular music. Being so close to the town centre, Shrewsbury Fields Forever is only a few minutes walk away from all the local transport links and hotels, but of course the option to camp over is always there for those who want to do the complete festival experience.

Combined to this all the fun of the fair will be had, with an array of performing arts, fun fair, audio / visual artistic entertainment found within a community entertainments village, In which nominated charities alongside sponsoring businesses will be providing some extra on-site entertainment and games to help fund raise for a worthy cause.

Maximo Park

13TH, 14TH AND 15TH SEPTEMBER 2013 @ The west mid / Shropshire showground, Berwickk Road, Shrewsbury, SY1 2PF.

Just £18 – £69 for a whole weekend with camping.

APPROX 100 ACTS – those announced so far are:

*Saturday main stage:*

Maximo Park
The 1975
The Sunshine Underground
Masters In France
Pixle Fix
We were Frontiers
Snapped Ankles
BOTB winner

*Saturday dance tent:*

Roni Size with Dynamite MC
SHY FX with Stamina
B.Traits (Radio 1) with MC
Rockwell with Mantmast
K90 Classics
Double XL
DJ competition winner A

*Saturday Experience tent with Spunkys, SubKutz and Reloaded*

Darren Styles and MC Storm
Sc@r and Mc Energy
Jay Robinson
Johnny Flash
Emerson da Silva
Shaun Price
DanZ – Dad
Adam B
DJ Toddie D
Red & Trickett

*Saturday Silent Disco*

Call Me T
Bare roots
True & False
Andy Phillips
Dirty Lookin Mobile disco
Sammy J
DJ Housescratt

Followed by the not so silent Traffic takeover with:

Taylor J

*Saturday Boat Party 'Fuzzy Logic'*

Digital Mafia
+ guests

*Saturday VIP hospitality

Quartz DJs
Cheadle & Hubby
Lily Green
2 Second Story
Nicole Phillips
Keren Macmillan

*Friday Dance tent*

Sister Bliss Faithless DJ set
Plump DJs
Gemma Furbank
Kate Naylor

*Friday local heroes live stage*

The Taste
MK Zero
The Lucidity
Socail Confusion
The Cosmic Rays
Thin Vision

*Friday Liquid D'N'B tent with Perception*

Jay Dubz
Tim Ryan (Fantazia)
+ Guests

*Sunday Jestival comedy tent*

Dylan Moran (Shaun of the Dead, Channel 4's Black Books)
Sanderson Jones
Carl Donnelly
Brett Goldstein (Channel 4's Derek)
Johnny Candon
Alexis Dubus
Chris Washington
Wendy Wason
+more tba

*Sunday Acoustic stage*

James Walsh STARSAILOR solo acoustic set
Andy O'Brien (The Clocktower) with
Matt (The Twang) and
Alistair (Ocean Colour Scene)
Micky Greaney Band
The Ronaldos
The Making acoustic
Remedy Soundz
UK Open Mic champion
UK Open Mic SFFF choice
Lily Juniper

*Sunday house / oldskool tent*

K Klass live
Sonny Wharton
Sparky Dog
Karlos Cheadle
Mark Smallwood
Jon Harvey
Mike Archer
Russ Edwards
Dj competition winnner B
+ More TBA

This will be combined with Comedy tent, fun fairs, boat party, chill out zones, art and crafts, stalls, licensed bar, charity stuff, optional camping, entertainment etc etc!

Check out the Website, Facebook Page or Twitter for the latest info: