Blissfields Festival adds Guillemots, Clock Opera and more to lineup

Also confirmed is Josh Kumra, NZCA/Lines, Pete Roe, SixNationState, Wave Pictures, Dog Is Dead, Artrocker DJ, paradYse and Transgressive Records DJ, comedian Phil Ellis, and first winners of the festival’s regional talent search Road To Blissfields – Flashfires, Half Crown, and Ben Goddard & The Heartbeats.
These new additions join acts such as headliners Noisettes and Patrick Wolf(performing a special grand piano acoustic set), Spector, Man Like Me, Lucy Rose, Charli XCX, Crazy P (Live), Toddla T, and many more live music acts, DJ sets, comedy performances, art installations, and a sports day to end all sports days at The Park, Hampshire on the weekend of 29th June to 1st July.
Nominated for Best Live Act at the 2007 BRIT Awards, Guillemots’ beautiful live set will soundtrack the sun going down on Friday, while currently play-listed across radio with ‘Shotgun’, Eugene McGuinness will demonstrate why he’s one of the most acclaimed new songwriters of the past few years on the Saturday evening. Getting nods from taste-makers this Spring, London’s Citizens! will bring a sense of theatre with their 80’s-onica, and multi-instrumentalist Clock Opera sets to deliver one of the most intensely upbeat shows of the weekend. Theme Park’s fun, groove-filled set and the return of Blissfields favorites SixNationState, add only more excitement to this year’s already swelling bill of artists.

Blissfields Festival 2012

The festival has been applauded over the past 11 years for its attention to detail, creativity, family friendly atmosphere and wide-ranging musical and arts bill, but above all, for remaining at an intimate 2,000 capacity, following years of critical praise, stellar live performances from some of the country’s biggest live music acts, and sell-out crowds.
In 2012, Blissfields nod their school cap to the world of sport, offering a dandy revival of the Great British Summertime and a golden age of playground camaraderie and frivolity. With a full program of sports day shenanigans, a school disco and late night ballyhoo, expect your mischievous tutors to be on fine form as they guide you through the most fun you’ll have with your chums all year. Hoorah! Hoorah, indeed!
This year you’ll have the opportunity to represent your House, as well as vote for House Captains, once again giving fans of the festival another way to be a part of the makings of the event. Although Blissfields will not be strict on the dress code, they warn that Hall Monitors may have to be assigned to make sure you are all upholding the Blissfields reputation.
Grab your jolly hockey sticks and catch us round the back of the bike shed for the best “last day of term” style fun you ever had.
This year’s full line-up of activities will be announced shortly.

Ticket Info and Full Line-Up

Weekend Adult: £74.00 + Booking Fee
Weekend Youth: £49.00 + Booking Fee
Weekend Under 6: Free and No Booking Fee (Please note a nominal fee of 1p is charged to register the purchase)
Weekend Family Ticket (2 Adult & 2 Youth weekend tickets): £210.00 + Booking Fee
Weekend 10 Adult tickets for the price of 9: £666.00 + Booking Fee
Thursday Camping: £16.00 + NO Booking Fee
Live-in Vehicle Pass: £35.00
Car Park: £10.00

All tickets available via:

Main Stage
Noisettes [Saturday Headline]
Patrick Wolf [Acoustic Grand Piano Headline Set]
Guillemots ~ Spector ~ Lucy Rose ~ Charli XCX
Eugene McGuinness ~ Man Like Me ~ Josh Kumra
Dub Pistols ~ Dreadzone~ Pronghorn
Fleetwood Bac ~ Subgiant ~ The Mini Band
Second Stage
Toddla T ~ Clock Opera
Dog Is Dead ~ Toy ~ Theme Park ~ Crazy P (Live)
Imperial Leisure ~ Citizens ~ Cashier No.9 ~ NZCA/Lines
Wave Pictures ~ Passenger ~ AlunaGeorge ~ Beans on Toast ~ Skinny Lister
Cut Corners ~ Eighteen Nightmares at the Lux ~ Arp Attack  ~ Bear Cavalry
Kill Em Dead Cowboy ~ Little Chief ~ Live Like Kings ~ Melodramas ~ Oresteia
 Reventure ~ Pussy Cat and the Dirty Johnsons ~ Sean McGowan
Smokey Bastard ~ Stinger ~ Stone Them Crows
The Lost Souls Club ~ The Queue ~ Flashfires ~ Half Crown
Ben Goddard & The Heartbeats ~ Tropics
The Hidden Hedge
Mary Miss Fairy ~ Kursa
DJ Envious Mind ~ Alex the Kidd ~ Andy Oliver ~ Dan Munrow
DJ Jet Pack Assassin ~ Dan Hayes Remnant Psyche ~ Science of Eight Limbs
Transend ~ Dr. Strangelove's Burlesque Discotheque ~ Amongst The Pigeons
Shuddervision Soundsystem featuring Digits Mcphee ~ Heath:Ward
+ Chillout and Visuals by Magnetic Mirror (VJ),
Wub World (VJ) and VJ Visualante
+ Installations and artwork by Coalescence Collective
The Hidden Hedge: Presents
(Express FM / Blissfields Festival / Turf Records /
paradYse Records / Beans On Toast)

Huw Olesker and the Barebackers ~ ME
Bebe Black ~ I Dream In Colour ~ Colourmasks ~ Sam McCarthy
Will McNichol & Jack Palmer ~ Leigh Mary Stoke ~ Luke Ferre
Owen Hackett ~ Bryony Marie Fry ~ Jonny P Taylor ~ Stir of Echoes
We Spies ~ Laura Boyle ~ Charley Farley Sunday Four
Rose Bradshaw
Olly Salter & Benzo ~ The C90s ~ Ridney
Artful ~ Bitr8 ~ thequickandthedead ~ Kiwi ~ Frankie Aglow ~ Jafr0 ~ Tanka
Soundtracks ~ Artrocker DJ ~ paradYse Records DJ ~ Transgressive Records DJ
Luca Pilato ~ Loveless DJ's ~ Psychadelia DJ's ~ MASS_IVe ~ Diska Tek ~ Ally Wolf
 Rockfeedback DJ ~ Super Vs Pavilion DJs ~ Seb Marx ~ Ally Wolf ~ Matt Clark
Cholombian ~ Morgan Hislop ~ Yes Tom! ~ Deadproud & JayB ~ MattyLAH
 WILLOW ~ Side A ~ Charlie Fox ~ Grrrl Scout ~ Paul Saunders
Lexy SNS ~ Little Chief Z ~ DJ Grey Jumps ~ DJ Hammy ~ Handsome Dave Rocker
Giles W & Mr Toad Z ~ The Great One
Comedy Stage
Andrew O’Neill ~ David Morgan ~ Phil Ellis
Marc Burrows ~ Bob Slayer ~ Danny Sutcliffe ~ Ed Easton ~ Tony Basnett
Fern Brady ~ Owen Niblock ~ Peter Philiipson ~ Red Redmond
with Ruth E Cockburn (compere)

Hot Chip, Magnetic Man and more announced for Lovebox 2012

Magnetic ManThe 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 .

Patrick WolfOn 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. 

T in the Park adds Patrick Wolf, Alice Gold and more!

Patrick WolfThe quirky and cultured Patrick Wolf is hailed by many as Britain’s most underrated pop star. The eccentric singer songwriter mixes electronica with classical instruments to create a unique brand of techno inspired power pop. Due to release his fifth album ‘Lupercalia’ next week, he’s a seasoned live performer who charms and fascinates audiences around the UK gaining him a cult following and solid credentials.  T in the Parkers will be amongst the first to hear material from his new album and are certain to catch a performance to remember.
Kentish Town siblings Kitty, Daisy & Lewis play more or less any instruments they can lay their hands on, jumping around on stage from banjos, to ukuleles, accordions, xylophones and trombones.  They’ve had worldwide success with sold out tours and have opened for Coldplay, Razorlight and Jools Holland among others.  Recently released second album “Smoking in Heaven” is receiving yet more critical acclaim and T in the Parkers can judge for themselves in July.
Californian rock and roll heavyweights Rival Sons are known for bluesy soul vocals, memorable guitar riffs and deep, pounding grooves with flourishes of reckless abandon during live sets.  With debut album ‘Pressure and Time’ set to be released next month the band are making a stop at Balado on their ‘Epitaph’ world tour – get ready Scotland for the swagger that is Rival Sons.
There aren’t many new musicians who can harness the elemental rock’n’roll soul of both Ike and Tina and Jimi and Janis. Alice Gold though, comes close. Gold by name and gold by nature, there’s an immense warmth in Alice’s voice which will radiate through the fields of Balado.
Fresh from reforming this year and releasing second album ‘Elettorama’, Glasgow band Thrum are and heading straight to Balado for a much anticipated comeback.  Vocalist Monica Queen worked with Belle & Sebastian and Shane MacGowan during the band’s 6 year hiatus and is now bringing back the band’s indie-rock sound.
Seattle based indie post-punk band Romance will be making the trip to Scotland bringing a sound that is at once familiar and strikingly fresh. Their music blends dark, catchy and epic songs with an intelligent and unique ideology, one for the thinkers at T in the Park.
Molotov Jukebox are self-professed pioneers of GypStep with the band citing gypsy, ska, funk, dubstep, flamenco, house, electro, pop, reggae, and soul as their influences.  With lead singer Natalia Tena having recently starred in “You Instead” the feature length movie shot on site at last year’s T in the Park, she certainly knows her way around Balado.
Tartan clad tribe Clanadonia will kick off proceedings on the Main Stage to an almighty thunderous sound. The drum thumping, stage pounding traditional Scottish music is the perfect way to welcome in an epic weekend of spine tingling musical moments.
Traditional Scottish music will continue throughout the weekend as the Ceilidh Tent returns for 2011. T in the Parkers of all musical persuasions can’t resist a fling round the tent at some point during the festival – the infectious energy of the Ceilidh Tent in full flow will see even the hippest festival goers enter for a lively session of elbow swinging and foot stomping!
The Big Shoogle
The Picts
Whisky Kiss
Grousebeater Sound System

Melt Festival lineup additions

Newly confirmed acts
Addison Groove | Azari & III (live) | Chase And Status | Cold War Kids | Crocodiles | Dadub (live) | Duchess Says | Edit Select | Fake Blood (live) | José González | Richie Hawtin | The Hundred In The Hands | The Knocks | Jacob Korn (live) | Lucy | Miss Fitz | Gadie Mizrahi | The Moroders | Mutter | Maayan Nidam | Noah & The Whale | No Regular Play | Nôze (live) |Christopher Rau | Smallpeople aka Dionne & Julius Steinhoff | The Sound Of Arrows | These New Puritans | Albrecht Wassersleben | We Have Band | When Saints Go Machine | Patrick Wolf |
All confirmed acts so far
A.T.O.L. | Addison Groove | Âme (live) | Anstam | Apparat Band | Atari Teenage Riot | Azari & III (live) | Beady Eye | Bodi Bill | Gui Boratto | Boys Noize Bpitch @ Sleepless Floor: Ellen Allien, Kiki, Chaim, Skinnerbox | Brandt Brauer Frick | Busy P | Carte Blanche | Clock Opera | Console | Carl Craig & Radio Slave B2B | Chase And Status | Cold War Kids | Crocodiles | Crystal Castles | Crystal Fighters | Cut Copy | DAF | Dadub (live) | Benjamin Damage & Doc Daneeka | Dananananaykroyd | Dial Records pres. Lawrence, John Roberts u. a. | Digitalism (live) | DJ T. | The Drums | Duchess Says | Edit Select | Errors | Everything Everything | Fake Blood (live) | FM Belfast | Foster The People | Gold Panda | José González | Guy Gerber | Calvin Harris | Richie Hawtin | Housemeister | The Hundred In The Hands | Iron and Wine | Isolée | Nicolas Jaar (live) | Junior Boys (live) | Junip | Fritz Kalkbrenner | Paul Kalkbrenner | Katy B | The Knocks | Markus Kavka | The Koletzkis | Jacob Korn (live) | DJ Koze | Les Savy Fav | Little Dragon | Live At Robert Johnson @ Sleepless Floor: Roman Flügel, Arto Mwambe, Oliver Hafenbauer, Gerd Janson, Manuel Raven | Loco Dice | Lucy | M.A.N.D.Y. | MEN | Metronomy | Miss Fitz | Miss Kittin | Gadie Mizrahi | Modeselektor present Melt! Selektor | Monarchy | The Moroders | Mutter | The Naked And Famous | Maayan Nidam | Noah & The Whale | No Regular Play | Nôze (live) | Ostgut Ton Special: Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, Marcel Fengler, Barker & Baumecker (live) | Phon.o | Planningtorock | Plan B | Proxy | Pulp | Christopher Rau | Robyn | Rusko | SBTRKT (live) | Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros | Siriusmo | Sizarr (live) | Sizarr Soundsystem | Smallpeople aka Dionne & Julius Steinhoff | The Sound Of Arrows | The Streets | Swans | Tensnake | These New Puritans | Total Confusion B2B2B – Tobias Thomas, Michael Mayer & Superpitcher | Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs | Albrecht Wassersleben | We Have Band | When Saints Go Machine | White Lies | Patrick Wolf | Jamie Woon |
More acts for Melt!
jose gonzalezWe are particularly looking forward to José González’ acoustic performance this year. Besides his gig with Junip, the Swedish singer-songwriter is about to be the first to climb the Gemini Stage on Sunday. After Kings of Convenience’s wonderful acoustic concert in 2010, González is about to ring in the last festival day with delightful feel good atmosphere in 2011 – continuing the tradition.

Patrick Wolf also found his way into this year’s line-up. In 2009, he made the clouds disappear with his extraordinary performance, and in 2011, he will make everyone jump for joy with his new album. The Californian Cold War Kids and the British Noah & The Whale will also perform songs off their 2011 albums. We Have Band, on the other hand, keep on proving that they are true pros on stage with their debut WHB.

richie hawtinIn terms of electronic music, we have also something to offer: Richie Hawtin is now part of our line-up, joined by Chase & Status and Fake Blood, who will perform live for the first time at Melt!. Also performing live: Azari & III as well as Nôze, who will arrive with his band. Addison Groove completes the Melt! Selektor Stage’s line-up.
With Matt And Kim as well as The Hundred In The Hands, we welcome two duos from New York that will definitely score with their energetic live shows. These New Puritans rather dedicate themselves to experimental soundscapes. With the Danish When Saints Go Machine, we also have fantastic newcomers on board, The Sound Of Arrows present us with fairy tale synth pop, and Crocodiles conquer the stage with a rough version of Dandyism. Dirty guitar sounds are the legendary Berlin band Mutter as well as Duchess Says’ forte.
Melt! Anthem
You should also mark the 18th of April in your calendar. At noon, we will upload this year’s Melt! anthem to our website (, which will be available for free. We won’t tell you who wrote it, but we go way back. Another clue might be our slogan “U Melt! My Heart”.
Groove Presents
This year, we are also looking forward to a fantastic premiere: our media partner, Groove, curates 24 straight hours at Sleepless Floor for the first time. Under the banner of Groove Presents, the German magazine for electronic music and club culture brings us established and upcoming labels and their artists. Uncanny Valley are the first to arrive with Jacob Korn (live), The Moroders, and Albrecht Wasserleben. Wolf + Lamb send Gadi Mizrahi, No Regulars, Maayan Nidam and Miss Fitz. The Smallville delegation is comprised of Christopher Rau, Smallpeople aka Dionne & Julius Steinhoff. Last but not least, Stroboscopic Artefacts is represented by Lucy, Edit Select, and Dadub (live). 

Melt! Pre-Party 
The Audiolith crew’s parking lot raves have been an integral part of the Melt! cosmos since always. They had always been the perfect but unofficial opening party of Melt! Festival till last year. Then the boys officially came on board. Since the pre-party got bigger and bigger, we simply moved the debauchery from the parking lot to the Intro Zelt so we wouldn’t disturb the neighbours too much. In 2011, the pre-party will once again be held on Thursday night (14th July) with an obvious Audiolith presence. Frittenbude will conquer the stage together with Egotronic, Mediengruppe Telekommander are about to perform songs off their new album (a Audiolith/Staatsakt collaboration), various Audiolith DJs will fuel Melt! madness among the crowd and a secret special guest is also going to show up. Once again, the pre-party’s capacity is limited. Like last year, you have to pay a EUR 5 cover charge (incl. fees), which will be partially donated to charity. Tickets for our pre-party are only available as etickets here ( in combination with a festival ticket only. 

By the way: last year’s pre-party was sold out. So if you want make sure that you actually get in, we urge you to buy your ticket in advance. 

Melt! Train 
Our hotel train rides again! Last year, our beds on wheels option for Melt! premiered. In 2011, a train will ride once more to the festival site in Ferropolis as part of our environmental project M!Eco. 

In collaboration with Cool-Tours ( and MixeryFunTravel (, we charter a Euro Express train, which will depart from Cologne. The train is stopping directly in front of the festival grounds. The best thing about it: every passenger will have his or her own private bed on Melt! Train including sanitary arrangements for four days. To assure that only Hotel Train passengers have access to their departments, special wristbands will be handed out. 

One compartment of the train is also equipped with its own DJ and a bar run by Cool-Tours. The bar will be open during the journey as well as during the day on location. New this year: Cool-Tours offers daily breakfast for EUR 19, which can be ordered in advance or on arrival. Train attendants will care for your needs the entire journey. 

Return journey plus four overnight stays will cost you EUR 99 (per person, festival ticket not included). To guarantee that you will be booked in a compartment with all your friends (up to six), one of you has to book single tickets for all the others. So if you book a compartment with six beds this will cost you EUR 594. 

Book your ticket via Cool-Tours here ( Further info on eco-friendly travel options to Melt! will be posted here ( soon. 

3-day ticket valid for Friday, Saturday and Sunday: EUR 104 plus booking fee and EUR 5 garbage deposit 
There will be no 1- or 2-day tickets availabe for Melt! 2011. In the price included are camping and parking (from Thursday 15.07. 01:00pm until Monday, 19.07. 03:00pm). 
Tickets and Infos available under tickets only. 

Patrick Wolf, Yelle and more for Get Loaded in the Park

patrick wolfDescribed by the Observer as ‘Britain’s most innovative, radical and creative pop star’, Get Loaded in the Park is delighted to welcome Patrick Wolf to the main stage line-up. Joining him will also be eight piece cult indie heroes Los Campesinos!
The Gigwise stage promises something for everyone this year; joining Darwin Deez to get everyone in the summer mood will be Babeshadow,who recently toured with Florence and the Machine and electro-pop French artist Yelle, who is currently on tour with Katy Perry. Proceedings will take a darker turn when Goth rockers O.Children and South West London synth duo Alpines hit the stage.
The Last.FM stage hosted by The Flower Pot will be headlined by Johnny Flynn, described by The Times as ‘the next poster boy for the nu-folk scene’. He will be joined by the sweet harmonious hooks and rockabilly beats of Slow Club, hotly tipped spoken word hip hop act Sound of Rum which features the lyrical genius of Kate Tempest, The Agitator, aka Derek Meins, whose songs, according to the Guardian ‘sound like Billy Bragg barking over Public Enemy beats’, Beans on Toast, who blends a dark wit with serious social and political satire, and newcomers Dark Moon (Joe Strummer’s daughter’s band) and The Joker and the Thief.
Having aligned itself with London’s leading inner-city festivals, Get Loaded in the Park has garnered a reputation for showcasing heavy hitters within the alternative music scene. With the main stage line-up already boasting names such as Razorlight, The Cribs, Noisettes, British Sea Power and Patrick Wolf this year looks set to be one of the best yet.
Open from 12.00pm – 9.00pm
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Fully licensed bar until close

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