Lethal Bizzle, Raleigh Ritchie and more set for Sundown Festival

More huge names have been added to Sundown Festival 2015, with Lethal Bizzle, Raleigh Ritchie, Shadow Child and a host of others joining an already huge line-up for the biggest pop party taking over Norwich this summer. With just months to go until the event, they join a mammoth line-up including Rudimental, Nero (live), Tinie Tempah and more.

One of Grime’s pioneering figures, Lethal Bizzle is no rookie to the festival circuit, and after nearly a decade in the spotlight he knows how to get a crowd moving. With hits including ‘Rari Workout’, ‘POW!’ and his groove-worthy new single ‘Fester Skank’, the dench instructor himself promises to provide an unforgettable set on the main stage on Saturday 5th September.  

Bringing sultry R&B with a gritty hip-hop edge, Raleigh Richie has also been added to the line-up, set to make a main stage appearance on Sunday 6th September, playing before the likes of Labrinth, Maverick Sabre, Wretch 32 and more of the world’s hottest pop, dance and urban acts.

Elsewhere across the festival, acclaimed producers Shadow Child and Low Steppa join the incredible Defected stage line-up on Saturday, while DC Breaks and Culture Shock have been added to the undeniably massive Andy C Presents RAM takeover on Sunday.

Campers arriving on site Friday 4th September will also be delighted to hear that dance tastemakers SubSoul will be hosting a huge campers-only opening party to fully kick off the weekend for those staying on site from the first day. The likes of Friend Within, DJ SKT, Gotsome, Toyboy & Robin, Apres & Icarus all look set to get the party started in style, starting off what promises to be a phenomenal weekend.

No Tomorrow Festival add DJ Fresh, Hannah Wants and more

BRIT Award nominee DJ Fresh has scored multiple number 1s on both the UK singles and UK Dance charts; this summer the drum ‘n’ bass maestro brings his hits to Wollaton Park much to the delight of eager No Tomorrow festival-goers. DJ Fresh has collaborated with artists including Diplo, Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora, Dizzee Rascal, Ella Eyre and more.

Also joining the bill is Kwabs, an artist who featured in the BBC Sound of 2015 list and boasts 40 million YouTube views for his track ‘Walk’. Swiftly signed to Atlantic Records, Kwabs is steadily making waves with his soulful take on R&B. The eagle-eyed amongst us may spot that No Tomorrow’s next addition, Raleigh Ritchie, has also graced screens as Grey Worm in Game of Thrones. In his musical guise Ritchie also adds a spin to R&B adding in tinges of rap that sees him touted as a one to watch this year.
 
Synths, beats and breaks come hard and heavy across the latest additions to No Tomorrow. Dubbed ‘the undisputed queen of 2014’ by Mixmag, Hannah Wants shows no signs of slowing down in 2015. Wants is part of BBC Radio 1’s Residency and her bass heavy house is steadily tearing up dance floors across Europe, soon to include No Tomorrow. Local duo Shelter Point are also now confirmed and will offer up a downbeat and brooding take on all things electronic.
 
Black Butter Records have already contributed several acts to the No Tomorrow bill, now the festival welcomes yet more from the label in the form of energetic house whizz, Kidnap Kid and Bristolian rising star of the UK bass scene, Woz. Young DJ, Applebottom, aka Joe Arthur, may only have broken through two years ago but nationwide sell out shows are already a common sign in his touring schedule to which No Tomorrow has been added.
 
TCTS heads to No Tomorrow with glowing references; the DJ otherwise known as Sam O’Neil has seen support from heavyweights such as Annie Mac, MistaJam and more. Eclectic but anonymous duo 99 souls and local boy, dollop and Stealth resident D’lex are also on hand behind the festival’s decks. With a career spanning over 20 years DJ Zinc is a highly qualified addition to proceedings. Zinc’s pirate radio and DJ shows have seen the Londoner tackle drum ‘n’ bass, break, house and much more.
 
UK bass artist Shoot the Ghost, Nottingham’s boy/girl production duo Ursa Major and another Stealth regular, Strike, bolster what is fast becoming the dance and crossover line up of the summer. International flavours are to be brought to No Tomorrow by Toronto’s multi-skilled filmmaker, drum ‘n’ bass DJ and producerRene LaVice. DJs from local club nights Caramello, Afrowax and Bakery are the last but no means least from this current announcement.
 
This third wave of artists sit alongside headliners including John Newman and Jessie Ware, James Bay, Bondax, DJ EZ, Milky Chance, Gorgon City, Nick Mulvey, and SOAK. 

Love Saves the Day add Groove Armada, Jackmaster and more

With just over seven weeks to go until Love Saves The Day sets up in it's new home at Eastville Park, more big names have bene added – including chart-topping dance duo Groove Armada – to a stellar music line-up, which already includes headliners Jessie Ware and Azealia Banks

Love Saves The Day will see over 300 acts perform across six stages to 30,000 people. Weekend tickets are already sold out, and day tickets, which are still available for Saturday and Sunday are expected to sell-out in a matter of weeks.

As the festival moves to a bigger, better site in Eastville Park this May (Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th), Love Saves The Day is pulling out all the stops with a line-up that will put it firmly on the map as one of the UK's most exciting music festivals. 

ARTISTS ADDED

Joining Groove Armada – as new additions to Saturday's line-up – are DJ and co-founder of the 'Numbers' record label, Jackmaster and Bristol born and bred RnB singer, Raleigh Ritchie, whose star has risen rapidly since the launch of his debut album in 2013. 

There's also plenty of good news for dub, reggae and roots fans who can look forward to a heavyweight line-up of living legends over the weekend including David Rodigan MBE, Horace Andy and Jah Shaka with a special all-day session from the epic Channel One Sound System.

STAGES

With six stages to choose from, Love Saves The Day fans will be spoilt for choice in Eastville Park this May. 

On the Main Stage, huge international artists like Groove ArmadaJessie Ware and Azealia Banks will play alongside up and coming local acts like singer-songwriter Rae Morris and the hyperkinetic Trinidad/Bristol collaboration, Jus Now

The Paradiso Stage – with its 'cosmic, exotic Arabian Nights vibe' – will be dedicated to house and techno with an epic big-room line-up on the Saturday featuring Tale of UsJackmaster andGeorge Fitzgerald. On Sunday, the stage will feature cutting edge sets from the likes of Four Tet, Errol Alkan and Daniel Avery

The 'tribal, tropical, carnival' themed Apocalypso Stage will have more of an underground slant featuring the skills of ├éme, Craig Richards and Leon Vynehall on Saturday. Sunday will be hosted by prolific producer Shy FX with a massive line-up of dub, drum 'n' bass, grime and garage legends including Wiley, Skepta and David Rodigan

Over on Cloud Nine, nu-house and bass will be order of the day with big chart names like Gorgon City and Hannah Wants alongside rising stars of the West, like Gotsome, on Saturday and bass heavy grime, garage and dubstep on Sunday featuring Redlight, DJ EZ and Newham Generals.

On Saturday, the Just Jack extended family will take over the 'love shack' themed Brouhaha Stagewith house and techno selectors Soundstream and Dyed Soundorom on the bill. Sunday will see the legendary Channel One Sound System take up residence, hosted by Bristol institution,Teachings in Dub

House, techno and disco will be in abundance over at the Cocktails & Dreams 'beach hut' with an all-star selection of Bristol's most prolific party starters including Icarus, Apex Collective, Stamp The Wax and Dutty Girl

Everything Everything, Roni Size & more set for Boardmasters 2015

Even more acts have been announced for Cornwall’s Boardmasters festival, including 2014 Single Of The Year winners Everything Everything,Mercury Award winner Roni Size Reprazent, rising r&b star and rapper Raleigh Ritchie plus new and upcoming talent from the likes of High Tyde, Rhodes, Seafret, Sundara Karma, The Academic and Tora. They will be joining headliners Bastille, Rudimental and Faithless when the festival returns from Wednesday 5 August to Sunday 9 AugustTickets are on sale NOW via the website here.

As well as BastilleRudimental and Faithless, performances across the weekend will also come from already announced Clean Bandit, De La Soul Live, Duke Dumont, Nick Mulvey, Lower Than Atlantis, Reef, MNEK, Sunset Sons, DJ EZ and The Darkness with loads more acts still to be revealedacross seven stages.

Cornwall’s own surf and music festival is five days of thrilling surf competition at Fistral Beach finished off with the explosive live music on the stunning headland, Watergate Bay.  New for 2015, Boardmasters camping at Watergate Bay has now been extended and will open from Wednesday 5 August, meaning surf fans, beach bunnies and music lovers won’t have to miss a single day of the festival. Those looking for the ultimate Boardmasters experience should purchase the new bumper ticket package – the ‘Charger’ ticket, which includes everything from bus pass to parking, VIP camping, Beach Session gigs, After Parties and a Boardmasters t-shirt and tote bag.

Second phase lineup announced for Live at Leeds 2015

Leading the new announcement are Lauren Aquilina who’s hotly anticipated debut album is due out very soon, the remarkable Raleigh Ritchie, who has performed with Plan B and George Ezra after his top 30 hit ‘Stronger Than Ever.’ Warwickshire born singer-songwriter Lucy Rose joins Irish bluesmen The Strypes, British solo musician Rhodes plus Nottingham born Saint Raymond, whose debut is due out in June having supported Ed Sheeran. The line-up also boasts Misty Miller, Brawlers, The Computers, The Amazons and Vant amongst an exciting array of acts. The full list of additions is below.

The festival can also introduce two exciting opening parties happening this year. Pulled Apart By Horses will play their biggest hometown show yet with support from Dinosaur Pile up and Allusondrugs at Leeds University with DarliaSundara Karma andThe Hearts taking over The Brudenell Social Club on Friday 1st May. Both of these require a separate ticket. 

Live at Leeds is set to be a huge day with over two hundred bands and twenty stages. Grab tickets now – www.lunatickets.co.uk  

New additions listed Below

LAUREN AQUILINA

LUCY ROSE

RALEIGH RITCHIE

RHODES

SAINT RAYMOND

THE STRYPES

BRAWLERS

H. HAWKLINE

MISTY MILLER

SCARS ON 45

SPRING KING

TOM WILLIAMS

YAK

ACTOR

A.O.S.O.O.N

AMY YON

BEACH BABY

BRONCHO

C DUNCAN

CROWS

FRANKO FRAIZE

FRASER A. GORMAN

FREDDIE DICKSON & THE GUARD

GET INUIT

HYENA

KATE MILLER

 

KELVIN JONES

NGOD

OHBOY!

OLIVER PINDER

OSCAR

PLASTIC MERMAIDS

PROM

RAKETKANON

REBECCA CLEMENTS

REDFACES

SAM GRIFFITHS

SAMUEL FORD

SEA LION

TENTERHOOK

THE AMAZONS

THE BEACH

THE COMPUTERS

THE HALF EARTH

THE MOON

THE ORIELLES

TREASON KINGS

VANT

VAULTS

VENDETTAS

ZIBRA

 

 

Full Lineup Below:

CARL BARAT & THE JACKALS | DRY THE RIVER | DUTCH UNCLES | EAGULLS | EMMY THE GREAT | GAZ COOMBES | GEORGE THE POET HOOKWORMS | LAUREN AQUILINA | LAWSON | LUCY ROSE | MNEK | RALEIGH RITCHIE | RHODES | SAINT RAYMOND | SLAVES | SPECTOR STORNOWAY | STORMZY | SUNSET SONS | THE STRYPES | SWIM DEEP | THURSTON MOORE BAND | WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS

 

ARCANE ROOTS | BLOSSOMS | BOXED IN | BRAWLERS | CHILDHOOD | EKKAH | FLO MORRISSEY | H. HAWKLINE | JAGAARA | JOANNA GRUESOME | JP COOPER | LAURA DOGGETT | LONELADY | MENACE BEACH | MISTY MILLER | NIMMO | NOTHING BUT THIEVES | PALACE | PRETTY VICIOUS | REAL LIES | SCARS ON 45 | SPRING KING | TELEGRAM | TOBIAS JESSO JR | TOM WILLIAMS | YAK

 

ACTOR | A.O.S.O.O.N | ADAM FRENCH | ADY SULEIMAN | ALEX BUREY | ALFIE CONNOR | ALMA ELSTE  | AMY YON | ASTRONOMYY | AYLEE | BAD//DREEMS | BEACH BABY | BILLIE BLACK | BLACK HONEY | BLACK PEAKS  | BLOODY KNEES | BRONCHO | BRUISING | BULLY | C DUNCAN | CAIROBI | CARNABELLS | CHAIKA | CHARLIE CUNNINGHAM | CHLOE BLACK | CLAY | CLOUD CASTLE LAKE | COLD OCEAN LIES | COLOUR OF SPRING | COMPNY | CROWS | FEHM | FOREVER CULT | FRANCES | FRANCISCO THE MAN | FRANKO FRAIZE | FRASER A. GORMAN | FREDDIE DICKSON & THE GUARD | GET INUIT | GLACIER PACIFIC | GULF | HONNE | HOOTON TENNIS CLUB | HYENA | IYES | JAKIL | JAMIE LAWSON | JASMINE THOMPSON | JET SETTER | KATE MILLER | KELVIN JONES | KID WAVE | LAKE KOMO | LAUREL | LIVES | LONGFELLOW | LOUIS BERRY | MAN MADE | MARSICANS | MONOGRAM | NEW VINYL | NGOD | OCEAAN | OHBOY! | OLIVER PINDER | ONLY GIRL | OSCA | OSCAR | OSCAR AND THE WOLF | PINKSHINYULTRABLAST | PIXEL FIX | PLASTIC MERMAIDS | POLO | PORT ISLA | PROM | PROSE | RACING GLACIERS | RAKETKANON | RAT BOY | REBECCA CLEMENTS | REDFACES | ROBYN SHERWELL | SAM GRIFFITHS | SAMUEL FORD | SEA LION | SEAFRET | SHELTER POINT | SKINNY LIVING | TALOS | TENTERHOOK | THABO AND THE REAL DEAL | THE ACADEMIC | THE AMAZONS | THE BEACH | THE COMPUTERS | THE HALF EARTH | THE MAGIC GANG | THE MISPERS | THE MOON | THE ORIELLES | THE RIPTIDE MOVEMENT | TIBET | TREASON KINGS | TWIN WILD | VANT | VAULTS |  VENDETTAS | VITAMIN | WALKING ON CARS | WOODEN ARMS WULF | YURS | ZIBRA

Live At Leeds Festival Review

The first event on the festival calendar saw a multitude of British and international bands and artists descend to a number of venues across a sunny Leeds on Saturday, with an expansion of sounds fitting the bill – from chart topping electronic with strings quartet, Clean Bandit to two-man rock duo, Royal Blood, both drawing massive crowds.

Aren't there a lot of bands that sound like the toilet music”, says a man commenting on Nation of Shopkeepers choice of bathroom music, saying “I’m into my experimental electronic music but this just sounds like Fuck Buttons”.

Three-piece ‘NME Radar’ guitar band, Blaenavon, drew an unexpectedly busy crowd to cool bar-come-gig-venue, Nation of Shopkeepers, with an early 1pm set. Performing tracks from their Koso E.P, the young and impressive trio sound like a mix of Maccabees-esque gliding riffs in Prague, which are contrasted with the emotive Wu Lyf-like atmosphere in tracks, Gods, and Wunderkind. With just a handful of songs under their belt, an album is surely in the pipeline for the talented Hampshire trio.

Swiftly pacing across the city to catch Wet’s debut visit to the UK at cool underground venue, The Hifi Club, the Brooklyn trio supply futuristic dream-pop for the Soundcloud and Apple Mac generation. Performing the entirety of their debut Dreams E.P, they mix the electronic synths of Chvrches with the chilled out melancholic storytelling of The XX. Set opener, "Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl" and new track "Bad Idea" showcase singer, Kelly Zutrau’s effortless crystal vocals before she explains to the music-savvy crowd: “This is out first time in Leeds and in the UK – we’re having a lot of fun." Dreams and No Lie, also of the E.P, create a swaying, breezy fantasy atmosphere before penultimate single, You’re The Best, which is currently receiving daytime support on Radio One from Fearne Cotton and Zane Lowe. With added house synths, it receives an impressive reaction with most of the crowd singing along – it’s sure to be a future hit, especially with the major label bidding war which is currently engulfing Wet’s futuristic R&B productions.

Next up, London based Gengahr performed to a busy crowd at the Belgrave Centre. With pitch-shifted vocals sounding similar to Unknown Mortal Orchestra, this is one of their first live shows. Summery foot-tapper, She's A Witch is a perfect indie track which sees the floppy haired young singer bop on the spot. Huw Stephens supported single, Fill My Gums With Blood, sounds sweet and soft despite the grizzly connotations of the tracks title. Clocking in at just 20 minutes, it’s a short-but-sweet set of endearing and exciting tracks – hopefully we’ll hear more from Gengahr in time for the summer.

SFG take an hour break to recharge batteries (physical and phones) before arriving back at the Hifi club to see electronic producer, Tourist who has recently toured with Disclosure play a late afternoon set. His blend of chill-wave house and electronica translates well to a packed, mixed-age crowd. William Philips aka Tourist introduces himself, saying: "I'm Tourist, I haven’t been here for a while, and it’s nice to be back”, before building electronic synths silence whispered murmurs in the crowd. Opening with Lies, a crowd pleasing remix of popular Glasgow synth-poppers, Chvrches, it’s a clever start. It could be expected that Tourist’s house beats and bass popping grooves are more night time friendly but the crowd still seem to still love it. Meanwhile, William energetically bops around behind his synth touch-pad and laptop. Later, I Can't Keep Up and Together from the new Patterns E.P bring him the biggest crowd of the day so far, with people still piling in during the last song. The penultimate track, a remix of Haim’s, The Wire, which featured on the LA sisters deluxe album ignites a carnival like energy with Jamie XX-like percussion beats soaring through the room before final E.P title track, Patterns ends the impressive set. With impressive sets like this one, Tourist’s atmospheric, forward-thinking sound will sit perfectly at outdoor festivals this summer. Make sure to catch him at one.

Darlia, who perform to a busy Cockpit crowd at the other end of the city, are three young lads from Blackpool making Nirvana influenced 90’s rock revival – lead singer Nathan Day, even looks like Kurt Cobain. Pronounced by Radio 1’s Playlist boss Nigel Harding, as “the most exciting new guitar band in the UK”, it’s difficult to argue against the statement. Playing a 30-minute set of heavy guitars and drums, they sound a lot heavier live than on record. Animal Kingdom and the infectious Queen of Hearts, the latter harkening to the sound of Smells Like Teen Spirit. Later, the audience revel in joining in for the chorus of current single Candyman, which translates far rawer, grittier and scuzzier in a live environment. The sweaty and loud, Cockpit is the perfect venue for their rock ‘n’ roll barrage to really make you take notice before they hit the big-time with a slot booked at Leeds Festival in August.

Two-piece rock outfit, Royal Blood, who have just announced a support slot on The Pixies US tour, attracted the biggest crowd of the day, with the queue stretching far beyond the confines of Leeds Metropolitan Univeristy, where the duo were unleashing their faultless energy. SFG were even lucky to get in, with press restricted to a one-in-one-out rule. New single, Come On Over’s heavy riffs make it sound as though there at least four band members before the singles Little Monster and Out of the Black encourage a circle pit in the crowd centre. Royal Blood really are the next big thing, ever since their NME Award Show and SXSW slots, they've multiplied in fans wanting to see them.

Running over half hour late due to technical problems, R&B crooner/ rapper Raleigh Ritchie, says they must keep the set quite short but doesn't let that dampen his spirit. He bounces across the stage telling engaging stories of growing up and gaining independence in Stronger Than Ever and Freefall, the latter about being sad in a cit. Later, before Keep It Simple, Raleigh tells his debut album will be out by the end of the year. Ending with set highlight, 2013 single, Bloodsport, the technical problems have been forgotten and he’s managed to captivate the crowd with an emotive, ‘give it your all’ vocal performance.

Later, Circa Waves expectedly pack out The Cockpit with a circle pit ensuing ten minutes in to the set during popular single Good For Me. Catch My Breath sounds like if The Vaccines stamping choruses met Vampire Weekend’s catchy indie riffs. The upbeat indie-pop of Stuck in My Teeth and Fossils quickly follow, before frontman Keiran Shuddall teases the crowd saying: "It's been very special for us – anyone going to Leeds festival? Well see you there.”

Chart-topping electronic with classical strings quartet Clean Bandit, headlined the 02 Academy with an important hour set, justifying their soon-to-be big name festival headlining status. Chilled openers, Rihanna and A&E impress with effortless guest vocals. It’s been a long time coming for them, but the success of Rather Be, which stole the top of the charts for a month is set to be followed up by new single, Extraordinary – both of which get an outing tonight. The Cambridge-graduates fit the large stage perfectly with colourful visuals of their EP covers placed neatly behind the set while pulsing house beats move the crowd throughout new track, Heart on Fire. Older tech-house track, Mozart’s House asks the question whether electronic music is boring? Certainly not, judging from tonight’s crowd who lap up every chart ready track. Later, Nightingale is mixed into the deep-house Gorgon City remix before they mix things up with their own rendition of Show Me Love. Clean Bandit are impossible to dislike, fusing every genre of music into their own concoction of strings, house, pop and R&B, their live shows have become a phenomenal spectacle.

Catering for the masses with a range of acts across a multitude of genres and a friendly atmosphere throughout, Live At Leeds, showcased new bands in their prime, most of which will be playing big-player, Reading & Leeds Festival – be sure to catch them there!

Photos by Heather Berrisford