Latitude add more names for this years festival

Latitude is absolutely ecstatic to welcome the universally acclaimed and much loved Alison Moyet, one of Britain’s most successful female music stars ever, to the Film & Music Arena this year. Renowned for her famously sultry vocals that have seen her nominated for a slew of awards and propelled her into the spotlight; Moyet has enjoyed a wonderfully diverse and creative career to date; from reinventing British dance music in Yazoo to touring with Academy Award-winning French composer, Michel Le Grand. In 2013 Alison returned to her electro roots with the release of her first Top 5 album in 26 years and eighth solo album the minutes. Moyet’s electro performance will bring festival goers of all ages together for a sensational set.
Taking to the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage after four hugely acclaimed, much loved albums with the award-winning band Doves, Jimi Goodwin will perform as a solo artist. Embarking on a solo career, Jimi’s debut album Odludek showcases his trademark, doleful, baritone and twanging melodic bass lines. Playing almost every instrument on each track, spectators can look forward to a performance highlighting that award-winning talent. Bath Garage rockers Archie Bronson Outfit are back with entirely new material. Recently releasing their new LP Wild Crush, it is packed with raw-romance, brutal hooks and groovy soul reflections. Following on from release of their last LP Coconut, which won recognition and reverence around the globe, their latest music venture is a journey of sonic re-discovery and a simultaneous new adventure. 
Following Latitude’s stellar line-up of exclusive festival performances and eclectic range of music, the avant-garde pianist Hauschka will set the iArena ablaze with a selection of his experimental, prepared piano pieces. Hauschka is celebrated for his compelling live shows that reimagine the expressive possibilities of the piano through an array of imaginative ‘preparations’ on its internal mechanisms. Also performing on the iArena will be dance fusion sensation Phantogram. The duo, comprising of childhood friends Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter, first burst on to the scene with a unique fusion of hip-hop meets dream-pop. Since the pair’s inception, they have gone on to collaborate with music heavy weights Big Boi and Outkast and promise to wow audiences with a lush and evocative performance. London's most intrepid and adventurous psychedelic troupe have traversed a whole new plateau of synapse-shredding euphoria in the wake of their cataclysmic third album MASTER. Blurring the synth and disco odysseys of the 70s, the guitar-noise fuelled infernos of the 80s, horrorscore schlock and a whole mess of other cathode-ray and speaker-stack birthed epiphanies into one futuristic and fearsomely compelling whole, Teeth Of The Sea continue to spin in their own unique orbit.
New Zealand’s acclaimed sibling duo Broods will take to The Alcove with music form their debut EP Bridges. With a profound talent for emotional storytelling, the pair’s music mixes distant instruments with stammering beats and synthesisers to create a unique brand of alternative pop. Following Broods’ performance in The Alcove, will be the exciting Swedish songstress Seinabo Sey who will enthral festival goers with her euphoric blend of soul and pop music. Leeds based artist Joseph Lyons aka Eaves also joins the line-up on the stage. He has swiftly evolved from self-releasing a bunch of demos online into providing one of the most engaging live sets taking place in London, supporting Nick Mulvey, Slow Club and Keaton Henson.

Music company Transgressive is hitting its 10th Anniversary and celebrating in style with a host of its own events and parties, curated by the team. Hijacking the Film & Music Arena on Saturday night, the event will feature exclusive sets from electro veterans Simian Mobile Disco, the massively tipped Snakehips, a total festival exclusive from Two Inch Punch, as well as DJ-ing courtesy of the Transgressive and Bless teams. Live visuals on the night will be provided by Fay Milton from the band Savages. More surprise appearances are guaranteed on the night!

 Keith Allen returns to Latitude this year with Keith Allen’s Establishment Club on The Alcove with very special guests,23 Skidoo, DJ & producer Richard Norris, post-punk band Vic Godard & The Subway Sect, punk poet Jinx Lennon,soulful Thabo & The Real Deal folk rock band The Raglans, rock ‘n’ roll brothers The Hot Sprockets, left-wing comedian and author Mark Steel and Keith’s inimitable Latitude’s Got Talent.

BBC Radio 6 Music is proud to host the Sunday night closing party In the Woods. For over 12 years, Craig Charles has set the groove on 6 Music on Saturday evenings with his legendary Funk and Soul Show, he returns to Latitude with his Trunk of Funk – featuring the best in funk and soul from the roots of black music through to the current club sounds.  Renowned UK house duo X-Press 2 are regular hosts of the 6 Mix on 6 Music. DJs Rocky and Diesel first rose to underground prominence in 1993, with their tracks Muzik Express and London Xpress; and later enjoyed mainstream success with their Number 2 smash Lazy, which featured David Byrne from Talking Heads. On playing Latitude, the duo said 'We're pretty excited to be playing at Latitude this summer, and to be a part of the BBC 6 music crew- doubly excited!'
Lance Horne and Nigel Richards will perform The Night Of My Wedding, with words by Neil Gaiman. This spectacularly poignant piece uses the words of the love poems Neil Gaiman wrote to his wife, Amanda Palmer. Lance Horne set Neil’s unpublished poetry to an original score for the stage, which will debut in the Film & Music ArenaThe National Portrait Gallery’s choir in residence, The Portrait Choir, will be joined by a team of actors and New Century Baroque to performAnonymity, an exploration of the themes of isolation and loneliness within wartime. Performed under the striking backdrop of images from the National Portrait Gallery, this multisensory event combines the evocative and powerful music of Handel with poems and correspondences from soldiers, politicians and members of the public dating back from the Great War up until the present day. The National Portrait Gallery’s Choir in Residence Programme is the first ever in-house music programme at a UK Gallery or Museum.
BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction returns to Latitude this year on the Lavish Lounge.  Beginning on Friday with anarchic Mancunian experimenter Paddy Steer; vocal harmony trio Lady Maisery with their take on the English folk tradition; and a rare visit from psychedelic Cumbia band Meridian Brothers, direct from Bogota.  Saturday features Mariam the Believer, one half of Swedish alt-pop duo Wildbirds & Peacedrums; Late Junction’s very own Mara Carlyle in collaboration with electronic composer Anna Meredith and a set from MOBO Award-winning jazz quartet Sons of Kemet. Finally on Sunday expect Balkan brass from London’s Balkanatics; the gorgeous voice of singer-songwriterEska performing material from her new album; plus Italian duo Satelliti bring their heady mix of krautrock, jazz and electronica.  Highlights from all these sets will be broadcast on Late Junction the week after the festival, along with sessions and interviews recorded on site.
An icon himself, Latitude is delighted to welcome David Bailey, photographer of some of the most iconic images of the last five decades, to the Film & Music Arena to talk about his work with Tim Marlow,  art critic and director of artistic programmes at the Royal Academy. Bailey’s work and recent exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, Stardust,includes revealing, intimate and unforgettable portraits of the faces that have defined multiple generations, from the infamous Kray Twins and the starlets of the 60s, to the faces we see everywhere today; Kate Moss, Jack Nicholson and Damon Albarn. Beyond photography, Bailey is a filmmaker, sculptor and painter, and his appearance at Latitude will offer the audience an insight into the mind of a man whose work has shaped our image of the world. Multi-award winning filmmaker Nick Broomfield also joins the Arena to discuss his work, including his new documentary film Tales of the Grim Sleeper, examining the apartheid and class system in the US.
Additions to the film programme include Sheffield Doc/Fest who present Love is All, a climatic journey through the 20th-century, exploring the themes of love and courtship on screen in a century of unprecedented social upheaval. This is the celluloid story of love and courtship since the birth of the movie camera; told with spellbinding footage from the British Film Institute archive. Directed by Kim Longinotto, edited by Ollie Huddleston and set to a stunning Richard Hawley soundtrack.
Film 4 presents a number of film shorts across the weekend. Pitch Black Heist by John McLean – BAFTA winner for Best Short Film, starring Liam Cunningham and Michael Fassbender as professional safe crackers who meet on a simple job to relieve an office safe from its contents. Jonah by Kibwe Tavares – a big fish story set in Zanzibar about a beach boy with big dreams and the human cost of progress written by Jack Thorne and directed by Kibwe Tavares, starring Daniel Kaluuya. Dr. Easy by Shynola – the first fiction short from music video collective Shynola, sees Michael (Tom Hollander) as a broken man with a gun, surrounded by armed police. A robot with a medical degree is dispatched – but can it save him? London Short Film Festival will present a programme including shorts from Matt KirkbyFelix Massie andLouise Paxton. Other short films across the weekend come from Brian CranoBen BeeEleonore PourriatJosie Long & Doug King and Tim Key & Tom Basden.
Latitude is incredibly excited to announce that everyone's favourite grumpster, and two-time Comedy Award winner Jack Dee will appear at Latitude, taking a break from moaning about the smallest of annoyances to help his fellow festival goers. In Jack Dee's Helpdesk the grouchy comic is joined by a panel of brilliant comics including Jeremy HardySeann Walsh and Katherine Ryan to offer advice on audience members’ problems. He promises that “in no way'” will your issues be “ridiculed in front of a live audience”. Here’s hoping!
Also joining the comedy line-up is comedian, author, sports pundit and husband Mark Watson, duly recognised for his endearing wit and quirky remarks, and multi-talented comedian, actress, singer, musician and winner of The Soho Theatre One Night Stand Up Award Vikki Stone. Up and coming stand-up Ed Gamble started out doing sketches at university and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, going on to co-present the Peacock & Gamble Podcast. A permanent presenter on BBC Radio 4 Extra, festival goers can look forward to his ad hoc material.
Winner of the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year in 2012 the Welsh wonder that is Matt Rees joins the eclectic mix of award winning performers in the Cabaret ArenaThe Pin bring their reformed double-act to Latitude. Comprising of Ben Ashenden and Alex Owen the pair have enjoyed a sell-out run at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and won theBest Show award at the 2013 London SketchFest.  Having generated a huge buzz on the comedy circuit with his unique brand of well-crafted gags and acerbic delivery, Matt is deserved of high praise from audiences and critics alike. Making waves on the plateau of eccentric comedy sketches Massive Dad might just be the funniest thing you ever see and they make their festival debut on the Saturday morning. The Monster Comedy Shed, perhaps the smallest comedy venue in the world, will set up base hosting its own concentrated line-up to an intimate crowd of 3-4 people. Rising star Sean McLoughlin who, referred to as the “Albert Steptoe of stand-up” (Chortle), is a rare and humble breed of comic also joins the bill and Fancy Chance, one of the UK's premier burlesque clowns and performance artists, and the reigning Alternative Miss World comes to Latitude with I heart Bush: The Kate Bush Movement. 
On the beautiful Waterfront Stage  will be winner of eight Tony Awards, four Drama Desk Awards and a Grammy, the Broadway smash hit musical Once heading to Latitude with highlights from the musical, having reached worldwide recognition. Each actor doubles as a musician bringing the soaring score to life, including Falling Slowly, the Oscar-winning song from the original film. The combination of the show’s heart-warming story and exuberant tunes is sure to warm you through and through. Audiences will be further mesmerised by the sultry performance of German Cornejo & Gisela Galeassi in a contemporary rendition of the Argentinean Tango. Specially commissioned by the prestigiousSadler’s Wells, their critically acclaimed performance promises to be one of the highlights of Latitude’s dance programme. Showcasing an intricate and beautifully delicate piece Historic Royal Palaces: Glorious Georges is an intriguing performance of the secrets revealed through dance in the Georgian era.
Added to the ever-expanding Theatre programme at the festival is a Paines Plough and Birmingham Repertory Theatre production, Hopelessly Devoted by Kate Tempest.  Chess is in prison. Facing a lengthy sentence, her cell mate becomes her soul mate, but when Serena is given parole, Chess faces total isolation. Hope comes in the form of a music producer looking for a reason to love music again. She finds a powerful voice in Chess, but to harness her talent, Chess must first face her past. Lyrical fireworks. Live music. This is a story of love and redemption. Inspired by a dream, the revelations of whistleblower Edward Snowden, and the debate surrounding State Surveillance, Theatre Ad Infinitumcreates a nightmarish future where the state is secretly watching citizens’ minds in the Theatre Arena with Light, the codename given to metadata. Fusing graphic novel and cinema inspired sci-fi visuals and sound with non-verbal physical storytelling, Light brings to life a very disturbing future. In accordance with the arresting themes of other theatre performances, audiences are invited to delve into the Kafka-like world of Strike! and explore man’s desire to break free from bureaucracy and the constraints of work. Directed by Keziah Serreau and devised with a company of five highly skilled performers, Strike! uses intense physicality and humour, innovative aerial structures and a deluge of cardboard boxes to blur the boundaries between circus and theatre.
In Pandora’s Playground Forward Theatre Project presents BIRD – a piece of outdoor theatre about flight, freedom and the relationship between humankind and nature. A lonely young boy makes friends with a fledgling bird, and his eyes open to the natural world around him. An unusual and heart-warming modern fable, appealing to adults and children alike. In line with Latitude’s theme of Secrets & Lies Meridian, an immersive theatre experience by Cross Collaborations for Theatre Delicatessen's SPACED2014 invites, challenges and dares you to enter a new world. Inhabited by an eclectic array of performers they will take over Pandora’s Playground in an elegant and exquisite performance. Renowned for its iconic Black Box theatre installation for an audience of one, Bootworks Theatre will present a specially commissioned piece titled The Redboxes for Latitude this year.
This summer, chance upon a unique, celestial experience in The Faraway Forest as the award-winning Undeb Theatreshares a magical tale under the night sky. Comets is a play about love, lies and the expanse of the galaxy, following two teenagers on the cusp of adulthood, how growing up is changing their present, but the profound and unchangeable effect their relationship and life together has had on them. Also attending Latitude will be the non-government funded charity Stonewall who are renowned for campaigning and lobbying for the equal rights of gays, lesbians and bisexuals in the UK.  Recently Stonewall has helped secure civil partnerships.
Joining the Literary Arena will be Executive Director of Greenpeace Jon SauvenFrank Hewetson one of the Arctic 30 activists who was arrested in international waters off northern Russia after staging a protest against oil exploration and the much loved British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood with her strong passion for ecological issues and protecting the planet. They will host an event on Save The Arctic, the Greenpeace campaign launched by Westwood which hopes to create a global sanctuary in the Arctic and to ban offshore oil drilling and industrial fishing in the wider Arctic region.  
In partnership with Latitude the New Statesman will host a panel discussion across the weekend on the subject ofSecrets & Lies, starting with Literary Dystopias. The panel features Meg Rosoff, award-winning young-adult author best known for the brilliant post-apocalyptic novel How I Live Now, which went on to be made in to a film, New Statesman columnist, author, and sci-fi fan Laurie Penny; and winner of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists 2003 Toby Litt,whose repertoire of books include Journey into Space. Chaired by Tom Gatti, New Statesman’s Culture Editor, the second panel on gaming will include the Associate Features Editor at Eurogamer Ellie GisbonKotaku UK's new Editor, writer and author on video games Keza McDonald, Media Molecule’s Siobhan Reddy and Barry Meade from Fireproof Games.
Joining the roll of prominent authors in the Literary Arena Josh Cohen will be taking part in the WHO ARE YOU? panel. With some fascinating insights into the way that the modern world, with its 24 hour media, social networks and reality TV, is altering the way we think of ourselves.  Also in the Arena will be the prominent journalist, author, documentary maker and broadcaster Sarfraz Manzoor chairing a panel of Extraordinary Women with author of Mrs Hemingway Naomi Wood, and New Statesman TV critic, journalist and author Rachel Cooke.
In the Shed of Stories author of Moondust and Totally Wired Andrew Smith will talk about the Bitcoin’s mysterious creator, Satoshi Nakamoto. Winner of The Thwaites Wainwright Prize for UK Nature and Travel Writing 2014 Hugh Thompson brings excerpts from his award-winning book The Green Road into the Trees. Having written books about Peru, Mexico and the Indian Himalaya, Hugh sheds light on the most exotic and foreign country of them all – his own. In partnership with Latitude Litro Magazine, publishers of literary short fiction, nonfiction and poetry, will host enlightening talks throughout the weekend, starting with editor-turned-writer Luke Brown in a conversation with his contemporary James Miller. Joining them in the shed will be author of the dystopian novel Fallen Land Patrick Flanery talking with historian and TV presenter Kate Williams and finally the novelist, editor, publisher and translatorBen Fergusson in discussion with new literary voice Rebecca Swirksy.

Digweed, Tong & Madeon + more announced for SW4 lineup

We are excited here at Summer Festival Guide HQ to bring you the phase 2 lineup for this years SW4 which adds the likes of Pete Tong, John Digweed, Madeon and more to its already massive lineup.

As one of the hottest electronic dance music producers to emerge in recent years, Madeon brings his live show to SW4 for the first time on Sunday 24th August. Aged just 19, Madeon has already had huge success with the singles 'Icarus', 'Finale' and 'The City', all pioneered by Radio 1's Pete TongAnnie Mac and Zane Lowe before becoming firm favourites on thestation's playlist. His astonishing talent has also been showcased at many of the world’s biggest festivals, cementing his position amongst electronic music’s biggest players.

John Digweed returns to South West Four this summer for the tenth consecutive year and his exclusive London festival performanceJohn’s philosophy embodies South West Four, whilst his ingenuity, dedication and all round ability to destroy dancefloors is why he is always welcomed him back to Clapham Common with open arms. Having headlined in 2009and hosted Bedrock arenas at SW4 in 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2013, John takes to our mammoth 7,000 capacity indoor stage on Sunday 24th August, ably joined by many of the leading names in underground house and techno.

Pete Tong: the world’s undisputed ambassador for electronic music. It’s quite a title, but one that is whole heartily deserved. Having been broadcasting on BBC Radio 1 since 1991, he has become widely acclaimed across the world as the tastemaker for dance music. Pete has an astounding flair to break new talent; he’s helped kick start the careers of hundreds of artists, giving them the infamous ‘Pete Tong Push’. Now in 2014, with a global touring schedule to make your eyes water, not to mention single, remix and compilation releases abound, Pete has never been more important. A real favourite at the festival, we welcome him back to South West Four’s main stage for another essential performance!

Representing one of the most mouth-watering back-to-back sessions of 2014South West Four is delighted to exclusively present Bicep going head to head with Simian Mobile Disco. Playing SW4 for the first time, Bicep are the new kids on the block. Through their amalgamation of house, funk, disco and techno, the duo have formed a completely unique yetobscure approach and understanding of electronic music. Evident through their energetic and unpredictable soundtracksself-curated label and club night ‘Feel My Bicep’, a monthly show on Rinse FM plus further releases on AUS Music, Love Fever and KMS Records, the Bicep boys have established themselves as one of house music’s most sought-after acts. They will team up with the unmistakeable duo of James Ford and Jas Shaw aka Simian Mobile Disco to form one of the tastiest DJ battles SW4 has ever seen. With their collaboration‘Sacrifice’ marking a pivotal point in 2013Bicep and Simian Mobile Disco arrive for this mouth-watering battle of the beats as two of dance music’s most intriguing forces. We guarantee that this exclusive pairing will leave you begging for more.

Since the release of his artistically brilliant album ‘1977’ on Kompakt last June, the electronic world has been in admiration of one of its fastest rising stars, Kölsch. Following superb recent performances at the Bugged Out Weekender and Snowbombing, plus his inaugural headline UK tour, the Dane has set himself up to become one of 2014’s most exciting artists. Fittingly described as romantic techno, Kölsch’s melodic anthems have gained a vast amount of support from the world’s leading talent. Having kicked off the year in fine form by launching BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix Future Stars series, it’s clear that 2014 is the year of Kölsch.

Another artist that will join us at South West Four for the first time in 2014 is Shadow Child. Fully revelling in the limelight thanks to his recent onslaught of bass-heavy house joints that have raised the roof the world over, his meteoric rise to prominence stems from his 2012 debut in ‘String Thing’ through DirtyBird records. He has subsequently gone onto release tracks on Apollo Music and Moda Black and in the process has earned mass support from label owners as well as the likes of Eats Everything, Annie Mac and Pete Tong. In 2014Shadow Child released his debut album ‘Collected’, which fully showcases the breadth of his talent including hit originals to stunning remixes of the likes of London Grammar andAluna George. We cannot wait to see Shadow Child set SW4 alight with his stunning blend of pounding house beats.

As two of drum and bass’ greatest exportsSW4 Sunday will see the unmistakeable Marcus Intalex go head-to-head with Special Request for the very first time. Representing thesoulful side of drum and bass sounds, Marcus has honed his craft with residencies at both Fabric London and Soul:ution Manchester as well as heading up his Soul:R label. Having earned his reputation as drum and bass’ leading tastemaker, this unmissable battle promises to shake Clapham Common to its core. Inspired by the unruly conventions of UK pirate radio stationsSpecial Request captures the raw energy and diversity of the illegal airwaves that have been an immeasurable influence as his alter-ego Paul Woolford. After storming through the scene in 2013 with a mix of vinyl-only and limited edition releases including ‘Lolita’ and ‘Alone’, this uncompromising contest of heavy-hitting 160 BPM beats, promises to be remembered for years to come.

As one of the UK club music's most restless innovatorsBoddika makes his SW4 debut on Sunday 24th August. Whether it’s his terrific solo productions, incredible collaborationswith Joy Orbsion and Pearson Sound, as one half of the highly respected Instra:mental, or one third of Autonomic, Boddika’s hardcore techno workouts are a joy to behold. With notable releases such as ‘Soul What’, ‘Acid Jackson’ and ‘Steam’, the past few years have been non-stop for the Nonplus label head and we're very excited to be welcoming him toClapham Common.

Hailing from MiamiDanny Daze has championed his sound in recent years after uniquely fusing together elements of Detroit techno with Italian disco to make him one of the world’s most interesting underground talents. Making his long-awaited SW4 debut in 2014Danny has seen his profile grow ten-fold over the past twelve months by consistently delivering on the finest imprints of today including SavedHot CreationsDirtybirdFuture Classic and long-term friend Maceo Plex’s Ellum. With non-stop tours across the world, Danny’s technical prowess allows him to take musical risks that make him one of the most exciting acts to make the trip to South London on Sunday 24th August.

Sonar by Day and Sonar by Night latest additions

The Summer Festival Guide has the latest additions to this years Sonar by Day and Sonar by Night lineups including Nils Frahm, James Holden, Simian Mobile Disco and more!
These are the artists that complete the program for Sonar 2014:
Nils Frahm, Buraka Som Sistema, Chris & Cosey, MØ, Daphni b2b James Holden, Simian Mobile Disco “Whorl”, Tokimonsta, Ryan Hemsworth, Dj2D2, Monki, Debruit & Alsarah, Uner presented by Pioneer dj, Stwo, Dengue Dengue Dengue, Elijah & Skilliam feat. Flava D, Sau Poler, Jameszoo, Simmone Jones, Arufe, Pick A Piper, Octo Octa, Mwëslee, Shelby Grey, Kresy, Nev.Era, Pina, Mr. k!, Territoire, Eme Dj, Sunny Graves, Rayo 60, Xavi Mateu & Carlos Bayona, Sonia Gómez & Lucy Suggate & James Holden, Discos Paradiso Crew, Glue Kids, BSN Posse, Mario Nieto, 3QUINOX, Dj Enpunto, Dj Der, Ordre Etern, Sanatruja, Vallès.
Top international names
The popular young German pianist Nils Frahm will perform on the SonarHall stage, and will demonstrate why he is one of the most revered new school representatives, combining acoustic with electronic.
Meanwhile, British duo Simian Mobile Disco present their new project 'Whorl' at SonarComplex, in which bpms will be replaced by a primal ambient approach akin to Tangerine Dream.
Rounding off the new additions to Sonar by Day are new Nordic pop star MØ and two pulsating sets at SonarVillage from Canadian beat makers Ryan Hemsworth and Frenchman Stwo.
Sonar by Night highlights will include: the collaboration betweenDaphni (Dan Snaith, Caribou) and James Holden, who will join forces to offer an unprecedented and electrifying four handed dj set on Saturday night at SonarLab; a set by the BBC Radio1 DJ & presenter Monki who will close the SonarCar stage with UK house and bass music of the highest order.
Red Bull Music Academy at SonarDôme
The infallible Buraka Som Sistema head the newly confirmed acts on the SonarDôme stage, curated by Red Bull Music Academy. The Portuguese group is famous for the assimilation of the most exciting in African and South American dance rhythms in a spectacular live show.
Joining them will be the mythical Chris & Cosey, founders of Throbbing Gristle, interminably investigating and advancing in the field of cutting-edge electronica; the exceptional LA producer Tokimonstafrom the Brainfeeder family; American housemaster Octo Octa; the fruitful alliance between Frenchman Débruit and Sudanese vocalistAlsarah; the UK garage and grime trio consisting of Elija & Skilliam(Butterz label chiefs) together with Flava D; Spanish nationals Sau Poler and Arufe, both of whose careers are about to take off; Peruvian cumbia-step duo Dengue Dengue Dengue; the contemporary electronica of Dutchman Jameszoo; charismatic electro-rock from American and Berlin resident Simonne Jones; and psychedelic groove from Canadian and ex Caribou drummer, Pick a Piper.
Today’s excellent Spanish scene
Sonar completes one of its most exciting Spanish line-ups ever, drawing from the national scene’s strength and depth in recent years.
New additions include the hypnotic electronica of Nev.Era, the industrial techno of Pina, the dream-noise of Sunny Graves, environmental drones from Rayo-60, Galician beatmaker Mwësleewho will close one of the nights at SonarCar, the cinematic hip-hop ofGlue Kids, bass music from BSN Posse, garage-house from Kresy, pictorial post rock from Territoire, the 3QUINOX audiovisual collision, the versatility and knowledge of Discos Paradiso Crew, supreme skills on the decks from DJ2D2Dj DerEnpunto and Shelby Grey, open-minded electropop from Xavi Mateu & Carlos Bayona, post-dubstep from Mario Nieto, the dance power of Uner (presented by Pioneer DJ), the noise experimentation of Ordre Etern, dance movement from Sonia Gomez and Lucy Suggate to the music of James Holden, the pop vocation of Eme DJ, the groovy house ofVallès, the future beats from Sanatruja and the dance floor versatility of Mr.k!.
This year, for the first time, Sonar will collaborate with the Mercat de les Flors venue, central reference for contemporary dance and performing arts in Barcelona. They will host the show  "The Inquisitive Middle" at Sonar by Day, a dance piece created by choreographer and performer Sonia Gomez and dancer and performer Lucy Suggate, inspired by the music from "The Inheritors"  James Holdenwho will be performing live.
Beside the main sponsor Estrella Damm and the further confirmed sponsors Red Bull Music Academy and adidas, Sonar will also be supported by BershkaRon BrugalPioneer Dj and illycaffè.

John Newman, Simian Mobile Disco and more added to Bestival 2013 lineup

Already worrying the plimsoll line with unutterably brilliant acts, there’s still room for more good shipmates aboard the trusty HMS Bestival including recent UK singles chart Number One holder, John Newman. No stranger to topping the charts having already hit the summit with fellow Bestival billed pop behemoth Rudimental, John’s soulful sounds are set to make him a truly big hitter. There’s also live action from dancefloor geniuses Simian Mobile Disco, genre hopping glitch chief Pretty Lights, rock n roll torch bearers and Bestival stalwarts, Kitty Daisy & Lewis, skank masters the Dub Pistols, another Rudimental collaborating Number One type Ella Eyre, barnstorming party starters Skinny Lister, uplifting rock and electronica-clash collaborators Mixhell, chap-hop don Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, Stockholm based quartet Kate Boy, dreamwave electro from Dream Koala, Southampton thrashers Polio, cosmic-pop chanteuse Zhala, Kent’s melancholic indie tunesmith’s Story Books and the impossibly young and talented Will Joseph Smith.

Stepping up to the decks on a mission to keep you dancing all weekend long are BBC Radio 1’s original dance music champion Pete Tong who returns to our Wight isle to host Bestival’s All Gone Pete Tong, Fabric resident and Scrutton Street shaker Daniel Avery, Wall of Sound top boy Mark Jones and deep sea bass warrior Mumdance. Plus there will be sets from Lovesick, ComfyPorn DJs, Dan Hayes, Propaganda DJs and Across The Tracks DJs.



For the fifth year running, we are opening our doors to you lovely Bestivalites on Thursday and for our 10th birthday, we’ve got even more top drawer behaviour than ever before, with a jam-packed line-up in the Big Top that includes the amazing M.I.A., Justin Robertson, The Correspondents, Mark Jones, Sunday Best Forum Allstars, Kitty Daisy & Lewis, Bike To Bestival, Courtney Pine, and our Druids Opening Ceremony all hosted by Peter Tautz The Right Toastmaster

The Replay with Rob da Bank stage, will kick off on Thursday night, with upfront sounds from the aforementioned Mixhell, Tythe, Man Without Country, East India Youth, Dog Is Dead and Feeling Gloomy. But that’s not all as there will be plenty of seafaring shenanigans across the site with a host of stages open including The Knees-Up Tent, Grand Palace Of Entertainment, Tomorrow's World, The Bandstand, Temple Island, Club Dadaand the Polka Tent.

Parklife Weekender 2013 Review

The lead-up to this year’s Parklife Weekender came with much trepidation, and not just over what to wear (high-waisted and dangerously short shorts, “obvs”). The move to Heaton Park from a venue much nearer Manchester’s festival-ready student population was a curious one, no doubt intended to minimise disruption to the regular flow of the city.

Officially the event was a success, but I wonder who else left frustrated by some fundamental oversights. Happy or naïve, we arrive at the park mid-afternoon on a picture perfect Saturday. Ambling amid flowered fields and deliciously shady groves, you can’t shake the feeling of summer – least of all when it’s shaking you; a heavy bassline through the trees.

We miss Aussie boys The Temper Trap, on too early. It’s the same story for Alunageorge. You’d be annoyed if you forked out for a programme since the printed set-times have changed. There’s probably a good explanation, and en masse no one seems bothered, but it’s a blow for fans negotiating  crowds in pursuit of their favourite acts.

Jessie Ware lends her sexy breed of soul to the main stage, dedicating ‘Sweet Talk’ to the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson: “Sir Alex, I love you!” she coos. People groove along to the summery track but conversations carry on. Over at Sounds of the Near Future (for the uninitiated, that’s another stage name), Baauer throws a towel over his head to soak up the sweat. Or shut out the lights. He’s allowed since he nails his set.

Despite massive headliners, the draw card of the new venue is a host of carnival attractions that have sprung up for the weekend. The ferris wheel, log flume and bungee jump are daunting, and at £20 a pop are out of this reporter’s meagre budget. We’re suckered in by the dodgem cars instead, & at only £4 the saving warrants another trip to the bar. A shout out here to all the bartenders we encountered, and not just in the lush VIP section. In absence of the friendly volunteers of say Glastonbury, they acted as a much-needed, vibrant face of the festival.

Londoners Gorgeous George make for an irreverent change in pace. Playing the smallest stage in the festival, we figure this is Parklife’s equivalent of the reggae tent. You know, the spot people seem to end up when everything else is winding down. It’s surprising and fresh. The very look of the band cuts through the day’s niggling sameness. The lead singer has that proper cockney edge, sporting an unlikely Adidas jumper.

Ever seen a trumpeter in skinny jeans? That’s not a euphemism either. Just, well, have you? It’s all very fun. The frontman asks that any booze (or worse) that wants sharing be passed to the front. When we leave we wish we’d stayed, or left much earlier. Getting out is a shambles. We’re told to follow the crowd and the rest is guess work. Fearing more of this, I’m less enthusiastic come round two on Sunday.

We race to catch festival royalty Mark Ronson in some kind of DJ battle with equally big-time A-Trak. A note to festival organisers – please, pick a name for each stage and stick with it? Sure, it’s a stand-alone festival on both days. Yes, you’ll be raking it in with sponsors. But it’s sunny, and we’re drinking. Don’t be difficult.

Under the Big Top, British duo Simian Mobile Disco are making something of a comeback. Theirs is an energetic, rhythmic set, competing against the alluring bass of the nearby Red Bull sponsored DJs. Yet again, we’re stuck at the edge of a tent trying desperately to be involved. We keep at it for a while, then allow ourselves a break to sit with burgers in the fading sun.

Everything Everything is sadly undersubscribed, possibly due to competition over at the Warehouse Project tent. I’ve seen them before, and as the action seems elsewhere we move on quickly. It’s not their fault. It’s TEED for the win you see, and after throwing ourselves about to ‘Household Goods’ we’re satisfied with the weekend’s efforts.

I won’t go running back to Parklife next year, but with a little bit of love and the right attitude it could certainly be more.

Check out the Parklife 2013 photos here.

Boardmasters 2013 Stages Announced

Boardmasters has already announced a host of incredible acts for the August 2013 line up, but the fun doesn’t stop there with house, electro, dubstep and drum n bass on the cards at the recently revealed Unleashed and Marley Point stages.

If Basement Jaxx and The Vaccines aren’t enough for festival-goers to get crazy to then the newly named Unleashed stage ought to do the job.

At the helm, dubstep innovator, producer and legend Benga will be delivering a hedonistic cocktail of dubstep and drum & bass to all those partying in this epic arena. With two successful albums under his belt, producing for Katy B, working on a new Magnetic Man album and a BBC Radio 1 show with partner Skream, you don’t get much bigger than Benga.

Joining the madness on the Unleashed stage, producer extraordinaire Redlight will be smashing up the dance floor with summer vibes, heavy beats and hyped club tracks. Having previously toured with the likes of Disclosure, Rudimental and Magnetic man, Redlight will once again be in good company on this bass warrior stage.

The tasty line up doesn’t stop there with BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra presenter MistaJam and his special project “MistaJam presents Speakerbox” and electronic pioneers Simian Mobile Disco joining the list of awesome acts raising the roof on the Unleashed stage.

Next up in this already immense billing is bona fide legend, American hip-hop musician and DJ Grandmaster Flash. One of the pioneers of hip-hop and the inventor of the cross fader and the Quick Mix Theory, his Boardmasters performance is guaranteed to be like no other.

Over on the cliff edge, the House of Marley returns for 2013 with what was one of the most popular areas at Boardmasters 2012. With a whole host of ferocious acts on the line up, The Marley Point will once again pull in the crowds with relaxing and subtle beats during the day, smashing out some of the best music and entertainment by night.

Kicking off the Marley Point party is one of the UK’s most buzzed-about house acts Dusky with tracks from their fresh new EP Nobody Else and dropping tracks from last year’s massive Flo Jam.

Keeping the party vibing, electronic duo Bondax will also be taking to the Marley stage with their upbeat melodies and 90’s house style tunes including the phenomenal Gold and It’s You guaranteeing hands-in-the-air moments throughout the night. 

Another Marley highlight includes Rinse FM’s garage and house whizz kid T.Williams. One of the driving forces behind UK house label Deep Teknologi, T.Williams continues to rise through the UK house and bass ranks and will be stepping up to the plate at Boardmasters with some seriously deep tracks.

Watch these house, drum n bass and dubstep marvel's smash it whilst taking in the jaw dropping views on offer at the Marley Point stage.

CORNWALL   *  7th– 11th August 2013


Nina Kraviz & Simian Mobile Disco lead dance lineup at Standon Calling

Standon Calling today adds a plethora of dance music gems to their line up, crowned by Audio Doughnuts stage headliners Nina Kraviz and Simian Mobile Disco. For night owls, electronic and DJ talent will also feature Gilles Peterson, DJ Format and Greg Wilson. The dance floors are calling at Standon Calling for the weekend 2nd – 4th August with tunes spinning right up until 5am.
Nina Kraviz has had the attention of tech and deep-house aficionados for the best part of a decade. The young Russian star’s profile is ever increasing since the release of her debut album, awarded 4/5 by top dance music community, Resident Advisor. Kraviz makes for a bold headliner for the Audio Doughnuts stage at Standon Calling. Similarly, Simian Mobile Disco, another heavyweight of the electronic world now tops the bill at the Hertfordshire festival. The duo’s original material is a staple of both dance and indie club playlists, SMD have also infiltrated the pop world with tracks featuring the likes of Gossip’s Beth Ditto.
Nina Kraviz
From London to Chicago via Leeds, taking in live Afro dub, soul electrica, African-inspired electronica and bass sounds, the Audio Doughnuts stage brings a global sounds to this year’s Standon Calling. Their vibrant offering inside The Big Top also includes Benin City (live), Roy Davis Jnr + special guest TBA, Tuesday Born (live), Two Inch Punch, Mêle, SOPHIE, Debian Black, Shox and Pusherman.
Atop Count Sizzle’s Whoop Whoop circus stage, house in the much-loved Cowshed, will be Gilles Peterson. Club DJ, A&R and radio show host, Peterson’s career was born from the pirate radio movement of South London in the 1980s. His global tastes, love of Cuban sounds and passion for new music make Peterson a prime attraction behind the decks. Also signed up to Count Sizzle’s party are DJ Format, hip-hop DJ, producer and Jurassic 5 collaborator, plus Greg Wilson, champion of electro-funk and former Hacienda resident. Also taking to the stage and the decks will be Ross Allen, Natty Bo (Ska Cubano), Count Sizzle himself, Count Skylarkin, Leo Beckford and Cleen Boys.

Tricky, James Murphy and more added to Melt Festival

With less than 3 months to go before Germany's city of iron, Ferropolis, lights up once more with the sights and sounds of Melt! Festival, the line-up is almost complete. Established acts like Tricky, James Murphy and Simian Mobile Disco and newcomers Ruen Brothers and ABBY amongst the names revealed today, joining the exceptional collection of acts set to perform at the 16th edition of Melt! Festival.

Adding more weight to this year's Melt! Festival line-up, we're thrilled to announce an appearance by Tricky. The 'godfather of trip hop' will present us with his brand-new record, False Idols, which sees its release in May. James Murphy, the mastermind behind LCD Soundsystem, will also get behind the DJ booth in Ferropolis to win over the crowd with one of his acclaimed sets. 

Brooklyn's DIIV will make their Melt! Festival debut this year, in one of only a handful of European tour dates the band will play this year. Also, making their first appearance at Melt! this year is German three-piece Sizarr, performing their debut album. Next up, a twosome who are no strangers to City of Iron, Simian Mobile Disco. After their celebrated stage show in 2010, the duo will get back behind the decks this time.  Siriusmo will also make a welcome return to Ferropolis this year, joining the Melt!Selektor Stage line-up. 

Aérea Negrot (live), Shinedoe and Camea add to the Bpitch label special headlined by Ellen Allien. The Berlin-based band ABBY will be part of our Pre-Party on Thursday night. Also confirmed are: Hans Unstern, Feine Sahne Fischfilet, Monika Kruse, Adana Twins, Motor City Drum EnsembleLondon Grammar, Anja Schneider, Benjamin Damage,Ruen Brothers, Alex.Do, Henning Baer and Discodromo.

This new wave of acts will join Atoms For Peace, The Knife, Azealia Banks, Churches, Disclosure, Jamie Jones, Flying Lotus, Alt-J, James Blake, Soulwax, Local Natives, Austra and many more, in what is set to be Melt's biggest edition to date. With today's confirmations, the 2013 line-up is almost complete. However, we still have ten more acts up our sleeve, which we will announce soon. 

In case you're looking for the perfect festival accommodation that combines atmosphere yet doesn't lack luxurious amenities, our Prime Lodge is the right option for you.

Our Melt! MiXery Beds On Wheels Hotel Train has still a few seats left for you in case you want to travel to Ferropolis from Cologne or Munich. As usual, the train, your private accommodation for four nights, will stop directly in front of the festival grounds. 

All confirmed acts so far

ABBY  | Adana Twins  | Aérea Negrot | Alex.Do  | Alt-J | Anja Schneider | Atoms For Peace | Archive | Austra | Azealia Banks | Bambounou | Julio Bashmore | Barnt | Ben UFO | Benjamin Damage | Bicep  | James Blake | Camea | Chvrches | Dan Deacon | Daughter | Marcel Dettmann | Diamond Version | Disclosure | Discodromo  | Django Django | DJ Koze | DIIV | Eats Everything | Everything Everything | Ellen Allien | Fantastic Mr Fox | Feine Sahne Fischfilet | Flying Lotus | Friends | Function | Get Physical Special feat. Andhim, Catz 'N Dogz, M.A.N.D.Y., Smash TV (live), Wankelmut | Hans Unstern  | Henning Baer  | Henrik Schwarz & Band | iamamiwhoami | James Holden | James Murphy | Joy Orbison | Karenn | Kettcar | King Krule | Ben Klock | Laing | Local Natives | London Grammar | Christian Löffler | Mark Ronson vs. Riton | Metro Area (live) | Modeselektor & Apparat (DJ-Set) | Motor City Drum Ensemble  | Mount Kimbie | MS MR | Miss Kittin (live) | Monika Kruse | Mykki Blanco | The Knife | Oliver Koletzki | Markus Kavka | Owen Pallett | Purity Ring | Rebel Rave @ Big Wheel feat. Art Department, Jamie Jones, Damian Lazarus u.a. | Rhye | Roosevelt | Rudimental | Ruen Brothers | Ry/Frank Wiedemann | SBTRKT (DJ-Set) | Schwarzmann (live) | Scuba | Shields | Shinedoe | Simian Mobile Disco | Sinkane | Siriusmo | Solomun | Soulwax | Suol special feat. Daniel Bortz, Chopstick & JohnJon, Till Von Sein and Trickski | Swim Deep | The 1975 | Todd Terje & Lindstrøm live | Trentemøller | Tricky | Trümmer | Two Fingers | Otto Von Schirach | Woodkid | Zebra Katz and many more to be announced…

Subliminal, Bedrock, AN21 & Max Vangelli and more for SW4 2012


Erick MorilloOn the Saturday house legend Erick Morillo returns to SW4 this summer for his first London appearance in over seventeen months and his ONLY UK Festival performance this year. With his set one of the ‘must see’ performances in London this summer, it makes perfect sense for ‘Subliminal’, his Pacha Ibiza night and trend setting label to take full control of its own tent. On parade will be the same beautiful people and extravagant clubbing experience one has come to expect from Subliminal, with Erick starring alongside An21 & Max Vangelli, Funkagenda, Sneaky Soundsystem, Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano, Tim Mason and very special guest Roger Sanchez.

Paul van Dyk and London institution ‘The Gallery’ join forces at SW4 2012 to present the biggest trance lineup in London this year.  Featuring an array of talent who PvD personally feels has an affiliation with his new ‘Evolution’ album concept, Paul will be joined by Markus Schulz, Gareth Emery, Aly & Fila, John O’ Callaghan, Richard Durand, Claudia Cazacu and Gary Proud. Combined with an extraordinary live show, which merges the soundtrack, imposing stage and hypnotic visuals, expect excellence in the art of sound!

John Digweed’s Bedrock returns to SW4 this summer to host an arena bursting at the seams with the best in underground house and techno DJs. In honour of the namesake label, John has been an irrepressible force in London this year. Setting things up perfectly for SW4, his monthly XOYO residency has rekindled that classic Thursday night slot, with capacity crowds filling one of London’s most forward thinking venues. Bedrock has always translated well to the great outdoors and this summer will be no different with John featuring beside Joris Voorn, Âme, Guy Gerber, Robert Babicz, Laura Jones, jozif and the Mixcloud DJ competition winner.

Lethargic after Saturday’s excursion? The booming DJ Magazine arena hosted by Together is bound to revitalise the senses. The Together tent at SW4 2011 was arguably the most energetic, whilst last November’s Together Winter Music Festival at Alexandra Palace confirmed the night as a dominant force. This summer Together packs its bags to host a sixteen date Tuesday night summer residency at the legendary Amnesia Ibiza but returns to Blighty for SW4. This time round Together brings with them the inimitable flair of 2 Many DJs (DJ set), Eric Prydz, Simian Mobile Disco (DJ set), Erol Alkan, Green Velvet, Brodinski & Gesaffelstein and Jeremy Olander.

Pete TongThis summer the world’s undisputed ambassador for electronic dance music returns to South West Four, this time hosting his very own arena. That’s right, SW4 goes ‘All Gone Pete Tong’! The clubbing credentials of All Gone have already been well proven, with a blowout season at Pacha Ibiza last summer, followed by a Bestival showcase and sell-out London warehouse party. In 2012 another Pacha residency has been confirmed, whilst the SW4 arena represents the biggest All Gone party to date. Pete hosts proceedings and is joined by Sasha, Seth Troxler, Maya Jane Coles, Dyed Soundorom, Eats Everything, Jaymo & Andy George and Connected’s Jesse James & Johnny Bloomfield.

Last but not least the biting sounds of Andy C and ‘RAM Records’, revered amongst drum and bass connoisseurs. This year is the seminal label’s 20th Anniversary with the celebrations launching on Clapham Common. Through its association with London nightspots The End, Fabric and Matter, RAM is responsible for some of the greatest clubbing moments the capital has ever experienced. Andy C headlines, bringing with him his audio / visual ‘Alive’ arc, with further drum and bass coming courtesy of Friction, Delta Heavy and Loadstar. Flux Pavilion, Jack Beats, Borgore and Doctor P also bring the bass, making this arena a real SW4 treat.

That’s the arena hosts done and dusted, sure to be gleaming in the sparking South London sun. But these tense tarpaulins are nothing without artists, so let’s take this opportunity to tease out some more. Sit comfortably and enjoy…



An21 & Max Vangelli begin the latest Saturday additions, after their Ministry of Sound outings have become some of the most talked about on the superclub’s roster. Theatrical breakdowns and jacking grooves have built a reputation that sold out their MOS gig on New Years Eve several weeks in advance. This should come as no surprise, what with the duo being protégés of none other than Swedish House Mafia. Signed to Steve Angello’s trailblazing ‘Size’ label, twelve months of world domination culminated in November’s sensational Essential Mix. Touted as one of the best of 2011, it was crowned by the An21 & Max Vangelli remix of ‘Save The World.’ Previously named in DJ Mag’s ‘Top 5 To Watch,’ it’s peak time house all the way.

AN21 Max Vangelli

“Let The Music Play”; the motto of SW4 over its illustrious nine year history. But for this summer, it bears even more significance! On the Saturday we welcome the top secret project for their world exclusive performance. Encompassing red hot energy and euphoria, their tracks ‘Stars’ and ‘Waves’ have received major radio support in recent weeks. Keep your eyes peeled for more info.

Dynamic duo Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano, blur the boundaries of house music in accomplished fashion. Perhaps best known for their rousing re-work of Tiesto’s immortal ‘Lethal Industry,’ only the most skilled could enhance a true classic – re-building it into a deep, funky stormer. As Axwell so eloquently puts it, “if there were a Dutch version of Swedish House Mafia, it would be Sunnery and Ryan.” As if any more endorsement was needed, Morillo has snapped up S&R for an exclusive Subliminal residency at Pacha Ibiza this summer. Demonstrated by the groundbreaking ‘Amazone Project Vol. 3,’ it’s dirty Dutch house at its best.

Tim Mason is a self professed purveyor of pure house music. ‘The Moment’ is one of the anthems of 2012 thus far, having been adopted by Tiesto and Steve Angello. A climatic build that explodes into a devastating hook, this debut track has the accolade of being signed to Angello’s ‘Size.’ With such a global platform to shine, this is most definitely Mason’s moment. New track ‘Amina OMG’ is of the same quality, summing up perfectly his big room house. Both these are sure to send SW4 wild, so check them out and envisage as the sun sets. Just beautiful…



Brodinski & Gesaffelstein, a French pairing that stands apart from their conventional countrymen associates. Brodinski is whirring techno, bass heavy house through to melodic minimal, whilst Gesaffelstein utilises wide ranging excerpts from broody techno and engaging electro. The result is an atmospheric musical soundscape that has to be witnessed live, their contrasting sounds playing off one another in mesmeric fashion. The joint ‘Bromance EP’ and tour has been captivating dance floors with the inimitable underground sound, unique to SW4 this summer. Brodinski and Gesaffelstein back-to-back, a bromance made in heaven!

Delta Heavy are the standard bearers for RAM Records’ new roster of talent. Flying high and proud, with rocking remixes for those at the top of their game; Example, Avicii and Chase & Status amongst their pulsating production portfolio. Their endeavours paid off with ‘Best Producer’ and ‘Best Newcomer DJ’ at the prominent Drum & Bass Arena awards. New EP ‘Down The Rabbit Hole’ will definitely take you down a deep and dark D&B tunnel. Aggressive waves of churning bass and blistering beats, exactly the kind of heavy stuff we can expect from the guys at SW4.

Another of the RAM recruits, Loadstar have an inextricable ‘Link To The Past.’ This track described by DJ Magazine as “a huge alien mammoth”, it scooped ‘Best Single’ at the 2010 D&B Arena awards. With such production nous, it’s no wonder acts of such calibre are queuing up to work the Loadstar boys.  For example SW4’s headliners Chase & Status and the chart topping Example! Their production efforts on the latter, earning a sought after gold record for ‘Changed The Way You Kissed Me.’ Guaranteed stars of SW4 2012.

Since starting their fledgling night ‘Moda’ back in 2008, Jaymo & Andy George have always championed the party. Now they hold shindigs all around the world, showcasing their policy of having no music policy whatsoever! A daring strategy, which paid dividends when the Radio 1 Essential Mix rolled into their home town of Lincoln. A riveting Moda musical montage, which included mainly of their own vibrant productions and cheeky remixes, resulted in mass hysteria. This led to a current Radio 1 ‘In New DJs We Trust’ show, plus residencies at We Love Space and Fabric. Plus the recent launch of ‘Moda Black’, an outlet for their darker output.

Up next, another protégé nurtured from the Swedish stable.  Under the wing of Eric Prydz, Jeremy Olander was the guest of honour at his recent Ministry of Sound album launch. Such was the success of his main room outing, Olander’s outlandish approach threatened to overshadow even Prydz himself! An upbeat progressive and heavy melodic sound, which has graced the prestigious Warehouse Project, Gatecrasher and Cocoon clubs in recent months. We can’t wait for ‘Animal Garden’ to be dropped, a rhythmic bassline that blossoms into a cacophony of twilight synth splashes. Irresistible bait, for Clapham’s dancefloor animals.

Completing the hat trick of pairings for this final day, London’s newest kids on the block. Jesse James and Johnny Bloomfield are residents at Connected, one of London’s most esteemed underground house nights. These guys aren’t here just to make up the numbers, but mean serious business with their new track just released. Entitled ‘Chucks Groove’ and sampling Public Enemy, Jesse and Johnny’s deep tribal taster will ensure they make many good friends on the Common.

There you have it. Eight infatuating arenas and a host of smoking line-up additions – that can’t have failed to enhance that undying SW4 hunger. Still to come the final pieces of the South West Four jigsaw. More meaty line-up announcements including our Sunday live headliner, which at the moment is G14 classified. Well not really, but you get the idea…

Sonar adds Flying Lotus, Simian Mobile Disco and more!

A double helping of Flying Lotus

The man behind the Californian Brainfeeder label and an artist admired all over the world, Flying Lotus is an essential benchmark in today's hip-hop and electronica, capable of blending all types of genres within his songs to create a highly recognizable style all his own, at the point where jazz, psychedelia and abstract beats converge. He is just about to release his new album on Warp, and at Sónar we can enjoy a double helping of his talent, with two shows at Sónar by Day: one heading the Brainfeeder showcase and another as part of the line-up on the SonarDôme stage curated by Red Bull Music Academy (he was an Academy participant in 2006).

Flying Lotus

Emerging talent of 2012

The Canadians Trust have emerged as one of the surprises of 2012 with the dark and overpowering pop of their (deservedly) acclaimed debut album. The same is true of Russia's Nina Kraviz, the new star of European electronica, who joins the line-up presented by Red Bull Music Academy to present house gems from her first and highly praised self-titled album. The AmericanStar Slinger, meanwhile, is beginning to set tongues wagging in increasingly wider circles with his original sessions and mixtapes covering house, hip-hop and electronic syncopation.

Sonar presents the world premiere of Mostly Robot 

Soul explorer and innovator of electronic live performances Jamie Lidell; the prestigious experimentalist Tim Exile; finger-drumming virtuoso Jeremy Ellis; New York’s 2x DMC World Champ, DJ Shiftee; and the keyboardist and regular member of Lidell's band Mister Jimmy. They are the 5 members ofMostly Robot, the new band conceived by Native Instruments, who will be introduced as a world premiere at Sónar by Day. Truly ‘live’, each musician plays independently of each other – instruments are synced only by the human element, in the tradition of inspiring jazz concerts. The Sónar showcase is also a rare moment to catch a glimpse of yet unreleased song material from individual band members. The music will be accompanied by a visual concept from Berlin’s extraordinary collective Pfadfinderei.  

Complete line-ups of the BBC Radio 1 showcase and SonarDôme stage by Red Bull Music Academy

For a second year running BBC Radio 1 have joined forces with Sonar and programmed a very special line up curated by Annie Mac. Annie will host theBBC Radio 1 Presents stage on June 15th and BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix will broadcast live from 0200-0600 (EST) (0100-0500 BST)  with the live show from Simian Mobile Disco (presenting their new record, "Unpatterns") and DJ sets from Annie Mac herself on the decks , the duo of French DJs Brodinskivs Gesaffelstein and British beatmakers duo Jack Beats. For more information

In addition to Flying Lotus and Nina Kraviz, the line-up on the SonarDôme stage curated by Red Bull Music Academy is now complete with the addition of two more acts: Italy-based psychedelic disco trio Esperanza (a new signing to the acclaimed Gomma label) and the new project of Swiss DJ and producers Faktor and Clinic, Radiorifle. The Red Bull Music Academy, a world-travelling music school which will stop in New York for its 15th yearly edition this September, has been curating the SonarDôme since 2009, with previous editions featuring artists such as Katy B, Brandt Brauer Frick and Pilooski's Discodeine. 

New Spanish additions 

Sónar once again selects the most relevant and interesting outfits on the Spanish scene today for the festival's audience. 

The latest additions include live shows by Arbol (presenting his new album, halfway between electronic and acoustic sounds), El_Txef_A (quality deep house from Bilbao), Koulomek (with a show featuring visual and interactive electronica), the Barcelona-based Cadiz native Fábel (melodic IDM) andMicrofeel (cinematic electronica), and sessions by Logical Nonsense (with a set of ambient electronica to kick things off), the eclectic electronics of emerging Coyu, the young and increasingly popular teams Yall Djs andMachine Beats, the two classic names of DJ2D2 and Amable (at Sónar for the first time), the dj and director of the Ibiza Sónica radio station Igor Marijuán, the bloated beats of Blastto, a head-to-head set with Guillaminoand Diego Armando (one of the main men behind the Bankrobber label) and the experimental and danceable techno of Eduardo de la Calle.

New additions to Sónar 2012 (04/17/2012)

Flying Lotus (US)
Trust (CA)
Nina Kraviz (RU)
Native Instruments presents Mostly Robot with Jamie LidellTim Exile,Jeremy EllisDJ ShifteeMister Jimmy and Pfadfinderei
BBC Radio 1 presents Simian Mobile Disco (UK), Brodinski & Gesaffelstein(FR), Jack Beats (UK), Annie Mac (UK)
Star Slinger (US)
Esperanza (IT)
Radiorifle (CH)
Arbol (ES)
Blastto (ES)
Amable (ES)
Igor Marijuán (ES)
El_Txef_A (ES)
DJ2D2 (ES)
Yall Djs (ES)
Logical Nonsense (ES)
Microfeel (ES)
Fábel (ES)
Machine Beats (ES)
Eduardo de la Calle (ES)
Coyu (ES)
Koulomek (ES)
Diego Armando Vs. Guillamino dj (ES)