Zane Lowe, Wilkinson and more added to Boardmasters lineup

Zane Lowe, Wilkinson, The Enemy, Dead Kennedys, Oneman, Elli Ingram, Scott Matthews, The Ramona Flowers, Goldirocks, A Plastic Rose, Isaiah Dreads, Amber Run, Bat & Ball, Magnus Puto, Ghouls and Antimatador join the summer celebration of surf from Wednesday 6 August to Sunday 10 August in Cornwall. Click the link for tickets and info for 2014’s Boardmasters festival of music and surfing in Cornwall

These artists will be performing across the weekend on the stunning Cornish coastline at the festival’s Watergate Bay site and will be joining headliners, BRIT award winners Bastille, chart topping Chase & Status and hip-hop megastar Snoop Dogg. Other artists already confirmed to perform include Ben Pearce,Dan Croll, Palma Violets, Bipolar Sunshine, George Ezra, Reel Big Fish, The Cribs, 2manydjs DJ set, Duke Dumont, Roni Size, Peace, Boy & Bear, The Cuban Brothers, Raleigh Ritchie, Coves, Kidnap Kid, My Nu Leng, TCTS, Billon, Big Deal, Yuck, Current Swell, Decade, Southern,Lyger, Emily & The Woods, DJ EZ, Roska, Toyboy & Robin, Monki, The Golden Boy, Eton Messy Presents: Friend Within, Blonde, Isaac Tichauer, Bodhi and Eton Messy DJ Set.

Strawberry Fields 2013 Review – Sunday

As the festival was coming to an end, and there was only 1 day of acts to perform, I was excited to see what was coming up during the course of the day. Everyone was still in high spirits, and most people had began drinking again by midday.

The sun was out and everyone was chilling out, probably beginning to get exhausted from the 2 previous evenings. Later on in the day, we went to check out who was on in the big top tent. There was a youngish boy, under the name of New Walk about to begin his set, so we stayed to see what was going on. He introduced himself, saying he was going to play a few songs for us, and we all waited eagerly in anticipation. Nothing could have prepared me for what happened next. Thinking he was going to sing and play the keyboard, all of a sudden the bass kicked in, and out came these dance tunes, cleverly remixed together; he was absolutely incredible and very talented.

The tent soon began to fill up, and people came in raving along to the mix, the smile on his face said he it all; he was very happy that people were receiving him and giving off positive vibes. I definitely think he’s one to watch, and in the near future, could be very successful. Next we headed back to the main stage, as we were aware the humorous Cuban Brothers were coming up shortly. The crowd began to gather for what appeared to be the biggest crowd of the whole weekend. On they came, extravagant as ever wearing bright yellow and blue suits and a bog afro. Everyone began cheering and you could tell the crowd were very excited about this performance. Imitating Geordie accents, telling members of the crowd he wanted to ‘take them to his tent’ and using the quote ‘he is sweating like a blind puff in a hot dog factory’, the crowd were in hysterics. Performing tracks such as ‘Touch the Sky’ by Kanye West, ‘The Ace of Spades’ and ‘We are Family’, they were definitely the favourites of the weekend.

The Cuban Brothers @ Strawberry Fields Festival

It was then on to the headliners The View. Taking a much more laid back approach, they literally came on and started singing. There was no engaging the audience, or saying hello, they just went straight into their set. There is no doubting that these guys are very talented and popular among the crowd, and they gave an outstanding performance.

Strawberry Fields Festival 2013 – Saturday Review

As if the acts from Friday night didn't leave us excited about the rest of the weekend at Strawberry Fields, Saturday nights music was host to a few hidden gems of talent.

After being approached by the lead singer of These Mortal Cities asking if we could go and take some photos of them playing in the big top stage, we headed down in the afternoon to see what they had in store. Playing under the BBC introducing recommendations, we had high hopes that these were going to be something special, and we were right. The further into their set they got, more people began to fill the tent; dedicating one song to a little girl who was dancing around to their songs. Having a pop feel to their music, reminding me of a young one direction, these guys really got the crowd going, and seemed like genuinely nice people. I have high hopes for them in the future.
Later on came Lucy Rose on the main stage, the act performing prior to headliners 'The Enemy'. Sitting gracefully on a stool with her guitar, dressed in a baggy sweatshirt and jeans, she reminded me of an up and coming Taylor Swift; she was certainly a different to the other acts that had been performing throughout the afternoon. Her voice was incredible, with an acoustic chilled out feel, she really captured the audience and the crowds began to flock around her, enticed by her presence on the stage.
To follow Lucy were headliners The Enemy. Running 20 minutes late, the crowd was still in good spirit, and it escaped most people's attention that they were yet to appear. It was only one security guard I heard who seemed disappointed in them keeping the crowd waiting. But they appeared, a huge projection of 'The Enemy' filled the background of the stage, and the smoke began to create a rocky atmosphere. Not saying anything to the fans, they went straight into their set, probably aware they were running behind schedule. Their set set included 'Gimme the Sign' and 'Away from Here', to which the crowds were going crazy and a mosh pit began to form. Overall their performance was outstanding.
The Enemy @ Strawberry Fields Festival
I spoke to a group of people afterwards about what they saw and they said 'They were amazing, definitely worth coming for!'. Lets see what Sunday has to offer now after incredible performances over the last 2 days.

Y Not Festival lineup update

Joining The Cribs, The Horrors, The Darkness, The Enemy, Ash and the Mystery Jets and many many more are: Deaf Havana, IsMe, Chapel Club, Temples, The Temperance Movement, Nightworks, Maybeshewill and Chloe Howl. For the full line-up go to

The Darkness

Also revealed are the chosen 20 unsigned bands who emerged from Y Not's search for the best of new talent. The festival, found in the heart of the Peak District, has a tradition of supporting emerging artists – stemming back to its birth in a quarry.

Festival organiser, Ralph Broadbent says, "There's been an excellent response this year – we had over 1,700 artists apply".

In addition to Y Not, the judging panel included BBC Introducing, Naim Label and top bands, The Horrors, Mystery Jets, and We are The Ocean. The results are on the Y Not website. BBC Introducing's Dean Jackson said: "I was happy to listen and watch the new artists as, having a long association with Y Not, I know what a fantastic opportunity it is for emerging artists to play."

Dean also explained, "I'm passionate about development of the next generation of bands and musicians so, consistent with what I do every Saturday night on the radio, I jumped at the chance to help new artists get this important early exposure". There's been widespread support through Twitter and Facebook from the bands already playing at Y Not.  

Aled, from Kids in Glass Houses, said " Every band has to start somewhere and while the computer has made it easier than ever for bands and musicians to express themselves and produce professional quality work, they still need that bit of help to get seen and heard – and luck." Their experience, he said was very similar, "We got our breaks as an unsigned band by sending our demos in the post to competitions similar to the Y Not one and magazines as well. I think Britain is very open and eager for new bands so it's great that Y Not recognise that and are actively supporting and seeking new talent. These festivals aren't gonna headline themselves in five years!"

And Y Not meanwhile is ensuring this will be a spectacular of a festival. Between the gaps in the music, there are bars, a drive- in cinema, dodgems, helter skelter, a roller disco and unusual sightings rumoured. Younger families are also being looked after – with expanded family camping and kids activity area. This year the festival runs from 2-4 August, near Matlock, Derbyshire.

The Enemy confirmed for Jersey Live

Jersey Live Festival with JT celebrates its 10th anniversary:
31st August – 1st September at the Royal Jersey Showground, Jersey


Jersey Live Festival returns this summer, supported for the 8th year by headline sponsors JT, for its 10th anniversary event. Following the recent announcements that Bastille and Gabrielle Aplin will join the Sunday (1st September) Main Stage bill, they announce the latest wave of artists that complete the Main Stage line up for that day.


First up are Coventry indie rockers The Enemy, who return to Jersey Live after having first appeared here at the 2007 event. The trio return as seasoned indie stars, with three UK Top 10 albums under their belt (2007’s We’ll Live and Die in These Towns, 2009’s Music for the People and last year’s Streets in the Sky) and more than their fair share of sell out tours, unforgettable festival performances and tours alongside British rock legends to speak of. Fronted by Tom Clarke, The Enemy’s Jam, Oasis and Rolling Stones-influenced brand of rock n’ roll has rightly gained them a reputation as one of the most ferociously exciting and honest bands plying their trade in the UK today.

Completing Sunday’s Main Stage line up are Los Angeles guitar n’ drums duo Deap Vally aka Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards, whose blistering brand of scuzzy, in-your-face garage rock has drawn comparisons with The White Stripes and Led Zeppelin. Since exploding on to the UK scene in 2012, Deap Vally have gone on to perform at the Reading and Latitude festivals, support The Vaccines on tour and in December the band opened for Muse on several dates of their European tour. Their debut single ‘End of the World’ was selected as Zane Lowe’s ‘Hottest Record in the World’ on his Radio One show, and their debut album Sistrionix is released on Island Records on June 24th.

With the Sunday Main Stage line up now complete, we can also announce the latest addition to the Hospitality Stage line up. Joining John Cooper Clarke, Craig Charles and many more is comedian Simon Evans. A mainstay on the UK standup circuit, his appearances on Mock the Week, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Live at the Apollo have made him a household name in recent years, and a cynical, sarcastic style has seen him lauded by influential comedy review site Chortle for his ‘sharp, acidic barb’ and as ‘a rich delight’.
Keep your eyes peeled for line up announcements, to be made in the coming weeks! For more information, please visit

Tickets are on sale now from jersey





OsFest 2013 Shropshire’s biggest Music Festival

OsFest is now in its 3rd year, with previous acts like Goldie Looking Chain, Tinnie Tempah, Razorlight and many more this up and coming festival always delivers. This year for May bank holiday we had another great line up. JLS were to headline along with James Arthur, The Enemy, Lawson, The Pigeon Detectives, Lucy Spraggan and many more to come. 

*With short notice James Arthur had to drop out with commitments made in the US which regrettably meant he couldn’t be at Osfest this year. To fill the main stage spotlights  Britain’s got talent finalists  – The Lovable Rogues took up the arena. Fridays DJ set from Monki Radio 1’s 1XTRA DJ set the crowd right from the start. The crowd at this point was only small due to most people arriving Saturday, as with the crowds the weather was the same. When waking up Saturday I was amazed to see perfect blue sky and sunshine! unlike previous years where the weather had dominated this set up the weekend perfectly and added so much atmosphere to the main arena. 

Leading to Saturdays main acts I was delighted to see TICH and A*M*E perform who gave a great performance and with the amazing lighting setup on the main stage. This gave me the opportunity to snap away and get some really amazing images. With the crowd starting to really build heading into the afternoon, along with the drinks flowing and the sounds of the Mega Spin and bumper cars in the background Wiley took the stage. With Wiley’s great line up of songs such as ‘Rolex‘ and ‘Can You Hear Me?‘ the crowd were so reactive to his words, jumping down from the stage at one point to meet his fans security had to pull him back from being eaten by the front rows of the crowd. The side of the area had a cut-out section for people to walk in and out, near the side of the main stage and the with the sun starting to set projected beams of orange and amber light hit the crowds hands as they sang along to Wiley’s chants; This really highlighted the incredible success of this festival and was a very euphoric experience!

As the sun was about to set, the next performance was from Lawson, a true success in the music industry over the past few years their fan and crowd numbers have shot up with their success and great vocals performed by Andy Brown. Singing songs from their very popular  2012 album Chapman Square, the crowds were at their peak! My favorite song performed by them I think had to be their Swedish House Mafia cover of ‘Don’t You Worry Child’ the crowds reacting singing along with them Andy really pushed the crowd to sing their hearts out. 


With a short break it was time for the undoubtably the crowds number one act at this point, JLS had arrived and were backstage waiting to come on. Peoples camera phones were out and the crowd from the back of the arena was a sea of mobile LCD screens. I think I even saw an iPad involved! Starting their performance with ‘Beat Again’ you could hear the younger girls screaming! I thought that Wiley’s performance would be hard to beat due to his off stage performance and energy with the crowds, I think by the end of JLS performance it was a level pegging. The lights from the main stage were being hammered and the strobes and house lights were being switched around to illuminate the crowds. I know many of the younger crowds had gone to sleep easy that night after having such an exciting hot day in Oswestry. 


Another sunny day to come at OsFest 2013 acts the Enemy, Pigeon Detectives, The Lovable Rogues and Lucy Spraggan to play main stage along with many more, with the sun shining the main arena area was the only shade the amusements surrounding the main tent became busy once again. Lucy Spraggan was a great favorite of mine from the  Sunday at OsFest, she had risen from the Live and unsigned category at the age of 20 to being a very good competitor in X-Factor and due to illness she didn’t get chance to perform all the way through the show as she was forced to quit the X-Factor due to illness. 

She references all of her songs from real world experiences and it was like listening to her telling multiple stories as she sang, her song about Jeremy Kyle as she wakes up was a great one for me, the crowds again loving her great on stage performance of singing and story telling. 

With the Lovable Rogues performance, the crowd really started to get involved and more and more people from the surrounding amusements started to make their way into the tent area. Performing their great new single ‘What a Night’ the main arena was pounding! The speakers and acoustics from the main tent were really impressive! wherever you were inside the tent you got a great sound and even form the back of the crowd you could still enjoy the performance of any of the acts due to the high stage and great lighting setup, perfect for the little ones who found them selves being hoisted onto their parents shoulders to get the perfect view. I saw a grown women on someones shoulders who wanted an even better view from the back of the arena area. 

Though the day different acts performing at OsFest had been interviewing in the Specialized Media Tent and were scattered around the VIP area for those with the right wrist bands was a perfect way to see some of the acts up close. I saw The Pigeon Detectives interviewing along with The Enemy and Lewis Watson who performed in between Lucy Spraggan and The Lovable Rogues. 

Heading towards the close of the festival this year, we were just waiting on The Pigeon Detectives and The Enemy I have to say OsFest ended on such a high after watching The Pigeon Detectives perform. The lead singer for The Detectives Matt Bowman had more energy and control of the crowd than I had ever seen from an artist on stage before! His command of the crowd due to his energy was presented as pure respect from the crowds in the main arena. He was poring water of his head while performing ‘Im Not Sorry’ from their 2007 album ‘Wait For Me’ I think they set the mark for the entire festival at that point. Matt was squirting water all over the front of the crowd, jumping from the drum kits and bouncing around in the press pit! I think these guys should have been last on at OsFest as it was very difficult for The Enemy to top such an energetic performance. They did very well and I really enjoyed their performance! I got some great shots and while watching them interview they really seemed to be a really down to earth group of guys. While performing they played my all time favorite cover ‘sit down’ and ‘Away From Here’ They were great to see live and some of their guitar work was awesome! I remember being below Tom Clark (Lead Singer) as he thrust his guitar up with one hand and slammed down a chord on a few areas of the stage. 


Overall I had a great great time this year and will be heading back up next year with no  doubt in my mind. With the great reception from all staff, security and for the line up this year. Im hoping with the continued publicity of this little (Big) festival they will grow and grow on the map. 


The Horrors, The Cribs & The Darkness to headline Y Not Festival

Y Not Festival today announced all its headliners and most of its line-up for this year's festival. It's an eclectic mix of genres: household names and established artists are found next to buzz bands of 2013 and local talent.

On Friday – headlining are The Horrors, supported by the Mystery Jets, Saturday, it's The Cribs, supported by Ash and on Sunday, it's The Darkness, supported by The Enemy.

The Darkness

Other key acts include: The 1975, Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip, Dry the River, Electric Six, Kids in Glass Houses and The Joy Formidable

Also to follow are the announcements for the Allotment Stage – this is the stage which nurtures home-grown talent and gives it the opportunity to bloom. Over 1,700 bands applied via this route and Y Not have dedicated 20 slots to the brightest and best of them.

To help festival goers see as many bands as possible, Y Not has also launched a planner. Accessible via the Y Not website, this nifty piece of software shows at a glance what time they need to be where and when there are clashes between their favoured bands which might test their loyalties.

Osfest – Break for the Border update

With just 5 weeks to go, Osfest is in full swing of preparing for its fourth year, this time operating as Break for the Border 2013. With a huge expectancy from previously successful years, the Osfest team prepares to deliver its most exciting line up to date. This year the festival falls on bank holiday 24th – 27th May at its usual location of Oswestry Showground, Shropshire.

Multi award winning JLS top the bill on Saturday, known all across the world, the boy band’s live performance will feature 5 UK number one singles and is sure to top off a fantastic opening day of music. Other artists on the Saturday line up are WILEY, LAWSON, TICH and CHARLIE BROWN who have all hit the top 10 this year. Osfest are also very excited to have A*M*E who is currently sat at the top of the charts with her single featuring Duke Dumont, ‘Need U (100%)’.

Sunday’s familiar ‘Indie’ day features THE ENEMY and X factor winner JAMES ARTHUR. James was the most requested artist for this year’s festival and organisers are over joyed that he was available. Also filling the Sunday bill are THE PIGEON DETECTIVES, LUCY SPRAGGAN and LEWIS WATSON.

Local bands and artists are a huge part of Osfest, giving emerging acts a chance to showcase their talents to the field of thousands. Supporting acts this year include The Fallows, Rook and the Ravens, The Taste, Get Cubs, The Lottery Winners, Danny Gruff and the Peacemakers, The Gramotones, Blindsyde, Sounds and Scenarios, JKLMNO, The Novatones, Beat the Poet, Dan the Thief, The Maydays, Portlights, Salopia, Hollie Aires, Not Completely Blonde and Shameless Faith. Like previous years, the two Osfest stages operate alternatively offering variety throughout the day with non-stop music.

Osfest have without doubt met the expectant growth with this years line up but tickets are for once very limited. Only 5000 tickets are available due to the main stage being under a big top tent.  This decision was made after last year’s festival field turned into a mud bath. Anyone planning on booking tickets for Osfest should do so as soon as possible to avoid disappointment as they are expected to sell out over the next few weeks.

As always, Osfest prides itself on being a family friendly festival and this year the festivals family camping area will be increased to house more families wanting to bring there kids for a fun fuelled weekend.

Tickets for Osfest – Break for the Border, start from £29.50 for an under 16’s day ticket, camping and non – camping weekend tickets are available from £65.00. VIP tickets are limited but offer a fantastic package including an exclusive VIP tent in view of the stage, private camping area and use of VIP toilets!

Lucy Spraggan joins the OsFest lineup

Lucy has performed at Osfest for the past two years but now returns as one of our headline acts after performing in the X Factor live shows; We just had to have her back! Lucy will join James Arthur, The Enemy and King Charles on Sunday 26th May.

JLS, Lawson and Wiley will be taking to the stage on Saturday 25th May before headline act JLS.

We also have rising stars ‘I am Tich’, who has already toured with Paolo Nutini, Pixie Lott and Justin Bieber.

‘Get Cubs’ and ‘The Propellers’ will perform over the weekend,  both have been featured on Radio One recently.

Manchester alternative rock band Rook and the Ravens will also be performing.

Plus our fantastic home brewed talent including The Taste, Danny Gruff and the Peacemakers, Dan the Thief, Portlights and The Maydays.

This year Osfest is partnering with the £500,000 Appeal to help fund a £2million Bone Cancer Centre at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Oswestry (RJAH). The new Centre will be designed to treat cancer patients in a dedicated care environment, the majority of whom are under 24 years of age. Appeal Director Gwilym Owen OBE, commented, “This is fantastic news! We are delighted that Osfest 2013 has come onboard to support our Bone Cancer Centre Appeal. The festival targets the age group where bone cancer most often strikes”.

The music festival at Oswestry Showground has been held for the last three years and has attracted a number of top acts including Example, Razorlight, Stooshe and Hard-Fi.

The festival, which attracts thousands of music revelers, will take place over May Bank Holiday weekend from Friday 24thuntil campers depart on Monday 27th May at Oswestry Showground.

A variety of music and dance acts, both well known and emerging, local talent promise something to suit all musical tastes.

The main stage big top will only take 5,000 festival goers this year.

Full weekend camping tickets start at £59.50 Non Weekend Camping £55.00 and day tickets from £29.50.

Carly Jackson, event director, has urged people to get hold of their tickets fast!

Carly said: “As the main stage is undercover this year when they are gone they are gone, so don’t miss out”.


First round of Y Not Festival lineup revealed

The HorrorsThe Horrors
The Enemy
Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip
Dry The River
Dutch Uncles
We Are The Ocean
Three Trapped Tigers
The 1975s
Lewis Watson
We Were Promised Jetpacks
Stealing Sheep
The Computers
Wet Nuns
The Family Rain
The History of Apple Pie
Arcane Roots
Jack Martello
King Pleasure and the BB
Zico Chain
The Physics House Band
Rat Attack
Johnny Foreigner
Max Raptor
Gunning for Tamar
My First Tooth
Crushing Blows

To note:
Main Stage headliner (Sunday):
The Horrors

Main stage support are:
The Enemy and Ash; Friday and Saturday respectively.

The Quarry headliners:
Dan le sac vs Scroobius Pip
Dry The River

And in the Giant Squid there's an
ALCOPOP & BSM takeover – who knows what they are going to do with
the stage?