SW4 2014 lineup adds Pusha T, Just Blaze, Tiga, Wilkinson and more

Check out the latest additions to London's premier electronic music festival South West Four which takes over Clapham Commin this August bank holiday weekend.

The latest additions include Tiga, rapper Pusha T, Wilkinson, Gorgon City, rap producer Just Blaze, & Second City.

After destroying dance floors worldwide with their hypnoticprimal techno track ‘Let’s Go Dancing’, the demand to see Tiga go head-to-head on the decks with Audion has soared. Many festivals have similarly battled it out for their sought-after services but it is SW4 that will deliver a stellar UK festival exclusive. March marked their return to the studio with the mammoth release of ‘Fever’, another deliriously soothing techno jam which has again illustrates theirtechnical brilliance and has since made its way onto every dance floor imaginable. This clash of their mind-seducing sounds will be a red hot highlight of SW4 2014.

After exhilarating the UK crowds last year as part of Chase & Status’ arena tourUS hip hop sensation Pusha T returns to the Capital at SW4 for his exclusive London festival performance of 2014. Recently signed to Kanye West’s GOOD Music label, Pusha will arrive in London off the back of the critical and commercial success of his debut album ‘My Name Is My Name.’ With the recent news emerging that the Bronx rapper is currently working alongsidePharrel and The Neptunes and that his new album ‘King Push’ is in production, we can’t wait to welcome Pusha to Clapham Common and his armoury of freshly produced beats.

Signed exclusively to Ram RecordsWilkinson has spent the last year establishing himself as one of drum & bass’ greatest assets. Having caught the ear of label boss Andy C back in 2010, Wilkinson has enjoyed unconditional support from BBC Radio 1, with releases such as ‘Afterglow’‘Automatic’ and ‘Need to Know’ propelling him to the very forefront of the scene. Having delivered an outstanding performance at O2 Brixton Academy over Easter, it’s clear there are very few acts in the world that can rival his electrifying live performances. Forming one of the weekend’s most exciting debutsSW4 get ready for arrival of the unmistakeable Wilkinson.

Having established themselves amongst the hottest duos in electronic musicGorgon City bring their infectious funk-laced house sounds to South West Four. After marking their territory in 2013, the duo have fused varied electronic genres to create a sound that has quite literally taken the world by storm. With an impressive arsenal of peak-time weapons including ‘Real’, ‘Intentions’ and ‘Ready For Your Love’, Gorgon City combine hip-swinging rhythms and butt-shaking bass, the end result of which is a salubrious yet sordid sound. With South West Four representing their exclusive London festival performance of 2014, this is a must attend event for all their fans.
Throughout the past ten years, Stanton Warriors have honed a uncategorized sound that has been championed everywhere from London warehousesMiami boat parties and illegal Detroit raves to the stages of Glastonbury,Burning Man and Coachella. With a freshly rejuvenated sound for 2014, the Bristol-based duo will return to South West Four for the first time since 2006 for a thrilling main stage performance. Their indefinable sound has led toreleases on XL RecordsFabric and Universal and official remixes for Daft PunkFatboy SlimM.I.A and Gorillaz. This phenomenal output and remarkable longevity has ensured the Stanton’s celebrated status as they manage to remain freshoriginal and relevant.

Hailing from New JerseyUS producer Just Blaze has worked with the biggest names in hip hop including Snoop DoggUsherKanye West and Busta Rhymes to name just a few. With a distinctive knack for using old-school soul samples in unique ways to create hooks that are cherished worldwide, the arrival of the established beat-maker at SW4 is huge. As the go-to man for newfresh and innovative ideas, his recent collaboration with Baauer, ‘Higher’, has blown up across the globe and is sure to cause unforgettable scenes as he arrives in London for this exclusive performance.

Born in Chicago and raised in the UK it’s no surprise that our next addition has rhythms and grooves running through his veins. Over the last twelve months SecondCity has quickly established himself as one of the most talked about breakthrough names in electronic music thanks to two outstanding EPs on Dirtybird and Saints & Sonnets. With his latest track ‘I Wanna Feel’, a 90’s throwback classic with a firm foot in the future, set to storm the UK chartsfollowing its imminent release on Ministry of Sound, we are delighted to confirm that SecondCity will join us for his exclusive London festival play on Sunday 24th August.

Massive Back To Back DJ Set’s announced for Exit Festival

This years Exit Festival brings some of the biggest names in dance music together for a batch of back to back DJ sets.  The Summer Festival Guide has the complete set lineup which will set the Exit Festival Dance Arena on fire.

Afrojack is one of the hottest EDM music maestros, and most influential DJs and producers. At just 26 this young man accomplished a lot! He’s got a Grammy under his belt, and has been in the top 10 best DJs list for three years by DJ Magazine; Forbes tips him as the seventh most paid DJ on the planet, and he’s even dated Paris Hilton! His awesome track "Selecta" brought together the young Dutchman with his country-man Quintino, so their duo set is going to show just who reigns the EDM scene.

Two of the hottest DJs of the moment, Maceo Plex and Danny Daze found out they shared the same urge to get people dancing. Maceo Plex's cuban heritage fits perfectly with the Cuban influences that, along with Italo disco and techno, make up  Danny Daze's sets. This duo collaborated before and pushed tracks under the combo-alias 'Jupiter Jazz', and they're definitely the hottest, most-wanted thing happening in electronic music right now.

We promised we'd get exclusive b2b sets at Dance Arena for our 15th EXIT jubilee, but we're going to do one better – our festival will be the place where the divergent come together in confluence; where the electro colossi that never performed and for the first time ever, step together onto the same mix-table. Those colossi are none other than Tiga and DJ Hell! Tiga, the author of monumental hits like "Sunglasses at Night" and "You Gonna Want Me",  and our dear friend of the festival and a welcome guest, will go head-to-head with the owner of the International DeeJay Gigolo label and one of the most creative and best german DJs ever – DJ Hell! Hell has a reputation that proceeds him and his first ever performance on the Dance Arena is certainly been hotly anticipated.


We have the highest honour of welcoming two exceptionally irresistible dames this year, who both have an uncanny infatuation with the dance floor and house music – Heidi and Kim Ann Foxman. No stranger to the Dance Arena, Heidi is infectious as she is passionate. To truly feel the insatiable passion Heidi has for music, you need only listen to her show on BBC Radio 1, or just visit one of the many Jackathon parties organised worldwide. If by any chance you're unable to do that, Dance Arena will be more than happy to oblige. Kim Ann Foxman is better known to some as the ex-member of Hercules & Love Affair, but she-s been devoted 100% to her gigs – from Tokyo to Cologne to Chicago – all the while ranking up her reputation as one of the most interesting house players in the scene. These ladies are going to be delighting us with their performance and this will be one set that will be truly spectacular.

Afrojack vs Quintino, Carl Cox vs Danny Tenaglia, Ben Klock vs Marcel Dettmann, Carl Craig vs Green Velvet, Dusky vs Paul Woolford, Eats Everything vs Cassy, Heidi vs Kim Ann Foxman, Maceo Plex vs Danny Daze, Tiga vs DJ Hell, Jackmaster & Oneman presents 'Can U Dance' with more to be announced and not forgetting Disclosure presents Wildlife making the Dance Arena the place to be this summer!

Rudimental, Tiga and more added to Sonar Barcelona 2014 lineup

A masssive new release of artists have been added to Spains Sonar Barcelona.  Pretty Lights, Flux Pavilion, Rudimental, DJ Harvey, The Martinez Brothers, Machinedrum, Tiga, Laurel Halo, Ben Frost, Yelle and showcase from New York label L.I.E.S. are among the new additions to Sonar Barcelona 2014.

Known as Pretty Lights, Derek Vincent Smith will present a lush visual show at Sonar performing "A Color Map Of The Sun" his fourth album, nominated for best dance / electronica album at the Grammy Awards.  Pretty Lights samples and combines hip-hop, glitch and also revives funk and soul samples, all of which make him the most organic artist within the explosion of electronica in the US.

Rudimental and Flux Pavilion are two of the UK’s most popular champions in today’s commercial dance music.  Rudimental, are a London quartet focused primarily on fusing pop and drum'n'bass.  They are comprised of composers, DJ 's and producers Piers Agget, Kesi Dryden Amir Amor and DJ Locksmith.  To add to their long list of UK and European chart successes is their new, 2014 Brits Awards, triple nomination for: Best Group, Best Album and Best Single (for "Waiting All Night"), the spearhead of their meteoric rise, achieved in less than three years. Their powerful live show at Sonar will feature 12 musicians, MC's, organs, synthesizers, guitars, percussion and MPC 's.


Meanwhile, Flux Pavilion, aka Joshua Steele, one of the most in demand dubstep producers and DJ’s in Britain, will present live, his sonic palette of sweeping hyperbolic bass lines.  As well as remixing the likes of M.I.A. and Skrillex, the 24-year-old Flux Pavillion also sings and plays a variety of instruments.  Over the last five years this versatility has seen him perform around the world, earning him the respect from both the industry and public alike.

With a completely new show the awe-inspiring Yelle aka singer -songwriter Julie Budet (a genuine star of electro-synth pop and one of the most internationally successful modern French artists) will present her charismatic personality during the live performance of her much-anticipated third album.  She will do so in the company of her band composed of DJs Grand Marnier (Jean François Perrier) and Tepr (Tanguy Destable).

Exemplary careers in the history of electronica
There will be no shortage of DJ heavyweights: Tiga, (one of the most important figures of electronica to come out of Canada) has been given the responsibility of closing this year’s festival on Saturday night.  DJ Harvey wizard in the realm of disco, house, garage, electro and cosmic rock will present his usual master class, and The Martinez Brothers, the new ambassadors of New York house music, who are responsible for revitalising the genre.

Also from the Big Apple the raw and minimalist electronica labelL.I.E.S. will present their showcase.  In just three years L.I.E.S. has built an impressive catalogue, already an international benchmark for low-fi house and techno. Label chief Ron Morelli will perform his first album live. Meanwhile, Svengalisghost, (alias of Marquis Cooper) will present its dystopian, paranoiac and noir sound that includes flawless hooks of acid, house, techno and EBM.  Cooper manipulates cassette tapes and uses old editing techniques and methods to distort the sound from a turntable.

Ben Frost, the renowned Australian experimental electronic artist living in Iceland has directed operas, composed music for the theatre, dance, visual arts and cinema.  At Sonar he will present his new album supported by his on stage band, providing guitars, several large amplifiers and various electronic devices in order to share his post- classical, noise, post-rock, drone and dark metal music.

Sonar 's commitment to new talent
Emerging artists like Machinedrum, UZ, Recondite and Alizzz will also represent new talent. 

American Travis Stewart, better known as Machinedrum (who has reinvented drum'n'bass and is one of the main advocates for the revival of jungle and it’s hybridization process with the Chicago footwork sound) will come to Sonar to present his "Vapor City Live Show" the live version of his new album. A visual concept album released on Ninja Tune, each track represents an imaginary city district.  "Vapour City" transports itself to the stage with Machinedrum’s own vocals and guitar, with percussion by Lane Barrington and visuals from the Weirdcore collective.

In recent years, American Laurel Halo has created her own unique sound: lush, avant-garde, electronic and experimental, inspired by the minimalist music of Steve Reich, Detroit techno, science fiction and experiences from 6 months spent in Thailand.  Halo experiments and shifts between techno, ambient, synth pop, drum machines, samplers, her voice, pianos, guitars and violins, among many other elements.  "Quarantine", released on Hyperdub in 2012, was selected as ‘album of the year’ by the prestigious magazine, Wire. In 2013 there followed EP "Behind The Green Door" and the album "Chance of Rain". It was material in which she abandoned her more experimental vocal treatments to concentrate in more depth, on the techno roots of her music.

The mysterious UZ is a true icon of trap, not only for his incredible talent but also for the mystery surrounding him.  Never showing his face, his identity is unknown.  His tracks are raw and minimalist, powerful and magnetic and his dexterity with bass lines sets him apart from other same genre artists.

Visionist, also known as Louis Carnell, has for some time been earmarked by the specialised press, as one of the most promising and intriguing artist’s in today’s British electronica. At Sonar he will present his unique take on the grime sound, including the ethereal elements, which place him at the forefront of the genre.

Recondite, aka German Lorenz Brunner is a staple artist of the current Berlin scene and a producer noted for his sensitivity to the deeper, melancholic and intimate side of electronica.   At Sonar he will present "Hinterland", his second album, inspired by the ecosystem of Bavaria and released on Ghostly International.  It is an album of slow techno and house, with frozen and bleak textures.

From the global sound arena, the Angolan DJ Nigga Fox is an artist exploring contemporary electronic music produced in the suburbs of Lisbon. It is dance music that draws ancient influences from Portuguese – African Diaspora like Funaná (a rapid accordion driven rhythm), Kizomba or Tarrachinha (slow and sensual) as well as the more contemporary sound of Kuduro, a type of tribal house with MC’s rapping vocal parts.

On a local level, Barcelonan Alizzz (alias of Cristian Quirante) is already one of 2014’s rising stars.  With an EP release on none other than Diplo’s Mad Decent label, he is one of the most talked about names of the year.  Counting influences as diverse as techno and 90’s hard rock, his music adds vitality and excitement by merging hip-hop and r&b, to produce an entirely contemporary, epic and danceable sound.


Amsterdam Open Air Festival details


They will be supported by newcomers Straf_Werk, Diepzinnig and the new stage Open AIR – BY MTV. The smaller stages will be hosted by PLAK, de Nachtspelen, SFFRMKRS, Chasing the Hihat and Baws. Besides the musical, culinary and cultural experience of the festival, a lively night program at the campsite will make its debut. 

AeroplaneWith names including Aeroplane, Todd Terry and Flight Facilities, disco and electro will set the tone of the Apenkooi stage on Saturday. Amsterdam will be honored to welcome Belgian rave queen Raving George, treating Open Air to merciless electro. Open AIR – BY MTV has booked big names including Tiga, Hercules & Love Affair Soundsystem, Redlight and Marbert RocelFormat will start the weekend at full throttle with heroes of techno Paco Osuna, Joop Junior and Ici Sans Merci. Format godfather Juan Sanchez will take place behind the decks on both Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday Robert Hood and Sandwell District as well as homegrown Egbert, Mirella Kroes and Kevin Arneman will be present. This year, GirlsLoveDJs will have enough DJ’s to sink a ship, including de Jeugd van Tegenwoordig, The Flexican & MC Sef and Yellow Claw.


Carnivale pulls out the theatrics once again and rolls out a list of names that make you applaud spontaneously: ONNO, tINI, Guti, Sneak, Cassy and indestructible tech-house artists Matthias Tanzmann and The Martinez Brothers. Thenew but certainly not modest hosting partners Diepzinnig and Straf_Werk have put deep-house on the Amsterdam nightlife map during the past year. With names including Benoit & Sergio and Laura Jones, these hosts are not too shy to make their first Amsterdam Open Air stages spectacular.

After the success of hosting partners de Nachtspelen and PLAK during previous editions, they have become an unmissable part of the program. A creative and intimate setting from both parties can be expected once again. Hip Hop fans can indulge at the stages hosted by new partners BAWS and SFFRMKRSChasing The Hihat completes thefestival.

Besides lavish entertainment for the ears, there will of course be much to see and taste. The large assortment of creativity and culture by Collective Losse Schroeven, the PaardenKracht PhotoboothGino’s Italopop Disco and many others set the mood for flirtatious endeavors. The Food Line-up dishes up an oasis of artisan caterers. These names are just a selection of the list of creative partners that can be found at the festival.
The Rock ‘n Roll Dream Hotel by Models at Work, where guests can turn their stay at the camp site into a mini vacation, will make their debut this year. The Rock ‘n Roll Dream Hotel consists of various tipis accommodating 2, 3 or 6 guests, with many amenities for maximum comfort. Guests check-in at the Dream reception, are escorted to their tipis by Models at Work piccolos and are treated to breakfast in bed by one of the beautiful Models at Work chambermaids. After breakfast, tipi guests are escorted to the festival. The Rock ‘n Roll Dream Hotel with all of its surprises is hidden away inTipitown at the Amsterdam Open Air camp site.

Tipis can be reserved by email: [email protected]. After confirmation from Models at Work, the Tipi tickets can be booked for €200.00 per person through the Amsterdam Open Air website. The tipi ticket includes three nights, two breakfasts and a weekend festival ticket.
You can of course pitch your own tent or bring your camper or caravan to the Amsterdam Open Air camp site. Tickets are on sale for €79.50 which includes entrance to the festival. During the nights at the camp site, various forms of entertainment will be on the program, from 21:00 till 04:00 on Friday and from 22:00 till 04:00 on Saturday.
In short: with an exuberant festivity introducing new hosting and creative partners, a night program at the camp site andthe new Tipi-camp, Amsterdam Open Air 2013 promises to surpass previous editions.
The pre-sale has started and the early birds have flown. Guests can purchase a weekend ticket for €59.50, a camping ticket for €79.50 and a camping ticket including breakfast for €94.50. The day tickets will be available on Friday March 8thfor €39.50. The camp site is open from Friday June 7th 12:00 till Monday June 10th 12:00.

The Killers to headline Sizget Festival 2012

Besides them, a solid electro-package will arrive on the A38 stage, while maybe the best news is that it’s less than 100 nights to sleep before the start of the 20th Sziget between 6-13 August in Budapest, Hungary.

It is all confirmed, America's most exciting contemporary rock band, The Killers will perform at Sziget, as they will be the headliners of the final festival day. Probably they are the most significant production of the entertainment industry from the Sin City of Las Vegas, even booked by US President Barack Obama for a gig at the White House. They sold over 15 million copies of their 3 unforgettable albums around the world. Currently, they are working on their fourth album, which will come out in the second half of 2012, and they will probably perform a few of those new songs at the 20th edition of Sziget Festival.

The Killers

A notable electro-package is also confirmed for the festival’s A38 stage, which moves to a central place and will become bigger. Not to mention a new program feature: 2 world-renown DJs will throw a party there every night. Part of the package is Borgore, the golden boy DJ and producer from Israel who at the age of just twenty-four is already well known in the international network of dubstep.

The dynamic Italian grand masters of electro and fidget, the Crookers will also get to Budapest, while the Parisian drum’n’bass and electro house squad, Dirtyphonics will be here to present their unstoppable, unbelievably energetic live act.

The genius of Dj Fresh stems from his ability to connect with the underground drum and bass fans and come out with a radio friendly pop hit in the same time – if you were not aware, discover this at Sziget. Another great name in the line-up is Dope D.O.D, a Groningen-based hip-hop formation of three MC’s, Dopey Rotten, Skits Vicious and Jay Reaper, all of them with African and British origins. They play massive, crazy hardcore hip-hop music, but their sound of wicked groove and bizarre tone finds its own way in the horrorcore sub-universe.

Lincoln Barrett is a progressive drum’n’bass artist, DJ and producer, known by the name High Contrast in the scene. He will team up with MC Dynamite, one of the most popular MCs of this genre, so their joint Sziget party is something no one should miss. Tiga, the Canadian Juno award winner DJ and producer is one of the most renowned electronic musician of his country who reformed the North-American club culture in the 90’s. Half of his family is Hungarian, so he knows exactly what we need for a great electro party in this country. Azari & Ill, messengers of the resurrection of 80’s disco, swift electro, deep and Chicago house will also appear on Sziget this year. And the electro package wouldn’t be complete without the legendary German electro duo Modeselektor, right from Berlin, the heart of the European e-music scene.

The name  Kakkmaddafakka is probably the best choice to represent the swift, cocky and unique music of twelve musicians whose performances are full of energy as they entertain the audience. E-musician-producer Andy Barlow and songstress Lou Rhodes form Lamb, creating the most ambitious and attractive downtempo music of the late 90’s and the early years of the millennium.  Their numerous fans will be able to see them again after nine years at Sziget. Also in the line-up are The Black Seeds with their light, modern reggae music, reflecting positivity and optimism that helps to get the sweetest vibe at their shows.

The Wild Beasts are also gearing up for the festival with their slightly folk-rock influenced, sophisticated, fine and elegant guitar music, best defined as art-rock or even dream-pop – depending on the mood. And lovers of the Scandinavian metal scene will surely be happy with the crazy, energetic, yet melodic death metal played by Amon Amarth – now confirmed for Sziget.

We have new names in the Party Arena program as well, amongst them Flux Pavilion, a music-titan who made it to BBC's list of most promising bands and musicians this year. Also confirmed, British group Saint Etienne, who have been active for over twenty years without showing any signs of growing old, proving year after year that they are full of fresh and convincing ideas. This time they will fill a live slot at the Party Arena's electronic megatent.

And the list of new additions to our lineup wouldn’t be complete without Anti-Flag, an ultra-provocative, uncompromising punk band form Pittsburgh, famous for their fast paced songs with unsubtle social criticism and political activity. They will be pumping up the crowd of the Main stage in the early afternoon. Similarly, the seven female and four male member of Gocoo, today's strongest taiko-collective, will entertain the crowd with their set of fourty traditional Japanese drums.

Tiga and Orbital DJ set to play at Arenal Sound 2011

Having already confirmed Scissor Sisters, Calvin Harris, The Third Twin, Rinôçérôse Delorean, The Charlatans and El Guincho amongst a long list of national and international bands and DJ-s, Arenal Sound is essentially the summer beach party not to be missed.
An amazing line-up with an incredible price tag, the festival is currently running a ticket promotion in the UK, available on See Tickets and Ticketweb.
  • Four Day Ticket to the festival + 5 day camping: £35
  • Four Day Ticket to the festival + 10 day camping: £40
The location of Arenal Sound is also another of its strong points, with the various stages located right on the Arenal beach, festival goers can enjoy 24 hours of music, themed parties at the Beach Club Live, water and extreme sports and beach sport tournaments under the sun.
This festival has proven to be huge success with national and international crowds looking for a beach festival to suit all pockets. The first edition saw over 100,000 revellers descending to the sand of the Arenal beach for four days of the best pop-rock, indie, electronic music and countless beach activities.
The extensive camping area, conveniently located by the sea, will be open to the public from 29 July to 8 August. Those buying the 10 day camping ticket will be able to enjoy beach activities and numerous parties, including the popular opening and closing parties.
The town of Burriana is situated 7 miles south from Castellon and 5 miles south from Benicassim, in the Valencia region of Spain. With direct flights to Valencia City from every major UK airport, this is the summer festival not to be missed.

SOS 4.8 Festival adds Patti Smith, The Kooks and Tiga

SOS 4.8 festival is the first confirmed live date for The Kooks in 2011. The band, set to be releasing the third album imminently, will showcase their new material to the SOS 4.8 crowds. SOS 4.8 will also be Patti Smith’s first festival appearance in 2011.

Having already confirmed Suede, MGMT, These New Puritans (Hidden Live), White Lies, Editors, Everything Everything, !!!, Two Door Cinema Club and We have Band, this year’s SOS 4.8 festival offers one of the strongest line-ups across the European festival circuit. In addition to the music, the festival also offers a space for Contemporary Art Exhibitions, Conferences and Workshops.

Under the names ‘Art’ and ‘Voices’, this year the sections will look at Dance Culture. Contemporary artists will explore the relationship between music, sex, drugs, night life, money, beauty and youth through their work. In a conference, Jeremy Gilbert and Ewan Pearson, authors of ‘Dance, Music, Culture and the Politics of Sound’, will analyse the basic elements of Dance Culture, its derivations and current state.

More exciting bands, events and activities will be announced soon!

SOS 4.8 is an urban festival that takes place in city of Murcia, South East Spain. Previous editions sold out and have included acts such as Franz Ferdinand, Hot Chip, The Horrors, PJ Harvey, The Prodigy, Peaches and 2ManyDJs.

The festival takes the name from its commitment to sustainability. The 2010 edition was awarded with a ‘Green and Clean Award’ from ‘A Greener Festival’, an independent body that assesses the green credentials of major music events.

The 30,000 capacity two day festival offers two day tickets and accommodation packages through their website. To book visit: http://www.sos48.com