Yesterday  (17 April) Daniel P Carter exclusively announced on his BBC Radio 1 Rock Show that Mastodon – hard-rock maestros and one of Dan’s favourite bands – are officially heading to Reading & Leeds 2016. The American four-piece will be sailing (not literally) across the Atlantic to spend the August bank holiday with you bunch. They’ll be knocking out tracks from their sixth and most recent LP ‘Once More ‘Round the Sun’, and hopefully we’ll get a few earlier classics, including a tune or two from their multi-award winning album ‘The Hunter.’ If heavy guitar riffs and raucous drums aren’t your thing, don’t worry –there are even more acts set to be announced later this week. Stay tuned! Source:


Die Antwoord, Skunk Anansie and more at Sziget 2016!

It’s announcement time! DIE ANTWOORD, Skunk Anansie , Afrojack, Zedd, DVBBS , Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg, Carnage , TroyBoi, és Halott Pénz added to Sziget Festival 2016 lineup! Get your ticket until May 5th as prices will change! Check for tickets here! Source:



Next up for this year’s Latitude announcements are the first acts of the Lake Stage and more. Handpicked by DJ and broadcaster Huw Stephens, the Lake Stage bill offers festival goers the opportunity to see the stars of the future in an intimate environment. This year we’re welcoming the confessional hip-hop favourite Loyle Carner and his fellow BBC Sound of 2016 soloist, the exciting singer-songwriter Billie Marten. The Lake Stage will also play host to baritone rock-pop favourite Oscar, London’s freshest female group The Big Moon and indie kings Blaenavon. Two new Welsh treasures Meilyr Jones and ESTRONS, and hotly-tipped young indie rebel Declan McKenna will be making an appearance alongside Denmark’s lauded experimental-pop group Liss. Icelandic three-piece Samaris will make their Latitude debut alongside the UK’s enigmatic new voice of Pixx, alt-pop-rock quintet Babeheaven, hip-hop producer Muckaniks and the brutally honest songsmith Louis Berry. We’re also excited to announce a new wave of acts on the BBC 6 Music Stage, as punk mavericks Slaves return to the festival, along with electronic-soul duo Honne and the exotic sounds of Flamingods. Minor Victories, made up of Mogwai, Slowdive and Editors members (who all played Latitude in 2014), are set to perform a festival exclusive at Henham Park this summer. The Sunrise Arena will also host indie-art quartet Teleman, Scottish singer-songwriter Emma Pollock and indie veteran Bill Ryder-Jones. Bear’s Den, the critically acclaimed British folk rock duo, also join the incredible bill of acts performing on the Obelisk arena this summer. These new additions join an already stellar music line up fronted by headliners The Maccabees, The National and New Order, and many, many more. Take a look at the full line up so far. Source :


Holograms and holistic health: what will music festivals of the future look like?

The British public’s desire to gather in muddy fields shows no signs of waning – but how is the festival industry catering for our evolving tastes? Last year, it was estimated that 14 million UK adults were thinking of attending a festival. To meet this demand, the choices facing the pleasure-seeking rabble are greater than ever. Whether you want to see Coldplay headline Glastonbury for the umpteenth time, learn to knit at Camp Bestival or share a jacuzzi with Albert Hoffman-eulogising strangers at Shambala, there have never been so may options. “When Bestival started [in 2004] we were sort of out on our own with just a few others, but now we’re in a market with hundreds all jostling for space, which is fun and stressful in equal measure,” says Rob da Bank, DJ and founder of the Bestival, Camp Bestival and Common People festivals. Da Bank also co-created the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF), which this week held its first Festival Futures roadshow in Brighton. The aim was to gather the brightest minds in the independent festival game, chew over the minutiae of their businesses and reflect on the issues that will be affecting festivals in the future. Here are a few of the key trends that will affect the festivals to come. Participation The AIF’s research in 2014 found that 58% of people cite overall experience and atmosphere as the main reasons for their purchase of a festival ticket, and that just 7% said it was the headlining acts. This adds credence to the theory that participation is going to be the prevalent theme in modern festival-going. It can take many forms, from Burning Man’s inclusion of participation as one of its 10 Guiding Principles, to Southend’s Village Green using local schools and community groups to break the world record for the longest line of bunting. “There is a desire to go from just being a spectator to wanting something more,” says Fred Fellowes, organiser of Secret Garden Party. SGP started life as a one-stage, 1,000-person carve up in 2004, and now sees 22,500 spacemen and women descend on Abbots Ripton, Cambridgeshire, each year. Along with Shambala and Bestival, it was one of the UK’s pioneers of participation-led events. “A really great party engineers scenarios where people will talk to each other, despite being English, reserved, and terminally embarrassed or shy,” says Fellowes. “The best way to engineer that is by getting people involved, giving people ownership of the party, making them feel that their involvement is what’s making the evening go off with a bang.” The food revolution Modern festivals, in their high-falutin’ roles as societal microcosms, reflect the country’s current obsession with all things culinary. No festival better represents this than Wilderness, which since 2011 has been the benchmark for forward-thinking food concepts. “We started inviting a few chefs to host long table banquets,” says Wilderness food programmer Clare Isaacs. “The banquets were so popular we began to invite more chefs and restaurants, each with their own space to create something bespoke for the festival.” This year the festival is introducing a spoken-word venue called Kitchen Tales. Isaacs is curating it with Angela Hartnett, and they’ve invited 15 chefs, writers, producers and campaigners – “all of whom are coming to share their particular foodie story”. Wilderness is at the end of the scale, but Mark Laurie from the National Caterers Association (NCASS) is nigh-religious in his belief that street food will redefine how we eat at festivals in years to come. He says that there are between 2,000 and 3,000 more street food vendors in the UK than five years ago, and that the valuing of the east London-based Street Feast at £35m shows that it’s no flash in the wok. His tip for the next big street food? “Soul food – American and Japanese.” Ageing rockers “There is a direct link between the mass closure of grassroots music venues and the age of festival headliners,” says Mark Davy of the Music Venue Trust, which seeks to represent and protect grassroots music venues. If you think he’s exaggerating, consider the following facts: the average age of a major festival headliner in 1995 was 30; in 2015 it was 45. In 1995, it took an average of seven years for a band to go from debut album to headlining a major festival. It now takes 17. There were 136 grassroots music venues that traded in London between 2007 and 2015. Only 88 remain. Davy freely admits there are a raft of other contributing factors – not least the increasing age of the average festival attendee – but there’s a clear link. “Bands are doing shorter tours. As a result, there’s a lack of fanbase being built up. An average tour length is now 12 shows when it used to be 30. So for each of those nights, there are 300 people that haven’t bought a ticket to your band, and as a result, festival promoters are less likely take a risk on them.” So if you can’t bear the thought of seeing Pete Townshend doing that infernal windmill thing on another windblown festival stage, you know what to do. Virtual reality “Virtual and augmented reality aren’t going to detract in any way from the numbers of people going to festivals, because people will always want to go with their friends, drink beer and watch bands. But there are also millions of people who don’t want to leave their living room and don’t want to get muddy feet.” So says Sammy Andrews, a digital advisor and director at Entertainment Intelligence. “Virtual reality is fully immersive. You’re sucked into the environment – which could be on stage with an artist or in the festival crowd. Augmented is slightly different. It projects things – holograms – into the environment you’re already in.” The most well known example of augmented reality at a festival is the hologram of Tupac Shakur that rapped on stage with Snoop Dogg at Coachella in 2012. Coachella have also fired the starting gun in the VR race, sending out a virtual reality viewer to all ticket holders to this year’s event, to be used in conjunction with a phone app. The popularity of VR headsets such as the Oculus Rift will dictate how long it takes for festivals to adopt VR as a matter of course, and 2016 will probably be a bit early for most. “Things are coming to market very, very quickly though,” says Andrews. “It’s only a matter of time.” Mental health welfare A traditional image of the festival welfare tent may be one of puke-strewn teenagers, hunched quivering over buckets and gently mewing for mum. Not anymore. “Mental wellbeing [issues] can flare up at festivals for a number of reasons,” says Katy Mcleod, who runs the Chill Welfare social enterprise, which offers support for festivalgoers. “Sometimes it can be connected to substance use or sometimes it is due to people being out of their normal routine and environment, which can affect things like sleep and eating patterns. Equally, festivals are a unique opportunity to reach people experiencing mental health issues but who are not currently in treatment. People may also be more forthcoming at a festival about mental health issues because of the environment and the fact they can talk to welfare staff in confidence.” Recent findings suggest that 10 million UK adults will be affected by at least one mental health problem each year, and hospital admissions for self-harm among children and young adults have gone up by an alarming 68% in the past 10 years. “For us, the most basic thing is simply listening,” says Mcleod, “as it’s surprising how little people get this in their day to day lives.” Read more at



Ready for round two? After Rihanna, LCD Soundsystem, The Chemical Brothers, Oscar And The Wolf and dozens of other artists, we’re ready to present a second list full of exciting names! “We have nothing but love and warmth for Pukkelpop”, say David and Stephen Dewaele modestly. Last year they acted as curator and DJ in the Dance Hall, this year they take up their instruments once more as Soulwax on Saturday, August 20th. This summer the Pukkelpop dance floors are quaking and shaking with sets by Tchami, DJ Fresh, Eric Prydz, Joris Voorn, Kaytranada, MK, Scuba andBasenji. The Subs play an exclusive summer show in Hasselt and we’re also looking forward to live gigs by KiNK, AlunaGeorge, Detroit Swindle, The Internet, SG Lewis, Hoodie Allen and Hermitude. Rising star Jack Garratt is coming and so are Dotan, Tom Odell, Grandaddy,Bazart, Matt Corby, The Temper Trap, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes,Sophia, Local Natives, GoGo Penguin, Tiggs Da Author, Ezra Furman, Max Jury and Cage The Elephant. They’ve already set Kiewit’s festival grounds in their GPS! Whether you like rattling guitars or super-tight riffs, you don’t want to missBattles, Neurosis, Thrice, Brian Fallon & The Crowes, Thee Oh Sees, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, All Them Witches and Vant. In the coming weeks, we’ll give away more names for Pukkelpop 2016. Read more at


Manu Chao La Ventura, Hardwell, Kaiser Chiefs & more at Sziget!

We are very happy to let you know that Sziget have added 9 more names to their 2016 line-up today! Manu Chao La Ventura, Hardwell, Kaiser Chiefs and many more! Prepare for #sziget2016 as it’s going to be the best week of your summer! We guarantee that! You should check already announced names and get in the mood with listening to the official playlist of Sziget on Spotify! Sziget is working again on a very colorful and exciting line-up, representing all genres. Just recently Rihanna, Sia, Noel Gallagher and many more joined the already prominent program, but there is no stopping this time either. This year’s End Show, on the last day of the week-long festival on 16th August, will be hosted byHardwell, who will definitely crown the last Main Stage slot of 2016. Manu Chao La Venturawill bring danceable rhythms and a great atmosphere also to the Main Stage. Sziget is also happy to have Kaiser Chiefs, Fidlar, Boys Noize, Dillon Francis, Movits!, Vinai and DJ Sliink. I want to see all announced acts! Tickets Tickets are selling out real quick, the 5 days passes are already gone, so if you would like to come to Sziget than you should definitely get your tickets in time! Think of your accommodation as well, as upgrade campsites are also selling out: the VIP Camping and Siesta are no more available, but you can still book your place to Apéro, Alternativa and Bridge Camping or you can camp anywhere on the island Let me check the tickets! Budapest You will definitely want to explore the lovely city of Budapest, so you should consider getting your Sziget-Budapest Citypass, so you can use the public transportation for free, enter one of the pretty beaches or baths for free (discounts afterwards), use the airport shuttle, etc! Let me check the details now!  Read more at


DGTL after parties first names announced

DGTL festival 2016 is sold out but there are still after party tickets available. On Saturday 26th 17.00h the full line-up of both afterparties will be released via the DGTL APP. Do you want to see the full line-up, then download the app: The app is available for Android and Apple devices. Read more at



After more than a decade of offering a selection of the best international talent, Latitude has its greatest offering yet of stand-up comedians, sketch artists, comedy skits and cabaret shows. Join us at Henham Park for an unrivalled opportunity to see some of the biggest names in the industry. Headlining the Comedy Arena is internationally acclaimed stand-up titanRussell Howard. He performed at the first ever Latitude back in 2006, and in the decade since has earned a staggering amount of awards, sold-out tours and TV appearances, including his own hit television show ‘Russell Howard’s Good News.’ He returns to the festival as one of the UK’s most successful comedians. Josh Widdicombe is another television regular who’s trading in a production set for a festival stage in July. His Channel 4 series ‘The Last Leg’ has won him awards; his BBC3 sitcom ‘Josh’ has won him the praise of critics. This summer, his stand-up performance at Henham Park will win him cheers and laughter from the whole crowd. Triple threat Reggie Watts – beatboxer, improviser and comedian – will bring a one-of-a-kind show to the festival. Combining his formidable voice and looping pedals, Reggie creates an on-the-spot tour-de-force of music and comedy that blends genres in a way you’ve never seen or heard before. Paul Merton, champion of impro and holder of chums, is bringing his groupPaul Merton’s Impro Chums to the Comedy Arena to present a brand new show. Along with Mike McShane, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster, Paul will take on suggestions from all of you in the audience to weave together a knee-slapping narrative. In another display of the variety in comedy, The Boy With Tape on His Facewill show you that a performance doesn’t require noise, talking or acting. His show speaks for itself – and your laughter will fill in the silence. Next door at the Cabaret Arena will find post-queer events collectiveDuckie. The team will bring acts from their legendary 21-year weekly residency at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. The production will be led by Ursula Martinez, Figs in Wigs and Barbara Brownskirt & The Frank Chickens, and hosted by Myra Dubois with DJ’s Readers Wifes. The famed London venue Soho Theatre will also bring their ground-breaking, edgy show to the late-night cabaret crowd. Their set of thrilling, glamorous acts will star Bridget Everett, CHRISTEENE, Le Gateau Chocolat, Peter & Bambi Heaven and Tom Allen. The Glory is London’s newest venue for alt-drag, performance art, music and theatre. Its ‘Landladies’, Jonny Woo and John Sizzle will host their own variety show featuring stars of their drag queen and king competitions, soundtracked by their own in-house rock band. Award-winning Desmond O’Connor will join forces with renowned actress Sarah-Louise Young to present ‘Royal Vauxhall’, an insightful new musical about an outlandish night out with Princess Diana, Freddie Mercury and Kenny Everett. Powered by O’Connor’s bittersweet lyrics and catchy melodies, the show will be sure to shock, charm and entertain. To see the full announcement of new comedy and cabaret acts – joining an array of already-announced music, theatre and poetry acts – take a look at the Latitude line up thus far. And if you haven’t already, grab your tickets to experience the best multi-arts event of the summer​. Read more at

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Adele to headline Glastonbury music festival

London (AFP) – Adele will headline this year’s Glastonbury music festival on June 25, the bestselling British singer and organisers said on Friday. “She will headline Saturday night at this year’s Glastonbury Festival!” read a message on the festival’s official Twitter account. The singer announced the news to fans live on stage in London as part of her first world tour in four years which she began this month. Adele has broken several records with her third and latest album, featuring the ballad “Hello”. She was officially the biggest-selling artist in the world in 2015, according to industry data. The Glastonbury festival runs between June 22 and 26. Organiser Emily Eavis tweeted: “What a great honour it is to have the wonderful Adele confirmed for this year’s Saturday night headline spot on the Pyramid Stage!” Source: