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Festival line-up update: Hard Rock Calling, Lovebox, LeeFest and more

By | Published on Wednesday 5 June 2013

Hard Rock Calling

Suffolk’s “whisky sippin, guitar strummin, banjo pickin, rib suckin” rhythm and blues extravaganza, Red Rooster Festival, has been cancelled, its organisers say, because they want to “look again at its formula”. It all looks fine to me, but I guess they could maybe lose the banjo pickin if something has to go. Or maybe they mean they’re so happy with the formula that they want to just look at it for a while, without the distraction of actually having to organise a festival. That’ll be it, I’ll bet.

Rather than dwell on that further, I’ll skip on to new add-ons by regal LDN jamfest Hard Rock Calling; pairs of new names over at the first ever Isle Of Man festival and Radio 2’s live Hyde Park party; dance stage revelations at this year’s Leefest; the new artist smacker that’s been planted on Lovebox; the initial listings at Bristol’s Simple Things; and a pop-tacularly strange mix of acts (Neil Young, Little Mix, JLS, Mount Kimbie, Eliza Doolittle and the like) billed to play this year’s Liverpool International Music Festival.


HARD ROCK CALLING, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, 29-30 Jun: Gaz Coombes, Twin Atlantic, The Twang, Lonely The Brave, Vuvuvultures, Bruno Major, No, The Carnabys.

ISLE OF MAN FESTIVAL, TT Grandstand, Nobles Park, Isle Of Man, 6 Jul: The Jar Family, Robbie Boyd.

LEEFEST, Highams Hill Farm, Warlingham, Surrey, 12-14 Jul: Melé, Dark Sky, Pusherman, Jesse James, Rattus Rattus, I Killed Kenny.

LIVERPOOL INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL, various venues, Liverpool, 18 Aug – 22 Sep: Neil Young & Crazy Horse, JLS, Little Mix, Soul II Soul feat Jazzie B & Caron Wheeler, Eliza Doolittle, Martha Wainwright, Bryn Terfel, Union J, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Ghostpoet, Mount Kimbie, Machel Montano, The Christians, The Padrang Rynee Quartet, Les Frères Guissé, Sense Of Sound, Navin KUndra, DJ Robbo Ranx, Roberto Pla Latin Ensemble, Malik & The OGs, Connie Lush, Panjabi Hit Squad, Dios Salve A La Reina, KOF, Silent Sleep, Coffee & Cakes For Funerals, The Hummingbirds, Chelcee Grimes, Bird,All We Are, 24 Festival Drums, Tea Street Band, Natalie McCool, Sophia Ben-Yousef, Joe Maddocks, Mellowtone DJs, Beaten Tracks DJs.

LOVEBOX, Victoria Park, London, 19-21 Jul: Splashh, Ghostpoet, Big Deal, Bipolar Sunshine, Rainy Milo, Owlle, Mausi, Josef Salvayt, Roscius.

RADIO 2 LIVE IN HYDE PARK, Hyde Park, London, 8 Sep: Texas, Jamie Cullum.

SIMPLE THINGS, various venues, Bristol, 12 Oct: Moderat, Pantha Du Prince, Jon Hopkins, Jazzy Jeff, Dopplereffekt, Motor City Drum Ensemble, King Midas Sound, The Invisible, Tall Ships, Letherette, Seams, Mazes, DjRUM, Fear Of Men, Paws, Typesun, Artifact, Futureboogie DJs, Pardon My French, My Panda Shall Fly, Girl Band, Moko.

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