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Festival line-up update: The Great Escape, Berlin Festival, Redfest and more

By | Published on Tuesday 5 March 2013

Hard Rock Calling

Okay, so what FLUUs has CMU (for you) today? To start things off, a new conscription of 100 acts has gone towards making The Great Escape even… well, greater. First up Billy Bragg joins Bastille on the line-up of Dome Shows, the big gigs that take place during TGE at the Brighton Dome. Elsewhere Great Escape wristband holders will be able to enjoy The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, Iggy Azalea, Parquet Courts, Susanne Sundfør, Tall Ships and Brooke Candy who all align with the first-added likes of UMO, AlunaGeorge and Tom Odell.

Says an enthusiastic Billy Bragg, who’ll be playing his Dome Show on Friday 17 May: “With my new band and new sounding record, I feel as excited now as I did when my first album, ‘Life’s A Riot With Spy Vs Spy’ came out all those years ago, so it’s brilliant to be invited to play at The Great Escape alongside such a great roster of new acts. I’m really looking forward to coming back to the Brighton Dome too – I’ve always had such a brilliant time there”.

Talking of brilliance, the Berlin-based Berlin Festival has shared a new phase of its artist additions, and it’s a cracker. My Bloody Valentine, Klaxons, Savages and John Talabot will all play live beside MIA, Turbostaat and an Ed Banger-presented DJ-athon featuring Justice, Busy P, Sebastian and Breakbot, all of which is happening in advance of headlining sets by Blur and Pet Shop Boys. So that’s sehr schön, nicht war?

What else? Well, an initial missive via this year’s Hard Rock Calling has invited Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band back to have another go, their festival-ending encore having been halted at the same event last year when it ran overtime, mainly as a result of those draconian Hyde Park rules. With the festival now relocated to the Olympic Park, this time it will all be fine. Bruce and co’s co-headliners Kasabian, plus Paul Weller, Miles Kane, The Cribs and Klaxons, represent other HRC attractions confirmed so far.

Elsewhere, RedFest is also on it with the artist additions game, and has just taken on first-rate alt-pop types like Lucy Rose, Bastille and Dry The River. Alt-poptacular. Meanwhile Mosely’s genre-diverse Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul Festival will this year ‘play host’ to Candi Staton, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, and pre-existing artistes Chic feat Nile Rodgers, Bonobo and Soul II Soul, and others besides.

Talking of others, it’s time to look at other additions to other festivals, not least Barn On The Farm and Boomtown Fair:

BARN ON THE FARM, Over Farm Market, Over, Gloucestershire, 5-7 Jul: Hudson Taylor, Bear’s Den, Lauren Aquilina, Mike Dignam, Orla Gartland, Frank Hamilton, Young Kato, Indiana, Jasper In The Company of Others, Mt Wolf, JP Cooper, Harbour, Jackie D Williams, Keston Cobblers Club.

BERLIN FESTIVAL, Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, Germany, 6-7 Sep: My Bloody Valentine, Klaxons, Savages, Ellen Allien, John Talabot, Fritz Kalkbrenner.

BOOMTOWN FAIR, Matterley Bowl, Winchester, Hampshire, 8-11 Aug: Bad Manners, Ska N Ska, Hoffmaestro, The Selecter, The Neville Staple Band, Babyhead, Ska Cubano, Smerins Anti-Social Club, The Dualers, Skamanians, Crash Nomada, The Magnus Puto Band, Bison, First Degree Burns, Guns Of Navarone, The JB Conspiracy, Counting Coins, Outl4w, Hallouminati, The Jargonauts, New Groove Formation, Tyrannosaurus Alan, Zora & The Tatsmiths, Oscillator, Melosa, Rasta4Eyes, Royal Gala, Upbeat Allstars, ChainSka Brassika, Popes Of Chillitown, The Rude’em Outs, Bad Transmission, Shoot The Moon, Chewing On Tinfoil.

THE GREAT ESCAPE, various venues, Brighton, 16-18 May: A Tribe Called Red, Aa Wallace, Andy Shauf, Arcane Roots, Atlas Genius, Babe, The Balconies, Beach Fossils, Big Wave Riders, Billy Bragg, Blue Hawaii, Brooke Candy, Cairo Pythian, Cairo Knife Fight, Catfish And The Bottlemen, [Champagne], Concrete Knives, Daniel Drumz, Deep Sea Arcade, Diane, Diiv, The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, Elisapie, Eye Emma Jedi, Farao, Fimber Bravo, Findlay, Girls In Hawaii, Golden Fable, Hacktivist , Highasakite, Houndmouth, The Hounds Below, Husky Rescue, Iggy Azalea, Indiana, Is Tropical, Jackie Onassis, Jagwar Ma, Jenny Hval, Joe Banfi, Kamp!, Kimberly Anne, Kins, Kodaline, Little Green Cars, London Grammar, Lord Huron, Lostalone, Lowell, Marika Hackman, Mausi, Mazes, Mel Parsons, The Midnight Beast, Mikal Cronin, Mo Kenney, Monophona, Mutiny On The Bounty, Murder By Death, Murmansk, No Ceremony /// , An On, Only Real, Owlle, Parlour, Parquet Courts, Phantom, Pinkunoizu, Plaster, Rah Rah, Rebekka Karijord, Rubik, Ruen Brothers, Saint Michel, Sarah Macdougall, Say Yes Dog, Sharks, Stevie Neale, Story Books, Susanne Sundfør, Syron, Tall Ships, Temples, Dancing Years, The Elwins, The Griswolds, The Other Tribe, The Strypes, Three Trapped Tigers, Thumpers, Toddla T Sound, Tripwires, Troumaca, Unno, Warm Myth, White Fence, Woods, Yan Wagner, Your Favourite Enemies.

HARD ROCK CALLING, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, 29-30 Jun: Kasabian, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Paul Weller, Miles Kane, The Black Crowes, Alabama Shakes, The Cribs, Klaxons, Tribes.

MOSTLY JAZZ, FUNK & SOUL FESTIVAL, Mosely Park, Birmingham, 5-7 Jul: Candi Staton, The Fantasy Funk Band, Smoove & Turrell, The Haggis Horns, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Hiatus Kaiyote, Yes King, Jess Roberts, Greg Bird & Flamingo Flame, BJ Smith, The Soul Circle Gang, Lokkhi Terra, Snarky Puppy, Gogo Penguin, The Initiative, Mammal Hands.

REDFEST, Robins Cook Farm, Redhill, Surrey, 26-27 Jul: Dry The River, Bastille, Lucy Rose, Brother & Bones, Engine-Earz Experiment, Sharks, The Loveable Rogues, Arcane Roots, Max Raptor, Park Bench Society, Subsource, The Valiant.

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