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Festival Rundown


Gone are the days of having to patiently wait until spring time for the first signs of summer festival lineups. Much to the delight of festival lovers such as myself festivals are more and more following the trend of slowly starting to drip feed our desires by releasing acts any time from Christmas onwards. Arguably over the past two weeks we have seen some of the biggest announcements this year with releases from some of the giants like Reading and Leeds, Bestival, Isle of White and Parklife along with some of the smaller festivals including Bristols freshest music festival Love Saves The Day.

Probably most noticeably is Reading and Leeds newest strategy, using Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe to announce a headliner and a block of around 10 artists every few month. With headliners so far announced Blink- 182 and Arctic Monkeys this certainly makes a change to the old days when one would sit patiently by their computer as the full Reading and Leeds line up would be announced as one glorious jam packed poster.

As for festivals just over the water on the Isle Of White, Bestival once again does not disappoint with Indie legends Foals and American duo Outkast set to headline the weekend. With notiable other acts including Disclosure, Major Lazer and London Grammar. Meanwhile Isle Of White festival most certainly follows its rock roots announcing three stela rock headliners: Biffy Clyro, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Kings Of Leon. Both of the above however still have a lot more to give the punters and this summer is certainly going to be an exciting one for the little island.

Parklife once again this year does not disappoint. The Manchester heavyweight has put together a hedonistic mix of international legends including this years Saturday headliner Snoop Dogg and its ever expanding mix of some of the most exciting DJ’s in underground music which the festival is famous for.  Some of my personal highlights from the lineup come from Disclosure (who seems to be storming round the country this summer festival season), Jamie XX  and David Rodigan.

Closer to home in our neighbouring city, Bristol brings Love Saves The Day into its third year of existence with a lineup you would expect from one of its more veteran rivals. This festival clearly has huge pulling power with acts such as Annie Mac, Jamie XX and SBTRKT gracing Castle Park in the May sun.

Hijacked promises to be one of the highlights of this year
Hijacked promises to be one of the highlights of this year

Even closer to home and we now see the first few announcements for the eagerly awaited Hijacked festival run by our favourite underground music boys Thick as Thieves.  On the 11th Feb we saw two of the most exciting DJ’s currently on the UK house circuit Karma Kid and Blonde. But today we arguably saw the most exciting announcement of all, the release of headline act and legendary duo Bondax.

Whether you’re a festival veteran doing the usual circuit of muddy UK fields this summer or a festival virgin there is certainly a lot for everyone to get excited for ahead of this Summer. Check back in with Expose in a couple of month’s time for an update on the hottest line up releases.

Thomas Reed

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