Counterfeit + Faux + Tigress @ Birmingham Academy 3

For reasons I won’t go into I’ve driven 135 miles to Birmingham for this gig and I’m surprised it’s in Academy 3. It’s a great little venue but with a capacity of only 250, so I’d have thought it would be a sell-out. It isn’t, but (not wanting to give the game away) those who’ve made the effort to come out tonight are in for a real treat. First up are Faux. Formed in 2014, this four piece from Southampton play what they describe as ‘dirty pop’. It’s certainly not the type of drivel that most people would think of if you asked them what pop was. This is guitar-driven pop delivered with catchy riffs, jangly guitars, heavy drum beats […]

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Reading and Leeds: NME Radio One Stage, 2017

Spilling with big names and rising favourites, including previously announced headliners You Me At Six, Flume and Haim, the NME/Radio One Stage has announced even more stand-out sets over the weekend. Monumental live performances will come from Mura Masa, the electronic maestro behind hits ‘Love$ick’ and ‘Firefly’. The highly acclaimed producer and multi-instrumentalist will reign over Reading and Leeds with thundering beats and a set that promises to point towards his becoming one of the most exciting artists in the world. Bass-giant Sub Focus, aka Nick Douwma is set to up the ante with an unmissable live set of eclectic dance, having released new material Lingua earlier this year. Having made a name for herself through collaborations with Rudimental, Sean […]

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Zippo bring their lighters and a whole load more to Download 2017

Source: Download Festival 2017 Event News Zippo has unified live music fans for decades, empowering punters to show music legends they want more by raising their lighters high. At this year’s Download Festival, Zippo is keeping the flame burning at the Zippo Encore Area. Celebrating all things live music, festival goers can check out the extensive product range, grab a limited edition Zippo windproof lighter and take part in a range of on-site activities. Need to practice your invisible six-string in between bands? The Encore booth is the place to be, as music fans can take part in the air guitar competition to be in with the chance of winning side of stage access to some of the festival’s biggest […]

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The Firestone Music Tour returns to Download Festival

Source: Download Festival 2017 Event News This summer, Firestone is hitting the road to bring musicians and music-lovers together at several major festivals across Europe. From 9 to 11 June, the third edition of the Firestone Music Tour returns to Download Festival! With the Firestone Stage, Car-aoke Van and other activations, you can come to the Firestone booth at Download to discover new music and enjoy live performances. The Firestone Stage is located at the Firestone booth and gives bands their first opportunity to perform at a major European festival. The close atmosphere will allow you to interact directly with these emerging musicians. In addition to branded transport, pit stops and merchandise giveaways, you can also hop in the renovated […]

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Latitude 2017 lineup announcement

Latitude 2017 brings another star-studded list of acts including Katherine Jenkins OBE and an unannounced special guest who will join headliners The 1975, Mumford and Sons, and Fleet Foxes – alongside Placebo and Fatboy Slim for hi-voltage performances across the weekend. 40,000 festival fans will be blown away by Brit Award winners The 1975 and Fleet Foxes – who are returning to British soil in a UK Exclusive after a five year hiatus. Saturday night headliners Mumford & Sons will bring with them their Gentlemen Of The Road takeover to curate the day’s line-up. The legendary Placebo hit Latitude in a UK Festival Exclusive and elsewhere on the bill are The Horrors, The Radio Dept. (another UK festival exclusive) and […]

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Bestival launches Invaders of the Future line-up

HONEYBLOOD / BLACK FOXXES / MR B THE GENTLEMAN RHYMER/ CHASTITY BELT / THE MAGIC GANG / SEAN MCGOWAN / THE TUTS/ TRAAMS / DEAD! / BARNS COURTNEY / THE SHOWHAWK DUO / SWAN LEVITT / UPSTARTS / COCO AND THE BUTTERFIELDS / VISTAS / THE DU-RELL FAMILY / LEWIS BOOTLE / FOURS / WILD FRONT / JODIE ABACUS / SHAMA RAHMAN ECURBREKAL / NAKAMARRA / COMPTON WHITE / BRANDON RIVERS GRACELAND / ROUTE2ROOTS  / FREAZY / ETON GIRLS CHOIR If blistering bands, raucous rock and dreamy folk music is what you want at Bestival, then the Invaders of the Future are what you need. A glimpse of our musical destiny these are the most exciting up-and-coming acts around. So, […]

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Apply to be part of the Dog Squad and experience Download for free!

Source: Download Festival 2017 Event News Fancy joining us at this year’s festival but can’t quite scrape together the cash? Why not sign up to become part of our Dog Squad at #DL2017? As well as getting a free ticket to the festival, you’ll also have time to watch some of our iconic line up. We’ve partnered with Hotbox Events, who are looking for fresh Dog Squad recruits to help at the festival this year. Some of the Dog Squad responibilities include: Assisting festival-goers with directions and answering questions about performances​. Reporting any problems – e.g., a build-up of litter or faulty facilities. Working with Fire Safety, Medical and Security teams. Keeping an eye on the campsites from the fire towers. Helping out […]

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