As the festive season descends upon us, BLOODSTOCK come bearing gifts – four more bands for 2019!
Saturday’s special guest on the Ronnie James Dio main stage will be none other than thrash titans, ANTHRAX. The band are set to start work on a new studio album in 2019, so maybe we’ll get to hear something new at BOA19! In the meantime, check out a live version of their classic ‘Madhouse’, taken from their recent live DVD release, ‘Kings Among Scotland’
In a UK exclusive, Norwegian black metal legends DIMMU BORGIR join the bill as BLOODSTOCK’s special guests on Sunday. After an eight year gap, the group released their tenth studio album, ‘Eonian’ via Nuclear Blast in May. Investigate the video for ‘Council Of Wolves And Snakes’ from that opus
Adding to the main stage fun on Saturday, are Australian deathcore beasts THY ART IS MURDER. While the band have four albums, including their most recent, ‘Dear Desolation’ to familiarise yourself with, they tantalisingly just dropped a brand new track on Black Friday. Listen to ‘Death Perception’
Homegrown British act TESSERACT bring their blend of djent and progressive metal to Catton Park on Friday. Most recently, the band have been traversing Europe with touring buddies Between The Buried And Me. Watch the video for ‘Juno’, from TESSERACT’s fourth studio album ‘Sonder’
These four bands join the previously announced Friday night headliner, SABATON, Sunday’s bill toppers SCORPIONS, together with CHILDREN OF BODOM, CODE ORANGE, SOILWORK, CRADLE OF FILTH, METAL CHURCH, SKELETONWITCH, DEATH ANGEL, DEE SNIDER, QUEENSRYCHE, ELUVEITIE, EVIL SCARECROW, ROSS THE BOSS, GRAND MAGUS, ROTTING CHRIST and HYPOCRISY on the Catton Park stages next August. Stay tuned for more bands to be announced in the New Year!
Check out the new 2019 video trailer
Standard weekend tickets are only available at ‘early bird’ prices (just £132 for four days of metal fun) until 15th December, so pick up yours today at the ticket store to save a few quid while you can – http://bloodstock.seetickets.com.
BLOODSTOCK’s first wave of 2019 Serpents Lair VIP tickets and campervan passes are both now SOLD OUT! A second wave of VIP, including Deluxe packages (Luxpads, Bellepads, Podpads, etc) and a limited amount of VIP upgrades (for those who’ve already purchased standard weekend tickets) will become available on Monday 17th December at 9am. For full details click to http://www.bloodstock.uk.com/pages/vip-camping.
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BLOODSTOCK will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 8th-11th August 2019. Get additional information over at www.bloodstock.uk.com.
BEAUTIFUL DAYS 2018 ANNOUNCE MANIC STREET PREACHERS, SHED SEVEN, FEEDER, LEVELLERS, GOGOL BORDELLO, SUZANNE VEGA, CALEXICO, BRITISH SEA POWER, RICHARD THOMPSON ELECTRIC TRIO, VINTAGE TROUBLE, THE WILDHEARTS, ERIC BIBB, JAZZIE B & LOADS MORE
Headlining the Main Stage on Saturday at Beautiful Days 2018 are the world-renowned Welsh rockers Manic Street Preachers. Their new album ‘Resistance Is Futile’, which features lead single ‘International Blue’ is out 13 April 2018. Friday’s headliner cannot be revealed until June but headlining the Sunday night are festival founders Levellers who will close the weekend with a spectacular show including a firework finale. Also playing the Main Stage are gypsy punks Gogol Bordello, plus Shed Seven who recently released their first album in 16 years, indie-rock band Feeder who visit Escot Park for the first time, the sensational rhythm & blues band Vintage Trouble, Mercury Prize nominated indie rock band British Sea Power, rock band The Wildhearts led by the charismatic Ginger Wildheart, Dutch blues & funk band My Baby and Beautiful Days favourites Dreadzone. Completing the Main Stage line-up are Scottish punk band The Skids, Canadian Producer and DJ crew A Tribe Called Red, the mighty Dub Pistols, plus high octane folk rockers from Newcastle Holy Moly And The Crackers, Indian ska-dub band The Ska Vengers, cosmic band Henge, pop duo Rews, punk-rock quintet Ducking Punches, The Spitfires and singer-songwriter Emily Capell.
Top of the bill on the Big Top stage on Friday is Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega who recently celebrated the 30th and 25th anniversaries of her albums Solitude Standing and 99.9F which included the hits ‘Luka’ and ‘Tom’s Diner’. Headlining on Saturday is Arizona-bred alt rock band Calexico and Sunday is acclaimed folk legend Richard Thompson with his electric trio show. Also in The Big Top are high energy French band Les Negresses Vertes, American acoustic blues singer-songwriter Eric Bibb, plus Oysterband who recently celebrated their 40th anniversary, North London siblings Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, the uncompromising Nadine Shah, New Model Army frontman Justin Sullivan playing a solo set, Rising Appalachia who are led by the collective voice of sisters Leah and Chloe, plus Canadian Irish punk band The Mahones, Elephant Sessions and Skinny Lister. And completing the Big Top line-up are BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominees Sam Kelly And The Lost Boys, husband & wife duo Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, Cornish folk-punk band 3 Daft Monkeys, festival favourites Hobo Jones And The Junkyard Dogs and The Bar Stewards Of Val Doonican. Levellers Acoustic will open the show on the Friday afternoon playing stunning and surprising re-arrangements of their hits from new album ‘We The Collective’ produced by John Leckie, out 30 March.
The Little Big Top will play host to British DJ, producer and founding member of Soul II Soul Jazzie B, dub heavyweights Youth & Gaudi Live and multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter Sian Evans. Plus Macky Gee & IC3, Altern 8 Live, TS7, The Undercover Hippy, Mark XTC, Davos Live, Dr Meaker, Mr Nice, Future Flex, The Tribe, Skata Tones, Dark Matta, Astralasia, Splink, Just A Couple Of Mums, Instigator & Sarge, Leroy & Agony, DJ Ambiessence, DJ Shinybeast, Westman and Farmer. Family rave Big Fish Little Fish returns on the Friday afternoon and The Silent Disco runs into the early hours for two nights. The Theatre Tent welcomes ‘Football Magic’ with John Farnworth, ‘The Children in the Moon’ presented by Makeshift Ensemble, plus Mumblecrust Theatre presenting ‘The Tale of the Cockatrice’, Dan The Hat with the ‘Stupid Stunt Show’, Irish poet Stephen James Smith, comedy duo Spitz and Co presenting ‘Glorilla’, Morgan & West presenting ‘Time Travelling Magicians’ and Swing Circus. Plus the much-loved Entertainingly Different and Le Navet Bete.
The Bandstand plays host to The United Stoats Of America, The Haystingers, The Cravats, The 286, Taya Minchington, Someone/Anyone, Small Town Jones, Sembalance, PG Haze, Paul Coultas, Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, King Size Slim, Jake And The Jellyfish, Easy Rider Soundtrack, Dr Savage & The Incurables, Davey Malone, Buddah Triangle, 40 Shillings On The Drum, Open Mic Sessions and the 2018 Fancy Dress Competition.
Line-ups for The Bimble and The Rebel Tent plus stand-up comedy in The Theatre Tent are still to be announced. The THEME for the Sunday at Beautiful Days is A RIOT OF COLOUR – the festival are encouraging people to be bold, be bright and wear all the colours of the rainbow!
Beautiful Days is a family music festival that has no corporate sponsorship or branding and does not advertise. The festival, now in its 16th year, is organised by DMF Music and takes place at Escot Park in Devon. It has seven stages included a seated Theatre Tent plus site art installations, a huge children’s area, family camping, licensed real ale bars from Otter Brewery & a great choice of food and craft stalls. Adult Weekend Camping Tickets are £142.50, 10 to Under 16’s Weekend Camping Tickets £70, 5 to Under 10’s Weekend Camping Tickets £40, Under 5’s Weekend Camping Tickets £5, Car routing/parking tickets £15 and Campervan tickets £45. All tickets are subject to booking fee. There are no day tickets available. Tickets on sale now via www.beautifuldays.org/tickets
Here’s the heads up on who you’ll get to see at London’s Junction 2 Festival in 2018.
Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, Nina Kraviz, Tale of Us, Ame, Joy Orbison, Len Faki, Mind Against, Scuba presents SCB, Sonja Moonear, Dense & Pika, Jay Clarke, Marcus Worgull, Nicholas Lutz, Trikk, William Djoko + more TBA
Now this is good news – Gorillaz will be playing an exclusive UK festival headline show at Boomtown Chapter 10 for 2018.
The festival has already seen a record-breaking 50% of tickets sold, and this announcement is certain to take them close to sell-out in no time at all.
BOOMTOWN FAIR is held 9th – 12th August, 2018 at the Matterley Estate in Hampshire
Both Boomtown and Gorillaz champion and highlight the work of underground artists from an eclectic range of musical genres. They both have a politically tinged narrative and ensure the highest production levels are brought to every show.
Fresh from completing a hugely successful world tour for their recent album ‘Humanz’, Gorillaz will be ready to give Boomtown a taste of their superior musicianship and visual mastery at Boomtown’s remastered Lion’s Den amphitheatre.
‘Having the Gorillaz perform on our newly rebuilt Lion’s Den arena is beyond anything we could have imagined when we first started 10 years ago! It’s unbelievably exciting to start collaborating for this one off show next summer and to delve into all the ways in which we can make the very most of the similarities between our musical styles and story based performance!’ – Boomtown Organisers
The tenth chapter of Boomtown will, as ever, offer an unparalleled platform for underground music; mixing art, theatre and performance in a living, breathing, fictitious city, brought to life by hundreds of performers throughout the nine themed districts and immersive street sets.
A variety of ticket options are still available including; Tier three, coach traveller packages and split payment tickets. Head over to the website for all available ticket options. Those aged 12 and below can go for free.
Curated by the father and daughter duo of Noz and Ella and a huge extended family who work across the entire festival, there’s a unique charm and energy to Nozstock unlike anything else in the country. Reaching its momentous 19th year this summer, Nozstock is an enchanting adventure nestled in gorgeous rolling hills, and is very proud to announce its second wave of artists performing this summer on the beautiful working farm in the heart of Herefordshire.
Widely credited with igniting the hip-hop scene and bringing it into the mainstream in the 1970s, The Sugarhill Gang famed for their iconic 1979 hit Rapper’s Delight and they remain an irresistible force.
Hayseed Dixie are the inspired and hard-rocking exponents of Appalachian Mountain hillbilly rave-ups, who in 2001 released a covers album of AC/DC classics. Fast-forward to the present, and April sees the release their 15th studio album, Free Your Mind and Your Grass Will Follow.
Levelz are a multi-faceted collective of MCs, DJs and producers who have been feted as Wu Tang Clan meets Happy Mondays. Their eclectically vibrant sounds segue between grime, dubstep and hip-hop to drum & bass and house and jazz. They’ve taken a star turn on hip-hop internet TV station Boiler Room, won their regional Red Bull Culture Clash battle, and dropped in on Toddla T’s Radio 1 show.
Also appearing are Ferocious Dog, a full-on six piece band who encompass wild folk, infused with rock, reggae and Celtic vibrations – and regularly feature one half of Carter USM on guitar duties.
Psycho-ceilidh rockers Neck recently supported Ferocious Dog at their headline London show and are on the top of their game right now.
Lyrical satirists Goldie Lookin’ Chain remain sharply humorous and controversial, satirically skewering much of today’s consumer society, cultural trends, and railing at life in general.
The Baghdaddies’ exuberant and rampant brand of world music is an exhilarating cocktail of Balkan melodies, ska, Latin grooves and sizzling brass played with furious energy.
Le Galaxie have been an unstoppable force ever since their debut, consistently crafting incredible pop song after incredible pop song.
After a 20-year career, The Freestylers have navigated a full 360 degrees in the bass music genre. They’ve played all the biggest festivals and most talked-about nightclubs around the world, still retaining their keen edge.
And also on the bill, heavily inspired by the bass lines of dub music, ragga-jungle and hip hop, Benny Page works across UK funky house, dubstep and reggae.
These stalwarts are joined by some of the best new and rising talent the UK has to offer, including pop-punk group Super Glu whose hooks are stickier than their name, the infectious Millie Manders, and a raft of others, including The Flamenco Thief, CW Jones, Goan Dogs, Keto, Yassassin, Mica Millar, Humdrum Express, Frauds, Beverley Shrills, Ouroborus, The Discount Orchestra and The RPMs.
Nozstock is also introducing a brand-new stage this summer – Elephant’s Grave. This is billed as a warm and inviting wooded escape with an overhead canopy, adjacent to one of the festival’s lakes.
By day expect the best of reggae, dancehall and rocksteady rhythms from the likes of Drumlove,Go With The Flo, Fat Stash, Kreed, Hold Tight Collective, Dutchie and Gardna amongst others.
Then, by night, the new stage takes an altogether different direction, with house and techno on Friday night courtesy of From Berlin With Love featuring Morgino, Blake Parker, Worse 4 Wear, Will Richards, Nautz & Toppa and more.
Saturday night’s Forte party features more rocking 4/4 from Sonny Wharton, Dom Kane, Dirty Secretz, Innerkey, Luke Stanger, Jason Young, Tom Gatley and more.
Just across the lake, in The Coppice, is an open-air psychedelic stage inhabited by Bristol’s Tribe of Frog collective, who create a cornucopia of colour and sound with their renowned decoration and some of the finest acts from the Psytrance scene, including the likes of Dirty Saffi, Alta, Psymmetrix, Monk3yLogic, Occular, Subliminal System, Lurk, Nuky and DJ Lorraine.
Over on The Bandstand, summertime and the livin’ will, most certainly, be easy as Sunday afternoon sees the stage swing into a fusion of all things jazz with more bluesy beats to shake a saxophone at with a new offering.
Bluejay’s Jazz Lounge is headlined by the exciting young gypsy-jazz guitarist, Remi Harris. Aged only 29, Remi already has a string of awards under his belt, plus endorsements from the best in the industry.
Then Sunday morning is all about the upcoming talent with a takeover from BBC Introducing Hereford and Worcester featuring Ellisha Green, Capas,Invincible Youth and Karyo.
Get into the groove with this Spotify playlist…
Beyond the bands
It’s not just music keeping you entertained in The Hidden Valley, with more names announced for Laughing Stock comedy including Simon Munnery, Tom Ward and Pat Cahill. There’s even more workshops for mini-Nozstockers in Little Wonderland with Music Workshops presented by Dodgy’s Nigel Clark and Forest School Sessions, including wood-whittling and toasting marshmallows. Meditation and Sound Baths, are on offer, or even the chance to do some baking…
Herefordshire-based, experimental visual collective MASH announces the highlights of the weekend’s cinema programme, including surrealist shorts, Live A/V performances, BAFTA award winning The Brothers McLeod – Retrospective, and Channel 4’s Random Acts Short Films.
Plus, just announced is a host of acts for Velveteen Valley cabaret, welcoming award-winning developer Alistair Aitcheson with his Incredibly Playful Show. There will be prizes mixed with comedic entertainment from Backyard Bingo, plus a melting pot of seductive sass with some of the UK’s best burlesque talent with Jolene Dover, Ursula Dares, Flossie Smalls, Jackie Clementines, Jesticular Dancer, Jewelled Personality, and The Glitter Kittens.
For those who prefer the highbrow, the first names for The Bantam of The Opera Theatre won’t disappoint with panel discussions on The State of The Arts, talks from the likes of Marika McKennell, the return of the mad scientist Andrew Szydlo, and surreal theatre group Hummadruz, plus a BSL workshop with Abbi Brown.
Set on a beautiful working farm in the heart of Herefordshire, the reassuringly welcoming and independent festival has evolved from 50 friends at the inaugural gathering and flourished into an intimate, musical odyssey. With interactive adventure and performance for all ages, Nozstock is a playground for everyone, from seasoned festival-goers to newbies setting out for the first time.
The festival features a huge range of entertainment and inspiration for families with games, pop-up performances, and workshops at every turn.
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Friday 21 – Sunday 23 July
@ Rowden Paddocks, Bromyard, Herefordshire, HR7 4LS Live line up so far: Seasick Steve, Happy Mondays, The Sugarhill Gang, Hayseed Dixie, General Levy, Levelz, Ocean Wisdom, Mungo’s Hi-Fi, Goldie Lookin, Chain (Legends set), Beans on Toast, Ferocious Dog, The Correspondents, Rodney P & Skitz, Dabbla, Illaman and DJ Frosty, Lady Chann,, Chainska Brassika, Le Galaxie, Land of The Giants, Stiff Joints, The Baghdaddies, Hannah Peel, Jeremiah Ferrari, Sola Rosa Soundsystem, Neck, Super Glu, Remi Harris, Oh My God! It’s The Church, Death By Unga Bunga, Jasper In The Company of Others, Haus, The Meow Meows, Micall Parknsun, Gardna, Natty Speaks, The RPMs, Millie Manders & The Shut Up, Mica Millar, Yassassin, Desert Boots, Youth, Boy Azooga, Andy Jones, Lit FM, Mango Factory, Normanton Street, Beatwell & Dante, Little Big Stuff, Humdrum Express, Ouroborus. The Lasting Days, CW Jones, Flamenco Thief, Verbal Highz, Snazzback, The Maitree Express, Goan Dogs, Keto, Frauds, Beverley Shrills, Yusufla, Hallouminati, Hot Diamond Aces, Funky Navigation DJs, Josh Ace Band, Rosebud, Calm Like A Riot, Mankala, The Discount Orchestra, Livewire, Capac, Ellisha Green, Karyo, Invincible Youth
DJ line up so far: Hazard & Eksman, Delta Heavy, Krafty Kuts & Dynamite MC, Loadstar, Mind Vortex, Frankee, 15 Years of Critical Records feat. Break, Ivy Lab, Kasra, Foreign Concept, Benny Page, The Freestylers, Uncle Dugs showcase feat. Billy Bunter & more tbc, Carasel MC, Remidy MC, Octo Pi, Trafic MC, DJ Mayhem, DJ Choppa, Dex, Scope. Forte ft. Sonny Wharton, Dom Kane, Dirty Secretz, Innerkey, Luke Stanger, Jason Young, Tom Gatley, House Meanz House, Chris Lockie, From Berlin With Love ft. Morginio, Blake Parker, Worse 4 Wear, Will Richards, Nautz & Toppa, Josh Smalley, Jack Jones, Discotek DJs. Tribe of Frog ft. Dirty Saffi, Alta, Psymmetrix, Monk3ylogic, Occular, Subliminal System, Lurk, Nuky, DJ Lorraine. Fat Stash, Kreed, Hold Tight Collective, Dutchie, Gardna, Vint-1, Tenz, Ital Sounds ft. Drumlove, Go With The Flo, Juggla, DJ Shogun, DJ Feva, Mad Max.
Comedy, Theatrics & Cinema so far: Phil Kaye, Jayde Adams, Simon Munnery; Tom Ward, Pat Cahill, Rich Wilson, Velveteen Valley Cabaret ft. Joanne Jordan, Jolene Dover, Ursula Dares, Flossie Smalls, Jackie Clementines, Jessticular Dancer and Her Highness, The Glitter Kittens, Jewelled Personality, Backyard Bingo, Alistair Aitcheson’s Incredible Playable Show, Bantam of the Opera Theatre ft. Abbi Brown, Marika McKennell, Andrew Sydzlo, Hummadruz, Amrou Al-Khadi, Drumnbounce; Spare Room Arts’ Little Wonderland; Clik Clik’s Cabinet of Lost Secrets; Mash Cinema present Wrong Directions; Interactive street arts and walkabout ft. Ras King Bobo I, Sunken Yard, TrashDollys, Splish, Trifonics, The Dreams of Venus, Beth Calverley, Sticky Fingers, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Glitter Culture, BallzOut Circus; crafts.
The Association of Independent Festivals // Attitude is Everything // Burgoynes // Camplight // Clik Clik Collective // Data Transmission // DJ Mag The Bunker // Electric Ballroom Promotions // From Berlin with Love // Forte // Hereford College of Arts // Mash Cinema // The Music Pool // Oliver’s Cider & Perry // People in Motion // Spare Room Arts // Tribe of Frog // University of Birmingham // Wye Valley Brewery // Yeleni Support Centre // ZooBells
Boomtown’s carnival-inspired district, Barrio Loco, presents what organisers proudly describe as: “a cornucopia of global culture with a musical soundtrack perfectly complementing the vibrancy of its interweaving streets!”
Taking the best in alternative bass, no part of underground culture is left behind; from house to techno, funky to bashment, trance to soca, everything is celebrated in this ‘landscape of colour’.
As well as being home to some of the most influential artists in the UK’s party scene, Bassline Circus will be filling the Barrio Loco district with a multi-dimensional theatrical experience to provide all who travel through it with a fully immersive experience.
The main stage for Barrio Loco, Vamos, celebrates global dance culture –spearheaded by house/techno innovators, Ben UFO, Mr Scruff & Jay Orbison, who will be collaborating on an epic five-and-a-half hour back-to-back session.
Legendary Detroit techno DJ Carl Craig will be blending jazz and soul selections, and classics are on the cards, with respected techno producer Dave Clarke alongside Booka Shade, who will be driving footwork from front to back with their infectiously melodic minimal house music.
House Gospel Choir’s unique take on old school classics takes funky house, garage and bass sounds to new heights and promises to be an unmissable set.
Taking some of the best in underground electronica to the masses, BBC Radio 1/1Xtra DJ Monki will be shelling out bangers, Dusky’s classical inspired techno raises production to a mesmerizing level, and the duo that us Solardo’s explosive sets guarantee energy.
Around the corner is this district’s other main stage, Poco Loco. This area showcases the incredible versatility of live hip hop with a kaleidoscope of unique artists, headlined by newcomer Loyle Carner, whose ‘sensitive and eloquent’ style of music invites intimacy even in the largest of crowds.
A J Tracey’s seamlessly intricate flow is delivered over rock-inspired trap music and Jurassic 5 legend Chali 2na plays alongside renowned turntablist Krafty Kuts for a packed set of classic hip hop.
Straddling grime and bashment Donae’o’s vocals over back-bending beats will supply carnival vibes, and, fresh from grime collective The Square, Elf Kid’s rhymes are relentless.
Amy Becker’s fierce production has unequivocally secured her a place on the map of those to watch and Eva Lazarus, a name almost synonymous with Boomtown, presents her highly-anticipated EP alongside The Afronaughts…expect big hair, big harmonies and big vibes.
Chris Munky spins everything from trip hop to soul with MC Inja leaving no genre unturned.
Never far from the party, relentless energy from the Bassline Circus crew will be delighting passers by with mind-boggling stunts fitting of an urban playground.
Raised eyes will find breathtaking parkour, streetdance, and breakdancing around the arena, showcasing the diverse range of cultural influences on offer throughout the district.
This is the penultimate of Boomtown’s line up announcements before the big finale – Bang Hai Tower – which is to be released next Wednesday at 1pm!
Alfresco Disco / Ben Ufo & Mr Scruff & Joy Orbison / Boddika / Bodhi / Booka Shade – Live / Boys Noize / Carl Craig / Dave Clarke / dusky / House Gospel Choir / Monki / Solardo
Aj Tracey / Amy Becker / Asian Hawk / Bobbie Johnson / Chali2na & Krafty Kuts / CW Jones / Deadplayers Vs Problem Child / Donae’o / Dr Syntax & Pete Cannon / Elf Kid / Ellis eade / Eva Lazarus / Gardna showcase Parly B, Inja, J-man / IAMDDB / Inja / Jungle Brown / LayFullStop / Loyle Carner / Taiwan MC / Mr Thing / My Bad Sister / Ocean Wisdom / The Four Owls
24 Hour Garage Girls
A-Bee / Audio Gutter / Cellardore / Deadbeat ft. Forca / Dr Cryptic / Gash b2b Hadean / Gorilla Tactics / Takeover / In:flux Audio Takeover / Inflatable Fuhrer / Leisure Centre Takeover / MC KIE PRESENTS: Legends of the Old Skool LIVE PA ft. Sweet Female Attitude, MC Kie, Dennis G & MC Vapour / Mikey B / Off Me Nut Takeover / Rutherford ft. Mark Kidd / Shosh / Stavros MC & Dert Bagginz / Vital Techniques ft. MC Pean / WamJam / WittyBoy
The most recent district to be announced in Boomtown’s bumper pack of line-ups is the much loved Mayfair. With a backdrop of Vintage Remix, Funk & Soul and Electro Swing, this highly theatrical district brings characters, costumes and ultimate fun to the forefront; whilst at the same time putting consumerism and capitalism under the microscope through the multitude of interactive street venues, walkabout characters and immersive theatre.
Acts representing the Mayfair music genres on the Town Centre include; independant French producer Wax Tailor, festival favourites 10-piece live outfit Smerins Anti-Social Club, Sam & The Womp’s trumpet and vocal Balkan electronica and Bordeaux beatmakers Smokey Joe & The Kid with their infectious hip hop loops.
Mixing 1940s jazz with hip hop, drum & bass, house and techno, The Ballroom presents a glittering extravaganza courtesy of Charleston-inspired electro from Alice Francis, bringing Romania to Hampshire. Future Funk duo LMZG (Lamuzgueule) will take the crowd through a history of vintage sounds and Paris/New York duo GinkGoa provide a modern slant on Electroswing. Bristol boys The Allergies deliver ‘vintage sounds reshaped for the dancefloor’ whilst Smoove and Turrell’s Northern Funk encompasses soul, hip hop and jazz.
Twisted cabaret and swinging steampunk awaits any that stroll past The Bandstand, where the most colourful acts go to shine.
Find there the fantastically barmy Hallouminati mixing ragga punk with traditional Greek sounds, Gypsy Unit bulking up basslines with infectious string sections and skapunk Londoners Imperial Leisure exciting the feet.
Long-standing street venue, Park Hotel is the ultimate playground with an almighty Soca takeover on the cards, courtesy of Jus Now, Dub Boy, Atki2 and AAA Badboy. Crowd participation at its finest, Laid Blak will be getting the crowd to go down low whilst Eva Lazarus and The Afronaughts bring 3 part harmonies to jungle, garage, hip hop and everything in between. The Mayfair Street Party will be taking swing to the streets with Scottish collective, Electrikal Sound System supplying their mega rig fresh from Thursday’s Sector 6 opening. Expect sets from Dutty Moonshine, Big Swing Sound ft Hypeman Sage and C@ In The H@ to name a few.
Down the shimmering side streets and The Bank’s doors are open for all to discover where money goes to lie before gazing down from the Sky Bar with a glass of champagne.
TDM is a new festival, taking place in Leicester on 27 & 28 May 2017.
TDM, meaning Truly Diverse Music, will be bringing music from around the world to the heart of Leicester.
The festival is the creation of Hannah McNally, a graduate from De Montfort University’s Arts and Festivals Management course. She has been able to bring the project to life thanks to co-operation and support from Horus Music – a global music distribution company.
WHAT’S ON @ TDM
Saturday 27 May 3-5pm
Sunday 28 May 5-7pm
Leicester-based artist collective, House of Verse, will be curating two never-before-seen events at The Exchange. They are keeping their plans under-wraps for these events for now, but you can expect something eclectic, electric and creative…
Saturday 27 May 5-7pm: World Rock Event
57– this South Korean rock band (pronounced Oh-Chill in Korean) are making the trip from their home country to Leicester to showcase their talent. With similarities to Royal Blood, the duo always leave a big impression using very little – just drums, a guitar and vocals.
MUHA– Nottingham-based band, MUHA, offer a new tradition in contemporary Eastern European music, influenced by a multicultural society. It is a fusion of Eastern European folklore, North Indian Kathak rhythms, Cuban beats and original lyrics.
A welcome treat for those that like their music a bit more unique and cultured than the norm. http://www.muha.co.uk/
Sunday 28 May 3-5pm: Solo Sessions
Mudibu– originally from Burundi, a small East African country with a bloody history, Mudibu now resides in London. He made the journey to the UK aged just 16 years old and has never forgotten his homeland, using music to make sense of the society he grew up in. You don’t need to know details of his past or understand the language he sings in to feel the message conveyed in his songs.
Nia Songbird – this new, versatile, solo vocalist will be performing her unique blend of urban music, which ranges from house, hip hop and dub to jam, soul and funk. Chosen thanks to her performance at much-loved well-known Leicester venue, The Donkey, Nia’s fresh talent is a welcome addition to the line-up. This is hopefully a stepping stone in her already developing career.
Sunday 28 May 8-10:30pm: India Focus Event
The two acts for this event are both from the Rajasthan area of India. They are living embodiments of the Rajasthan landscape, providing a celebration of its vibrant and colourful lifestyle. Their music and dance a heady, exciting and hypnotic reflection of this exciting region of the world.
Circus Raj – consisting of Rajasthan’s elite street circus performers, Circus Raj combine their amazing skills to perform breathtaking acts of courage and bravery. They present a colourful, vibrant, fast-moving extravaganza of intrigue, drama, feats of daring, music, laughter and surprise.
Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band – their diverse repertoire spans Rajasthani folk songs, Bollywood hits, spiritual qawwali and Bhangra beats. These vividly costumed musicians cover the full spectrum of the evocative and joyous music that governs life in Rajasthan.
You can go here to get your tickets. Each event is being ticketed separately; allowing you to pick and choose what to see. By doing this, you will be able to have a more tailor-made TDM experience.
Congratulations Heidi Ann you have won the line up release poster competition and have won weekend passes for you, Juan Sanchez Lopez, Miros Lava and Javier Buron. You will be contacted by the festival so please check your inbox.
Well done to everyone who entered and Tier 2 tickets are still available at a reduced rate but are selling fast.