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We believe festivals should be celebrated 52 weeks a year, let’s keep the conversation going… Find everything you need in our fest news section to push away festival blues and prepare for the season ahead!

In a saturated market, we also feel it’s our job to filter through the carefully plotted hype and bring you the REALEST festival announcements!

Keep an eye on our tips for future headliners. And remember, life is a festival to the wise.

Browse our latest posts below for news from Bestival, Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, Creamfields, Lovebox, Field Day and loads more. 

Looking for festival guides? Check ’em out here. 

Bestival 2017 :: Love Bot Park hosts UK Garage Pool Party!

If you’re apprehensive about what to expect from Bestival at its new home in Dorset this summer – fear no more. The team behind Bestival just revealed details of a brand new area for Bestival, Love Bot Park.

Love Bot Park features a UK Garage POOL PARTY, with DJ Luck & MC Neat plus Heartless Crew, Oxide & Neutrino and Matt Jam Lamont. Love Bot Park also welcomes the return of HMS Bestival, with Jaguar Skills, a Slaves DJ set and loads more.

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Glastonbury 2017 :: West Holts Stage, The Jacksons & more

The full line up and day splits has been announced for Glastonbury’s West Holts Stage. The Jacksons headline on Saturday night, up against Foo Fighters. Headlining Friday night is Grime don Dizzee Rascal, before French electro-duo close the stage on Sunday.

Also playing the West Holts Stage at Glastonbury 2017 are Anderson .Paak, Solange, Kate Tempest, Little Dragon, BadBadNotGood, The Avalanches, Moderat, Shaggy & more. See below for the official announcement.

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Lovebox Festival 2017 :: After Dark w Kaytranada, Soulection & more

East London’s favourite festival, Lovebox, are celebrating their 15 year anniversary – 15 years of music, 15 years of good vibes and 15 years of love.

Lovebox delivers a fittingly explosive line-up for its much-anticipated series of after parties: After Dark. The party doesn’t have to end in the Park, with seven parties happening on the Friday and Saturday, featuring appearances from some of the hottest DJs around.

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elrow Town London expands with Closing Ceremony Aug 20th

Following an overwhelming response to the launch, elrow Town London will now extend across two days at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with a ‘Closing Ceremony’ announced to take place on Sunday 20th August 2017.

Organisers have been working tirelessly to secure a second day in the park. This expansion will allow elrow to push the bar to dizzying heights and provide a second chance for London elrowers’ to join them at the experiential spectacular taking place in August.

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John Talabot plays in East London ahead of Primavera Sound

With just over a week to go until Primavera Sound, Audio brand Bowers & Wilkins took over an old East End boozer, the Lion & Lamb in Hoxton, with their fabled Sound System speaker stack, ahead of their stage at Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona, Spain on June 1st.

Barcelona favourites and Hivern Discs stalwarts John Talabot and JMII took over the decks to put Sound System through its paces to a packed crowd, giving them a taste of what they can expect at one of Europe’s favourite festivals next month.

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Neighbourhood Festival 2017 :: LINE UP :: Peace, Rat Boy…

Music won’t ever stop bringing people together. Manchester’s much loved Neighbourhood Festival returns to the city on Saturday 7th October. 1 day, 11 venues and over 100 artists.

Neighbourhood Festival welcomes local artists as well as bands from all around the world. Headlining the festival are acclaimed live favourites Peace and Rat Boy.

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Review :: Uncovering Tomorrow’s Headliners at The Great Escape 2017

With 450 performances held across forty venues; for 20,000 festival goers and delegates – navigating The Great Escape festival in Brighton is no small task. Check out the official highlights video below.

The Great Escape plays a vital and relevant role in forecasting future trends in music business, and more importantly, uncovering tomorrow’s headliners. Read on for the five main acts from this year’s festival we’re tipping as future headliners.

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Fusion Festival 2017 :: LINE UP :: Little Mix, Take That…

Returning to Otterspool Park and Promenade in Liverpool on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd September, Fusion Festival has announced Little Mix and Take That. Tickets go on sale this Friday (26th May) via Ticketmaster.

The UK’s two biggest pop bands headline the festival in a UK festival exclusive. Joining them throughout the day is Tinie Tempah, John Newman, Louisa Johnson, 5 After Midnight, The Vamps, Ella Henderson, JP Cooper and Jax Jones.

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What to expect from BoomTown Fair 2017

When it comes to a fully immersive and creative festival, there don’t come many more dedicated to building incredible sets and themes like Boomtown Fair does. The Hampshire based festival is back 9-13th August 2017 with another incredible chapter 9, a remodel of its Bang Hai Palace and a Wild West theme.

Little rival Boomtown as it offers a full immersive, theatrically led experience, so you really get swept up in the festival and its eclectic line-up across folk, dub, soul, funk reggae, world, drum and bass. With 60,000 people there is something for everyone with a family friendly area and some of the most insane sets for raving you’ve ever experienced!

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The Great Escape 2017 :: Mount Kimbie Headline Secret Show

With only days to go before The Great Escape kicks off, more exciting additions join the festival’s killer line-up.

Opening The Secret Show, hosted by SoundCloud Go, is Kojey Radical, a London-based musician, spoken word poet, and visual artist with a bold aesthetic vision and compelling lyricism.

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Parklife 2017 – SOLD OUT

With just under 4 weeks to go screams, Parklife festival has officially sold out. This news comes as American hip-hop duo Run The Jewels join Sunday’s main stage.

Offering a huge array of acts that span dance, hip-hop, grime, indie and pop, this year’s festival will see Manchester locals The 1975 headline on Saturday 10th June, followed by a heavily anticipated performance from Frank Ocean on Sunday 11th.

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The Vinyl Festival @ Printworks London, Sept 2017

On Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September, The Vinyl Festival takes over London’s newest industrial event space, Printworks, for a weekend-long immersive vinyl experience.

From the liner notes to that distinct smell, there is something uniquely evocative about vinyl that connects us directly to the music. You can have songs on your digital device, but it’s just not the same as physically collecting them. And that’s exactly what The Vinyl Festival is all about.

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Free Festival Tickets When You Volunteer for War Child

War Child UK has teamed up with four of the UK’s most exciting festivals to provide fantastic opportunities for keen music and charity fans. Experience Field Day, Lovebox, Citadel and Wilderness festivals absolutely free and do something brilliant for a good cause, by signing up to become a volunteer with War Child.

Headline acts include, Frank Ocean, Foals, Aphex Twin, Run The Jewels, Flying Lotus, Chase & Status, Bonobo, Two Door Cinema Club, Michael Kiwanuka, Laura Marling, and Grace Jones amongst a spectrum of other top artists, ensuring there is something for everyone.

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Ticket Offer :: 2 for 1 Wild Life Festival Tickets On Sale Now

Leading Brighton festival Wild Life Festival is offering 2 for 1 on the price of tickets as part of a 24 hour flash sale with Ticketmaster. Buy a ticket within 24 hours and get a second one free! Subject to availability, visit Ticketmaster to claim the offer.

Headlining Wild Life Festival 2017 is Fat Boy Slim, Jess Glynne, Stormzy and Dizzee Rascal. Other acts appearing across the weekend include George Ezra, Clean Bandit & more. Wild Life festival 2017 takes place on 9th and 10th June at Brighton City Airport.

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Ticket Offer :: 2 for 1 V Festival Tickets On Sale Now

Leading pop festival V Festival is offering 2 for 1 on the price of tickets as part of a 24 hour flash sale with Ticketmaster. Buy a ticket within 24 hours and get a second one free! Subject to availability, visit Ticketmaster to claim the offer.

Headlining V Festival 2017 is PINK and Jay-Z, other acts appearing across the weekend include Jess Glynne, Annie Mac, Chase & Status, Jack Savoretti, James Arthur, Ella Eyre, Ellie Goulding & loads more.

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Glastonbury 2017 :: The Glade Area, elrow x Lovebullets

Get ready to lose your shit. Party crew elrow join forces with Lovebullets to bring two shows to The Glade Area at Glastonbury Festival on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd June 2017.

Celebrating a land-mark, Lovebullets, traditionally hosted for the past 8 years within Shangri-La; Glastonbury’s infamous after-hours corner, now steps triumphantly into daylight as they are welcomed, for the first time, to The Glade, located at the beating heart of Glastonbury’s sprawling festival metropolis.

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LISTEN :: Nick Murphy – Missing Link {EP}

Melbourne vocalist and producer Nick Murphy, formerly known as Chet Faker, has returned with five-track EP ‘Missing Link’. The opening track and lead single, ‘Your Time’, is produced by non other than Montreal-raised artist Kaytranada.

Murphy has also announced a string of US, Europe and Australian tour dates including Troxy in London on December 5th, and Manchester Albert Hall on Dec 3rd. Stream ‘Missing Link’ below.

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The Great Escape 2017 :: Ones to Watch

The Great Escape promises to be an outstanding introduction to 2017’s festival season. This year’s international line up is jam-packed with emerging acts from every corner of the music industry.

With only two weeks to go until Brighton’s biggest music event officially kicks off a long, festival-filled summer, we’ve chosen 17 “must see” acts performing at The Great Escape 2017.

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WATCH :: 10 Years of Field Day featuring Caribou, Four Tet & more

It’s longevity is testament to the curation“, cites Dave Okumu of The Invisible, summing up Field Day’s continuous ability to showcase the established, the breakthrough, and tomorrow’s artists, whilst acts like Caribou and Metronomy pay tribute to the festival helping them develop and grow into the headline mainstays they’ve become.

Meanwhile Tom Baker, Field Day’s festival co-founder, explains the lineup’s diversity as well as the core values and message that the festival has kept consistent. The film also features incredible live footage from the years gone by with standout performances from the likes of Foals, Caribou and Floating Points to name a few.

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Citadel Festival 2017 :: Ben Howard’s new band among new additions

Having already confirmed Foals as 2017’s headliners in a London festival exclusive, as well as a host of names including Bonobo, Laura Marling, Wild Beasts, Michael Kiwanuka, Ry X and many more, Citadel now unveils the identity behind one of the more mysterious names on their line-up, A Blaze of Feather.

Citadel is proud to host A Blaze of Feather’s very first festival in the capital. Mystery has shrouded the project over recent months which sees Ben Howard’s band explore the song’s of their long-term guitarist Mickey Smith.

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