The Heart and The Heart at Latitude Festival- Live Review

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With festival season well underway, Latitude came upon us promising a weekend in the middle of nowhere surrounded by nothing other than woodlands, pink sheep and lots of good music.

Heading down to the BBC Music Stage on the Saturday were the folk pop creatives, The Head and The Heart. After having a break to fulfil other motives they came back with their latest release Signs of Light which is a compilation of all the inspiration found during their time apart.

The crowd that gathered for their set was a mass of all ages from the front to the back, all ready to wave and sway to the uplifting yet appeasing set. They definitely received back every ounce of energy they were giving out, in particular the raw emotion coming from vocalist Jonathan Russell who was clearly loving every moment just as much as us. Of course a popular favourite was “All We Ever Knew” which with its call and response vibe allowed even complete novices to feel a part of the community within the evasion they created away from the main stage.

A set full of songs came to an end only too soon with a whole array of applause from everyone there who were now feeling re-energised and prepared to go back to the craziness of the festival. Their time in the UK was all too short but I have no doubt that they will be back for us after they’ve taken over America later this year.

 

Words by: Louise Tindall

Photography by: Louise Tindall

Top 10 must-see acts at Electric Castle Festival 2017!

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Electric Castle is a five day Festival in Romania, inside the walls of a 15th Century castle. Encouraging great music, great food and booze from prices as low as just $2. Summarising what you can imagine to be a great summer atmosphere.

Each year the Festival announces a handful of some of the best acts. This year the line up includes a of variety of music genres from some of the most must-see artists.

Starting on Wednesday 12th-16th July, the 24 hour music policy Festival is destined to give you a great experience.

Furthermore, here are the TOP 10 ACTS NOT TO MISS at this year’s Electric Castle Festival:

  1. Deadmau5: Deadmau5 will be headlining the festival, bringing to you a collaboration of urban house tracks that you just simply cannot miss.
  2. Slaves: Kent based duet, Slaves, are a charismatic act full of everlasting energy and are certain to give you that ‘feel good’ adrenaline rush for your upcoming weekend.
  3. Alt- J: Originally formed in Leeds, the indie trio have gone from strength to strength. Dabbling in indie rock and folk, the sweet Alt-J are definitely ones to see at this year’s Electric Castle Festival.
  4. Franz Ferdinand: Scottish four-piece Franz Ferdinand, are a indie pop group who in 2004 published their earworm track ‘Take Me Out.’
  5. House Of Pain: Hip Hop legends House of Pain, are back in the music scene and will be making an appearance  at Electric Castle this year.
  6. Duke Demont: Duke Demont, another house inspired DJ that you can’t miss at Electric Castle Festival this year. In 2013 he released ‘Need You 100%’ which reached over 150 thousand likes on YouTube. He has since released a number of house bangers.
  7. Eats Everything: Showcasing fun, psychedelic dance music, Eats Everything are at the forefront of transcendent beats and are definitely an act you want to see at Electric Castle this year.
  8. Zedd: Solo musician, Zedd, will be kicking off  day one at Electric Castle alongside Slaves, Moderat and many more. Playing his set at the main stage at 12:30am.
  9. DJ Sneak: In the words of DJ Sneak he is happy to present you with heavy “house music all night long!”
  10. Nero: Finishing off with Nero. Those in which are Famously known for their futuristic and unique music videos and are essentially the heart of dubstep. If you’re like myself and are a fan of electronic or drum and bass then Nero are 100% a must-see act for you this year at Electric Castle.

 

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Words by Laviea Thomas

 

[NEWS] BESTIVAL ANNOUNCES INVADERS OF THE FUTURE STAGE LINE-UP

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Bestival has announced another wave of artists for it’s 2016 event.

The annual festival held on the Isle of Wight has released details of the artists and bands who will be performing on the Invaders Of The Future Stage. Spanish alternative rockers Hinds, industrial indie outfit Zibra and pink punk princess Girli head up the announcement with Welsh rock band Pretty Vicious and dreamy The Japanese House also making an appearance. This line-up announcement follows the confirmation of some already well established artists like Years and Years, Bastille and Wolf Alice performing at the music festival, joining headliners Hot Chip, Major Lazer, The Cure at the September event.

The full announcement can be seen below:

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Words by Shannon Cotton

[NEWS] TRUCK FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FIRST BATCH OF BANDS FOR 2016

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Truck Festival has announced the first batch of artists who will be performing at this year’s July event.

The annual Oxfordshire festival has secured a headline booking in the form of Welsh rock juggernauts Manic Street Preachers. Joining them on headlining duties are indie rock darlings Catfish and the Bottlemen whose meteoric success keeps on rising.

Circa Waves and Everything Everything are two more names who will be appearing over the weekend as well as Jack Savoretti and Young Fathers.

Making up more of the line-up is We Are The Ocean, RAT BOY, Pretty Vicious, The Magic Gang, Sundara Karma and Gnarwolves.

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As well as this exciting announcement, the festival has also revealed they will be expanding to a three day event. Previously Truck took place over two days, but it’s rising popularity and enviable line-up has allowed the event to grow.

Truck festival takes place on the 15th, 16th and 17th of July at Hill Farm, Oxfordshire.

Tickets are available at: www.truckfestival.com

Words by Shannon Cotton

[NEWS] SECOND WAVE OF READING AND LEEDS ACTS ANNOUNCED

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Following the first wave of announcements late last year, the legendary festival revealed more acts that will be playing this year.

Acts include indie poster boys Two Door Cinema Club and one of 2014’s favourite acts Imagine Dragons. Also added to the bill, Parkway Drive, Fetty Wap, Nothing But Thieves, Jack Ü, Crystal Castles, Oliver Helens, Hannah Wants and The Internet.

However, the main feature of the announcement was that Foals and Disclosure will co-headline one of the nights, along with Red Hot Chili Peppers. The final headliner yet to be released.

Speaking to Newsbeat, Guy Lawrence (Disclosure) said that landing this headline slot was “humongous” and that having a dance act such as themselves playing on the main stage of what is predominantly a rock festival is a massive achievement.

Reading and Leeds festival takes place 26th-28th of August. For ticket purchases or anymore more information check the official festival website. Links below.

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Words by Izzy Minogue-Corps

[NEWS] READING AND LEEDS ANNOUNCE FIRST HEADLINER FOR 2016

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Reading and Leeds Festival have announced Red Hot Chili Peppers as the first headliner for the 2016 event.

Famous for tracks like Californication, By The Way and Can’t Stop, the exclusive booking is the first time the American band have headlined a UK festival since 2014.

Also added to the line-up for next year’s annual event are Manchester based bands The 1975, and Courteeners.

Returning from their headline performance in the Radio 1 Dance tent last year Boy Better Know will also be appearing in 2016.

Making up the rest of the first announcement are punk rock duo Slaves, bedroom beat maker RAT BOY, Spanish indie quartet Hinds, American duo Twenty One Pilots, Japanese metalcore outfit Crossfaith and Tottenham garage specialist DJ EZ.

The festival takes place at Reading’s Richfield Avenue and Leed’s Bramham Park during the 26th to 28th August 2016.

Words by Shannon Cotton

[NEWS] STEREOPHONICS AND FAITHLESS TO CO-HEADLINE AT ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL 2016

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Stereophonics and Faithless are the latest bands to join the line-up for next year’s Isle of Wight Festival. The two bands will co-headline on the Friday night and join previously announced Sunday night headliner Queen with Adam Lambert.

It will be the second time that Welsh rock outfit Stereophonics have headlined the event, with their last appearance being in 2009. Speaking about the upcoming performance, frontman Kelly Jones enthused: “I love playing the Isle of Wight Festival.  I got to steer the boat over last time.  Captain of the ship and honked the horn!  Only the captain gets to honk the horn. This will be our third time at the festival…. I’ll leave my white suit at home this time though!”

Also playing on the same night will be London electronic dance trio, Faithless, who last played the Isle of Wight event ten years ago. In a statement regarding the festival, the band said: “We can’t wait to return to play such an iconic festival for the second time. We were proud to be part of its re-launch in 2005 and it’s an absolute pleasure to be invited back.”

Tickets for the event are on sale now, with many more acts still to be announced, including Saturday night’s headliner.

Words by Shannon Cotton

[NEWS] ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL WINS BIG AT UK FESTIVAL AWARDS

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Isle of Wight Festival scooped the most awards at last night’s UK Festival Awards. The annual event held in London saw the Southern festival win Headline Performance of the Year for their worldwide exclusive booking of Fleetwood Mac and Best Family Festival.

The event organiser John Giddings took to social media to thank those who contributed to the festival’s win: “Thank you to everyone who contributed to Isle of Wight Festival 2015 and helped us win those awards.”

Another big winner was Bestival (also held on the Isle of Wight) which lived up to its name earning this year’s accolade for Best Major Festival. Best Medium Sized Festival and Best Small Festival were awarded to Y Not? Festival and Festival No.6 respectively.

The award ceremony, which is voted for by the general festival-attending public, also gave out prizes to Latitude Festival for Best Line-Up, Wild Life Festival for Best New Festival and Kendall Calling for Best Toilets.

The full list of winners can be seen below:

Best Use of New Technology – Glastonbury Festival for Arcadia Spectacular

The Extra-Festival Activity Award – The Big Feastival For The Wheat Project

Concession of the Year – The Breakfast Club

Best Hospitality – Wildnerness Festival

Best Toilets – Kendall Calling

The Brand Activation Award – Virgin Trains

Agency of the Year – CAA

Promoter of the Year – Lost Ventures

Anthem of the Summer – Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk

Headline Performance of the Year – Fleetwood Mac at Isle of Wight Festival

Line-Up of the Year – Latitude Festival

Best New Festival – Wild Life Festival

Best Festival for Emerging Talent – Liverpool International Music Festival

The Grass Roots Festival Award – Beautiful Days

Best Overseas Festival – Annie Mac Presents: Lost And Found

Best Metropolitan Festival – Liverpool Sound City

Best Dance Event – Creamfields

Best Family Festival – Isle of Wight Festival

Best Non-Music Festival – Eroica Britannia

Best Small Festival – Festival No. 6

Best Medium-Sized Festival – Y Not? Festival

Best Major Festival – Bestival

The Outstanding Contribution to Festivals Award – Peter Gabriel

Words by Shannon Cotton