inSYNC’s Weekly Top Announcement Picks (February 13th 2017)
February has been an incredible month for 2017 festivals. Some of the best festivals around have given us a flavour of what is to come this summer, and this week has been no exception either. Bestival has given us the first wave of their lineup at their new home in Dorset and Boomtown has also shown off a large proportion of Chapter 9: Behind The Mask. End of the Road Festival also showed off their lineup with Brighton-based Wildlife Festival boasting artist names too.
After thirteen successful years at Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight, Bestival curator Rob da Bank announced that the four-day festival will indeed move to the Lulworth Estate in Dorset. Rob da Bank and the Bestival team told fans of the festival that it would move to the same site as family-orientated sister festival Camp Bestival.
Bestival’s theme this year will be, very fittingly, ‘Colour’. The first lineup announcement comes in the form of a few acts from each of the festival’s new stages. This Boomtown-esque way of delivery a lineup stage-by-stage is proving popular, with Bestival being the latest festival to join the fad. Friday night headliners will be electronic London trio The xx (read our review of The xx’s latest album ‘I See You’ here). Taking the Saturday headline slot is legendary hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest with old school English pop duo Pet Shop Boys. The festival’s grassroots are in dance music so also expect indescribable DJ sets from Annie Mac, Andy C, Maceo Plex and many more.
Tickets available at: http://www.bestival.net/
After 2015’s sold out debut, and yet another sellout event last year, Disclosure and Rudimental’s Wild Life Festival returns again in 2017 at Brighton City Airport in Shoreham this June. The festival, like last year, will feature a number of huge artists and international superstars in what will be one of the best UK music festivals of the summer. Not only will there be a selection of incredible bands, but the festival will also play host to some of the world’s best DJs.
Last week the festival announced a number of acts for both days of the event. Friday on the main stage will see pop singer Jess Glynne, George Ezra and Chaka Khan play with Saturday’s top of the bill yet to be announced. Fatboy Slim, Pete Tong, Armand Van Helden and Eric Prydz also join the packed festival lineup.
Tickets available at: http://www.wildlifefestival.com/
Boomtown truly is one of the UK’s festival wonders. It’s a non-commercial masterpiece of arts, culture and music, and fully immerses every one of its so-called ‘citizens’ in its indescribable experiences. The festival has ballooned to a staggering 60,000 since Boomtown’s streets first opened in 2009. Boomtown Fairs’ mind-blowing creative landscape is utterly diverse, eclectic and simply inspiring. If all festivals took on Boomtown’s wild, weird and entertaining approach to their creative installations then the world would be a better place. And, if you throw in the festival’s fictional yet real-esque backstory, which develops with each passing year, then you’re in for one hell of an experience.
Boomtown Fair – Chapter 9: Behind the Mask will see old school ska band The Specials, rapper M.I.A and hip hop group Cypress Hill headline. Also topping the bill are Sublime with Rome, The Original Blues Brothers Band, Ziggy Marley, Frank Turner, Toots & the Maytals and Skindred, not to mention the hundreds of bassline, techno and drum & bass DJs who will also be playing.
Tickets available at: http://www.boomtownfair.co.uk/
End of the Road
End of the Road Festival has been running in Wilshere since 2006 growing to an 11,000 capacity. The festival prides itself in an eclectic yet niche lineup, playing host to some of the Europe’s, and the world’s, greatest smaller touring bands.
2017 is set to be no different from the past with an awesome lineup already announced for the 31st August to 3rd September festival. Father John Misty, Mac Demarco, Band of Horses and Lucinda Williams all take top spots. TY Seagull, Parquet Courts and Gold Panda are naming just a few of the other great artists on this year’s packed lineup
Tickets available at: http://endoftheroadfestival.com/