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On Festivals: This Summer’s New Festival Experiences – Tickets Still Available!

This summer’s festival season is in full swing, and if you’re still thinking about where to go, who to see and what to do then you’re in luck. Because there’s some epic and super creative festivals still to come this summer. But more than music, people are now looking for the right experience. Sure, they want great content for their social feeds (who doesn’t?) but what really matters is what’s different. What is feedworthy? This means unexpected collaborations, big ideas and where music, fun & stories collide.

So, what can you still get tickets for?

Happy Kanye, at Bestival – increase the peace

Standing over seven metres tall on a rainbow plinth at the epicentre of Cuckoo Clump, Happy Kanye will be bold and beautiful, a beacon of positivity encouraging Bestival-goers to step into the rainbow and celebrate our togetherness. And, just like in real life inside Kanye’s head is where the magic happens. A full interactive art experience, once inside it’s down to you to unify with your fellow party people and channel positive vibrations to the world. Let us know how you think you can increase the peace with Happy Kanye! It’s one of many Bestival highlights, which also includes Jamie T, Danny Brown, The xx, A Tribe Called Quest, The Pet Shop Boys, Justice, Dizzee Rascal and many more big names and dance legends.

More info: bestival.net

Beer Freedom – at London Craft Beer Festival

This summer marks the fifth birthday of London Craft Beer Festival, taking place at the Shoreditch Electric Light Station, Hoxton Square, on the first weekend of August. Much more than a regular beer festival, this is more a carnival of beer –

with almost 50 of the world’s finest breweries coming to East London for the event. This is a festival with a pretty unique ‘all in’ ticket, means you get total freedom to try what you want. So, what about the music? Hot Chip, Foals, Norman Jay MBE and Olugbenga from Metronomy are among the artists playing.

More info: blondoncraftbeerfestival.co.uk

Houghton Festival – fusing music, art & sculpture

Produced by the critically acclaimed Gottwood Festival team, Houghton is set to be the UK’s only summer festival that fuses art, music and sculpture, whilst its licence uniquely allows musical programming of both sunset and sunrise. Ricardo Villalobos, Nicolas Jaar, Floating Points, Seth Troxler, Hercules & Love Affair, Andrew Weatherall, Ben UFO and Horse Meat Disco are among the huge names on the decks – this festival looks pretty special. Takes place between August 10th and 13th.

More info: www.houghtonfestival.co.uk

Way Out West – Join The Green City

Now established as one of Europe’s music festival highlights, Way Out West is also one of its most environmentally sound. This year’s theme is Green City, a continuation of the festival’s long-term commitment to environment issues. It has a meat and fish free food ethos, and is taking big steps to drastically reduce its carbon footprint. But it’s not all about saving the world, there’s also partying to be done. Frank Ocean headlines, with The xx, Chance The Rapper, Danny Brown, Lana Del Ray, Major Lazer, PIXIES, Young Thug and other stellar talent playing too.

More info: wayoutwest.se 

Music, tech & art in a 15th century castle – Romania’s Electric Castle

Franz Ferdinand, Paul Van Dyk, Zedd, Unkle, Cassy, and Mike Skinner are among the highlights of Electric Castle 2017. This is a festival that’s completely unique, set within the breathtaking environment of a 15th century castle hosting music, technology and art for a five day adventure basking in the Romanian sunshine. With beers just over £1 within the festival walls ticket holders can expect a 24 hour music policy that welcomes over 130,000 people. Epic experience!

More info: www.electriccastle.ro

Where it all began? LIMF returns

Liverpool is a must-visit destination for music and culture, one of the UK’s most interesting and creative cities. LIMF has helped established the city as a current voice of global music city with an experimental but accessible programme for all. There’s a garage classical set from DJ Spoony, mainstream music from Gorgon City, Corinne Bailey Rae, Naughty Boy, and an incredible line-up of new talent too.

More info: www.limfestival.com

The New Generation Festival – in Florence 

An unprecedented event in the private Gardens of the Palazzo Corsini – a renaissance masterpiece belonging to one of the oldest families in Florence. This festival brings classical and opera music to a new, younger audience in a breathtaking location. Florence is a wonderful city too, an opportunity to see stars of the future in a grand space.

More info: newgenerationfestival.org

Sunfall – celebrate the underground, in London

Delivered by the teams behind London clubs XOYO, The Nest and Phonox – this summer sees the second edition of Sunfall. It’s a festival of two halves. Party together by day, then continue into the night at one of the events many late night club sessions. It is a real celebration of the underground; Sunfall’s music policy reflects the many London sounds and beyond – spanning jazz, electronica, house, hip hop, dubstep, techno, soul, drum & bass and disco. Uniquely, it features a Knowledge Arena this year – offering a program of music creation and performance workshops, music focused talks, interviews and discussion with industry professionals and artists.

More info: sunfall.co.uk

Corona Sunsets Festival – turning Greenwich Peninsula into a beach

The team behind the super-fun Corona SunSets Festival are coming back to London this summer. They are turning Greenwich Peninsula into a fully-fledged beach, with 400 tonnes of sand, some huge DJ sets and plenty of cold Corona too. A solid line-up and some epic views, make this a London day festival not-to-be-missed.

More info: coronasunsets.com

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What’s your top festival for the summer? Or is there a big event later this year that brings music, arts, technology and brands together? Let us know, email us on jukeboxjournalist@gmail.com 

On Culture: All We Ever Wanted Was Everything – “gig theatre” at Hull 2017

As regular readers will already know, the CultureJukebox team grew up close to Hull – so it’s been great to see the energy of the city be unleashed throughout this year. And a press release about theatre outfit Middle Child piqued our interest further..

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything opens at the wonderful Welly nightclub in Hull on 6 June 2017.  If you’ve never been to the Welly, it’s one of the city’s very best clubs. The home of a lot of indie, alternative culture and the odd lost night out or two.

So, whats the show all about? It’s “gig theatre”, which means it’s a fusion of live music, theatre performance and an immersive experience. It mixes original live music from James Frewer with bold new writing from Luke Barnes.


This three-act anthem, set across three decades, from 1997’s Cool Britannia to 2007’s Broken Britain and today’s Brexit Britain, is a story about the world we inherited and the one we’re leaving behind.

The story follows two young people from Hull over 20 years as they struggle to realise their hopes and ambitions, against the backdrop of an asteroid heading for Earth. Alice Beaumont performs behind a Daft Punk-inspired mask as The Asteroid in the production, using synths and drum machines to give the character a distinct electronic music sound, in contrast to the guitar-based music of the human characters. James Frewer also performs live on stage alongside the actors, playing guitar and keyboard.

The show is from the creative minds of Hull-based theatre company Middle Child. Check out the website for more on the music, the story, and to buy tickets (they start at £8, and there are concessions too).

The All We Ever Wanted Was Everything EP features original electronic music written by James Frewer and arranged with Alice Beaumont. The EP is a great idea, introducing the audience to the characters and themes from the show.

James said: “One of the sole reasons you go to a gig is to hear the band or DJ’s big tunes and so we thought we’d get on it and release some of the tracks from All We Ever Wanted Was Everything before the event. “The character of The Asteroid in this show has her own techno vibe so we thought we would release the majority of her songs as a concept EP, detailing the journey of her view on humanity, from the euphoria of its possibility to her broken hearted execution of the planet. “We want people to play this EP loud, have a dance to it and then come along to hear it live at Welly this June.”

This sounds awesome, check out the show website here.

 

Our Neighbourhood: Shake The High Road festival unveiled

Great news for Leytonstone, a new festival has been announced for this summer – Shake The High Road.

It takes place on Saturday May 27th 2017 across several venues all in the vicinity of Leytonstone High Road, E11.

Shake The High Road promises more than 30 live bands and DJs, a pop-up record fair, afternoon funk and soul session. Organiers are also promising a few surprises from East London’s music scene too..

Leytonstone is blessed with some really characterful and unique venues, sure Shake The High Road festival will make good use of these… The Red Lion BallroomAll You Read Is Love, and The Luna Lounge are all signed up already with more to be announced soon.

But what about the tunes you say! Well, Shake The High Road looks to have an awesome programme of familiar faces and new music.  Mystery Jets are doing a DJ set, Woman’s Hour (on uber cool label Secretly Canadian – home of The War On Drugs) are playing their first live show in a year, and if funk is your thing Fela Kuti’s former band member Dele Sosimi is coming to East London for a performance of Nigerian-inspired funk. One half of The 2 Bears Raf Daddy is also coming to the festival for an essential selection of dance tunes. The festival line-up is here (with more acts announced soon!)

Follow the festival on all the usual social media channels, including its Facebook page.

On Music: A brand-new era dawns for brilliant Bestival

It’s the dawn of a brand-new era for one of the craziest weekends on the UK calendar – Bestival.

The brilliant festival has just announced four incredible headliners and a huge bill of amazing music, as it enters a new chapter of light and sound, exploring the wonders of Colour.

In 2017 the Bestival crew are moving their party over to the Lulworth Estate, in beautiful Dorset.

 “Well what an adventure this promises to be… we have a beautiful new home with a massive castle in the middle of it, acres of beautiful woodland and forest, a sea view and the dramatic Jurassic coastline. Going back to our roots with Josie da Bank’s hand-drawn artwork, reviving all our favourite stages from 14 years of Bestival history and going out with all our headliners for the first time ever together, we’re pretty excited at Bestival HQ. From pop to grime, hip-hop to techno, folk to classical and every style in between we are reclaiming our place as the funnest, most adventurous, musically savvy and downright magical festival on the map. Please come along for the ride. and remember Increase the Peace” ~ Rob da Bank

The xx will be the first ever Castle Stage headliners at Bestival – an awesome booking. Hip-hop heroes A Tribe Called Quest will headline Saturday at Bestival 2017, performing what will be their last UK Show – wow.  And synth-pop geniuses Pet Shop Boys have been announced as the Sunday night headliners. Three just brilliant bookings.

Justice, Dizzee Rascal, DJ Shadow, Little Dragon, Danny Brown, Rag’n’Bone Man, Soul II Soul, are among the eclectic stars making Bestival the place to be.

And there will be DJ sets from Annie Mac, Andy C presents 25 Years of RAM, Kurupt FM, David Rodigan presents RAM JAM, DJ Yoda, Maceo Plex, Jackmaster, Kölsch, Dusky, Toddla T presents Carnival, Artwork presents Art’s House, Sink the Pink and more DJs to be announced over coming months.

 

Head to www.Bestival.net, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for more information, tickets and all the rest. #Bestival17

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On Music: The Garage Relaunches in February 2017

The CultureJukebox team has followed the recent ups and downs of London’s live music and club scene with a keen interest over the past year..

.. so, it was great to receive a press release this week about The Garage in Islington relaunching this February. Under new ownership and following extensive refurbishment, the venue is being transformed.

It’s always been about the music, so with plans for big club nights and a programme of gigs it looks like that is going to remain the priority. But the owners have clever plans. The building will also become home to a  daytime coffee spot, craft beer and cocktail bar and more.

It has been acquired by DHP Family, the team behind Oslo in Hackney and Nottingham’s awesome Rock City (a CultureJukebox favourite venue!) In addition to refurbishing the main music venue and adding a brand new sound system, three new spaces have also been created within the building, united under the Garage concept. The centre piece of the redevelopment is the venue itself; The Garage. This 600 capacity room will be restored to former glories, with a brand new PA and lighting.

At the front of the building, the former “Mini-Bar” will hark back to the filling station stores of small-town America with The General Store, an all-day café and bar serving craft beer and cocktails. The design of The General Store will feature reclaimed gas pumps, huge beer fridges and quality coffee.

Upstairs, Thousand Island will be an intimate space hosting breaking and specialist forward-thinking acts most evenings, and late-night socials later in the week featuring an unpretentious programme anchored by collaborative club nights and Thousand Island presents shows. Operating independently from the rest of the space, the room will feature a mirror ball-filled ceiling, faces of friends of the venue across one wall, and a well-stocked bar.

Since opening in 1993, The Garage has hosted artists as diverse as Radiohead, Lil Yachty, Mogwai, and Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and many more stellar names.

“The Garage has been on my radar for about 10 years now when I first looked to buy it. For one reason or another we have just missed out on taking over this iconic venue and breathing new life into it. Its location layout and history are perfect for what we are looking for in a venue and we look forward to reinventing the space for a new generation.” ~ George Akins, Managing Director

We can’t wait to see what this new venue is like! Follow the news on its Twitter feed. With Farringdon’s Fabric back with a bang, The Printworks opening in Canada Water, The Red Lion’s new ballroom in Leytonstone selling-out their club nights and more going on around the capital. 2017 is shaping up to be a good year for London nightlife..

 

On Wellness: FloVibe Festival Announced

Feeling good has never been more important to us, and to British festival-goers. So, this January it was really timely to receive a press release about the super cool sounding FloVibe Festival.

It’s an early-summer festival that sounds like the perfect way to discover and explore happier and healthier ways of looking at the world – learning from great yoga minds and enjoy awesome new music too. Great combination!

The festival will bring together wellness and new music in a unique weekend of discovery for the mind, body and soul.

Taking place in early June, it promises to be the summer’s best festival for everyone wishing to live a happier and healthier life. Perfect really, and something the CultureJukebox team can really endorse.

FloVibe Festival is part of a growing movement of people making a conscious choice to prioritise wellness in their day-to-day life. The festival will bring together music and mindfulness in a unique hybrid event that is unlike any other festival – with carefully curated music providing an unforgettable soundtrack to a weekend that will leave festival-goers feeling good in every way.

Breaking new ground, this festival unites like-minded people for a retreat meets festival. It will be a weekend of discovery where festival-goers are invited to play, to dance to new music and to flow. Reconnecting with their inner child at the start of the summer.

 “We’re bringing together a bit of everything we love: inspiring international yoga teachers, movers & shakers, workshop leaders, speakers, free thinkers, musicians, artists and DJs. It’s more than a weekend away, it’s an opportunity to explore a mindful approach to life where you don’t have to compromise on enjoyment.” ~ Jason Pooley, FloVibe Founder.

A small festival with a big vision for 2017, FloVibe creates the space to stretch out, breathe deep and collectively explore a more uplifting and sustainable way of being, on the yoga mat, in the festival field, and in daily life.

Jam Sandwich Live is curating the music – which promises to take festival-goers on a real journey of discovery.

“FloVibe Festival is an open-hearted and inclusive festival, inviting a bit of magic into people’s lives – this is perfectly aligned with JAM and the curation will match this. Genre-hopping, spellbinding and uplifting, interweaving live hip hop, jazz, roots, reggae, folk, electronic, disco & soul, at this breathtaking lakeside setting.” ~ Jam Sandwich Founder Lou Wellby.

For more FloVibe Festival information and to book tickets, check out the website here.

Our Neighbourhood: DJ Cash Money live in Leytonstone

Is great to live in E12, loads of great new places opening up. Not least the new ballroom at The Red Lion in Leytonstone.

The venue has booked legendary turntablist DJ Cash Money for a party early December – details here.

DJ Cash Money is a Philadelphia-based turntablist and legend of the hip-hop scene (he was the first inductee into the DJ Hall of Fame!).

He emerged from the Philadelphia hip hop scene in the late 1980s alongside his rival Jazzy Jeff. He went on to remix tracks for big-name artists such as Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes and Public Enemy.

The Moose Funk Squad are the support acts,  alongside Droppin’ Science DJs; Matman & Daredevil. Buy your tickets here for what promises to be a high quality night of Hip Hop in East London. (There’s a Central Line night tube to get you home right next door too!)

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On Culture: Songs For The End Of The World

The CultureJukebox team are huge fans of the Battersea Arts Centre’s creative and forward-thinking programming, and it’s great to hear about a brilliant sounding new show – Songs For The End Of The World.

The production is unique blend of sci-fi, comic-book thinking and concept album; all inspired by Philip K Dick’s post-apocalyptic novel Dr.Bloodmoney and the futuristic star-gazing world of Ziggy Stardust

A link to more information on the show is here. And here is what the flyer has to say:

Welcome to New Albion, a near-future post-brexit, austerity Britain, owned and controlled by mega-corporation New Global. While some predict a Biblical Armageddon, many are simply preparing for the end.

When the apocalypse arrives, hapless astronaut Jim Walters is suspended in orbit on his journey to another life on Mars, broadcasting his songs for the end of the world back to a silent Earth, in the hope that someone might hear…

Promising a music gig meeting epic theatre, it’s from the genius mind of theatre-maker Dom Coyote and his high-octane band the Bloodmoneys.

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Dom Coyote has written and performed music for some of the UK’s most exciting theatre companies. A long standing collaborator with Kneehigh Theatre, he performed in Battersea Arts Centre’s Grand Hall in the epic Don Jon as well as in Cymbeline (RSC) and  A Matter of Life and Death (National Theatre).

The Bloodmoneys have toured and recorded with Scissor Sisters, Beth Orton, Gary Numan, Goldfrapp and Tinie Tempah. Check out the trailer and book tickets on the BAC website here.

On Music: Giggs at the #ASICSSECRETGIG

We always love it when brands get involved in supporting new and progressive music, so was great to get an invite to the #ASICSSECRETGIG.

The Japanese sneaker champs were celebrating the launch of their  Chameleoid pack with a secret gig in London.

A lit party – ASICS Tiger were joined by some of the biggest names in UK music and more than 600 guests. It was hosted by BBC 1Xtra DJ Sian Anderson. The night kicked off with Melody Kane and Logan Sama on the Decks. A live set followed from one of the fastest emerging names in UK Grime: AJ Tracey Followed by a huge headline set from Giggs.

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The new kicks combine progressive Japanese sports tech and global stylings. The Sole Supplier crew made this film from the launch:

Stay up-to-date with ASICS Tiger news via its Twitter feed.

 

On Music: Oxjam Festival Celebrates its 10th Birthday

The CultureJukebox team have always loved the combination of new music and doing good that Oxjam always brings – so it was great to hear about the festival’s 10th birthday. Time flies people!

Legendary DJ Fatboy Slim is kicking off this year’s 10th birthday celebrations of Oxjam music festival with an intimate gig in the Dalston Oxfam shop. (This is one of London’s best charity shops btw!)

The DJ will be returning to where he played at the first big-name Oxfam shop gig for Oxjam, with records, clothes, books and hardware moving from the shop, to make way for a stage and speakers to create an extra special music venue on October 3.   

The gig will launch Oxjam Music Festival where hundreds of gigs of every size and genre imaginable will take place across the UK throughout October. The events are organised by volunteers to showcase the best local bands and musical talent to raise money for Oxfam’s work to end poverty. Some 2,500 musicians are expected will play to more than 100,000 people.

Hosting Oxjam launch parties is part of the Dalston Oxfam shop’s heritage. Over the past decade, the shop has featured the biggest names in the UK music scene, including The Kooks, Jarvis Cocker, Damon Albarn, Skream, Four Tet, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, 2manydjs, and Ghostpoet.

Bad news people, the tickets to see Fatboy Slim are already sold out.

Since it started 10 years ago, more than a million people have been to an Oxjam gig, helping to raise more than £2.5 million – that’s enough money to supply fresh water to 2.5 million people, or the population of Greater Manchester, one of the largest metropolitan districts in the UK. 

Indie rock band Mystery Jets are supporting Oxjam by selecting and spinning vinyl, signing records and posing with fans for photos at Oxfam shops in Leicester, Preston, Newcastle, Edinburgh Cambridge. They will also be performing at the Reading shop and there will be opportunities to win tickets to their gigs throughout the Oxfam shop tour between 29 September to 12 October. 

Oxjam’s Manager Sandy Trappitt said: “For ten years Oxjam has been an exciting opportunity for music-lovers to come together and share their passion for all sorts of music while at the same time supporting Oxfam’s fight to end poverty. It’s something to celebrate and a chance to thank all those involved.”

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