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Massive Attack join Melt! Festival

Massive Attack join Melt! Festival

Massive Attack join Melt! Festival

Massive Attack join Melt! Festival.  ‘The Dirty Dozen’ is history and we proudly present the first confirmations for the 13th edition of Melt! Festival at the wonderful and unique Ferropolis festival site, set against a breathtaking backdrop of five huge hulking coal mining diggers that tower into the sky.   The grandmasters of TripHop, Massive Attack, will get the huge diggers at the “City of Iron” to vibrate under the influence of their bass-heavy Bristol sound. As another high-calibre headliner, we are very proud to announce The XX. Rest assured that the aesthetic overall concept of the British trio fits perfectly into the Melt! scenery. Booka Shade will present their new album ‘More!’ at Melt! and they promise that ‘There will be a lot of physical action and sweat on the stage’.

The Wombats have booked their tickets to Ferropolis and are presenting their new album. Foals catch up on last years’ cancelled gig, OstGut Ton presents the sound of Berghain & Panoramabar, Audiolith Pferdemarkt will be functioning as the official Melt! opening on Thursday, Meltselektor Stage curated by Modeselektor, Blood Red Shoes return to Ferropolis, Video-icon Chris Cunningham in Germany for the first time and exclusively, Techno-legends Carl Craig feat. Mike Banks (Underground Resistance) meet Ricardo Villalobos, Don’t miss the Crookers.

All confirmed acts so far
A-Trak | Matias Aguayo & Band | Ellen Allien | An Horse | Ata | Black Rose (Henrik Schwarz & Jesse Rose live) | Blood Red Shoes | Booka Shade | Boris | Bratze | Chromeo | Carl Craig feat. Mike Banks | Chris Cunningham | Clues | Crookers | Marcel Dettmann | dOP | Egotronic | Fake Blood | Fred Falke live | Marcel Fengler | Roman Flügel | Foals | Four Tet | Frittenbude | Sascha Funke | Get Well Soon | Hemmann & Kaden live | Nick Höppner | Ja, Panik | Jackmaster | Jamie XX | Jamaica | Markus Kavka | Ben Klock | Oliver Koletzki | Monika Kruse | Lindstrøm & Christabelle | Mala | Massive Attack | Modeselektor feat. Bonaparte live | ND Baumecker | Norman Nodge | Pantha Du Prince | DJ Pete | Popof live | Post War Years | Prosumer | Riton | Saalschutz | Schlachthofbronx | DJ Shadow | Shed live | Sinden | Steffi | Die Sterne | Tama Sumo | Matthias Tanzmann | Tobias Thomas | Tocotronic | Two Door Cinema Club | The Very Best | Ricardo Villalobos | Joris Voorn live | Wareika | WhoMadeWho | The Wombats | The XX

3-day ticket valid for Friday, Saturday and Sunday:
EUR 94 zzgl. plus pre-sale fee and EUR 5 garbage deposit

2-day ticket valid for Friday and Saturday:
EUR 74 zzgl. plus pre-sale fee and EUR 5 garbage deposit

In the price included are camping and parking (from Thursday 15.07. 01:00pm until Monday, 19.07. 03:00pm).


Field Day announce full line-up

Victoria-ParkThe gates of Victoria Park open on August 1st for their third annual outing, Field Day are pleased to announce the full stage-by-stage breakdown of stellar acts playing this year’s event, including some amazing new additions. Plus, there will be a brand new Guardian Tea Room Tent and Do You Come Here Often, a spankingly fresh art happening area from Time Out, plus, for the dedicated party hardcore, there’s some very special warm up action to be had.   Adding their not inconsiderable presence to this year’s the line up will be the sensational, Huw Stephens championed, Gaggle who will be showcasing their mind-blowing 22-piece ‘choral riot grrrl’ skirmishes between bands on the Eat Your Own Ears mainstage, ones definitely not to miss. JD Twitch, one half of Glaswegian leftfield supremos Optimo will be throwing down his own inimitable brand of eclectic festival shakers and the esteemed Frank Tope will be donning his Wild Geese guise to unleash some super-slamming House and continental Disco grooves to keep you cutting the rug.

Eat Your Own Ears Main Stage
Eat Your Own Ears DJ’s / Errors / Fennesz / Final Fantasy / First Aid Kit / Gaggle / Jon Hopkins / Mogwai (Only English Summer Festival Show) / Santigold / Skream / The Horrors / The Temper Trap

Adventures In The Beetroot Field Stage
Mystery JetsAllez Allez / Crispin Dior (AITBF) / Devil Made Me Do It / Four Tet / King Charles /
Micachu And The Shapes / Mystery Jets / Plugs / S.C.U.M / Sian Alice Group /
Stopmakingme (AITBF) / The Big Pink / The Invisible / Wild Beasts

Village Mentality Stage
Fanfarlo / James Yorkston / Juana Molina / Malcolm Middleton / Mumford And Sons / The Thing / Toumani Diabate / Wet Paint / Woodpigeon

Bugged Out! Stage
Aeroplane DJs / Audion (Live) / Delphic (Live) / Erol Alkan / Fake Blood / JD Twitch (Optimo) / Little Boots (Live) / Wild Geese DJs

Bloggers Delight Stage
Casper C (AITBF/Bloggers Delight) / Drums Of Death (Live) / Greco-Roman Soundsystem /
No Pain In Pop DJs / Rusko (DJ Set) / Skull Juice (Bloggers Delight) / The Xx /
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs / Work It

This year will also see a brand new Guardian Tea Room Tent joining the myriad delights of Field Day. Perfectly positioned to cast your eyes over the ever-amusing goings on in Village Mentality, the Guardian Tea Room Tent will offer a touch of refinement to proceedings with lashings of freshly brewed tea and home-made cakes to help you recharge your batteries whilst perusing the paper.

The Ting Tings and Groove Armada join Ibiza Rocks

the-ting-tingsJoining the already incredible line up of artists announced for this years’ Ibiza Rocks are The Ting Tings, Groove Armada, Friendly Fires, Soulwax, Frankmusik, Kissy Sell Out, Burn the Negative, South Central and Zane Lowe. All will take to the open air stage in the very centre of the Ibiza Rocks Hotel during Ibiza Rocks’ 5th summer season of live shows, every Tuesday from 16 June to 8 September.

The Ting Tings have already rocked the foundations of pop and now they will rock the foundations of the Ibiza Rocks Hotel as they kick off a sensational summer of sizzling hot gigs on 16 June. Supporting Ting Tings and bringing his synths and beats to the Balearics will be Frankmusik plus Radio 1 DJ and champion of the best new bands, Zane Lowe.

Hailing from St. Albans, Herefordshire, Friendly Fires have made a massive splash on the music scene with their special blend of dance come indie come post-punk pop! The critically acclaimed band will take to the Ibiza Rocks stage on 23 June for a special gig and a sneak preview of what to expect when they support Blur later this summer

On 21 July, Groove Armada will bring their incredible big beats back to Ibiza. Dynamic duo and master remixers Andy Cato and Tom Findlay are no strangers to Ibiza but this special live set at the Ibiza Rocks Hotel is certain to be an unforgettable first!

Another first comes from South Central who will be tearing up the dance floor with their electro-punk tunes, supporting Pendulum on the 28 July.

Alternative rock/electro outfit Soulwax will put on a live show like no other at Ibiza Rocks on 1 September. Also known for their influential contributions to ‘bastard pop’ under the name 2manydjs, the Belgium brothers will make an incredible FIVE appearances as 2manydjs at Ibiza Rocks’ official after party Reclaim the Dancefloor at Eden this summer. ‘Ones To Watch’ Burn the Negative will support Soulwax at Ibiza Rocks on 1 September.

Boasting its strongest and most diverse line up to date. The Kooks, Klaxons, The Enemy, Vampire Weekend, MGMT, Dizzee Rascal and Pendulum also feature on this summer’s hottest line up.

Ibiza’s premier live music promoters are pulling out all the stops to make this the best summer yet! Specially priced midweek breaks for the more flexible traveller are on offer and all holidays booked with www.ibizarocks.com include a gig ticket and entry to Ibiza Rocks’ new after party ‘Reclaim the Dancefloor!’ at Eden. Advanced sales also ALL include entry into ‘Reclaim the Dancefloor!’ where the crowds can carry on the party with some of the most cutting edge DJ’s and live acts on the planet.

With the introduction of pool and stage view rooms this year, fans can quite literally book a room with a ‘star’ view and a break abroad that could cost less than a weekend festival ticket. Quickly established as the biggest youth focused hotel on the island, the Ibiza Rocks Hotel encapsulates a whole lifestyle, catering for a new live music loving generation and proving that cool and credible can crossover. Legendary live gigs from the world’s best bands, under the stars. It’s Ibiza. It’s official. It rocks!

Confirmed Line Up So Far:

16 June Opening Party with The Ting Tings, Frankmusik and Zane Lowe
(Reclaim the Dancefloor: Opening Party with 2manydjs / Steve Aoki / Cassette Jam)
23 June Friendly Fires
(Reclaim the Dancefloor: Chase & Status / Kissy Sellout / Toddla T)
30 June The Kooks
(Reclaim the Dancefloor: Brodinski / Aeroplane / Matt Walsh)
07 July Very special guests TBC plus Kissy Sellout
(Reclaim the Dancefloor: Kissy Sellout / Fake Blood / High Contrast)
14 July Very special guests TBC plus Zane Lowe
(Reclaim the Dancefloor: Chase & Status /Sinden / Rusko)
21 July Groove Armada (Live)
(Reclaim the Dancefloor: 2manydjs / Steve Aoki / Aeroplane / Joe and Will Ask)
28 July Pendulum and South Central (laptop / keyboard set)
(Reclaim the Dancefloor: Boys Noize / Fake Blood / DIM / Housemeister / Mix Hell
04 Aug The Enemy
(Reclaim the Dancefloor: 2manydjs / Skream / L’Amour La Morgue)
11 Aug Dizzee Rascal
(Reclaim the Dancefloor: Pendulum DJ set / Scratch Perverts / Fake Blood / Sinden)
18 Aug Vampire Weekend
(Reclaim the Dancefloor: 2manydjs / Brodinski / Matt Walsh)
25 Aug MGMT
Pendulum DJ set / The Bloody Beetroots / Sinden / Benga)
01 Sept Soulwax/2manydjs and Burn the Negative
(Reclaim the Dancefloor: 2manydjs / Fake Blood / Junior Sanchez / L’Amour La Morgue)
08 Sept Closing Party with Klaxons and special guests
(Reclaim the Dancefloor: Closing Party with Digitalism / Caspa)

Erol Alkan to hit Victoria Park

erolalkan1Have you heard the one about Erol Alkan? The humble 12 year old maestro-in-the-making who sneaks out the window of his parents flat to play gigs for a tenner? About the bearded studio-sorcerer worshipped by bands and DJ’s half his age as a living electronic idol? About the kid in his early 20s who’s founded that Trash night in London where they’re playing Bowie and basslines at the same time?

I heard that he invented the mash-up. I heard that he created the second coming of French Touch just by remixing Justice’s “Waters Of Nazareth”. I heard he bought guitar music back from the grave. No, it was electronic music. Or was it reggae? I heard he once revived a Roland 303 just by looking at it. Didn’t you hear? He’s bringing psychedelia back? Wait – I heard he’s bringing Disco back? Didn’t you hear?

That’s the thing about Erol Alkan – hearing is believing. Until you’ve borne witness to one of his legendary live sets, poured headily over one of his meticulously crafted productions, or been catapulted to a sudden sonic nirvana by the dropping of one of his remixes, you might be justified for dismissing his existence as an extremely elaborate myth of the musical underground. After all, how can one man, still in his early thirties, have kept so many kids dancing for so long?

Look no further than the well-worn T-Shirt: L.O.V.E. is the answer. What kept Erol on the cutting edge of the independent and electronic scenes for the decade he ran Trash until its final night in January 2007, and at the forefront of bold new territories in the musical cosmos in the years that have followed, is his unwavering devotion to the music he plays. His studious interests across the sonic spectrum made it inevitable that at some point he would cross the boards and start to create music as well as play it, and in 2001 he took his first steps under the nom-de-guerre Kurtis Rush. His alchemical fusion of George Michael and Missy Elliot resulted in 24 carat party gold, and “Bastard Pop” was born, with Erol as one of it’s founding figureheads alongside Soulwax and Richard X, reaching its apex with Kylie performing Erol’s infamous ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’ fusion with New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’ live at the 2002 Brit Awards. The Manchester legends, also one of Alkan’s favourite ever bands, loved it so much they returned the favour, often performing the ‘mash up’ live. Coupled with the electroclash earthquake that was rippling through London (epicentre: Trash, Monday nights), Erol found himself at the forefront of both movements, and with a gamut of notable new admirers and friends.

It wasn’t long before Erol was lending his magic touch to increasingly higher profile releases, with his remixes of Alter Egos’ ‘Rocker’ and Mylo’s ‘Drop The Pressure’ proving unavoidable on the dancefloors of 2004. Remixes for Bloc Party, Death From Above 1979 and The Chemical Brothers ensued, followed by Erol’s first truly legendary contribution to dance music’s canon: The Glam Racket Rework of Franz Ferdinand’s ‘Do You Want To’, which impressed the band so much that they incorporated elements of the remix into their live tour.

Erol’s profile was rapidly ascending, Trash was packed every Monday with a baying crowd of technicolour admirers and celebrity exotica yearning to witness the signature Alkan marriage of the electronic and the independent, but that didn’t curtail his quest for innovation. 2006 would see him take the covers off the mega-yacht he had been secretly building in his studio – his “Balearic Trilogy” of remixes; The Klaxons ‘Golden Skans’, Hot Chip’s ‘Boy From School’ and The Scissor Sisters ‘I Don’t Feel Like Dancing’. Those expecting saturated rock fuzz and thumping electronica were confounded; finding instead a trio of blissed out, spectral and unapologetically ambitious responses to the original material. All three remixes would become dance floor hits, despite the adventurous new sound, and compromise to Erol’s favourite remix work to date.

2006 also saw the beginning of studio collaborations with The Long Blondes, and in the producer’s role for the first time in his life. Asked to work on their debut single for Rough Trade, the session yielded ‘Fulwood Babylon’, a melancholic disco gem that found it’s way to every corner of the interweb. Among it’s many admirers were The Mystery Jets, who approached Erol to collaborate on a few tracks, resulting in a series of B-sides. These first tracks were to be only the very beginning of a long and fruitful recording relationship.

With such a studio intensive 2006, you might be forgiven for thinking that Erol’s live presence had taken a back seat, but you would be very much mistaken. The year saw him support Madonna (at Koko) and Daft Punk (at Global Gathering), and to cap it all off he was voted Mixmag’s prestigious DJ Of The Year award, as well as Best International Dj.

Fast forward to 2008, and the first Alkan studio alumni had released their own sophomore albums, with The Long Blondes critically acclaimed ‘Couples’, and Mystery Jets pop opus ’Twenty One’ featuring the UK hit singles ‘Young Love’ and ‘Two Doors Down’, both produced by Erol. Outside of those two carefully nurtured albums, Erol found time to unite with Franz Ferdinand to produce a cover of LCD Soundsystem’s ‘All My Friends’, record a couple of b-sides with genial art pop mavericks and Mercury Music Prize winners Klaxons, and to harness the mysterious powers of prodigal psych-prog rockers Late Of The Pier in the form of singles ‘Bathroom Gurgle’, ‘Space And The Woods’, The Bears Are Coming’ and ‘Focker’. The full Alkan produced debut album drops in late 2008.

And in truth, that’s only the half of it. For more than two years, on the odd nights of the year that he’s not duty bound to be Erol Alkan, he has been known to don the mantle of ‘Mustapha 3000’ and dabble in the mysterious rites of ‘Beyond The Wizards Sleeve’ – a warped balearic psychedelic brotherhood consisting of Erol and The Grid’s Richard Norris. Part folk astronauts, part electronic necromancers, they have reanimated songs by Midlake, Findlay Brown, Goldfrapp, and Tracey Thorn into beautiful, searing moments of euphoric bliss. Each remix wildly different to the next, The Sleeve (as they are known to their fans) continue, like Erol himself, to be impossible to pin down, having recently completed their first major work, a four part series of EP’s.

Whether he’s playing the latest in hardcore thrash or producing delicate anthems of spectral beauty, one thing’s for sure; music, truly fertile music, is never very far from Erol Alkan, and his sound can surely only continue to grow in the future. Haven’t you heard?

Victoria Park will be playing host to Erol Alkan, Toumani Diabate, Aeroplane, Fake Blood, S.C.U.M Final Fantasy, and First Aid Kit.

They will all be joining the already impressive line up that includes Mogwai, Four Tet, Malcolm Middleton, James Yorkston, Fennesz and Apes and Androids.


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