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Festival Focus: Leeds, M25, EDC, Riot Fest

In this week's round-up: Ministry of Sound's birthday bash, another Dutch showcase event, Morrissey's is(n't) playing Riot Fest, V's having a laugh

By IQ on 25 May 2016

Simon Neil, Biffy Clyro, OpenAir St Gallen 2013, Michael Dornbierer

Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro, who will play a Festival Republic show at the 100-capacity Headrow House


image © Michael Dornbierer

Reading and Leeds promoter Festival Republic traded muddy fields for a former textile mill today as it announced a one-off show by festival headliner Biffy Clyro at 100-capacity Leeds venue Headrow House.

All Reading and Leeds ticketholders will be entered into a ballot to see the Welsh alt-rock group, who will play an acoustic set under the ‘Reading and Leeds Festivals present’ banner. Tickets will be free, bar a transaction fee of £3.50 which will be matched by Festival Republic and donated to charity Martin House.

Biffy Clyro are one of five Reading/Leeds headliners along with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foals, Disclosure and Fall Out Boy.

Josh Widdicombe, Isabelle Adam

V Festival, which takes place in Hylands Park in Chelmsford and Weston Park in Staffordshire on 20 and 21 August, the weekend before Reading and Leeds, also chose today to announce the line-up for its Glee Club Comedy Tent.

Adam Hills and Josh Widdecombe will headline, with other performers including Katherine Ryan, Sara Pascoe, Tom Stade, Jarred Christmas and Alex Edelman(Josh Widdicombe photo by Isabelle Adam.)

The Dutch showcase festival that isn’t Eurosonic Noorderslag, Dice, will return for the second time on Saturday 25 September. The first edition took place earlier this month at the TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht and featured music from emerging artists Boo Seeka, Glints, Isaac Gracie, Lewis del Mar, SWMRS en Yonaka – all chosen in partnership with ESNS, Reeperbahn and The Great Escape and picked from the line-ups of those festivals.

DJ Sneak, Detroit Electronic Music Festival 2010, C N

Legendary London nightclub and label Ministry of Sound has announced plans for a new one-day event to mark its 25th year in business.

The M25 Festival – named both for the club’s 25th birthday and, presumably, the ring road that surrounds London – will feature music from Erick MorilloDJ Sneak and the Haçienda Classical project and promises to “reunite some of dance music’s most legendary names with arenas hosted by A Night In Paradise, in honour of Paradise Garage, and Shoom”. It will take place in Trent Park, north London, on Sunday 7 August – yes, Sunday – “as a nod to early British rave culture”. (DJ Sneak photo by C N on Flickr.)

Sleaford Mods, Club 85, Paul Hudson

Peaches, Rat Boy, Sleaford Mods, The Damned, AlunaGeorge, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Bleached and Fidlar lead the latest acts announced for Way Out West in Sweden.

PJ Harvey, The Last Shadow Puppets, Sia, James Bay, Massive Attack and Young Fathers, Haim, Jamie xx and M83 are already confirmed for the festival, which is promoted by Live Nation-owned Luger and takes place from 11 to 13 August in Slottsskogen park in Gothenburg. (Sleaford Mods photo by Paul Hudson.)

Afrojack, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas 2011, Sara Cooper PR/Matthew Little

In EDM-land, Electric Daisy Carnival has revealed its entire line-up for its 20th festival, which kicks off in Las Vegas in just over three weeks, in one go.

Prominent among the 250 – count ’em – DJs and performers include Above & Beyond, Kaskade, Armin van Buuren, Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Marshmello, Zedd, DJ Snake, The Chainsmokers and Afrojack, but since there’s no way we’re going to type them all out, here’s that monster bill in full:

Electric Daisy Carnival 2016 line-up

Afrojack will also play SFX/ID&T’s Mysteryland in Haarlemmermeer, the Netherlands, in the last weekend of August.

The long-running dance music event announced yesterday the line-up for its pre- and after-parties, to be held in its ‘Holy Ground’ campsite on 26 and 27 August, respectively. Highlights include “Seth Troxler playing back-to-back with Skream and Tom Trago, Afrojack playing a techno set alongside Benny Rodrigues, Dave Clarke executing a classic techno session and Breach [back to back] with Cinnaman“. (Afrojack photo by Matthew Little/Sara Cooper PR.)

Morrissey, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, 2014, Kathryn Parson

Is Morrissey playing Riot Fest? The Chicago festival says yes; the cranky ex-Smith apparently says no.

A posting on True to You, a fan site frequently used to put out announcements by website-less Morrissey, says: “As of this date (May 23), Morrissey is not a part of this year’s Chicago Riot Fest.”

Other artists who may or may not be playing include Jane’s Addiction, Death Cab for Cutie, Nas, Sleater-Kinney, NOFX, Deftones and Jake Bugg.

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