Major Hip Hop Anniversaries At Exit
Exit Festival has announced the next wave of acts joining its massive bill, led by Wu-Tang Clan, in honor of Hip Hop’s 50th anniversary.
The rap legends will celebrate another significant anniversary at Exit 2023, as their debut “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers),” considered one of the most influential albums ever, turns 30 years old this year.
Also newly announced are Alesso, Sofi Tukker, Chase & Status, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and more. They’ll join the previously announced The Prodigy, Skrillex, Viagra Boys, Keinemusik, CamelPhat, Indira Paganotto, Hot Since 82, and Vintage Culture.
More names are to follow. Exit 2023 goes down at the beautiful 17th-century Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad, Serbia, July 6-9.
Tickets, starting from €87 for regular and €300 for VIP GOLD, are available on the Exit website.
Airbeat One Turns 20
There’s more to celebrate, as Germany’s Airbeat One turns 20 this year.
Taking place in Neustadt-Glewe, July 12-16, the lineup so far includes Boris Brejcha, Charlotte de Witte, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Hardwell, Paul van Dyk, Steve Aoki, Timmy Trumpet and Vini Vici, with Angerfist, Danny Avila, KSHMR, Lucas & Steve, Meduza, Paul Kalkbrenner, Quintino, Sub Zero Project, W&W, Will Sparks and many more just announced.
The promoters of Northern Germany’s biggest dance festival expect the final bill to consist of 300 of the best DJs and acts, who will perform across five stages for some 65,000 guests from more than 50 countries.
Tickets are on sale. The 3-day ticket cost €149.99 in phase one. The VIP guest tickets goes for €100 more.
Standon Calling Reveals Lineup
Standon Calling has revealed a big portion of its 2023 lineup. Names include Years & Years, Self Esteem, Bloc Party, The Human League, Anastacia, Katy B, Squid, and many more, who’ll be performing at Standon Lordship, not far from London, July 20-23.
Other confirmed acts are Confidence Man, Bob Vylan, Lynks, Sad night Dynamite, Floweroflove, Dylan, KT Tunstall, Melanie C, Faithless (DJ), LF System, Groove Armada (DJ), High Contrast, 22hr Garage Girls and more.
Now in its 17th year, Standon Calling prides itself on its family-friendliness. Aside from music, there’s a famous Dog Show, a themed Costume Parade, yoga, a swimming pool and riverside hot tubs, as well as comedy and talks. Games, crafts and creative workshops for all ages round out the offer.
Tickets, including boutique and premium camping, are now on sale.
Florence & The Killers At Pukkelpop
The join Billie Eilish, Angèle, and Anne-Marie on the bill, which promoters promise will grow by “more or less two hundred additional acts” in the coming weeks.
The beginning of Pukkelpop’s onsale will be announced next week.
UK Showcase Special: TGE, London Calling & Focus Wales
Arlo Parks, Maisie Peters At TGE
A number of UK showcase festivals have also announced a lot of names for their 2023 lineups.
The Great Escape, returning to Brighton May 10-13, unveiled more than 90 new names, representing the most promising talent from across the UK and Europe.
The list includes “Mercury Prize nominees The Big Moon, experimental electronic pop duo Sad Night Dynamite, Oxford-via-Bristol’s very own pop polymath Willie J Healey and budding pop superstar and TikTok sensation Caity Baser.”
With Maisie Peters and Arlo Parks, two already established UK acts will also perform at TGE. Italy will be The Great Escape’s lead country partner for 2023. Milanosport, Eugenia Post Meridiem, BLUEM, and Sans Soucis represent the country’s burgeoning new music scene.
Tickets are available on TGE’s website. Early bird delegate passes are already sold out.
First London Calling Unveils Lineup
The line-up for ILMC’s first ever central London showcase has been revealed. Delaporte, Demob Happy, Jelani Blackman, Bel Cobain, and more will perform across four Soho venues on the first night of ILMC, March 1.
The full lineup and the venues can be found below. For some of the 14 artists, the London Calling performance will be a huge underplay. However, the calibre of industry pros that could potentially take their careers to the next level will more than make up for it.
The showcase is organised in association with FORM & Kili Presents. Supporters of the night include Music Venue Trust/Revive Live, Mad Cool Festival, Comunidad de Madrid, The Spanish Wave, United Talent Agency and the agency’s HEAR THIS new music brand, Ginger & Gigseekr.
Phoenix Arts Club (1 Phoenix St, WC2H 8BU): Delaporte, Quasi Qui, Queralt Lahoz
21 Soho (3-5 Sutton Row, W1D 4NR): Demob Happy, Swim School, Cassy Lowry, Hamish Hawk
The Lower Third (26 Denmark St, WC2H 8NJ): Jelani Blackman, Bel Cobain, Frozemode
Spice of Life (6 Moor St, W1D 5NA): L’objectif, Ajimal, Edgär, Sarah Olivier
ILMC delegates enjoy priority access to all venues. The shows are also ticketed via Dice and Ticketweb.
International Talent In Wales
Focus Wales returns to Wrexham, May 4-6, expecting some 20,000 attendees, and 250-plus acts from Wales and around the world.
Some of the hottest talent to perform at Focus Wales are Jeffrey Lewis & The Voltage, Trials of Cato, ALASKALASKA, Jodie Marie, Baba Ali, Cowboyy, CHROMA, The Coral, Billy Nomates, Adwaith, Squid, Dream Wife, The Joy Formidable, and Neue Grafik Ensemble, to name but a fraction.
Artists performing at Focus Wales 2023 hail from the Balearics, Belgium, Canada, Catalonia, England, France, Guinea, Ireland, Japan, Madagascar, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Scotland, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan and the USA.
More than 100 names have yet been announced. Tickets are available here.