Possibly in defiance of the recession, there seem to be more music festivals set to take place this year than ever before. Had you said this to me a year ago, I would have doubted its possiblity. Yet, 2009 is a year for startling revelations: line-ups announced earlier than ever, old-skool heroes reuniting and credit-crunch beating ticket offers clubland more than it could possibly want or need.
In the Scottish terrioties, Hot Chip and Danny Rampling have both been confirmed to headline DJ sets at the Wickerman Festival. Already on the light-head inducing line-up are the likes of The Human League, Billy Bragg, Utah Saints and breaks-mastero Meat Katie.
If you fancy something a bit warmer than Scotland, The Inmusic Festival, in warm Croatia, has just announced grandfathers of electro, Kraftwerk will perform, along with Moby and N*E*R*D. Plus just the otherside of the border, Serbia’s Exit Festival has confirmed another raft of DJs including Sebastian Ingrosso, Kissy Sell Out and Steve Angello.
Plus see below for a brief wrap-up of other dance festival announcements this week:
Glade Festival: Rennie Pilgrem, Krafty Kuts, Mr C, Jamie Jones, Adultnapper
Dance Island: Utah Saints, Chicane, Pendulum (DJ Set), Rat Pack, Mickey Slim, Darren Styles, Chris Lake, Gammer and Marcel Woods.
South West Four: David Guetta, Eric Prydz, Sander Kleinenberg, Mark Knight, Scarlett Etienne, Dubfire , Timo Maas, Steve Lawler and Layo & Bushwacka!.
Eurofest Electric Elephant: Andrew Weatherall, Jesse Rose, Theo Parrish, Unabombers, Joakim, Daniele Baldelli, Phoreski, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Bullion, Soul Jazz Soundsystem, Horse Meat Disco, Idjut Boys and Disco Bloodbat
I’ll keep you posted!