Festivals 2016

We're Dreaming of Festivals Already

Sonar, Lovebox, Outlook and Farr, you have our attention!

Up until this week, it seemed all we had to look forward to was a massive storm and the end of the dryest month of the year

Luckily, all of the festivals we love have started announcing their line ups, taking us from a perpetual state of thumb twiddling to hastily totting up how many we can actually afford to go to. 

As expected, dance music is keenly represented across the board. We wrote about Catalan bonanza, Primavera, taking our fancy last week, but fans of big bass, sad boys and Diplo will be equally captivated by today's announcements from Lovebox, Sonar and Outlook. Check it out. 

Major Lazer at Lovebox

Major Lazer have become such sons of the earth that having them in London, at a festival where they’ll have to share a stage, seems like some sort of treat. The multi award winning band of brothers (complete with dancers, show ponies and tropical rainforest stage set up) have been announced as one of the two headline acts to take Victoria Park this year. When they’ll be returning to the capital is uncertain, so if you’re keen for a shirt swinging bonanza and mass sing along of "Lean On", head here.

James Blake and Flume at Sonar

The electronic music festival with a conscience, Sonar’s display of names doesn’t fail to set the heart fluttering. James Blake, The Black Madonna and Flume make up a line-up of acts whose musical footprints have excited tastemakers and party freaks alike. Fat Boy Slim and Kenny Dope sit alongside grime newcomers Section Boyz and Antony Hegarty’s collab with HudMo and Oneohtrix Point Never, AHNOHNI.

Goldie at Outlook

Outlook reigns the undisputed champion of Balkan dance offs. Now in its eighth year, it’s grown from strength to mighty strength, offering consistency and variety on a plate best served hot and sweaty. This year, old and new figureheads of the bass laced community step up. Andy C, Noisia and Goldie fly the flag for analogue champions, whereas digital soundboys Sarah Farina and Hucci bring their A game to the party.

Gilles Peterson at Farr Festival

Farr has quickly risen through the ranks as the Londoner's choice of dance festival. Nurturing home grown talent on a small scale, it's still relatively cheap for the line up it boasts. This year, names we're already excited about are Bugged Out! champion, Denis Sulta, man of the people, Gilles Peterson and Hessle Audio fellow Ben UFO.

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Written by Tamara Roper

26 Jan 2016