This week’s top stories:

Glastonbury’s The Beat Hotel heads to Marrakech

INSA creates augmented reality graffiti mural for VENOM

London Olympia’s £1bn upgrade plans approved

German secondary ticketing platform Ticketbande dealt blow by BDKV


Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival has announced its 2019 lineup, which will be headlined by Nile Rodgers & Chic, Jess Glynne, Annie Mac and The Human League. Also playing will be Big Shaq, Goldie, and Napalm Death.

Lakeside vibes

After selling out for thirteen years in a row, Kendal Calling has announced its 2019 line-up. Courteeners, Doves, Manic Street Preachers and more will play the 2019 festival in the Lake District between 25-28 July.

Parking space

Parklife Festival has confirmed its 2019 line-up. Cardi B, The Streets, Christine & The Queens, Migos, Solange and Khalid are confirmed. The Manchester festival’s tenth edition will take place on Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th June.

Wired for sounds

Within hours of going on sale, Wireless 2019 sold out. All 135,000 tickets for the three-day event, headlined this year by Cardi B, Travis Scott and Asap Rocky, were snapped up in record time, according to promoter Festival Republic.

Other acts performing at Wireless 2019 – the 14th edition of the festival – include Migos, Tyga, Rae Sremmurd, Future, Stefflon Don, Young Thug and Juice Wrld.

Earlier this month, Festival Republic withdrew its appeal against restrictive new licensing conditions imposed on the festival from this year, including reduced noise levels, a ban on swearing and revealing clothing for performers, and a final-night curfew of 9.30pm.

Mount Rockmore

The Keswick Mountain Festival (KMF), which runs from Thursday 16 May until Sunday 19 May, has announced that iconic 80s band Big Country will headline this year’s live music line-up on the Subaru Stage.

The Scottish rockers will be joined by festival favourites the Peatbog Faeries, a Manchester-themed DJ set by Happy Mondays stars Bez and Rowetta, Blondie tribute act UK Blondie, folk musician Ruairidh Maclean and local act Water’s Edge.

You’re my Wonderwood

The brand new, boutique forest summer event, Wonderwood, has announced another wave of house, bass and garage headliners for its debut event on Saturday 27 July 2019.

Joining an already huge bill are Crucast (Skepsis, Darkzy, Bru-C, Mr Virgo, TS7, Lazcru & Window Kid), FooR, Tom Zanetti plus support from CDC who’ll be performing for guests deep into the mystical forest of Witton Country Park in the rolling hills of Lancashire.

Wonderwood will feature three bespoke stages, a luxury VIP area, global cuisine and high production values. It comes from the makers of PierJam and BassJam events held across Manchester, Blackpool, Bolton and Hastings.


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Hard graft

Hardwick Live Festival will return to Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield from 17 – 18 August for two days of live performances.

British music is firmly in the spotlight this year, with Manic Street Preachers headlining on Saturday, followed by 80s rock band James on Sunday.

National treasures Manic Street Preachers will play hits and anthems from their exhaustive back catalogue, stretching from their 1992 album, Generation Terrorists, to last year’s release, Resistance is Futile.

James, dubbed champions of the Madchester era and famous for anthems such as Sit Down and She’s a Star, reformed in 2007 after a five-year hiatus and have continued going strong ever since.

And there are more big names joining the bill as support, including The Zutons, Stiff Little Fingers, Sister Sledge feat Kathy Sledge and The Sherlocks, will all take to the stage on Saturday.