KAYTRANADA, Solange’s Saint Heron & More Announced For Afropunk Brooklyn 2017

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The official line-up has been announced for this year’s Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn, which sees SZA, Sampha, Thundercat, KAYTRANADA, Sango, Michael Kiwanuka, Dizzee Rascal, Willow Smith and more making appearances. Also: certain outlets are claiming that Mary J. Blige will be taking to the stage as well.

Afropunk Brooklyn takes place in Commodore Barry Park 26th to 27th August. Get more information (and tickets) here.

Young Thug, Giggs, Krept and Konan & More Tapped For Fresh Island Festival

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This year’s Fresh Island keeps the heavy Hip-Hop and island vibe, with Rae Sremmurd, Sean Paul and Young Thug acting as the main headliners. In addition, French Montana, Giggs, Krept & Konan, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Lady Leshurr, Tonga (Mike Skinner and Murkage), Tim Westwood and more will be making appearances.

Get your tickets here; Fresh Island takes place on Croatia’s Zrce Beach 11th to 13th July.

Mumford & Sons, The xx, Stormzy, Sampha & More Announced For Pukkelpop 2017

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This year’s Pukkelpop Festival sees Bastille, Editors, Mumford & Sons and The xx as the headliners, but the rest of the line-up is top tier as well — Flume, PJ Harvey, Chance the Rapper, London Grammar, Stormzy, Floating Points and Mykki Blanco are just some of the other names set to take the stage.

Pukkelpop takes place in Belgium 16th-19th August. Get your tickets (and check out the full line-up) here.

Stormzy Announces #Merky Festival

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Not a joke. Last week, Stormzy followed up a chart-topping album to announce his first ever #Merky Festival, which is set to take place at Ibiza Rocks 11th July. As you might’ve guessed, the event will see the South Londoner joined by several guests…expect to see many of Grime and UK Rap’s finest sharing the stage.

You can get your #Merky tickets here.

Five Acts To Check Out At This Year’s MoogFest

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Next month, Durham will play host to this year’s MoogFest, an innovative mash-up of artists, designers and creatives birthed from the genius of Dr. Robert Moog. We’re excited by what’s to come during those few days (17th to 21st May), particularly in regards to who’ll be contributing to the music side of this event. Below, we’ve grouped of five such acts to check out:

Flying Lotus

The always-forward thinking Flying Lotus (who — via his Brainfeeder imprint — has helped shed light on the likes of Lapalux and Thundercat) will certainly be bringing his deathly awesome vibes to Durham, thanks to releases like You’re Dead! (as well as classic drops Los Angeles and Cosmogramma and Until The Quiet Comes). Hopefully, the West Coast producer will also be providing some entertainment on the festival’s film side — he recently premiered his, um…cringeworthy film Kuso at Sundance.

Expect a mix of nostalgic, Jazz-y Funk, experimental Hip-Hop and mind-bending Electronica when Steve takes the stage.

Talib Kweli

One of the dopest things about MoogFest is diversity and push and social change: the event’s coordinators made this clear during last year’s debate over HB2 (the now-infamous ‘Bathroom Bill’). This year, that resistance continues with their Protest Stage, which will also take aim at Donald Trump’s travel ban — leading that line-up will be none other than Talib Kweli, who will bring his timeless brand of Hip-Hop (and hopefully a guest or two…a Black Star and Reflection Eternal reunion, perhaps?) to the forefront.

Check out Talib Kweli’s latest project — his collab piece with 9th Wonder, titled Indie 500here. Other recent drops can be found via his website.

Mykki Blanco

Mykki Blanco has been blazing her own trail for a while now, thanks to a slew of EPs and mixtapes that have been dropping for much of this decade…as a result, the artist of many different identities (gender fluid being one of them) has almost single-handedly pioneered the LGBTIQ’s entry into the depths of Hip-Hop culture. Now, Mykki will be bringing her genre-bending style to MoogFest, fresh off of last year’s debut album Mykki (as well as a recent collaboration with Wiki back in January).

Michael Stipe

Fans of the now-defunct R.E.M. already know what it means to hear the voice of former frontman Michael Stipe (please refer to their discography). Now, it’s been announced that the legendary singer-songwriter would be debuting both a “never-before-seen” multimedia installation (which will run through the duration of the festival) as well as his “first solo composition ever”. Given his presence as an activist, you can expect a powerful message from Stipe as well.

Stones Throw

Peanut Butter Wolf’s Stone Throw Records will be making an appearance at MoogFest as well, sharing their set with Matthewdavid and Jesselissa Moretti’s Leaving Records (of which Stones Throw is its exclusive distributor). While Leaving Records is sure to provide some great surprises, we’re pretty hype about the possibilities that come with Stones Throw — artists like Tuxedo, Homeboy Sandman, Karriem Riggins, Knxwledge (one half of NxWorries with Anderson .Paak) and even Snoop Dogg collaborator Dâm-Funk are signed to the historic label.

Check out the full schedule (and get your tickets) for MoogFest here.

Miguel, Kamasi Washington & More To Headline Northside Festival 2017

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New York festival Northside Festival has announced its initial line-up for 2017: Dirty Projectors, Miguel, Kamasi Washington and Thursday have been revealed as the headliners. In addition, Craig Leon & Martin Rev, Downtown Boys, Elvis Depressedly, Elysia Crampton, The Explosion, Foodman, Girlpool, Happyness, Hoops, The Hotelier and more will be taking to one of the many stages as well (set to go down across various venues in Brooklyn). There’s also an ‘Innovation’ leg that sees appearances from the likes of SNL‘s Sasheer Zamata, VICE HBO‘s Tim Clancy and representatives from The FADER, Fast Company, VOX and the Tribeca Film Institute.

Northside takes place 7th to 11th June; you can get your tickets (as well as additional information) at the festival’s official website.

Lollapalooza Announces 2017 Line-Up

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Following their Paris leg announcement, Lollapalooza has announced their return to Chicago’s Grant Park this August. As expected, the line-up is beyond massive: Chance The Rapper, The Killers, Musa, Arcade Fire, The xx, Lorde, Blink-182, DJ Snake and Justice lead the way as headliners. You can check that line-up out below.

It all takes place 3rd to 6th August. You can get your tickets here.

Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran Confirmed For Glastonbury 2017 (UPDATE)

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UPDATE: Ed Sheeran has been announced as the final headliner (below).

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Foo Fighters will officially redeem themselves after being forced to pull out of Glastonbury a couple of years ago (thanks to Dave Grohl’s unfortunate injury); they’ve been announced for the Pyramid Stage come 24th June.

You can see the official announcement below; those that didn’t score Glasto tickets can head to Foo Fighters’ website for plenty of world tour dates.


Can't wait @glastofest x

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LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest & Solange To Headline Pitchfork 2017 (UPDATE)

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UPDATE: We now have a full line-up, which sees Danny Brown, PJ Harvey, Isaiah Rashad and many more added to the line-up. Check that out below.

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From 14th to 16th July, media outlet Pitchfork will once again hold it’s highly-coveted music festival in Chicago’s Union Park. Today, they’ve announced that LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest and Solange will be handling headliner duties…in addition, Solange’s Saint Heron imprint will be working in conjunction with the festival to host a cool music and culture series beginning on the 13th of July, which is detailed below:

  • Thursday, July 13th @ Black Cinema House at the Stony Island Arts Bank – Saint Heron curated evening of film and discussion
  • Friday, July 14th @ Soho House Chicago – Poetry reading and discussion presented by Young Chicago Authors and Saint Heron
  • Saturday, July 15th @ The Promontory – Saint Heron Presents an After Fest Jazz Jam & Party featuring the select house band and special surprise guests
  • Friday, July 14th – Sunday, July 16th @ On-site Saint Heron Installation Space – Saint Heron will feature works from contemporary black art makers for the duration of the festival

Get your tickets to Pitchfork 2017 here.

Sampha & Migos Added To Lowlands 2017

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UPDATE: More names have been added to Lowlands, including Future Islands, Bastille, London Grammar, Michael Kiwanuka and more. You can see the full line-up to date here.

UPDATE #2: 19 more acts have been added, including Sampha and Migos.

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Next year’s Lowlands Festival has begun announcing acts that’ll be taking the stage: including in the list are Mumford & Sons, The xx, alt-J, Flume, Cashmere Cat, Mura Masa, Tove Lo, Ben Klock and Iggy Pop. You can check out the full list below.

Lowlands takes place in Biddinghuizen (the Netherlands) between 18th to 20th August. Get your tickets here.

NASS Festival 2017: Wiley, Method Man & Redman, Kano, Giggs & More

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Extreme sports festival NASS has announced a very impressive line-up for this year: Method Man & Redman, Pendulum, Kano, Giggs, Sigma and Wiley have been confirmed as the main headliners. In addition, Krept & Konan, Loyle Carner, David Rodigan, Toddla T, Nadia Rose, Stefflon Don, Preditah, Ms. Banks and more will be hitting the stage as well.

NASS Festival takes place 6th to 9th July near Bristol…get more information (and tickets) here.