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Friday, 21 July 2017

LATITUDE FESTIVAL 2017

[Credit: Music Festival News

It seems more than ever that escapism is something that people need in 2017 - time to switch off, recharge and let loose. If you happen to be a music, theatre or comedy fan then Latitude festival is one of the best weekends of the year to do so. It’s hard to turn down the chance to get lost in the beautiful woodland, immerse yourself in endless new talent and take a selfie with bright pink sheep.



SIGRID


A personal highlight just so happened to be the first performance of the weekend. Playing in the idyllic Sunrise Arena, rising pop princess Sigrid took to the stage on Friday afternoon. With the name floating around the music industry for the past few months, it was no surprise that hundreds spilt out of the tent into the scenic surroundings, desperate to catch the energetic Norwegian singer. This unrivalled energy seemed to be infectious – it became apparent to many that Sigrid was born to perform as she faultlessly transitions from song to song. Ending her set on 'Don't Kill My Vibe', the reaction it brings is no surprise. It's the biggest song of the set, leaving people feeling they had witnessed something truly special.

GOLDFRAPP


Alison Goldfrapp got the Friday crowd moving with a breathily intense slice of electro pop. Her bold performance brought disco fever to the Suffolk fields, as the lively audience came adorned in glitter, sequins and lace. Sharing tracks from new album “Silver Eye” they alternated to Goldfrapp classics 'Number 1' and 'Ride a White Horse' which encouraged the whole energetic crowd to bounce, hands clapping in the air. 2005's 'Ooh La La' and 2003's 'Strict Machine' provided the perfect finale to an upbeat set on the main stage. Goldfrapp will be bringing their “Silver Eye World Tour” across the UK at the end of October.




LUCY ROSE



Singer-songwriter Lucy Rose brought her folk-tinged tunes to the Obelisk Arena, pulling a huge afternoon crowd to the main stage and warming them up for Mumford and Sons later in the evening. Lucy’s music relies on vulnerability and sincerity, something that can get lost on festival stages but she shows she has mastered her craft with confidence as she plays tracks from new album “Something’s Changing”. Lucy will be bringing her live show to the RNCM Theatre in Manchester this November to support the recent release.




WARD THOMAS


Ward Thomas set the scene perfectly for a relaxed, upbeat and sunny Sunday afternoon. The sisters were all smiles as the arena filled with people of all different ages, children ran around as parents sprawled across the grass with a pint in hand. The country duo told personal tales of Nashville and their teenage years in Hampshire. Their second album of sailed to Number 1 on the UK Album Chart on release last year, making them the first ever UK country act to do so. A personal highlight was their take on Years & Years’ ‘Shine’, which instantly lifted the easy-going Sunday mood.


LOYLE CARNER



South London rapper, Loyle Carner released his debut album 'Yesterday's Gone' earlier this year which spent a total of 3 weeks in the charts. The hip-hop artist is one of the most exciting around and it certainly showed when he took to the BBC music tent. Joined on stage by his collaborator Rebel Kleff, the entire performance seemed mature and crafted. The Croydon rapper confidently translates his sensitive and warm-hearted record into his live shows. With a headline tour to look forward to later this year, judging off Sunday’s standout performance, he shows that he is more than ready. He will be taking to the road for seven headline shows at the end of September. 






FLEET FOXES


The Seattle band closed the Suffolk festival with their first UK show in six years. Their music does most the talking, and it’s exactly what the audience needs to reflect on such a spectacular weekend. Much to the audience’s joy, Sunday night’s show also saw a young couple get engaged on stage during the performance – which can’t be expected on every date of their upcoming tour, unfortunately. The most recent material from, 'Crack Up', got a surprising reception with the crowd as the new offering made waves through a crowd of old fans and new. Highlights include 2012 release, ‘Mykonos’ which gave the elated crowd to bellow along to frontman Robin Pecknold's talented falsetto vocals. Don’t miss your chance to see the band in Southampton and Manchester this November!



Thursday, 20 July 2017

SOUNDS OF THE CITY 2017 REVIEW


Another glorious Sounds Of The City festival has flown by over the past couple of weeks and we're here to help you relive one of Manchester's greatest music events. We had sun, we had rain, we had folk music, we had reggae music. We had no lights and we had more lights than you could ask for. We had everything at #SOTC and we want to tell you all about it. 

RICHARD ASHCROFT
FRIDAY 30TH JUNE

What better way to kick off Sounds Of The City 2017 than a sold out show for Richard Ashcroft with support from The Sherlocks and the legendary Lee "Scratch" Perry?

The Sherlocks opened the set with a very solid and polished set to a host of dedicated and loyal fans wearing their Sherlocks t-shirts with pride. 


Next up was Lee "Scratch" Perry. A true pioneer of reggae music, Perry floated on stage wearing a full purple silk tracksuit complete with a black baseball cap and jacket littered with various badges of all forms. He shuffled and shaked his way through the set and had the crowd in the palm of his hands as he and his band radiated the chilled reggae beats across the Manchester crowd. 


Then it was time for Mr. Ashcroft to enter the stage. And enter he did. In fact, calling it an 'entry' is probably far too modest. He EXPLODED on to the stage and constantly held the gaze of every audience members' eyes throughout the whole of his 1 hour and 55 minute set. The front man from Wigan performed a standout set consisting of his solo material and some big tunes from The Verve days. Every lyric in every song was sung back by the adoring Manchester crowd, making Richard Ashcroft one of the best acts ever at Sounds Of The City.



HACIENDA CLASSICAL
FRIDAY 1ST JULY

The second night of SOTC 2017 was a true nod to Manchester's rich musical heritage. Starting off the night was DJ Woody who is a 2 time world DJ champion. And it was easy to see why. Only using vinyls, DJ Woody was able to scratch and his round a record and make everybody groove.

After DJ Woody we had a rare treat. A DJ set from the legendary Peter Hook. The Joy Division and New Order bass player put down the 4 strings and took to the decks to set the tone for Hacienda Classical. His tracks ranged from Manchester classics to the latest dance tunes which was greatly appreciated by the ever growing soaked crowd in the Manchester rain. 


Finally it was time for the main act. Hacienda Classical. Fronted by legendary DJs Graeme Park and Mike Pickering from the Hacienda days, the lads had a whole orchestra behind them to recreate the 90s biggest club hits with a twist. In true Madchesta style, Bez and Rowetta took to the stage to shake their maracas and belt out a few Happy Mondays tunes. Their set was finished off with a guest appearance from Peter Hook as he picked the bass back up and performed 'Blue Monday' with the Classical. A fantastic night all round.


LEVELLERS AND THE WATERBOYS
SUNDAY 2ND JULY

The weather took a drastic turn for the better on Sunday afternoon as the sun peered from behind the rain clouds and bathed Castlefield Bowl in the sunshine. Beoga, co-writers of Ed Sheeran's hit 'Galway Girl' started the day with a bang as they entertained the punters with a good ol' Irish jig. 


After that, Dreadzone took to the stage. The dance reggae artists attracted a massive crowd as they got everyone skanking on the sunny Sunday afternoon. 


Billy Bragg then waltzed onto the stage with his acoustic guitar and occasional slide guitarist. He sang songs of protest, unity and love to bring the whole of Castelfield Bowl together. Something which will always carry on throughout the city of Manchester.


Next up was The Waterboys. The Scottish folk rockers blew everyone's minds as the crowd got lost in their music. They are one of only two sensational bands that could even make the fiddle sound rock 'n' roll. 


The second of those two bands are the Levellers. They burst on to the stage and shot two huge streamer cannons which sent confetti soaring through the air. Their performance was full of energy and left the Castelfield crowd in awe of their presence.


ARCADE FIRE
THURSDAY 6TH JULY

This was one of the most highly anticipated gigs of the whole of the festival... and it certainly didn't disappoint. BEAK> started things off on this monumental gig with a knockout set. There post-punk, bass heavy tunes went down a treat at the Bowl and certainly got the crowd ready for Arcade Fire. 

The Canadian indie rockers then took to the stage and started their set with their new single 'Everything Now'. The crowd sang that catchy anthem like hook and didn't stop singing and dancing from then onwards. Arcade Fire went all out with their production, with more amplifiers you could shake a stick at and a huge plastic box as the backdrop which they filled with smoke and different coloured lights which made the perfect walkway for any rockstar to walk through. Arcade Fire were amazing.


JAMES
FRIDAY 7TH JULY

The penultimate gig of an already amazing Sounds Of The City was headlined by Manchester legends James. However, before their set, we were treated to two excellent support acts.

First up was 23 year old Irish singer-songwriter David Keenan. His voice radiated over the Bowl and stunned the listeners who came early to see him. 

Next was Slow Readers Club who were specifically chosen by James to support them. They gave it there all at Sounds Of The City and justified James' choice to chose them as main support. 

Then it was James' turn to blow everyone away. As soon as front man Tim Booth took to the stage, the adoring crowd lost it. His moves were serious as he lost himself in the music. His words echo peace and solidarity which was evident in their performance of 'Sometimes'. This song made everyone in the crowd as one as everyone was fixed on James. The audience had their music ringing around their ears which resulted in choruses of 'Laid' and 'Tomorrow' being sung down the streets and into the night. 


BLOSSOMS
SATURDAY 8TH JULY

If there was one gig to finish off such an incredible SOTC it was this one. Touts, Rory Wynne, The Coral and Blossoms.

Irish punk rock band 'Touts' took to the stage first to wow the energetic and youthful crowd. Their fast rhythms and political lyrics went down a treat at the Bowl.

Rory Wynne then followed. The lad from Stockport blew everyone away and has had fans on Twitter calling him "the love of my life" and "the coolest guy in town".

Next up was indie legends The Coral. Their set was fully absorbed by the crowd who showed their appreciation by singling along to every word and giving huge roars of approval after every song they played. 

Sounds Of The City 2017 may have featured so many legends from the Manchester music scene including Richard Ashcroft, Bez and James. However, Blossoms proved that the city can still produce the best of the best. Reigning from Stockport, the new kings of indie rock showed the world that they are here and they are not going anywhere. The crowd consisted of a lot of Adidas trainers and waterproof jackets zipped up all the way to the top, but this unity of young people is a breath of fresh air into the British music scene. One of the standout moments of the set was their rendition of Oasis' 'Whatever' complete with a full strings section. Their own material from their one self titled album stood up proudly next to this Oasis anthem which is a true reflection on how far this band from Stockport has come. 


Sounds Of The City was another brilliant success and we already cannot wait for the next one! #SOTC





Thursday, 22 June 2017

NEIGHBOURHOOD FESTIVAL 2017: First Wave Artists - Ones to Watch


Last October saw the birth of Manchester's most exciting new festival, Neighbourhood. Every street was buzzing, every bar was bouncing, and every venue was packed with fans lapping up every lyric and every chord played by their favourite bands. This year's Neighbourhood Festival promises to deliver more of the same with the announcement of excellent headliners and a line-up to match. We will take you through the must sees from the first wave of artists announced to play #NBHD17. 

The Strypes


The young rockers from Ireland have achieved so much in their short music careers. Since the release of their debut breakthrough album 'Snapshot' in 2013 (when they were just 16!) they have gone on to support the Arctic Monkeys on tour, play Glastonbury and perform on likes Jools Holland and the David Letterman Show. Influenced by blues, rock 'n' roll, and more recently punk, The Strypes' performance at Neighbourhood will be one to look out for. 

Rory Wynne


Rory Wynne is the latest to come out of Stockport's ever growing music scene. His vocals are edgey, his lyrics are straight to the point, and his riffs are catchy. If you missed Rory Wynne at Neighbourhood last year, then you're a fool. However, there's a chance to make up for it this year so DO NOT miss! 

The Vryll Society



One of Liverpool's brightest indie bands, The Vryll Society create rich music which will reach out to you and pull you right in. Expect melodic tunes, ambient guitars and driving rhythms from The Vryll Society this year. 

Mabel


Mabel will perform one of the biggest sets of #NBHD17. Daughter of the Nineties RnB sensation Neneh Cherry and Massive Attack producer Cameron McVey, Mabel has had music in her blood since birth. You can hear influences from her parent's backgrounds in her music, but she has turned her upbringing into something completely original. Don't miss Mabel at Neighbourhood this year. 

The Pale White


Geordie band The Pale White will be making the trip down the M62 to play at Neighbourhood Festival this year. Their music is driven by heavy drums, distorted guitars and powerful vocals. They'll go down a treat at #NBHD17

INHEAVEN


Reigning from South London, INHEAVEN have a huge year ahead of them. They co-headlined DIY's Neu Tour back in 2015, played Reading and Leeds Festival in 2016 and supported both Circa Waves and Sundara Karma on tour. However, this year they have a headline tour around Europe booked and their debut album dropping in September. Exciting things are happening for INHEAVEN and they will certainly not to be missed at Neighbourhood this year. 



Tuesday, 20 June 2017

ABSOLUTE MUSTS AT GLASTONBURY 2017


It's the most wonderful time of the year! And no, its not Christmas... or your birthday, it's Glastonbury time! Don't pack your wellies, don't pack your raincoat and don't pack your over-sized brolly which smashes everyone in the head as you party at the Pyramid Stage because THE SUN IS HERE! (... finally) So pack your sunglasses, pack your sun cream, and let the good times roll at Glastonbury 2017. 

ALT-J
Saturday, The Other Stage, 22:30


The lads from Leeds are rocking up for a headline slot on The Other Stage this year after big success since their debut album back in 2012. The indie band will bring rocking beats and easy melodies to Glastonbury this year so don't miss out! 


Cabbage
Saturday, John Peel Stage, 15:30


One of the most recent and exciting bands to come out of Manchester, Cabbage will blow you away with a fast paced and politically charged set on the iconic John Peel Stage this year. 


Dizzee Rascal
Friday, West Holts Stage, 22:30


The Mercury-prize winner and pioneer of Grime has a well earned headline slot on West Holts. Dizzee Rascal will send all you bassline junkies absolutely bonkers at Glastonbury.


DJ Shadow
Saturday, John Peel Stage, 19:30


A legend behind the decks, DJ Shadow has been wowing audiences around the world since the release of his critically acclaimed debut album 'Endtroducing' over 20 years ago! 


Lorde
Friday, The Other Stage, 20:45


Although only 20 years old it feels like Lorde has been around for ages! The New Zealand born star is sure to blow everyone away with her down to earth pop anthems.


Loyle Carner
Saturday, John Peel Stage, 16:50


Loyle Carner released his debut album 'Yesterday's Gone' earlier this year which spent a total of 3 weeks in the charts. The hip-hop artist is one of the most exciting around and is certainly a must see on the John Peel Stage.


Radiohead
Friday, Pyramid Stage, 21:30


They were the first headliner announced at Glastonbury 2017 with a picture of their logo painted on the Pyramid Stage fields back in October last year. After playing iconic headline sets in 1997 and 2003, Radiohead's headline slot is one of the most eagerly anticipated in years. 


Run The Jewels
Saturday, Pyramid Stage, 16:15


The American hip-hop supergroup are coming to the Pyramid Stage this year after releasing 3 critically acclaimed albums. Get their early if your a fan of Jeremy Corbyn as he will be introducing his self-proclaimed fans RTJ.


The Avalanches
Saturday, West Holts, 19:00


The Australian trip-hop outfit released their first album in 16 years in 2016 to wide-spread critical acclaim and after a string of DJ shows they've got the band back together and bring a full live show to Glasto. It might be another 16 years until we see them again so don't miss out!


Thundercat
Saturday, West Holts, 14:30


The experimental bass player always wows with his crazy technique and at times unbelievable ability. Backed by a strong drummer and keys player his set will be a highlight for any jazz, funk or electronic music fan. 


Anderson. Paak and the Free Nationals
Friday, West Holts, 20:45


Arguably the coolest artist at Glastonbury this year, Anderson. Paak will be bringing funk, soul, hip-hop and RnB to West Holts this year. He sings, he raps, he plays drums... it's set to be a special one. 

Nick Mulvey
Sunday, Park Stage, 18:00


Nick Mulvey is not your ordinary singer-songwriter. Reigning from Cambridge but moving to Havana, Cuba to study music and songwriting, Nick Mulvey will certainly bring some of that Caribbean sunshine to the Park Stage this year. 

Pheonix
Saturday, John Peel Stage, 22:30


Headlining the John Peel Stage, the French synth-pop band will certainly be a highlight of Glastonbury 2017. Their 5th studio album 'Bankrupt!' was a big hit in the UK and US, and their Glasto set will certainly go down the same. Expect lots of new music off their forthcoming album. 

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Sunday, John Peel Stage, 14:30

 

Having one of the coolest names on the line-up has nothing to do with them being a must see at Glastonbury this year. The psychedelic rockers from Melbourne will blow you away on the John Peel Stage. 

Blossoms
Friday, Pyramid Stage, 13:30


Reigning from Stockport, the indie rockers have had a brilliant year since the release of their debut self-titled album which spent two weeks at the top of the charts. They've sold out tours across the UK, blew the Americans away at Coachella and recently supported The Stone Roses at Wembley Stadium. Don't miss Blossoms on the Pyramid Stage!


Courteeners
Sunday, The Other Stage, 18:55


Fresh from their sold out iconic gig in their hometown to over 50,000 Mancunians, Courteeners will make the earth beneath The Other Stage move. One of our favourite bands will be bringing a slice of Manchester to Glastonbury... 


Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Father's day is fast approaching and if you’re still looking for the perfect gift then don’t worry… We have got your back!


Check out our favourite picks below and grab tickets from Gigs and Tours

Royal Blood

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Blink 182

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Jamiroquai

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Australian Pink Floyd Show

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The Charlatans 

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Placebo

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Shed Seven

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Richard Ashcroft



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Levellers

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Squeeze

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Texas


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ABC

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ALT-J

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

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BUSH

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Michael Kiwanuka

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Q&A With Greg From Scouting For Girls


Q&A With Greg From Scouting For Girls 

What are you most looking forward to about going on the road for the anniversary?

I think playing the first album but to a whole new group of people coming to the show. But the feeling you got playing the first tour was absolutely amazing, and now we’re actually better musicians and better performers it’s going to be even better – so hopefully the old guard will come along and bring a bunch of new friends.

Demand for your Valentine’s Day gig at Bush Hall this year was extraordinary.  Why do you think your fans have stayed so loyal to you?

That’s a good question – I think it’s down to Roy’s canny ability to make songs that people really want to sing along to and that put a smile on your face and make you happy. There’s nothing downbeat about a SFG gig.


What’s your favourite song from that album?

You know what I think it’s Heartbeat. When we actually went into the studio to record it, we weren’t actually sure -we’d actually dropped it from a live set previously- then our producer did some jiggery with it, and kind of chopped a couple of bits out and mixed some stuff around. It’s such a in your face happy song and from the first note you play it live it just goes absolutely mental.


Will you be playing any new material on this tour?

We still have several more briefing sessions in the pub with ale to decide that, so we’re going to have to get back to you on that one.

What would you say has been your highlight of the past decade?

There are just too many to mention! I suppose the biggest one would be signing the record deal- that was just the most amazing feeling and then phoning up my boss going ‘I’m really sorry but I’m not going to be coming into work on Monday, we just signed a record deal with Sony” he still phoned me back and asked me if I could work and I was like ‘No I told you I can’t, I’m sorry!’


When you’re not performing how do you keep yourself busy?

I’m not gonna lie, there is a lot of time spent in the pub.

What has been your favourite gig that you’ve been to? And what’s your favourite gig you’ve ever played?

Favourite gig I ever went to was seeing the Stone Roses at Wembley Arena – that me and Roy went to see, that was absolutely phenomenal. Best gig we’ve played will probably be our gig that we played at Wembley Arena. It’s just the most iconic venue in the world- for someone who was born in West London!

At the moment, what other artists are you listening to?

Generally I kind of like the whole good ol days of Britpop in the 90’s- Shed Seven, Suede I’ve found this 90’s playlist on Apple Music and literally haven’t listened to anything else!

What advice would you give to yourself 10 years ago when you signed your record deal?

Try and remember to take more photos. Don’t drink too much so you can remember it.

How are festival appearances for you? Do you like coming back to V festival and those sort of festivals?

Oh totally, especially V because I think we’ve played that the most out of any festivals. It’s always the most special festival I think, because we’re kind of late on in the summer, the crowd are always well up for it – we were chatting about it literally about an hour ago that the last time we played we were on at like half 12 and even then everybody was up for having a good time.

Any messages for the fans?

A massive thank you for all the years of support and for just being so lovely and thank you for buying tickets for the new tour it’s going to be absolutely amazing.


Grab your tickets for Scouting For Girls' upcoming tour here

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Treat Mum to the ultimate live experience this Mothers Day!


Giving you a helping hand in deciding what the perfect Mothers Day gift would be... 


Beverley Knight 



Following the release of last years acclaimed Top 10 album Soulsville, singer songwriter and actress Beverley Knight has rescently announced a new UK Tour for summer 2017! 

Get tickets HERE. 

Billy Ocean 



Having last year announced a huge run of UK headline dates for 2017, Billy Ocean will perform all of his greatest hits from his new album 'Here You Are: The Best Of Billy Ocean' next month.

Get tickets HERE. 

Caro Emerald 



Caro Emerald heads out on her most extensive UK Tour- 'The Emerald Island Tour' - next month, including a recently announced additional show at London's roundhouse on 29th April 2017. 

Get tickets HERE. 

Collabro 



Following a huge sold out UK tour last year. Collabro have announced dates for their third nationwide tour. The twenty nice-date run will kick off in Liverpool this October. 

Get tickets HERE. 

Diversity 



After six sell out UK tours, 300,000 tickets sold and countless television performances. Diversity head out on their seventh tour 'Genesis' in April 2017. 

Get tickets HERE.

Imelda May 



Imelda May announced in late 2016 her first UK tour in over three years. The tour comes in support of her highly anticipated new album 'Life Love Fresh Blood' due for release in March 2017.

Get tickets HERE. 

KT Tunstall 



Brit Award and Ivor Novello Award winning KT Tunstall tours the UK in 2017, visiting 9 venues between 18th and 27th May. The tour includes a show at London's Barbican 

Get tickets HERE

Mrs Brown 



Recently voted as the Best British Sitcom of the 21st Century, Mrs Brown's Boys will make a triumphant return to UK arenas in 2017, taking over some of the country's biggest venues. 

Get tickets HERE. 

Nashville In Concert 



Stars of the hit series 'Nashville' are set to play for audiences across the UK during a second international tour. Due to demand a matinee show has been added at London's Royal Albert Hall.

Get tickets HERE

Robbie Williams 



Robbie Williams's highly anticipated 2017 European stadium tour starts this June, opening with a date at Manchester's Etihad Stadium. Erasure will join Robbie on the tour. 

Get tickets HERE. 

Virgin V Festival 



Jay Z and P!nk will headline the iconic festival, as the first wave of the incredible line up is revealed! other acts include Ellie Goulding, Stormzy, Craig David and more! 

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Wild Life Festival 




Dizzee Rascal, Jess Glynne and Fatboy Slim announced as headliners for Wild Life Festival 2017, plus Chaka Khan, Zara Larsson, Wiley, Andy C, Giggs, Pete Tong and many more. 

Get tickets HERE