The first acts for the Homelands festival in May were announced today at a press conference in Central London. The festival takes place in The Bowl, Matterley Estate near Winchester, Hampshire – site of last year’s Creamfields – on May 29 and 30.
There will be nine themed arenas with an eclectic mix of live acts and DJs in what the organisers promise will be the biggest outdoor live club event of the year.
The Home Arena has the first live Chemical Brothers plus Asian Dub Foundation, Monkey Mafia, Paul Oakenfold, Fatboy Slim, DJ Shadow and Paul Van Dyke.
The MixMag Arena has a live set from Underworld, plus Faithless, Red Snapper, Dope Smugglaz, DJs Carl Cox, Deep Dish, Gilles Peterson and Darren Price.
The Essential Mix Arena will feature Radio 1 DJs Pete Tong, plus Paul Oakenfold, Sasha & John Digweed. There will also be live broadcasts on Radio 1 from this tent featuring Judge Jules, Danny Rampling and a 4 hour Essential Mix.
The End – hosted by the London club – has two arenas.
The End 01, a deep house tent, features Terry Francis and The End Sound System (Mr C, Layo and Mathew B) plus Darren Emerson, Dave Angel, Stacey Pullen, Laurent Garnier and Carl Cox.
The End 02, a drum’n’bass arena with DJ Hype, Andy C, Krust, Bryan Gee, Fabio & Grooverider.
There are also two arenas hosted by alcohol sponsors plus Bournemouth’s “superclub” Slinky and US house club Lyall, featuring New York DJ Danny Tenaglia playing a ten hour set!
Homelands kicks off at 1 pm on May 29 and runs until 6 am on May 30. Tickets are ’44 and can be booked on the NME Ticketline on 0870 1212 500. Click here to go to our online gig guide.