Festivals In 2014: Everything We Know So Far



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The Libertines have been confirmed as the final headliner for this year's Benicàssim Festival. The Benicàssim appearance will follow the band's reunion show at this year's British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park, London, on July 5, which is the group’s first live performance since appearing at the Reading and Leeds Festivals in 2010.


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The final Glastonbury headliner of 2014 is.... Metallica. Reaction of delight and despair at the festival's first metal headliners have been felt across the music industry with Alex Turner saying it 'doesn't add up' but Kaiser Chiefs saying it'll be a triumph.


Jack White is also appearing at Pilton for a fifth time having performed with the White Stripes twice, the Raconteurs and most recently with the Dead Weather in 2010. He’s also due to release his second solo album, Lazaretto, on June 10th and will perform at both the Governors Ball in New York and Bonnaroo before heading over to Somerset.



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M.I.A. makes her Glastonbury debut having cancelled her 2007 appearance without explanation. The rapper made her live comeback last year headlining the first night of Bestival. Whether Janelle Monae will be joining her in holographic form is yet to be confirmed. Other acts so far announced include Elbow, Royal Blood and Dolly Parton.


Queens Of The Stone Age and Paramore have been named as co-headliners alongside previously-announced headliners Arctic Monkeys and Blink-182 at this year's Reading & Leeds. Reading & Leeds Festivals organiser Melvin Benn has told NME that they may take it turns to go on last when they play the event.



And there's a load more stellar line-up additions over the rest of Reading And Leeds 2014's bill, too – not least the mysterious, camera-shy and bloody brilliant Jungle, who'll be ones to watch this August.


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Elsewhere at Reading And Leeds, Scottish trio Chvrches will be bringing the synthpop magic of their debut LP 'The Bones Of What You Believe' to the festival. Hopefully they'll chuck in their ace cover of Prince's 'I Would Die 4 U', too...


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From electronic pop to mind-bending grooves, as Temples look to cement their status as 2014's Psychedelic Lizard Kings with their slot at Reading And Leeds. They released their debut LP 'Sun Structures' earlier this year.


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Colour us excited for Drenge's upcoming Reading And Leeds slot. The Loveless brothers – who you voted Best New Band at this year's NME Awards with Austin, Texas – have been working on a new album and are promising "more choruses". Expect sweaty, lusty riffs and throat-tearing yelps, too.




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Metal festival Sonisphere will be treated to a show from Wilko Johnson this year, joining headliners The Prodigy, Metallica and Iron Maiden on the bill for the Knebworth event, which runs from July 4 - July 6.


Neneh Cherry's latest album, 'Blank Project', is an utter triumph, which makes her scheduled appearance at this year's Sonar festival all the more exciting. She'll be joined at the Spanish festival by Chic with Nile Rodgers, Lykke Li, Massive Attack and former LCD Soundystem man James Murphy.

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A busy summer for Foals beckons after the huge success of their recent album 'Holy Fire'. First, they'll be heading abroad for a set at Primavera Sound in Spain from May 29 - May 3, along with Disclosure, Jagwar Ma, Mogwai, Jamie xx and Nine Inch Nails.


Their half-time appearance at this year's Super Bowl split opinion and left a few people – Axl Rose among them – grumbling that their instruments weren't plugged in. The pressure's on them to deliver a big performance at this year's Isle Of Wight festival, then, which runs from June 12 - 15.



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Warpaint are just one of the names confirmed for this year's Parklife Weekender (Manchester, June 7 - 8). Snoop Dogg and Foals will split headlining duties, with hip-hop legends Public Enemy and pop trio London Grammar also set to appear.


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The newly-reformed OutKast have added a date at this year's Bestival as part of their 20th anniversary reunion world tour. The hip-hop duo, who released debut LP 'Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik' in 1994, have a number of huge shows lined up all over the globe this summer, although rumours that they're working together on a new album are yet to be confirmed.


It's been 10 years since Brandon Flowers and his band strutted into our lives with debut album 'Hot Fuss'. They're back in the UK this summer, too, with a headline slot at V Festival along with Justin Timberlake, while Lily Allen will also be giving the live treatment to new album 'Sheezus'.


2014's only just kicked off but we've already had some big festival lineup news. Let's start with OutKast who are headlining 40 festivals worldwide, including Bestival, Wireless (in London on July 6 and Birmingham on July 5) and Coachella. Andre 3000 and Big Boi haven't performed together since 2004.


Recent Mercury Prize nominee Jon Hopkins will also be performing at Field Day in Victoria Park over the weekend of June 7-8. He's also the first act announced for Parklife Festival held in Heaton Park, Manchester over the same weekend.



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Haim are playing Primavera Sound in Barcelona, held from May 29-31. The band are also on the bill for Coachella, playing alongside OutKast on April 11 and April 18.


Wireless Festival will be held in both Finsbury Park, London and Perry Park, Birmingham from July 4-6, 2014. Kanye West is headlining on the Friday in London (and on the Sunday in Birmingham) alongside Pharrell Williams, Iggy Azalea and Angel Haze.


Drake will be topping the bill at Wireless on Saturday, July 5 in London and Friday, July 4 in Birmingham. Joining him will be Azealia Banks, Earl Sweatshirt and A$AP Ferg.


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Joining Drake at Wireless is Chance The Rapper who's on the lineup for Saturday, July 5 in London and Friday, July 4 in Birmingham. Chance - who's one of NME's Artists To Watch In 2014 - is also playing at Coachella in California on April 13 and April 20.


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The biggest Glastonbury headliner to be announced so far? Arcade Fire. They posted a cryptic picture on their Twitter feed to reveal the gig. The band are also headlining Coachella, Lisbon's Rock in Rio and Barcelona's Primavera Sound.




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Biffy Clyro will headline Isle of Wight Festival 2014. The band will perform on Friday, June 13 and are going to be joined by Calvin Harris, Rudimental and The 1975 for the weekend-long event.




Slayer have been added to the Sonisphere bill along with Linkin' Park and Alice In Chains.



Massive Attack will headline Sonar 2014 alongside Moderat, Bonobo and Four Tet. The event will run from June 12 to 14 in Barcelona. Sonar have other events around the world, too.




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Performing at Reading and Leeds for the first time since 2010, Blink-182 will headline the mainstage at both venues in 2014.



Lily Allen confirmed herself for Glastonbury 2014 in November. Talking on Nick Grimshaw's Radio 1 Breakfast Show, she said: "That's the first big thing I'm going to be doing. I'll be doing 16 weeks of festivals over the summer."



Warpaint and Danny Brown are also confirmed to play Field Day 2014 on Saturday June 7.


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Pixies were the first headline act announced for Field Day 2014. The band will play in Victoria Park on June 8. They're also playing Primavera in Spain in May.


Neutral Milk Hotel will play at Barcelona's Primavera Sound in 2014. The festival is being held from May 29 to 31 next year.





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The Black Keys will also be on the bill at Bilbao next year. In addition, they're playing Open'er in Gydnia, Poland on July 2 to 5.



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On June 13, Avenged Sevenfold will headline Download Festival 2014. Slipknot, Rammstein and Iron Maiden all played sets at the bash in 2013.



Aerosmith will close Download Festival 2014, playing the mainstage on Sunday, June 15. It will be the band's first show since 2010.


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Oya festival in Norway will play host to Queens Of The Stone Age in 2013. The band will top the line-up for the festival running from August 5 to 9 in Oslo. They're also on the bill for Coachella.

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