This summer's festival highlights

SPRING has yet to raise its refreshing head fully, but the summer festival heavyweights are already jostling for position, with a whole host of headline acts already announced. For me, the booking of the summer is Kraftwerk s headline slot at Bestival in

SPRING has yet to raise its refreshing head fully, but the summer festival heavyweights are already jostling for position, with a whole host of headline acts already announced.

For me, the booking of the summer is Kraftwerk's headline slot at Bestival in September. I was lucky enough to witness the German techno pioneers performance at Tribal Gathering in 1997 and the drama they create at an outdoor event is simply awesome.

UK dance legends Orbital have two dates - headlining the Get Loaded In The Park all-dayer in Clapham at the end of August, and on the front row at The Big Chill, Herefordshire, at the start of that month, where the prospect of a solo performance by Talking Heads frontman David Byrne is simply mouth-watering.

Bruce Springsteen, Blur and Franz Ferdinand will play Glastonbury in June, while Victoria Park, Hackney, hosts both Groove Armada's Lovebox and The Underage Festival, with Duran Duran and N.E.R.D.


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Reading have yet to announce any line-up details, but the date is confirmed as August 28 - 30. Offset, Hainault Forest Country Park will be on August 29 and 30, but again no line-ups yet.

Here's what we do know so far:-

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DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL @ Donnington Park, Leicestershire. June 12 -14.

Faith No More, Slipknot and Def Leppard. Joining them over the weekend will be Korn, ZZ Top, Marilyn Manson, Killswitch Engage, Dragonforce, Devildriver, Motley Crue, Pendulum, The Prodigy, Whitesnake, Trivium, and Limp Bizkit.

GLASTONBURY @ Worthy Farm, Pilton, Shepton Mallet, Somerset. June 24 - 28. SOLD OUT! Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, Blur, Franz Ferdinand and Major Major are the only acts confirmed so far.

LOVEBOX @ Victoria Park, Hackney. July 18 &19. Duran Duran, N.E.R.D, Groove Armada, Florence and the Machine, Friendly Fires, Fat Freddys Drop, Ladyhawke, Simian Mobile Disco, Horsemeat Disco and Secret Sundaze.

UNDERAGE FESTIVAL @ Victoria Park, Hackney. August 2. Bombay Bicycle Club, Bonde Do Role, Dizzee Rascal, Cheeky Cheeky and The Nosebleeds, Count & Sinden, Eugene McGuinness, Florence and the Machine, Foals, Fryars, Gallows, Ipso Factor, Glasvegas, Poppy and the Jezabels, Scum, Sons & Daughters, and many more. �23.

THE BIG CHILL @ Eastnor Castle, Ledbury, Hertfordshire. August 7 & 9. Basement Jaxx, Orbital and David Byrne, headline, with Gong, Lamb, Magistrates, Alphabeat (DJ Set), DJ Derek, Ska Cubano,Friendly Fires, Norman Jay,Wonky Pop, Ludovico Einaudi, Calexico, Horse Meat Disco, Pharoah Sanders, Favela Chic Soundsystem, Alice Russell, John Hegley and Summer of Dub.

V FESTIVAL @ Hylands Park, Chelmsford. August 22 & 23. The Specials, Happy Mondays, Peter Doherty, The Streets, Dizzee Rascal, Fatboy Slim, Razorlight, Snow Patrol, Keane, Elbow, The Tings Tings, MGMT, Lady Ga Ga, The Script, The Saturdays, James Morrison, Ocean Colour Scene, Keane, Alesha Dixon, Lily Allen, Razorlight, Snow Patrol, Katy Perry, Pendulum, Elbow, and many more.

GET LOADED IN THE PARK @ Clapham Common. August 30. Only headliners Orbital so far.

BESTIVAL @ Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight. September 11 -13. Kraftwerk, Massive Attack, Klaxons, Soulwax, Bat For Lashes, Future Sound of London, Florence And The Machine, Bjorn Again, Goldie Lookin' Chain, James Yuilli, Atern 8, and DJs 2ManyDJs, Fabio & Grooverider, Derrick Carter, Gilles Peterson, Skream, Tayo, Johnno (Bugged Out), Monsters At Work DJs present The Psychedelic Sounds of Monsterism Island, Freemasons.

- MATT TROLLOPE

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