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Philip Jeck, Raime, and others added to Semibreve 2013 schedule

By Joshua Pickard; September 10, 2013 at 9:54 AM 


On November 15-17, Braga, Portugal will find itself playing host to the Semibreve Music Festival at the Theatro Circo. Already confirmed are Forest Swords, The Haxan Cloak, Atom TM, and Rafael Toral’s Space Collective 5, but we’ve just learned that Philip Jeck + Lol Sargent, Raime, Helm, Sculpture, and Janek Schaefer have all been added to the festival’s continually expanding schedule.

Jeck will team up with Lol Sargent (with whom he composed one of his most famous works, “Vinyl Requiem”) to host a world premiere of the recreation of the piece for its 20th anniversary. Helm – aka Luke Younger – will share his dense and abstract soundscapes, which incorporate musique concrete, industrial, and hallucinatory drones. Listen to some of Younger’s work below.

The enigmatic London-based duo Raime will work through their own shadowy electronic aesthetic onstage, while mutant dance floors beats and distorted visuals will be supplied courtesy of Sculpture. Check out a video of Sculpture’s work below.

Elk Cloner from Sculpture on Vimeo.

And sound artist/composer Janek Schaefer – winner of the Paul Hamlyn Award for Composers prize and The British Composer of the Year Award in Sonic Art for 2008 – will display his “Love Song” installation onsite. Check out a video for his work below.

Tickets are on sale now. Head over to the Semibreve website to grab your festival pass.

Festival pass (access to all concerts in Theatro Circo) – 25 euro
Main Room pass (access to all main room concerts – 20 euro
Daily tickets (access to main room concerts) – 9 euro


Hopscotch Music Festival announces 2013 Lineup

By Colin Joyce; April 24, 2013 at 12:01 PM 


After slowly unveiling the appearances of Sleep, Matthew Dear, and John Cale, over the last month, Hopscotch Music Festival has finally unveiled the full slate of bands for this year’s takeover of Raleigh, North Carolina and as with years past its a stunner. Unlike so many festivals that go the “take over a whole town’s venues” route, Hopscotch is tight, organized and makes sure that all its bands, big and small get proper attention–whether in the immaculate Memorial Auditorium, the clerical confines of the Longview Center, or any number of the small smokey clubs that make up Raleigh’s downtown. With such a setup, Grayson Currin (contributor to Pitchfork and Music Editor at the Independent Weekly) and Greg Lowenhagen are allowed a certain modicum of freedom in their booking. What results is a bill that draws some an atypically experimental undercard and some big names to boot.

Big Boi, Spiritualized, Sleep, Local Natives, John Cale, Kurt Vile, Low and Earl Sweatshirt top off a bill full of BPM favorites, but though Hopscotch always shines on its bigger stages, the beauty of the fest is that it’s able to draw so many smaller bands too. What other festival can book Virgina post-everything metallers Inter Arma alongside Floridian beatmaker XXYYXX? Or pair the floor tom anarchy of Foot Village with Action Bronson’s new New York rap stylings? There’s just so much interesting music going on in so short a time span. Try not to get whiplash catching all the acts you want to see.

Hopscotch goes down September 5-7 in venues all across Downtown Raleigh, and you’d be heavily advised to head over to their website for ticket info.

Outside Lands reveals lineup including Paul McCartney, Phoenix, Nine Inch Nails and more

By Rob Hakimian; April 16, 2013 at 7:14 PM 

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One of our favourite festivals, Outside Lands in San Francisco, has today announced its lineup, after teasing fans on Instagram for the last couple of weeks. The bill is typically stacked, and although they have two of the same headliners as this year’s Coachella, they still have plenty of other big and impressive names.

You can see the full list of artists typed out below, or watch the lineup announcement video. The festival takes place on August 9th-11th. Tickets go on sale on Thursday April 18th at 12 noon PDT at

Second Wave of Announcements for Unknown Festival

By Gabriel Szatan; April 16, 2013 at 11:24 AM 

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Coming right at the end of the summer on the shores of the Adriatic Sea, the inaugural Unknown – a joint venture undertaken by festival mainstays Hideout, Field Day and the Warehouse Project – already boasted one of the strongest line-ups of the year. As well as the usual big names from the world of house-leaning electronic music – Scuba, Jamie xx, Disclosure, Four Tet, SBTRKT – the bill boasted great variety by including live performances by Actress, Jessie Ware, Moderat, Django Django and Lindstrøm as well as DJ sets by Michael Mayer, DJ Koze and James Holden, amongst others, and partnerships with Kompakt, Tim Sweeney’s Beats In Space and Innervisions (of which Dixon, Âme and Henrik Schwarz will all feature). It all added up to a bold line-up for a newcomer, something the second wave has only re-enforced.

Big surprises include the recruitment of The Horrors and Factory Floor, two of Britain’s finest purveyors of uplifting menace, as well as Richie Hawtin, a truly singular name in techno and one of the finest DJs on the planet. Two of techno’s brightest hopes – Italian duo Tale Of Us and bubble bath fanatic Nina Kraviz – join in, alongside rising acts like Waze & Odyssey, Jagwar Ma and Clean Bandit, to compliment the already seriously strong roster.

Tickets are moving quickly and special accommodation is in short supply, so hit up Unknown’s official website for more details a$ap if you want to muck in on Croatia’s last great summer hurrah.

Goldenvoice, organizers of Coachella, expanding to have two additional festivals in the fall?

By Evan Kaloudis; April 4, 2013 at 2:15 AM 


Maybe. LA Time’s Pop & Hiss music blog is reporting that Goldenvoice, host of Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and country festival Stagecoach has been granted approval by the city of Indio to expand its festival offerings through at least 2030.

The most interesting part about Goldenvoice’s newly approved proposal is that it lays out the groundwork for the promoter to expand from from offering three high-capacity events each year to five (remember Coachella now spans two weekends). They now have the opportunity to stage two festival during the fall — one festival with a maximum capacity of 75,000 and another with a cap of 99,000. For comparison, each Coachella weekend sells about 80,000 tickets while Stagecoach sells rougly 55,00 tickets.

So what does that mean? Even though nothing is guaranteed, Goldenvoice may very well be expanding to have a Blues and Jazz fest in the fall. Or maybe one of each.

I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

Camden Crawl Dublin announces lineup including Holy Other, The Black Lips and more

By Rob Hakimian; March 27, 2013 at 1:37 PM 

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We’re fans of Camden Crawl here at BPM, having attended in 2011 where we caught many amazing and intimate sets by both up-and-coming and established acts. The festival has recently expanded to Dublin, where they have an amazing music scene and get a good deal of drinking done – the perfect place for the Camden Crawl Spirit.

This year’s event will be taking place on May 3-5 at venues through the city. The initial wave of acts announced is quite an interesting proposition with a mix that almost undoubtedly has something for everyone, from Holy Other to The Black Lips, Darkstar to Prince Rama. And there is a whole host of local Irish bands bringing the party too. The full list of acts are below and tickets are available here.

Bonnaroo announces line-up

By Andrew Bailey; February 19, 2013 at 2:16 PM 


The line-up for this year’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival has been announced and it is stacked.

The festival will be headlined by Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and goes on to include Björk, Wilco, Wu-Tang Clan, The National, Local Natives, David Byrne and St. Vincent, The xx, Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, R. Kelly, Animal Collective, and Jim James, who will also lead this year’s Super Jam alongside John Oates, Zigaboo Modeliste, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. And, really, that’s just the beginning.

This year’s festival runs June 13-16 and tickets go on sale at noon on Saturday, February 23rd. You can check out the complete line-up below:

Coachella 2013 lineup announced

By Andrew Halverson; January 25, 2013 at 12:13 PM 

So there is this festival in the California desert a lot of bands typically go to play music at called “Coachella” and they announced the lineup for it. Seems pretty stacked as always, including Blur, Phoenix, Modest Mouse, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Local Natives, James Blake, Danny Brown, TNGHT, Vampire Weekend, Grimes, Dinosaur Jr., Disclosure, and obviously tons more. Peek the lineup below.

Coachella takes place April 12-14 and April 19-21 and tickets go on sale Tuesday January 29 at 10am PT.

Primavera Sound Festival announces insane line-up for 2013

By Gabriel Szatan; January 23, 2013 at 5:53 PM 


One of the most revered European festivals around, the mighty Primavera Sound, has just posted the full bill for their Barcelona wing, which runs 22-26th May (the relatively new Porto edition will be revealed shortly). As if early summer in Spain and a jaunt in one of the best cities in the world weren’t enticing reasons enough, get your head around this:

Blur, My Bloody Valentine, The Knife, Omar Souleyman, Liars, Mount Eerie, Dan Deacon, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Hot Snakes, Jackmaster, DIIV, Hot Chip, Phoenix, The Postal Service, Titus Andronicus, Do Make Say Think, Nils Frahm, Neurosis, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Wu-Tang Clan, Daphni, Four Tet, Killer Mike, Woods, Crystal Castles, Tame Impala, Mac DeMarco, Animal Collective, Swans, John Talabot, Tinariwen, Deerhunter, Solange, Bob Mould, Foxygen, How To Dress Well….and that’s not even 40% of the full roster. More BPM favourites than you can shake a stick at.

Dude. Duuuuude. Better get moving fast, tickets probably won’t last forever. More information can be found on the official website. See you there.

First Wave of Acts Released for Hideout Festival 2013

By Gabriel Szatan; November 15, 2012 at 9:31 AM 

It may seem like a very long way off, but July 3-5th has been confirmed as the date for next year’s Hideout Festival, neatly sidestepping any clashes for the electronic seaside jaunt with monoliths of the festival calendar around the same time. The shift to midweek is offset by a glut of pre-parties amongst the boat trips and sunrise sets that saw the Croatian bash sell out in 2012; keeping the capacity at 10,000 but increasing the number of acts likely means a repeat next year too.

The initial announcement is jam-packed with some of the biggest DJs in bass-driven house & techno including Loco Dice, Joy Orbison, Heidi, Dixon, Pearson Sound, Jamie Jones, Claude VonStroke, Scuba, Erol Alkan and Modeselektor as well as a raft of breakout stars from the past 12 months such as Dusky, John Talabot, Richy Ahmed, Ben Pearce and Huxley. Add into that equation a number of parties hosted by labels such as Hessle Audio, Numbers, 20:20 Vision and Hot Creations and you have a very strong bill indeed. More to come in the new year apparently, so no excuses.

Tickets will go at lightning speed so if you’re on it, get on it. You can access the full lowdown on everything from accommodation to tickets on the official Hideout site.