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2013 Festival Line-Ups Begin To Take Shape

The rumours about which acts are appearing where begin to circulate virtually the minute the festival season is over, but while the summer still seems light years away, many of the big-name festivals have already started to announce their line-ups for 2013.

Widely touted to headline America’s most hipster-friendly festival Coachella this year, Daft Punk were notably absent from the Californian event’s official roster of confirmed artists. But there are still plenty of dance/electronica acts to get excited about, including baggy legends The Stone Roses’ first US date since reforming in 2012, sets from French synth-pop outfit Phoenix, Mercury Prize winners The xx and Alt-J and dub-pop chanteuse Jessie Ware, and a whole host of superstar DJs such as Paul Oakenfold, Benny Benassi and Nicky Romero taking to the stage over Apr 12-14 and 19-21.

Last year’s Ultra Music Festival was gatecrashed by Madonna, so expect the unexpected when it returns to Miami across the weekends of March 15-17 and 22-24. Now celebrating its 15th anniversary, one of the biggest dates on the EDM calendar has already announced artists as leftfield as New York rapper Azealia Banks, noise-pop duo Sleigh Bells and indie-R&B pioneer The Weeknd for its revamped live stage, while more conventional acts include Eric Prydz, Faithless and Fedde Le Grand.

With typically over 180,000 attendees, Belgium’s Tomorrowland Festival is widely regarded as one of the biggest dance festivals in the world; and with Steve Aoki, Swedish House Mafia’s Axwell and Armin Van Buuren being three of the names to have been slowly leaked so far, this year’s event from July 26-28 looks like their reputation will be further cemented.

Named as one of The Guardian’s best festivals of 2011, Croatia’s fledgling Hideout has quickly established itself as one of the places to be, as evidenced by the fact that big names Chase & Status, SBTRKT, Simian Mobile Disco, Skream and Benga have recently been added to the June 30-July 5 line-up.

And with several kings of the scene, including Creamfields and the Electronic Daisy Carnival, yet to reveal their line-ups, 2013 looks like it should have something to cater for every dance music aficionado.

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About the Author


Jon O'Brien's love of music began as a six-year-old after becoming bizarrely transfixed with the 80s poodle rock of Heart, Europe and Def Leppard. Switching his attention to pop icon Michael Jackson, he then became addicted to the UK Top 40, becoming a rather pointless walking Wikipedia of chart positions in the process. Driving his poor neighbors up the wall while learning to play the drums as a teen, he toyed with the idea of becoming a musician, but in studying Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire, he realized heÕd rather write about music than perform it. Since then, he's written thousands of reviews and biographies on everything from bubblegum pop to death metal, but electronica remains his main passion, with everything from Aphex Twin to Zero 7 in his spare room-consuming record collection. Jon resides in northwest England near Liverpool.

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