The wait is finally over! After months of organising the biggest event of the year, we're delighted to announce the line-up for the Summer Ball Festival Stage, with Rudimental (DJ set) taking the mantle as the headline act for this year. Their latest hit, These Days, has spent the past six weeks at number two in the official UK charts and is the most downloaded hit of the year to date. Alongside them on the main stage is up and coming grime artist Hardy Caprio and DJ Holy Goof.
There are still more acts to be announced for the Carnival Stage in the south quad and Funfair Stage, so keep your eyes peeled on our social media over the next couple of weeks.
Rudimental are pondering just how much their lives have changed since releasing their debut album, Home, in April 2013. Since then, the album has gone platinum in the UK, selling over half a million copies and becoming one of the very few debut records to break through in the last 12 months. It also charted high across Europe and Australasia, as they picked up one BRIT Award (Best British Single for Waiting All Night) and were shortlisted for two more (British Group and MasterCard British Album Of The Year). They also won a MOBO Award (Best Album) and were nominated for the Mercury Music Prize.
The album has spawned five huge hit singles (including two UK Number Ones with Feel The Love and Waiting All Night), seeing them shift over three million singles worldwide, while their highly acclaimed videos have racked up over 183 million views on their YouTube channel. Meanwhile, Waiting All Night alone has clocked up over 100 million streams on Spotify. They’ve also toured the world and smashed every festival worthy of the name. And yet, here they are, back in their Hackney HQ, Major Tom’s Studio, where they conjured up that debut’s intoxicating blend of drum’n’bass, soul and pop, and where they will craft its highly anticipated follow-up.
Their most recent single, These Days, featuring Macklemore, Jess Glyne and Dan Caplen, showcases Rudimental's talents being super-charged by every pioneering new collaboration, with the track sitting in the top ten Billboard in over 20 different countries.
Regarded as the next to fly the flag for Croydon, Hardy Caprio has quickly proven why he is worthy of this title by gatecrashing and setting his own tone in the UK Grime, Rap and Garage scene. Gaining a mass following online that is evident by his YouTube view count, Facebook view count and SoundCloud listening count soaring in to the millions and tens of thousands of followers, collectively across his social networks.
Hardy’s ground breaking release came from the second instalment of ‘Hardy Season’ which was his Warm-Up session via SBTV over the prestigious ‘Wifey Riddim’. This exposed Hardy to overnight recognition from Industry related platforms, fellow artist and an online feature in RWD magazine. Hardy went on to issue the follow up of the Soundbwoy series with Soundbwoy 2, where once again demonstrates his ability over a very traditional sounding Grime beat, produced by Kid D. This release gained features from MTV, RWD Mag and various other respected online platforms.
One of the most focal points for Hardy came in late August with the introduction of his new Campaign – ‘Hollywood’, which presents Hardy forming his own distinguishable sound with garage influenced grime, with his kickstarter being an rendition of legendary Daniel Beddingfield’s single ‘Gotta get thru this’. Which was released on Hardy’s own Youtube Channel and has already gained over hundred thousand views.
The combination of vocal samples, witty lyrics, London exclusive references and tight flow along with Hardy’s uncensored skits, which presents his genuine personality to his listeners, are only a small scope of what the twenty year old has to offer the UK.
Holy Goof, a DJ/producer has emerged as one of the UK’s most promising acts over the last 12 months and is rising rapidly.
His sound — a fluid, bass-house hybrid referencing everything from bassline to grime — is squarely tilted at the club, with two sold out headline tour shows in London and Nottingham plus notable appearances at Printworks, Detonate and festivals from Glastonbury to closing the Banghai stage at Boomtown suggests it’s an arena he’s ready to really make his name in.
With a slew of guest mixes across BBC 1Xtra, Kiss FM and Rinse FM also under his belt, Holy Goof recently co-produced a track with Zinc which was released on the legendary Bingo Bass label - and his solo production work continues to earn significant support across national radio.
Horn Division is a 9-piece powerhouse made up of guitar, bass and drums. Add two powerful, male and female, vocals into the mix and then topped off with one of London's finest horn sections.
Designed to fill the dance floor with its soulful sound. Taking influences from that Mark Ronson sound, Horn Division twists big guitar band tunes into Neo-Motown hits that strike a chord with everyone in the room.
With successful shows at major London venues such as KoKo in Camden Town, this band's energy is perfect for any occasion!
Friday I’m In Love are on a mission to bring “massaoke” joy to the whole nation.The idea is simple. A brilliant live band plays pop, indie and rock anthems and the crowd sings along, guided by lyrics projected onto a giant screen.
There’s no dreaded karaoke spotlight here – this is massaoke, where everyone sings together and the crowd is the star of the show. The result is a euphoric celebration of some of the best songs ever written.
Famous massaoke converts include: Al Murray, who regularly joins the band to play drums, and Phill Jupitus, Tim Vine, Sara Pascoe and Arthur Smith who have all led the singing. Meanwhile, footage of Channel 4’s Jon Snow singing Blur’s Parklife at one of their charity fundraisers for the Amy Winehouse Foundation has become a YouTube hit.
Launch by a group of friends in London four years ago, it now has a sell-out monthly residency at The Phoenix in Oxford Circus, along with a sister club in Glasgow. The musical outfit also plays to packed tents at festivals across the country including Glastonbury and Latitude and sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Can Samba bring the sights and sounds of the world famous Rio Carnival to your party. Lose yourself in hypnotic Brazilian rhythms provided by our live Bateria drummers, and dance along with our spectacular costumed performers.
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