Norway’s Øya Festival announce first acts for 2023 line-up

The organisers of Øya Festival (Øyafestivalen) have announced the first 14 acts that will be joining the festival for its 2023 iteration, taking place in Oslo next August.

Heading up the announcement are Australian punk band Amyl And The Sniffers, who last played at the festival in 2018 in support of their self-titled debut album. They will be joined by the likes of American indie-pop duo TV Girl, London post-punk band High Vis and Swedish singer-songwriter Håkan Hellström. A full list of acts on the first announcement can be found below.

Øya Festival 2023 will take place between Tuesday August 8 and Saturday August 12 at Oslo’s Tøyen Park (Toyenparken). Its 2022 line-up included performances from acts such as Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Florence + The Machine, Gorillaz, Beabadoobee and Yard Act.

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In a five-star review of the festival, NME praised it as “the festival of the future”.

“While many festivals are gloating of starting to have gender-split line-ups, Øya have been quietly celebrating such diversity for years,” it read. “Most still struggle to be green, but Øya runs on renewable energy, offers mostly sustainable food and nails it when it comes to recycling, planet-friendly loos and promoting environmentalism. Loads of festivals, too, have homogenous line-ups, but Øya spotlights the best of their backyard while cherry-picking global superstars.”

Further additions to the 2023 festival are expected to come in the following months. In the meantime, both individual day passes and week-long passes are available via Ticketmaster Norway.

Øya Festival 2023’s first line-up announcement is:

Amyl & The Sniffers
ARY
Beharie
Bo Milli
Daufødt x Eric Aas
Gard Nilssen’s Supersonic Orchestra x Obongjayar
Håkan Hellström
High Vis
Jonas Benyoub
Marstein
TV Girl
Veps

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Smashing Pumpkins and Interpol to headline new festival The World Is A Vampire

Smashing Pumpkins and Interpol are set to headline a new festival in Mexico called The World Is A Vampire.

The first edition of the new event will come to Mexico City from March 6-9, 2023 and also feature Turnstile, Peter Hook, Deafheaven and more.

The new festival comes on the back of Smashing Pumpkins’ new three-part opera album ‘ATUM’.

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The band released ‘Act 1’ of the album this month and recently finished a North American arena tour with Jane’s Addiction, which had its Portland leg cancelled after frontman Billy Corgan came down with laryngitis.

See the full line-up for The World Is A Vampire below and buy tickets here.

Following on from 2020’s ‘CYR’, Smashing Pumpkins’ forthcoming 33-song “rock opera” album ‘ATUM’ serves as a sequel to the band’s classic double records ‘Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness’ (1995) and ‘Machina/The Machines Of God’ (2000).

Speaking to NME recently, Corgan said: “When you decide to do a three-act, 33-song rock musical in 2022… you’re definitely stepping in it! Because there’s a lot of people who believe less is more these days. I’m on the opposite side – I actually think more is more!”

“With 33 songs, I was sort of Switzerland on the whole thing,” he told NME. “I really didn’t get too caught up in what everybody would want. And what was nice was that everybody seemed to want the same track. So if that represents the record for them, then great. But there’s so much music.”

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The Chemical Brothers, Christine and The Queens and Fatboy Slim to headline Wilderness 2023

The Chemical Brothers, Christine and The Queens and Fatboy Slim have been confirmed as the headliners for Wilderness Festival 2023.

The event will return to Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire on the weekend of August 3-6 next year.

Also in attendance are the likes of Sugababes and Confidence Man, alongside an extensive line-up of comedy, film screenings, Q&As, panels and more.

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2022’s Wilderness was headlined by UnderworldYears & Years and Jungle, with the likes of Sophie Ellis-BextorOrlando Weeks, Roisin MurphyWillie J HealeyBillie MartenPip BlomCraig Charles, Peggy Gou, Jordan Rakei, Gabriels and more all also playing.

Check out the first handful of names for 2023 below, with more line-up announcements due at the start of next year.

Tickets for Wilderness 2023 are on sale here now.

This week, Christine & The Queens has shared a new video taken from his acclaimed recent live shows as Redcar. The French singer released new album ‘Redcar Les Adorables Étoiles’ last week (November 18) and has been playing a handful of launch gigs for it.

Following the final show of the run in London on Tuesday (November 22), Redcar has shared a video of his performance of ‘Ma Bien Aimée Bye Bye’ from a recent hometown show at Paris’ Cirque d’Hiver venue.

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It was also announced this week that Christine & The Queens will curate 2023’s Meltdown Festival at the Southbank Centre, the venue where he closed out the Redcar tour.

The event will see him bring together artists for the next edition of the annual festival who’ve instrumental in shaping his musical identity. Meltdown Festival will run from Friday, June 9 until Sunday, June 18, 2023.

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Liam Gallagher and Florence + The Machine to headline Boardmasters 2023

Liam Gallagher and Florence + The Machine are to headline Boardmasters festival in 2023 – find the full line-up and ticket details below.

The beach-side festival will return to Newquay, Cornwall from August 9-13 next summer, with Little Simz, Four Tet, Jockstrap and Wunderhorse also set to play. 2022’s edition was headlined by Kings Of LeonDisclosure and George Ezra.

Tickets for Boardmasters 2023 go on sale at 10am GMT this Friday (November 25). A pre-sale is available tomorrow (November 24).

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Sign up for pre-sale tickets here now and see the full 2023 line-up below.

Boardmasters

The news comes after Florence + The Machine postponed the remainder of their UK tour last week after Florence Welch broke her foot on stage in London.

In a statement posted to Instagram, Welch revealed that she unknowingly played Friday night’s (November 18) show at London’s The O2 with the fracture, and had the break confirmed after an X-Ray.

She shared her disappointment in the new post and revealed that the shows, which were set to continue with a run until the end of the month, are in the process of being rescheduled for 2023.

Welch wrote: “I’m so sorry to say that after an X ray it seems I was dancing on a broken foot last night. It is not in my nature to postpone a show, and certainly not a UK tour, but I’m in pain and as dancers know, dancing on an injury is not a good idea. And have been told not to perform to avoid further damage.”

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She added: “I’m heartbroken as the Dance Fever tour has been my favourite show we have ever put on. The communion with you. Your beautiful faces shining.”

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Glastonbury Festival 2023: Extra tickets to go on sale for Somerset locals

Extra tickets to Glastonbury Festival 2023 will go on sale this week for Somerset locals.

A small allocation of tickets is held back every year for residents who live near to the festival site in Pilton, central Somerset. Those tickets go on sale this Sunday (November 20) here.

Only “permanent full-time residents” registered with Glastonbury Festival from an address in the event’s catchment area (see map below) will be eligible to apply for tickets in the local sale.

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That catchment area is split into two zones “in order to make sure that those most likely to be affected by the festival have the best chance to secure tickets”, according to notes on Glastonbury’s website.

Glastonbury Festival 2023 local catchment area
Glastonbury Festival 2023 local catchment area

Residents in the inner zone will be able to book tickets from 9am GMT on Sunday. The inner zone includes Doulting, East Pennard, Glastonbury, North Wootton, Pilton, Pylle, Shepton Mallet, West Bradley and West Pennard.

An hour later, residents in the outer zome (Alford, Allhampton, Ansford, Ashcott, Ashwick, Baltonsborough, Barton St David, Binegar, Butleigh, Castle Cary, Coleford, Cranmore, Dinder, Ditcheat, Emborough, Evercreech, Holcombe, Leigh-upon-Mendip, Lovington, Lydford, Oakhill, Stoke St Michael, Street, Walton and Wells) can buy tickets.

Applicants will be able to purchase four tickets per transaction, with weekend tickets costing £340.

There is also an allocation of Sunday-only tickets available to locals, also opening this Sunday, at 11am GMT.

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Those tickets are available to residents who live in the wider Mendip and Central Somerset area – a larger catchment area that includes towns such as Bruton, Frome and Radstock.

A condition for the sale of Sunday tickets is that travel to the festival site is by bus.

The crowd for Jack White's secret Glastonbury 2022 set.. Credit: Eva Pental for NME
The crowd for Jack White’s secret Glastonbury 2022 set. Credit: Eva Pentel for NME.

Earlier this month, coach and ticket packages for next year’s Glastonbury sold out in 22 minutes.

In October, the festival’s co-organiser Emily Eavis spoke out about its ticket price increase after it was revealed that tickets for next year’s event will cost £335 plus a £5 booking fee (an increase of £55).

In 2022 the tickets cost £280 plus a £5 booking fee. When the tickets originally went on sale in 2020 they were priced at £265, but the cancellation of the festival plus inflation led to an increase.

Eavis addressed the rise, writing on Twitter: “I wanted to post about the 2023 Glastonbury ticket price which was announced today. We have tried very hard to minimise the increase in price on the ticket but we’re facing enormous rises in the costs of running this vast show, while still recovering from the huge financial impact of two years without a festival because of COVID.

“In these incredibly challenging times, we want to continue to bring you the best show in the world and provide our charities with funds which are more vital than ever. We are, as always, hugely appreciative of your ongoing support.”

Glastonbury returns in 2023 between June 21 and June 25.

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