Huge electronic names announced for Flow Festival 2023

Flow Festival has announced the line-up for its electronic program in 2023 – see the full list of names below.

The Helsinki-based festival will take place between August 11-13 this year, with headliners including Blur, Wizkid, Lorde and Christine & The Queens joining the likes of FKA twigsCaroline PolachekSuede and Devo.

On the line-up for the festival’s dance stage, named the Resident Advisor Front Yard, are Eris Drew b2b Octo Octa, Folamour, Jyoty, Kerri Chandler, Chaos In The CBD and more.


See the full line-up below.

Tickets for Flow Festival 2023 are on sale now – you can purchase yours here.

The festival made its return last year for the first time since before the COVID pandemic, with acts including Fontaines D.C., Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Gorillaz gracing its stage at the historical Suvilahti, a former power plant area in the city.

Praising its climate-conscious ethic in a review of the 2019 festival, NME wrote: “Here are a list of things that you can do at Flow Festival: eat Michelin Starred hotdogs, watch some of the biggest artists on the planet and then save it as well, all at the same time. How many festivals can you say that about?

“Mind you, Helsinki’s Flow Festival isn’t really like other festivals. It was one of the first on the planet to become carbon neutral, it takes place in a power station and is as much about the unusual and niche as it is the mainstream.”

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Bands told they’d be playing Liverpool Sound City before “heartbreaking” announcement

Several acts who were told that they’d be performing at this year’s Liverpool Sound City but then had their applications rejected have reacted to the “heartbreaking” error.

Those who wanted to have the chance to play festival next month had to submit through the “apply to play” service on the Sound City website, which was handled by the platform Amplead.

But Amplead made a “human error” in telling everyone who applied they were successful when that wasn’t the case. Liverpool Echo has highlighted a number of acts who took to Twitter to share their disappointment after being selected and then deselected.


Band Fat Dads wrote: “Got an email off Amplead to say we’re playing @SoundCity this year, only to get another an hour later to say it was a mistake and we’re not playing after all. Went from absolutely buzzing to downright crushed. Spot on.”

New Nostalgia said: “Absolutely gutting stuff. You spend hours and hours applying for these sorts of opportunities in the hope that one will come off. This sort of carpet pull is just horrible.”

All Hail Hyena added: “We’re playing @SoundCity! Oh wait, no… we’re not. It was a system error. It’s a good job we’re a seasoned band and not some hopeful young act isn’t it? How unwholesome would that have been? @AmpleadHQ did you send success emails out to any other artists?”

Amplead issued a statement on social media, apologising for its error and stressing that it wasn’t the fault of Sound City organisers.

The statement said: “Hey @SoundCity and all who applied through the Apply To Play service. We unfortunately made a mistake on our end and contacted all who applied with a ‘You’ve been successful’ message.


“This was human error, and for all those affected you should now have the correct email as well as an apology from us. We can only hold our hands up and truly apologise for any confusion or disappointment.”

Sound City organisers also issued a statement, saying they were “heartbroken” to see what had happened following the “mistake and malfunction of the Amplead platform”.

They said: “We know how important this is to our beloved community. To have your hopes built up to then have them taken away is the most devastating act. Our artists and bands are our family. It hurts us so much to see this happening to every single one of you.

“We are speaking to Amplead to try and understand what went wrong. We promise to come back to every single band and artist with a proper explanation. We are aware they are sending apologies to everyone right now, but rest assured that will not be the end of it and we will come back with further and wider information.

“Once again we are so sorry you have been put through this ordeal. Sending all our love and best wishes, Becky and all the Sound City team.”

Amplead also replied to a post on Sound City’s Facebook page, writing: “All of us at Amplead are so sorry. We are genuinely gutted for all the upset this has caused artists like yourselves and take full responsibility. We are building this company to support independent artists and venues so we really are genuinely sorry and this is the last thing we wanted to happen.

“We haven’t taken this lightly at all and we are working on something to offer everyone that has been affected.”

Last year Sound City Liverpool has announced its first wave of acts for its 2023 edition, with Maisie Peters topping the bill.

The event returns April 28-30, 2023, with gigs held at various venues across the north west city, and the Sound City+ Conference taking place on day one.

Peters is set to headline with other performances coming from CourtingThe Goa ExpressOpus Kink, Beren Olivia, Delights, Finn Foxell, Shelf Lives, SOFY, EEVAH, Malady, Mollie Coddled, Re6ce, Reignmaker, The Royston Club, Trampolene and others.

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Watch Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp cover The J. Geils Band’s ‘Centerfold’

Toyah Willcox and her husband, King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp have covered The J. Geils Band’s ‘Centerfold’ – check it out below.

The couple performed the 1981 hit single as part of their Sunday Lunch series.

The song featured on the album ‘Freeze Frame’ and it went to the top of US Billboard Hot 100 chart in February 1982 for six weeks. It also charted at Number Three in the official UK singles chart.


At the end of the clip, the duo also announced that they will be performing at the Isle Of Wight Festival on June 18 alongside headliners Pulp, George Ezra, The Chemical Brothers and Robbie Williams.

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The festival, which will return to Seaclose Park, Newport with a line-up that also features Courteeners, Manic Street Preachers, Blondie and more, will take place from June 15-18. You can purchase any remaining tickets here.

Meanwhile, Willcox and Fripp’s latest cover followed last month’s take of Republica’s ‘Drop Dead Gorgeous’.

This year, the pair have already covered The Tubes’ classic proto-punk anthem ‘White Punks On Dope’, Mötley Crüe’s ‘Shout At The Devil’ and KISS’ ‘I Was Made For Lovin You’.

The pair also recently took on Willcox’s own ‘Dance In The Hurricane’ from 2008’s ‘In The Court Of The Crimson Queen’ in honour of a new, expanded ‘Rhythm Deluxe’ version of the record.


Sunday Lunch kicked off in 2020, with Willcox explaining that she started the videos to help Fripp power through the COVID-19 lockdowns. Speaking to NME, she said that in the future, they were “going to take it a lot further”.

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MEO Kalorama 2023: Aphex Twin, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Slowthai lead new names on line-up

The next wave of artists have been announced for 2023’s MEO Kalorama festival, with Aphex Twin, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Slowthai leading the new batch of acts on the line-up.

The Portugal festival brings a close to the summer season and will take place between August 31 and September 2.

Held in Lisbon’s Bela Vista Park, Aphex Twin joins the previously announced Arcade Fire and Florence + The Machine as headliners, as well as a host of others – find tickets here.


Alongside Aphex Twin, American indie band Yeah Yeah Yeahs are also set to perform, as well as British rapper Slowthai and Foals. It has not yet been confirmed which days the acts will perform.

Lil Yachty, José Gonzalez and Belle & Sebastian are all set to hit the stage, as is pop icon Siouxsie – who was formerly part of Siouxsie And The Banshees. The songwriter will perform at the Lisbon festival as part of her ongoing tour.

MEO Kalorama lineup 2023
MEO Kalorama 2023 lineup. Credit: Press

Last year’s instalment of MEO Kalorama festival saw headline performances from The Chemical Brothers, Arctic Monkeys and Nick Cave. Recalling the performance by the latter, NME described Cave’s set as “soul-bearing” and one that proved him to be “a master storyteller, one that is capable of conjuring a visceral audience response”.

Other artists to feature on the 2022 line-up included Disclosure, Jessie Ware, Kraftwerk, Bonobo and Blossoms.

Earlier this month, it was confirmed that Aphex Twin would also lead the line-up for both the Forwards Festival – taking place in Bristol in September – and London’s Field Day festival.


Prior to the announcement for Field Day, Aphex Twin teased his return to the festival by launching a mysterious website. Taking place on August 19, Bonobo was also confirmed as another headliner for this year’s instalment.

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Billie Eilish, Kendrick Lamar and The 1975 among Lollapalooza 2023 headliners

The line-up for Lollapalooza 2023 has been unveiled, with Billie Eilish, Kendrick Lamar and The 1975 among the headliners.

Lollapalooza 2023 is returning to Giant Park in Chicago, Illinois from August 3-6. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lana Del Rey, Odesza, Tomorrow X Together and Karol G will also be topping the bill, with the latter making history as the first female Latin artist to headline the festival.

Elsewhere, Lollapalooza has also booked the likes of Carly Rae Jepsen, Rina Sawayama, Pusha T, Lil Yachty, 30 Seconds To Mars, Beebadoobee and Fred again.. They will be joined by Sabrina Carpenter, Gorgon City, Alex G, Diplo, Joey Bada$$, NewJeans and Maggie Rogers.


Also set to appear at the festival are Holly Humberstone, The Linda Lindas, Suki Waterhouse, Tom Odell and amongst many others. You can see the poster with the full line-up below.

Lollapalooza poster

Tickets will go on sale on Thursday (March 23) at 10am Chicago time. Tier 1 prices for 4-day general admission start at $365 (£298.64) – you can buy yours here.

In a five-star review of last year’s Lollapalooza, NME wrote: “Hours into the event, it’s clear that Lollapalooza 2022 hits the mark so many other festivals aim for, but fail to. There are no allegiances to genre here; the question of who gets to play is determined by what resonates with fans. ​​This means up-and-coming acts from Glaive to Gracie Abrams, whose TikTok followings rival the number of attendees even allowed on festival grounds, or Dylan, who takes the artist-breaking BMI stage on Sunday, during her first ever US tour, are just as welcome to Lollapalooza this year as frequent festival bill toppers J.Cole and Dua Lipa.”

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