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The Great Escape: One week to go, Spongebob for Camp Bestival, Field Day and Offset announce line ups

Featured Artists: Chew Lips  The Joy Formidable  The Soft Pack 

With just a handful of tickets left on sale next weeks The Great Escape will be attended by over 2000 music industry delegates, a further 2,000 Artist Village delegates and with a total capacity of 12000 people rocking across 34 of Brighton’s finest venues to sublime sounds from 300 of the most exciting bands around.
Last minute confirmations this year will see Scandinavian popsters Peter Bjorn and John, nu-gazers Maps, digital groovers Plugs, post-punk upstarts Dead Kids and the attitude overload of Man Like Me, all joining the bill alongside some of the biggest hitters from across the board, including Kasabian, Gang of Four, British Sea Power, The Maccabees, Lightspeed Champion, The Black Lips, The Charlatans, Patrick Wolf, Mystery Jets, Noah and the Whale and Enter Shikari. But the festival’s reputation has been built on their uncanny ability to sniff out the hottest up-and-coming acts out there, giving punters their first chance to catch future superstars. Top tips to catch on Thursday include Soap&Skin, Amazing Baby, Mika Miko, An Experiment On A Bird In The Airpump, The Pains Of Being Pure at Heart, Marnie Stern, Hockey, Blue Roses and Micachu and The Shapes. Friday’s upfront goodness comes from the likes of Kissy Sell Out, Django Django, Chew Lips, Dinosaur Pile-Up, The Chapman Family, The XX, Trailer Trash Tracys, Mumford and Sons, Crystal Antlers, The Temper Trap and The Soft Pack. And the low-down for the final day includes The Joy Formidable, Three Trapped Tigers, Banjo Or Freakout, Little Boots, Girls, Your Twenties, School of Seven Bells, Marina and the Diamonds, V V Brown and Ex Lovers. Phase Five NZ Music will also be presenting the cream of New Zealand’s music scene, including Liam Finn, The Veils and many more.
This year’s conference program is also the event’s finest to date with key note sessions from industry figures that are changing the face of the music business and the way we all consume music including Daniel Ek (Spotify), Eric Garland (BigChampagne), Nathan Lovejoy (LimeWire), Patrick Walker (YouTube), Steve Knopper (Rolling Stone), Gary Warren (HMV), John Leckie (Producer), Chris Morrison (CMO), Will Page (PRS for Music) * Feargal Sharkey (UK Music), Colin Greenwood (Radiohead) and Simon Armitage (Renowned poet and Ivor Novello Award Winner).
More info and tickets:The Great Escape

Camp Bestival have announced that joining icons such as PJ Harvey, Chic, Roy Ayers and Mr Tumble we have the underwater superstar that is SpongeBob SquarePants!!!
Yes setting up camp in our Dorset home this year are Nickelodeon UK who will be recreating SpongeBob’s magical underwater world Bikini Bottom in a new interactive play space for kids. Alongside another 100 Free Things for Kids To Do this amazing new zone promises to bring the wonderful Technicolor fantasy world to life – one for Kids and Adults alike (Lets face it "Yellow is the new Black!!").
With SpongeBob’s 10th birthday on the horizon 2009 has been named ‘The Year of the Sponge’ and Camp Bestival, home of summer holiday fun for all ages was his first choice to culminate celebrations, obviously! You can chill out with friends and family, catch up with some classic SpongeBob adventures, take part in spongetastic interactive games hosted by the Bikini Bottom lifeguard and even meet SpongeBob SquarePants himself! If you check out their website you can also win some great Camp Bestival prizes now: Nick.co.uk
Camp Bestival have also pioneered a unique recession-beating ticket payment plan. For more info, visit:Camp Bestival

Field Day Festival announce that Micachu & The Shapes, The Big Pink, The XX and Plugs join The Horrors, Mogwai, Santigold and Mystery Jets at this small but perfectly form London festival.
More info at: Field Day

Offset Festival have The Horrors, legendary post-punkers The Slits, Factory Records` second-ever signing - punk-funk legends A Certain Ratio and forward-thinking artrockers Future Of The Left.
Other stages will host performances from Rolo Tomassi, Architects, Factory Floor, THROATS, Nuke Them All, Maths and a Douglas Hart (Jesus & Mary Chain) DJ Set! Over 150 new and iconic artists are yet to be announced. Limited Super-Earlybird tickets are on sale now priced at £35 (full weekend) and £45 (with camping). Offset Festival takes place between 5th - 6th September 2009 at the beautiful Hainault Forest Country Park - an all ages event just 30 minutes from London on the Central Line. More info:Offsetfestival.com

Posted on 10 May 2009 by Nick Foster

Tags: Camp Bestival  Offset  Field Day  The Great Escape 

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