Category: Festivals

Robert Smith to play Meltdown with ‘curious friends,’ says he’s working on new music

Robert Smith to play Meltdown with ‘curious friends,’ says he’s working on new music

London’s Meltdown festival today announced the remainder of the acts slated for this year’s Robert Smith-curated series of concerts, including festival closer CURÆTION-25: a two-hour performance by Smith at which he’ll be “joined onstage by four of his curious friends.” Full details here.

ohGr, Meat Beat Manifesto, Frontline Assembly top lineups for Cold Waves festivals

ohGr, Meat Beat Manifesto, Frontline Assembly top lineups for Cold Waves festivals

Chicago’s industrial-themed Cold Waves festival will return for a seventh installment this September, joined not just by the Los Angeles edition that debuted last year, but a New York City variation as well — with all three of the multi-day events headlined by Skinny Puppy spinoff ohGr. Full details right here.

Robert Smith taps My Bloody Valentine, NIN, Psychedelic Furs, Kristin Hersh for Meltdown

Robert Smith taps My Bloody Valentine, NIN, Psychedelic Furs, Kristin Hersh for Meltdown

London’s Meltdown festival today revealed the first round of acts selected by The Cure’s Robert Smith for this year’s series of concerts, a roster that includes My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails, The Psychedelic Furs, Kristin Hersh of Throwing Muses, and The Church. Full details right here.

The Cure’s Robert Smith to curate 25th edition of London’s Meltdown festival

The Cure’s Robert Smith to curate 25th edition of London’s Meltdown festival

Robert Smith, founder and only constant of The Cure, has been tapped to hand-pick the lineup for the 25th installment of London’s prestigious Meltdown festival this June, following in the footsteps of past curators such as David Bowie, Yoko Ono, Morrissey, David Byrne, Nick Cave and more. Full lineup to be announced.

The Human League announce first U.S. concerts of 2018 in California, Las Vegas

The Human League announce first U.S. concerts of 2018 in California, Las Vegas

English synthpop icons The Human League have announced their first U.S. concerts of 2018, a pair of club shows in Las Vegas and San Francisco that bookend an appearance at the Like Totally ’80s Festival in Huntington Beach, Calif. — where the group will appear on a bill with The Alarm, Gene Loves Jezebel and The Untouchables.

The Stray Cats to reunite for first performance since 2009 at Las Vegas rockabilly festival

The Stray Cats to reunite for first performance since 2009 at Las Vegas rockabilly festival

The Stray Cats, the high-octane rockabilly trio that became an unlikely New Wave-era breakout in the early 1980s, will reunite for the first time in nine years this April to perform at the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend, guitarist/frontman Brian Setzer announced this week. The band will play on April 21.

David Byrne and 164 other musical acts to play the Coachella festival this year

David Byrne and 164 other musical acts to play the Coachella festival this year

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival unveiled the mammoth lineup for its two-weekend extravaganza this April, a bill that features legendary Talking Heads frontman David Byrne and 164 other musical acts, some whose names are written in really, really small type. Check out the full lineup, people.

The The adds headlining appearance at UK’s Festival No. 6 to 2018  reunion

The The adds headlining appearance at UK’s Festival No. 6 to 2018 reunion

Matt Johnson continues to slowly expand the much-anticipated live return of The The next year, today announcing the group will headline Festival No. 6 in Portmeirion, a booking that’s being billed as the band’s only confirmed U.K. date outside London. See full dates here.

The Jesus Lizard to perform for first time in 8 years at Houston’s Day For Night Festival

The Jesus Lizard to perform for first time in 8 years at Houston’s Day For Night Festival

Iconic noise-rock act The Jesus Lizard will come together this December to play its first concert since its 2009 reunion tour, joining Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, Solange, St. Vincent, Laurie Anderson and more on the bill of the Day For Night Festival in Houston, Texas.

The Jesus and Mary Chain, KMFDM, Poptone playing L.A. fest with ‘strictly all black’ dress code

The Jesus and Mary Chain, KMFDM, Poptone playing L.A. fest with ‘strictly all black’ dress code

The Jesus and Mary Chain will return to the U.S. this fall to headline the Cloak & Dagger Festival in Los Angeles, a two-day event that also will feature KMFDM and Poptone, featuring Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins of Bauhaus, Tones on Tail and Love and Rockets. Full details here.

Cold Waves L.A.: RevCo, Stabbing Westward, Meat Beat Manifesto, Front Line Assembly

Cold Waves L.A.: RevCo, Stabbing Westward, Meat Beat Manifesto, Front Line Assembly

As it approaches its sixth year in Chicago, industrial-music festival Cold Waves has announced its inaugural Los Angeles edition, a two-day event featuring Stabbing Westward, Revolting Cocks (performing 1986’s Big Sexy Land), Front Line Assembly, Meat Beat Manifesto and more.

Watch: New Order closes Coachella main set with a glorious 9-minute ‘Temptation’

Watch: New Order closes Coachella main set with a glorious 9-minute ‘Temptation’

With the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in full swing, the event’s organizers continue to upload stellar-quality pro-shot video clips to the fest’s YouTube channel — including this footage of New Order’s 9-minute run through “Temptation” that closed its main set last Sunday night.

New Order, Nine Inch Nails, Jawbreaker, X, Ministry and more playing Chicago’s Riot Fest

New Order, Nine Inch Nails, Jawbreaker, X, Ministry and more playing Chicago’s Riot Fest

Chicago’s Riot Fest this morning unveiled the lineup for its three-day September festival, which will be headlined by Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age and a reunited Jawbreaker. Also on the bill: New Order, Ministry, Dinosaur Jr, X, Bad Brains, Buzzcocks, GBH, Fishbone and Alice Bag.

The House of Love to headline UK’s Indie Daze festival with Creation Records-era set

The House of Love to headline UK’s Indie Daze festival with Creation Records-era set

Billed as “the kind of event you wish had happened years ago,” the fourth installment of London’s Indie Daze festival will feature The House of Love, Voice of the Beehive and Apollo 440, as well as Crazyhead, The Wonder Stuff’s Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls and Thousand Yard Stare.