Barcelona, London, Manchester USA & Loch Ness

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Barcelona’s Sonar Festival is a multi cultural event bringing you the best in cutting edge music, art installations and film at a variety of venues around the city. Some of the highlights this year include Kurt Hentschlager’s ‘Feed’, an audiovisual performance with 3-D projections, artificial fog, and stroboscopic lights; a documentary about music legend Larry ‘Wild man’ Fischer, venerated by the likes of Frank Zappa and Mark Mothersbaugh.  Speaking of which, Devo are on tour for the first time in fifteen years and are headed to Sonar along with the Beastie Boys & drone metal band Sun O))) from the US,  Blixa Bargeld from China, Spains Fatkut and DJ Code, Germany’s Timo Maas, Hocus Pocus from France – all becoming quite the united nations of innovative music and art at this years Sonar festival.

Over in the UK, Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker curates a week of music, film, and talks at Meltdown in London. At one of Pulp’s first gigs they covered a Motorhead song, so its apt that almost three decades later the metal rockers are on the bill for Cocker’s Meltdown.  Also on the bill is folk singer Melanie in a rare live performance, the first U.K. performance from the father of psychedelic rock Roky Erickson, garage psych band 13th Floor Elevators, Cornershop, and film music maestro John Barry with the London Philharmonic. The experimental theatre group Forced Entertainment will pour their cosmic chaos into a show called Bloody Mess and Jarvis Cocker will be in conversation with film maker and musician Don Letts. Meltdown takes place in and around the South Bank Centre across the River Thames.

This year KCRW is proud to be a promotional partner in the Bonnaroo festival. Taking place on a farm near Nashville Tennessee, the festival gets its name from the Cajun word ‘bonnaroo’ meaning ‘a really good time’ . The first festival in 2002 had more jam-style bands. This year, there is a truly eclectic line up featuring The Police, Mavis Staples, Manu Chao, The Roots, Ralph Stanley to name just a few.

 The organizers hope to make this the most ‘green’ Bonnaroo ever by implementing a number of ways to take care of the environment. Just think about it – if we all did our bit, there just might be a world - and music events such as Bonnaroo – for hundreds of years to come!

If you like music and mythological monsters, head to Scotland for the Rockness festival. Featuring Groove Armada, Alabama 3 and Caged Baby, it takes place near Loch Ness so you might just spot Nessie - either that or it’s the fine Scottish whiskey doing its magic!

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Upcoming Global Gigs

Glastonbury, Somerset, United Kingdom
June 22-24 Line-up includes The Who, The Killers, Artic Monkeys
Lily Allen, Amy Winehouse, Paul Weller and Kasabian.

This festival is legendary for its rain and subsequent gallons of sticky mud - and the annual line up of amazing acts- new and old.

Fusion Festival,
Germany,  June 28 – July 1st
Line up TBD.

Roskilde-Festival, Denmark,  July 5- 8 
Feat. The Beastie Boys, Beirut, Eagles of Death Metal, Thomas Dybdahl, John Legend, Mika, Matmos, and Peter Bjorn & John

Traffic Festival, Torino Italy,  July 11-14 – FREE!   feat. Daft Punk & LCD Soundsystem, Artic Monkeys, Antony & the Johnsons, Art Brut, Franco Battiato and Lou Reed plays ‘Berlin’.

Iceland Airwaves music festival October 17-21– featuring Bloc Party, Gus Gus and many more

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