After a successful start to the season, this year was kicked off by "The International Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre", known as Breakin Convention. Who made their UK tour's stop in our humble city of Nottingham.
Over two nights at The Nottingham Royal Theatre, we were treated to an eclectic array of International and local Hip-hop and dance theatre talent. (Shout out to our Nottingham's own Jamal 📣📣📣)
This is our second year working with Jonzi D and the Breakin Convention team - and are big fans of what they do. Through not only working with the most respected, innovative and inspirational artists from around the world, Breakin' Convention seeks to position hip-hop dance alongside more historically established art forms, through hosting international festivals and professional development. Nurturing UK-based talent and engaging with children and young people, by providing youth projects and educational programmes.
But now let's get on with the confirmed dates,
Wildlife Festival - 9th -10th June @ Brighton City Airport.
Headline Acts this year include Fatboy Slim, Jess Glynne, Dizzee Rascal, Stormzy and JME. There is something for everyone at this one but for us the amount of grime and UK rap talent on display this year is the main achievement for UK music this 2017. Full line up
Bloc Party - 8th July @ Sneinton Market, Nottingham
We will be back at this year's Block Party hosted by Surface Gallery as part of it's Street Art Festiival 2017. Sneinton Market will be packed to the brim, with independent traders selling everything from streetwear to street food. See live painting from local, national, and international street artists, gravity-defying skateboarders, complete with an awesome bespoke sound system by Tekonta, featuring guest DJs - including the fabulous Mimm Collective.
Featured Artists Include: Kid Acne, Musa, Tankpetrol, Marcus Method, TFD CREW, JON5, MELD, MONES, snik, DILK, CRASE, NAWT, SMALLKID, Tim Onga, SILLE, FLASH, EMILY CATHERINE, TIMO, TALI, MASEU, Tokyo709 and many more...
Splendor Festival - 22nd July @ Wollaton Hall, Nottingham.
Back to Nottingham and situated in the vast grounds of Wollaton Hall, famously known to most as Wayne Manner (i.e. Batman's House.) Nottingham City Council in collaboration with DHP present, multi-award winning chart toppers, Kaiser Chiefs as headliners for Splendour 2017 - alongside acts including Busted, Tony Hadley, Billy Ocean, Black Grape, British Sea Power, Buzzcocks, Gabrielle Aplin, Will Varley, Yola Carter and much more. Not to mention, super family friendly vibe to this one, as well as being cheaper to local residents, well worth a good day out. Click to see full 2017 line up.
Upfest - 29-30th July in South Bristol
We just love this one, this is Platypus's second year at Upfest. If you're looking for a phaaat dose of urban creativity, look no further, because I seriously recommend adding this to your festival calendar. Oh, and did I mention? It's FREE! 😲
UPFEST Europe's Largest Street Art and Graffiti Festival explodes across the streets of Bristol, the UK's the undisputed capital of Street Art. Attracting street artists from around the world, who simultaneously come together at Upfest for a mass paint-a-thon for two days. Since starting in 2008, it has been growing rapidly year on year. Showcasing the work of 300 artists from 30 countries all painting live across 35 outdoor venues. Where ever you look, you'll find breath-taking creativity bursting out of every corner.
Boardmasters - 9th-13th August Corwall
Five-day surf festival along the beautiful Cornish coast combined 7 stage plus music festival packed with insane line ups. Including Alt-J, Jamiroqua, Two Door Cinema Club, The Flaming Lips, The Vaccines, Gorgan City and Lethel Bizzle. Oh boy, it's going to be a big one.
This year we'll be chilling at Fistral Beach, the world famous home of British surfing, will transform into a vibrant surf festival complete with Pro Surf competitions, Skate & BMX competitions, art installations, live music and a bustling shopping village in the sun and the site where the first festival was held back in 1981.
Boardmasters support Surfers Against Sewage, an environmental charity protecting the UK’s oceans and beaches for all to enjoy safely and sustainably, via community action, campaigning, education and scientific research.
More dates TBA, so watch this space to see if we'll be at a festival near you.
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