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The Field Report #7: So many additions, so little budget…

Festival season, like an impending wave of low pressure threatening to burst our river banks, is upon us. And to get our taste buds tingling, organisers have been chomping at the bit to let you know of their exclusive headline acts ready to define our summers. These days, the great line-up announcement has become a bit of a furore in itself, with countdowns a-plenty smattering Twitter feeds and Facebook pages alike, battling for your precious £65.95 + booking fee.

This week our pints dropped by a penny and pensioners got a pay out, but in the world of festivals nearly every line up got a fat bonus, with more acts added to each and every bill. Beacons festival, taking place in north Yorkshire added a host of new acts, headed up by electro playboy Erol Alkan alongside Daphni and Big Room DJ Joy Orbison. Further down the list of new additions sees indie dreamers, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, as well as Cate Le Bon, Submotion Orchestra and John Wizards. A wonderful mixed bag crossing all genres, Beacons is yet again putting forward a good case to be considered for festival of the year.

Further afield, Unknown festival, now in its second year, has announced more acts to beef up its line-up. Chic Ft Nile Rogers is the biggest addition, while youngsters Disclosure, Clean Bandit and London Grammar have also been added. No doubt they’ll bond over their incredible rises to fame over the last year. Unknown is aiming to out-do it’s sold out event last year, with the promise of an extra day of surprises to entice prospective ticket buyers.

In other news this week Lana Del Rey has self-confirmed herself for Glastonbury. Announcing the news sort-of by accident through her agency website, she joins the slowly growing list of confirmed acts including Lily Allen, Dolly Parton and The Black Keys. With ticket holders having only a couple of weeks left to pay the balance here’s hoping for a full line up release sooner, rather than later.

Womad has revealed more of its cards for 2014. Synonymous with aging hippies and hummus, the Peter Gabriel-endorsed fest has added Bobby Womack and Youssou N’Dour to its line-up, who will be joining Mulata Astake, Fat Freddys Drop and Alice Russell amongst others.

Finally, and my favourite news of the week, Boney M have been confirmed for Watchet Live Festival, taking place in Somerset later this summer. The family friendly event plays host to some of the UK’s best exports, from Toploader to The Wurzels, as well as an impressive collection of real ale and ciders. Sounds like summer to me!

- Liz Ward

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