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Dot to Dot launches for 2011

Having expanded to a three-day event last year, Dot to Dot Festival is set to take over three of Britain’s musical hubs as part of what has quickly become the leading urban music festival in the country. Manchester, Nottingham and Bristol will continue the event’s tradition in hosting some of the most exciting up-and-coming artists and on the strength of the seven names we can now announce, there is no let up in the depth of talent which will be on show.

Dot To Dot Event Organiser Anton Lockwood Commented: ‘2011 is shaping up to be the best Dot To Dot ever. We’re really excited to have the UK’s most stylish avant-garde electronic pop act Hurts headlining the festival. And, this is just the tip of the iceberg as we have many more fantastic established and up and coming acts from around the world still to be announced.’

Headlining this year’s Dot to Dot are Hurts. The Manchester duo had a fantastic 2010 with their debut album, ‘Happiness’, going Gold, peaking at number four in the Official UK charts as well as selling out their headline UK tour. The synth-pop act have won a number of high profile fans after coming fourth in the BBC Sound of 2010 poll from the NME to Scissor Sisters who they supported on tour last year.

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Camp Bestival line-up revealed

Blurring the lines between the Great British summer holiday and a fun-filled festival frolic, our multi-award winning Camp Bestival returns to Dorset’s idyllic Jurassic coast for our fourth festi-holiday, all set in the enchanting surrounds of Lulworth Castle, from July 28th to 31st.

The stunning Blondie is the first headliner out of the bag for Camp Bestival 2011. Topping the bill on Friday night with an almost endless canon of chart storming hits including ‘Rapture’, ‘Hanging on the Telephone’, ‘Heart of Glass’ and ‘Maria’ spanning their 30 year career, Blondie will, without doubt, be the sing-a-long highlight of the weekend.

Mark Ronson and The Business Intl, who are currently riding a wave of love for the acclaimed ‘Record Collection’ album, which spawned the singles ‘Bang Bang Bang’, ‘The Bike Song’ and the sublime ‘Somebody To Love Me’, will be headlining the Saturday night at our Dorset jamboree.

And we’ve still got one more headliner to announce which we’re really excited about, keep checking for more info, and scroll down to the bottom to check out the full line-up which includes House of Pain, Groove Armada presents Red Light, ZingZillas, Wretch 32, David Rodigan and many more.

(Also check out our Spotify playlist featuring tracks from this year’s line-up)

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West End return for Carwash

The glitz, glamour, sparkle and downright fabulousness of Carwash – the UK’s longest running and most spectacular weekly club night – is returning to its rightful home in the heart of London’s West End. Combining the decadence of the 70’s and street cool of the 80’s with the spirit of pure escapism, Carwash will be the perfect tonic for these troubling times.

After seven years across town, the capital’s most fabulous party is taking residency in Centro (formally AKA Bar) from March 5, 2011, in W1 where it belongs. Carwash are also ecstatic to be able to announce that the opening night’s very special guest will be house diva and nu disco sensation Shèna. The voice behind chart topper The Weekend and 14 other Top 40 hits including Nothing I Won’t Do, Dare Me, Guilty and Watch Out, Shèna has one of dance music’s most sought after voices gracing tracks by the likes of The Freemasons and Eric Morillo. Having also backed the cream of the funk soul pantheon including Chaka Khan, Amy Winehouse, Angie Stone, Luther Vandross and Mariah Carey, Shèna is now leading the nu-disco movement with disco stormers Cant Stop The Rain, My Fantasy and Nasty Little Rumour, all of which will be performed on the night.

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GI’s February Godlike Genius Playlist

With Shockwaves NME Awards fever flying around the office, and indeed the UK for the month of February, we thought it was only right we twist our monthly Spotify playlist to reflect the sensational heritage and fantastic music which has been promoted by Britain’s most iconic music magazine.

Therefore, some of us in the Get Involved office have selected a track, which optimises the NME and then picked our own personal Godlike Genius. Of course Dave Grohl is the worthy recipient of the NME’s highest honour this year, while we have stretched from Grooverider to Patti Smith and Paddy McAloon to Siouxsie Sioux.

Listen to what we have picked on Spotify, and click read more to check out a full tracklist and explanations as to why we have chosen certain people who we think, in some way, resonate God’s image in human-like musician form.

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