The Big Chill festival have announced the first batch of acts that will play their festival later in the year. It's good. It's very, very good. It includes UK festival exclusive appearances from Rodrigo Y Gabriela and, excitingly, Kanye West. How's about that, eh? Anyway, the rest of the acts who will play are listed below in that big block of text.
2manyDJs, About Group. Aloe Blacc, Andreya Triana, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra, The Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble, Buraka Som Sistema, Calvin Harris, The Chemical Brothers, Chipmunk, Congo Natty and Tenor Fly, Craig Charles’ Funk & Soul Show Crystal Fighters, Cubic Zirconia, Devlin, Dirtyphonics, DJ Derek, DJ Food, Spoek Mathambo, Steel Pulse, The Stepkids, Submotion Orchestra, Warpaint, Wild Beasts, xxxy, Katy B, Kissy Sell Out Symphony of Light, Ladi6, Liam Bailey, Lil Silva, Luke Vibert, Mahala BaÏ Banda, Matthew Halsall Remixed, Metronomy, The Midnight Beast, Mulatu Astatke & The Black Jesus Experience, Mr. Scruff, Neneh Cherry, Norman Jay, Plastician, Prince Fatty Soundsystem, Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro, Robert Plant and The Band of Joy, Scuba, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, East Park Reggae Collective, Electrelane, Electric Wire Hustle, Example, Fantastic Mr Fox, Femi Kuti & the Positive Force, Fenech-Soler, Flying Lotus, Four Tet, Future Boogie DJs, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Ghostpoet, Global Communication DJ, Hercules and Love Affair, Horace Andy, Jamie Woon, Jamie xx, Janelle Monáe, Jaymo & Andy George, Jessie J, Jimmy Edgar, Just Jack (DJ Set)
Can they fit any more acts onto the bill? I'm sure they'll try but that is a truly stellar line-up from the off with more than enough to please most people with at least half-decent taste. This year's festival runs in the usual place - Eastnor Castle Deer Park in Herefordshire - from August 4-7. Tickets and more information available here.
They've even made a video for this very day, too.