Whether the start of the new year has ushered in a collection of reluctant resolutions or a breath of fresh air, there are plenty of occasions in store where 2017 will look to bring a smile to your face. The sheer presence of 2017 alone may be one cause – such was 2016’s unpredictable character at times – but rather than rest on our laurels, we’ve jumped aboard the wave of new year optimism and decided to piece together some reasons to be cheerful now that the new year is here.
From the re-emergence of enigmatic artists set to return to the live stage, a packed festival season calendar and a brand new venue opening in the heart of the capital, here are just a few of the reasons why this year has all the makings of a good one – we hope…
Printworks opens in London
Following a strenuous battle to preserve the face of the capital’s nightlife less than six months ago, the opening of Printworks London – a brand new venture from LWE, Broadwick Live and Vibration Group – comes as a huge boost, and London will duly wear the arrival of the new venue as a serious statement that the city is still one the world’s leading cultural and nightlife hubs. Boasting a schedule doused with a range of live music, art/fashion exhibitions and film screenings, the 5000 capacity space and former printing factory is in line to be one of the biggest attractions in London when opening its doors for the first time on Saturday 4th February.
(Photo courtesy of Printworks London)
Ones to watch in 2017
With all of the ‘best of 2016’ lists neatly filed away into the historical records for the time being, attentions turn to the artists who hope to make a surge for 2017’s top lists come the end of the year. It’s hard to ignore grime’s momentous resurgence in the last 18 months, and with no signs of slowing down 2017 sees many artists tipped for success over the next year borrowing from the genre – an apt example coming in the form of BBC Sound Of 2017 winner Ray BLK. Following suit, we have laid our cards flat on the table and picked out 10 artists who we think have a big year ahead of them. Look out for the likes of Loyle Carner, AJ Tracey, Cabbage, Bonzai and Jorja Smith making waves in 2017.
elrow to host further UK shows
Few party goers will have been oblivious to elrow’s charms over the course of the last 12 months. Throughout the year, the Spaniards generously departed their Barcelona home for a spate of UK appearances, consistently leaving behind a vista of confetti wherever their party services were required. This year, elrow has some of their biggest shows to date already circled in the planner, with next month seeing a Bollywood themed weekender transform Manchester’s Albert Hall from 18th-19th February. Move on to the May Bank Holiday weekend and the Spaniards have turned their attentions to Cardiff where they will host elrow town – the concept used for the brand’s biggest bespoke events. With trusty selectors Eats Everything and Patrick Topping set to appear, this will be one fiesta to stick in your diary.
(Photo courtesy of elrow)
From the very moment the final song rings out at Parklife and Heaton Park begins its transition back to reality, a buzz surrounding the festival’s follow up is already beginning to cause a stir. For Parklife 2017, things have been no different thus far. Many of the festival’s faithful were so impressed with what they saw last year that they’ve already committed themselves to attending again by purchasing the early bird tickets released last summer. In what’s becoming somewhat of a pilgrimage for music lovers of all kinds in the north of England and beyond, Parklife will no doubt be one of the biggest festival attractions of the season – not to mention if certain whispers of a Nike-infatuated headliner become a reality.
(Photo courtesy of Parklife)
Aphex Twin makes rare live appearance at Field Day
The last few years have seen Aphex Twin teetering in and out of the public’s consciousness, every now and then alerting to his presence with high quality releases including the recent Cheetah EP and 2014 album Syro. However, 2017 will be the year he emerges from the shadows to regain his physical form, with Field Day London coaxing the Cornish innovator to the festival with the promise of a brand new stage to house his live show. It’s been over 10 years since Richard D James lined up on the bill for a UK show, so it’s safe to assume a few new tricks will have been cooked up in his lab during the time away from the spotlight. With the virtuoso producer potentially returning to the depths for another decade, the chance to see an originator in the truest sense is one that shouldn’t be passed up on this summer.
Ants return to the UK on world tour
The Ants colony has grown to be one of the most formidable on the White Isle in recent years, so much so that they have packed their bags full of Balearic atmosphere, jetted off around the world and offloaded the sights and sounds of their renowned parties at a collection of clubs capable of hosting them. Having already graced UK shores at the beginning of their tour, the Ibiza natives are set for a return over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend – this time round making the capital their own for the night. If you can’t contain your excitement for the 2017 Ibiza season, Ants London on April 13th should serve as the perfect appetizer.
(Photo courtesy of Anthony Black via Ants)
Detonate Festival moves to two days
Detonate will look to dish out a second helping of all things bass this summer as their annual festival moves to a two-day event. Taking place at Colwick Country Park, Nottingham, from Saturday 9th-10th June, expect the usual cohort of DJs, grime stars and MCs orchestrating proceedings.
(Photo courtesy of Samuel Kirby via Detonate)
Frank Ocean to play UK shows
Since holding everyone’s heart strings to breaking point before finally releasing second album Blond, all have subsequently forgiven Frank Ocean for his slow reply. Not content with crafting the album which topped many of 2016’s album of the year lists, the heartfelt R&B star opted to cause further pandemonium with the announcement of his first live performances following the sophomore release. Lovebox played their trump card late in the year, revealing Ocean as their exclusive London headliner for the July Festival. However, true to form, rumours are already a stir as to where else Frank Ocean may enigmatically appear throughout the festival season in the UK. A trip up north may yet be on the cards…
Hideout gears up for summer return
Zrce Beach, Croatia, will be calling out to Hideout once again in 2017, with the festival happily accepting the offer to fill the picturesque backdrop in the final week of June. Subsequent lineup announcements coming toward the back end of last year already point toward Hideout planning for their biggest year to date; with Major Lazer, Marco Carola, Stormzy, Jamie Jones, elrow, Eats Everything and Hot Since 82 already on the bill it’s easy to see why.
Bristol’s premier events series In:Motion has already left a sizable impression in 2017, signing off their most recent run of shows with a mammoth New Year’s Day party with Ben Klock and Tale Of Us. Heading into hibernation for the remainder of the winter months, In:Motion will reappear energised and well rested come the summer to announce their latest series which gets underway in the autumn. Drawing together the biggest brands and names in underground dance, In:Motion curates some of the most noteworthy and eclectic lineups on offer in the UK. If you’re ever in the west country, you know where to look for a good party.
(Photo courtesy of In:Motion)
New TA site on the horizon
“New year, new me” is the mantra sweeping through Ticket Arena HQ right now as we prepare for the launch of our brand new site. Bigger, brighter, better; we can’t wait to show you what we have in store.
Words by Elliot Ryder
Main photo courtesy of Lovebox Festival