Image: Cream Ibiza
So that great weather finally did arrive, and isn't it just lovely? Beautiful I tell thee! And the events horizon is equally as sunny in outlook.
Reading and Leeds added the population of a small continent to their line up yesterday, whilst we eyed up the wonders of Parklife's Sounds of the Near Future stage. Elsewhere Wickerman announced Jimmy Cliff, Festival No 6 revealed Metronomy would be their final headliner whilst Nitin Sawhney is off to Village Green this summer.
Weekends Matter April 2015 - Guest Mix Mike Mago by Skiddle on Mixcloud
Our Festival special podcast is also here, featuring a guest mix from a man set to grace Creamfields later this year, Mike Mago (listen above). We caught up with Alex Kidd about why he brought back Kiddstock, and rounded up some of the best accommodation options if you want to swerve the tent this summer.
Announcement wise the launch of Pier Jam and the return of Cream Ibiza looms in the future, with Lab11 turning three and DVBBS heading to Manchester. We're also giving away a big prize for Ben Klock fans and commiserating the end of Just Skank, sniff sniff.
On the feature tip we enjoyed Matt Tolfrey's Fabric mix album, covered two cracking Five for the Funk interviews in bass badman Flux Pavilion and Vanilla Ace, and had an in depth chat with Hot Creations tyro wAFF. Oh and watched a techno masterclass at Sankeys.
There's an abundance of gig related news, with A Tribe Called Quest rapper Phife, folk duo Paper Aeroplanes, synth maestro Daedelus and punk heroes The Stranglers all with tour dates beckoning you into venues across the UK.
We spoke with the guys behind Sounds From The Other City this week about the glut of bands heading their way shortly, as well as what it takes to put on an independent event of this nature. Great read if I do say so myself.
That's it for me, I'm off to live the high life and turn crimson uncomfortably in a broken deck chair.