soulhead International Summer Music Guide 2012

Earlier this week, we were pleased to present our soulhead Summer Guides for the US East, West and Midwest/Southern regions.  Since we are WORLDWIDE, we wanted to be sure to give some love to our soulful brethren outside of the US.  We will be adding to these over the Summer so check back for updates.  Enjoy and have a safe Summer.


Title: Midsummer Jazz 2012        
Performers: Alan Barnes All Star Jazz Band plus many others  Full Lineup
Date: Saturday, June 15, 2012
Time: 5:30PM-10:30PM
Venue: The Isle of Wight Steam Railway Map/Directions
Location: Isle of Wight (England)
Cost: US$28.75   Buy TIckets
Description: “Now firmly established as the Island’s big summer jazz party event, make this a night to remember … Immerse yourself in a special evening of superb music in the beautiful setting of this natural tree-lined arena, while you and your family, friends and colleagues enjoy a picnic under the stars! Gates open from 4.30pm and you can bring your own picnic and drinks, or delve into the Station Refreshment Kiosk and BBQ, which will be serving hot and cold food throughout the evening. The Jazz Bar serving Real Ales from Island breweries, plus a selection of wines, cider and lager, will be open all evening.”


Title: Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival      
Performers: Mellow Baku Avstreih, Paul Munnery’s Swing Street, West Jesmond Rhythm Kings and more.  Full Lineup
Date: Friday, June 14 – Monday, June 17, 2012
Time: Various – Check Listings
Venue: The Isle of Wight Steam Railway Map/Directions
Location: Kirkcudbright, Scotland
Cost: Individual Performances US$13 – $US31 Weekend US$70   Buy TIckets
Description: The 15th annual festival in this unique small Scottish town promises to be even more appealing and exciting than ever. Visitors will have the chance to enjoy top class and highly professional artistes, some on a first time visit, as well as some old favourites,  ensuring that the festival caters for jazz lovers of all ages who appreciate quality as well as variety for their entertainment.

Title: Hackney Weekend 2012     
Performers: Jay-Z, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Leona Lewis, Lostprophets,, Trey Songz, Santigold, Nas, and Much more  Full Lineup
Date: June 23 – 24, 2012
Time: Doors@10AM, Show@1PM
Venue: Hackney Marsh Map/Directions
Location: London, England
Cost: FREE
Description: BBC Radio 1?s Big Weekend is super sizing this year! The festival always attracts big UK and worldwide artists, so if you want to see the new names who’ll dominate the next 12 months this is the place to be. There will be live music across six stages and you will be able to keep up to date with all the weekend’s festivities on Radio 1, BBC Three on TV, on the Red Button and live on the Hackney Weekend website.Across the Main Stage, Dance Arena, 1Xtra Stage, In New Music We Trust Stage, DJ Stage and BBC Introducing Stage there is a huge line-up of UK and international artists – from household names, to brand new artists championed by Radio 1 DJs. You’ll be able to watch every single stage right here on, hear it on the radio, and join BBC Three and the Red Button for the best bits too.Hackney Weekend has grown out of Radio 1?s Big Weekend, and One Big Sundays before them. Held under Europe’s biggest tent Big Weekend has been all over the UK. But as 2012 is a very special Olympic year, it felt right to celebrate in East London with an even bigger party. Nothing we’ve done so far as been as huge as the festival due to happen in Hackney this summer. It’s time to get excited.It’s all happening at Hackney Marshes, East London, on Saturday 23rd June and Sunday 24th June.  And you can watch it all live on, on BBC Three, on Red Button, and of course listen on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra.


Title: ParkPop Festival     
Performers: Adam Ant, Blitz the Ambassador and many others  Full Lineup
Date: June 24, 2012
Time: All Day (No Camping)
Venue: Zuiderparc Map/Directions
Location: The Hague, Netherlands
Cost: FREE
Description: The Parkpop festival is a free music festival held annually on the last Sunday of June in the city of The Hague, The Netherlands/Holland.It was first held in 1981 and attended by 35,000 visitors. Today up to 350,000 people visit the festival every year. They held the title for largest free pop festival in Europe for a long time. Depending on the source however, there are several claims to this title by other festivals. Przystanek Woodstock in Poland and Austria’s Donauinselfest now claim being the biggest free music festival in Europe.


Title: Glasgow Jazz Festival
Performers: Pharoah Sanders, Robert Cray, Robert Glasper Experiment and more  Lineup
Date: Wednesday, June 27 – Monday, July 2, 2012
Time: Doors@10AM, Show@1PM
Venue: Several  Map/Directions
Location: Glasgow, England
Cost: Various. Depends on Show.
Description: From the very beginning, the Glasgow International Jazz Festival brought some of the biggest names of jazz to the City –1987’s programme included singer Sarah Vaughan, Chick Corea, Taj Mahal and Benny Carter. Other top headliners include Miles Davis (during the European City of Culture year 1990), Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Guy, Michael Brecker and Tony Bennett.  This year, the 26th Festival, boasts a line-up including Ginger Baker, George Benson, Robert Glasper, and many more fantastic acts, all of whom returned to help celebrate the 25th GIJF in 2011. Jazz comprises of a whole range of styles, from trad and Dixie to free jazz, and the GIJF always has had a rich and varied programme. We’ve also reached out to encompass world music, blues and hiphop crossovers, aiming to provide something for everyone.


Title: Roskilde Festival
Performers: Bjork, Bon Iver, The Cure, The Roots, Wiz Khalifa, Bruce Springsteen and and many others Full Lineup
Date: July 5-8, 2012
Time: All Day (no camping)
Venue: Festivalpladsen Map/Directions
Location: Roskilde, Denmark
Cost: $155 – $305 US  Buy TIckets
Description: Roskilde Festival is a festival held south of Roskilde in Denmark and is one of the six biggest annual music festivals in Europe (the other five being the Sziget Festival, the Glastonbury Festival, the Paléo Festival, Rock Werchter, and Exit Festival). It was created in 1971 by two high school students, Mogens Sandfær and Jesper Switzer Møller, and promoter Carl Fischer.  In 1972, the festival was taken over by the Roskilde Foundation, which has since run the festival as a non-profit organization for development and support of music, culture and humanism.It is Denmark’s first real music-oriented festival, originally for hippies but today it covers more of the mainstream youth from Scandinavia and the rest of Europe. Roskilde Festival 2007 had more than 180 performing bands and gathered around 80,000 people paying for the concerts, with more than 21,000 volunteers, 5,000 media people and 3,000 artists – which means almost 110,000 people participated in the festival.For many years it was a tradition that the campsite opened the last Sunday of June, but in 2010 the festival opened Saturday instead. The festival management argued that this would prevent earlier years problems with the fence going down before time. The early opening of the campsite, gives the festival guests plenty of time to settle down and “warm up”. The festival officially starts the following Thursday at the Animal Showgrounds (in recent years simply known as the “Festival Site”) and lasts for 4 days.Until the mid-1990s the festival attracted mostly Scandinavians, but in recent years it has become more and more international (with an especially large influx of Germans, Australians and British).

Title: Wireless Festival
Performers: Friday July 6:deadmau5, Maverick Sabre, Knife Party, Feed Me, Modestep, Jaguar Skills, Childish Gambino, Ms. Dynamite, Gemini, Zedd, Afrojack, The Roots, Metric, Santigold, Zeds DeadSaturday July 7:Drake, Nicki Minaj, Example, Wiz Khalifa, The Weekend, Professor Green, Tulisa, Chiddy Bang, D’Banj, Clement Marfo and the Frontline, Dot Rotten, Rita Ora, Hilltop Hoods, Koan Sound, Alunageorge, Plus Special Guest – NeroSunday July 8: Rihanna, Jessie J, J Cole, Rizzle Kicks, Labrinth, Pitbull, Cher Lloyd, Kaskade, Madeon, A$AP Rocky, Flux Pavilion, Stooshe, Delilah, Theophilus London, Angel, Lloyd, Far East Movement, Doctor P, Kreayshawn, Plus Special Guest Calvin Harris
Date: July 6-8, 2012
Time: All Day (no camping)
Venue: Hyde Park Map/Directions
Location: London, England
Cost: Varies depending on package  Buy TIckets
Description: The Wireless Festival is a music festival in England that takes place every year in Hyde Park, London, and took place at Harewood House, Leeds in 2006 and 2007. It is owned and managed by Live Nation.From its inception in 2005 until 2008, the festival was sponsored by telecommunications company O2, and was called the O2 Wireless Festival. Since 2009 the main sponsor has been Barclaycard and the festival renamed to Barclaycard Wireless Festival.

Title: Lounge on the Farm             
Performers: Emily Sande, Chic, Roots Manuva, David Rodigan, Goldie Full Lineup
Date: July 6-8, 2012
Time: All Day (no camping)
Venue: Merton Farm Map/Directions
Location: Canterbury, England
Cost: US$42 individual shows – US$178 for weekend pass   Buy TIckets
Description: The Lounge On The Farm’s history, like so many romantic tales, begins with a number scribbled on the back of a fag packet. A chance meeting between ‘Lounge Original’ Sean and the son of a farmer as they watched a band perform aboard a flat bed lorry in the middle of Canterbury in the spring of 2004 is where it all began. Ideas were exchanged. A telephone number was hastily jotted on a pack of Marlboro’s. And the rest as they say is history!



Title: Ottawa Blues Fest 2012              
Performers: Big Boi, Bettye Lavette and many more  Full Lineup
Date: July 4-15, 2012
Time: All Day (no camping)
Venue: Park Adjoining Canadian War Museum Map/Directions
Location: Ottawa, Ontario (Canada)
Cost: US$375 12 Day pass   Buy TIckets
Description: Clarence Clemons took the stage in 1994 and helped kick off what would become Canada’s fastest growing celebration of Blues and Roots music. Five thousand people descended on Majors Hill Park that first year, probably not realizing the tradition they were helping to create. In the years since, more than a million people have tuned in their ears and opened their hearts to some of the biggest names in the music industry.



Title: Molde International Jazz Festival              
Performers: Nora Jones, Seun Kuti, Janelle Monae and many more  Full Lineup
Date: July 16-21, 2012
Time: Various – Please Check Listings
Venue: Various – Please Check Listings
Location: Molde, Norway
Cost: Various – Please Check Listings
Description: Molde International Jazz Festival (MIJF) (established 1961 in Molde) takes place annually in July, and is known as one of the oldest jazz festivals in Europe. It was initiated by the local Storyville Jazz Club. Since 1964 it has received government support, and the government Buddy Award was for several years awarded at this festival.


Title: OVO Fest         
Performers: Drake, The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, and 2 Chainz and more  Full Lineup
Date: August 3-5, 2012
Time: 6:30PM
Venue: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre Map/Directions
Location: Toronto, Ontario (Canada)
Cost: US$43.50 – US$103.50   Buy TIckets
Description: For the third straight year Drake is bringing a hip collection of hip-hop artists to his hometown OVO Fest, set to invade Toronto’s Molson Canadian Amphitheatre on Aug. 5. Along with a headlining set from the “Take Care” rapper, the festival will feature performances from The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky and 2 Chainz. As Drizzy puts it, it will be a “special night we’ve created for the greatest city…Toronto.”

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