The full line-up for this year’s Red Bull Music Academy Stage at Ireland's Oxegen Festival on July 9-11 has been confirmed, including Gabriella Cilmi (pictured above) and an array of other stars…
After its huge success last year, the Red Bull Music Academy returns with a line-up boasting an eclectic mix of all that’s great in modern music across varied genres, including sets from Broken Social Scene, The Drums, Dirty Projectors, Chipmunk, Tinie Tempah, Delphic and Gabriella Cilmi, who recently played a gig at Salzburg's Hangar-7 venue in Austria.
The new acts announced today include rising US indie-folk star Darwin Deez. His self-titled debut album has been praised on both sides of the Atlantic for its lo-fi blend of sharp guitar riffs and itchy rhythms. The Minutes are an Irish band who’ve made a big impression on the live scene in Dublin and they made the international music industry take notice after storming performances at SXSW.
Over the last 10 years, the Red Bull Music Academy has taken its musical workshops around the world bringing musical legends and brand new talents together. Each year, 60 participants from diverse cultures mine the knowledge of music greats such as jazz-fusion pioneers the Mizell Brothers, rave collage artiste M.I.A. and reggae rhythm and production duo Sly & Robbie.
The line-up also features a handful of alumni from the Red Bull Music Academy who’ve gone on to further success. Among the past participants appearing at Oxegen is Andreya Triana. Whether it's on stage at one of her 'Free Flo' experimental jams or in the studio with beat makers like Bonobo, Mr Scruff or the mighty Flying Lotus, Drey drops vocals like fruit from trees – heads up!
The prodigious Jackmaster’s elastic alien syncopations and bass heavy music make him one of the most exciting DJs around. His labels Dress 2 Sweat and Wireblock have been at the forefront of new electronic music, putting out records by Rustie and Hudson Mohawke and as part of the Numbers collective he’s been an integral player in making Glasgow the new dance capital of the UK.
Known to his friends as Ryan Hunn, Illum Sphere’s debut EP landed on Manchester’s Fat City Recordings in March 2009. Still only 24, Illum Sphere is one of the duo behind Sketch City & Hoya:Hoya. Illum Sphere creates a sound that draws influence from hip-hop as much as it does from psych, jazz and Detroit techno.
Headlining festivals such as Celtronic, Trans and Shine and being remixed by Boxcutter is all in a day’s work for 19-year-old Jack Hamill, aka Space Dimension Controller. With his trusty vocoder at his side, this one-time heavy metal guitarist has recently filled support slots alongside artists like Squarepusher, James Holden, Nathan Fake, Boys Noize and Jesse Rose. The 3D space opera starts here.
The classically trained Cécile takes out any lingering violin-inspired aggression by banging out songs like There Is No Justice or remixing punk band Altro with the help of a Fender Stratocaster guitar, drum kit and laptop. Cécile's not just about electro-punk aesthetics though, and creates a softer, more melancholic palette via his Satie-inspired Color A project.
Berliner Robot Koch is a committed fan of science fiction, powerful basses and asymmetrical breaks. On his first album, the powerful Death Star Droid, he dares to cross all types of dividing lines, placing electrified hip-hop, dubstep, glitches and even a Doors cover version all in the same box, and squeezes all the humanity possible from his arsenal of technology.
And ex-Red Bull Music Academy participant Hudson Mohawke, who drew the crowds to the Oxegen Dance Arena in 2009, will also grace the Red Bull Music Academy Stage this year.
Friday, July 9
Chipmunk, Tinie Tempah, Gabriella Cilmi, Darwin Deez, MemoryHouse, Colm K (FreeStyle MellowShip), Andreya Triana, The Capitals.
Saturday, July 10
The Drums, Dirty Projectors, Wild Beasts, Alex Metric, Jackmaster, Space Dimension Controller, Illum Sphere, The Minutes.
Sunday, July 11
Broken Social Scene, Delphic, Jamie Lidell, Local Natives, Hudson Mohawke, Cecile, Robot Koch, Planet Parade.