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Hi:Fi Festival aims to re-write history

Maximo Park

Story by Jack Foley

HARD-FI, Super Furry Animals and The Subways will join Ian Brown, Editors, Maximo Park (pictured) and Paul Oakenfold at the all-new Hi:Fi festival, which combines DJ acts with rock groups for the first time.

The groundbreaking event will take place for one day and one night on Saturday, May 27, to kick-start the festival season in style.

It will simultaneously take place up north and down south, featuring some of the top acts around, while smashing all pre-conceptions by giving rock and dance equal billing on a mind-blowing bill.

Hi:Fi North will take place at the picturesque Matfen Estate, near Newcastle. Hi:Fi South will run over the two days at the Matterley Bowl in Winchester, Hampshire.

As part of the last Bank Holiday Weekend in May, the event is designed to kick-start the summer by being the first major music event of the season.

Hi:Fi South headliners:
May 27
Super Furry Animals
The Go! Team

May 28
Live Stage:
Ian Brown
The Subways
The Brakes

Buy HiFi South tickets

Hi:Fi North Headliners include:
Ian Brown
The Subways

Live Arena
Maximo Park
iForward Russia!
The Research
The Motorettes
The Sound Explosion
You Say Party We Die!

Buy HiFi North tickets

Hi:Fi is the brainchild of the Angel Music Group who are responsible for Global Gathering, which last year sold out with record-breaking numbers of over 40,000 people.

It is designed to encompass people’s more eclectic tastes in the noughties and the indie line-up has been supervised by Glastonbury talent booker, Martin Elbourne.

Festival organiser, James Algate, commented: ‘’Hi:Fi is the festival for the iPod generation. The event will offer something for everyone musically by bridging the gap between out and out dance and live shows.

“We want to give our guests the opportunity to see their indie and dance heroes performing side by side for the first time. This is something that we believe will suit the more eclectic music tastes of the 21st century perfectly.”

Hi:Fi will also feature a quality bill of non-musical entertainment including chill out areas and exclusive VIP arenas. Bands from the local area will also be able to enter a competition to perform live in front of the huge crowds.

Tickets are on sale now and are broken into two categories: General Admission (£52.50+ booking fee) and VIP (£75+ booking fee).

VIP tickets will entitle guest access to a private arena where they can rub shoulders with the event performers and enjoy a private bar and lounge with its own DJs and acts.

The website,, will feature regular updates on the line-ups.