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The 1-2-3-4 Festival confirms The Cribs and Jesus & Mary Chain on 2016 bill

The Cribs

Story by Jack Foley

ON September 3, 2016, East London’s infamous music event The 1-2-3-4 Festival is happening again at their new park site – Three Mills Island, Bow, London.

The festival that started in 2007 showcasing early performances by the likes of Florence and the Machine and Crystal Fighters returns after a short hiatus in a new iconic park setting.

1-2-3-4 has teamed up with legendary event producer Rob Hallett and his team of expert facilitators at Robomagic to build on the 1-2-3-4 cult status and create a new, bigger, better festival experience.

Festival partner Rob Hallett says: “We’re excited to be working with Sean Mclusky on bringing back the legendary 1-2-3-4 Festival to London, combining exciting emerging acts with established favorites is a recipe completely in keeping with the ethos of Robomagic.”

Psych stalwarts The Jesus and Mary Chain play their only festival headline of the summer next to UK indie giants The Cribs (pictured), while upcoming bands such as The Wytches and TOY play alongside post-punk heroes Gang of Four, Carl Barat from the Libertines also performs new songs with his band The Jackals.

Providing these heavy-hitters also allows the 1-2-3-4 to do what they do best – pick the hottest new live bands and showcase their music where they’d otherwise not be able to.

1-2-3-4 have chosen some of the best in new cutting-edge music from the UK scene including Milk Teeth, Claw Marks, Virgin Kids, Telegram, Love Buzzard, Nova Twins, Blinders, Phobophobes, plus hot tips from the USA including No Joy and Nancy Pants, and with more bands and DJ’s to be added this years line up promises to deliver the goods.

Guest DJ’s will also be spinning tracks through the day including D/R/U/G/S, Garry The Tall from NTS radio, and special guest DJ / host Jim Sclavunos of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Grinderman.

The festival’s new park location of Three Mills Island in Bow is completely surrounded by rivers, the site will boast a festival size main stage, big top stages and just added is a “pit party” style new bands stage, with audience surrounding in 360, there will also be secret sessions and surprise guests across the site.

Great bars and the best street food outlets top off the proceedings to make for a unique festival experience in this amazing, landscaped, atmospheric, urban island setting.

Limited early bird tickets cost just £24.95. They go on sale at 9am on Friday, May 13 through Ticketweb.

Find out more about 1-2-3-4 via the website