Chase & Status, the junglists-turned-electronic dance music dons known as Will Kennard and Saul Milton to their mums, have just been announced as Saturday night headliners for SW4 for the 25th August. The SW4 event takes place annually in the UK on the August bank holiday weekend on Clapham Common in the south of London.
SW4 won DJ Mag's Best Festival award at our Best Of British awards at the end of 2011, and has cemented its place as one of the highlights in the UK festival calendar since its inception in the early noughties. This year, with an extra hour to play with — running until 10pm for the first time in their nine-year history — SW4 are giving host to their biggest line-up ever, with a further 70 acts to be announced as the weeks progress.
Chase & Status made their name in drum & bass circles before broadening out their sound and signing to a major label. Now as much known for the big room electro sounds of the likes of 'Let You Go', with its humorous Jeremy Kyle-style video,
and the boombastic dubstep of 'Blind Faith' (with soul-reggae man Liam Bailey) as much as d&b, the guys have truly moved up even more levels since being featured on the cover of DJ Mag a couple of years ago. They've just been nominated for a Brit Award, been confirmed as playing major slots at Ultra in Miami, the Future Music festival in Australia and Download in the UK (just before The Prodigy), and are about to release their third album, the follow-up to 'No More Idols'.
Their label MTA Records' most successful signing, Nero, have also become album chart-toppers, and their live show is now supplemented by MC Rage and the superb former live drummer of The Bays, Andy Gangadeen. “It's great to be headlining a festival in our home town, London,” says Will from C&S. “SW4 always has a killer line-up and a great atmosphere, and I'm sure it'll be one of the highlights of our summer.”
Tickets for SW4 go on general sale from Friday 17th February at 9am from www.ticketmaster.co.uk/sw4 or by phoning 0844 847 2467.
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