Milton Keynes welcomes one of the world’s biggest rock bands to its biggest stage tomorrow – when Seattle survivors Pearl Jam make their debut visit to the town, writes Sammy Jones.
It’s a pretty notable date for the quintet, which celebrates its quarter century in 2015.
It marks the end of an eleven-date European tour for the band, which began a couple of weeks back, in Amsterdam.
Pearl Jam broke big with their debut album Ten, which landed at the time when everyone was training their eyes – and ears – in Seattle, the musically rich region which has famously spawned artists including Nirvana and Jimi Hendrix.
Some encountered tragedy, some imploded and others faded away, but Pearl Jam paved the way, and in 2013 - more than 20 years since the release of the landmark debut Ten, the band released its 10th opus, Lightning Bolt.
It was their first studio album in four years and debuted at the Number Two spot in the UK album charts – their highest chart position since Vs in1993.
Pearl Jam is very much still a band with things to say and there are plenty of fans wanting to listen.
At home in the US, the album became their fifthchart topper and it also hit the top spot in more than 50 countries on iTunes.
Support at tomorrow’s date will be coming from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Off!
If you know your alt-music, you’ll know that Off! is a tasty meeting of the noisy minds belonging to singer Keith Morris (Black Flag/Circle Jerks), Burning Brides frontman Dimitri Coats, Red Kross bassist Steven Shane McDonald and Rocket From the Crypt drummer Mario Rubalcaba.
The productive unit has issued a slew of singles and three albums since first making acquaintance in 2009.
San Francisco’s Black Rebel Motorcycle Club released their seventh album Specter at the Feast early last year.
Gates open at 2pm tomorrow, and the music will go live from 4pm.
The event curfew is 10.30pm
Tickets for the show are available through www.livenation.co.uk
No sooner will Pearl Jam have packed up and deserted the venue than the Electric Daisy Carnival will roll in with the party of all dance parties.
The event might have been sliced down the middle, with the recent announcement that Sunday bash had been cancelled, but Saturday is still a winner.
You’ve got a line-up to blow your beat-driven minds, with superstar DJ Calvin Harris, electro house production duo Bassjackers and global star Avicii.
Steve Angello, who appeared at the venue in 2012 with his former pack Swedish House Mafia, returns in his own right.
Hard dance, techno, house, trance, hardcore...you can fill your boots.
But what makes the EDC brand shine brighter than the rest is the illuminating extras.
In Las Vegas the brand is legendary for its mind-boggling production and 300,000-strong crowd, and lots of the delicious Vegas vibes will be present in MK –which will also feature the world’s largest digital LED show, creating a 360 degree visual experience, a 3D wall of sound, bespoke set and lighting installations, mesmerising laser shows, firework displays, perfect pyrotechnics and confetti cannons. On the ground, performers and dancers will add to the party vibe.
‘Each special element fuses together to carry the Electric Daisy Carnival UK vibe to every corner of Milton Keynes Bowl, where dramatic decor and fairground rides will be dotted for revellers to enjoy,’ promise organisers.
‘Interactive performers, artists, dancers and entertainers add to the carnival adventure, with costumed dance troupes, roaming adventurers, face-painters, stilt-walkers, processions, floats and so much more...you are encouraged to get involved with the performers and join in the fun; dress up, dance all day, and have the time of your life..
Doors will open at Midday on Saturday, and tickets are on sale through the usual outlets including www.ticketmaster.co.uk and www.seetickets.com