These are the albums we're looking forward to most this month.
As much as the arts have been struggling with the lack of live shows, the last 12 months have been nothing if not inspirational in terms of creativity. So we're expecting an extra special year for music as artists everywhere get back to the studios from some long over-due releases, and it looks like this month we could be off to a great start...
Arlo Parks - Collapsed in Sunbeams
Passenger - Songs for the Drunk and Broken Hearted
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Due to hit the LA State Historic Park in a couple of weeks is the 2013 Hard Summer Music Festival featuring headline sets from several electro-house artists including Duck Sauce, Knife Party and Justice.
The festival first appeared in 2007 when Destructo (a DJ also known as Gary Richards) began promoting a series of live events that also included Hard New Year's Eve, Hard Haunted Mansion and Hard 13. This year it will take place on August 3rd and 4th and includes four stages including the Ed Bangor Records 10th Anniversary Stage and the Dirty Bird Players Stage.
Other headliners this year are Skrillex and Boys Noize side project Dog Blood, Californian DJ Bassnectar and Aussie duo Empire of the Sun. They will be joined by the no less exciting supporting acts of chart favourites 2 Chainz, Azealia Banks and Rudimental as well as SBTRKT, Flux Pavilion, Flying Lotus, Zedd, Crystal Castles and Baauer.
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