Presets, Passion Pit Lead 2012 Parklife

19 June 2012 | 8:12 am | Dan Condon

Nero, Justice, Robyn and Modestep among other visitors on first announcement.

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The first announcement for this year's Parklife festival has just been revealed, and it looks a little something like this!

The Presets
Passion Pit

Nero (live)
Justice (DJ Set)
Chiddy Bang
DJ Fresh (live)

Plan B
Tame Impala
Jacques Lu Cont

Parachute Youth
St Lucia
Alison Wonderland
Art Department
Rizzle Kicks
Lee Foss
(east coast)

Stay tuned to this page for much more information on these acts throughout the day!

Recently signed to EMI and with the world in her sights, Alison Wonderland is going from strength-to-strength at the moment. She recently dropped her mix, Welcome To Wonderland, which we said was the 'birth of a star'. Plus, we know there's plenty more on the horizon for, potentially, our next world-beater.

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Canada's Art Department are Kenny Glasgow and Johnny White – one's a tech/house stalwart and the other's a label owner and “rising star”. One for the cool kids, there's plenty of unrefined synth to get your dancing shoes around. Potential new favourite band?


UK DJ Benga is one of the "original" purveyors of dubstep and a club-hold name in London town. He's just released his second album Chapter 2 - which is not as in-your-face as he's been in the past.


Parklife has had a cross-over appeal for a number of years now, and America's indie-pop darlings Chairlift continue that trend. Their latest album Something was released earlier this year and you might remember them from an iPod ad.


With the Guinness world record for freestyle rap, Chiddy Bang play hard. Not afraid to throw a sample or three into their tracks, their breakout Opposite Of Adults single feature MGMT's Kids.


Another of the cross-over acts, Citizens! had their album produced by some guy called Alex Kapranos, who's the lead singer from some band called Franz Ferdinand. They're signed to Kitsuné, which means they're cooler than you or I, and they're a breakout single called True Romance. By the end of October, will they have done a Foster The People?


Emerging Sydney star Flume really broke into the scene with the dreamy and moody electro track Sleepless, featuring Anthony For Cleopatra. Sunset anyone? Let the track do the talking:


The UK's DJ Fresh will perform his live show for this year's Parklife, with the dubstep and drum'n'bass veteran set to release his third album in September. So we're not sure quite how the new material will be performed live, but we're sure it'll be a party.

His mother calls him Stuart Price, but to you he's Jacques Lu Cont (for this festival, at least). He's won a Grammy Award for his work with Madonna (he's also worked with the Scissor Sisters) for whom he produced the album Confessions On A Dance Floor. This will be his first trip back to Australia since 2005.


You like Justice, we like Justice, what's not to like about Justice. Their DJ sets are a who's who mash of indie and electro favourites - with a few left-fielders thrown in.


With one of the best albums this year in HyperParadise, Hermitude have been all over your radio since. Make like the kids in the Speak Of The Devil video, or else.


Labrinth is riding high on the back of his track Earthquake, and its chart success in Australia is enough to get him to our shores for the first time. It's a bit old-school, a bit soul and a bit hip hop, but that's not to say that it doesn't have its fair share of house and pop in the mix.


Born and raised amongst the Chicago house scene, Lee Foss is one of those producers' producers. A real force of the underground scene - David Guetta this ain't - he's become a staple of the Euro and American club scenes without really plying his trade down under. That's about to change.


Modestep are HUGE at the moment. Might have something to do with the fact that bass and dubstep are equally HUGE at the moment. Formed in just 2010, they're one of the quick risers of the dubstep scene. If nothing else, a pommy accent will make them festival favourites here. We love a good accent, seriously.


Parklife are probably patting themselves on the back for getting Nero's live show for this year's tour. Another instance of this year's dubstep-lean, give the UK duo an after-dark big-stage set and the crowd will shake. Literally. When neighbours have complained this year, it's usually had something to do with Nero.


Sydney - via Paris - duo Parachute Youth are back in the homeland for Parklife this year, buoyed by their house party tribute Can't Get Better Than This. After moving to Paris they signed a deal with Ajax's Sweat It Out label, so we can expect plenty more from where the below came from.


Serial festival offenders Passion Pit return with a new album at the end of July, which is being lead by the single Take A Walk. Their new live show to accompany the new album with be debuted, for Australia, at Parklife this year.


Starting as a hip hop artists and then moving into the world of soul (and then arguably back again) Plan B is a jack of all trades, and one that's had enormous success doing so. A household name in his native UK, B's new album, Ill Manors, is due to drop 20 July.


Needing little to no introduction, it's great to have The Presets back on our festival circuit. Even better with the news that they'll drop their new album Pacifica just before the festival. Does that mean Youth In Trouble is the first single? And will be out before the end of June? Whatever happens, Australia's indie-electro duo are back in a big way.


New kids on the block, Rizzle Kicks are part of the new guard of indie-hip hop. Fatboy Slim's jumped on the bandwagon, producing one of their tracks and the UK public have propelled them to the top of their charts. First of many visits perhaps?


Quirky Swedish star Robyn has what is now a pretty solid stable of dance pop numbers in her back pocket. Recent synching of her tracks to the hipster HBO TV series Girls shows she's still in everyone's cool books.


Need more bass? Here's Rusko. Signed to Diplo's Mad Decent label and with collaborations with MIA, Santigold, Hot Chip and more under his belt, the UK one-man-party has garnered himself quite a 'wobbly' reputation. 


Sydney duo (another one) Softwar will join the festival for the east coast dates, bringing their EP This Time Around - and a bunch of remixes we're sure - to the stage. Homaging Chicago traditions in a funky-house take on things, it seems almost pointless to describe another act as 'cool'. 

Choir boy St Lucia has found a home amongst the decks, where's he's all shimmery and synthy. South African born St Lucia - real name Jean-Philip Grobler - has found a home in New York City. He's on the pop-end of this year's spectrum.


The pride of Western Australia's psych-rock hordes, Tame Impala return from their new home of Paris (Kev Parker is basically Tame Impala, and since he lives in Paris now we can say that) to play Parklife. New material is on the way, we're told, and it seems a long time between drinks since InnerSpeaker. Does a festival set hold the answers?


Grime king Wiley has had a turbulent time with Australia in the past, but with both sides ready to forgive and forget he's a welcome addition to this line-up. His eighth album, Evolve Or Be Extinct, was released earlier this year - so there's plenty of new material to draw from.