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South West Four Music Festival 2012

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by Keeley Downey (subscribe)
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Get ready to rave as South West Four comes to Clapham
South West Four festival is crashing back onto London's SW4 scene with a bang so loud you'll need earplugs before it's even begun.

The countdown has started and in less than one month the city's ultimate electronic dance festival will have turned Clapham Common from a picturesque haven of calm and tranquillity into a muddy (weather permitting) stomping ground for dirty ravers and EDM revelers.

Yes, on 25th and 26th August (the Bank Holiday weekend so we've got Monday to recover, thank goodness), over 60 of this planet's most exciting, hottest DJs at the forefront of electronic dance music will be playing across six arenas.

Saturday night's closure promises to be truly epic as headliners Chase & Status tear up the main stage with their wild beats. South West Four describes this dynamic duo as the 'world's most exciting live electronic act' on its website, adding: "This will be Chase & Status' biggest ever headline London show and the focal point for their shining summer activities."

Chase & Status will tear up the main stage on Saturday. Photo courtesy of South West Four

And playing out Sunday's festivities will be 24-year-old Skrillex, who has promised South West Four that "things are going to happen" when he brings his vibe to the main stage. Other names guaranteed to rumble the common's grounds throughout the weekend include Benny Benassi, DJ Fresh, 2manydjs, Green Velvet, Eric Prydz and Swedish House Mafia's Steve Angello, to name but a few. See the full line up here.

The venue is open from 12 noon until 10pm on both days so getting back home by public transport shouldn't be a problem for city residents. You can't camp at the site but if you're coming from further afield or just want to make a weekend of it, South West Four has teamed up with loads of nearby hotels to offer you some discounted rates. Check vacancies here.

Clapham Common is easy to access, whether you're coming via tube, train or bus. The nearest tube station is Clapham Common (Northern Line) and the closest National Rail station is Clapham High Street. Click here to find out more.

Saturday tickets have already been snapped up, but Sunday tickets are still available and cost 47.50 if you're aged 11 or over. The event operates a 'Challenge 21' policy so don't forget your ID.

The Saturday event has sold out but there are still tickets available to see Skrillex on Sunday 26th August. Photo courtesy of South West Four

So hold on to your glow sticks and, in true British fashion, get your wellies ready because this is going to be one heck of a party.
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Why? To rock your face off
When: 25-26 August
Where: Clapham Common
Cost: 47.50 (due to increase on 1 August)
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