Saturday, 11 April 2015


It's Coachella fever right now, which has kick started the  Festival season. The press filling us with image after image of 'celebs' dancing, taking selfies and various OOTD's but what about the music?!! 

I had to Google just now to find out who was headline this year and it is vast! There is actually everyone from AC/DC, to David Guetta! Hoizer, Bad Religion, Azella Banks, Drake, Marina & the Diamonds. Royal Blood, Alabama Shakes, Jack White, Lykki Lye and everyone in between; including DJ's such as Annie Mac and Pete Tong. I have officially put Coachella on my bucket list. Is there a festival as diverse at Coachella? 

Anyway, if your like me and already getting the festival blues here is a pick of  some of the best UK festivals this year....


When: May 1-3
Where: Baskerville Hall, Hay-on-Wye
In a nutshell: 21st century music in a 19th century country mansion
Headliners: Gilles Peterson, Mr. Scruff, Molotov Jukebox
Selected other acts: Bodhi, Subculture Sage, Too Many T’s
Tickets: Weekend pass: £89.50

Masked Ball
When: May 2-3
Where: Porthleven, Cornwall
In a nutshell: A buzzing creative hub situated on a Cornish clifftop
Headliners: Bonobo, Simian Mobile Disco
Selected other acts: Andrew Weatherall, Horse Meat Disco
Tickets: Weekend pass: £60

The Great Escape
When: May 14-16
Where: Various venues, Brighton
In a nutshell: It is Europe's destination to discover new music
Headliners: Alabama Shakes, Kate Tempest
Selected other acts: Laura Doggett, Freddie Dickson, Vérité
Tickets: Weekend pass: £54.45

When: May 21-31
Where: Hay-on-Wye, Wales
In a nutshell: The world's largest philosophy and music festival
Headliners: Rae Morris, Molotov Jukebox, Mike Skinner
Selected other acts: Natalie Bennett, Paul Krugman, Fiona Shaw
Tickets: £12 for a festival-long site pass, plus ticket prices for each event

Sound City
When: May 22-24
Where: Bramley Moore Dock, Liverpool
In a nutshell: The UK’s largest metropolitan music festival
Headliners: The Vaccines, The Flaming Lips, Belle & Sebastian
Selected other acts: The Thurston Moore Band, Fat White Family, Iceage

Tickets: Weekend pass: £65

In a nutshell:  offering world-class electronic music for the third year running
When: May 30-31
Where: Upminister, London
In a nutshell: London's forward-thinking electronic extravaganza
Headliners: Carl Cox, Steve Angello, Knife Party
Selected other acts: Loco Dice, Steve Aoki

Tickets: Weekend pass: £110

Lunar Festival
When: June 5-7
Where: Umberslade Estate, Warwickshire
In a nutshell: Meaningful music in Nick Drake's spiritual homeland
Headliners: Tinariwen, Public Service Broadcasting, Wilko Johnson
Selected other acts: The Fall, Sun Ra, The Amazing Snakeheads

Tickets: Weekend pass: £94

Field Day
When: June 6-7
Where: Victoria Park, London
In a nutshell: The country's most refined hipster festival
Headliners: Caribou, Ride
Selected other acts: Awesome Tapes From Africa, Patti Smith

Tickets: Weekend pass: £83

Isle of Wight Festival
When: June 11-14
Where: Seaclose Park, Isle of Wight
In a nutshell: England's historic countercultural music event since 1968
Headliners: The Black Keys, Fleetwood Mac, The Prodigy
Selected other acts: Pharrell Williams, Kool & The Gang, First Aid Kit
Tickets: Weekend pass (incl. camping): £195

Download Festival
When: June 12-14
Where: Donington Park, Derby
In a nutshell: A haven for metalheads everywhere
Headliners: Slipknot, Muse, Kiss
Selected other acts: Motley Crue, Judas Priest, Faith No More
Tickets: Weekend pass (incl. camping): £215

Latitude Festival
When: June 16-19
Where: Henham Park, Suffolk
In a nutshell: The laid-back literary festival of choice
Headliners: Alt-J, Portishead, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Selected other acts: Caribou, Wild Beasts, Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Tickets: Weekend pass (incl. camping): £200.50

Glastonbury Festival
When: June 24-28
Where: Henham Park, Somerset
In a nutshell: The largest greenfield festival in the world
Headliners: Kanye West, Foo Fighters, Lionel Richie

British Summer Time
When: June 18-27
Where: Hyde Park, London
In a nutshell: Bitesize line-ups in quintessentially British surroundings
Headliners: The Strokes, Taylor Swift, Blur
Selected other acts: The Horrors, Future Islands, Beck
Tickets: Day pass: From £55
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Blissfields Festival
When: July 3-4
Where: Vicarage Farm, Hampshire
In a nutshell: A blissfully-initimate 4000-capacity offering
Headliners: The Horrors, John Grant, Simian Mobile Disco
Selected other acts: Glass Animals, Gengahr, Grandmaster Flash

Tickets: Weekend pass: £90

Love Supreme
When: July 3-5
Where: Glynde Place, East Sussex
In a nutshell: A John Coltrane-inspired event all about jazz
Headliners: Chaka Khan, Van Morrison
Selected other acts: Submotion Orchestra, Hiatus Kaiyote

Tickets: Weekend pass: £148.50

When: July 3-5
Where: Finsbury Park, London
In a nutshell: Urban music at a busy urban junction
Headliners: Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj
Selected other acts: Major Lazer, Stromae
Tickets: Weekend pass: £209.50

High Definition
When: July 4-5
Where: Eridge Park, Tunbridge Wells
In a nutshell: 48 hours of cutting-edge beats and basslines
Headliners: Luciano, Sigma Live
Selected other acts: Ms Dynamite, Tensnake
Tickets: Weekend pass: £89.50

2000 Trees
When: July 9-11
Where: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
In a nutshell: A small, dynamic festival run by locals
Headliners: Deaf Havana, Kerbdog
Selected other acts: Pulled Apart By Horses, Turbowolf
Tickets: Weekend pass: £87


T in the Park
When: July 10-12
Where: Strathallan Castle, Scotland
In a nutshell: The best there is beyond the border
Headliners: Kasabian, Avicii, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Selected other acts: Fatboy Slim, Jungle, Alabama Shakes
Tickets: Weekend pass (incl. camping): £205

Cornbury Music Festival
When: July 10-12
Where: The Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire
In a nutshell: A classic country fayre-cum-carnival
Headliners: Razorlight, Tom Jones, Roger Hodgson
Selected other acts: Martha Reeves, Dr John Cooper Clarke
Tickets: Weekend pass (incl. camping): £212

Larmer Tree Festival
When: July 15-19
Where: Larmer Tree Gardens, nr Salisbury, Wiltshire
In a nutshell: Country bumpkins go wild in a Victorian pleasure garden
Headliners: Tom Jones, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Femi Kuti
Selected other acts: Jimmy Cliff, Levellers
Tickets: Weekend pass (incl. camping): £164

Truck Festival
When: July 17-18
Where: Hill Farm, Oxford
In a nutshell: The godfather of the UK small festival scene
Headliners: Basement Jaxx
Selected other acts: Slaves, Honeyblood
Tickets: Weekend pass (incl. camping): £79.50

When: July 17-18
Where: Victoria Park, London
In a nutshell: A reliable line-up only a tube's ride away
Headliners: Hot Chip, Snoop Dogg, Rudimental
Selected other acts: Flume, Cypress Hill, Bonobo
Tickets: Weekend pass (incl. camping): £95

Secret Garden Party
When: July 23-26
Where: Mill Hill Field, Abbots Ripton
In a nutshell: Surrealism and hedonism combine in this world of musical delights
Headliners: Jungle, Public Service Broadcasting
Selected other acts: Palma Violets, Menace Beach
Tickets: Weekend pass (incl. camping): £190.50

Somersault Festival
When: July 23-27
Where: Castle Hill, North Devon
In a nutshell: Relaxing bands along the Devon coastline
Headliners: Laura Marling, Bombay Bicycle Club
Selected other acts: Rae Morris, Crystal Fighters
Tickets: Weekend pass (incl. camping): £125

Tramlines Festival
When: July 24-26
Where: venues around Sheffield
In a nutshell: An excuse to go off the rails in south Yorkshire
Headliners: Wu Tang Clan, Basement Jaxx, The Charlatans
Selected other acts: Bill Bragg, Buzzcocks, The Sugarhill Gang
Tickets: Weekend pass: £30

When: July 24-26
Where: Charlton Park, Malmesbury
In a nutshell: Where World Music junkies get their fix
Headliners: Tinariwen, De La Soul
Selected other acts: Orange Blossom, Kim Churchill
Tickets: Weekend pass: £165


When: August 5-9
Where: Cornwall
In a nutshell: The closest that England can get to Bondi beach
Headliners: Faithless, Bastille, Rudimental
Selected other acts: Seasick Steve, De La Soul

Tickets: Weekend pass (incl. camping): £119

Wilderness Festival
When: August 6-9
Where: Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
In a nutshell: The most holistic, harmonious festival there is
Headliners: Bjork, Ben Howard, George Clinton
Selected other acts: Nick Mulvey, Caravan Palace
Tickets: Weekend pass: £175.94

Green Man Festival
When: August 20-23
Where: Brecon Beacons, Wales
In a nutshell: An alternative staple in the Welsh Black Mountains
Headliners: St Vincent, Hot Chip, Goat
Selected other acts: The Fall, Son Lux, Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve
Tickets: Weekend pass (incl. camping): £165

V Festival
When: August 22-23
Where: Weston Park, South Staffordshire / Hylands Park, Chelmsford
In a nutshell: The place to see chart-toppers in person
Headliners: Calvin Harris, Stereophonics, Sam Smith
Selected other acts: Ellie Goulding, Tom Jones
Tickets: Weekend pass (incl. camping): £189

Reading and Leeds Festival
When: Aug 28-30
Where: Richfield Avenue, Reading / Braham Park, Leeds
In a nutshell: Where teenie boppers and grizzled bikers stand side by side
Headliners: Mumford & Sons, Metallica, The Libertines
Selected other acts: Slaves, Limp Bizkit, Alvvays
Tickets: Weekend pass: £205

When: August 28-30
Where: Daresbury, Cheshire
In a nutshell: It channels the spirit of Madchester
Headliners: Avicii, Tiesto, The Chemical Brothers
Selected other acts: Armin Van Buuren, Annie Mac, Fatboy Slim
Tickets: Weekend pass: £200

The Big Feastival
When: August 28-30
Where: Alex James's Farm, Kingham, The Cotswolds
In a nutshell: Eat gourmet while watching great live performers
Headliners: Paloma Faith, Grandmaster Flash
Selected other acts: Cuban Brothers, Groove Armada
Tickets: Weekend pass (incl. camping): £154.50


Festival No. 6
When: September 3-6
Where: Portmeirion, Wales
In a nutshell: The real headliner is Portmeirion itself despite a diverse line-up
Headliners: Grace Jones, Belle & Sebastian
Selected other acts: Ghostpoet, Young Fathers
Tickets: Weekend pass (incl. camping): £170

End of the Road Festival
When: September 4-6
Where: Larmer Tree Gardens
In a nutshell: This indie fest knows its niche and doesn't waver
Headliners: Sufjan Stevens, The War on Drugs, Tame Impala
Selected other acts: Future Islands, Django Django, Saint Etienne
Tickets: Weekend pass: £195

When: Sep 10-13
Where: Robin Hill, Isle of Wight
In a nutshell: The festival season's fantastical dress-up finale
Headliners: Chemical Brothers, Underworld, Duran Duran
Selected other acts: Tame Impala, Jurassic 5, Future Islands
Tickets: Weekend pass: £195

When: September 12-13
Where: Blackheath, London
In a nutshell: For those hoping for an Indian summer
Headliners: Madness, Elbow
Selected other acts: Laura Mvula, Manic Street Preachers
Tickets: Weekend pass: £89 

So where are you heading? I would love to know!

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