Summer Festival Preview

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Here at Footyscene in addition to keeping you abreast of what is going on in the immediate world of football, we also want to make sure we sort you out in other ways too.  The music section of the site is really popular and the feedback we get is excellent and the debate it sparks is really good.

We like our music and we especially like our gigs and festivals.  Following the excellent time we had at Liverpool Sound City we thought we would preview some of this year’s festivals for you so that you can plan some fun whilst the season has shut down – a couple of days away from the transfer speculation, enjoying the best that this country can offer!

There are hundreds of festivals in this country and loads of choice – so we will help you with your decision if you want to give is a go this summer and distract yourself from the Transfer Window madness – even just for one weekend!

You mention festivals and straight away people tend to mention one of the following –

1.Toilets – yes portaloos can get smelly – BUT the organisers understand how important this is to your experience and likelihood of returning and real budget and innovation has been put behind this and the standards have certainly improved!

2.Weather – all the festivals featured are in the UK so weather is far from guaranteed  - BUT come prepared for all eventualities –I have been to festivals in all weathers and the rain never really seem to dampen the spirits that much!

3. The Line Up – Many people judge a festival on the strength of its line up and whilst I can see the merit of this – the festivals I have enjoyed most are where you discover someone you didn’t know before and buy their stuff when you get home and get ‘your new favourite band’ something that the guys at Liverpool Sound City get 100%.  So….

Glastonbury –

http://glastonbury-festival.co.uk/

26th-30th June, Pilton, Somerset

Tickets £205 + fees (including camping) SOLD OUT

Age 12 and under free

The daddy of all festivals and in its 43rd year still going strong!  Glastonbury is easily the biggest festival in the UK with over 170,000 people descending on the Somerset dairy farm.  Following a fallow year (every 5 years Michael Eavis, the festival’s curator and owner of the farm takes a year off for his fields to recover fully) Glastonbury is back and for my money is the very best that the UK festival scene has to offer.

Many critics will cite the overall commercialisation of the Festival and whilst that is undoubtedly true Glastonbury takes the corporate dollar from companies like EE (Orange) to set up their mobile charging stations enabling you to charge your phone in one of their branded relaxation areas.  This helps subsidise the costs of the festival – including the £1m it costs to rent the perimeter fence alone!  It also means that the Eavis family can donate in excess of £2m to causes close to their heart and the original ethos of the festival, including Greenpeace, Wateraid and Oxfam to name just a few of the beneficiaries.

The site spans over 1100 acres and in addition to the main music stages that most people will get to see when they catch the BBC TV coverage – this is literally the tip of the iceberg.

Whilst this years festival will see headline Pyramid Stage performances from Arctic Monkeys, The Rolling Stones and Mumford and Sons – this alone does not define the experience of this festival.  Many people can spend 5 nights at Glastonbury and not see a single Pyramid Stage performance and still feel they have had an incredible experience.

I’ll give you an example –

On Saturday night, I’m pretty sure the BBC cameras will be trained on the Stones playing their first ever Glastonbury as part of their 50th year in the business celebrations.  If this isn’t your thing at the same time you could take one of the alternative 37 other stages

Instead of the Stones you have the following options

Chase and Status or rap legends

Public Enemy or

Hurts or the excellent

Vintage Trouble or 80s Ska pioneers

The Beat or Hip Hop royalty

Nas or the entertainment in any of the 31 other venues ranging from the various dance areas to Caberet, Acoustic, Circus.

I always say about Glastonbury -whatever you choose you are bound to be MISSING something else equally good!  The myriad of choices can be frustrating and as an experienced visitor my only advice would be relaxed accept you can’t see everything and don’t be afraid to stray from the mainstream and discover something new and different!  Check out the website – in particular the areas section – exploring places like Shangri-La in the wee small hours are very hard to describe – but is just one of the hundreds of things that make Glastonbury a unique festival experience.

Unfortunately – unless you already have a ticket the event has already sold out – the event sold out in a little over an hour on the morning the tickets were released last October.

Kendal Calling

http://www.kendalcalling.co.uk/

26th – 28th July, Lowther Deer Park, Lake District

Tickets £115 Adult Weekend including Camping

11-15 years old £60 and under 10s free

A little closer to home is the North West’s own Kendal Calling – in the heart of the Lake District.  Kendal Callings reputation as an innovative and award winning festival has grown and grown in recent years.  They claim with some justification to be the most fun you can have in the countryside catering for everyone from families to stag parties.  Boasting 8 stages it is small but perfectly formed festival with a cracking line-up this year!

Headliners include Primal Scream, Basement Jaxx and The Charlatans.  If I miss Public Enemy at Glastonbury, then I can catch the rap powerhouse at KC!

Some real gems lower down the bill too, with Johnny Marr, Seasick Steve and I am Kloot being propped up by the excellent British Sea Power, The Twang and DJ Yoda.

The excellent D.O.T. and a Mike Skinner DJ set will be in my must do lists and some excellent bookings like the currently white hot The 1975 and Kodaline and some phenomenal DJs including 808 State, Dave Haslam, Justin Robertson & Mr Scruff.

Liverpool’s very own and firm Footyscene favourites The Tea Street Band are opening up the Main Stage on the Saturday!

Check out the line up on the website and for less than £120 its hard to imagine a better way to spend your weekend!

Latitude

http://www.latitudefestival.com/

18th – 21st July

Henham Park Southwold Suffolk

Tickets £190.50 + fees

Teens £140.50

Kids £6.50

Latitude rightly claims to be more than just a music festival.

In addition to an astonishing line up including headliners Bloc Party, Maccabees, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Hot Chip and Foals.  Kraftwerk will be performing a 3-D performance!

Even more exciting for me Bobby Womack will be performing Sunday afternoon!  Plus current artist on repeat on my ipod – Sam Smith!  The peerless John Grant will also be performing and should not be missed!

In addition to a feast of music a superb comedy line up is also in place – headlined by Eddie Izzard and featuring the excellent Sean Lock, Mark Watson and Marcus Brigstocke, but without doubt the finest comedian working today Daniel Kitson will be performing three different shows across the weekend.  I cannot recommend this guy highly enough.  He is literally the perfect comedian (for my tastes!)

If you want to indulge yourself culturally further there is an astonishing Theatre & Dance, Film, Art, Spoken word, Literary and Caberet offering.  The possibilities appear endless!

The website is decent and you can see in much more detail the array of entertainment on offer.

 

Bestival

5-8th September

Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight

www.bestival.net

Tickets –

Adult Ticket – £180

Teen (age 13-17) – £127

Child (age 12 & under) Ticket – Free (but you must obtain a ticket)

Curated by Rob Da Bank – Bestival pride’s itself on being a 4-day ‘boutique festival inn a leafy country park on the Isle of Wight.  And regularly scoops major awards and regularly delivers an eclectic line-up and exclusives that seem to elude the larger festivals.

From the most original boutique campsite experience, to the Bollywood Cocktail Bar, a Wishing Tree Stage, fancy dress en mass and even a landlocked Port, it’s this uniqueness that makes Bestival a wondrous world of discovery and adventure that will inspire peace, love and dancing not only in September but all year round…(so they claim!)

The festival has a Sunday themed Fancy Dress parade which even grumpy sods like me who despise ‘fancy dress’ felt grumpy and regretful of not joining in!

This year’s headliners include – Elton John, Snoop Dogg, Fatboy Slim, Franz Ferdinand, The Falming Lips and Wu-Tang Clan and a who’s who of upcoming and established bands from every genre make it definitely worth considering closing your summer with this fantastic festival!

Festival No 6

13th 14th & 15th September

http://www.festivalnumber6.com/

Portmerion, North Wales

Adult Weekend Camping: £170 + BF
Young Person (11-15 years old) Camping: £85 + BF
Children (10 years and under) Camping: £Free + BF

 

Festival No 6 has really upped the ante in terms of festival offering – the reviews fromlast year’s inaugural event were superb.  Not only the quality of the venue – the fabulous Portmerion – the setting for the mysterious 60s TV hit The Prisoner.  I didn’t attend last year but those that did – report something genuinely different in a landscape of ‘generic’ festivals on the market.  The food on offer is a particular delight if last year’s event is anything to go my

The Line Up is highly respectable with a good mix of household names like natives Manic Street Preachers playng their only UK festival and Chic featuring Nile Rodgers – a man whose stock is sky high currently following his collaboration with Daft Punk. Plus some excellent rising stars – Everything, Everything, Lianne La Havas, Aluna George and scouse troubadour Dan Croll.

The dance DJ line up is very strong with Frankie Knuckles, Giles Peterson and Andrew Weatherall being joined by Daddy G. (Massive Attack)

The Arts and Culture offering is notable for the inclusion of poet John Cooper Clarke and friend of Footyscene – Tracey Thorn!

 

See you in the fields !

@johnnymilburn

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