Mid-July and Festival season is well in full swing. Glastonbury is nearly a month behind, us Latitude is happening as we speak and it is still over a month until the Isle of Wight hosts Bestival in early September.
After the blistering sunshine last year, I guess it was inevitable that the rain would show its face this year at the Parklife Festival…
Cecil Sharpe House, home of the English folk dance and song society, was the appropriately rustic location of Green Man’s one day festival, Hwyl.
Once again the weekend festival’s line-up that spans genres of dance, indie, pop, and hip hop in what will be the festival’s fifth year in existence and second at Heaton Park.
By the time we get to August we’re on the home straight as far as festivals in the UK are concerned. There is though, still one big one lurking around the corner. In the past Reading was always regarded as the ‘rock’ festival in the country, but recently the festival has diversified themselves in to more expansive genres of music.
Manchester Parklife, festival number four. In its three years it’s grown up and moved house from the cosy Platt Fields Park to the monumental Heaton Park and the student spirit has been replaced by a huge field flooded with 60,000 people. And hard drugs. Lots of them.
Watching people run to see the pop punk heroes was a sight to behold. “This is the worst kept secret in England right now”, Billie Joe says to pretty much the whole of Reading. Playing classics from their massive back catalogue, even their new song gets everyone in the mosh pit, crowd surfing and wall of death mood.
Reading festival this year was as eclectic as ever. Sure most of the 87,000 strong crowd that visited the site over the weekend were ticking off ‘glamping’ in their ‘great book of cool things students do’, and at times it did feel more like a GCSE party rather than a rock concert but at least One Direction weren’t on the line up.
Weaving through the sunshine scenery of rural Dumfries, there is a sense of excitement amongst the rolling hills and blue skies. Pitching up early on Friday afternoon it’s immediately clear why this is regarded as one of the UK’s finest family festival experiences.
Returning for its 11th year, Scotland’s Wickerman Festival must sport one of the UK’s most eclectic and characteristic celebrations of live music.
Win a pair of weekend camping tickets to Wayne Hemingway’s Vintage Festival this summer. The festival celebrates the ‘Best of British’ culture for one…
The first thing I saw when I got past the guys who check your tickets was a massive long queue of attendees. It took me a few moments to realise they were waiting in line to meet Star Wars hero Anthony Daniels (C3-PO) and maybe get an autograph.
I’ve been to conventions. Mostly comics. But I’ve also turned up at the occasional Science Fiction Convention and not a few Doctor Who Conventions over the years. This is my first time at Expo and nothing prepared me for the sheer scale of the thing.
Tonight we are at the Norwich Arts Centre to see Bo Ningen rock the house as part of the 2011 Sound and Vision Festival.