Festival season is officially upon us and this year is set to have more choice, fun – and hopefully sun – than any other.
This month we’re looking at some brilliant upcoming festivals that are taking place over the next few months, looking at some big’uns, medium ones and some of the smaller experiences.
Glastonbury 24-26th June – tickets sold out!
Has one of biggest festivals gotten too big for it’s boots? Does anybody want to see U2 or Coldplay head up the Pyramid stage? Probably not – but it’s still the biggest event in the UK and for that reason it needs to be considered. You only need to scan the list to see the top names on the bill, that’s if you don’t get sidetracked by the plethora of other impromptu shows and various other random activities on offer. It’s an experience more than ever, alongside 134,999 other people you’ll want to do this at least once in your lifetime.
Lounge on the Farm 8-10th July tickets
Ignore the headliners completely for this one and delve straight into the festivals underbelly. With a host of brilliant acts flying under the radar of this small festival start-up (blame a completely new stage for inclusion of The Streets and Ellie Goulding) and the concoction of lounging about on haystacks and locally produced food – it starts to sound better and better. Moshi Moshi once again lend a hand with Slow Club and Summer Camp appearing, but we’d be most excited about The Joy Formidable, Graham Coxon and Johnny Flynn – along with a bloody brilliant burger.
Green Man 19-21st August tickets – or head to Rough Trade East!
Possibly one of the best line-ups of the summer is set in the idyllic Brecon Beacons, Wales for Green Man festival. To name a few, Iron & Wine, Laura Marling, Fleet Foxes, Explosions in the Sky… this list would possibly go on to name the whole weekends line up – it’s just that glorious. It’s green ethos, literature, film and music mixture has driven the festival’s unique identity. Just hope that the Welsh sun is shining that day.
End of the Road 2-4th September tickets
Drawing into its fifth year, End of the Road has carved itself firmly into the festivals mainstays – albeit a bit later than everybody else. Being in September, the close of festival season, it is a hazy goodbye to summer and late nights with Beirut, Joanna Newsom and Mogwai. Throw in the Somerset Cider Bus, a bit of comedy and some top notch food and it quickly becomes a happy ending to a superb summer.
So there are the festivals we’re running the rule over and prepping our tents for. But I think you’d agree – a deal of spontaneity is often good in decisions such as these, it provides for the best results!
Now for a run down of the month’s gigs in list form again,
14/06/2011 – Incubus – HMV Forum – tickets sold out
09/06/2011 – Emmy the Great – St. Pancras Old Church – tickets sold out
16/06/2011 – Wye Oak – Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen – tickets sold out
17/06/2011 – The Xcerts – Old Blue Last – FREE
19/06/2011 – The Mariner’s Childeren – Dalston Roof Garden – tickets
23/06/2011 – Bright Eyes w/Jenny & Johnny – Royal Albert Hall – tickets sold out