MY FESTIVAL GUIDE FOR BN1 MAGAZINE
25th-29th June 2014
The festival of all festivals: Glastonbury at Pilton Farm. No other has come before, no other has come near after. The mile and a half wide festival that puts the actual town of Glastonbury cowering in its shadow will take place between the 25th and the 29th July. Confirmed acts so far? Dolly Parton. Arcade Fire. Blondie. So far that’s the big guns looking good. Throw in acts like James Blake, MIA and Chance the Rapper, and it appears that they have yet again hit the nail with the best of todays and yesterday cult musicians. So if you’ve been lucky enough to get a ticket, congratulations. For the rest of us, there is second batch on offer at the end of this month. If not, there’s always Latitude.
17th-20th July 2014
Set deep in the Suffolk countryside, Glastonbury’s little sister Latitude is in its ninth year and as always, the theatre, comedy and arts lineup are just as spectacular as the music. This family friendly, flower-power festival will be offering some of the best talent from across the world for you to feast upon, without being poked in the eye every two minutes. Headline acts include Two Door Cinema Club, The Black Keys, (surprisingly making Latitude both band’s first UK headline slots) alongside Blur’s Damon Albarn. The BBC Radio 6 Music Stage and The Lake Stage, curated by Huw Williams, is also looking strong, with names such as Lykke Li and Bondax. Giggles provided by a number of comedy figureheads such as Dara O’Brien, Simon Amstell, Al Murray and Milton Jones.
24th-27th July 2014
Even Latitude even a bit too commercial for you? Secret Garden Party festival is a non-branded, non-commercial three day escape for the edgier, more unconventional of us. Described as the festival that brings out the artist in all of us, the music at Secret Garden Party doesn’t necessarily come first. However, there are some brilliant musical highlights that include David Rodigan, Little Dragon and Martha Reeves & Vandellas.
It’s time to bin the timetables and maps, this year’s Secret Garden Party has been themed with ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’. This tranquil festival will take you far away from all of modern life’s pains, and encourages you to explore further and fully submerse yourself in what they have on offer in their mystical wonderland.
18-19th July 2014
If you can’t hack all the camping and countryside that comes with most festivals, there’s always Lovebox. Set in Victoria Park over two days, Lovebox neatly compacts all the festival best bits in a tidy, urban adaption. The festival has now matured from an inner-city dance festival to one of the best exhibits of genre blurring acts, with queen of rap MIA headlining the bill. Also jam packed into the two day event are Chase and Status live, Nas, A$AP Rocky, Bonobo live and Katy B.
Reading & Leeds
22nd-24th August 2014
For those who will gladly suffer mud, moshing and mayhem to see their favourite bands live, we’re sure you’ve already got your tickets ready for this pair of festivals. With a bill you could literally do nothing other than lose your nut to, it’s hard not to see why Reading is one of the UK’s most popular festivals. With a slightly heavier mix of genres than the other events in our guide, headliners range from rock gods Queens of the Stone Age, Blink 182 and the Arctic Monkeys. All ingeniously balanced out with smaller cult names like Warpaint, Chvrches, and more rap acts than usual that include Danny Brown and Vic Mensa.
1st-8th June 2014
For some people however, the chances of getting caught out by the horrendous British weather-no matter what festival you’re at- sounds like hell on earth. In recent years however, boutique festivals have been popping up everywhere across Europe, and luckily for us Brits who don’t fancy knee-deep mud and sodden mildew-ridden tents, these European weekends combine scorching sun, golden beaches and dynamic music festivals all in one. Top holiday & festival combo? Sunsplash in Turkey returns for its sixth year this June for a week long mixture of sunny beaches and incredible dance music. Set in a beautiful mountainous beach location in Bodrum, this resort based festival lies between a palm fringed beach and a magical creek. Just looking through photos of the stunning beach views, happy tanned faces and historical mountain scenes brings a tear to your eye. So if you’re stuck for choice on whether to splash out on festival tickets or a holiday in the sun, Sunsplash is the answer you’re looking for.