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  • The Great Escape just got greater

    The Great Escape just got greater With only six weeks to go, The Great Escape have just announced a further 100 acts that will appear in over 60 venues, with over 500 artists in total. 16,000 music fans and 3,500 industry delegates will descend upon Brighton for the best new music showcase in Europe. Perhaps top of the list are hot Bristolian indie-punk rockers Idles. In inimitable fashion they replied on the news: “TANANEE TANANEE TANANEE TANANINGTING BOOYEH... with a little bit of luck you'll be at The Great Escape festival to taste the rainbow with us morons.”
  • Love Supreme Festival additions

    Love Supreme Festival additions The three-day celebration of jazz, soul and funk music that is Love Supreme Festival is back this year (29th June-1st July) and has just announced a new wave of acts on the bill that include Pharoah Sanders, Level 42, Chris Dave & The Drumhedz, Lalah Hathaway, Orphy Robinson, Denys Baptiste and many more. Pharoah Sanders will certainly pique the interest of jazz heads. A veritable giant in the world of space-jazz, free-jazz and afro-jazz fusion, he is possibly the most becalming musician known to man. A tenor saxophonist of both highly dissonant and meditative qualities, he first made his mark as a member of John Coltrane's band back in the 60s, before releasing albums under his own name, and partaking in collaborations with the likes of Alice Coltrane and Stanley Clarke.
  • Wilderness Festival announce The Valley line-up

    Wilderness Festival announce The Valley line-up Gearing up for the eighth annual Cornbury Park bash, one of Wilderness' many delights includes 'The Valley', set in a hidden natural amphitheatre, under cover of ancient oak trees. It's where the late night DJ action takes place, a heaving mass of party heads intent on having a good time.
  • Isle of Wight Festival new additions

    Isle of Wight Festival new additions Isle of Wight Festival new additions The Isle Of Wight Festival, 21st-24th June, have announced 18 new acts to add to an already impressive bill that includes Depeche Mode, The Killers, Kasabian, Nile Rodgers & Chic, and Liam Gallagher. Line-up additions include: Travis, The Wombats, Rak-Su, Sigrid, Hot Dub Time Machine, Hurts and The Pretty Things, who played the very first Isle of Wight Festival back in 1968.
  • Beautiful Days announce line-up

    Beautiful Days announce line-up The Levellers’ Beautiful Days festival (17th-19th May) line-up has been announced, and it's a stunning gathering of the old and new that will almost certainly ensure another sell out this year. Headlining the main stage this year will be Manic Street Preachers, with one more to be announced in June. The Levellers, as is traditional, close the festival out on the Sunday.
  • The Great Escape 2018

    The Great Escape 2018 Full Great Escape schedule announced There is less than four weeks to go until The Great Escape, tickets are selling fast, and it’s time for the planning to commence. With this week's latest additions to the bill, the full festival schedule can now be announced (although expect some super late special guests announcements)! You can view the gig planner here: www.greatescapefestival.com/gig-planner/
  • Love Supreme Line-up

    Love Supreme Line-up With a slew of festival announcements in recent days we were starting to get a bit worried for Love Supreme. Could it come up with the goods in an increasingly competitive marketplace? Could it at least challenge the quality and depth of last year’s sold out three-dayer?
  • Winter Festival – One Church – 2017

    Winter Festival – One Church – 2017 Winter Festival – One Church – 2017 It was the first Saturday of December and Brighton was in full festive buzz. The One Church had been taken over by SOTONES, a co-operative from Southampton, who were celebrating their tenth birthday along with a new compilation showcasing some of the bands they have worked with over the last ten years. With the headliner being the Moulettes, their last show in Brighton before taking a year off, along with a host of local favourites and lesser known bands.
  • Boomtown Fair – 10th-13th August 2017

    Boomtown Fair - 10th-13th August 2017 Boomtown Fair – 10th-13th August 2017 I woke up Tuesday morning with a strange feeling, as though there was a hole inside me. A space that I didn’t know was there before, was now empty - I was homesick. Not of my two-bedroom flat in Brixton, but of my two-person tent in a muddy field in Winchester. Every music festival is built on the promise of one thing – fun – and none fulfils this promise as exceptionally as Boomtown. A sprawling, make-believe fantasy town now in its ninth episode, which provides immersion and depth in its story-telling and entertainment that is likely unrivalled anywhere else in the country.
  • At The Edge Of The Sea Festival 2017

    At The Edge Of The Sea Festival 2017 At The Edge Of The Sea Festival 2017 First, a quick introduction to At The Edge Of The Sea Festival. It’s basically a Wedding Present all-day gig with loads of cool bands that David Gedge, the band’s frontman, has discovered or likes. It takes place at the Concorde 2, kicks off at 3pm sharp and the music is non-stop till kick-out time. The way it works is one band plays in the bar area, right opposite the bar in fact. As soon as they leave the stage then the next band starts up on the main stage. Likewise, when the main stage band is done then the music kicks off in the bar again. So you get a good solid eight hours of non-stop live music.
  • Womad 2017 – Charlton Park

    Womad - 2017 Womad 2017 – Charlton Park The first leg of our journey was a truly epic Southern Fail! After four trains and six hours we arrived, at last, in good dry weather. Beautiful Womad, flags and banners lining every pathway set amongst green landscape and plentiful trees. We felt our burdens of the week ebb away within moments, as every festival should make you feel. Womad Festival celebrates cultural expression from all over the globe and has been around since 1982 when Peter Gabriel with a few other like-minded creatives put it together. Womad combines music, arts, dance, spoken word, food (cookery classes), laughter, yoga, mindfulness workshops and talking books – but music in particular amongst a wealth of other experiences. In its 35th year, Womad brings everyone together and has something for all ages. One of the biggest...
  • The Rock House Festival – Green Door Store – 29th July 2017

    The Rock House Festival – Green Door Store – 29th July 2017 The Rock House Festival – Green Door Store – 29th July 2017 Rock House was initially started eight years ago as a project for local charity Carousel, who help learning-disabled artists develop and manage their creative lives. Before Rock House there was a lack of real performance opportunities for these disabled musicians in a town that prides itself on its music scene, so they launched these nights to try and redress the balance. Since those early days these Rock House nights have grown to become one of the best and most forward-thinking integrated music nights in the UK. I recently caught one of the monthly Rock House nights and, was blown away by the friendly atmosphere and the inventiveness of the musicians. I decided to come and attend this, their first all-dayer event at the Green Door Store, which seemed a great opportunity to...
  • Citadel Festival – Victoria Park – 16th July 2017

    Citadel Festival - Victoria Park Festival - 16th July 2017 Citadel Festival – Victoria Park – 16th July 2017 Following the aftermath of the intense Friday and Saturday showings at Lovebox, its chilled out counterpart Citadel took over Victoria Park on Sunday to cap off a momentous weekend.
  • Brainchild Festival 2017 – Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum

    Brainchild Festival 2017 – Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum – Friday 7th - Sunday 9th July Brainchild Festival 2017 – Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum Brainchild is certainly one of the best and most forward-thinking festivals in the UK, and yet it is still relatively unknown even though it has won the AIM Best Independent Festival award in 2015 and 2016. It happens in the beautifully serene setting of the Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum on the Lewes Road heading to Uckfield and boasts only 2,000 people, including all the acts and workers on site.
  • NOS Alive Festival 2017 – Lisbon

    NOS Alive - Lisbon – 6-7th July 2017 NOS Alive Festival 2017 – Lisbon The sun-kissed port of Lisbon was the venue as the Portuguese capital hosted one of the Iberian Peninsula’s largest music festivals.
  • Love Supreme 2017

    Love Supreme 2017 Love Supreme 2017 After the first Love Supreme Festival in 2013, the organisers very nearly decided to throw in the towel. They lost a tonne of money. But disco legends Chic, in a roundabout way, saved the day. Not only had the festival sold a fair few tickets on the back of their appearance, but they also delivered a nigh-on perfect set of sunshine hits that had the crowd in raptures. It proved to be a lucky booking for, only a week before, Chic had stolen the show at Glastonbury, and re-established their credentials as true icons and purveyors of ridiculously infectious and classy hits galore. This fact reverberated to Glynde, in Sussex, telling the organisers that there was potentially a market for this kind of event, an outdoor festival that catered for a well-heeled, mature crowd, that would literally get down to the right kind of music.
  • Funk The Format 2017

    Funk The Format 2017 Funk The Format Festival – Hove Park – 17th June 2017 The idea behind Funk The Format is a good one – a festival made by a local for the locals, with no big corporate companies from out of town leaching in on the weekend utopia. The festival, which is in its fourth year, is the idea of Lucy ‘Elle J’ Small - a once globetrotting music journalist and musical tastemaker from London, turned mother of two and now a funk festival curator. Using her experience from her time working the music biz, she has brought together other mums and friends to...
  • Wild Life 2017

    Wild Life 2017 Wild Life Festival returned to Shoreham, bringing with it some of the country’s hottest and most vital grime and pop stars along for a blistering weekend. The event continues to be curated by Disclosure and Rudimental, and the eclectic line-up was once again packed with acts who have strong links to the two bands.
  • Elderflower Fields - Pippingford Park - 2017

    Elderflower Fields - 26th-29th May - Pippingford Park Elderflower Fields - Pippingford Park - 2017 Last year I reported on this festival as a day tripper, and not as a camper. We were enamoured with it so much that we took the plunge to camp this year. Although it was a momentous mission to get from the entrance to where we eventually set up, it was worth it in the end, thanks in part to the kind weather. and the fact that this is a delightful, small scale, family-friendly affair set in Pippingford Park, a wooded and parkland estate set in-between Uckfield and East Grinstead.
  • The Great Escape Festival 2017 - 18th-20th May 2017

    The Great Escape Festival 2017 -  18th-20th May 2017 The Great Escape Festival 2017 -  18th-20th May 2017 Another year, and another huge comedown after the exhilaration of three days of heady music, heavy bodily abuse, and heaving bodies. It’s kind of the same as a festival in a field, minus the camping, and the mud. There are more than 450 performances on over 30 stages, played out to an overall audience of 20,000. Like a traditional festival, there is plenty of schlepping from one stage to the next, re-fuelling at various points, staying up too late and getting up too early. Crucially though, almost everyone is here to actually watch and listen to music, and everyone has a real bed to head to, and a solid roof over their...

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