A second wave for Victorious festival

Victorious festival in Portsmouth has announced its second wave lineup, with more artists adding to the roster for the August Bank Holiday event. Headlining Sunday night on the Castle Stage are Nile Rodgers and Chic. Saturday evening sees Frank Turner in Southsea, with his eight-album catalogue of punk-folk.  Also joining the line-up are Annie Mac and Ella Eyre on Sunday afternoon, with Clean…

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Back to the fields: festivals for 2021

Our festival piece looks a little different this year. It’s been a difficult and rather harrowing task putting it together as many have decided – and are still deciding – to cancel, mainly due to the lack of Government-backed covid insurance. Operating on a knife edge is everyday stuff for festival organisers, but this is…

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Manchester Psych Fest 2021 full line up

A stellar roster of artists awaits those attending Manchester Psych Fest this year. And the organisers are delighted to announce their full lineup for this year’s festival, which takes place on 4th September. Malia’s Tinariwen are co-headliners with Stereolab, plus there’s post-punk outfit Dry Cleaning, afrobeat eight-piece Kokoroko and Japanese psych veterans Kikagaku Moyo. Also on the bill Jadu Heart, Billy Nomates,…

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Review: Gwyl 2021 festival

The future looks promising for live festivals, but for now we are still in the land of the virtual. Gwyl 2021 earlier this month used this mode to its full advantage. The event was put together by four Welsh festivals, Focus Wales, Festival of Voice, Aberystwyth Festival of Comedy and Other Voices. Collectively, they created…

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Gwyl 2021 – eight days of music and arts

Exciting and innovative new Welsh festival Gŵyl 2021 stretches over eight days and from the 8th to 12th March, the programme offers some exclusive and unique events. Presented by music-industry festival Focus Wales, this is a unique opportunity to listen to live panel sessions followed by live showcase performances. And on Thursday, Focus Wales 360°…

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Gwyl 2021 festival – ready to watch this weekend

There’s a feeling of spring in the air and festivals both online and live are tantalisingly looming on the horizon. The following week is good place to begin, with a brand new event to go out online. Called Gŵyl 2021, it showcases contributions from four Welsh festivals: Focus Wales, Festival of Voice, Aberystwyth Comedy Festival…

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Save Sea Change festival – crowdfunder now underway

Among those events and venues not chosen for the Cultural Recovery Fund last week was the wonderful, quirky little Sea Change Festival in Totnes, Devon. Sea Change is now in a perilous position and has had to cancel the event for 2021. A crowdfunder is now up, to help it survive and there are a…

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New Aerial festival in the Lake District

AERIAL is the Lake District’s innovative new festival of original work and commissions – online and free from 26 September 2020 Over 20 new works and commissions from over 40 artists will be accessible online and for free via aerialfestival.com from 26th September This was intended to be Aerial’s inaugural year but like all other…

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Victorious festival tickets on sale from Friday 28th August

This week, the iconic Victorious sign has once again appeared on Southsea seafront, ahead of festival tickets going on sale. The phrase ‘We Miss You’ can be found across Castle Field, the location of the festival’s second main stage. Historically, the Castle Field sign has been a teaser for artist announcements. However, this year the…

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Bearded Theory postponed to 2021

Bearded Theory, usually taking place over the May Bank Holiday weekend, was optimistically postponed till September and has now announced that the festival will take place in May 2021. The independent festival did its best to try and go ahead but this has not proved possible. Fortunately many of Bearded Theory’s acts for this year…

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