Festivals round up 2013. The greats and the RIPs

With such a gorgeous hot summer it’s been a good year for music festivals. Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis who finally bagged the Stones this year is calling it one of their best ever. But my interest is in smaller festivals, partly because I like being able to walk from tent to arena in under ten minutes, partly…

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Review: End of the Road festival 2013

With David Byrne, Sigur Ros and Belle & Sebastian amongst others on the lineup, End of the Road festival set in lush Larmer Tree Gardens in Dorset looks like a perfect musical finale to the summer. Far from feeling chilled and serene, I’m feeling a knot of tension. Which act should I see? … and while I’m…

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Review: Lounge on the Farm festival, Sunday 2013

Lounge on the Farm in Kent has big acts for the headliners, and local Kent bands entertain the crowds during the afternoon. I can only assume that everyone was suffering from massive hangovers and too much partying to Jessie Ware, as on arriving at Lounge on the Farm at noon Sunday, it all seemed suspiciously…

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Review: Ealing Blues Festival is now a sunny weekender

Imagine a festival that only costs £5 entrance, has a choice of stages, several food outlets, the obligatory clothes and jewellery stalls plus a clairvoyant or two, a decent-ish bar, spotless portaloos with no queues… ok no camping, but then you can’t have everything. This is what’s on offer each year at Ealing Blues Festival,…

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Review: Letting our hair down at Bearded Theory 2013

Bearded Theory festival 2013: it’s the festival of Beards, Bands and DJs, and that just about sums it up. Now in its sixth year, Bearded Theory is set in picturesque Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire. With something like around 8,000 revellers it’s a nice size, and manages to feel like one big party. Bearded Theory’s line-up leans…

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Location, location: music for 2013 in unforgettable venues

From tiny, friendly gigs where you feel as if you’re in someone’s living room, to the big, bold and outlandish, 2013 is all about statement venues. Here are a few to whet the appetite. 1. February 17: Bush Hall, Shepherds Bush, west London. Only £5. A mellow Sunday evening under the chandeliers beckons at this…

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The beginning of “The End” – a music festival for Crouch End

This week’s post is a bit different, but there’s something exciting happening next weekend in my neighbourhood so I’d like to give it a heads up. It’s a mini music festival called The End, and its happening in Crouch End, north London. The End takes place Friday 16th and Saturday 17th November, starting at 7pm…

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Music Festivals – what’s on the horizon?

2012 has not been an easy year for festivals. The economic situation and the depressing wet weather took their toll. The season kicked off with a disastrously sodden Isle of Wight, followed by similar problems at Creamfields dance weekender, and Wakestock in Wales. Even Morrisons, the supermarket chain, was due to get in on the…

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Review: Towersey Village Festival 2012

This is a fantastic small festival. In 2011 it featured the Cornish folk band 3 Daft Monkeys, and the hauntingly beautiful Saltfish Forty. Here is a review of Towersey Village Festival 2012 by guest blogger Tessa Gordziejko. Towersey Village Festival in Oxfordshire – now in its 48th year- has something special that brings people back year after year. I’ve been…

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Green Man 2012

Into this post-Olympic, rain-drenched mid summer, the tenth Green Man festival burst into life. Nestled in the Black Mountains of mid Wales, Green Man’s arena on Friday is a wonder to behold; still at this point a green and pleasant land with its beautifully positioned main Mountain Stage – a natural amphitheatre, with a convenient steep…

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