Early Birds for Bearded Theory 2017

It’s the big one – Bearded Theory 10th Anniversary Special THURSDAY 25TH – SUNDAY 28TH MAY 2017 TICKETS ON SALE SATURDAY 10th SEPTEMBER AT 9AM FIRST 1500 TICKETS FOR SALE AT EARLYBIRD DISCOUNT PRICE The organisers of Bearded Theory have confirmed that their award-winning family-friendly Spring Gathering will return to celebrate its 10th anniversary between…

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Review: Festival Number 6 2016

The good, the bad and the muddy… On a positive note, Festival Number 6 yet again had its moments of music, magic  and discovery.  The location is Portmeirion, the beautiful and quirky Italian village in north Wales. And it was commendable to note just how many of the artists appearing on Festival No 6’s various stages were…

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Green Man 2016 review: indie and lots of weather

Forecasts were for gales, thunder and torrential rain. What we actually got were tantalising peeks of sun, and showers which floated down with clockwork regularity like a sprinkler system. If you’ve ever wanted a quiet word with the Met Office when they get things wrong, by fortunate coincidence there they were, at Einstein’s Garden, Green Man’s science /…

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Festivals for September: the hotlist

Reasons to be cheerful, music lovers – September is awash with festivals. Heavyweights are End of the Road, Festival No 6 and Bestival, but you’re spoilt for choice all month long. Why the increase in festivals? It may be partly due to gigs becoming more pricey, hence being able to see headliners plus a whole slew of upcoming artists in one go makes…

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Green Gathering festival on now

Green Gathering Festival is on now and through to Sunday. Based in Chepstow, close to Bristol, this family friendly sustainable event is only £95 and is situated in the grounds of beautiful Piercefield House. On the lineup are the fabulous folky 3 Daft Monkeys (pictured), plus Hebden Bridge’s own Tetchi, who I’ve seen at The Trades…

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World music and world food at Womad

In the third of my ‘festivals and food’ series, Gourmet Gigs this week takes a look at the gorgeous global food treats at Womad. The festival might be known primarily for world music, but it has steadily built a name for itself in the food arena too, and the Taste the World stage has proved popular over the…

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On Blackheath festival selects singer-songwriter Michael Kilbey

OnBlackheath festival, which takes place over the weekend of 10-11th September, has chosen singer songwriter Michael Kilbey to appear on stage in their ‘rising star’ slot. I saw Michael Kilbey at this free gig at The World’s End in Finsbury Park and was instantly captivated by his warmth and sensitivity, plus strong vocal capabilities, I’m delighted he’s…

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Festival No.6 announces chefs and food traders

Festival No.6 has brought together a selection of diverse and exciting gourmet popups, to be found in the Castell Park Arena. There’s Stakehaus serving up mouth-watering steak sandwiches and homemgade relishes, The Cheese Truck with grilled cheese sandwiches, a delicious taste of the Orient from Dorshi’s, wood-fired pizza from Fundi Pizza, Happy Maki’s freshly produced vegan sushi, Anna Mae’s gourmet mac…

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If Location, Location did festivals…

If the TV programme Location, Location, Location were to feature festivals instead of houses, I imagine the following would be selected. These have a magic location ingredient, being either gorgeous, rural, coastal or just unique. A festival in a great location can inspire you in the way a good holiday does. Blue Dot (above)  22 – 24 July…

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Field Day festival 2016

I was tempted to call this piece “A Tale of Two Festivals”. Saturday at Field Day 2016 was primarily geared towards a mid-twenties crowd, with plenty of dance music and DJs on offer. The centre of the site featured the festival’s delightful Village Mentality area where games and general silliness were in full flow on the ‘village green’, complete with hay…

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