The best of festivals for 2017

Rejoice – festival season is just around the corner. So what’s in store for 2017?  There’s definitely a trend towards offering debates, talks and workshops. And kids are well catered for with high quality and original learning activities, take Bluedot’s Planetarium and Bearded Theory’s OFSTED approved school. But hey, let’s not get too serious about it all. Festivals primarily…

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Bearded Theory 2017 announces final acts

It might be fair to say that Bearded Theory Festival is spoiling us. And not with chocolates.   Well, it is their 10th anniversary year, so we were expecting a lineup par excellence. And indeed it is. Having revealed the headliner for Saturday night as Seasick Steve, they’ve now gone and added another three acts to…

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Desert Trip – from an English perspective

Desert Trip festival: some of the heavyweights from my teens in one palm-tree-fringed, sun-soaked paradise. Normally I steer clear of this type of mega-concert, but nevertheless this sounded somewhat appealing. I reminded myself that I’d rather hang out at a UK festival, hearing younger, more relevant music in a friendly atmosphere, all the while imbibing abundant quantities of alcohol…

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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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