Bearded Theory review 2016

The weather gods smiled down on Bearded Theory again this year: I can only imagine it was at the sight of so many hirsute individuals disporting themselves in the Magical Sounds dance tent, stomping along to The Levellers on the main stage, or maybe it was the giant pink puppets prancing about the festival site. Each year,…

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Field Day curate a street-food feast

Field Day festival has built a reputation for intelligent curation and securing exclusives – this year PJ Harvey and James Blake are headlining, with artists such as Floating Points, Blossoms, Goat and Fat White Family as part of the eclectic lineup. I’ll always be grateful to Field Day for managing to entice the elusive Mazzy Star onto their stage in 2012. The team are working similar magic…

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Eight reasons to love Bearded Theory festival

1  It’s the perfect festival season opener  three (and a bit) days of music with a choice of stages and two new ones for 2016,  plus the infamous dance tent. And there’s plenty more going on besides. Tickets are only £97 and Bearded Theory festival is, as usual, on the way to selling out, so don’t wait too long. 2  Magical Sounds…

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Green and pleasant: the ultimate festival guide 2016

I’m dreaming of a green field, banners waving in the breeze, the sound of a band on the main stage… a cider’s in hand and the sun is shining. Yes, festival season is nearly upon us again, and here is my Ultimate Festival Guide. Most have been personally tried and tested, some on a yearly basis –…

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Shhh quiet music festival 2016

SADLY, SHH QUIET MUSIC FESTIVAL IS NOW CANCELLED.   Shhh quiet music festival is happening this year on Saturday April 30 in its usual spot: Heath Street Baptist Church in Hampstead. 12 noon to 11pm. The yearly event celebrates quiet music and it’s a real pleasure to spend the day cocooned in the church, soothed…

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The End Festival 2015: opening weekend

The End Festival is at the half-way mark, and so far it’s been an enjoyable, if slightly chaotic, experience, with a nightly roster of bands appearing at venues around Crouch End. Opening night at Earl Haig Hall featured Icelandic outfit YLJA (they are appearing twice more over the festival’s duration) and are notable for their crystalline harmonies. Forced…

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Ramsbottom festival 2015

There has been an emergence of a Northern Powerhouse of festivals over the past few years, with Kendal Calling, a host of Yorkshire events – and one which has quietly made its way onto the circuit – Ramsbottom Festival. Being a Lancashire lass, I’m glad to see an event which gives a platform to so many established…

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Review: Festival Number 6 2015

Festival Number 6 feels as if it has fully got into its stride. It offers a dizzying array of intelligently-curated events, from bands and DJs to comedy, nighttime processions, workshops and talks, plus something this festival has come to excel in – interviews and intimate performances by a handful of the main-stage artists.

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