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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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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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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