Here’s some more festival news with new and returning events to see you through to September.
Bluedot Festival 7th – 9th July
The stellar BlueDot festival, nestled under the Lovell telescope at Jodrell Bank, has day tickets at £59 per day. Daily lineups are on the site too. Leftfield performing Leftism on Friday, Hot Chip frontman Joe Goddard will perform live, plus Goldfrapp, Hawkwind and, aptly, Moonlandingz. Tickets are here
Ealing Blues Festival 22 to 23 July
An absolute gem on the festival scene, this lovely weekend event put on by Ealing Council happens in Walpole Park, down the road from Ealing Studios. Ealing Blues really is like a proper festival in miniature, with two big tents plus a bar stage, varied food stalls, lots of jewellery, plants and clothes and enough loos to service Glastonbury (without the camping of course!). It has been a pleasure to catch acts like Dr Feelgood, Never the Bride and Mark Harrison in the past, and this year features The Blockheads, Mungo Jerry, Amy Mayes Band, Laura Holland Band plus lots more. Tickets are £5.50 for the day, £11 for the weekend. Ealing Blues is part of Ealing’s festival season, with Jazz, Comedy and Beer and Food festivals also to look forward to. See their new multi-festival website here.
Port Eliot 27th – 30th July
The Cornish festival (pictured top) has added even more fascinatingly quirky events, many with a science feel. As this July marks the 60th anniversary of the first meeting of Paul McCartney and John Lennon, to celebrate, Dr Alexis Kirke, a composer at the University of Plymouth, has examined the duo’s friendship through analysis of their lyrics in Come Together: The Sonification of Lennon-McCartney. Also presented in conjunction with the University of Plymouth: Harnessing the Waves explores how wave power could provide our energy in the future; Blast into Science is a riotous, eruptive entry into the world of science, perfect for families. Recovery will take place at the The Lark’s Haven wellness area with Shakti bodies, Morning Shakedowns, Massage or Shamanic Sound Bath in a Secret Garden, all bookable now. Port Eliot
Houghton Festival 10th – 13th August
Electronic music, art and sculpture collide at this lush new festival, curated by Craig Richards, in a hidden part of an estate in Norfolk. Houghton moves away from the short festival set ethos and artists are encouraged to play longer performances (a tactic employed by End of The Road and definitely one that sends out a message that the event is serious about its music). Andrew Weatherall, Tristan da Cunha, Deadbeat, Seth Troxler and many many more will be playing for your dancing pleasure. Attention to detail is the trademark of this event and the food is similarly expertly curated: Smokey Tails, The Cheese Truck and Good and Proper Tea company, to name but a few. Tickets available here.
Sea Change Festival 25th – 26th August
This little festival, founded by Drift Record Shop, is only on its second year but it’s managed to catch the mood just right. An intelligently curated roster of artists will be appearing at several venues round Totnes, including a restored cinema, a sparkling ballroom and a 15th century church, and DJs will get their own special walled garden in the shadow of Totnes Castle. Things to note: Thursday night party. Artists appearing include Blanck Mass, Jane Weaver, Amber Arcadas, Hey Colossus and Michael Chapman. There are also special guest Q&As, talks and discussions. Weekend tickets are £55 and these get you access to all performances. There is camping available for an extra charge. My recommend: W H Lung. Sea Change festival.
Berkofest Saturday 9th September
Prolong that summer feeling by festivalling your way through September – Berkofest is a day event heading into its fifth year and this year the live acts include Alabama 3 Acoustic and The La’s John Power, plus Dan Gillespie Sells formerly of The Feeling. The festival is presented by Robin Ince of The Infinite Monkey Cage fame, and there are three stages which also give space to local bands. You’ll find craft beers on tap, locally sourced food and plenty of activities for children. Tickets are a very reasonable £18 (£14 while still on Early Bird) – click here for tickets.
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Festival No 6 7th to 10th September
After torrential rain last year which caused problems on the site, the Portmeirion festival is back, with several changes to rain-proof the event. Flaming Lips, Bloc Party, Wild Beasts, Jarvis Cocker, Steve Mason are all on the lineup. For those who fancy special dining, Cloughs, will now take place at the hotel at tables looking over the estuary. Celebrity chefs are Paul Ainsworth, Aiden Byrne and Som Saa. And the Street Food Market is always special as there are several local traders with local cheeses and other produce. There’s also a stage dedicated to Welsh artists, so the whole festival has a local feel. Keep a look out for the intimate gigs, which allow 100 people into the Town Hall – it involves queuing but if it’s for an artist you admire, its a special way to see them perform. Festival No 6
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