Since recommending festivals for 2015 fairly recently, there have been more announcements: tasty line-up additions, new multi-media weekenders and music-packed day-long events. Summer is here and it’s time to make the most of these warm and breezy days with any number of music and food, beer, theatre and arts events while we can.
Bushstock, 13th June
The weather promises a mix of sun and a few clouds, best of all NO RAIN. Londoners should get themselves down to Bushstock in Shepherd’s Bush for this annual jamboree, taking place across 6 stages in Shepherd’s Bush; venues include the intimate and beautiful little Bush Hall. As always, there’s a dizzying choice of music with Villagers, Nadine Shah, Charlotte OC, Sophie Jamieson, Banfi, Frances, The Beach, and Nathaniel Rateliff performing with his brand new R&B soul outfit The Night Sweats. Also: Michael Kiwanuka, Lucy Rose, Honeyblood, and All We Are amongst many more.
The London FolkFest, 2-5th July
It’s hard to imagine that this event is staged in a pub and not on a landowner’s vast country estate. In its 5th year, with 3 stages over 4 days, and with a range of music including an ‘Americana and Country’ day on… 4th July of course. Plus Thursday given over to Insight Seminars for musicians. The lineup stars: Patch and The Giant, Red Sky July, Ellie makes Music, Paul Carella and Holly Lerski. The London FolkFest is at The Bedford, 77 Bedford Hill, Balham, SW12 9HD, phone: 020 8682 8940.
Heavenly 25 at the Kazimier, Liverpool, 5th July
Starting with a Heavenly weekender in January (with Jimi Goodwin and Cherry Ghost) at The Trades club in Hebden Bridge, Heavenly are turning their 25th Anniversary into a year-long celebration, now pitching up at Liverpool venue the Kazimier. Featured are a selection of Heavenly acts: The Wytches, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Stealing Sheep, The Voyeur, Hooton Tennis Club, Duke Garwood, Gwenno, Heavenly Jukebox DJs, Bernie Connor DJ set. Kid Wave also feature: their breezy, jangly guitar sound went down a storm at The Trades. Buy tickets for Heavenly 25.
Cornbury, 10-12th July
Nestled in the Cotswolds in the Great Tew Estate, Cornbury is a community-minded family festival which sets about curating a well-rounded musical line-up – Supertramp’s founder and vocalist Roger Hodgson is appearing, plus Tom Jones, Martha Reeves and Welsh alt-folk outfit Paper Aeroplanes. Buy Cornbury tickets
Truck, 17, 18th July
What a lineup for this intimate gathering in Oxfordshire. The Charlatans, Temples, Peter Hook, Fat White Family, Basement Jaxx and lots more. No wonder this event sells out pretty quickly.
Forgotten Fields, 7 – 9th August
For Londoners keen to leave the sweltering city without it feeling like a total mission, Forgotten Fields sounds like a dream. With the expert team of Kendal Calling behind it, FF is billed as a ‘big party’, with a nicely intimate 4,000 tickets on sale. The lineup features Super Furry Animals, De la Soul, Public Service Broadcasting, The Levellers, Beans on Toast – also Skinny Lister, who got everyone’s vote of approval at Bearded Theory a couple of weeks ago. Glad to see Northern Soul Dance Classes featured too. There will be a real ale bar and gourmet food. Tickets are well priced at under £100. Buy Forgotten Fields tickets
Shambala, 27-30th August
Yes it is well and truly sold out. But by helping with the charity Flags for Nepal, and sponsoring one of the Prayer Flags which will be adorning the main stage, you are in for a chance to win tickets. Nepal will be needed money for many years to come to rebuild its devastated infrastructure. Also, on the Shambala website, there is the chance to win a family ticket.
The Garden Party Leeds 29-30th August
This event has grown and grown and for its 10th year anniversary, there’s a mega lineup, all taking place at The Tetley in the middle of town. The team behind the very successful Leeds Indie Food Festival last month will be ensuring there’s a fine selection of food trucks and on-site dining. Music acts include: LoneLady, Roisin Murphy, Julio Bashmore, Craig Charles, Mr Scruff, Little Dragon and lots more. Buy tickets to Leeds Garden Party and there’s a chance to win tickets too if you sign up to their mailing list.
Festival No 6, 3rd to 6 September
On the lineup for this year are: Metronomy, Belle & Sebastian, Hookworms, Gaz Coombes and – yet again the wonderful Brythoniaid Male Voice Choir. The Woodland stage is to be curated by guest artists, and just announced is Badly Drawn Boy who will perform and introduce John Shuttleworth, The Wedding Present (performing an exclusive stripped down set), The Walk, Songs for Walter and former ACR bassist and vocalist Jez Kerr. Read my review of Festival No 6 2014.
Which festival or festivals will you be going to this summer? Are you planning to go to any of the city festivals instead of traditional ‘3 days in the country’ style ones? Have they become too pricey?
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