Festival season updates

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 added day tickets at £59 per day. The daily lineups are on the site now too. Hot Chip frontman Joe Goddard will perform live,…

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British Sea Power continue their tour of the UK with new album Let the Dancers Inherit the Party at The Trades Hebden Bridge. Date: 28th July. They are also a recent addition to Green Man Festival in August.   If you can’t get away once school has started in September,  On Blackheath in south London might do…

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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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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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Review: Ealing Blues Festival 2015

  With a rare glimpse of sun in a gloomy July, we headed to Ealing Blues Festival held in Walpole Park, it’s one of a series of summer festivals run every year put on by Ealing Council. The event always resembles a ‘proper’ festival in miniature, with a choice of two big music tents – the Main Stage,…

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Ealing Jazz Festival 2014

Ealing and its jazz and blues festivals have been a summertime fixture over the years at beautiful Walpole Park. I’ve attended the last two Blues festivals (read Ealing Blues 2013) but this time round we rolled up for the final Jazz day. I wonder if the organisers have a pact with the weather gods? Each time I’ve been to…

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The best festivals for 2014 – an update

Here’s an update of some of my top festival recommends for 2014 and as of the time of posting, still have tickets available. These are all small to medium-sized gatherings (no hour-long trudges to the arena). All these festivals have plenty of well thought-out activities for children and a fairly broad age range of attendance, so whether…

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Review: Ealing Blues Festival is now a sunny weekender

Imagine a festival that only costs £5 entrance (with wristband ), has a choice of stages, several food outlets, the obligatory clothes and jewellery stalls plus a clairvoyant or two, a decent-ish bar, spotless portaloos with no queues… ok no camping, but then you can’t have everything. This is what’s on offer each year at…

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