Sea Change festival confirms Gruff Rhys and plenty more

Devon’s Sea Change Festival has announced the second wave of artists confirmed to appear in Totnes and Dartington this May. Gruff Rhys – Welsh musician, composer, producer, filmmaker author and one-fifth of Super Furry Animals will be appearing. Also, Bill Ryder Jones, Lubomyr Melnyk, Maps, Du Blonde, who has just released her self-produced Lung Bread…

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Lost Village announces first wave of acts

Lost Village entices with a tasty lineup – so appealing it’s already on Phase 3 of its ticket sales, so it’s advisable to get your skates on if you fancy this award-winning small festival, packed with music, theatre, talks, comedy, restaurants, yoga plus lots of unusual and surprise events. Maribou State, Bicep, Modeselektor, Little Dragon,…

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Green Man festival review 2018

Something was definitely missing from Green Man festival 2018 – that wet stuff falling from the sky which churns the Brecon Beacons mud to a smelly mush. Instead, this year’s festival was blessed by sun and wafting clouds; so it was off with the cagoules and on with the fancy dress… and the fine weather…

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Bluedot 2018: out of this world music and science mashup

Bluedot festival moves into its third year with its unique brand of music, science and space mashup. There is probably no other festival like it: music fans can take their fill of several stages and science geeks have a wealth talks and workshops with experts, although its fair to say most festival goers dip into…

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All Points East: Alexis Taylor, Mattiel and Bjork shine

New London mega-festival All Points East at Victoria Park offered sparkling lineups: the first Sunday introduced slinky Texan outfit Khruangbin, followed by a dancey set from Alexis Taylor. Father John Misty offered lush vocals to a mellow early evening crowd before Bjork’s fantastical set ended the evening

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Port Eliot festival 2018 – the first lineup

Picturesque Port Eliot festival, set on the South East Cornish coast, has built a reputation for its thoughtfully curated lineup, a mix of music, comedy, workshops and talks. Food, fashion and literature also feature. The beautiful estate is buzzing from dawn to midnight and beyond with a huge variety of events, so one minute you…

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Cool Britannia festival relives the nineties

A new festival bursting with 90s acts is all set for this August Bank Holiday weekend. Called Cool Britannia festival, the event is suitably set in the old-school festival site of Knebworth Park, and takes us on a journey back in time with a mishmash of Britpop(ish) era bands and dance acts.  If this sounds…

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Chagstock festival announcements 2018

Little West-country festival Chagstock takes place this year on the 21st and 22nd July, in the heart of the Devon countryside. And by little we mean it, Chagstock is exclusively 5,000 strong – perfect for those who like an intimate, friendly family atmosphere. This year the lineup features The Correspondents and dynamic Americana duo The…

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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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