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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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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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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Green and pleasant: the ultimate festival guide 2016

If you’re a festival fan, by now you’re dreaming of a green field, banners waving in the breeze, the sound of a band on the main stage… 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 – plus there’s…

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