Summer Festivals - Still More To Come!
Despite all the rain, let's not forget that it's still Summer, and Summer is the time for music festivals! Here's a look at what's coming up: big and small, old and new...there are still plenty of music festivals before the season is over, and some still have tickets available!
Reading & Leeds Festival – August Bank Holiday (22 – 24 Aug)
This is the BIG ONE still left to go...the only festival that rivals Glastonbury in terms of popularity. The Leeds wing of the festival celebrates it's 10th anniversary, and there are plenty of exciting acts you can't miss: the event is sold out, but if you don't have tickets make sure you'll watch it on TV, it'll be wort it!
Amongst the highlights we can mention: Metallica, Tenacious D, Rage Against The Machine, Queens Of the Stone Age, The Killers, Bloc Party), The Cribs, the Last Shadow Puppets, Babyshambles, Manic Street Preachers and The Wombats. View site
Apart from Reading/ Leeds, there are quite a few other good festivals coming up, and here's a list of the best.
Beautiful Days 2008 (15th Aug- 17th Aug)
Escot Park, near Fairmile, Devon.
The Levellers first put together their own festival in 2003 "to offer not only the best in live music today but to re-create a community spirit that many events nowadays lack or choose to ignore. This event is about people young and old coming together and taking part in something that will be remembered for a long time." It's certainly succeeded in that aim, and is fast becoming one of the most popular and talked about festivals in the UK. The eclectic line-up includes Supergrass, Nouvelle Vague, Stiff Little Fingers, Transglobal Underground and many more.
Tickets for Beautiful Days 2008 are sold out, although car parking tickets can still be purchased. View site
The Green Man Festival 2008 (15th-17th Aug)
Glanusk Park, Usk Valley, Powys, Wales
Organized by folk duo It's Jo and Danny, there's live music with lots of folk and folktronica bands, plus film, literature, workshop and children's areas, and Djs. Headliners are Spiritualized, Super Furry Animals and folk godfathers Pentangle top the Sunday. Richard Thompson and Howlin' Rain (featuring members of Comets On Fire and Sunburned Hand of the Man), Badly Drawn Boy, Laura Marling, Black Mountain, The National, Nina Nistasia, and School Of Language.
Tickets are priced at £105 for the weekend including on-site camping and parking, with children aged 12 and under free. Live-in vehicles are an additional £35. Tickets still available. View Site
V Festival 2008 (15th -17th Aug.)
Staffordshire & Chelmsford
This is another popular festival, and good news is – there are still tickets available!
It returns this year with a cracking line-up: The Verve, and Muse, Kings Of Leon, Stereophonics, Amy Winehouse, The Kooks, Maximo Park, Lenny Kravitz, The Feeling, Squeeze, The Prodigy, Kaiser Chiefs, The Pigeon Detectives, The Zutons, Newton Faulkner, The Hoosiers, Reverend And The Makers, Duffy, Scouting For Girls, Shed Seven, The Courteeners, Ian Brown, The Chemical Brothers, The Pogues, The Charlatans, Jamie T, Hot Chip, Travis, The Twang, and more. Tickets still available. View site
Creamfields 2008 (23rd-24th Aug)
Daresbury Estate, Halton, Cheshire
The legendary festival returns with it's biggest and most eclectic line-up to date. Besides cutting edge electronic music, the festival will also host indie rock bands such as Kasabian and The Gossip.
Other acts are Underworld, Fatboy Slim, Ian Brown, Paul Van Dyk, Tiesto, Nick Warren, Eric Prydz, John Digweed, James Zabiela, Soulwax, Pendulum, Simian Mobile Disco, Chic Featuring Nile Rogers, Roots Manuva, Erick Morillo, Paul Oakenfold, and many more. The festival celebrates its 10th anniversary and tickets are still available. View site
Get Loaded in the Park 2008 (24th Aug)
Clapham Common, London
This London festival reaches it's fifth year with a great line-up, and it's no surprise it's getting increasingly popular: The headline act for 2008 has been confirmed as Iggy and the Stooges withsupport from Supergrass, Gogol Bordello, The Hives, The Holloways, Kate Nash, Gossip, Reverend & The Makers, The Maccabees, Soulwax Nite Versions, The Presets, Boys Noize with Mylo (DJ set), Streetlife DJs, Ipso Facto, and Union DJs. Tickets still available. View site
Mathew Street Festival
All over Liverpool
This legendary August Bank Holiday weekend music festival is held at venues across Liverpool city centre. After a hiatus last year, it's back bigger and better than ever. This is the biggest free festival in the world, celebrating talent from all over the word and especially from Liverpool.
Bestival 2008 (5th - 7th September)
Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight
Another festival still in its infancy, the Bestival returns for it's 5th year with My Bloody Valentine confirmed as the Friday night headliner (an English festival exclusive), with Amy Winehouse headlining Saturday, and Underworld headlining Sunday. Also playing are: Aphex Twin (English Festival Exclusive), The Breeders, CSS, George Clinton And Funkadelic/Parliament, Gary Numan, The Human League (exclusive two performance concert), Pendulum (live), 808 State (live), Foals, Lee Scratch Perry, Baaba Mal, The Wedding Present, Sold out. View site
Frodsham Music Festival (6th September)
Lady Heyes Craft Centre, Chesire
Cheshire is the site for yet another new festival, that aims to become the region's very own Glastonbury. Thousands of rock fans will flock to Frodsham Music Festival for this weekend music event being organised by a Glastonbury festival roadie.
The Automatic, who had a massive chart success with their hit single “Monster”, will headline. Other acts include some of the finest bands from the region, such as Amsterdam (John Peel favorites), The Aeroplanes, Jajuka and more. This is a very affordable one-day festival, that sounds promising! Tickets still available. View site
End of the Road Festival 2008
Larmer Tree Gardens, North Dorset
The aptly named festival is, for many, the rightful closure for the festival season. It's widely regarded as one of the best new festivals around, and has a strong lineup this year: acts include Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band, with Dirty Three, Mercury Rev and Celexico with Tindersticks to headline and Two Gallants, Micah P Hinson, Low, Dirty Three, British Sea Power, American Music Club, Billy Childish, and Liverpool band The Affection, who won the competition to represent the city at the festival, when Liverpool was chosen “Most Musical City in the UK”. Tickets still available. View site
For a comprehensive list of festivals, visit efestivals