What Festival is for YOU?

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V Festival

22-23rd Aug


3rd-5th July

The Secret Garden Party

23rd-26th July

Filled with acts we all know and love V Festival is perfect for that summer feeling. The festival takes place on two sites located at Hylands Park in Chelmsford and Weston Park in South Staffordshire, artists perform at one location on Saturday and then swap on Sunday. The likes of Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora and Sam Smith have all played V Festival making it a star studded event fit for the whole family. The atmosphere is much more relaxed here than say Reading & Leeds because diehard fans tend to make more of an appearance, plus the chances of a mosh pit forming are low! Hip Hop more your thing? How about R&B? Wireless is the one for you. Happening in London Finsbury Park and Birmingham’s Perry Park. Artists in attendance this year are the likes of Nicki Minaj, Drake and Labrinth all surely going to bring the house down. The more urban festival is a rarity here in the UK and is nice to see Wireless Festival  paving the way for hip hop music’s exposure. Calling all art lovers and those who go to festivals for the vibes! The Secret Garden Party might be the thing for you. It is seen as an alternative to the mainstream music festival. It is an annual independent arts and music festival which takes place in Abbots Ripton near Huntingdon. This location is on the grounds of a Georgian farm house and has its own lake, river and landscaped gardens making it very picturesec for all you photographers out there. If you’re looking for somewhere a little bit different to spend your summer then I would certainly suggest heading there. Not to mention each year the festival has an obscure theme the festival and festival goers play into, this years theme is ‘Childish Things’ where we are asked to ‘escape the world that wants us to grow-up (and behave); and explore what we all left behind.’


Reading & Leeds Festival

August Bank Holiday Weekend.

Dot To Dot

22nd-24th May

Reading and Leeds Festivals are a pair of annual music festivals that take place simultaneously on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the August bank holiday weekend. Reading Festival is held at Little John’s Farm on Richfield Avenue in central Reading. Leeds Festival is held in Bramham Park. Reading Festival, the original and senior of the two, is the world’s oldest popular music festival still in existence. The festival is a host to some big names such as the Arctic Monkeys, Blink 182, Muse, Bastille and many more.
Now if money is no object and music is your passion then Reading & Leeds might be right up for street. With neclectic acts varying from the rock, indie, dance, punk, metal and alternative genres there is bound to be something for everyone not to mention the funfair that takes place every night and the huge array of food and drink vendors dotted around the festival.
Talking from experience I went to Reading festival last year (VIP in fact) and I must say apart from rubbing shoulders with the stars the whole atmosphere was very relaxed. There is a real camaraderie I find with festival goers because you’re all there for the same thing, especially when you’re in the midst of a really good set and you- or should I say I- got sucked into a mosh pit and had some lovely guys I’d never met before dive in and save me!
Fancy a festival without the mud? Well the Dot-To-Dot festival is just the thing for all you city slickers who don’t fancy slumming it in the mud but want just as much live music and fun as anyone else headed off this festival season. Dot-to-Dot festival has been voted the UK’s best metropolitan festival and hits Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham. The Dot-To-Dot festival is set in the heart of these cities with acts dotted (see what they did there) around in various venues all within a reasonable walking distance of each other.

At just £20! You get to enjoy amazing acts without burning a hole in your pocket. Dot-to-Dot festival is known for picking the best future acts in indie, electro and alternative music. If you wanna stay ahead of the game and impress your friends with your sparkling music knowledge. Or if you just want to discover and try something new this is definitely a festival worth checking out.

There is always the risk of having one or maybe more of you favourite acts playing at the same time so its up to you to toss a coin, put it to a vote or what I tend to do, run between both sets like a headless chicken in a vain attempt to watch both. I would not recommend this behaviour though as most of the venues at the Dot-To-Dot festival have a limited capacity and fill up fast. You don’t want to be hanging around outside waiting for someone to leave so you can get in. Best to get to acts early and get a good spot. Festivals can happen in a city slickers paradise, located inside all your favourite bars and clubs far out of reach from the unpredictable British weather.