As the end of April is rolling around, and it’s miserable weather again, I am certain that most of us are already reminiscing about summer; sipping cocktails on a beach, having a swim in the sea, lazing around all day and getting-up-to-things-we-probably-shouldn’t-repeat (or remember) all night…
But the best thing about summer has got to be… festivals.
So while you are all stuck doing work, waiting for the festival season to roll around, let me just get you kick-started on some ticket-buying that definitely will not hurt your bank balance as much as Glastonbury (although if that was happening this year, I would not even be writing this article).
Here, Ladies & Gentlemen, I present to you, the/my top 5 festivals under 3 digit sums:
Lovebox : 15-17th June
10 years old this year, it has been named a ‘mini-Glastonbury’. 3 days of musical mayhem – from Grace Jones to Toddla T, granted one of the most popular festivals of London. Held in East London’s beautiful Victoria Park, there will be a lot of ‘Lovin’ in this box’ – Not only music, but cabaret performances, circus acts and other fun things to look forward to.
There are day tickets starting from £29, and you can combine whichever days for prices ranging from £49 to £99.
Field Day : 2nd June
The individuals responsible for the BuggedOut! Nights and sister event The Apple Cart (another, more folk-y day festival on the 3rd June with music, comedy and other shenanigans) take part in Field Day’s musical choices. Consisting mostly of a vast array of electronic artists, the festival has only existed for 5 years and has become increasingly admired across the U.K. Also taking place at London Fields, some of the acts that will be performing are Beirut, Hudson Mohawke, SBTRKT, Rustie and Grimes.
Tickets are £45 – tickets have been out for a while now so get on it!
Parklife : 9-10th June
Taking place in Manchester, for two days of music – there is A LOT of music. For very little money. Tickets are selling like the speed of lightning so get ‘em quick! www.parklife.uk.com
Tensnake, De La Soul & Azealia Banks are amongst the fantastic line-up.
A full weekend ticket costs £64.50.
Camden Crawl : 4-6th May
With only weekend tickets left starting at £67.50 (http://www.thecamdencrawl.com/) taking place in London’s alternative and brilliant Camden, there will be music, there will be booze, and lots and lots of other forms of entertainment such as comedy and theatre.
Music acts include The Cribs, Roska and Lioness – a little bit for everyone. There is no doubt that there will be a fantastic atmosphere, so get ready for your best bank holiday weekend of the year!
Blues Fest : 26th June – 6th July
A festival based in Manchester and in London, this week is perfect for all the rhythm & blues, soul and jazz-heads of the world.
“So our aim for 2012 was to try and provide platforms for great artists to deliver moments to concert goers that will live in the memory for years to come.” – Leo Green, festival founder.
The festival takes place in venues all around London and Manchester.
Ronnie Wood, Van Morrison and Erykah Badu are among the artists performing… prepare yourselves for some nostalgia…
You have to buy tickets for separate acts – prices start at £40 available from http://www.bluesfest.co.uk/
- Nina Hoogstraate.