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Field Report #11: Wave After Wave

Festival season, like an impending wave of low pressure threatening to burst our river banks, is upon us. And to get our taste buds tingling, organisers have been chomping at the bit to let you know of their exclusive headline acts ready to define our summers. These days, the great line-up announcement has become a bit of a furore in itself, with countdowns a-plenty smattering Twitter feeds and Facebook pages alike, battling for your precious £65.95 + booking fee.

Another week crossed off our calendars and we’re one step closer to donning our wellies and boarding those flights to Festival Season. And as the days get longer and the term gets shorter it won’t be long till we’re binning our books and clearing our work schedules to indulge in a bit of summertime hedonism.

This week, Outlook Festival whetted our appetite once more with a second wave of artists announced for the Croatian fest. Joining the likes of Busta Rhymes and DJ Premier will be Newham Generals, Phaeleh and Big Narstie representing the dubstep and grime side of things. The electronic corner will be represented by Boddika and Roy Davis Jr, whilst Eton Messy favourites Bondax will also be putting in a set or two. These announcements underpin the variation seen in this year’s Outlook line up, which in the past has been strongly Drum & Bass-natured. They say if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, but why not change the game completely? Thumbs up for Outlook.

A little closer to home now for something equally as divine. Blissfields festival, taking place in the deepest darkest Hampshire, has also rebooted its line up. Joining the likes of 2ManyDJs and Tune-Yards will be Johnny Flynn and Eclair Fifi, adding to the eclectic musical melange. However, festivalgoers will not only be treated with aural delights, but visual, too, with the unveiling of Blissfields’ Independant Film Festival. The event will feature new and varied works from many unknown film makers as well as giving the prospective Spielbergs amongst us the chance to create and submit homemade short and long features. The festival fun doesn’t stop there though, as the Fields Of Bliss Spa will be returning, as well as the Sports Day Arena for the more competitive folk. I’ll be good with just a massage, thanks!

Other stories to emerge across the face of festivals this week included the news that The Libertines, everyone’s favourite military-jacket-wearing troubadours, are back on the UK festival scene to headline British Summertime Festival alongside The Pogues, Maximo Park and Spiritualized amongst others in Hyde Park later this summer. The band, headed up by the ever charismatic Pete Doherty and Carl Barat, have made no secret of their financial situations playing a major role in their decision to reform. Money aside, I’m sure for a generation, hearing The Libertine blast out over London, will be very special this summer.
Benicassim, Spain’s biggest festival date, has announced its second wave of acts. Joining Kasabian, Paolo Nutini and Ellie Goulding will be Sebastian Ingrosso, Cat Power and Nina Nesbitt, completing a line up to suit everyone’s Ipod. Finally, after announcing a ‘conscious uncoupling’ from his film star wife earlier this year, Chris Martin will be making a rare appearance with Coldplay at this year’s Radio One’s Big Weekend later this summer. The three day event will be taking place in Glasgow, and though 100% free, tickets will be distributed by a lottery. It could be you…

- Liz Ward



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