22 May UK Summer Festivals Guide II
UK Summer Festivals Guide II
The resident photographer Ben gave us his 2 cents worth on the best UK summer festivals. Here is part 2 of our guide from an aging festival goer finding it hard to let go.
All Points East
After moving Field Day, Lovebox, Citadel and Mighty Hoopla from East London, All Points East has some big shoes to fill. The inaugural festival is a ten-day long extravaganza combines a stellar line up of eclecticism and renowned musical heavyweights. All Points East will host free midweek community events to send festival vibrations through East London.
Who: LCD Soundsystem, The XX, Bjork, and The National.
When: 25th May – 2nd June
Heading to the Boomtown Fair for the first time? Prepare to enter a fantasy world, a melting pot of colour, vibrancy, theatre and plenty of fancy dress. The festival consists of 9 eccentric districts all with a different narrative for the festivals diverse and non-commercialised musical movements. Chill by a folk barn then get ready to lose yourself at 180 BPM to some hard hitting drum and bass.
Who: Gorillaz, Die Antwoord, Limp Bizkit
When: 9-12 August 2018, Winchester
Green Man Festival
Hidden in the hills of the Brecon Beacon’s Black Mountains, Green Man Festival offers one of the best backdrops for across the summer festival season. Revelers will discover 1,500 performers with comedy, theatre, literary worlds and a healthy dose of big indie hitters and experimental folk music from around the world. There will be plenty of craft beers and local ales and ciders on offer for the discerning music lover.
Who: The War On Drugs, Fleet Foxes, John Grant, Grizzly Bear
When: 16-19 August 2018
Blue Dot Festival
Bluedot Festival’s intergalactic mix of music, science and space discovery collide at the iconic Jodrell Bank observatory. The awe-inspiring Lovell telescope forms the backdrop to the main stage that has a line up from outer space. Visitors will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a groundbreaking programme celebrating arts, culture and the exploration of space.
Who: The Chemical Brother, The Flaming Lips, Future Islands and Blue Planet Live.
When: 19th – 22nd July 2018
Festival Number 6
The boutique Festival Number 6 takes place at the equally bijou location on the idyllic Welsh coast. The festival brings together the eccentric and hedonistic with a four-day banquet of art and music set against the pastel coloured town sandwiched in the mountainous backdrop of North Wales. A village that that wouldn’t be out of place on the French Riviera or a quaint Italian town.
Who: The The, Franz Ferdinand, Friendly Fires
When: 6 – 9th September 2018
Looking for more festival inspiration check out Ben’s Summer Festival Picks.