As the sun was out this past weekend our minds started to
drift towards the blissed out summer's days ahead, that we'll spend wearing
wellies, supping cider and watching the best festival entertainment on
To help get you in the mood we've recently launched WeGotFestivals, highlighting some of the
best festivals around the UK - and beyond, and listing every festival we
have on sale via the search tab. Have a browse there and read on for some
of our top recommendations...
London Victoria Park on Saturday 2nd June tickets/info
Everyone's favourite one day festival returns early in 2012
as it moves forward to the Diamond Jubliee Bank Holiday weekend. Topping
the bill are the likes of Franz
Ferdinand and Metronomy,
and also playing are Beirut,
Gold Panda, Sbtrkt, Grimes, Tortoise, The Vaccines, Mazzy Star and
more. Get a ticket and enjoy the village fete mentality along with one the
best line-ups you'll see this summer.
No Direction Home
Nottinghamshire Welbeck Abbey on Friday 8th to Sunday 10th June tickets/info
The team behind End of the Road is launching a new festival!
No Direction Home will debut at Welbeck Abbey in the northern reaches of
Sherwood Forest. The line-up is as amazing as you'd expect, including Richard Hawley, Django Django, Gruff Rhys, Veronica Falls, Beth Jeans Houghton & The
Hooves Of Destiny, Andrew
The Low Anthem
Land of Kings
London Various Venues in N16 & E8 on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th May tickets/info
Taking in over 15+ venues including basement clubs, live
music spaces and art galleries, plus Dalston's unlikeliest nooks and
crannies, Land of Kings again presents the cream of Hackney's creative
scenes across cutting edge music, interactive art and unique commissions.
The first wave of announcements includes music from Factory Floor, Maria Minerva, The Invisible, Kwes, Trevor Jackson and
and art/interactive commissions from Hammer & Tongue, Gideon Reeling,
Dalston Darlings, Hackney Film Festival and Literary Deathmatch.
Chamonix Valley, France on Friday 30th March to Sunday 1st April tickets/info
Winter Sessions Weekender is the boutique snow and music
festival in the heart of the French Alps. Chamonix-Mont-Blanc plays home to
the two day festival on and off the slopes. Alongside a storming line-up -
featuring Norman Jay
and Zero 7
- there's also a mountain top stage, ski and snowboard competitions,
mountain top bar and barbecue, and loads more to enjoy.
Croissant Neuf Summer Party
Usk, Monmouthshire on Friday 10th to Sunday 12th August tickets/info
Croissant Neuf Summer Party won an award at last year's
People and Environment Achievement award making it Britain's undisputed
Greenest Festival. It also made an appearance in Virtual Festivals' 'Top
Ten Boutique Festivals of 2008', and has gone from strength to strength
since. A combination of the picturesque location, great activities for kids,
top quality food and drink, endless opportunities for music, dancing and
theatre has led Croissant Neuf to gain a reputation as one of the best
family orientated festivals in the UK.
The Apple Cart
London Victoria Park on Sunday 3rd June tickets/info
The Apple Cart is a one day festival catered towards adults
and children alike, and presents London with an entirely fresh take on the
festival experience: no other event in the capital has award winning
cabaret stars, Turner prize winning artists and world class magicians
sitting happily alongside top comedians and music legends on the same bill.
The line-up includes Noah
& The Whale, Stornoway,
Gilles Peterson, Billy Bragg, Josh T. Pearson, Rich Hall, Shappi Khorsandi, Josie Long and
The Soundwave Festival - Croatia
The Garden, Tisno, Croatia on Thursday 19th to Monday 23rd July tickets/info
One of the best festivals of the last couple of summers
returns bigger and better in 2012 - at a new location, at the beatiful
Garden in Tisno. The Guardian described the festival as having "all
the quirks of a Bestival but in a far more beautiful, and sunny setting".
Confirmed acts so far include De
La Soul, Fink,
and loads more.
Derby Kedleston Hall on Friday 18th to Sunday 20th May tickets/info
Bearded Theory Festival will be celebrating its fifth
successful year in 2012 and is one of the fastest growing UK festivals. A
record breaking party with beards, bands, arts, crafts, weddings, DJs and
general daftness, it's a three day music festival that every year attempts
to break the world record for the most amount of people wearing a fancy
dress beard in one place and at one time. The line-up includes The Levellers, The Damned, Dreadzone, Terrorvision, Dr Feelgood, Show Of Hands and
High Wycombe Adams Park on Saturday 4th to Monday 6th June tickets/info
Expected to be the biggest music festival in High Wycombe's
history, Beechstock 2012 will take over Adams Park - home of Wycombe
Wanderes and London Wasps - to entertain 10,000 people across three stages.
The headliners are Dodgy,
Mamas Gun and
the rest of the bill features Coloureds
I'll Be Your Mirror
London Alexandra Palace on Friday 25th to Sunday 27th May tickets/info
All Tomorrow's Parties' second annual I'll Be Your Mirror
festival takes place in May at London's Alexandra Palace, and features
headline sets from Slayer
(performing Reign In Blood), Mogwai,
and a reformed Afghan
Dirty Three, Sleep,
and more also play across the three days.
Stop Making Sense
The Garden, Tisno, Croatia on Thursday 2nd to Monday 6th August tickets/info
SMS is an international music festival with an irreverently
independent vibe that showcases top quality dance music, live acts and
internationally acclaimed DJs both in the sunshine and under the stars. The
2012 line-up brings together the cream of dance music talent for five
nights of partying by the sea - acts playing include Lil' Louis, Benja B & Mc Judah,
Ron Trent & Chez
Move D, A
Adrian Sherwood and more.
Cheltenham Racecourse on Friday 8th to Sunday 10th June tickets/info
Now in its 7th year and established as one of the UK's top
family events, Wychwood Festival will this year feature the likes of James, Bellowhead, The Damned, Port Isaac's Fishermen's Friends
and Duke Special.
Other acts on the bill include comedy great Robin Ince and Mr Nice (aka Howard Marks).
Glynde Place on Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd June tickets/info
Meadowlands Festival is back again for another three day
bank holiday extravaganza held in the sumptuous grounds of Glynde Place in
Sussex, just a few miles from both Brighton and Lewes. The line-up sees Lamb and Speech Debelle play
alongside the likes of This
Is The Kit,
LTJ Bukem, Hyperpotamus
and more. With loads of extras going on - including spoken
word and comedy, and a pop-up casino(!) - this looks like being one of the
events of the summer.
The Garden, Tisno, Croatia on Thurday 12th to Monday 16th July tickets/info
Taking place in the same beautiful Croatian setting that
will host Soundwave and Stop Making Sense, Electric Elephant offers the
opportunity to get out of this damp and dreary country and experience some
great electronica and dance music in a spectacular setting. What better way
to warm yourself this spring than being safe in the knowledge that your
holiday and festival
plans are already sorted? Boat and beach parties aplenty make this one to
get yourself along to.
Andrew Weatherall heads a top notch line-up.
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