With 2012’s thrilling summer of sport grabbing our attention right now, Solopress.com provides a timely reminder that UK music festivals are still a big part of the sunny days ahead…
The start to this year’s music festival season got wellie and truly rained out at the Isle of Wight Festival last week, but that shouldn’t dampen our spirits for the rest of the great British summer. There’s some fabulous entertainment lined up for every kind of music lover over the coming months. And, at the very least, sales of brollies and boots could reach an all-time high!
So crack open that bottle of Peroni, Pimms or Perrier and enjoy Solopress.com’s essential guide to the UK’s hottest music festivals this summer.
Hop Farm Festival
When: Friday 29th June to Sunday 1st July
Where: Paddock Wood, Kent
What: The Hop Farm Music Festival is an event free of ticket registration, with no sponsorship or branding, concentrating instead on providing live music for avid festival goers. Children aged 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.
Who: Hop Farm Festival’s line up includes Billy Ocean, Bob Dylan, Sir Bruce Forsyth, Joan Armatrading, Kool and the Gang, Peter Gabriel, Primal Scream, Ray Davies, Suede, Tanita Tikaram and The Stranglers.
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The Cornbury Festival
When: Friday 29th June to Sunday 1st July
Where: The Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire
What: A dynamic summer festival disguised as a country fayre, promising everything from toffs, farmers and rockers to gourmet chefs, Morris dancers and little old ladies who make exceptionally tasty cakes. But will they beat the Solopress.com cupcake taste test? There’s also a heap of stuff to help keep the kids amused, such as African dance workshops, crazy comic club, kids yoga, mask making, parachute games, sand art and storytelling.
Who: The Cornbury Festival’s line up includes Alison Moyet, Elvis Costello and the Imposters, Hugh Laurie with the Copper Bottom Band, James Morrison, Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Macy Gray, Pixie Lott and Will Young.
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T4 on the Beach
When: Sunday 1st July
Where: Weston-super-Mare, Somerset
What: Channel 4’s T4 on the Beach celebrates its 10th birthday this year. Over the past decade, the T4 OTB stage has seen the likes of Busta Rhymes, Dizzee Rascal, Girls Aloud, JLS, Kelly Rowland, Lily Allen, N-Dubz, Olly Murs, Pet Shop Boys, Sugababes and Will Young.
Who: The line up for T4 on the Beach 2012 includes DJ Fresh, Josh Osho, Little Mix, Lonsdale Boys Club, Taio Cruz, Stooshe, The Enemy, The Midnight Beast and Tulisa. Out of all these T40TB acts, who would you let lick your ice cream? See the poll results on the Channel 4 website. The beautiful people from Coronation Street, Hollyoaks, Made in Chelsea, Skins and other celeb guests will be dropping by too. Even T4 oldies June Sarpong and Vernon Kay are coming back to say: “Hello, where’s the green room and my VIP goodie bag then?”
Chiswick House Festival
When: Thursday 5th July
Where: Chiswick House & Gardens, South West London
What: The Chiswick House & Gardens Trust was set up in 2005 to oversee the restoration, management and protection of this important historic London site. Chiswick House is a Grade 1 listed building, built during the reign of King George II in 1729. The funds raised through the Chiswick House Festival will contribute to the on-going maintenance of these gardens, as well as the Trust’s educational programmes. But the festival’s lavish feast promises to be equally historic – including BBQs, seafood, hog roasts and bars.
Who: This year’s festival will showcase exciting music from the likes of Basement Jaxx, Keane, Lana Del Rey, Labrinth and Rizzle Kicks.
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When: Friday 6th July and Saturday 7th July
Where: London Pleasure Gardens, Royal Victoria Docks E16
What: Bloc.2012 has been recommended as the “No. 1 festival in the world this July” by the online electronic music magazine, Resident Advisor. The Bloc project is the brainchild of the team behind the late night area of Glastonbury known as Shangri-La.
Who: The eclectic electronica Bloc line up this summer includes A.T.O.L., Carl Craig – 69, Gary Numan, Orbital, Richie Hawtin, Snoop Dogg and Squarepusher.
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When: Thursday 12th July to Sunday 15th July
Where: Henham Park, Suffolk Sunrise Coast
What: Described as the “kingpin of the multi-arts festivals” by The Observer newspaper, Latitude began in 2006 and is now one of the UK’s leading festivals for music and the arts. Sponsors this year include Lucozade, Pepsi, Spotify, Tuborg and Vodafone.
Who: Latitude festival goers will be enjoying headline performances from Bon Iver, Elbow and Paul Weller. But there’s more to Latitude than just music. The stages are also set for an explosion of cabaret, comedy, film, literature, poetry and theatre. The brilliantly titled, ‘The Inbetweeners Teen Area’, will also keep the 12+ teens amused… Greenpeace log cabin and treetop adventures included!
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Music 4 Festival
When: Sunday 15th July
Where: Emsworth, Hampshire
What: This pocket-sized annual music festival, organised by the New Life Christian Church, is open to all. Funds raised will go to the Bourne Community Trust and Hope for Heroes. Entrance is free.
Who: Live music from local bands, bouncy castles, refreshments and fun attractions for the whole family.
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When: Friday 18th August and Saturday 19th August
Where: Compton Hall, Norfolk
What: Jelly Festival celebrates its 5th birthday this year with a banquet of music and, of course, free jelly.
Who: Covering everything from drum ‘n’ bass, folk and soul to dubstep, funk and swing, Jelly Festival’s line up features the likes of Allister Whitehead, Jakwob, Roni Size and The Felice Brothers.
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When: Saturday 18th August to Sunday 19th August
Where: Hylands Park, Chelmsford or Weston Park, South Staffordshire
What: V Festival is an annual music festival simultaneously held at two parks in the south and north of England. The artists perform at one location on Saturday and then swap on Sunday. The idea for V Festival came about in 1996 when Pulp’s front man Jarvis Cocker announced he would love to play two outdoor venues in two days.
Who: Cher Lloyd, Example, Happy Mondays, Inspiral Carpets, Keane, Madness, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Olly Murs, Snow Patrol, The Human League, The Killers, The Proclaimers, The Stone Roses, The Stranglers, The Ting Tings, Tinie Tempah, Tom Jones, Tulisa and lots more will be appearing at this year’s V Festival.
When: Friday 24th August to Sunday 26th August
Where: Daresbury, Cheshire
What: It probably won’t be able to match the weather of Ibiza, but at least the turntables will be red hot at the UK’s premier dance music festival.
Who: Creamfields will deliver one of the biggest dance music experiences of summer 2012, with exclusive festival performances from the likes of Avicii, Calvin Harris, David Guetta, deadmau5 and Tiesto. Other top DJ names on the decks include Axwell, Eric Prydz, Groove Armada, Paul van Dyk, Pete Tong and The Chemical Brothers.
Reading Festival 2012 / Leeds Festival 2012
When: Friday 24th August to Sunday 26th August
Where: Richfield Avenue, Reading or Bramham Park, Leeds
What: The Reading Festival has seen some truly memorable moments, from being the last UK concert played by Nirvana in 1992 – to the festival goers’ long-standing tradition of bottling unpopular acts off the stage. Meat Loaf and 50 Cent know exactly how that feels. What will 2012’s edition bring?
Who: This year’s line up includes Foo Fighters, Kaiser Chiefs, Kasabian and The Cure.
Web: www.readingfestival.co.uk / www.leedsfestival.co.uk
When: There is no Festival in 2012. Boo! But Glastonbury will return on Wednesday 26th June 2013. Bang on! Tickets go on sale from Sunday 7th October.
Where: Glastonbury, Somerset
What: The big daddy of British music festivals dates back to 19th September 1970, the day after rock legend Jimi Hendrix died. Over the years, Glastonbury has seen just about every major pop, rock and dance act perform in-front of an appreciative crowd of mud-soaked music lovers. 2011’s line up, for example, featured the likes of Beyonce, Coldplay, Kaiser Chiefs, Morrissey, The Chemical Brothers, U2 and Wu-Tang Clan. You can still watch some of these performances on the BBC Glastonbury website at www.bbc.co.uk/music/festivals/glastonbury/2011/.
Who: Next year’s line up at Glastonbury is still to be announced.
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