FIVE FESTIVALS YOU CANNOT MISS THIS SUMMER
By Kane Edmonds
Glastonbury, Wireless, Latitude. With festival season fast approaching, you’re going to want to make sure you hit up at least one of them. But with so many occurring simultaneously, how do you chose the best one? No worries, here’s a selection of five note worthy festivals that are bound to hold their own in the sea of festival line ups.
BENICASSIM FESTIVAL (Barcelona, Spain, July 13th- 16th)
With weather as hot as its line-up, Benni doubles up as a small holiday as well as a festival. You’ll be paying around £130 for a 4 day pass as well as travel (flights, coach). All in all the entirety of the trip will cost you the same as your typical British festival- around £200- not bad for a trip abroad and a festival. Benni also boasts what is looking to be one of the strongest line ups of the summer, with performances from mammoth rock ‘n’ roll bands Foals and Kasabian, king of the Mods Liam Gallagher, the legends that are the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and a massive appearance from the Starboy himself, The Weeknd. Thats not all there are many more TBA. So if you’re looking for a festival in the sun with a quality line-up, with a possible vacation attached, Benicassim Festival needs to be at the top of your list.
READING AND LEEDS FESTIVAL (AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND 25th-27th)
Don’t make the mistake of thinking you can get away with a pair of old trainers at this fest, because it’s going to be a muddy one. Although it’s notorious for its bad weather you might strike lucky with a day or two of sun, but bring your Wellies anyway. The Reading and Leeds festival is great for first time festival goers. With helpful staff and an easy staging system there’s not much difficulty getting around the festival. This does however attract a younger group of people looking for their first time festival experience so if you can put up with 17 year olds running around asking you to buy them beers then you should be fine. The line-up has been considered weaker than previous years but the saviour of the weekend is Eminem. Rarely visiting England, Slim Shady might just make the £230 festival weekend worth it. Other big appearances include Bastille, MUSE, and Kasabian.
BOOMTOWN (WINCHESTER, AUGUST 10TH- 13TH)
Take off your wellies and stick on your Reebok Classics because you’re going be shuffling and skanking non-stop. Boomtown is HUGE. With 11 districts across the ‘city’ all representing a certain type of music, you’re spoilt for choice. It’s as theatrical as it is musical. Each venue, stage and street is themed intricately to immerse you into the boomtown culture. It’s by far the most interesting festival on the list. The music differs greatly from your other typical festivals. For example, here you’ll find genres such as EDM, Techno, House, Reggae and Folk. Big names at the festival include Cypress Hill, Dub FX, The Specials, M.I.A and Sublime. The weirdest festival of the summer will cost you around £200, but for that you get what is sure to be an out of the ordinary experience.
PARKLIFE (MANCHESTER, JUNE 10TH- 11TH)
Manchester’s iconic music festival is back with a bang this year. Giving Benicassim a run for its money, there will be big performances from grime scene giants Boy Better Know, pop kings The 1975 and Stormzy following the release of his massive debut album ‘Gang Signs and Prayers’. Parklife is also the only place in England you’ll be able to catch Frank Ocean this summer. The festival is spread over two days (Saturday and Sunday) and will only set you back £99. So if you’re on a budget this summer but still looking for a strong festival then chuck on your Adidas originals and head up north.
BOARDMASTERS (CORNWALL, AUGUST 9TH- 13TH)
With a more relaxed vibe, Boardmasters presents you with a few more chilled artists with a dash of hype. If you’re looking for a slightly less intense festival experience then this one’s for you. Set in Cornwall, the weather is usually promising, buts it’s always going to be hard to escape that coastal wind. There’s access to Fistral Beach where you can eat, drink and listen to live music (hopefully in the sun). Another ticket seller is the surfing contest that takes place over the course of the weekend. So far the line-up consists of Alt-j, The Vaccines, Jake Bugg, Stormzy and Two Door Cinema Club. Tickets will set you back £154. So for a slightly different festival experience then be sure to keep Boardmasters in mind.
So whether you’re rockin’ with The Weeknd in Spain or chilling out to Alt-J in Cornwall, be sure to fill up your summer with a festival or two. Good music, good times and bad beer, what else is the Summer really for?