Best Festivals Still To Come – Summer 2016

[divider]BoomTown Fair[/divider]

Heading back to the Matterley Estate, Nr. Winchester between 11 – 14 August

Boomtown Fair has innovative city-like layout with each “district” having a unique feel, atmosphere and image, that is also reflected on the acts that play the district. Every kind of musical genre is celebrated at BoomTown, from ska, folk, gypsy, reggae, world, punk, pirate and disco to electro-swing, jazz, blue-grass, bass, jungle and techno, all enjoyed in a spirit of unity and freedom. A huge amount of great music over 23 stages. 

LINE UP HIGHLIGHTS: Madness, Damian Marley, Leftfield, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Parov Stelar, Bad Manners, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, The Neville Staple Band, Imelda May, Levellers, Pharoahe Monch, Little Roy, Mad Caddies


Tickets: Weekend Camping from £170

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[divider]Y Not Festival[/divider]

The gorgeous Peak District countryside becomes home to the Y Not Festival, 29-31 July 2016.

If you’re keen to see new, up and coming acts, with a few established artists thrown in for good measure at an intimate and friendly event then Y Not should be the festival on the top of your list. From sitting on hay bales watching acoustic intimate performances, raving in dance tents to massive main stage singalongs.

LINE UP HIGHLIGHTS: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Editors, Madness, Catfish And The Bottlemen, The Hives, The Cribs, Everything Everything, Kelis, Band of Skulls

Late night entertainment includes a dance tent, silent discos, secret raves and camp fire singalongs. Away from the music and entertainment the food and drink (alcohol) shines through at Y Not, offering up local ciders and real ale.

Tickets: Weekend Camping Ticket – £94.50 

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See our Y Not Festival review from last year

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Tramlines – Sheffield’s award-winning inner-city music festival takes place from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 July across four huge outdoor spaces and 15 diverse venues across the city, as well as fringe venues.

LINE UP HIGHLIGHTSDizzee Rascal, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Jurassic 5, Kelis, Mystery Jets, Gaz Coombes, Field Music, Hinds

Venues on the festival circuit include the o2 Academy, the Leadmill, The Night Kitchen, the Cathedral, Foundry, Fusion, and The Octagon Centre, The Harley, Hope Works, City Hall, Queens Social Club and Yellow Arch Studios. There are also fringe venues and events that take place over the weekend. The fringe venues play an important role in creating a platform for all the regional, new and breakthrough artists.

 Weekend ticket costs £42

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[divider]Truck Festival[/divider]

Truck Festival confirmed that for 2016 the event will expand to three days across the weekend of Friday 15th until Sunday 17th July at the Hill Farm site, Steventon, Oxford

Showcasing the best new and local bands alongside established favorites in one of the most beautiful festival settings in the UK.

LINE UP HIGHLIGHTS:  Manic Street Preachers, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Kodaline, Jurassic 5, Mystery Jets, SOAK, Blossoms, Neck Deep, Coasts

Tickets: Weekend – £86.50

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[divider]Festival Number 6[/divider]

Festival No.6 is an intimate, bespoke banquet of music, arts and culture taking place over the weekend of the 1-4 September, 2016 in the magical village of Portmeirion, Wales, home of the cult TV series The Prisoner.

Acts perform across the entire site, by the whimsical Italianate architecture of the village, the historic town hall, piazza, Bristol Colonnade, the picturesque Estuary stage, the atmospheric woods and the promenade along the River Dwyryd.

LINE UP HIGHLIGHTS: Noel Gallagher, Hot Chip and Bastille to headline Festival No.6, 2016. Other confirmed live acts include Django Django, Echo & The Bunnymen, Roots Manuva, C Duncan, Frances, Lucy Rose, NGOD, Oh Wonder, Oscar, Roisin Murphy and The Amazons.

Tickets: Weekend – £180

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Beat-Herder due to take place Friday 15th – Sunday 17th July 2016 is a friendly, barmy, hedonistic oasis hidden amidst the relative calm of the Ribble Valley, Lancashire moors. 

The entire site is made from scratch, by hand, including the tunnels in the woods leading to secret raves (look out for a red telephone box…) and a chapel, complete with Sunday Service. Beat-Herder houses a Working Men’s Club, comedy stage, a tattoo parlour, yoga classes, workshops including knitting and woodturning, mass-participation games, pop-up performances, a fun-fair and many more surprises round every corner, giving the punter an entirely holistic experience.

LINE UP HIGHLIGHTS: James, Chronixx & Zinc Fence Redemption, Donovan, Clean Cut Kid, Doorly, Dub Pistols, Easy Star All Stars, Gentleman’s Dub Club.

Tickets: Weekend – £138

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[divider]Standon Calling[/divider]

What started as a birthday BBQ and DJs with a handful of friends, Standon Calling has become the perfect overgrown house party, offering renowned and upcoming acts, immersive theatre, a host of weird and wonderful workshops, talks, the annual dog show, a fancy dress parade and of course its own heated outdoor swimming pool. Taking place on 29-31 July 2016 at Hertfordshire.

LINE UP HIGHLIGHTS: Suede, Jess Glynne, Kelis, The Hives, Everything Everything, Ghostpoet, Anna Calvi, Blossoms

Tickets: Day from £57, and Weekend £147

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Lowlands takes place in Biddinghuizen, an hour drive from Amsterdam. Due to take place from the 19th to 21st August, the Lowlands city rises in the middle of Holland: with 55,000 inhabitants, around 250 performances, including: a comprehensive programme of good quality theatre, film, visual arts, literature, stand-up comedy, plus bars and global restaurants, market, campsites, live radio broadcast, daily newspaper, unique currency and even it’s own University! All divided over three areas and eight stages, most of which are inside tents.

LINE UP HIGHLIGHTS: Muse, Disclosure, LCD Soundsystem, Foals, The Last Shadow Puppets, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Kills, Jake Bugg. 

Tickets: 3-Day Ticket: £140 including shuttle, camping

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[divider]FIB Benicàssim Festival[/divider]

FIB Benicàssim Festival 2016 will be returning to the Valencian coast in July. The event takes place Thu 14 Jul 2016 – Sun 17 Jul 2016. The festival site is walking distance from the beach and a huge water park.

LINE UP HIGHLIGHTS: Muse, The Chemical Brothers,  Disclosure, Massive Attack, Kendrick LamarMajor LazerThe Maccabees and The 1975

Tickets: £155 for 4-days with 8 days of camping.

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[divider]Way Out West[/divider]

Way Out West returns to its home in Slottskogen Park for one of Europe’s biggest celebrations of music.

Set in the music capital of Sweden, Gothenburg, Way Out West will play host to globally recognised acts. Stay Out West will be backgiving revellers a chance to sample groundbreaking artists in the city’s most striking cultural late-night hotspots.

LINE UP HIGHLIGHTS: Morrissey, The Last Shadow Puppets, Haim, James Bay, PJ Harvey, Jamie xx, Chvrches Daughter, Massive Attack and Young Fathers

Tickets: Weekend – £168

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