It’s Thursday and as I type this, rain is descending on Liverpool and my thoughts are directed towards the weekend – I intend to go to a local festival, but the thought of rain always puts me off living my humble abode a little. But really, a bit of rain doesn’t hurt does it? If anything it adds to your experience, and gives you a sense of weather one-up-manship. That’s the spirit! Inspired, I decided to see what else is going on in the world of festivals this weekend, should you feel as spontaneous as I do. Festival Weekends are soon upon us.. Check them out:
Festival Weekends 2012: Isle of Wight Festival (IOW) -
There’s nothing quite like extremely last minute plans for your weekend, and for this one we definitely mean it as Isle of Wight Festival starts today. But, if you do fancy heading down ready for festivities you can still do so – though camping tickets have officially sold out. Should you wish to go, for a bit of Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Elbow, Noah and the Whale or even a bit of Tinie Tempah and Jessie J then you can grab a non-camping ticket for £160 face value. Please note that the weather has been awful.. Click Here if you do want to buy tickets.
When? TODAY! (21st-24th June 2012)
Where? Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight
How Much? £160
Web: http://www.isleofwightfestival.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/IsleOfWightFest
Festival Weekends 2012: Africa Oyé (Liverpool) -
A free, non-camping festival spread over Saturday and Sunday this weekend which will bring African culture, cuisine, and musical stylings to Sefton Park. Not only is Sefton Park beautiful in itself but teamed with bright, tribal colours and an infectiously energetic atmosphere I’m sure that come rain or shine it’ll be a great way to spend your weekend. I’m planning on it and am particularly looking forward to the ‘Movema World Dance Performance’, ‘Beatlife Percussion Troupe’ and checking out the active zone which will be alive with people learning Afro-Brazilian dance moves or giving Zumba a go.
Festival Weekends 2012: The Big BBQ&Music Fest (Essex) -
This weekend, Essex will be playing host to a barbecue competition with a £10,000 price tag and the title of ‘European Grand Champion’! So, not only will you be able to feast on delicious food, you can enjoy a mellow day of family fun with fairgrounds and live music, too. As soon as the afternoon swings around tribute artists such as Bon Giovi, Blurb and Kaiser Thiefs will be taking to the stage kicking the night in to a typical festival atmosphere. Going on from 10.30am until 11pm you’ve got nearly 12 hours of festival fun ahead of you – and for £10 for adults (£15 on the door) and free for under 10s, you can’t go wrong.
When? 23rd June 2012
Where? Canvey Island, Essex
How Much? £10 for Adults, FREE Under 10s.
Web: http://www.thebigbbq.co.uk/ Twitter: n/a
Festival Weekends 2012: Guernsey Festival (Geurnsey) -
Born last year, Guernsey Festival was greeted with sunshine and a glorious reception given its ability to provide a knock out line up so early in the game – we’re talking Primal Scream, Example, The Go! Team, The Gaslight Anthem and France Turner. This year is absolutely no exception as they managed to secure the likes of Macy Gray, The Charlatans, Kaiser Chiefs, DJ Wire and Maverick Sabre. Tickets are still available online, with an adult weekend ticket prices at £85, and an adult day ticket for £55. Tickets are still available (you can buy here) so if you fancy a go at Guernsey Festival this weekend get yourself there.
Festival Weekends 2012: Seahouses Festival (Seahouses) -
I spent part of my childhood in Seahouses, looking in the Grace Darling museum, exploring the nearby castle and sampling some of the best fish and chips the North can provide. Now, they welcome a day festival to their summer schedules and will be playing host to smaller bands such as My Darling Clementine, Rob Clements, The Toy Hearts, The Fireflies, Watchers and even the Seahouses Middle School Band. The music kicks off at 12 noon and goes on until 6 – so that’s six hours of fun on the Northumberland coast. There’s also skate park demonstrations, breakdancing, workshops, and crafts for children. Best of all? It’s completely free.
When? 23-24th June 2012
Where? Seahouses, Northumberland
How Much? FREE
Web: http://www.seahousesfestival.org Twitter: n/a
Not bad for a weekend, a major festival, a growing festival and some local delights. Personally, I can’t wait for my weekend around Sefton Park in Liverpool and I know many of my friends will be saying the same! Do let us know what you’re getting up to this weekend via our Twitter, here, and if you decide on a festival is the best way to spend your weekend come Friday, enjoy!