I must admit, I look forward to writing about festival weekends on this blog. It’s (sadly) physically impossible for the Phestival team and I to be at every festival every weekend so it’s lovely to know what’s going on, when, and where. This week is a big weekend for us – we’re packing up our trailer ready to head to the Chelmsford site of V Festival! Keep an eye out for our Phestival photographers in their yellow ponchos on site, and for our stall because we sell the cheapest accessories on site, guaranteed. If you’re not at V, you might be elsewhere this weekend – here are some of our picks for festival weekends on 16th-20th August 2012:
V Festival (Chelmsford/Stafford) -
Held across two sites – Chelmsford and Essex, V Festival is a twin festival which showcases some of the biggest and most popular names in pop/rock music. This year will play host to huge names – such as The Stone Roses and the Killers (both headliners), and Snow Patrol, Tinie Tempah, Example, Nicki Minaj, Nero, Ed Sheeran, Noel Gallagher plus more. Known for its heavy sponsorship, we know that it’s going to be covered by channel 4, so if you can’t make it, you can always watch it from the comfort of your living room. Alternatively, there are still limited tickets available, so click HERE to check them out.
Summer Sundae Weekender (Leicester) -
Summer Sundae Weekender is the wonderfully sweet urban festival. The festival takes place around Leicester city centre, particularly around the De Montfort Hall and Gardens area. This camping festival will take place from 17th-19th August 2012 and will host a variety of acts across those three days. This includes the likes of Reverend and the Makers, Adam Ant, Bastille, Friends, Gold Panda, Japandroids, TuNe-YaRds, The Twilight Sad and more. If you’re looking for a beautiful festival, this is the one – BBC6 Music have been quoted as referring to the festival as ‘The Grandson of Glastonbury.’ We’re suitably impresed! Grab your tickets before they’re gone!
Green Man Festival (Wales) -
Green Man Festival puts the green, eco-conscious side back in to the festival circuit. Not only are they keen to make sure that people respect the fields, and the nature surrounding it, but they strip prices back to basics to make sure festival-goers get more for their money. It’s 100% independent, yet bags as good a line up as any commerical event. This year for example features Mogwai, Mr Scruff (Keep it Unreal_, Metronomy, Van Morrison and Fiest. You simple cannot go wrong with this festival – especially when you consider that they also have comedy, cinema, literature, a science-focused garden, nature and nurture healing areas plus many more magical surprises.
Beautiful Days Festival (Devon) -
Beautiful Days is the festival for those looking for exactly that – beautiful days. Set in Escot Park, in the heart of Devon, you’re guaranteed to have an absolutely wonderful time at this cute family-friendly festival. Beautiful Days consists of five stages, site art and decoration, a huge children’s area, comedy tents, theatre stages, family camping, real ale, a fantastic food selection and craft/art stalls. As well as this, there’s a great line up to depend on, including: Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, Levellers, Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson (Playing Thick as a Brick in full!), Toots and the Maytals, Midlake, Reel Big Fish, Bellowhead and more. Get yourself there, for southern festival forays.
A fantastic selection, no? If we weren’t heading to V Festival, I know we’d be interested in having a look at Green Man for its 100% independent nature and brilliant line up. Regardless, all four festivals are set to be wonderful and we hope that – festival or not – you enjoy your weekends. Looking out of the window now, Liverpool is grey and rainy.. but there’s time to improve!