Is it time to start thinking about summer holidays?
We say definitely. The clocks have gone forward and the last cold weather pay day is happily upon us. Putting some of that fresh cash toward building a summer holiday will be beneficial, though it’s the choosing part that’s always more difficult than it seems.
Throw all your pennies into one basket and blow out? Or divide and conquer the UK’s plethora of day festivals? Take stock of what’s available to you with some picks for the discerning festival goer this summer.
No Chance: Primavera Sound
Starting off with the bad news, sorry guys. After we reported on the excellent Primavera line-up, tickets for the Barcelona based festival sold out in less than a month. Fans of their work can still consider Nos Primavera Sound, based in Portugal, where The Black Madonna, Holly Herndon and Moderat will be flying the electronic flag.
Last Chance: Gottwood
We’re big fans of Anglesey’s best kept secret. Its organisers, dream weavers that they are, cherry pick the best underground dance music and put them in a magic blender, producing a festival that’s rapidly become one of the most popular in the UK. Artists this year include Andrew Weatherall, Menendez Brothers and Maribou State, and tickets are on their very last release, priced at £150.50, including booking fee.
Skint: Farr Festival
Small but lovable Farr is the festival of choice for any Londoner who struggles with commitment issues. Its close, it cheap, and the line up has got something for everyone, meaning that it should be an easy sell for anyone who has qualms with price, distance and music. Held in a sleepy forest in Hitchin, Farr are laying on the transport for Londoners to get there easily to check out the likes of Ben UFO, Gilles Peterson and Helena Hauff. Tickets are still at £90, grab them whilst they’re still cheap!
Don’t be deceived by Creamfields’ pay-by- instalment scheme. You can break the cost down into four different instalments, sure, but when they cost £55 a pop and you have to pay £20 to secure it Creamfields is a top ranker when it comes to cost. That said, with a line up that reads like a who's who of dance music, it'll be the best money you'll spend all year. Festival veteran or virgin, Creamfields is not to be missed. Read about what happened when we sent two festival n00bs last year.
New: Defected Croatia
If the occasional night at Ministry of Sound isn’t enough for you devotees of Defected, Simon Dunmore and the gang are taking themselves to the increasingly popular Tisno and putting on a rager. All the favourite acts and parties will be in attendance, from Strictly Rhythm to Glitterbox. Boat parties, beach parties and luxury wind downs will all be available for those with sore feet, and as with all of the Balkan festivals, the scenery is next to nothing in comparison for beauty. Tickets are available here.
Outside London: Sundown, Norwich
Why would we recommend you a festival located in a town known for Alan Partridge for once being the largest city in the UK? A twofold answer really. First of all, we like to recognise that there's great music happening all over the country. Sundown has got a killer line up that values quality over quantity. Featuring artists like Years & Years, Dizzee Rascal and Jess Glynne, Sundown has its own dedicated dance stage, provided by yours truly. We're putting on Amine Edge & DANCE, Redlight, Blonde and Low Steppa, amongst more to be announced. Tickets are available here. Smell my cheese, you mother!
Further Afield: Oasis, Morocco
Celebrating its second birthday this year, Oasis is a festival that we’re incredibly excited to see develop. Set in a hotel complex back-dropped by Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, Oasis brings a line up of electronic eclecticism to the North African desert. Line up highlights include B. Traits, George Fitzgerald and Maya Jane Coles, all enough to make us think the ticket and hotel packages starting at under £200 are too good to be true.
01 Apr 2016