June Festival Round Up

Reviewing the handful of festivals we got out to last month

It seems that every weekend we're attacking a different set of festivals. 

Camping, day, in-London, abroad, the breadth and choice of music on offer is astounding. This month, we've travelled up north and further still to catch acts like Faithless, James Blake, Joris Voorn and Crazy P. 

Read what we thought of them below. 

Ali- Gala, Brockwell Park

Advertised as ‘Fete of Independent, Music, Food and Drink’, Gala festival failed to live up to standards in two out of the three areas. But despite the huge pitfalls at this event, namely the queues for the bar and a lack of food… it more than made up (in my eyes) in the atmosphere, people, venue and the line-up. With Crazy P, Nightmares on Wax and Norman Jay all showcasing their talents on a busy main stage in the evening sun and support throughout the day from Joe-90 (FutureBoogie) alongside local DJ’s and outfits such as TheseDays, it kept the cool, local and independently minded festival at heart. Hats off the line up and vibe. Get the bar and ques sorted for next year and I’ll be buying a ticket.  

April- Parklife, Heaton Park

This was my third year working as an artist liaison at Parklife. This year I was looking after acts on the Elrow stage, and though words can’t really sum up my experience, what I can say is that it was filled with lots of confetti, great music and muddy wellies! It was my job to cater for the DJ’s every need, including getting riders together (picture lots of Grey Goose and Hendricks) and driving a golf buggy around the site picking and dropping various artists off. A highlight would have to be when Joris Voorn headlined the Elrow stage and ended with Drop the Pressure – Mylo, a lot of confetti and inflatables were used!

Tamara- Field Day, Victoria Park

Field Day on Saturday became a party of oh yes! and oh no! in equal parts. Highlights were the excellent offerings of not only music but food, art and entertainment, with tug of wars, sack racing and a even a screen showing the inaugural England match. Buzz bands who you’ve been meaning to see were hosted at every turn and the likes of Nao and Mura Masa did not disappoint, whereas kingpins like Floating Points (props for transferring an impressive light show to a tent) and Yeasayer brought crowds who seemed happy despite the downpour. The persistent deluge meant that sun and fun frolicks were reduced to more of a duck and cover approach to music watching- great for catching acts you perhaps hadn’t scheduled to see.

Lee- Isle of Wight Festival

Isle of Wight is different every year, and the eclectic choice for 2016 was no exception, though it did seem Main Stage was aimed more at the older generation there for nostalgia. Friday's headliners Faithless were an awesome way to top the first big night of the weekend, and crowds had to scramble towards the end of their set to make it to the Big Top to secure their spot for Sigma who let no one stop until the early hours. The Corrs and The Kills offered a chilled early evening before Iggy Pop, in all his leathery, topless glory, showed the kids what a true rock star is on stage and at times it was hard to believe he is 69! Queen with Adam Lambert was a definite highlight. As hard as it is to come to terms with the fact we’ll never see the great man perform with his band ever again, Lambert is as flamboyant and has a voice Freddie would surely be proud of. While at times he was a little over the top, the band had the crowd singing along from the first note until the very last from every generation of people in the crowd. Festivals seem to be the latest choice for hen’s and stag parties and IOW was no exception. I pity the poor souls being made to dress up but was happy for the laugh at their expense. IOW is a festival that allows you to relax or party, and always find something fun to see, watch and do. Looking forward to see what 2017 brings!

01 Jul 2016