Glastonbury kicked off the festival season with flying colours this weekend, and with it now in full swing, we’re bringing you our annual festival guide for what we believe are the rest of this Summer’s finest events! So take in our lineup tips, ideas for extra fun activities and much more, to help you put together your Summer plan!
July 14th – 17th
Following last year’s incredible 10th anniversary party, it would have been understandable if the organisers down at Henham Park might have been a bit unsure of how to follow such a fantastic weekend. But hey, they’ve only gone and smashed it once again! With headliners New Order, The National and The Maccabees being joined by the likes of Beirut, Father John Misty, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Frightened Rabbit, Daughter, John Grant and many more top artists, it’s clear they’ve pulled out all the stops once again. What’s more, their famous Comedy stage is looking better than ever, with Bill Bailey, Russel Howard, Josh Widdicombe, Paul Merton, David O’Doherty and TFFT favourites Elis James and John Robins all taking to the stage, as well as dozens of other belting acts. Theatre, film, literature, poetry and cabaret are also covered with aplomb, as is the menu – with booze, eats and treats ranging from Caribbean creole, to lemon meringue pies, to pints of lovely Hobgoblin on tap. As always, this is certainly not one to be missed!
For those not able to make it to Suffolk for the Latitude soiree, those in the capital will be treated to a stellar afternoon down at Victoria Park. For the ‘ultimate Summer Sunday’ you’ll be able to take in headline sets from the mighty Sigur Ros and Caribou, as well as Lianne La Havas, Matt Corby, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Tinariwen, Bille Marten and Matthew & The Atlas. In addition, the dining and drinking at this event is arguably the best available, with emphasis put on both quality and quantity! The Sportsman’s Stephen Harris brings his Sunday Feasting, whilst eatery options range from Annie Mae’s mac & cheese, to Cattle Axe’s steak, squid and fries, to Mr Bao’s delicious steamed buns with unusual fillings; and not forgetting lashings of Doom Bar from Sharp’s brewery, who will also be bringing a selection of newer ales and a very special one-off brew, just for Citadel – yes please! All this, as well as workshops and classes, fashion, sports and plenty of activities for the kiddies, this is sure to be a fantastic afternoon courtesy of the Communion guys and gals
Cambridge Folk Festival
Showcasing the very best in folk music, Cambridge Folk Festival has sold-out in advance once again, proving that its many fans and followers are more than happy to see it enter its 52nd year. The lineup ain’t half bad either, with Imelda May, Baaba Maal, Glen Hansard, Will Varley, This Is The Kit and Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires amongst a great array of acts taking to the stage at Cherry Hinton Hall. The event also boasts music workshops and sessions, raucous ceilidhs, street theatre, real ale bars, a kids ceilidh, storytelling, and even a flippin’ paddling pool! Not too shabby at all
Set in the grounds of Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire, Wilderness makes its glorious return this year, presenting Robert Plant, Flaming Lips, Lianne La Havas, Matt Corby, Shura, Lori Campbell, Roy Ayers with Ronnie Scott’s jazz bar, and many more as part of its music programme. But this event isn’t just music-orientated. Wilderness brings together an array of comedy, circus acts, open air theatre, fire walking, talks and discussions, debates, yoga and spa, crafts, wild swimming, archery, fly fishing, cricket, a tribute to David Bowie and even a chef’s table with Raymond Blanc – pretty fancy stuff!
Green Man Festival
Ah the jewel in the smaller-festival crown! We shouldn’t have favourites, but it’s pretty difficult not to declare our love for a weekend at Green Man. Settled in the valley of the Welsh Brecon Beacons, this little gem is set to boast an incredible quartet of headliners, with Wild Beasts, Laura Marling, Belle & Sebastian and James Blake closing each night. They’ll also be joined by the likes of Warpaint, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Jason Isbell, The Unthanks, Songhoy Blues, Slow Club and many more. There’s plenty to explore as well, with Einstein’s Garden making a welcome return, the Nature Nuture area with chilled-out spa pools, another cracking comedy lineup and the fantastic beer festival, featuring ninety-nine ales, ciders and perries, plus loads of scrummy eats and treats. Absolute bliss!
End Of The Road Festival
Bringing the festival season to a close once again is the glorious End Of The Road Festival. Joanna Newsom, Animal Collective, Bat For Lashes and The Shins all headline, with support from Cat Power, Devendra Banhart, Local Natives, M. Ward, Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop, Basia Bulat and loads more great artists. Held at Lamer Tree Gardens, the hosts are to set to lay on tons of non-musical entertainment too, including comedy sets from Josie Long, Andy Zaltzman and the almighty Stewart Lee, plus workshops in the Wonderlands, a place to rest in the Healing Fields and splendid food and drink laid on by the likes of The Cheese Truck, The Curry Shed, and the Thoroughly Wild Meat Co., who in our opinion, make the best salted lamb and North Africa wraps available!
Whichever festival you’re going to, we hope you have an amazing time, getting away from all the shit going on in the world at the moment! Find some time to celebrate our wonderful music scene, watch some some sensational comedy and theatre, tuck in to some tasty treats and chill in the fields, if only for a day or two!