As festival season slowly creeps up on us it’s time to start thinking about which ones will be worth a look this year. I was all set to write a beautiful long and winding post to help out, but then the web editor of Aloud.com got in touch to help me out. She writes for a living, so we thought – yeah, lets go Callie! Her selection is strong, though she unfortunately missed Southsea, ROTW, Sothport Rocks, SWN and Alcopopalooza (ahem) which will all be ace. For now though, try these bad boys!
The Great Escape
This Brighton festival is in its sixth year now, remaining to be a culmination of the best new talent handpicked for your festival pleasure – seriously, it’s everywhere. Undoubtedly you’ll discover some new fave bands, new fave albums and maybe even have time for a cheeky ice cream by the seaside…
The acts I’d be most excited about seeing at The Great Escape this year are Warpaint, Niki & The Dove and The Heartbreaks… But the entire line-up will be completely awesome, and with tickets pricing from £45 for a 3 day weekender pass you might be able to choose one (or two?!) other festivals from this list too… Also at the Unofficial Great Escape look out for The Alcopop/This is Fake DIY stage at The Patti Pav which will be ace!
So if you fancy Escaping Greatly on the 12-14 May this year then check out Aloud.com for tickets and more info.
Taking place in Camden, London (obvs) you can definitely expect a bit of a messy bank holiday weekend with the Camden Crawl. With a line up including the likes of Johnny Foreigner, Frankie & The Heartstrings and Dananananaykroyd you can expect a couple of days of mayhem, soundtracked with some awesome tunes.
Plus, you never know, Noel Fielding might pop along for a pint (unless that puts you off – then he probably won’t).
The Camden Crawl will be the 30th April – 1st May this year and weekend tickets are priced from £54. You’ll be able to get your Camden Crawl tickets at Aloud.com.
Truck Festival is having a go at it’s 14th year on July 22nd, 23rd and 24th 2011. Previous artists include The Futureheads, The Young Knives, Ute (yes!) and These New Puritans so you know you’re in good company. Originating as a respite from the predictable line ups of mainstream festivals it has grown in popularity year by year and definitely won’t disappoint anyone looking for a bit of an alternative music scene.
The line up already includes ace acts such as Fixers and Trophy Wife, with more being added all the time – so keep checking up for more announcements! Steventon, Oxfordshire might seem slightly out in the sticks, but you get a lot of wicked bands for your £99 weekend ticket meaning you won’t be parting with your savings too painfully…
This Surrey-based festival has a pretty impressive history of good bands ranging from Blood Red Shoes to Laura Marling, White Rabbits to Enter Shikari. Weekend tickets are £45 with camping included, and it’s also just on the outskirts of London – easy peasy to get to.
With a dance tent, an introducing stage, a main stage which will feature Jumping Ships, (and a beer tent) there will be something brilliant right up everybody’s proverbial alley. Catch it this year on 22nd and 23rd July.
Go to Aloud.com for more info, news and Redfest tickets.
With folky Fleet Foxes headlining this years Green Man festival I’d definitely recommend this one. In the depths of Wales, the Brecon Beacons to be precise, you also get a bit of a country retreat thrown in for good measure too.
This festival has a proper hippy vibe to it with all night bonfires, literature readings and beautiful scenery enhancing your weekend of music. Ute are playing too! This year you’ll need to head down to Glanusk Park Estate on the 19th, 20th and 21st August to enjoy the Green Man eco-friendly festivities.
So if you fancy heading over to Green Man Festival get your tickets from Aloud.com.
Thanks Callie – cheers for that!