Category: Festival Reviews

Camp Bestival 2014 – Live Review + Photos

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Thursday 31st July – Sunday 3rd August, Dorset All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go and I’m speeding down to Camp Bestival! Well, not just me but all the other lovely festival types are too. But this year, we get there super early in the a.m., just to ensure we get a good pitch – [...]

Beacons Festival 2014 – Live Review + Photos

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Friday 8th – Sunday 10th August, Skipton Only in its second year, Beacons Festival - which ran from the 8th to the 10th of August and on a farm in the town of Skipton – has a different vibe compared to other festivals, or the usual idea people have of a festival. With a variety of things [...]

Standon Calling 2014 – Live Review

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Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd August, Hertfordshire Standon Calling is a small-scale family, boutique festival based only a short ride from London, in the beautiful Hertfordshire town of Standon.  It originally started as a private birthday barbeque in 2002 at the 16th century manor house, Standon Lordship. The festival was as eclectic as it comes, with [...]

WOMAD 2014 – Live Review

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Friday 25th – Sunday 27th July, Charlton Park After driving around the dark, deserted country lanes of Wiltshire and eventually finding the right gate, I arrived to the quiet, magical buzz of WOMAD and was hit by the wonderful smell of dew-coated grass and tents making their first appearances of 2014. Colourful flags, extravagant new tents [...]

Secret Garden Party 2014 – Live Review

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Friday 25th – Sunday 27th July, Cambridgeshire Secret Garden Party has morphed into an odd beast of an independently run boutique festival – no matter what way you look at it, these days it’s a mainstream festival. Since its inception in the early noughties as an alternative to mainstream music festivals – allegedly amounting to [...]

Folk By The Oak 2014 – Live Review

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Sunday 20th July, Hertfordshire Set in the attractive grounds of Hatfield House, Folk By The Oak  is a one day festival with a  personality of its own. The large festival field, known as ‘The Queen Elizabeth Oak Field’, is where Elizabeth I was told that she had become Queen whilst sitting under an oak tree [...]

Blissfields 2014 – Live Review + Photos

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Friday 4th – Saturday 5th July, Hampshire  “I seem to have left an important part of my brain somewhere… in a field in Hampshire” Blissfields 2014 – elevator to funzville; going down…It’s summer time, it’s on a farm (ish), the sun is out (for a while anyway) and we got tons of awesomeness, nice folks [...]

Latitude 2014 – Live Review + Photos

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Thursday 17th – Sunday 20th July, Suffolk Latitude is much more than simply a music festival; it’s a feast of the arts in which you can indulge yourself whatever your age. There is a seemingly endless supply of magnificent entertainment on show, no matter what you’re hoping to fill your senses with. For me, it [...]

Calling Festival 2014 – Live Review

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Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th June, London One of the many things I had on my bucket list was to see Aerosmith play live. Call me a cynic, but (given their age) I had mostly given up on being able to fulfill that wish. However, when the chance came about for me to review a [...]

Camden Crawl 2014 – Live Review

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Friday 20th – Saturday 21st June, London Friday Cymbals are the first band I have the pleasure of viewing live at the Camden Town Brewery, their first show of two for the weekend. Live, the bass is heavier and each layer of their music has such clarity that the synths, keyboards, guitars and drums can [...]