Category: Festival Reviews

OnBlackheath 2014 – Live Review

Massive Attack @ On Blackheath 13/09/14

Saturday 13th – Sunday 14th September, London Trapesing across the open expanse of Blackheath Common, it suddenly hit me as odd that no one has thought to stage a two-day music festival here before. Spilling out from Greenwich Park, and not a stone’s throw away from the bustling capital, the Common has always been a [...]

Bestival 2014 – Live Review + Photos

Bestival 2014 - Review and Photos (47)

Thursday 4th - Sunday 7th September, Isle of Wight The four day extravaganza on the quaint Isle of Wight, curated by Josie and Rob Da Bank, was a party to end the festival season like no other. The theme for this year’s event was the eagerly anticipated Desert Island Disco, which promised to boast the world’s largest disco [...]

Dimensions Festival 2014 – Live Review

Dimensions Festival 2014

Wednesday 27th – Sunday 31st August, Croatia With a location that manages to surpass Worldwide on the southern coast of France and EXIT in a Serbian riverside fort, Croatia’s Dimensions Festival could be the most stunning setting for a large-scale electronic music event in Europe; it’s certainly the most striking I’ve ever had the pleasure [...]

Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2014 – Live Review


Friday 22nd – Monday 25th August, Shropshire Friday Having dodged the forecast downpours and set up camp it was time to head into the main arena to start the festival weekend with some light music and impulse wanderings. Danny Pedlar and Rosie Butler-Hall were playing on the Village Stage; a small marquee-stage sandwiched between the artisan [...]

Brecon Jazz 2014 – Live Review: Highlights

Brecon Jazz 2014 - Highlights

Thursday 7th August – Sunday 10th August, Wales Friday Michael Wollny Trio Gifted pianist and composer Michael Wollny, from Frankfurt in Germany, is a highly regarded and critically acclaimed artist. He’s influenced by musician Björk, film-maker David Lynch, and painter Charlotte McGowan-Griffin. With an unrestricted and unorthodox approach to jazz, he was named Most Promising [...]

Camp Bestival 2014 – Live Review + Photos


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

Photo 10 - Beacons Festival

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

Standon Calling - Header

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

Womad 2014 - Lights

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

SGP - Big Burn - by Andrew Whitton

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 [...]