Too early to be talking about festivals in January? Not so my friend. Glastonbury’s already sold out, so now is definitely the time to start thinking about where you might want to pitch your tent next year – or even better, sleep in a chalet or just go home. Here’s a round-up of some festivals that have been announced recently…
Lovebox – July 16th-18th, Victoria Park, London
London’s best festival returns, but this time it’s being lovingly stretched over a canvas of three days rather than two. Expect bands, art, fashion & style, DJs and everything in between. Dizzee is already scheduled to headline Friday and this event normally attracts a suitably ecelctic line-up so expect more of the same – and pray that the rain holds off. Last year Duran Duran were awesome and we can’t wait for this year’s confirmed line-up. Tickets are available from www.lovebox.net as well as from Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.co.uk) or by calling 08448472436. Day tickets for Friday and Saturday are £45 each; Friday + Saturday will set you back £80.
Playaway – 16th-18th April, Butlins, Skegness
If a tent doesn’t float your boat and you fancy something altogether more Hi-De-Hi, then head up to the inaugural Playaway festival which promises a “good, old-fashioned seaside shindig”. Windbreakers and cagouls at the ready then. Calvin Harris, Scouting For Girls, the Noisettes and next year’s festival perrenials Chase & Status have already signed up, with more acts expected to hotfoot it up to Skeggy. Whether or not Brian Cant will make an appearance has yet to be confirmed. Tickets are on sale now, starting from £140 for the whole three days. For more: www.playawayfestival.co.uk
Dot To Dot Festival – Bristol May 29th; Nottingham May 30th; Manchester May 31st
With three one-dayers all set in three major UK cities, Dot To Dot is the festival to go to if you’re not the outdooors type. Last year it drew in the likes of Friendly Fires, Mumford & Sons, Ladyhawke, Little Boots and Patrick Wolf so expect similar new and upcoming artists this year too. Tickets are on sale now for the Bristol and Nottingham dates for as little as £20. For more: www.dottodotfestival.co.uk
The Great Escape – 13th-15th May, Brighton
Up-and-coming bands galore will once again congregate on the pebbles of Brighton for an orgy of music and slightly warm beer. This year, as well as featuring UK bands the festival has teamed up with Sounds Australia and so will be turning the spotlight on bands from down under too. The three days is due to host 350 new and international artists over 30 venues in the South Coast’s premier resort – and it’s all indoors too. Earlybird tickets start from as little as £35 – click here for more.
Camp Bestival – July 30th-August 1st, Lulworth Castle, Dorset
Calvin Harris, The Human League, Chipmunk, Madness and The English National Ballet are just some of the artists already signed up for this award-winning, family-friendly festival in a castle. As well as music, there’s also comedy, DJs, pyrotechnics, posh nosh from the River Cottage, workshops and cocktails. For more, head on over to their truly snazzy website here: www.campbestival.net
Rockness – 11th-13th June, Dores, Scotland
Club 75 are heading north of the border providing dance heaven for clubbers, and Rockness has already signed up The Strokes, Friendly Fires and 2manydjs for its celtic shindig, along with Radio 1 featuring Annie Mac and Rob Da Bank. Festival director Jim King reckons: “With Club 75 here, quite simply it’s the most exciting DJ collective ever.” I’d not argue. More info is available here.