With the warm weather finally making an appearance, it serves as a handy reminder that festival season is nearly upon us. With the monolith that is Glastonbury taking a year off, you’ll probably be looking for somewhere else to pitch your tent so we’ve had a quick scout around and picked our top seven events to get away to (we have, in Creamfields, of course, the nation’s best loved festival on our doorstep). We’ve chosen events from the localish to the far flung. All you need is the wet wipes and the will to chance the weather…
Back for a third year at Broughton Hall, the Magic Loungeabout positions itself as “the small festival with the big ideas” and given that their headliners this year are disco legends Chic feat. Niles Rodgers, it’s fair to say that they’re delivering on this promise. With Chew Lips, Summer Camp and Benjamin Francis Leftwich, an onsite arts cinema and guest speakers, it offers something for the more discerning festival goer – oh and we’ve bagsied a pair of free tickets to give away for it, watch our Twitter account for more info on how to enter.
27/28/29 July – Broughton Hall, Skipton,
Weekend camping tickets: £112
The one in Croatia – Electric Elephant (pic r)
Born out of the now defunct Electric Chair night in Manchester, Electric Elephant is held in the slightly sunnier climes of Croatia – a resort which has grown in popularity over the past few years. Having outgrown their initial home in Petrcane, they’ve relocated down the coast in the equally beautiful Tisno. Andrew Weatherall, Ivan Smagghe and Trevor Jackson sit neatly next to legendary Electric Chair residents the Unabombers and Krysko from the Warehouse Project and for those reticent about leaving the country, their website is a handy guide to flights and accommodation. Well worth the extra effort.
12-16 July – Tisno, Croatia
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The, urm, other one in Croatia – Garden Festival
Proving our theory that Croatia is the new Ibiza (but without the rip off drink prices and the *ahem* Eurotrash element), the Garden Festival takes place the week before Electric Elephant with some hardcore revellers making a proper go of it and taking in both. It’s also based in Tisno (the new San Antonio? Sorry, we’ll stop it with the lazy comparisons now) and boasts an equally as attractive line up with boat parties on offer and a mix of superstar names and homegrown talent. If you fancy doing the double header, there are special
4-11 July – Tisno, Croatia
The new kid on the block – Festival No 6
Number 6 – get it – is at Portmeirion. Y’know, where they filmed The Prisoner. Oh, ask your dad. It’s off to a cracking start in its first year. If the line up looks a bit, well, Manc, that’s because it’s set up by Observer Music’s – and Manchester journalist – Luke Bainbridge. Expect New Order, Primal Scream, Spiritualized, Mr Scruff, Derek Carter, Andrew Weatherall and Jerry Dammers.
14-16 September, Portmeirion
Tickets from £129 with camping.
The one that rounds the summer off – Bestival
Held on the Isle of Wight, Bestival caps off the season perfectly with a stellar line up that more than validates the slightly more expensive than other festivals ticket price. We’re talking Stevie Wonder, New Order, The XX, Justice, Two Door Cinema Club, Florence and the Machine, Grimes, Hot Chip, Four Tet, David Rodigan… the list is not endless but certainly extensive.
With a fancy dress theme of Wildlife and a carnival parade of the best outfits, it’s a place to let go, dress up like a fox/badger/tree/whatever and see the summer out in an unforgettable fashion.
6-9 September – Isle of Wight
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