The Gathering Sounds A debut festival in Teesside chock-full of great new, mainly unsigned, bands and artists, The Gathering Sounds will be a regular on the calendar from now on.


Want to see and read more? Click here
TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Bingley Weekender Going back to work after six weeks off is always pretty challenging but to be whisked off to a festival straight afterwards certainly softens the dull ache of no longer being able to eat Coco Pops in your pants at midday. We arrived at Bingley Weekender cautiously optimistic after organisers had stepped in last minute to arrange the festival in place of the institution that is Bingley Music Live.


Want to see and read more? Click here
TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
The Downs Bristol 2019 Nestled within bucolic parklands beyond the bustling edges of Bristol city, The Downs Festival returns for a triumphant fourth outing that brings together the special and the spectacular. This one-day event celebrates a diverse array of performances from both legendary and up-and-coming artists, topped off with a sizeable dollop of political goodwill. And despite the ominous presence of dark clouds and downpours that loom large that morning, blue skies and sunshine eventually triumph in time for the festival’s opening hour.


Want to see and read more? Click here
TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Camper Calling 2019 Looking for your first festival experience? Give Camper Calling a try. Set in the extensive grounds of Ragley Hall near Alcester in Warwickshire this festival really does tick the box marked fun.


Want to see and read more? Click here
TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
South West Four Beginning what is an annual tradition for me South West Four (or SW4, named after the postcode it's situated in), sees some of the world's top DJs and other dance musicians take over Clapham Common for a weekend of EDM, house, drum 'n' bass, jungle, grime and everything in between.


Want to see and read more? Click here
TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Victorious Festival 2019 Over the last few years we’ve watched Portsmouth’s Victorious Festival go from strength to strength, bringing some huge acts to the Southsea coastline for the August bank holiday.


Want to see and read more? Click here
TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Boomtown​ Chapter 11 On a weekend where torrential rain and storm predictions caused numerous festivals to cancel due to health and safety issues, Hampshire’s Boomtown showed why 65,000 revellers make the journey every year for this festival of fun and frolics, not even storms could put a dampener on the delights Winchester has to offer.


Want to see and read more? Click here
TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Fairport's Cropredy Convention Everyday there is a cavalry charge at Cropredy when the gates open. But these aren't your standard gig junkies wanting to plant their elbows on the stage. These are regulars with camping chairs and picnic blankets looking for the best seated view half-way up the slope in front of the mixing desk. If you never felt more like sitting the blues this Oxfordshire festival is the one for you.


Want to see and read more? Click here
TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Kendal Calling 2019 A music festival nestled in the Cumbrian hills, sounds idyllic and it certainly is, although you’d struggle to actually see the hills and mountains other than the moment you park your car at the edge of the site. Then there’s that nice trek up a hill armed with all your camping provisions for a 3 day (or 4 for some lucky folks) event of fun, food, drink and most importantly the music. Yes, there was rain and mud this year, but that didn’t dampen the spirits or the impeccable organisation of Kendal Calling, the preparedness for the weather and ensuring a safe environment for all revellers. It is the lake district after all, so expect some fresh mud to cool your first day sunburn.


Want to see and read more? Click here
TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
British Summer Time Hyde Park Ft. Robbie Williams The sun beat down gloriously over Hyde Park as the British Summer Time Festival came to yet another superb finale, each year the Barclaycard sponsored festival brings something for everyone as the biggest musical headliners in the world flock to the royal park over the two week stretch. Sunday was no different as the crowds gathered to the sold out show headlined by England’s finest Robbie Williams.


Want to see and read more? Click here
TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Garbage The last time I saw Garbage was in late 2015 at the O2 Academy Brixton during their 20 Years Queer tour and already then I remember being impressed by their loyal, die hard fans who follow them around the world no matter the distance.


Want to see and read more? Click here
TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Van Morrison What a wonderful night for a moon dance as Innervisions Festival 2019 drew to a close with the legend that is Van Morrison performing not one, but two sell out shows at Camden’s iconic Roundhouse venue. The Northern Irish crooner wowed the crowd as he performed with a full band and boy was he on rare form, treating the crowd to an hour and half stellar performance and I'm sure there was even a rare smile thrown in now and again from this megastar.


Want to see and read more? Click here
TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Maceo Parker Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Ani DiFranco and Parliament are just some of the acts the incredible American saxophonist Maceo Parker has performed with. Having started his career with the Godfather of soul himself James Brown, Maceo's talent shone through leading the North Carolinian native to be hot property in the jazz industry. In the early millennium Maceo was one of the first wave of Prince's New Power Generation horn section having contributed to eight albums and performing in sell out shows such as the legendary 21 nights at London’s O2, so to see him return to the capital is a huge treat for this flexible musician.


Want to see and read more? Click here
TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Mavis Staples Not many 79 year olds can get up on stage at Glastonbury and blow the crowd away as much as the younger artists, but after all there is definitely something special about Mavis Staples. Six days away from her eightieth birthday, Chicago born Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and American gospel singer, Mavis Staples returned for the second year of Innervisions Festival at Camden’s Roundhouse after the success of her first year at Union Chapel.


Want to see and read more? Click here
TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,