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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Resident Records Presents Resident Records has been a major part of the Brighton music scene for more than 15 years hosting regular instores by the varied likes of The Maccabees, Blood Red Shoes, Public Service Broadcasting, Nadine Shah, Slowthai and many more, as well as having BBC 6 Music broadcasting live from the store a couple of years ago as part of Record Store Day.


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Prophets of Rage It says a lot that even a tyre blowing out on the motorway and 2 hours waiting to be rescued at 1am in the morning and getting just 3 hours sleep before setting off to work couldn’t kill the feeling that I had just seen, for me, the gig of the year... Prophets of Rage at Manchester Academy.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Piece Hall, Halifax This weekend saw some incredible live music in one of the most spectacular settings you could imagine as Futuresound Events hosted 4 days of music at the iconic Piece Hall in Halifax. We were there for 3 of those days and we witnessed an anthemic hometown show from Embrace, massive party sets from Terrorvision and The Levellers as well as an astounding show from Elbow.


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Mac DeMarco It’s the first hot day of summer, and Margate is packed. The beachfront is full of bikini-clad sunbathers, Kentish families slurping melted 99s and locals strolling with panting dogs.


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