Cross The Tracks Recent years have seen festivals falling by the by and the big-name players even reducing schedules and missing out years. The team behind Cross The Tracks did an amazing job as they celebrated the opening year of Brixton's first funk, soul and jazz festival. As the crowds descended on the inner city's Brockwell Park, it was refreshing to see communities bonding, all ages and races excitedly arriving at the park as the sun shone through overcoming the predicted bad weather.


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All Points East 2019 The second weekend of All Points East Festival kicked off with heavy distortions, headbanging and crowd surfing. Headlined by Bring Me The Horizon, day one of weekend two also saw performances by Architects, Run The Jewels, Nothing But Thieves, While She Sleeps, IDLES, Sleeping With Sirens, Yonaka, Alice Glass, Ladybird and many more.


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Love 4 Music Festival 2019 Now in its second year, Love 4 Music is a small one day dance festival created by Cultural Events Promotions, and whilst it would be fair to say that this event was by no means a sell-out, it would be equally fair to say that this is a festival very much in its infancy, but shows great promise, and has all the potential to become a bigger and permanent fixture in an already busy festival schedule in the UK.


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Kendal Calling's First Ever Photography Exhibition A photography celebration of Kendal Calling, the UK’s most vibrant music festival is set to go on show at Manchester’s newest music bar, 33 Oldham Street.


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Live at Leeds Still the best 1-day festival for emerging talent, Live at Leeds continues to shine as a must not miss opening to this year’s festival season.


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Rockaway Beach 2019 Once upon a time there was a firm belief that music festivals should only take place during the summer months and which should also entail several nights camping. The annual Rockaway Beach festival offers a festival experience but without a portaloo ever coming into your vision.


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Neighbourhood Festival 2018 What better way to spend a Saturday than to run around Manchester’s music venues looking for your next favourite artist. My festival year always starts at Live at Leeds in May and then finishes here in Manchester at Neighbourhood Festival in October. Both of this year’s metropolitan day festivals have been superb, packed to the brim with fresh new talent and if you are prepared to stray away from the larger venues then there are some real goodies to be found amongst the also rans. Be prepared though for quite a trek to some of the places - walking from Albert Hall or Jimmys to the Academy is well over a mile, so I decided early on not to go to those extremes and stay in the nucleus of talent and go to the smaller venues that I hadn’t visited before.


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Moseley Folk Festival 2018 The festival god's blessed the 13th Moseley Folk Festival with glorious sunshine for the whole three days, which is only fair and right seeing as how they damned Moseley’s sister festival, Lunar to a torrents of rain for much of that weekend. And no matter how much rain makes for the "proper" festival experience, being dry, warm to hot (possible for the last time this year), makes for a much more pleasant festival. So karma readdressed and lucky 13 for some and all, Moseley got under way on the afternoon of Friday 31st August.


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Cool Britannia Day three of the inaugural Cool Britannia Festival brings the memories flooding back... Boasting some of the biggest names in British rock and pop from the last 30 years, the Cool Britannia Festival was a three-day event held at legendary venue Knebworth Park in Hertfordshire from Friday, 31st August (though the opening day showcased slightly lesser-known acts) to Sunday, 2nd September.


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Bingley Music Live 2018 After climbing an unreasonably large hill to arrive at the Bingley Music Live festival site, I emerged into the beautiful West Yorkshire sunshine just as the Lightning Seeds were closing out their set. Songs such as Life of Riley and Change provide a certain nostalgic satisfaction, but these tracks haven't aged particularly well, and the omission of Three Lions is keenly felt by all in attendance.


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South West Four Spread over the Saturday and Sunday of the August bank holiday South West Four (SW4) sees some of the biggest DJs and dance acts descend onto London's Clapham Common.


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Victorious Festival 2018 Taking place on Portsmouth historic waterfront, Victorious Festival is a 3 day event that mixes established worldwide known names, with hotly tipped talent and a good sized addition of artists from the local area to help create a community spirit.


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Y Not Festival 2018 After losing a battle with the Great British Summer™ in 2017, Y Not Festival rolled into 2018 with a main-stage line up so compellingly star-studded that it seemed like a shoe-in for redemption this time around. Reverend and the Makers, Razorlight, Manic Street Preachers, The Libertines, Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Kaiser Chiefs, The Wombats and Jamiroquai topped the billing, supported by a solid cast of acts across six stages and four days.


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Ramblin' Man Fair The sun beat down on Maidstone's Mote Park for one of the hottest weekends of the year and Ramblin' Man Fair 2018. Billed as the UK's top prog Rock, blues and country festival the masses flocked to the popular weekend.


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