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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British Summertime Hyde Park Ft. Roger Waters It’s not every day you get to spend a Friday afternoon, in 30-degree sunshine watching some of your favourite artists, especially in England. So with that caveat in place, if anyone was looking for negativity from this writer, they were going to have to work pretty bloody hard to find some (sadly this did occur, sigh). The first thing that struck me upon seeing the bill was what an eclectic mix of performers had been jumbled in together, if anyone can tell me the link between Roger Waters, Richard Ashcroft, Seasick Steve, Squeeze etc, answers on a postcard…


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OnBlackheath I headed to leafy south-east London this past weekend for one of the last summer festivals, OnBlackheath. The festival is sponsored by John Lewis and its fourth year. What makes the festival different is that it caters for all ages. A sea of families, running toddlers, strollers and Hello Kitty balloons welcomed me. With an array of activities to keep the children occupied, if I had any, this would also be a festival I would comfortable take them to.


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Boardmasters There’s something about a festival which evokes a certain amount of excitement, anticipation and a sense of ‘what the chuff is going to happen over the next few days?’ Boardmasters – set against the picturesque backdrop of the English Channel on the hills of Cornwall’s Watergate Bay – did exactly that, but did so in a delightful hilltop setting.


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Boardmasters Festival 2015 Boardmasters 2015, Cornwall’s own surf and music festival, takes place along the stunning Cornish coastline from Wednesday 5 August to Sunday 9 August. Festivalgoers enjoy five days of thrilling surf competition at Fistral Beach as well as a weekend of explosive live music on the stunning headland, Watergate Bay.


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Seasick Steve Rarely does the O2 in Sheffield get this rammed, but the fact that the bearded enigma from Oakland, California, Steven Gene Wold, AKA Seasick Steve is in town, has meant that tonight it is full, very full.


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Seasick Steve "I started out with nothing and I still got most of it left" is the self proclamation which has become Seasick Steve's catch phrase. It pretty much sums up everything about the bearded musical 'hobo'. What the man can do with a cardboard box guitar (the Diddly Bo) and a tin box drum simulator that he stamps on repeatedly (the Mississippi Drum Machine) borders on genius and the fact that he does it dressed in dungarees and a checked shirt makes him all the more endearing.


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