Category Archives: Festival Guides

Festivals 2017 :: The Best Dance Festivals

UK festival season plays a vital role in nurturing the growth of each scene within the EDM stratosphere. From ambient boutique stages, to arena-sized tents and loud production — festivals are the best way to discover new sounds and dance all summer long.

With festival season fast approaching; it’s time you plan your next rave, cover yourself in glitter and add one of these festivals to your summer dairy.

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The Great Escape 2017 :: Ones to Watch

The Great Escape promises to be an outstanding introduction to 2017’s festival season. This year’s international line up is jam-packed with emerging acts from every corner of the music industry.

With only two weeks to go until Brighton’s biggest music event officially kicks off a long, festival-filled summer, we’ve chosen 17 “must see” acts performing at The Great Escape 2017.

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Live At Leeds 2017 :: Ones To Watch

With just under three weeks to go, the award-winning Metropolitan festival Live at Leeds is almost upon us. Championed for their showcase of new music; this year’s line-up is no exception, with an epic range of artists and bands playing across the day.

If you’re not sure where to start on this glorious line-up, check out our top picks.

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Festivals 2017 :: The Best Glastonbury Alternatives

Glastonbury tickets have sold out, leaving many would-be festival-goers resigned to recreating festival season in their gardens, and watching Radiohead rock the Pyramid Stage from the sofa.

If this sounds familiar, it’s time you consider the many alternatives to Glastonbury, for there is plenty of fun to be had outside of Worthy Farm! From Bristol’s new concert series and Primavera Sound in Barcelona to Suffolk’s family-friendly Latitude, there is no need to give up on summer just yet.

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Don’t Miss ‘This Feeling’ @ Kendal Calling 2017

After a mammoth year in 2016, putting on insane gigs up and down the UK and line-ups for the likes of Y Not Festival, Reading and Leeds Festival and Isle of Wight Festival, rock ‘n’ roll giants This Feeling & Jack Rocks have announced their first ever line-up at Kendal Calling.

The club night, known for kickstarting the likes of Blossoms and Cabbage, have teamed up with the House Party folks in the Cumbrian fields, to bring festival-goers some of the best up and coming bands around.

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Hackney Wonderland 2016 :: Ones To Watch

London promoters Cherry Cola are bringing back festival season to Hackney this weekend (15 – 16 Oct). Spread across five of East London’s hottest music venues, Hackney Wonderland 2016 offers the perfect opportunity for discovering your new favourite band.

Once exchanged for a wristband, your Hackney Wonderland 2016 ticket gets you access to Oval Space, Mangle E8, London Fields Brewery, The Pickle Factory and Sebright Arms. With each of these venues boasting a full, varied day of brilliant new music, make sure you check out our ‘ones to watch’…

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Best of 2016/17 Winter Music Festivals

With summer festival blues kicking in, we explore festivals coming up this winter to help you plan your post-summer fun! These festivals boast unbeatable lineups, unrivalled locations and fresh talent all just a short flight away from the UK.

The fun doesn’t have to stop just because the weather is cooling down! Whether you’re heading out to ADE in Amsterdam, Eurosonic Noorderslag in Groningen or Snowbombing in Austria, each of these festival hotspots guarantees the ultimate festival getaway.

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Neighbourhood Festival 2016 :: Ones to Watch

After an incredible summer of music up and down the country and across Europe, there’s no doubt when we say the festival blues have well and truly kicked in.

But thanks to the new kid in town, Neighbourhood Festival, we’re lucky enough to carry on the celebration of new and up and coming music – festival style – in no place other than Manchester.

If you were one of the lucky ones to get tickets for the sold out festival this Saturday, check out our ones to watch.

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Bestival 2016 :: 8 Hot New Acts

Bestival 2016 features headliners The Cure, Hot Chip, Major Lazer, Sean Paul and Wiz Khalifa. Pretty standard for a major festival. Study Bestival‘s lineup further, and you’ll find gems from genres far and wide.

A festival famous for inflatable churches, ambient forests, bouncy castles and love-bots, Bestival offers so much more than the music… But make sure you don’t miss these hot new acts performing across the weekend.

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What’s Your Music Festival Pokemon Stereotype?

We saw a funny Pokemon meme shared on Facebook via EDM.com and thought we’d explore the various Pokemon stereotypes we find at music festivals. It’s funny because it’s accurate.

Which of these Pokémon is your spirit animal?

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Your energy comes in waves. Life is LIT. Everything is a distraction. And everyone is your best friend.

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South West Four 2016 :: What to Expect

One of the Capital’s biggest electronic dance music festivals is just around the corner. Hold back that summer energy. Born on Clapham Common on Saturday 21st August 2004, South West Four has evolved into August bank holiday’s biggest outdoor rave.

Undoubtedly one of Europe’s most ambitious music festivals, South West Four organisers push every boundary imaginable. Last summer saw the addition of a 10,000 capacity indoor main stage. The biggest indoor structure ever to be erected on Clapham Common.

With South West Four evolving at such a fast and ridiculous pace, we thought we’d fill you in on what to expect from South West Four 2016… 

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Top 20 Festivals July 2016 // Lovebox, Bluedot & more

Are you still with us? June was a killer this festival season, we’re still in recovery mode from one of the wettest Glastonbury festivals on record, not to mention weeping over Brexit.

Bring on July, the busiest and most eclectic month on the UK festival calendar. We’ve selected 20 of the best festivals happening here and overseas (beloved EU).  They say we only regret the things we don’t do, make sure you don’t miss out on these great festivals this July… There’s almost never been a stronger cause for escape from the real world! Let’s go…

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5 ‘Must See’ Acts at Barn on the Farm 2016

Back for their 7th consecutive year, Barn On The Farm returns to the picturesque Over Farm in Gloucester this week for three glorious days of the most exciting up and coming acts in the business.

Despite its intimate size, there’s plenty of music to go round for everyone –  not to mention some of 2016’s most hotly tipped acts playing across the weekend. Check out our top 5 must see acts performing at Barn On The Farm 2016…

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4 Glastonbury Festival Alternatives

Each year, the race to buy Glastonbury tickets has music fans eagerly waiting in anticipation (or frustration), constantly refreshing the page on multiple devices to see if they have a likely chance of attending the Mother of all UK festivals. This year alone, the Worthy Farm arts and music celebration sold out in just THIRTY minutes, with only a small amount re-allocated on the resale date.

If you’re one of the few that happen to have been left empty-handed, or you just didn’t fancy the 12 hour wait to spend the weekend knee-deep in mud – it’s not too late to have a summer worth remembering. We’ve handpicked five festivals from across the UK and Europe, packed with incredible music, idyllic settings – and possibly less mud.

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5 ‘Must See’ Acts at Bushstock Festival 2016, Meadowlark & more

Bushstock returns to West London once again this Saturday 18th June for one delightful day of new music across multiple venues and stages in Shepherd’s Bush.

There’s lots of new music to take in and discover, so we thought we’d list our top 5 ‘must see’ acts performing at Bushstock 2016 (some are at the same time – so pick wisely!). Time to get excited… And don’t forget, Bushstock has a history of treating its festival goers to a selection of secret shows. Last year saw very special surprise performances from The Staves and Nick Mulvey, and the secret programme will continue this year…

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A-T of Reasons You’ll Wish You Were Attending T in the Park 2016

With only four weeks to go to this year’s T in the Park and the sun shining, excitement for this year’s festival is reaching fever pitch.

In anticipation of next month’s event, T in the Park festival organisers DF Concerts and founding partnersTennent’s Lager take us through the A – T of everything to look forward to at this year’s T in the Park.

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6 Reasons You’ll Wish you were Attending Outlook 2016

Every festival season we’re distracted by the amount of festivals taking place in Croatia. why stay in the UK when there’s so much on offer? Croatia is to festival goers what Ibiza is to clubbers. This year, we’re focusing on Outlook Festival, the largest Soundsystem Culture festival in Europe.

During four days at the end of summer, the festival is set in an abandoned fort perched above the Adriatic sea, next to a beach right near Pula, Croatia. Here’s 6 reasons you’ll wish you were attending… (We could think of more reasons but we’ll leave the rest to your imagination).

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