Save those pennies and book up quick for lost summer weekends in the festival fields. Love, music, sunshine and fresh air: It’s all on.
No stranger to waking up in the arms of a strange tent, WeLove Digital encourages all and sundry to grab their belongings and get thee hence to a space filled with bands and party beasts. Festival ‘season’ is a long and wondrous trail that with the right mental fortitude and bottomless pockets one could follow all year round. Pick a few and take friends for a handful of unforgettable experiences in the raw.
Long Division, Wakefield
Wakefield rocks its own metropolitan festival snuggled on the eastern edge of the Pennines. Fifth in the series, 2015 promises an event long on joy and variety as the city plays host to 90 bands across seven venues on the weekend of 12-14 June. Grab those tickets now and experience the might of indie cruisers British Sea Power, the diminutive pop rock dynamite of Ash and one of Yorkshire’s finest live acts, the riff heavy Pulled Apart By Horses.
Joining this trio are cockney funk freaks Fat White Family and psych pop darlings Menace Beach. On top of that watch The Ainsley Band record an album live and choose from any of the following top picks: The Burning Hell (wry alt rock), Rozi Plain (delicate and plaintive songstress), The Lovely Eggs (swirling psych punkers), Tuff Love (makers of beauteous jangle pop), Fur Blend (fuzz country and skate hoe-down), Kleine Schweine (Hi-NRG punk riffs and shouting).
Friday: British Sea Power & More at Unity Works, £15
Saturday: Featuring more than 80 bands, £25 wristband
Sunday: Special live recording album session with The Ainsley Band in association with Greenmount Studios (The Cribs, Pulled Apart By Horses), £5 to watch live
Best Kept Secret Festival, Hilvarenbeek
Lots of big names for this probably not very well kept secret in the Netherlands near the Belgian border. What a line up though: Royal Blood, The Libertines, A$AP Rocky, Jonny Greenwood, Noel Gallagher and The High Flying Birds, Alt-J, Ariel Pink, Future Islands, The Vaccines, The Jesus and Mary Chain and Death Cab For Cutie, just for starters. JAMC will play classic debut album ‘Psychocandy’ in its entirety and Brit legend shoegazers Ride will riff us all to glory.
Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood will perform new work and his soundtrack music with the London Contemporary Orchestra, including selections from Inherent Vice, There Will Be Blood and Norwegian Wood. Meanwhile US Billboard no.1 rapper A$AP Rocky will peel off some purple favourites about L$D on his faded soul and high rise hip pop epics.
LINE-UP SO FAR: alt-J, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Libertines, Ride, Royal Blood, A$AP Rocky, The Tallest Man On Earth, The Jesus & Mary Chain – Psychocandy live, The Popgroup, Temples, John Coffey, Black Mountain, Chet Faker, Death Cab For Cutie, First Aid Kit, Future Islands, Jonny Greenwood & The London Contemporary Orchestra, Earl Sweatshirt, SOHN, Mew, The Vaccines, Future Brown, Ariel Pink, Bass Drum Of Death, Binkbeats, Of Monsters And Men, BADBADNOTGOOD, Kindness, Dan Deacon, Daniel Romano, Eagulls, Fickle Friends, Hookworms, Kate Tempest, Little May, Matthew E. White, METZ, OFF!, Pissed Jeans, Sunset Sons, Alvvays, Evian Christ, Gengahr, Hinds, Steve Gunn, Daniel Wilson, Outfit, Liima, Kiasmos, Pretty Vicious, Wolf Alice, Reigning Sound, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Strand of Oaks, Waxahatchee, Weval (live), Yak, Yung Lean & Sadboys, Kevin Morby, Vessels (live), Daniel Norgren, Föllakzoid, The Coathangers, patten, Eskmo, Blanck Mass, Sue The Night, Kuenta i Tambu, Mourn, Cairo Liberation Front, Ghost Culture (live), Marmozets, Tora.
Tickets cost just €125 for weekend, €69 day tickets, a camping ticket for the entire weekend €22.50. Best Kept Secret tickets are sold through bestkeptsecret.nl/tickets, Eventim, Concerto Sounds Tilburg, all Plato- and Primera stores.
Best Kept Secret Festival, Beekse Bergen, Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands (Nearest airport is in Eindhoven)
Beacons Festival, Leeds/Liverpool/Manchester
Personal favourite Beacons Festival is leaving the fields of Skipton in Yorkshire for the bright lights of Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester. Heralding this change of heart from the organisers is a name change to Beacons Metro, but the plan is to keep the focus on music, film, art and food that made the event so special.
Now spread over 12 weeks of belly busting, brain altering mayhem starting in October 2015, one of Beacons Metro‘s main venues will be a three storey former textile mill in the heart of Leeds and several hip spaces in Liverpool and Manchester. Partners for the event include Last.fm, Resident Advisor, Belgrave Music Hall, Noisey.com, 2020Vision, Flux, Vice Films and Recon Festival. Expect the unexpected as well as the usual brilliance that has typified the traditional grass and Portaloo set up of previous years. One to watch.