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Festival Guide 2015 - UK


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Secret Garden PartyIt’s that time of year again. That time when you have to choose which festival will get your hard earned (or borrowed, hopefully not stolen) cash.

There’s more to choose from then ever before, so we’ve filtered out the dross to give you a handy guide to the events that might be worth you grabbing your tent and heading to a field.... 

Live At Leeds 
(1 - 4 May)

Where: Numerous venues around Leeds

Headliners: Carl Barat & The Jackals, Dry The River, Dutch Uncles

And, who else is there? Pretty much everybody who you should be keeping an eye on this year! From Slaves to Spector to Sunset Sons, to Childhood, Telegram and Port Isla – the line up is massive. Like literally, so many acts.

Persuasion in a nutshell: A new music feast in the heart of Leeds – which is always a cool city to be in! Last year’s line up featured Royal Blood, George Ezra, Catfish and The Bottlemen and Wolf Alice, so you don’t want to miss this.  

The Great Escape 
(May 14 - 16)

Where: Various venues in Brighton

Headliners: Alabama Shakes, Kate Tempest

And, who else is there? Blossoms has been a name thrown around a lot this year, alongside EKKAH and Django Django. Dutch Uncles, Gengahr and Happyness are also on the bill and highly tipped for this year.

Persuasion in a nutshell: If you want new music, this is the place to be. All the new bands you NEED to see at the great British seaside.

Dot to Dot 
(22 - 24 May)

Where: Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham – one day events

Headliners: Saint Raymond, Swim Deep, Rae Morris

And, who else is there? Welsh band flying to success Pretty Vicious, Menace Beach and Hudson Taylor demonstrate  diversity and choice over the festival.

Persuasion in a nutshell: Celebrating its tenth birthday, Dot To Dot is held in the best venues of great cities – handy for catching some great names from around the globe at a cheap price.

Liverpool Sound City 
(May 22 - 24)

Where: Bramley Moore Dock, Liverpool

Headliners: The Vaccines, The Flaming Lips, Belle & Sebastian

And, who else is there? Peace and The Cribs will be there to get the crowds moving, and hotly-tipped avant pop-trio All We Are join the bill.

Persuasion in a nutshell: Live music and arts in the heart of Liverpool. 

Lost Village 
(May 23 - 24)

Where: Lincolnshire

Headliners: DJ Koze, Four Tet, Jamie Jones, Tale of Us

And, who else is there? Dusky, Fickle Friends and Maribou State will be performing in totally beautiful surroundings, with more to be announced.

Persuasion in a nutshell: Only 4,500 tickets are on sale for this intimate and exclusive new dance event in a setting that is promised to be incredible.

(May 30)

Where: Exeter

Headliners: Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Artwork

And, who else is there? Matt Lloyd, Aerial and Doodles are all on the bill.

Persuasion in a nutshell: If you’re a fan of electronic music, there’s no better one day event.  

We Are Fstvl
(May 30-31)

Where: Upminster, London

Headliners: Carl Cox, Masters At Work

And, who else is there? A line-up of dance music's great and good, in the capital. Hannah Wants, Gorgon City, Redlight and Seth Troxler all take to the decks.

Persuasion in a nutshell: Two days of big house tunes. 

Field Day 
(June 6 – 7)

Where: Victoria Park, London

Headliners: Caribou, Ride

And, who else is there? The master that is Mac DeMarco will be alongside FKA Twigs, Ex Hex, Clark, Hookworms and FRYARS. If that’s not enough the legendary Patti Smith perform her classic album Horse.

Persuasion in a nutshell: Every name that has taken the internet by storm this year, in one place in the heart of London. Always a must for the discerning music fan. 

No Tomorrow 

(June 7)

Where: Wollaton Park, Nottingham

Headliners: John Newman, Jessie Ware

And, who else is there? BBC favourite James Bay will be holding back the river, whilst Bondax and Gorgon City do their thing.

Persuasion in a nutshell: Wollaton Park is where Batman’s house is.

(June 6 – 7)

Where: Heaton Park, Manchester

Headliners: Disclosure, Rudimental

And, who else is there? Another stunning line-up packed with must-see acts like George Ezra, Mark Ronson, Everything Everything, James Blake, Jungle etc. Hip hop fans can witness true legends at work with both Nas (performing his game-changing Illmatic album) and the almighty Wu Tang Clan performing.

Everybody from George Ezra to Mark Ronson to uptown funk the line up alongside James Blake and Metronomy.

Persuasion in a nutshell: Parklife has become one of the hottest festival tickets in the UK.  

Isle of Wight 
(June 11 - 14)

Where: Seaclose Park, Isle of Wight

Headliners: The Black Keys, Fleetwood Mac, The Prodigy

And, who else is there? Pharrell Williams joins the likes of Paolo Nutini, James Bay and First Aid Kit. Whilst sharing a stage with Kodaline, Imdelda May and Jessie Ware.

Persuasion in a nutshell: It’s a legendary festival…and have you seen those headliners?

Download (June 12 - 14)

Where: Donington Park

Headliners: Slipknot, Muse, Kiss

And, who else is there? The best in hard rock and metalincluding legends like Slash, Faith No More, Judas Priest and Marilyn Manson alongside the likes of Lamb of God, A Day To Remember, Rise Against, Black Veil Brides, Fightstar and recently reformed L7.

Persuasion in a nutshell: Basically a ritual for all metalheads.

(June 16 - 19)

Where: Henham Park, Suffolk

Headliners: Alt J, Portishead, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

And, who else is there? Laura Marling joins Unknown Mortal Orchestra and La Roux with sets from Years & Years and James Blake across the festival.

Persuasion in a nutshell: Music, comedy, theatre, film and anything else you can get your cultured teeth into.

(June 24 -28)

Where: Somerset

Headliners: Kanye West (like it or not), Foo Fighters, Lionel Richie

And, who else is there? TBA

Persuasion in a nutshell: It’s the biggest in the world, we all know the drill. 

British Summer Time 
(June 26 - 27)

Where: Hyde Park

Headliners: The Who, Taylor Swift, Kaiser Chiefs, Blur, Paul Weller, The Strokes, Kylie Minogue

And, who else is there? A real mixture depending on what day you venture to the park, from the brilliant Beck, to funk pioneers Chic featuring Nile Rogers, chart-topping Ellie Golding and others including Metronomy, Roots Manuva, Paul Weller and Temples.

Persuasion in a nutshell: All our favourites in a park. Pick your day wisely.

(July 3 - 4)

Where: Hampshire

Headliners: The Horrors, John Grant, Simian Mobile Disco

And, who else is there? Public Service Broadcasting, The Mispers and Spring King share a stage.

Persuasion in a nutshell: With a fifteen year history, the festival has numerous selling points from fireworks to getting cash for litter picking.

(July 3 - 5)

Where: Finsbury Park, London

Headliners: Drake, Avicii, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, David Guetta

And, who else is there? Duke Dumont, Mary J Blige and Jessie J join the urban line up.

Persuasion in a nutshell: It’s the best of commercial pop radio all in one place.

T In The Park 
(July 10 - 12)

Where: Strathallan Castle, Scotland

Headliners: Kasabian, Avicii, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

And, who else is there? From Hozier and Sam Smith to Paloma Faith and Jess Glynne, alongside Alt J and The Prodigy, there’s something for everybody.

Persuasion in a nutshell: Everybody there is to know in popular music is here.

(July 17 - 18)

Where: Victoria Park, London

Headliners: Rudimental, Snoop Dogg

And, who else is there? Hot Chip,Ella Eyre, Annie Mac, Cypress Hill, Bonobo and Dusky play the East End.

Persuasion in a nutshell: One of the best parties in the capital all summer.  

Truck Festival 
(July 17 - 18)

Where: Oxford

Headliners: The Charlatans, Basement Jaxx

And, who else is there? The biggest and best emerging artists of the moment, from Saint Raymond and Rae Morris to Don Broco and The Wytches.

Persuasion in a nutshell: Describing themselves as the ‘Godfather of the small festival scene’ these guys let you bring your own alcohol and food into the arena and give their food takings to charity.  

Beat Herder 
(July 17 – 19)

Where: Lancashire

Headliners: Basement Jaxx, Parov Stelar Band, Sugarhill Gang & Furious 5

And, who else is there?  A wide and varied mix of dance artists including Motown legends Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Phill Hartnoll (Orbital), Nightmares On Wax, Utah Saints, Catz N Dogz and Mr Scruff.

Persuasion in a nutshell: Just take a look at their stages, Hotel California especially. 

(July 19)

Where: Victoria Park, London

Headliners: Ben Howard, Bombay Bicycle Club

And, who else is there? Kurt Vile and the Violators perform as a London exclusive alongside Dan Croll and Bear’s Den. What’s more the guys from Soundcrash are curating a stage with Roots Manuva, Hidden Orchestra and Andreya Triana.

Persuasion in a nutshell: A Victoria Park newbiethat is matching the established shindigs in quality! You don’t want to miss the festival’s first year!

Secret Garden Party
(July 23 - 26)

Where: Cambridgeshire

Headliners: Jungle

And, who else is there? A massively eclectic line-up across a variety of wonderful settings including Public Service Broadcasting, Kate Tempest, Caravan Palce, Menace Beach, Marika Hackman and Palma Violets.

Persuasion in a nutshell: SGP is a festival experience like no other - the music makes up just one part of this revolutionary event. 

Somersault Festival 
(July 23 - 27)

Where: Castle Hill, North Devon

Headliners: Laura Marling, Bombay Bicycle Club, Passenger, Crystal Fighters

And, who else is there? The Staves and Amber Run meet Pixel Fix and Fyfe on this chilled out line up.

Persuasion in a nutshell: Sit back and relax along the coastline.

(July 24 – 26)

Where: Sheffield

Headliners: Wu Tang Clan, Basement Jaxx, The Charlatans, Buzzcocks

And, who else is there? A seriously eclectic line-up featuring Ghostpoet, the brilliant Romare, Kate Tempest, Slaves, Dutch Uncles and Erol Alkan to name a few.

Persuasion in a nutshell: Music at its best, new and old.

Made Birmingham 
(July 25)

Where: Digbeth, Birmingham

Headliners: MK, Wilkinson and Friends

And, who else is there? Philip George, Norman Jay MBE, Julio Bashmorre, Beardyman, Blonde and Paleman are amongst the acts taking over Digbeth.

Persuasion in a nutshell: Have you seen Digbeth’s street food!?

Standon Calling 
(31 July – 2 Aug)

Where: Hertfordshire

Headliners: Little Dragon, Basement Jaxx, The Dandy Warhols

And, who else is there? The Horrors join Bondax and Friends alongside Kwabs, Saint Ryamond, DJ Yoda and Elle Eyre.

Persuasion in a nutshell: UK exclusive with The Dandy Warhols.

Y Not 
(31 July - 2 August)

Where: Derbyshire

Headliners: Snoop Dogg, Basement Jaxx, Primal Scream

And, who else is there? Doing their run of this year’s festival circuits Honeyblood join the bill, alongside Johnny Marr and Reverend & The Makers.

Persuasion in a nutshell: Go celebrate ten years of brilliant live music, and ale, in the Peak District.

(Aug 6 - 9)

Where: Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire

Headliners: Bjork, Ben Howard, George Clinton – Parliament & Funkadelic

And, who else is there? Roisin Murphy,Nick Mulvey and Will and The People take to the main stage alongside Caravan Palace.

Persuasion in a nutshell: BJORK! What more persuasion could you possibly need? Oh, well what about the mad schedule of brilliant parties, theatre, arts and food?

Green Man 
(Aug 20 – 23)

Where: Brecon Beacon, Wales

Headliners: Super Furry Animals, St Vincent, Hot Chip

And, who else is there? Jamie XX shares a stage with Father John Misty, Courtney Barnett, Temples, Viet Cong, The Staves and Slowdive in beautiful surroundings.

Persuasion in a nutshell: Either you’ll know and love the musicians, or discover somebody there who you’ll be super thankful to.

(Aug 20 - 22)

Where: Bristol

Headliners: The Dillinger Escape Plan, Deafhaven, 65DaysOfStatic

And, who else is there? Deerhoof, maybeshewill, Rolo Tomassi, Tangled Hair, Marriages and Vennart will be making noise.

Persuasion in a nutshell: A strict 5,000 capacity for this noisy festival! If you like your rock of the post or math varieties this is for you.

V Festival 
(Aug 22 - 23)

Where: Weston Park/Hylands Park

Headliners: Calvin Harris, Stereophonics, Kasabian, Sam Smith

And, who else is there? George Ezra, The Script, Ellie Goulding and Paloma Faith are just a few on the star studded line up.

Persuasion in a nutshell: Did I mention Tom Jones is on there?

Reading and Leeds 
(Aug 28 - 30)

Where: Richfield Avenue, Reading/Braham Park, Leeds

Headliners: Mumford & Sons, Metallica, The Libertines

And, who else is there? Also on the bill is everybody’s 2014 comeback favourite, Jamie T who has a main stage slot. The NME/BBC R1 Stage will bring the sound of 2015 Years & Years, alongside Brummie faves Swim Deep and Peace. Mixing in sets from The Wombats, New Found Glory, The Cribs and Brit winners Royal Blood, there are still more to be announced.

Persuasion in a nutshell: We’re all aware of its reputation, and the red camp.

(Aug 28 - 30)

Where: Cheshire

Headliners: Rebel Sound (Chase & Status + Rage/David Rodigan/Shy FX), Armin Van Buuren, Avicii, The Chemical Borthers

And, who else is there? It's Creamfields, so expect the best in dance music all in one place. 2015 includes Sub Focus, Jamie Jones, Knife Party, Above & Beyond, Skream, Maya Jane Coles and Kygo.

Persuasion in a nutshell: Cream kinda know what they are doing when it comes to throwing parties. 

South West Four
(Aug 29 - 30)

Where: Clapham Common, London

Headliners: Faithless, Skrillex

And, who else is there? The biggest names in the EDM gallaxy including FatBoy Slim, Eric Pridz, Basement Jaxx and Arman Van Buuren.

Persuasion in a nutshell: Dance bills in the UK don't come much bigger than this. 

Festival No 6 
(Sept 3 – 6)

Where: Portmeirion

Headliners: Grace Jones, Belle & Sebastian

And, who else is there? They have a penchant for wonderfully curated line-ups to sit in the magical surroundings.This year this includes the likes of Young Fathers, James Bay, Rae Morris, Fryars, Everything Everything and The Bohicas.

Persuasion in a nutshell: Have you seen Portmeirion?

End of the Road 
(Sept 4 – 6)

Where: Larmer Tree Gardens

Headliners: Sufjan Stevens, Tame Impala, The War on Drugs

And, who else is there? Making her comeback Laura Marling performs alongside Pond, Saint Etienne, Low,, Fat White Family, Girlpool and Alvvays.

Persuasion in a nutshell: The best from psych to pop to folk from all around the globe. 

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