That’s them, lurking, cluttering the horizon line, destroying your credit limit: festivals, more than ever if current trends persist, assembling line-ups to die for, and just as many to run a mile from. This summer’s one weekend of sunshine will have a pre-determined soundtrack, folks.
DiS is already getting in the mood – we’re partners of this year’s Primavera Sound in Barcelona, held at the city’s Parc Del Forum (pictured), on the weekend of May 29-31. Tickets are on sale now, priced at a very reasonable 95 Euros. Excited, is what we are. Click here for more on Primavera Sound, and to buy tickets. Line-up so far is outlined below.
DiS is also looking forward to associating itself with the good people behind Field Day, Summer Sundae, The Great Escape, Concrete And Glass, and The Camden Crawl. Get yourself organised for the festival year ahead with our (not really) cut out and keep guide to the picks (i.e. it’s in no way comprehensive!) of another sizeable bunch.
The Camden Crawl
April 18-19, Camden, London
Weekend: £49.20; day ticket: £29.70
This multi-venue two-day drink-a-thon is now in its seventh year; DiS is one of a variety of big-brained musak companies sticking an oar into the line-up selection process – look out for the first batch of confirmed acts later this month. There will be around 120 bands participating in total
May 1-4, Manchester
Now in its twelve year, Manchester’s Futuresonic will again be showcasing a plethora of ‘out-there’ artists barely in step with the trendy sorts populating the Camden Crawl. A little industry, a little not, small showcases are where the real talents can be uncovered here.
ATP vs Pitchfork
May 9-11, Camber Sands
Line-up: Ween, Dirty Projectors, Sebadoh, of Montreal, Jens Lekman, Yeasayer, The Hold Steady, No Age, Los Campesinos!, Glass Candy, Man Man, Wooden Shjips, Deerhunter, Pissed Jeans, Fuck Buttons, Shit and Shine, and more
ATP’s first of its three annual weekenders sees the much-respected lot behind the festival’s various incarnations team up with US ‘zine Pitchfork for a ‘versus’ extravaganza. The bill’s looking special, and ATP’s always worth attending, especially with this edition returning to the event’s spiritual home at Camber Sands' Pontin’s.
The Great Escape
May 15-17, Brighton
Price: £35 ‘til April
Line-up: The Young Knives, Black Mountain, Tuung, Wintersleep, School of Language, Lightspeed Champion and more
Brighton’s many-venued romp about town is bigger than ever in 2008, and DiS will be down, getting bored (or not!) by the sea, again, bottles of cheapo wine in hand. With 25 venues to flit between, even if the weather turns nasty your brisk step will keep the cold at bay.
ATP vs Explosions In The Sky
May 16-18, Minehead
Line-up: Explosions In The Sky, Dinosaur Jr, The Paperchase, Battles, De La Soul, Broken Social Scene, Iron & Wine, Ghostface Killah, Four Tet, Animal Collective, Liars, Stars Of The Lid and more
Texan post-rock titans Explosions In The Sky co-curate the second ATP of the year, this time at the now-familiar surroundings of Butlins in Minehead, Somerset.
Dot To Dot
May 24-25, Bristol and Nottingham
Price: £20 adv
For the second year, Dot To Dot spreads its fun time across two cities. Like The Great Escape, it’s a brilliant place to catch next year’s breakthrough artists a little ahead of schedule.
May 29-31, Parc Del Forum, Barcelona
Price: 95 Euros
Line-up: Les Savy Fav, Portishead, Man Man, Mission Of Burma, Eric’s Trip, Deerhunter, Pissed Jeans, Fuck Buttons, Clipse, Six Organs Of Admittance and more
DiS is again partnering Primavera Sound this year – expect full preview and review coverage as we near the event, quite possibly one of the best festivals in Europe, and quite the bargain too.
Isle Of Wight Festival
June 13-15, Isle Of Wight
Price: sold out
Line-up: The Police, Sex Pistols, KT Tunstall, Kate Nash, Kaiser Chiefs, Ian Brown, Lily Allen, N*E*R*D, The Kooks, Iggy Pop & The Stooges
It’s the Isle Of Wight Festival. You know what to expect. If not: it’s outlined above. If you don’t have a ticket, you’re not going. They’re all gone.
June 13-15, Donnington
Line-up: nothing confirmed, but rumours include: Metallica, Muse, AC/DC, Gallows, Job For A Cowboy, Nightwish, In Flames, Bullet For My Valentine, Fear Factory, Fightstar, ISIS, Rancid, No FX, and more
It’s where your kid brother goes to let loose some steam, moshing it up to tattooed brutes under a blazing sun. In a dust bowl. Nice, nice. Lots of metal, at a racetrack.
June 24-28, Arendal, Norway
Price: 200 Euros
Line-up: Yeasayer, Bullet For My Valentine, The Wombats, Converge, Babyshambles, Killswitch Engage, The Teenagers, In Flames and more
DiS partnered this Norwegian festival in its first year last summer, and we’re looking forward to visiting again – beautiful scenery and some excellent bands make for a great holiday. Just keep an eye on your wallet – those beers are expensive!
Price: expensive, and you’ve got to be registered to get them
Line-up: nothing confirmed, but rumours include: Kylie Minogue, Muse, Neil Diamond, Dolly Parton, Coldplay, The Verve, Led Zeppelin, Jay Z, Kanye West, My Bloody Valentine, Blur
It’s the daddy of all domestic festivals, and certain to sell out in a flash when tickets are made available. As always, bands aren’t confirmed until tickets are on sale.
July 3-6, London
Line-up: TBA, but inevitably one big act per day, with smaller acts spread across three or four stages. Last year saw Daft Punk, Kaiser Chiefs, The White Stripes and Faithless play.
Heavily branded party in a park affair: guaranteed to feature a few big-hitters, but always littered with indie makeweights. Still, a worthwhile day out if a few favourites are collected on the same bill – last year Queens of the Stone Age played before The White Stripes.
T In The Park
July 11-13, Balado Airfield, Scotland
Price: early bird tickets have sold out; check website for details
Line-up: nothing confirmed, but rumours include: Coldplay, Muse, Orson, Kaiser Chiefs, Radiohead, Kings of Leon, Amy Winehouse
Scotland’s biggest festival is keeping its cards close to its chest currently, but expect a ruck when they release the remaining tickets – keep your eyes on the link below.
Summer Sundae Weekender
August 8-10, De Montfort Hall, Leicester
DiS will be hosting a stage at this year’s Summer Sundae, on the Friday. Over eight years the Sundae has grown into an event with an enviable reputation, attracting attendees from across the country. Last year’s acts included The Magic Numbers and Seasick Steve. Kids are well catered for, too.
The Green Man Festival
August 15-17, Brecon Beacons
Line-up: nothing confirmed, but rumours include: Super Furry Animals
Non-corporate Green Man is a favourite amongst DiS staffers, and its intimate atmosphere (and good food and booze!) is sure to have a selection of us back again this year.
Reading and Leeds
August 22-24, Reading and Leeds
Line-up: nothing confirmed, but rumours include: Rage Against The Machine
Now stripped of its Carling Weekend branding, old-schooler Reading and the fresher Leeds Festival are moving into 2008 without officially confirming anything line-up wise. The festival is one of the biggest in the UK, though, so obviously expect a series of chart-topping acts and the usual slew of mid-level indie and rock bands.
And that takes us ‘til the end of the summer months – in September there’s more more more, though, from Bestival and End of the Road, among others. Then there’s Iceland Airwaves and Concrete and Glass (news) in October, and ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas to look forward to in December. DiS’s Festival sub-site will be carrying previews, reviews and news on all/some of the above, and more, over the coming months.
DiScuss: Who do you think will headline the country’s biggest festivals this summer? Have you already bought tickets to any festivals? Which ones are you especially looking forward to? Are foreign festivals becoming more attractive to you, as you get older/tired of the same ol’ domestic line-ups?