Here is the start of With Guitars Festival Diary, this feature is set to swell with details of loads more UK and European Festivals, and with some luck a few of the best American and Canadian Festivals as well. Time will tell. We just hope to find as many cool weekends we can find, but to get you started check our first salvo…
Y Not Festival: Friday 5th – Sunday 7th August 2011 Peak District
LINE UP: Maximo Park/ Feeder/ The Go! Team/ New Young Pony Club/ Art Brut/ The Rifles/ Miles Kane/ BeardyMan/ The Duke Spirit/ Dananananaykroyd/ Sonic Boom Six/ Pete & The Pirates/ Tribes
Born in Derbyshire, it’s first year was a small gathering, then it found a home amongst gorgeous scenery. Progress is being made every year and last year saw them being shortlisted for best small festival at the 2010 Festival Awards.
The Peak District is the location for this intimate Festival. Y Not offers a varied range of everything from Country Folk to Indie Rock and most things in-between. As the sun goes down, the lights go up in the dance tents. With everything you could want from a music Festival and at only £65 per weekend ticket, as they say “Y Not”
LINE UP: Chase & Status (Live) / The Cribs / Blondie / House Of Pain / Echo & The Bunnymen / The Levellers / Frank Turner (With Full Live Band) / Beardyman / Young Knives
Winner of Best Small Festival at the UK festival awards and Nominated for NME Best Small Festival; Kendal Calling is just 6 years old and has had a successful journey so far. It’s high quality mixture of diverse live and electronic music, art and activities has captivated it’s attendees and artists alike. Kendal Calling is the place to see a huge mix of musical genres from emerging local talent to world renowned artists. Kendal Calling isn’t just about showcasing the best in music, they also have a strong focus on unique site art, dress up Saturday and superb facilities and activities for children and families.
Rock En Seine Festival From the Friday 24 to Sunday 26th August 2011 Festival Pop Rock Domaine national de Saint-Cloud – 92210 Saint-Clould, Paris
LINE UP: FOO FIGTHERS, ARCTIC MONKEYS, THE KILLS . DEFTONES . INTERPOL . MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, BIG AUDIO DYNAMTE, PAUL KALBRENNER, COCOROSIE . JAMAICA . KEREN ANN – ANNA CALVI . BB BRUNES
French festival Rock en Seine was born in 2003. Today, Rock en Seine is one of the biggest festivals in France and among the important musical events in Europe. It happens every year on the last week-end of August, in a wonderful park just outside Paris. Every year, the festival invites the most exciting pop and rock bands, from big stars to new talents. Tree scenes are arranged in a green French garden, where the audience can discover the actuality of rock, power pop, electro, folk and see exhibitions about rock.
Please ensure you visit http://trafficscotland.org/tinthepark/ and follow the local event road signs as the traffic system changes each year.
Line Up; Artic Monkeys, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Plan B, Beyonce, Pulp, Tom Jones, Chemical Brothers, Slash, Blondie and a host of others.
T-In the Park’s award winning line up just keeps getting better and better, Apart from some of the ‘main stage’ bands. Ten stages across three days means they’re squeezing in around 180 artists across the weekend so you can really make the most of it. Are you a Main Stage die-hard? A King Tut’s Tent veteran? Or maybe a Slam Tent novice? The only problem is working out between you and your mates just exactly which bands to go see and which ones you risk missing out on and regretting it for the rest of the year.
Some other bands to whet your appetite include Pendulum, Beady Eye, Friendly Fires, Twin Atlantic, The Strokes, Manic Street Preachers, White Lies, KT Tunstall, Weezer, Jimmy Eats World, The Vaccines …think you get the idea!
T-In The Park when it comes to the lineup and performances is Scotland’s No.1 Festival, although I feel I must mention Rockness Festival it’s also noteworthy.
Standon Calling: Friday 12th – Sunday 14th August – Hertfordshire. 5,000 capacity
LINE UP: Spiritualized / Lamb / Battles/ Africa Express Sound System / Hercules And Love Affair / Howard Marks / Penguin Cafe / John Grant / Chrome Hoof / John Cooper Clarke / Hypnotic Brass Ensemble / Saul Williams
Set in the stunning grounds of a 16th century manor house in Hertfordshire, this unique small festival is well renowned for punching way above its weight when it comes to headliners; over the past few years festival goers have been treated to the likes of The Liars, Etienne De Crecy, Buena Vista Social Club, and Florence and the Machine. Standon Calling has an onsite swimming pool complete with underwater discos, themed fancy dress and art – this year’s theme is Gods and Monsters and a nightclub in a cow shed with a 6am license!
Boomtown, Thursday 11th – Sunday 14th August – Secret location 40 mins from London. 10,000 capacity.
LINE UP: Gogol Bordello / Babylon Circus / Bad Manners / The Selector With Pauline Black / Capleton / Barrington Levy / Dj Zinc / And Many More…
Boomtown Fair is the UK’s most creative escapist festival, celebrating DIY theatrical performance like no other. Hitting 2011 with intrepid new areas, earlier Thursday opening and ticket deals, last year’s Boomtown was a sell-out show. This year is shaping up to be this season’s hot ticket for sunshine skanking and mind blowing bass in an alternative setting. With a strong focus on site design, sprawling street sets and a mythological festival history; the creativity of Boomtown Fair transports you to another world of fantasy and escapism.
The Big Chill: Friday 5th August to Sunday 8th August, Eastnoor Castle, Deer Park, Malvern Hills, Herefordshire,
LINE UP: The Chemical Brothers, Kanye West, Robert Plant, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Chris Cunningham, Empire of The Sun, Calvin Harris, Metronomy, Neneh Cherry, Warpaint, Jessie J, 2 Many DJS, Four Tet, Konono no 1, James Blake, Katy B.
Now in its sixteenth year, The Big Chill has proved its staying power by programming a line up which generally can’t be found at the majority of other festivals (The Killers, Kings of Leon, Kasabian etc). Shunning the biggest acts have meant the Chill has gained an exemplary reputation for niche acts, at last years event Spencer Tunick even . The brand was sold to Festival Republic in 2009 and since then there’s been a noticeable shift towards more mainstream acts being booked leading to Chill old timers bemoaning it not being the “same as it was” but if they didn’t sell out to the Republic there’d be no Chill at all so they just have to stop moaning. Kanye West doesn’t turn up to every festival going so his set is geared up to be a standout of the entire festival season.
LINE UP: BODY & SOUL (NYC), DEVIATION, WARM, OPTIMO, SECRETSUNDAZE, BENJI B & FAVELA CHIC
Nominated Best New European Festival in its inaugural year, Stop Making Sense is held on the full moon weekend in August. SMS brings all-night celebrations to the shores of Croatia’s beautiful Adriatic coast. Stop Making Sense is an international music festival with an irreverently independent vibe that showcases top quality dance music and live acts and internationally acclaimed DJ’s in the sunshine and under the stars.
Reading / Leeds Festival: Friday 26th – Sunday 28th August; Reading – Richfield Avenue, Leeds – Bramham Park
LINE UP: Main Stage; Muse, Elbow, Interpol, Friendly Fires, Shakira, My Chemical Romance, Thirty Seconds To Mars, The Offspring. Deftones, Rise Up Against, Pulp, The Strokes, The National, Jimmy Eats World, Madness…
NME / Radio 1 Stage: The streets, Death From Above 1979, panic At The Disco, Warpaint, Beady Eye, White Lies, Noah And The Whale, The Vaccines, Metronomy, James Addiction, Bombay Bicycle Club, Crystal Castles, Glassjaw, Everything, Everything…
Dance Stage: Friday Night Unkle Sounds, Simian Mobile Disco, Sub Focus (live) Nero (DJ Set), Sbtrk (DJ Set), Devil In…
Lock Up Stage: Sat & Sun; Descendents, Flogging Molly, Face To Face, Hot Water Music, Bedouin Soundclash, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The King Blues, The Bronx, Clampdown
Festival Republic Stage Peter Doherty, Viva Brother, Ed Sheran, The Twilight Singers, Twin Atlantic, Cocknbullkid, The horrors, Digitalism, Tom Vek, White Denim, Anna Calvi, The Midnight Beast, Rival Schools, And So I Watch You From Afar, Smith Westerns…
Alternative Stage: Lee Nelson. Mark Thomas, Ribbed Bandits, Andrew Neil, Craig Campbell, Tim Minchin, Henry Rollins, Popcorn Comedy, Sean Walsh, Al Pitcher, Russell Kane, Mark Watson, Saul Williams, Late Night Gimp Fight
This festival has been going since 1972. What a whole host of acts this festival has had on its stages and this year is going to be a killer too. Take a look in the archive on the link to see the line-ups through the years and you will know this festival rocks.
The question is where will you be seen? You have 6 stages to get round so choose well as you know this will be one busy energetic festival full of punters up to same as you……….music, music, bands, dancing, comedy and more bands & music. One of the places to be seen is at the Alternative stage, a place to laugh your socks off and chill.
We only have a taster of the excitement and fun to be had at Leeds & Reading Festival. To see the full line up and all to had, check on the link.
Or if you fancy a free ticket, get in and be a Green Messenger. Work the festival but hang there for free. See online for details.
LINE UP: The Chemical Brothers, Tiesto, Paul Van Dyke, David Guetta, Calvin Harris and Magnetic Man.
Winning Best Dance Festival at both the 2009 & 2010 UK festival awards, Creamfields is the UK’s original and best dance fest, now opening a day earlier for eager beaver campers. Creamfields is a global force, hosting events around the world and this annual event is the highlight of the UK calendar for dance music lovers. At the helm of international electronic music, Creamfields have over a decade of festivals under their belt and the UK show is firmly established as a 60,000 capacity two-day festival with camping. Located in the stunning rolling hills of Cheshire, Creamfields celebrates energetic and dynamic programming across diverse arenas.
Nice And Sleazy Festival, Friday, May 27 at 5:00pm – May 29 at 11:30pm – Trimpell Sports And Social Club, Moss Lane, Morecambe.
Line UP: Boomtown Rats / The Business / Keyside Strike / Prairie Dugz / Boredom / Billy Liar / Radio Dead Ones / lowlife uk / Dead Class / Lowlife UK / Vagabonds / Guilty Pleasures and about 50 more great bands.
This small boutique of a festival specifically geared up for all you punk and Ska lovers out there. Boasts some great music with a warm and fun atmosphere The festival is held at Trimpell Sports And Social Clun in Morecambe, the maim indoor stage is based here, although this year organisers have added a new Marquee Stage and a Lounge bar for alternative acoustic musicians an comedy acts. As The Trimpell Sports And Social Clun is surrounded by playing fields, camping is just meter’s away.
Larmer Tree Festival, Wednesday 13th – Sunday 17th July – Larmer Tree Gardens, near Salisbury. 4,000 capacity
MUSIC LINE UP: Seasick Steve / Jools Holland And His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra With Special Guest Sandie Shaw / Imelda May / Ozomatli / Asian Dub FOUNDATION AND MANY MORE
COMEDY HEADLINERS: Russell Kane / Arthur Smith / Phil Nichol / Andi Osho
Larmer Tree celebrates traditional folk music and world famous acts, a festival that delivers high quality with a buzzing atmosphere and eccentric antics. Experts in their field, Larmer Tree Festival has over 70 acts showcased on six stages, 150 free workshops, award winning international comedians, quirky and unique street theatre, an onsite night club and late night jam sessions; all located in one of the most beautiful festival sites in the country.
Line Up; Suede/ The National/ Paulo Nutini/ Foals/ Eels/ Bombay Bicycle Club/ Echo & The Bunnymen/ The Cribs/ Hurts/ DeerHunter / The Vaccines/ OMD/ GlasVegas
Latitude Festival now in it’s ‘6th edition’ is maybe the forerunner for combining Music, Comedy, Art & Theatre. With a mix of established artists and up and coming bands playing over four stages, located in beautiful grounds that incorporate woods and a lake. Latitude also boasts Film, Literary, Poetry and Cabaret Arenas with DJ sets until the small hours deep inside the woods.
LINE UP: Roger Daltrey, Razorlight, James Blunt, N-Dubz, Adam Ant, Erasure, Echo and the Bunnymen, Public image Ltd, The Rifles and Wretch 32 to name but a few.
Guilfest is in its 20th year and has been nominated best medium size festival twice. This festival is clearly a well organised and attended festival. A new and exciting addition to Guilfest this year is the Vive Le Rock, Punk, Ska and Reggae stage where you can see Neville Staples, UK Subs, 999, The Lurkers, Anti-Nowhere league, The Skints, Random Hand, The Lambrettas, Dirty Revolution, TV personality Lloyd Grossman’s band, and Levi Roots. also among the many stages is the Big Cheese Cave, headliners include Funeral For A Friend, Skindred and Gallows, there are also other highlights include My Passion and Sonic Boom, Six two great bands, also have a listen to Attack, Attack, Cerebral Ballzy, Dinosaur Pile Up there’s loads more to keep you interested when the main stage goes all pop; Add to that lots of other stages like the Club Stage – vinyl rules as does the bpm – you understand? most of my time will be split between the Good Time Guide Stage, Big Cheese Cave and Vive Le Rock Stage nut there are loads of stages, bands and attractions to keep anyone busy.
As well as al the music there is also fashion, art, theatre, jive & jazz, tea & scones and there is a kids entertainment too.You can also come along to have your five minutes of fame in the Guilfest talent show. If you win you will get to perform on Sunday on the Main Stage. And if you like you could bring your swimming gear as Guilfest Lido is right next door. See you there………………
LINE UP: Fatoumata Diawara (Mali), Kareyce Fotso (Cameroon), Milmani Park Orchestra (Tanzania), Bonga (Angola), Miriem Hassan (Western Sahara), Damily (Madagascar), Cheny (Mozambique), Abdou Diop (Senegal).
Africa Oyé is the UK’s largest celebration of African music and culture which takes place annually in Liverpool. Beginning in 1992 as a series of small gigs in the city centre, the event has gone from strength-to-strength, moving to its present Sefton Park home in 2002 to cope with demand. Africa Oyé continues to grow – in 2010 the event attracted an audience of 40,000 over the weekend with the same expected to attend the 20th annual Africa Oyé Festival in 2011.
More festival details to be added, once we get the info, meanwhile…
What Every Festival Backpack Needs To Have
by Jamie Gambino
1) Condoms; Let’s face it, you probably won’t get laid, i mean do you really want to ram it into the crusty unwashed orifice of somebody from Scunthorpe on Saturday night? You’re far better off using these to fill with the cider crammed contents of your bladder in what is called a “tent wee” #note tie end and chuck at the noisy bastards shouting Bollocks all night.
2) Wet Wipes; If you do opt to have actual penetrative intercourse, these are going to be necessary for those distinctly unhygienic body parts that you’re going to enter. Try to make it part of a sensuous foreplay rather than say “your snatch stinks”
3) Loo Roll; When you gotta go, you’ve gotta go and you will need your own loo roll. Several (thousand) unprepared people will have already used the portaloo prior to your visit, that is why it says ‘Brian from Barnsley woz ere’ in Brian from Barnsley’s excrement up the side of the wall. Any loo roll you have left by Sunday night can be used to make a glamorous feather boa at an end of festival camp fire party, or be like every other moron and use it to burn a portaloo to the ground.
4) Bin Bags; Seasoned campers will demonstrate good camp site etiquette by putting their empty cans of Special Brew in a bin bag conveniently placed just outside the tent. The more stylish festival goer can also use them as waterproof Ponchos, hats, sarongs. Remember you are limited only by your imagination. The more entrepreneurial punter could run up a few designs before hand and set up a stall charging £20 a go.
5) Phone Charger; Don’t let your phone battery go flat, most festivals have charging stations now so you can update your FaceBook status to inform friends back home that “OMG Moz has just done How Soon Is Now!!!” just remember that the festival is probably being televised on BBC3 and your mates will have just seen Morrissey close up in HD performing ‘How Soon Is Now’ from the comfort of their sofa, without the agony of patchouli scented dreadlocks stabbing them in the face every few minutes…