UK Music Festivals 2015
So, I’m a festival girl. I always have been, and I always will be (I hope!). To demonstrate the excesses of my love for live music, last year I attended a grand total of eleven festivals. ELEVEN! I have to admit, I’ve been lucky with a fair few freebie tickets; I do a lot of music blogging, and I also help out with my boyfriend’s alternative line, Big Deal Clothing. He sponsors a lot of events and sells merchandise there. However, my intention isn’t to brag, but rather to give my insight to what I’ve seen, and how you can make your choices for this year!
Now, everyone knows the big festivals, but one of my faves is Leeds Festival in August. Now, I’ve specifically said Leeds (because I’m from the North originally!), but Reading is equally good (so I’ve heard!) because the line-up is exactly the same. This year, they’ve got the likes of and The Libertines and Mumford and Sons, as well as Metallica and Bring Me The Horizon, and literally hundreds more in almost every style there is. Their BBC Radio 1Xtra stage looks incredible this year, with plenty of all the hottest grime acts out there.
As an avid love of metal and all things rock, Download is right up my street, too. This year, I sadly won’t be attending, because I’m on holiday (poor me, right?!), but I’ll be seriously missing out on everyone from Muse to Slipknot and even Kiss. Of course, there are plenty of other excuses to camp out in a field if straight up rock isn’t your thing. The legendary eclectic festival that is Glastonbury will also be back this year, with everyone from Foo Fighters to Lionel Ritchie and of course, the King of controversy, Kanye West! V Festival, Latitude and T in the Park always have a great mix, whilst Creamfields is treasured by people like my sister – those into their dance music and DJs, and always up for a party!
If you love the beach, I truly recommend heading down to Cornwall for some fun in the sun! Boardmasters is a really unique experience to head for some surf as well as some awesome bands. Last year, we managed to check out Snoop Dogg, which was awesome. The only downside was that the next day, the whole thing got shut due to a hurricane – but I’m sure that won’t happen again. If you fancy combining music with sports but water isn’t your thing, the NASS line-up is pretty awesome this year. Set to a backdrop of extreme sports, you can expect to see everyone across a plethora of genres, from Public Enemy to Enter Shikari. The one thing I will say is not to bother if you fancy getting any sleep – the kids go HARD here, or they may as well go home!
Weekend festivals are fine and everything, but when you can’t really handle camping like me, you might prefer an alternative such as an all-day affair. These are typically – although not always – held indoors. The best ones outside London include Hit The Deck in Nottingham and Bristol. These are a little on the rockier side for sure, but with Slam Dunk’s incredible bill including legends Taking Back Sunday, giants You Me At Six, and incredible newcomers, PVRIS.
Of course, this is only scratching the surface for me, but with festival season right around the corner, it pays to be prepared. I won’t lie – this isn’t the best year in terms of my preferences in terms of who’s playing – but it doesn’t matter, it’s all about the experience! If you’re a total festival newbie, my advice is to have fun, but be safe – as with most things. For example, you most definitely don’t want to get so drunk that you miss one of your favourite bands… Not that I’d know anyone who’s done that! Ahem.
Seriously though, stick with your group, be careful with your valuables, and do a full checklist of stuff before you leave. Waterproofs, sun cream (come on, it’s the UK!), ID, your camera, and whatever you fancy wearing. Contrary to popular belief, you CAN get showered at festivals and stay clean, but if that sounds like too much effort, make sure you bring some baby wipes. It soon gets gross standing in a field with thousands of unwashed people. Other than that, you’re good to go – just don’t forget your tent or somewhere suitable to stay.
Have a great time – I might even see you there!
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Posted on 12th June 2015 by Claire L.
Claire Louise Sheridan lives and works in Peterborough. She recently graduated with a degree in English and Communication Studies from the University of Liverpool.