Festivals 2016: The early preview

C2C Country To Country

One of the first festivals of the year, it’s niche - country music - and it’s indoor - The O2 in London. It’s also huge. If you’ve checked out the now well established pop up stages (a set of temporary stage outside the main O2 arena) then you’ll know how crazy the crowds can get. With proper American country music acts like Lauren Alaina, Lori McKenna, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, and the mega-successful songwriter Shane McAnally, mixing with the best of the UK’s country talent, Dexeter, Red Sky July, Honey Ryder, and others it’s the best line-up yet.

And that’s without the main stage talent, headlined by that frankly outstanding Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, and Eric Church. They’re supported by an undercard of established - the likes of Little Big Town, Dwight Yoakim - and the white hot - Kacey Musgraves and current king of country Chris Stapleton. For fans of the genre there’s no other place to be on the 11th, 12th and 13th of March.

As well as London the festival shares the weekend with Glasgow and Dublin. Full details are on the festival website: http://www.c2c-countrytocountry.com/home


At the height of summer there’s no more civilised place to be than Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire. The stately setting hosts four days of music and food, as well as a ton of other entertainment. With Ray White (aka Raymond Blanc) headlining the food, the music bill is topped by UK exclusive performances from Robert Plant and the Sensational Shapeshifters and The Flaming Lips.

The festival runs from 4th to 7th August. All the information and tickets are available on their website: https://www.wildernessfestival.com/

Green Man

Nestled at the foot of the Welsh mountains of the Brecon Beacons is a family friendly festival that caters for the left-of-centre mainstream tastes. Headliners announced so far are dubstep champ James Blake and perennial peddlers of happiness Belle & Sebastian. Alongside the music there are a whole host of things to do, from movie tents, to science areas, and a bunch of things to keep you little ones happy. For us though, it’s all about the music, and with most of the line-up yet to be announced what has been released leaves us excited: Jason Isbell, , Julia Holter, Ezra Furman, The BEsnard Lakes, Nikki Lane, Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Cool right?

Green Man 2015 - Highlights Film from Green Man on Vimeo.

All information and ticket details are available on the festival website: http://www.greenman.net/

Wild Life

Winner of Best New Festival at the 2015 UK Festival awards this Brighton based, dance focused fest is bringing the brightest of the UK’s scene to headline: Rudimental and Disclosure. It’s another festival mixing the classic - ICe Cube and Busta Rhymes - with the cutting edge - Ratboy - and the anointed - James Bay and Jack Garratt.

Two day in June (11th & 12th), at an airport, with more music to dance to that your legs can cope with. What’s not to like.

Tickets and full info are available on the festival website: http://www.wildlifefestival.com/

Field Day

Running the same weekend in London’s Victoria Park is this ever growing festival. Headlined by James Blake and it sets its stall out right there. You looking for all the trendy, just outside the mainstream, indie acts? Yeah? Well this is the weekend for you: Girl Band, Beach House, Blossoms, John Grant, Gold Panda, Yeasayer, Metz, Soak, Sleaford Mods, they’re all here. There’s other stuff going on but really this is a festival all about a specific type of music: the hip type.

Full line-up information, and any other info you want, are available on the festival website.

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