Four festivals for 2016
Smack bang in the middle of festival season in the UK we bring you the four festivals you have to experience. We're into our more eclectic lineups as you can see from our choices but we're not ashamed of admiring when we like the headliners. Read on for our recommendations.
Now well established Latitude is still the pioneer in the more-than-just-music festival stakes. In addition to the music headliners, The Maccabees, New Order, and The National are the Comedy stage headliners, this year bearded mega-comedian Bill Bailey and BBC Three main man Russell Howard, as well as Al Murray, Josh Widdicombe and Katherine Ryan; it’s possibly the strongest lineup yet. But we’re about the music and this is probably the trendiest line-up this side of Glastonbury. The main stage hosts the likes of Father John Misty, Courtney Barnett, Chvrches, John Grant, Daughter, Sturgill Simpson. On the BBC 6 Music Stage it’s just as strong a set of acts, with punkers Slaves, French electro-poppers Christine and the Queens, rocking Canadian folkers Half Moon Run, and the blissed out guitar rock of Kurt Vile and the Violators. While finally, the bleeding edge acts will be found in the woods of the Sunrise Arena: Let’s Eat Grandma, Emma Pollock, Teleman, Marlon Williams, Little Green Cars. Eclectic and very Latitude then. It’s a festival that knows its audience and plays to it perfectly.
Latitude is on the 14th to 17th of July at Henham Park in Suffolk.
Nestled in the Brecon Beacons the Welsh festival of choice (sorry Festival No.6), is carrying on with its line-up of critically acclaimed acts. Green Man welcomes James Blake, Laura Marling and Belle & Sebastian to the top of the bill. Hotly fancied reformed acts are high on the bill with 90’s survivors Lush and left-field rockers Grandaddy. The white hot likes of Julia Holter, king of Americana Jason Isbell, and ‘Wobbly’ pop-rocker Ezra Furman are complemented by the lenghty prog-jazz of Kamasi Washington, widescreen guitar man Kevin Morby, and warbling musos Whitney. The always different comedy and literature lineup, including the Mojo Interview, add variety, while the onsite beer festival is a highlight for the real ale drinkers. Great music and great beer; a double thumbs up from us.
Green Man is on the 18th to 21st of August in the Brecon Beacons in Wales.
With headliners with the draw of Manic Street Preachers and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds this is the little festival that can. Focused almost purely on the music in its third year, the Victorious booking team has pulled together a winning mix of the parents favourites, like Will Young and Jack Savoretti, the hipster draw, Teleman, Rat Boy and Public Service Broadcasting, and those for the 90s survivors among us, Ash and Space. With a set of nine stages supported by unknown and local bands this South Coast festival has certainly grown since its first year when Dizzee Rascal and Razorlight topped the Saturday night. They’re nailing it at the moment and long may their sea legs remain.
Victorious is on the 27th and 28th of August in Portsmouth.
Now in year five of its resurrected self, Truck Festival is moving onto bigger and better things. With Welsh superstars Manic Street Preachers taking over the Truck Stage on the Saturday and the kids faves Catfish and the Bottlemen on the Friday. The Market Stage is alos hosting a bunch of great acts from the smaller side of indie: Hooton Tennis Club, Young Fathers, Frances and more. The themed stages, some hosted by labels like Clubhouse Records and Alcopop, as well as Oxford bar The Bullingdon, are part of the draw, as is the family feel that’s enhanced by the food and drink vendors, including local favourites the Didcot Rotary Club. This is one for the family and those looking for a smaller festival to enjoy, without losing the atmosphere of something special.
Truck is on the 15th to 17th of July at Hill Farm in Oxfordshire.