Festival season is well and truly upon us, and here at Audio Addict our writers will be heading to festivals across the UK and beyond. Here they give us exclusive previews and tell us in their own words why they’ll be attending.
It’s always a nice surprise when a festival costing a mere £20 per ticket has a line up on par with some other major day festivals that like to charge at least double that. Based in a country park in the Hampshire countryside, Butserfest is celebrating its 10th birthday with a stonking line-up featuring some of the UK’s most exciting acts. Expect Mallory Knox, Young Guns, Moose Blood and Creeper to name but a few across the stages.
Possibly the nicest thing about Butserfest is that it’s open to anyone; it’s got a really relaxing family friendly atmosphere offering loads of fun stuff to do throughout the day and it’s also a drug and alcohol free festival. So you could bring your Nan, or your baby sibling- there’s really no limitations. The substance free nature of this event also means that you don’t have to put up with the typical annoying drunk twats spoiling your time, and it is proof that you don’t need alcohol to enjoy a festival. It’s great value for money and the line-up is excellent- it would really be rude not to buy a ticket.
Words by Sam Taylor
10/06/2016 – 12/06/2016
This year, Donnington Park will be opening their doors again for Download Festival 2016. It’s a year where rock fans and metalheads alike can gather together to witness some of the best acts around.
This year, we mourn the tragic loss of Lemmy on the Friday with a Motorhead tribute video as well as witnessing the last UK festival performance from metal pioneers, Black Sabbath. It’s not a weekend full of woe however, as festival favourites Iron Maiden are set to close the weekend off, showcasing their latest album installment, The Book of Souls. Joining these giants on stage are a whole range of brilliant bands to choose between, from All Time Low to Periphery and Amon Amarth to NOFX. It doesn’t matter if you love rock, metal or punk, Download has it all.
This will be the 3rd time I myself will be attending the festival and every time I visit I gain a closer connection to the music scene and the festival itself. With countless of new acts over the years to be interested in, such as Black Peaks and Marmozets, the festival truly prides itself on breaking in these bands to take up the torch left behind by the giants that headline today. Without a doubt this year is not one to be missing out on in June, and I can guarantee you can probably say that each and every year it runs.
Words by Charlie Hill
Day festival EDC UK is like a small scale Tomorrowland, which let’s face it, we’d all sell an arm and a leg to go to. The event takes place at Milton Keynes Bowl, and the main stage- named the kineticFIELD- looks like something out of Disneyland and can be seen from all angles. Other stages include cosmicMEADOW playing trance, the bassy circuitGROUNDS and neonGARDEN playing everything from house to garage. Not only does EDC boast four stages, but also rides, interactive art installations, dancers and circus performers.
If anything can top last year’s Steve Aoki’s cake throwing bonanza, then it is this year’s killer lineup. On this year’s bill is Avicii, who is set to play his last ever live performance, which should be enough persuasion to go. But the main act that made me decide to go is Eric Prydz, whom I have loved since 2004. Since the release of his debut Opus earlier this year, Prydz is sure to put on an astounding performance
I’m also looking forward to checking out Galantis, Duke Dumont, Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Martin Solveig and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, who smashed it last year. And what’s the best part of EDC UK? It costs just over £60 for the whole day. Amazing.
Words by Rosalyn Boder
24/06/2016 – 26/05/2016
So it’s that time of the year once again. Festival season is upon us and as per usual music lovers around the country are gearing up for another summer of drunken filled madness. I’m off to Glastonbury for a third year in a row, with the likes of Adele, Muse and Coldplay headlining the colossal event. I’ve always been drawn to the festival because of its sheer size and undeniably iconic status among festivals in the world.
I am buzzing to sit at the top of the hill by the Glastonbury sign with a cider and a cig while looking out over the beautiful country side and the mini city of lights below. I fully intend on getting absolutely Phil Mitchelled that evening.
The festival isn’t even about the headline acts really. Last year I got customarily lost and stumbled around different areas discovering weird, beautiful and incredible things in a drunken haze. Pirates and Nuns are also known to lurk in the depths of the incredible festival. In terms of music, I’ll just see whatever I feel like. There’s never a dull moment or an act you won’t like at Worthy Farm. Essentially, it’s a pleasurable attack on the senses. Everything is big and mad and scary, but in the best way possible.
Words by Thomas Paddock
Rock en Seiene
26/08/2016 – 28/08/2016
Rock en Seine first opened to punters in 2003 near the gates of Paris in Saint-Cloud, and from then has gone from a festival with 20,000 spectators, to over 120,000 in 2015.
In the last few years the festival has hosted the likes of Arctic Monkeys, The Libertines and System of a Down, and the line-up is no less impressive in 2016. Foals continue their domination of the festival circuit, Massive Attack are back, and Iggy Pop will round off the festivalon Sunday. Personally, I’m most excited about the appearance of Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley, a perfect act to highlight the reggae vibes that run through the French capital and its residents.
However, the greatest lure of Rock en Seine is the location itself. Excluding the tourist attractions and fancy cakes, Paris is in the midst of huge strikes and protests against government labour proposals, to visit the city at this time would be to witness a piece of history unfolding.
Words by Maddy Hardman
The 1234 Festival
After a four year absence, The 1234 Festival returns to Shoreditch, London this September and they’ve certainly made this year’s event worth the wait. This year’s festival is bigger than ever, with multiple acts spanning various genres stretching across four outdoor stages. The likes of The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Cribs, Carl Barat And The Jackals, The Wytches, Milk Teeth, PINS and Bo Ningen are all lined up to take Shoreditch by storm this autumn.
I myself am most excited to catch The Jesus and Mary Chain in full flow, not only because they are one of my favourite bands, but because they had such an impact on independent music with their loud, feedback filled music.
Event organisers have seamlessly combined musical innovators with the new breed. Which is emphasised by the variety of acts appearing at the event leading it to be incredibly appealing and suitable for a wide range of people. And if that wasn’t enough, ticket prices are just a smidge under £50 making the event definitely worth your time and money.
Words by Tom Staniszewski
15/07/2016 – 17/07/2016
As soon as festival season starts, conversation turns to the upcoming Glastonbury headliner, or whether Vanessa Hudgens will ‘slay’ Coachella once again. Whilst people are hung up on the big’uns, I’ll be keeping a keen eye on developments over at Truck Festival HQ. With an impeccable track record of attracting major performers from the new and the old, as well as an original setting in Oxfordshire’s Hill Farm, Truck is most definitely one of the UK’s most promising smaller festivals (so much so, they were on the shortlist for 2015’s ‘Best Small Festival’ award).
The people at Truck have obviously realised the festivals potential. Their expansion from a two-day to a three-day festival has meant that this year’s ticket sales have outsold last year’s by 140%.
This year hosts a mouth-watering line up from top to bottom; Catfish and The Bottlemen, Everything Everything and Circa Waves will inject a necessary dosage of indie-ness; whilst Manic Street Preachers, Kodaline and Jurassic 5 fill the remaining headline slots. On the other stages we’ll get to see the likes of up-and-coming indie-cult heroes Black Honey, as well as Swim Deep, Spring King, and the mysterious IAN… speculation suggests this could be Palma Violets or even Slaves – whoever it is, they’re joining in on one of this year’s most exciting festivals.
Words by Rupert Taylor