Thursday, April 05, 2007

Field music

While you make your mind up about Glastonbury In The Dock below, or if you just failed to get a ticket, here's a quickly thrown together guide to where those largely turned off by the perceived corporate nature of the big festivals can go in Britain outside the Glasto-Reading-V-T axis:

Wychwood, Cheltenham racecourse
Friendly, small scale, eclectic but world music-friendly effort in its third year
Dates 1-3 June, full weekend price including camping £95
Notable acts announced at time of going to upload: Badly Drawn Boy, Eliza Carthy, Camera Obscura, Levellers, Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3, Fun Lovin' Criminals, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Adjagas, Anoushka Shankar

Download, Donington Park
Post-Monsters Of Rock meeting place for the mohawked/nose studded
8-11 June, £145
My Chemical Romance, Linkin Park, Iron Maiden, Motley Crue, Enter Shikari, Marilyn Manson, Slayer, Velvet Revolver, Korn, Wolfmother, Evanescence, Machine Head, Megadeth, Bowling For Soup

The Outsider, Rothiemurchus, Cairngorms
Debut for an "environmental" minded Latitude-esque effort with outdoor activities
22-24 June, £50
Crowded House, KT Tunstall, Guillemots, Idlewild, Willy Mason, Eddi Reader

Latitude, Henham Park Estate, Beccles
The thinking man's Reading seems to be the pitch for the culture-hopping Melvin Benn brainchild
12-15 July, £112
Arcade Fire, Damien Rice, The Good The Bad And The Queen, Magic Numbers, Jarvis Cocker, CSS, Wilco, The Rapture, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Patrick Wolf, The National, Midlake

Fflam, Singleton Park, Swansea
First time for what the organisers reckon will become Wales' answer to T In The Park
13-15 July, £100
Keane, Manic Street Preachers, The Feeling, Placebo, Enter Shikari, Ordinary Boys, Feeder, The Stranglers, Levellers

Guilfest, Stoke Park, Guildford
Former folk weekender, traditionally diverse but mostly aimed at the older festival goer
13-15 July, £100
Madness, Squeeze, Supergrass, Magic Numbers

Indian Summer, Victoria Park, Glasgow
Nearly two months earlier than last year's debut event, with a strong line-up promised
14-15 July, £65
Flaming Lips, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Rapture, Annuals

Wakestock, Pwllheli Inner Marina and Abersoch Beach, Abersoch, Pwllheli, Gwynedd
"Europe's largest wakeboarding music event" - mostly dance with the odd interloper
20-21 July, £55
Cascada, Just Jack, Scratch Perverts, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Air Traffic, Mr Hudson and the Library, Ferry Corsten, Rodney P, The Cuban Brothers, Hot Puppies, Norman Jay, Brandon Block

Truck, Steventon, Oxfordshire
Independently run gathering of the indie kid hordes, food provided by the local Rotary Club
20-21 July, £55
Nobody yet

Secret Garden Party, somewhere in Cambridgeshire (it's officially secret, you see?)
Bestival meets Alice In Wonderland in a proper multi-acre landscaped gardens
26-29 July, details released in late April
Nobody yet

Cambridge Folk Festival, Cherry Hinton Hall grounds
Radio 2-sponsored acoustic roundelay with very decent pulling power this year
26-29 July, details released in May
Joan Baez, Steve Earle, Nanci Griffith, Waterboys, Toots and the Maytals, Kate Rusby, Alabama 3, Martha Tilston, Seasick Steve

Summer Sundae, De Montfort Hall and Gardens, Leicester
Popular family friendly affair, "grandson of Glastonbury" according to Steve Lamacq
10-12 August, £85
Divine Comedy, Spiritualized Acoustic Mainline, Magic Numbers, Echo & The Bunnymen, !!!, Spoon, Gruff Rhys, The Aliens, Rumble Strips, Duke Special, DJ Yoda, Cud

Green Man, Glanusk Park, Usk Valley, Powys
Alternative folkiness formed by It's Jo & Danny which outgrew its original home last year
17-19 August, £98
Joanna Newsom, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Robert Plant and The Strange Sensation, Vashti Bunyan, Gruff Rhys, Bill Callahan, The Earlies, Tunng, Euros Childs, John Power

Connect, Inveraray Castle, Loch Fyne, Argyll
A new one, similar to Indian Summer and on the corresponding weekend to that event from last year
31 August-2 September, £125
Bjork, Beastie Boys, Primal Scream, LCD Soundsystem, Mogwai, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Jarvis Cocker, CSS, The Go! Team, Divine Comedy, The Only Ones, Idlewild, Big Star, Tilly & The Wall

Bestival, Robin Hill Countryside Adventure Park, Isle of Wight
Rob da Bank's utterly unique mish-mash, this year going for a world record for ukelele playing
7-9 September, £115
Beastie Boys, Chemical Brothers, The Cure, Billy Bragg, Madness, Gregory Isaacs, Gossip, Soul II Soul Soundsystem, Calvin Harris, Levellers, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Maccabees, countless DJs

End Of The Road, Larmer Tree Gardens, nr Salisbury
Second year for laid-back Green Man-inspired festival season closer
14-16 September, £95
Super Furry Animals, Herman Dune, Howe Gelb, Euros Childs, Broken Family Band, Seasick Steve


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