After a little worrying bout of rain, the sun is out again (in the North of England at least), so inevitably our thoughts return to festival season. Here, we look at some more of our favourites. If you missed Parts 1 and 2 of our bumper preview bonanza, they are here and here respectively. Don’t forget to keep up to speed with our Vodafone VIP coverage too!
Field Day (by Lucy Dearlove)
My comeback of the year is awarded to Willy Mason, whose debut album Where The Humans Eat snuck in ahead of any electro hipster (COUGH Tom Vek) and charmed my foolish 17 year old heart. It was mostly his name flashing before my excited eyes as I feverishly bought my Field Day ticket, but as I calmed down I reflected in a decision well made. With a hipper than hip line-up in the hippest part of London town, there’s a risk of the one day festival collapsing under the weight of its own waxed moustache, but the organisers always seem to pitch the event on the right side of ridiculous. My other teenage favourites The Coral are headlining, alongside The Horrors, Anna Calvi, Villagers, Wild Beasts, James Blake, Twin Shadow; for a one day festival, it’s a line up so good it can only be disappointing when the stage times and resulting clashes are announced.
Boomtown (by Sebastian O’Dowd)
Boomtown is a festival with a big taste for great reggae and dub. I have not been in the past but having seen the line up and a few photos from last year I can easily say it’s going to be one of the highlights of my summer. Barrington Levy is at the top of my must see list, I can’t wait to hear his chilled-out ‘Here I Come’. Another band who have emerged out of Bristol and getting more and more popular is Laid Blak who truly know how to play their music, they should be incredible live. Last but not least of those who deserve a mention is the DJ Congo Natty, whose mixes are inspiring. And of course I will want to see the rest of this incredible line up. Friends who have been to this festival in the past have raved about the setting being very creative and artistic. All in all, Boomtown sounds like a fantastic place to chill for a long weekend.
Standon Calling (by Russell Warfield)
I almost don’t want to preview Standon Calling, because I don’t want too many people finding out how amazing this festival is. I can tell you why you need to get a ticket to Standon Calling in just two words: swimming pool. Standon Calling has a fucking outdoor swimming pool. (Complete with underwater disco, I might add – where, as I glanced over at the scene last year on a blistering afternoon, ‘Push It’ by Salt n Pepa formed the musical backdrop for the most joyous poolside scene I’ve ever seen). Another two persuasive words: fancy dress. Saturday is fancy dress day, this year with the theme of gods and monsters. And they don’t do things by half measures; the entire festival site, and all the stages, are decorated in the spirit of the theme. Oh, and by the way, it’s headlined by Spirtualized and Battles, flanked by acts like The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Hercules and Love Affair and Errors. It says a lot about Standon Calling when a line up like that almost becomes an afterthought.
Green Man (by Russell Warfield)