Previews

Preview: Beachbombing 2007

by Clair Whitefield

When you say the word festival most people think of wide eyed hippies struggling out of rancid portaloos in the middle of a muddy field.For…



Preview: O2 Wireless Festival 2007

by John Murphy

Festivals are big business. Long gone are the days when they were an excuse for a group of like-minded souls to gather in a field,...

Rock Ness 2007

by David McGonigle

Apart from the mighty colossus that is T-in-the Park, Scotland’s festival season can seem a little sparse.While there may be plenty of action for the...

Preview: Faster Than Sound 2007

by Fiona Jerome

As befits an offshoot of the Aldeburgh Festival, which since 1948 has provided a showcase for new musical ideas and has commissioned many sterling pieces...

Preview: Gatecrasher 2007

by Nick Pickles

When it comes to dance music the party gets well and truly underway this weekend with Gatecrashers Summer Soundsystem.After a four year absence, Gatecrasher returns...

Glastonbudget

by Jenni Cole

Listen. Glastonbudget. Tribute bands. Ace. In fact, completely and totally ace, all round. No argument.Where else this year could you possibly hear the greatest hits...

Festivals Focus 2007: The Dream Trip (part 2)

by Jamil Ahmad

You should just about have recovered from four days of hedonism to take things down a notch for Cambridge Folk (26-29 July).Joan Baez, Steve Earle...

Festivals Focus 2007: The Dream Trip (part 1)

by Jamil Ahmad

If time, money and a job were not a worry, you could spend six months on the festival circuit. Given the opportunity would you do...

Preview: Spitz Festival Of Blues

by Barnaby Smith

The Spitz Festival of Blues 2007 was declared open on April 4 in an orgy of marinated chicken wings and pork ribs, to the dubious...

Camden Crawl 2007 : preview feature

by Jamil Ahmad

Stamina is the key to survival. The idiom isn’t just applied to the Camden Crawl. You’re going to need it as we slip into festival...

Preview: Soul Britannia

by Darren Lee

Aside from the burnt turkey, this year’s Christmas began on a downer with the death of James Brown. Whilst his loyal core of fans mourned instantly,...

Preview: The Great Escape 2006

by Michael Hubbard

SXSW has become gargantuan. The music industry event and festival, held annually in Austin, Texas, attracted everyone from latest sensations Tapes’n’Tapes to that old timer...

Festival Preview: End Of The Road 2006

by Neil Jones

Conceived by organisers suitably impressed by Wales’ Green Man festival, Salisbury’s End Of The Road bash sets out with a noble manifesto. By ignoring over-hyped bands,...

Preview: Cropredy 2006

by Barnaby Smith

Now in its second year since its reincarnation, Cropredy is firmly back in its rightful place as one of the most amiable festivals on the...

Preview: Metro Weekender 2006

by Richard Hensman

It’s back – and it’s now in Cardiff as well as London!Metro Weekender is a two-day event over the festival-packed August Bank Holiday weekend, comprising...

Preview: Secret Garden Party 2006

by Richard Hensman

Since its inauguration in 2004, the Secret Garden has been offering an escape from reality for everyone with an inner child who remembers what it’s...

Preview: TDK Cross Central 2006

by Jamil Ahmad

If you haven’t been left out of pocket by this stage of the festival season, you certainly will be by the close of the August...

Preview: Bestival 2006

by Jenni Cole

If you’re one of those music lovers who thinks that this summer’s lack ofmud, smelly hippies, ill-advised facial hair and wizard hats made out ofhedges...

Preview: The Big Chill 2006

by Ian Roullier

The Big Chill started life 12 years ago as a monthly Sunday club in the mattress-strewn confines of Islington’s Union Chapel. Back then there were...

Preview: Benicassim Festival 2006

by Jamil Ahmad

Welcome to the Latin Quarter.Eight days, 100 bands, a sleepy town on the Med. The Benicassim organisers were on to a plan when they hatched...

Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds 2006

by Tom Woods

Some would say that the perfect way to end the summer holidays is to discover that quiet corner of this much-trodden planet and wilfully pass...