Previews

Preview: SuperSonic 2007

by David McGonigle

If festivals were kids in a schoolyard, SuperSonic would be the one crying in the corner; misunderstood, lunch money scattered at its feet by the big kids, yet all the time muttering darkly: “I’ll show…



Festival Preview: Tales Of The Jackalope 2007

by Neil Jones

A man in a giant owl suit stands proudly over a “Keep Off The Grass” sign, and a packed hall goes crazy to the cranked-up sounds of Mylo.It’s the website gallery of the inaugural Tales...

Festival 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 the people who brought the musical avalanche that was Austria’s...

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 corduroys and arran jumper brigade, real chances to hear contemporary...

Festival Preview: Wireless 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, watch some bands and, if you’ll excuse the expression, chill...

Festival 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 to the leafy grounds of Lotherton Hall near Leeds to...

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 of Nirvana,The Prodigy, Take That, The Who,The Police, Feeder (okay,...

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 and Alabama 3 will be rubbing shoulders with Toots &...

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 it? Could you do it? We think so. In a...

Festival Preview: Camden Crawl 2007

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 season. What distinguishes 2007 from recent years is the surge...

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 Brit-blues of Jooks Of Kent and one Scott H Biram.The...

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, it took a while for others to realise how massive...

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, they give those chosen more time to play. They have...

Festival Preview: Benicassim 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 this one 11 years ago. One of Europe’s most...

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 calendar. In 2004, Fairport Convention bass player Dave Pegg split...

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 Bank Holiday Weekend.The Carling Weekend, Metro Weekender, Creamfields – and...

Festival 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 is no great loss to the festival circuit, get ready...

Festival 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 southwestfour and Get Loaded In The Park. The line-ups...

Festival 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 like to have fun. The festival’s capacity has more than...

Festival Preview: Benicassim 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 this one 11 years ago.One of Europe’s most hedonistic festival...

Festival Preview: 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 away the days enjoying pristine nothingness.To many more, it is...