Previews

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...

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 Morrissey in 2006. But what if you don’t live in...

Festival Preview: Don’t Look Back 2005

by Steve Hands

The inspiration of gig promoters Barry Hogan and Helen Cottage, the All Tomorrow’s Parties festivals at Camber Sands in Kent have been notable for avoiding the line-ups typical to ‘corporate festivals’. Choosing as curators artists...

Festival Preview: Cropredy 2005

by Barnaby Smith

Bert Jansch and his Pentangle as forefathers, the exotic, erratic, outrageously brilliant Incredible String Band occupying the lunatic fringe, resident larrikin John Martyn struggling to stand up, and then there is the epoch’s very own...