Previews

Preview: Reading and LeedsFestivals 2007

by John Murphy

Not so long ago, there were two,maybe three, music festivals each summer. They were events, dates thatany self-respecting music fan built thier entire calendararound.Now, with…



Preview: Connect 2007


The American comic Dave Barry once quipped that camping was ‘nature’s way of promoting the motel business’.Yet festival season forces thousands of us music-lovers to...

Preview: Field Day 2007


Despite its worrying overcrowding, depressingly inflated house prices, and frustrating excuse for a public transport system, you’ve got to love London sometimes.You get opportunities to...

Preview: Bestival 2007


While the Isle of Wight might be more famous for its eponymous festival than this end of the season soiree, it’s Bestival to which those...

Preview: End Of The Road 2007


Two exotically-coloured parrots fly past the double-decker Somerset Cider Bus while its staff busily brew a sweet and dangerous concoction on the grass outside…Just one...

Latitude 2007 : preview feature


Come hell or high water – the latter of which has seemed more likely, given the apocalyptic downpours which have marred this summer – the...

Preview: Summercase 2007


Global warming is something of a misnomer. If you live in England, summer this year seems to be more about flooding, hailstones, thunderclaps and washed-out...

Preview: Secret Garden Party 2007


To describe last year’s Secret Garden Party in a few words just wouldn’t be possible. So you’ll have to forgive us for using a few...

Preview: SuperSonic 2007


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...

Preview: Tales Of The Jackalope 2007


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The Big Chill 2007


Let’s dispel some of the misconceptions about the Big Chill.Firstly: that it’s full of hippies listening to whale song in a smoke induced haze.Secondly: that...

Tales Of The Jackalope 2007


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...

Preview: Cropredy 2007


At the 2006 Cropredy festival, the Friday night saw about four hours of bliss. Magic, almost.Deborah Bonham was at her lung-bursting best, while the lovable,...

Preview: Lovebox Weekender 2007


As the festivals jostle for position, looking to attract the wallflowers yet to commit themselves to a weekend in the British summer outdoors, Groove Armada’s...

Rock Ness 2007


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


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: Beachbombing 2007


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


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,...

Festivals Focus 2007: The Dream Trip (part 2)


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)


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: Gatecrasher 2007


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...