Category: Festivals

KALEIDOSCOPE FESTIVAL/FLAMING LIPS, Alexandra Park – Evening Standard, 23 July 2018

The best thing about going to gigs at Alexandra Palace has always been leaving: stepping out onto a broad dark promenade where the whole of London is laid out beneath you like a glittering circuit board. So how about a festival where the great hall is used as overelablorate toilet facilities and the real action takes place on an outdoor… Read more →

UK FESTIVAL GUIDE 2018 – Evening Standard, 9 March 2018

Glastonbury is having a year off in 2018. Better spend the summer on a Netflix deep dive and keep the jester hat in the loft for another 12 months right? Wrong! Did you know that a host of music festivals that aren’t called Glastonbury have been going on this whole time, and we haven’t even noticed? Here’s a selection of… Read more →

LONDON FESTIVALS GUIDE – Evening Standard, 15 April 2016

Love music festivals? Can’t be bothered with pretending to know how to pitch a tent or “washing” with wet wipes? Have we got the city for you. London’s summer festival season is a different beast from the national scene, where you can still watch amazing bands outside but also admire great architecture, wear normal shoes and get the tube home… Read more →

UK FESTIVAL GUIDE – Evening Standard, 11 March 2016

There are daffodils out there, it’s slightly less cold and you got through Mothers’ Day with aplomb. Naturally at this time of year, thoughts turn towards failing to sleep in a tent pitched far too close to some deafening dance music. The summer festivals have mostly announced their plans, and as ever there’s plenty to tempt you away from London… Read more →

DISCLOSURE, Apple Music Festival, Roundhouse – Evening Standard, 28 Sept 2015

The Lawrence brothers of Disclosure had a major Friday. On the same day that the new Bond theme that they produced was revealed, the dance duo released their second album and played this concert broadcast around the world by Apple.   Howard, on bass guitar and occasionally singing, and Guy, mostly on drum pads, still look disarmingly young to be… Read more →

MELTDOWN FESTIVAL: YOUNG MARBLE GIANTS, Royal Festival Hall – Evening Standard, 28 Aug 2015

Reuniting for sporadic gigs since 2007, Cardiff’s Young Marble Giants were always unlikely candidates for a lucrative nostalgia tour. The trio seemed shocked even to have made it as far as the Festival Hall, at the behest of this year’s Meltdown curator David Byrne. “Somebody pinch me,” said chief songwriter Stuart Moxham as he slipped onto the wide stage. His… Read more →

GREEN MAN FESTIVAL, Glanusk Park – Evening Standard, 24 August 2015

As festival attractions go, they don’t come much more impressive than a whopping great mountain. Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage looks like a piece of Toblerone next to the edifice looming over the Green Man Festival in the Brecon Beacons. In its 10 years at this site, Green Man has gained a reputation as a bucolic space to release your inner hippy,… Read more →


It was hardly Oasis at Knebworth, but Noel Gallagher can still just about put on a day of music in a field with his songs as the main draw. As festivals go, however, this was an underwhelming one, so small that bands couldn’t appear on both stages at the same time because of sound interference, yet big enough that there… Read more →

LONDON OUTDOOR GIG/FESTIVAL GUIDE 2015 – Evening Standard, 17 April 2015

Calling all lightweights! London must be the best place in the world to be someone who loves festivals but hates all the peripheral stuff: the dew, the dirt, the guy two tents down who brought an acoustic guitar. As the nights get longer it’s time to make plans to see some outdoor music right here, where there are the options… Read more →

UK FESTIVALS GUIDE 2015 – Evening Standard, 27 Feb 2015

Now the Brits are done and dusted it’s time to start thinking about the other massive events on music’s calendar. Glastonbury, anyone? Or indeed, Reading? And what about T in the Park? With most of the summer’s tent-based entertainment already announced and on sale, now’s a good time to start selecting your favourite field. You may choose based on the… Read more →