Tag: Festivals

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 →

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 →

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 →

LOVEBOX FESTIVAL, Victoria Park – Evening Standard, 21 July 2014

It has been a summer of tinkering for London’s music festivals, with Wireless and Calling moving to different parks, Field Day expanding to two days and Lovebox shrinking to the same number. At the latter, two days was enough for it to feel rammed with tempting musical options, and people. Scuffles at the gate kept security and police busy and… Read more →

GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL review – Evening Standard, 30 June 2014

Once again, Glastonbury was such a challenge that it felt like attendees should have been asking for sponsorship, but the rewards for the committed were immeasurable. It was a weekend of extremes, from Dolly Parton to Metallica, sunburn to mudbaths.. Rain did not dominate as it had threatened to, but there was enough to cut Rudimental short and delay a… Read more →

FIELD DAY FESTIVAL/PIXIES, Victoria Park – Evening Standard, 9 June 2014

This year Field Day expanded to comprise two days in a field, a balmy opportunity for people in cooler T-shirts than you to acquire an overview of the hippest bands of the moment, and sunburn. It was a strangely imbalanced pairing, with twice as many bands and stages on offer on the Saturday. This may have reflected the current skew… Read more →