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WELCOME With the return of the sun, you can smell summer coming back, and with it, the end of school, barbecues in parks and most of all, the festival season. It’s probably the most exciting time of the year for all of you music aficionados. The long weekends, sometimes sunny, mostly muddy, filled with music, beer and dancing. At Audio Addict HQ, we are as eager as you about the upcoming festivals, and in this edition, you will find pretty much everything you need to know to get excited about what’s awaiting this summer. You’ll find the usual line-ups and previews for the UK and Europe festivals, and get ready to spend three days in style with our festival chic guide! Decide if you’d rather ‘glamp’ to stay fresh and fashionable or camp in one of the crazy tents we’ve picked for you to get the full festival experience. Start planning which festivals you want to go to with our UK vs. EU festivals pros and cons! If you choose to stop at Bestival in September, go straight to Rob Da Bank’s Top 9 Must Do’s. From Eminem at Reading and Leeds to Elton John at Bestival, this year’s season will sure bring it’s own blend of fun and memories, so get ready for the summer of your life, and the first step towards it is inside this magazine, so enjoy! Coralie Pilté
Editorial Team Martin James - Editor in Chief Coralie Pilté - Editor Izzy Coote // Shannon Gibson - Front Section Hannah Woollven // Ella McClary // Louis Kerry - Features Leo Troy // Sean Lewis // Tommy Richard Jones - Reviews Contributors Georgia Blunden // Ellis Ballard // Fran Botham All illustrations by Dessy Baeva
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CONTENTS PAGE Four It’s time to plan your festival season, we have all of this year’s festival line-ups, from Bastille to Snoop Dogg.
PAGE TEN Dress to impress at this year’s festivals. Follow our festival fashion guide to discover what’s hot or not!
PAGE SIXTEEN Izzy Coote chats to Rob Da Bank. Find out what his Top Nine Must Do’s at Bestival 2013 are and start planning the last festival of the summer!
PAGE EIGHTEEN The most exciting upcoming bands are all here. Go to page 18 to discover who made it in your Top 10 Bands not to miss this summer!
PAGE TWENTY Still undecided on which festival to attend? Make sure to read our previews of the UK’s finest to choose where to go!
WHAT’S NEW? Reading And Leeds Festival Set For Three New Stages! Reading and Leeds Festival is set to be bigger and better than ever before with the addition of two brand new stages, meaning more space and, more excitingly, more bands! Fresh from picking up Best Festival at this year’s NME Awards, Reading and Leeds organisers have confirmed the rumours speculating that new stages would be added to the event. Exact details of the stages are still the subject of much speculation, with excited fans avidly swapping messages on online forums regarding the issue. However, one thing that is confirmed is that the stages are called the BBC Radio IXtra Stage and the BBC Radio I Dance Stage.
The stages will feature a mix of grime and dance acts. It is believed that the new stages will draw a crowd from a wider spectrum of people than those who normally attend the festival, which has become known for its rock tendencies. The size of the festival arena is also set to increase by an impressive 25% in what looks to be one of the biggest festivals of the year, with the likes of Eminen, Green Day and Biffy Clyro all on this year’s bill. Tommy Jones
2013 UK Festival Season set for Hologram Technology? Coachella 2012 saw Tupac return from the dead and perform live on stage again, much to the amazement of the crowd who looked on in a baffled fashion as a life-like hologram appeared to grace the stage with the swagger of a man who was very much alive and well. The online music community went crazy for the footage and videos of the star performing at Coachella 2012 popped up everywhere on YouTube.Yet this was not the US global rap superstar back from the dead; it was a mere hologram created by tech wizards. But Tupac’s hologram appearance at Coachella 2012 left many pining for more and the weeks that followed saw much speculation about whether or not any UK festivals would follow in the footsteps of the US festival and use hologram technology to bring back a deceased mega star. It did not happen, so the question is, will 2013 be the year hologram technology touches down in Blightly? The question remains unanswered but the rumour mill rolls on and speculation about
long gone stars such as Jimi Hendrix and Ian Curtis gracing the stages at UK festivals this year look set to keep on going until the festival season passes. Tommy Jones
The Best Of Fests Here’s a roundup of what to expect at this year’s festivals!
Download 14th- 16th June sees Donington Park in Leicestershire turn into the set for Rock and Metal festival, Download. This year sees huge headliners Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein, playing alongside Bullet For My Valentive, Queens
of the Stone Age, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Motorhead, Korn, Enter Shikari, Papa Roach, Parkway Drive, Down, Alice in Chains, Jimmy Eat World,Young Guns, Asking Alexandria, The Hives, HIM, Satyricon, Modestep, Bury Tomorrow and Limpbizkit. Get ready for a weekend of mud, beer and bearded metal heads.
held around the city; this year’s conventions include Rough Trade Retail, New Artist Deals, Focus on Music Marketing and many more.
The Great Escape Festival
Brighton is the home of the biggest new music festival in Europe, The Great Escape Festival. From the 16th to 18th May, 30 places over Brighton turn into music venues to hold the 350 up and coming artists. This year’s line-up includes Bastille, Billy Bragg, Everything Everything, The 1975, A Tribe Called Red, Tom Odell, and AA Wallace, to name a few. Not only is The Great Escape Festival about music but conventions are
To get away from the dire British summer weather, European festivals are becoming increasingly popular. Located in Belgium, Tomorrowland is one of the most popular festivals in Europe. Set in the height of summer - 26th- 28th July - it’s the perfect location for a Dance Festival. Acts include Axwell, Benga, Caspar, Eric Prydz, Hardwell, Infected Mushroom, Knife Party, Tiesto, Steve Aoki, Joris Voorn, Benny
Benassi, Alesso, AN21 & Max Vangeli, Otto Knows, Sebastian Ingrosso, Steve Angello, Will Brennan, Nicon, Undertone, Luna, Delta Heavy, Dismantle, Hype, Bitkit, Guti, Frontliner and Richie Hawtin.
Bestival Set on the idyllic Isle of Wight, Bestival is so much more than a music festival; there are so many other things to see such as Wishing Tree Field and Grassy Hill. Bestival takes places towards the end of the festival season, 5th- 8th September. This year it has a stellar line-up; Elton John, Snoop Dogg, M.I.A, Franz Ferdinand, The Flaming Lips, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Roots, Belle & Sebastian, Jessie Ware, Disclosure, DJ Fresh,
Zane Lowe, Steve Angello, Eric Prydz, Annie Mac, Julio Bashmore, Skream, Benga, David Guetta, Porter Robinson, Hardwell, Steve Angello, Alesso, Otto Knows, Fake Blood, Laidback Luke, Subfocus, Modestep and Killsonik.
Rudimental, Bastille, While She Sleeps, James Blake, The 1975, Swim Deep, Julio Bashmore, Fake Blood, Redlight, Bondax and Flying White Dots.
Takedown is returning for its second year on Saturday 11th May. It’s located at Southampton University and features around 30 bands across four stages. Although only a day festival,
After last year’s wash out (literally) this year’s line-up has made up for it. Taking place on August bank holiday weekend, hopefully the weather
it has some big names on the bill, including The Blackout, Don Broco, While She Sleeps, We Are the Ocean and Sonic Boom Six.
will be better for the biggest UK dance festival. Headlining are The Prodigy, which will be their only UK performance this summer. Other acts are: Avicci, Nicky Romero, Knife Party, Zedd,
¿Viva La Glamper? Is glamping destroying the festival spirit?
Live music, bad weather, and filthy smelly campers; that’s what festivals are all about, right? At least, that’s what they used to be about. These days, it’s becoming increasingly common for festival go-ers
and floral hair accessories; even the wellies are becoming a fashion statement, as opposed to the standard green that used to be the norm. Because of the high maintenance and the pressure to look
to stay in either luxury festival accommodation or a nearby hotel, but why?
good, people now choose to glamp.
Over the past few years, glamping has become a global phenomenon. Since being featured on
With the numerous festival accommodations that are available for people who can afford it/ are above camping, it’s not surprising that more
television programs such as The Only Way Is Essex, which, for some reason, is popular amongst many teenagers and adolescents, it seems that everywhere you look people are glamping, and
people are glamping. Glastonbury is offering a pop-up hotel which offers room service and showers, and Bestival offers yurts and tipis; if you can afford it, why would you say no? Despite
not just for entertainment purposes either; more people are glamping at festivals these days than ever before.
some people having an excuse, for example older people who can no longer cope with the lack of sleep or hard floor that goes with camping, students Cassie Shields, 20, and Sam Morgan, 19, say that glamping is “for boring people” and “takes the fun out of it”.
Eager festival attendee Deb Kelly, 44, says “If people want to do it, then they should do it; if it makes them enjoy the experience more, why not?” However, she also implies that glamping is definitely not the best way to do it, stating that “everyone should camp the proper way at least once.” Festivals are becoming more glamorous and fashion-orientated than they used to be, encouraged by chain stores such as H&M and New Look bringing out a festival fashion line each summer. A typical female festival go-er would be seen wearing hot pants, branded patterned tops
For people who camp the old-school way, they get to stay up all night with fellow campers, get drunk and have a good time – even if they do smell bad and feel rough the next day, and have to put up with the festival toilets. “The whole point of a festival is the atmosphere”, says Deb. When asked if glamping does, in fact, kill the festival spirit, Deborah, Cassie and Sam all agree; “yes.” Shannon Gibson
TOP FIVE TENTS
Looking for the best tents this summer? Check out our top FIVE suggestions for camping in style!
1.Sports Direct, Pink
Wellies pop Up Tent,
£19.99 Missing your hair straighteners and showers? Feel like you’re still in luxury.
2.Go Outdoors, Gammo
3. The Monster Factory,
200 Tent, £59.99 Withstanding 3000mm of rain you’re not going to have any problems.
Flower Power VW Tent, £299.99
Imagine you’re at the original Woodstock.
4. Sports Direct, Quest 8
Man Tent, £139.99 Going with all your mates? Camp together with a massive eight man tent.
5.Pop up tent, £22.99
Pretend you’re a cow for the weekend, be one with your field surroundings.
5 Louis Kerry
TOP 9 MUST DO’S AT BESTIVAL 2013
Izzy Coote chats to Radio 1 DJ and Bestival founder Rob Da Bank about his must do’s at Bestival 2013, as the festival celebrates its 10th anniversary.
9. “Pop into Bestival Radio”
Listen on 87.9fm or pop into the tent to check out the artists and bands have a chit chat. Where: Star Dust Field When: All Weekend
“Go and see Duke Dumont on our new, as yet to be announced secret stage” Storming the dance world this year; Duke Dumont looks set to storm the festival scene. When & Where: Top Secret!
7. “Watch the fancy dress catwalk competition on
Saturday afternoon and see who you think has the best outfit on”
Breaking world records for fancy dress, this Bestival tradition is back and this year it’s nautical. Watch the catwalk on Saturday and decide who the best dressed pirates’ arrrrghh! (See what I did there?) Where: Main Stage When: Saturday Afternoon
6. “Go down the toboggan run, which is pretty good fun”
Already part of the Robin Hill Country Park site, experience riding down a hill on a mat, it’s a lot more fun than it sounds! Where: Across site When: All Weekend
5. “Go to the Films in the Forest area and watch Fake
Blood perform a live horror sound track”
An outdoor cinema amongst the trees, watch classic films, cult comedies, short films and even experience scores performed live by DJs including Fake Blood, DJ Woody and Gum, and all whilst munching on gourmet popcorn. Where: The Amphitheatre Stage in the Ambient Forest When: All Weekend
4. “Visit the W.I. tea tent and have a cuppa for 50p from the lovely ladies in there”
Brightening up smelly and muddy punters since Bestival 2004, the ladies are the saviours of many Bestival go-ers. Where: Tomorrow’s World Field When: All Weekend
3. “Go and freak yourself out by standing at the top of the wall of death and watch them do their thing”
Performed inside an 18ft cylindrical wall, watch Ken Fox and his two sons do tricks on vintage Indian motorcycles. Madness! Where: TBA When: All Weekend
“See James Blake on Sunday night at the Big Top” One of electronic music’s magicians, why not check out his wonders live. Where: Big Top When: Sunday Night
1. “Be down the front for Elton John in a very good fancy dress outfit”
With this year’s HMS Bestival theme who wouldn’t want to see Elton John dressed as a sailor? Rob certainly does. “I know that Elton will probably go for that and I’m hoping that Snoop Dogg will too.” Where: Main Stage When: Saturday Night Bestival 2013 is offering a pay weekly scheme, so what are you waiting for? Get your tickets now! Izzy Coote
The Other Side of FEstivals
Hannah Woollven talks festival arrangements with local organisers Larmer Tree Festival and professional comedian Bob Slayer.
Staring at the computer screen, I’ve been
Mansell-Carter from Larmer Tree Festival said
transcended into a bitter world of confusion,
they “start planning in November” to “offer value
frustration and annoyance. How the hell am I
[and] appeal to wider audiences.”
going to choose? It’s not a case of money, travel or friends. It’s me and this computer screen
Aside from the music, it offers an opportunity
battling with my head and my heart. And then, out
for the festival go-er to experience something
of the corner of my eye, I see an ‘Attractions’ tab
new as well as the acts themselves. Professional
and I can see there is hope for this decision.
comedian Bob Slayer has played festivals all over the world and said, “We live in an ugly world full of murderers, thieves and emo’s. I used to be one of them (well not an emo) a corrupt capitalist pig dog snuffling at the trough. But as a comedian I can opt
Every year, months and months of planning is put in by festival organisers to encourage as many people as possible to attend their event but the planning isn’t just for the line-ups but into all the other events that are going on to keep the festival busy after the arena shuts it’s gates. Think back to the last festival you went to; you’re dragging your muddy ass back to the campsite still
“I have only been arrested once because of this - and that was in Australia so doesn’t count”
buzzing from the headline act you just saw.You see a light beaming in the distance and suddenly you realise that your night doesn’t have to end. At festivals all over the world, they have fun fairs, workshops and more. But, how important are these other attractions? Elliot Vine, founder of M.A.R.S society at Solent University, after hosting Full Metal Assault festival last October said; “We did have some stuff planned but it all kind of fell through, but it didn’t make a difference in the end because people were happy with what was going on anyway. But I think that with the whole festival experience people do kind of expect a bit of a side show.”
out. I can do whatever I like. Say whatever I like. And I have only ever been arrested once because of this - and that was in Australia so doesn’t count.” All this considered the attractions at festivals will never be as important as
the music but maybe people will stop and look at the attractions tab to see what else is on offer to make their experience more fulfilled. After all the inner soul-searching, ‘buy now’ is clicked and the decision final.
It is amazing just how much planning goes into these attractions that seem to go unnoticed. Katy Audio-Addict.co.uk
UK vs. EU Considering going to a festival this year? Ella McClary talks about whether the pros and cons of UK festivals outweigh going abroad. Read this to find out which side of the scene you’d prefer.
Can’t decide on whether to stay in the comforts of the UK or explore the big wide world for festivals this year? Then here is my unbiased opinion for you first timers out there. No matter where you are in the world, music festivals have their similarities. So before we start looking into the precise specifics of festivals we’ll look at the generality.
The positives: The music. This seems like an obvious factor. The whole essence of a festival is to get a taste of the different live music from the many famous (and upcoming) bands that perform, and you can always be assured that the bands and live comedic acts throughout the day are what makes a festival worthwhile.
The negatives: Hygiene. No matter where you go, the hygiene standards at festivals reach an all time low. When taking a simple shower or going to the loo becomes equivalent to an astronomical journey to the moon, you can understand why concerns for your well-being go out the window. You know everyone looks and smells just as bad as you. The toilets will always be the worst thing you can come across. That’s never going to change, but hey you can’t have all that fun and not deal with the odd (appalling!) sight every now and then. Another negative factor are the prices. Festivals are extortionate and you need to be prepared for the shock of how much a pint or some food costs. A word of advice, pack as much food and booze as you can, it will be cheaper. 14
UK: P: Travel. If you live in the UK you don’t have as much travelling to do, well you’re still going to have to drive a few hundred miles depending on where you live but for if you plan on going for a day it’s much easier to get around. Also the chances are more of your friends will end up going too if you share the petrol costs!
P: The UK introduced a wider variety of music to the festival scene which allowed us to take the lead over the rest of the world’s open air festvials. Take Glastonbury for example, the BIGGEST festival in Great Britain, which showcases some of the finest artists over a wide spread of genres. N: Sound curfews. One of the negatives I find with festivals here is the sound curfew; all bands have to finish by 11pm. Now some people might not find this too bad but after a long day of exciting acts it’s always a little upsetting when it comes to an abrupt end in the evenings. N: Secondly, there are far more police & security. In some cases this is a good thing so you know you’re safe and secure, although it does remove most of the fun as far as your drunken evening activities go. I’ve been to many festivals and normally you get people doing a lot of stupid things, which I understand can be a health and safety issue, but hey it’s funny and it’s a festival!
panini or whatever you prefer whereas over here you’d pay £8 for that damn panini!
N: Unless you’re fluent in the language, you will have some difficulties in understanding people, and not everyone speaks English. It once took me 10 minutes to order food by pointing and saying the odd word or two in the language. The best bet is to try and learn a few phrases before going.
N: Sitting on a coach for 12-18 hours is not the
EUROPE: P: Road trip! Everybody likes going abroad and gaining new experiences to see a different culture.You meet people from all over the world and it’s a real chance to make new friends. I don’t have a problem with the British public, but hell we all know how much of a pain we can be!
P: The chances are the weather will be much
greatest experience in the world, regardless of the fact you’re going abroad. Body parts will go numb and you will get sick of the smell of the only toilet on the coach. Especially on the way home.... and did I forget to mention there is a lot of travelling?! Overall, if you can afford it, always go for the European Festivals over UK. They’re cheaper, louder, and have much later sound curfews.You also get an entirely different atmosphere and it’s full of new experiences and memories. However, whichever side of the festival scene you decide to go for you know it’s going to be a weekend of music, laughs, dancing and lots of booze.
better out in Europe too. It rains a lot in the UK, look at festivals such as Glastonbury, Reading or even Download Festival last year! Your tent floods, and you end up covered head to toe in mud as well as all your belongings. Now the weather is never going to truly ruin your weekend but it can definitely dampen spirits. From past experiences, you’re always guaranteed a weekend of sunshine and blazing heat when you’re abroad so don’t forget the sun cream!
The tickets prices are much cheaper; instead of paying over £200, the general price is going to be around 160€. Of course you still have to take into account the costs of travel but there are many coach facilities and flights that when booked in advance work out cheaper than the full cost of a weekend ticket to a UK festival. Quite often, the costs of surviving at festivals is what puts many people off attending them each year. However the food and drink is cheaper abroad, hands down.You pay around 5€ for a
FESTIVAL Chic Fran Botham discusses this year’s Festival fashion.
The main attraction to music festivals is down to the music, the laughs and the alcohol. However, it doesn’t hurt to look good whilst getting down and dirty. Other than the festival necessities such as ‘wellie’ boots, hats and sunglasses it’s also nice to stand out from the crowd. The boys will bring their standard t-shirt and shorts look and girls… well, we’d pretty much bring our whole wardrobe if we could! With festivals becoming increasingly popular, here is a festival chic guide to help you get the upcoming look. • Flower headbands are a perfect accessory to compliment your outfit whilst giving you a funky bohemian look. • A great pair of sunglasses can never go amiss; you can always be sure to find a bargain at one of the stalls too. • Don’t forget to pack a rain mac or light coat in case the weather takes a turn for the worst.
Here are festival go-ers that definitely did it right.
Kyle, 22, Bournemouth at BESTIVAL Kyle went for the casual but fashionable look this summer! His Aztec t-shirt just so happens to be a great bargain from Primark. With the addition of the cosy red hat and ripped jeans from Topman, it gives this outfit a comfortable yet trendy look. Take some tips boys!
• You’re going to need a little bag to keep all the little things you need on you. . • Make sure you find some eye-catching t-shirts or vests… Bold colourful imagery definitely makes an outfit stand out! • Don’t bother wearing heels, wedges or uncomfortable shoes. Boots or a comfy pair or skate shoes are your best bet. • Get yourself down to Topshop and get a few cute pieces of jewellery. It will finish off your festival chic look! • Never forget a big warm jumper for the evenings, you don’t want to freeze to death! • Express yourself through what you wear.
Charlotte, 22, Bushey at BESTIVAL Charlotte has gone for the bohemian cross hippy look whilst making the most of the sun at Bestival, and doesn’t she look great? The shirt is from a vintage shop called Cow in Nottingham. To finish off this lovely outfit, she adds a couple of accessories such as a bindi from India and earrings from Aldo.
SMILEfest took over Southampton’s venues in February, showcasing some of the finest acts from across the country.
Thursday saw the Vinyl Memories exhibition showcase artwork from various records whilst acoustic acts such as Jack Williams and Yasmin Davey Corrigan provided a soundtrack. The night welcomed sophistication, completely opposing Audio Addict’s launch night at Pop which was full of energy, animation and a healthy dose of inebriation. On Friday, Urban Outfitters hosted a midday acoustic extravaganza featuring Sean Mcgowan, Bryony Marie Fry, Cloudi Lewis and more. Despite the midday placement, the show drew a great crowd that enjoyed every unamplified moment. For one riotous week in February, Solent’s SMILE festival laid waste to Southampton in a shower of stunning musical performances, engrossing speeches and fascinating exhibitions. Kicking off on the Monday, New Riot brought their summertime ska to Avondale’s, transforming the quiet pub into a wild party and leaving the entire crowd grinning like morons. The festivities continued on Tuesday at the Electric Banana launch party, as headliners Written In Waters performed an utterly mesmerising set, combining post-rock textures with soaring vocals to a cathartic conclusion. Meanwhile, Solent Later was showcasing a wide range of artists. Switching between the skate punk of Gnarwolves to the acoustic pop of Olive Anne, the event was a success.
Then finally, SMILE was ready for the big one. Saturday brought a storming set at The Guildhall from Reverend & The Makers. It was another success and even culminated with an impromptu post-show acoustic performance in The Guildhall Square from Jon McClure himself. Amazing. SMILE 2013 celebrated the diversity of music in all its ever-shifting forms. Bring on 2014! Leo Troy
On Wednesday, Solent hosted conferences from some of the most important musical figures in the UK. Between hilarious stories of Kid Rock and Axl Rose from Download’s head booker Andy Copping, beneficial advice from Kerrang editor James McMahon and compelling anecdotes from Steve Strange, the conference day was an effective insight to the music industry. Audio-Addict.co.uk
top 10 bands
Make sure you don’t miss out on our Top 10 bands this summer!
1.Bury Tomorrow - Download
Southampton’s very own metalcore saviours will tear the Pepsi Max stage apart at Download Festival. Expect infectious melodies, stomping riffs and breakdowns that will make anyone with sleeve tattoos have a seizure. It’s okay, I know it looks stupid but I think they’re supposed to be like that.
2.Mikill Pane – Bestival
Bringing his quintessentially British hip-hop flavours to Bestival, the Hackney boy will get feet moving and heads bobbing with an intent to prove he’s not just another person Ed Sheeran hung around with before he was boring.
3. Foxygen – Primavera
Straight off the back of one of the best albums this year, the psych-pop duo are ready to introduce Primavera to their retro vibes in a hail storm of flowers, colours and those little tablet things that make you see stuff which isn’t really there.
4. Pig Destroyer – Hellfest
With a barrage of unadulterated noise, these grindcore legends will do what they do best, blasting through the heaviest set of this year’s entire festival circuit and probably terrifying quite a few vegetarians in the process. Approach with caution.
5. Max Raptor – 2000 Trees
At 2000 Trees, these indie punks will show why they are literally the only reason you might want to watch raptors rather than run away from them.
6. Random Hand – Boomtown
Beer, trumpets, trumpets, beer, trumpets, hopefully some sunshine, trumpets, trumpets, beer, trumpets, trumpets, beer, trumpets, beer and trumpets. What more do you need?
7. Bastille – The Great Escape The Bastille was a fortress in Paris, known formally as the Bastille Saint-Antoine. It played an important role in the French Revolution. It’s possible I may have got the wrong Wikipedia page.
8. Palma Violets – Isle Of Wight
They were on the cover of NME once. Or was that Bastille? Could have been Peace? They MIGHT have been on the cover of NME once. So you know, you should probably go and see them.
9. Miguel – Wireless
Miguel should be headlining the third day at Wireless instead of Justin Timberlake & Jay-Z because he’s kind of like a combination of the two. But he’s not that famous so you’ll have to settle for watching him after Ke$ha. Urgh.
10. MC Lars – Slam Dunk
If you’re going to Slam Dunk festival, you’ll already realise that All Time Low ARE NOT PUNK ROCK, Deaf Havana ARE NOT PUNK ROCK, Kids In Glass Houses ARE NOT PUNK ROCK, etc. MC Lars isn’t really punk rock either, he’s kind of more of a rapper. However, he is more punk than you. Leo Troy & Sean Lewis
Leo Troy & Sean Lewis share the Top 10 unmissable songs at festivals this year, be sure to learn those lyrics!
5. Blur – Parklife
PARK LIFE! What are the 2 words that you are going to shout at Primavera when the nation’s favourite fake cockneys take to the stage? PARK LIFE! It’s fun, it’s bouncy, and it will certainly be one of the many highlights of Primavera.
6. The Stone Roses – She Bangs
1. The Killers – Mr. Brightside
Who honestly hasn’t sing-shouted along with this song towards closing time at some dive indie club? No one, that’s who! The Killers are sure to wheel out one of the all-time great choruses in rock, and you are guaranteed to shout along until your lungs burst.
2. Justin Timberlake – SexyBack
At Wireless, JT will attempt to bring ‘sexy’ back to a field full sweaty drunks. Good luck Justin, you’re a brave man. Prepare to be pounded with a bass drum that will have the crowd jumping like lunatics, as a well a typically charismatic performance from Timberlake himself.
3. Fall Out Boy –
Sugar Were Going Down
It’s been four years since Fall Out Boy went down swinging, and now they’re back with a vengeance. After all this time, you probably still know all the words to this belter, which sees Fall Out Boy at their best.
4. Limp Bizkit – Rollin’
Seeing a large crowd of surly metalheads doing the stupid dance from the video is really a sight you would be foolish to miss. Limp Bizkit have always been the masters of bone-headed numetal nonsense, and ‘Rollin’’ remains one of the genre’s greatest anthems. Prepare for the pit.
Everyone has dreamed about being at those legendary Brighton gigs, hearing the anthemic ‘She Bangs The Drum’ being played by the band in their prime. Rock and rave until you drop.
7. Elton John – Your Song
This isn’t actually your song. However, Elton John is going to be brilliant, and this emotional anthem will have you getting overly huggy with your best mate, and then refusing to ever speak about it again, despite Elton’s advice to “tell everybody”.
8. Jessie J – Price Tag
Jessie J just wants to make the world dance. Bless her. Now you can help her achieve her dreams by going nuts for this banger at Sundown. There may even be a massive sing-along on the chorus. Now that’s just too generous.
9. Black Flag – TV Party
TV PARTY TONIGHT! You go decades without any Black Flag and then 2 come along at once. If you want to see their mastermind, Greg Ginn, then you have to go to Hevy. ‘TV Party’ is Black Flag at their best: simple, loud, and an absolute wrecking-ball live.
10. Mystery Jets – Young Love
This bouncy little ditty seems perfectly designed for warm summer days and too much cider. ‘Young Love’ will make you soft-rock until you drop. If you don’t want to lose indie cred, then don’t miss it.
UK FESTIVAL PREVEWS The Ultimate Guide to this year’s Festivals
Reading and Leeds Reading and Leeds is fast becoming the UK’s biggest music festival of the year. In previous years bands such as Muse and Foo Fighters have headlined and 2013 looks set to be another huge year for the festival. With Eminem, Biffy Clyro and Green Day already announced as the three headline acts, as well as Foals, Alt-J, System Of A Down, Fall Out Boy and Jake Bugg, the line-up at Reading and Leeds is arguably shaping up to be the best at a UK festival this year and continues to progress at a relentless pace.
Isle of Wight
Redfest is a Surrey based festival whose six-year history has seen acts such as Laura Marling, Ed Sheeran, Enter Shikari, Modestep and Newton Faulkner drawing in the crowds. This year sees the introduction of an Alternative Rock stage which Redfest says aims to put some ”RAWR” into your weekend with bands such as Bury Tomorrow, Hacktivist and Feed The Rhino.
The Isle of Wight festival started in 2002 and has grown bigger every year since. This year The Stone Roses, The Killers and Bon Jovi will be headlining with acts like Paul Weller and Bloc Party also featuring. Throughout the site are Beatles themed areas such as Penny Lane, Octopuses Garden and Strawberry Fields throughout which you can enjoy things like a Cabaret Club, Boutique Food and the Beach! With adult camping weekend tickets from £185 it is perhaps a slightly cheaper option than Glastonbury or Reading + Leeds, and also more family friendly!
Dot to Dot
Dry The River, Tom Odell, Benjamin Francis Leftwich and Lucy Rose all feature in the eighth year since Dot to Dot’s conception. A festival which takes place over three days, Dot To Dot is hitting Manchester and Bristol before finishing in Nottingham. They boast the claim that they ‘outed’ acts such as The XX, Mumford & Sons and Florence + the Machine, putting them on the map.
Camp Bestival is the child friendly festival of the UK; their website even says “kids are King at Camp Bestival!” With a range of tents including a dance stage, comedy as well as theatre acts. It is located in the very heart of Dorset, between Bournemouth, Dorchester and Weymouth.
Liverpool Sound City The numbers are highly impressive for this Liverpool based event, welcoming over 360 artists, in over 25 venues in Liverpool’s city centre, with over 40,000 music fans and over 3,000 industry professionals. It’s not just music either, with lots of emphasis also being put on the digital and film features on show.
Greenman Greenman festival takes place in the Black Mountains, Wales, and claims to be the most
beautiful festival site in the UK. A large number of acts are headlining such as Band of Horses, Kings of Convenience and Ben Howard. Seven day Holiday tickets are available where you can combine your festival experience with a holiday to Wales, and it is also the only festival in the UK to boast a 24 hour festival license!
Latitude Seven years ago now Latitude began with sets from Snow Patrol and Patti Smith. The festival has continued to grow and the number of artists announced for the 2013 festival is huge with Bloc Party, Kraftwerk and Foals headlining, and Modest Mouse, Alt-J and Beach House headlining the second stage. Located in Southwold, Suffolk it could be a highlight of the festival season.
V Fest V Festival is at two different places on the weekend of 17th to 18th August; Weston Park in South Staffordshire and Hylands Park in Chelmsford. Both have the same line-up but on alternating days.V Fest always provides massive names in the pop world; this year, artists include BeyoncĂŠ, Kings of Leon, Stereophonics, The Script, Emeli SandĂŠ, Calvin Harris, Two Door Cinema Club, Olly Murs, Rita Ora, Jessie J, Ellie Goulding, Labrinth, Little Mix, Scouting For Girls, James Arthur, Jessie Ware, FUN., Kendrick Lemar and Jason Mraz . Expect music, alcohol and frivolity.
Lakefest Lakefest is a relatively new festival, having begun in 2011. This year brings an interesting mix of acts including Ocean Colour Scene as well as Chas and Dave. They aim to be more fun and friendly than any other festival by producing a festival whose goal is to create legacy and memories rather than financial gain. So much so that the organisers publish their personal phone numbers should anyone want to talk to them. Ellis Ballard & Georgia Blunden
meanwhile in europe Discover what’s happening on the other side of the Channel.
FIB Summer, sun, and sea. This is the setting of Spanish festival Benicassim. From July18 until July 21, the FIB impresses with it’s line-up. Over four days, you’ll be able to enjoy Queens of the Stone Age, Primal Scream, Arctic Monkeys, and The Killers, and that’s just the headliners.The festival overflows with upcoming bands such as Bastille, Palma Violets and even Temples. An eclectic selection to please everyone in the Spanish heat, sipping on a cold beer in the shade.
Hurricane From June 21st till June 23rd, Hurricane festival will welcome a range of bands, from Rammstein to Two Door Cinema Club. With a huge selection of artists, the festival will please everyone so it doesn’t come as a surprise that the it is sold out. If you’re lucky enough to have tickets, start planning which bands you don’t want to miss to make the most of the weekend!
Les Eurockeennes France royalty festival, Les Eurockeennes, offers once again a line-up full of long established bands and upcoming artists from July 4th until July 7. Headliners go from Blur to My Bloody Valentine and if you fancy discovering international artists, French electro artist Wax Tailor will make you dance ‘til you pass out or Israeli artist Asaf Avidan will surprise you with his unique voice. So if you feel like installing your tent in Belfort, Les Eurocks are for you!
Rock en Seine Parisian festival Rock en Seine once again mixes rock acts and indie bands. From System of a Down and Nine Inch Nail to Tame Impala and Lianne La Havas, Rock en Seine will close the French festival season from August 23rd till 25th. You’ll mostly find hype kids showing off their latest Zadig&Voltaire t-shirts, but festival regulars always show up to enjoy three days of rock’n’roll.
Communicating when you go to festivals abroad might be a problem. So here’s a little survival kit with essential sentences you’ll need all weekend long. Can I get a beer? French: Une bière s’il-vous-plait? Spanish: Une cerveza por favor. German: Ein Bier bitte? Can I get a sandwich? French: Puis-je avoir un sandwich? Spanish: ¿Puedo comprar un bocadillo? German: Ein Sandwich bitte? Where are the toilets? French: Ou sont les toilettes? Spanish: ¿Donde están los servicios? German: Wo sind die Toiletten? Where can I find cigarettes? French: Ou puis-je acheter des cigarettes? Spanish: ¿Donde puedo comprar cigarrillos? German: Wo kann ich Zigaretten finden? Coralie Pilté