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3 July 2016

5 U.K. festivals to go to

The Glastonbury blues may have well and truly set in, but fear not- there are still plenty of fun festivals to bring sunshine to our rainy weekends. Here's my little list of what's yet to come:

The North

1) Tramlines// 22-24 July

Tramlines began in Sheffield in 2009 as a free festival. Right now it's 42 quid for a full weekend ticket, but as the prices have risen so in quality have the line-ups. 2016 will bring to the Steel City the funkiness of George Clinton Parliament FunkadelicLittle Simz, Madrid honeys Hinds, hip-hop collective Jurassic 5 post-hiatus, Kelis, Dizzee Rascal and Catfish and the Bottlemen. Very nice and varied! The festival is spread over numerous venues in Sheffield, and seeks to add to the cultural capital of this Northern powerhouse following Sheff Doc/Fest. If that doesn't sway you, Norman Jay MBE will be heading up the after party on the Sunday night.

2) Deer Shed Festival // 22-24 July

Deer Shed is a family friendly music, arts and science festival just outside of Thirsk, North Yorkshire. This year's theme is At The Movies (apparently they go to town on these) and sees Richard Hawley headlining, alongside the likes of Beth Orton, C Duncan  and Anna Calvi. There'll be spoken word, workshops, cinema, and loads more.

Further Afield

3) Festival No. 6 // 1-4th September

This is a festival I've been wanting to go for ages. Set in the fantastical Welsh town of Portmeirion, it looks like a Wes Anderson inspired musical utopia. Playing this year are Noel GallagherHot Chip, Fatima YamahaShe and Him's M Ward, and my faaaaavourite folkly wonderland band This Is The Kit. Along with lyrics, there'll be poetry, comedy, and all things arts. On site, there's beautiful swimming pools, facilities for paddle boarding on the Estuary, and loads of other amazing opportunities. This is so much more than your average music festival.

4) Green Man // 18-21 Aug

Green Man is a medium-sized independent music and arts festival held in the green lushness of Brecon Beacons, Wales. Last year saw St Vincent and Super Furry Animals headlining. This year James Blake, Laura Marling and Belle and Sebastian will be filling the prime time slots. Other musical marauders featuring will be Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Kamasi Washington, and my ultimate crushes/ favourite people to follow on Twitter, Whitney the band. If you want a community fuelled festival, with a strong independent line-up, this could be the one for you.

5) End of the Road // 2-4 September

Another great independent festival is End of the Road, based in Larmer Tree Gardens, South Wiltshire which won the 'Best Small Festival' award in 2011. Here you'll find a strong infusion of folk and Americana. You'll also find the ethereal harpist princess Joanna Newsom, Animal Collective, and Devendra Banhart, along with the wacky Omar Souleyman and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. 

So that's my little list! Other festivals that look amazing are London's Lovebox and Sunfall, along with the Isle of Wight's Bestival, which is always a lot of fun.

Are you going to any festivals this summer?

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