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UK Festival Awards 2011; Vote and win your Dream Summer

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Vote in the Festival Awards and win your Dream Summer

Voting has now opened in the UK Festival Awards – giving you the chance to have your say on which festivals and acts were your favourites for 2011.

Every voter will be entered into a prize draw to win a dream summer – two tickets to every winning festival at this year’s Awards. Categories include: Fans’ Favourite Festival, Best Overseas Festival, Headliner of the Year and Anthem of the Summer.

Voting runs until October 10th, 2011, so be sure to get involved before the deadline. The Awards will be presented at a gala ceremony on November 15th, 2011 in London.

The winner of the Dream Summer prize will be announced no later than December 1st, 2011.

Click here to vote: http://www.festivalawards.com/vote/

Good luck!

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September 20, 2011 at 11:09 am

Friends of Mine Festival 2011 – review now up on eFestivals

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The first ever Friends of Mine Festival took place last weekend, at Capesthorne Hall in Macclesfield, Cheshire.

With a line-up of artists ranging from Badly Drawn Boy, The Cribs, The Charlatans, The Fall, Buzzcocks and Black Lips; the weekend promised to deliver a good mix of new music, fresh talent and a few vintage indie favourites.

I was on reviewing duties for eFestivals and you can read my full review here: http://www.efestivals.co.uk/festivals/fom/2011/reviews.shtml

For photos, taken by my friend Zoe Lawson, please visit here: http://www.efestivals.co.uk/festivals/fom/2011/galleries.shtml

Thank you,

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2011 UK Music Festivals; what constitutes a headline-worthy artist?

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I think we’ve pretty much seen the majority of what the UK Music Festival scene has in store for us this year, but I’ve had cause to wonder; what constitutes a headline-worthy artist? Are record sales the main criterion; perhaps international or tabloid appeal, or¬†could it be something else?

It has always been my opinion that those festivals which consistently perform well with ticket sales, are those which have a clear brand identity and generally, a niche market; Leeds and Reading Festivals, Cambridge Folk Festival, Glastonbury and¬†T In The Park being prime examples. I suppose it isn’t ¬†rocket science really – if you cater to a specific section of the gig-going public, provide the artists and bands that ¬†they want to see, at a price they can afford, how can you go wrong? But so many appear to do just that. Looking at some of the festival line-ups for 2011, I’ve felt largely underwhelmed and uninspired, with only a select few pricking my curiosity to find out more. Admittedly, music tastes are subjective and entirely personal to the ticket-holder, but when the ‘big five’ (V Festival, Glastonbury, Leeds Festival, Reading Festival and T In The Park) music festivals in the UK are charging relatively similar weekend prices, how can a couple of them defend their line-ups against their peers?

Of course, a music festival is about much more than just the music; the location has to be just right, as well as: accessibility, on-site facilities, entertainment, catering, toilets, general crowd atmosphere and the list goes on. Can a perfect ten in all of these criteria however, really make up for a poor line-up? Is a great festival weekend about who you’re with, not where you are; would you trade six good medium-stage acts for one great main stage act?

The UK Festival Awards 2010 announced the following winners late last year:

Best Small Festival in association with Doodson Entertainment – Kendal Calling

Best Medium Festival in association with Smirnoff Flavours – Green Man Festival

Best Major Festival in association with Tuborg – Bestival (see photo above)

Line-Up of the Year in association with XL Video – Rockness

Bestival is a boutique music festival, which takes place at Robin Hill on the Isle of Wight. The four-day spectacular which promises to inspire ‘peace, love and dancing’, is curated by BBC Radio 1 DJ, Rob Da Bank. This year, the festival takes place on the 8th – 11th September 2011 and is set across 15 stages, offering the likes of The Cure, Pendulum, Primal Scream, Kelis, Robyn, PJ¬†Harvey, Noah and the Whale, The Unthanks and Groove Armada. It would be fair to say that the line-up is a mix of folk fusion and boutique chic and the festival site promises ‘an original boutique camping experience, cocktail bars, fancy dress and a hidden disco.’ I think the fact that the festival has always promoted itself as being particularly family friendly hasn’t hurt; children enjoy music too, it isn’t all about the beer tokens people! To find out more about Bestival, please visit the link below.

Green Man Festival takes place on the 19th-21st August 2011 (the same weekend as V Festival, but tailored to an entirely different audience) in the Brecon Beacons. The festival is aimed specifically at the folk and electronic indie- loving public and again, is very welcoming to families with children of all ages; indeed, under 12s get in free. Highlights on the line-up this year include: Fleet Foxes, The Low Anthem, Bellowhead, Explosions In The Sky, The Burns Unit and Villagers. I think that I would enjoy this particular festival; I love folk and electronic music and I love a beautiful scenic environment in which to camp and lounge. To find out more about Green Man Festival, please visit the link below.

Kendal Calling takes place on the 29th-31st¬†July 2011 in Lowther Deer Park in the Lake District. This is an independent festival, combining contemporary music and art with rural entertainment. I think it would be a fair assumption to say that this festival largely caters to a somewhat younger demographic than the former two; particularly with regards to the line-up, which this year includes: The Cribs, Blondie, Chase and Status, Echo and the Bunnymen, Levellers and Young Knives. ¬†The festival also offers dance, comedy and new music stages. For more information on Kendal Calling…you know what to do.

Out of the ‘big five’ headlining acts this year, my favourite would have to be Glastonbury (22nd-26th June 2011): Coldplay, U2 and Beyonce. The brilliance of these choices lies in the fact that there will probably be something for everyone here. The acts are diverse enough to attract wider audiences, yet remain true to what a great headliner should be – an act that commands your attention, whether that be by dividing the audience right down the middle or uniting everyone with one memorable anthem that will go on to sum up the entire weekend.

Taking in to account the line-up in its entirety however, I would have to opt for Latitude Festival as my favourite(14th-17th July 2011). The mix of folk, electronica, comedy, poetry and the spoken word could have been tailored specifically with me in mind. I would pay to see the majority of the acts on the billing, including: The National, Bombay Bicycle Club, Caribou, The Duke and the King, Foals, Hurts, KT Tunstall and Rumer , as well as the fantastic stand-ups on offer including Alan Carr and Omad Djalili . Plus it also takes place on my birthday weekend!

Whichever UK festival you choose to visit this year, I wish you good weather and great memories ūüôā

www.festivalawards.com / http://www.vfestival.com/ / http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/ / http://www.latitudefestival.co.uk/ / http://www.leedsfestival.com/ / http://www.readingfestival.com/ / http://www.tinthepark.com/ / http://www.greenman.net/ / http://www.bestival.net/ / http://kendalcalling.co.uk/ http://www.rockness.co.uk/

2010 in review – thanks to all of my readers

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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter‚ĄĘ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 5,700 times in 2010. That’s about 14 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 72 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 128 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 7mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was June 16th with 347 views. The most popular post that day was Festival Fashion 2010 for the girls.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were forums.latitudefestival.co.uk, vfestival.com, facebook.com, forums.leedsfestival.com, and efestivals.co.uk.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for festival fashion 2010, empire of the sun, alan pownall, lauren pritchard, and festival fashion.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Festival Fashion 2010 for the girls June 2010
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Alan Pownall, ‘True Love Stories’ – album review July 2010

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Competition in conjunction with Zara Taylor Vintage Inspired Jewellery June 2010
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Sublime, deep southern soul; Lauren Pritchard’s new single ‘Not The Drinking.’ September 2010

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Conor J. O’Brien (Villagers) – talks about and performs tracks from debut album ‘Becoming A Jackal.’ July 2010
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Thanks to all of my readers and please keep coming back for more of the same in 2011!

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January 4, 2011 at 9:21 am

Glastonbury coverage on the BBC

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Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival

¬†I wasn’t one of the 177,500 festival folk that descended upon Pilton, Somerset last weekend, to witness the 40th Anniversary of the Glastonbury Festival,¬†having opted to attend V, Cambridge Folk Festival and Creamfields. I did, however, very excitedly set the Sky Plus in order to record the BBC’s coverage of the four-day event.¬†

I have to say though, I found myself quite underwhelmed by said coverage and wondering where the clips of perhaps slightly less commercial acts had¬†ended up…if indeed they were ever recorded.¬†

I fully understand that musical tastes are subjective to the viewer and that the BBC would have had a flood of complaints had they not featured the headliners and some of the bigger chart-residing artists, but being a contemporary arts festival; I just felt that the range of artists featured should have reflected that. 

I was looking forward to seeing a good range of artists, including new and fresh  offerings such as Everything Everything, Frightened Rabbit, Two Door Cinema Club, Devendra Banhart, Miike Snow, Lauren Pritchard as well as a few of my favourites; The Courteeners, Empire of the Sun and Laura Marling. 

Empire of the Sun

Everything Everything

Miike Snow

I also thought considering Florence and the Machine drew one of the biggest crowds of the festival, perhaps a couple of songs could have been featured from this artist; obviously reflecting their popularity at the festival and beyond. To be fair, extended highlights of Florence’s set are available on the BBC’s Glastonbury website, which can be found here:¬†

http://www.bbc.co.uk/glastonbury/2010/artists/florenceandthemachine/ 

Again, a personal viewpoint only, but did we really need to see 7+ songs from Muse and likewise, Gorillaz? Would it not have been fairer to spread the coverage out a bit and give viewers more of a diverse taste of what was on offer…just a thought.¬†

It did look brilliant though and they were so lucky with the weather; I’m already crossing my fingers that V and Cambridge are blessed with the same! Although a couple of clouds would be nice, don’t want to be struck down with a bout of sunstroke, causing me to miss Macca¬†join Fray (Liam, of The Courteeners) on stage for an impromptu sesh of Beatles classics…you never know!

Legal highs at festivals

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This weekend, the Government asked organisers of this summer’s music festivals to warn revellers about the dangers of ‘legal highs.’ This follows the upgrading of Mephedrone (or meow-meow) to a Class B drug, after it was linked to the deaths of two teenagers in March this year.

Just because the drugs are legal to possess, doesn’t necessarily mean that they are safe and at the end of the day, you can never be 100% sure of what each drug is made up of. The effects can therefore be unpredictable and quite different from person to person; I personally have never tried any drugs; the fear of what might happen has always been enough to put me off.

My sister and I love going to Ibiza and I remember in 2002 (my best holiday ever to date!) we had ventured to Eden for Skool Disco night. It was an eventful week to say the least; we had hotfooted it down to Thomas Cook and asked the travel agent to find us anywhere in the Med, except Ibiza, leaving in the next couple of weeks. I had a totally one-sided opinion (based on news reports largely) that Ibiza was loud, brash, tacky and somewhere you were likely to get mugged and glassed, probably at the same time.

Well, availability was tight and all that¬†she could muster¬†was a week’s Twenty’s holiday in San Antonio Town. Reluctant, yet desperate for some fun in the sun we took it….and what a week we had.

We knew as we boarded that coach to our hotel, that we weren’t in Kansas anymore; our Mum had written a letter to the tour rep giving permission for my sister, Lynsey, aged 17, to go on the holiday and to drink alcohol…as our rep Devali boarded the coach and shouted to us all “who’s here to get good and proper sha**ed?!”, without meeting her eyes, I slowly folded the piece of A4 and told Lynsey to sit down and say nothing. The horror of what could have actually transpired that fateful afternoon has never left me.

We spent most of the time hiding from the Twenty’s rep, who insisted on trying to flog us “bargain” tickets to all the clubs and boat parties; when in reality we got in to each club for free and after the welcome meeting (involving simulating acts which I’ve since repressed), we praised the lord that we hadn’t succombed to said flogging. Anyhoo, this particular night we decided that we had better appear sociable and indeed alive, by accompanying our fellow guests to the ’80s spectacular that is Skool Disco. After the ritual walk through the West End, complete with foghorns and flags (“Lynsey, keep your head down for the love of God!”), we entered the dark and dusky venue and started our partying at 10 pm.

As anyone will know who has ever visited Ibiza, it isn’t a cheap affair, not least for drinks in the clubs. We therefore bathed in Sex on the Beach cocktails before we left, a sticky yet satisfying experience. It got to 6 am and only a few select (i like to call, “hardcore”) people were still standing; two of which, of course, were us. As they ushered us out, I always remember one of the bouncers saying “what are you two on?!”. We casually turned and replied “Coke?”, “thought so!” he replied and it wasn’t till later we realised what he actually meant. Yes, we are that naive…the very idea that he couldn’t believe we were still out and raring to handjive without the aid of drugs astounded me…saying that, six pints of Coke will probably give you its own brand of high…we couldn’t sleep for hours later.

I suppose my point is; when did it become commonplace for festivalgoers or clubbers to not be able to last a full night without taking something? Maybe it’s not that at all, maybe it’s just recreational and for fun, nothing to do with lasting the night out. But toying with my very life has never been a favourite pastime of mine. Give me an Orangina and a Chupa Chup any day.

The full article can be read here: 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/10359383.stm

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June 21, 2010 at 2:23 pm

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