4 Festivals To Enjoy This Summer
The festival season is in full swing once again, with many much-loved events making a welcome return after a two year pandemic hiatus. An amazing Glastonbury festival has already been and gone, but there are still plenty of events to look forward to up and down the country. Here’s a quick round-up!
Camp Bestival, Shropshire, 18-21 August
This family orientated festival at Weston Park in Shropshire is now a firm favourite. It combines the best of entertainment, music, theatre, and comedy, with outdoor activities and adventures. There’s a range of camping options, from basic to luxurious, but access to clean showers and toilets and high-quality food and drink is no problem.
You can also buy day tickets to attend the event if you prefer. This year, the musical line-up includes Fatboy Slim, Rag’n’Bone Man, The Proclaimers, and many more. There are also circuses galore, and more kid’s workshops, theatres, and activities than you could begin to imagine! An event not to be missed.
Forwards Festival, Bristol, 3-4 September
This is a brand new festival with a uniquely local flavour. It features an eclectic mix of electronica, pop, and rock music, including Jamie xx, Little Simz, Self Esteem, Caribou, The Chemical Brothers, and much more.
It’s also more than just a music festival, as it will provide a platform to encourage social engagement. The website explains: “The 2-day festival will harness the power of live events to bring people together for incredible music moments and positive change; through social initiatives and a space for discussion and debate.”
Reading & Leeds Festival, August 26-28
These twin festivals have been a staple of the bank holiday weekend for decades. Once the preserve of indie rockers and teenagers, they are now much more diverse and varied affairs, although there is still a strong rock flavour to the proceedings.
This years’ headliners include the Arctic Monkeys, Megan Thee Stallion, and Rage Against the Machine. The organisers of the festival strongly recommend that people don’t drive, but take public transport or organise coach hire. This is to reduce congestion around the site, as well as to minimise the carbon footprint of the event.
We Out Here, Abbots Ripton, Cambridgeshire, 25-28 August
For those who love club and dance culture, the We Out Here festival is sure to fit the bill. It’s curated by DJ legend Gilles Peterson, and celebrates a diverse range of dance flavoured soul, hip hop, house, afrobeats, and much more. It’s an outward looking festival with a global feel, and a mix of DJs and live music.
Peterson says: “I really wanted to bring to the UK a festival that celebrates the elements of UK club culture, and the community that surrounds it, that I have been lucky enough to be a part of over the years.”
It’s all set in beautiful parkland, with lakes, woodlands, and chill out zones, as well as family-friendly areas, high quality food and drink, and other arts and cultural events.
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