As the festival line-ups are starting to creep out of the wood work with some brilliant names gracing the stages, here’s an update on the three that have really caught my attention. Blissfields, Brighton’s Great Escape Festival and Bristol’s Dot to Dot Festival.
Blissfields 5-7th July
Voted Best Small Festival, this Hampshire based gem have got an interesting mix of artists such as Bastille (who I am blooming dying to see live), Mystery Jets, Clean Bandit and the laugh out loud funny Beans on Toast who supported Frank Turner at Wembley last year, this will be a great opportunity to sit (or lie, depending on your preference) on the green grasses of Vicarage Farm and listen to some fantastic music that might be new to yours ears. Even better, it’s a family friendly event.
Dot to Dot Festival Bristol 25th May
A three part festival taking over three different cities: Manchester, Nottingham and Bristol, Dot to Dot Festival is definitely on my must go to list this year. Sadly missing out on last years’ festival due to the Queen’s Jubilee and a family party, the artists and bands playing this year are set to be even better. In association with Fred Perry, Dot to Dot will take over the cities best venues and will be home to Lucie Rose, Dry The River and Benjamin Francis Leftwich, just to name a few.
Great Escape Festival Brighton 16-18th May
By far the best of the bunch my first experience of Brighton was during the Great Escape Festival in 2011. Two years on and it is going to be the best yet. Pioneering upcoming talent the festival well and truly takes over the town, hosting over 350 acts in 30 venues it is a huge event in such a fantastic, quirky town. Amongst the few artists announced so far include: Brit Award Winner Tom Odell, Dinosaur Pile Up, The 1975, AlunaGeorge, Ed Harcourt and of course Bastille who seem to be everywhere at the moment, it’s going to be a goodun’. Not only that but my favourite magazine Company are hosting their very own stage showcasing rising stars and will be on the hunt for festival style too. A must in your festival diary.
On a sad note: It’s been reported that The Big Chill might not be making a return again this year after cancelling its 2012 event. After its monster festival in 2011 where Kanye West headlined, it’s said that the economic climate is taking its toll on festivals such as this.