Early August. Confident to say we are over the half-way mark in festival season.
Considering I had been to none personally before this year, I can safely say it has been a rollercoaster ride as press and punter to festivals.
I am Alexander Greensmith for Fly FM, and here is my local festival half-time review.
Barn Fest – Hankin Farm, Alderwasley, Derbyshire, August 12-13
Yet to happen, but the lineup fits in perfectly with our Local Spotlight Week show. Autumn Diet Plans, Kermes, Taco Hell. The debut of “the Midlands only alternative festival” is set to be a corker, and its only a short trip from Notts. Set in beautiful Alderwasley in Derbyshire’s Amber Valley, we’re expecting all the A’s August 12-13.
14 of the freshest live acts acts for £30. Don’t mind if I do…
Expected Grade: A
Creamfields – Warrington, August 24-27
Daresbury dares four day festival goers to dance for as long as they can while on as little sleep as possible. If you don’t like dance music it can seem a little pricey for £200 for four days, but remember, its on a Bank Holiday weekend. Some of you may be being paid to party.
Newcomers like Martin Garrix, supergroups like Axwell ^ Ingresso and legends like Fatboy Slim – brains can’t comprehend the bangers let alone bodies.
I’m not going to this one due to clashing with Leeds, but I’ll try and hide my Idris Elba set-missing guilt by reruns of Disney’s Zootopia in the run-up towards the festival.
Expected Grade: C+
Leeds – …Leeds, August 25-27
While the festival has been criticised this year for lacking local and female acts, bagging a rather dormant Eminem to headline after Muse and Kasabian is an treat. Liam Gallagher also won’t be the only artist cracking jokes with comedy on the alternative stage featuring rising starts Katherine Ryan and Jonathan Pie.
A lack of on-site drug testing despite previously being promised is a rare case of poor organisation in one of the UKs best fests.
Expected Grade: B
V Festival – Weston Park, Staffordshire, August 19-20
A festival in Staffordshire may sound like a little concert at Alton Towers, but the Virgin ran Northern equivalent to Chelmsford V-Fest is anything but.
While only 2 days, seeing Jay-Z perform in the county of Stoke is just asking for memes. British talent Ellie Goulding, Emeli Sande, Stormzy and the best female DJ in the world Hannah Wants rounds up the line-up in the surprisingly flat fields of Weston Park.
Or so I hear anyway…
Expected Grade: B
Gloworm Festival – Clumber Park, Nottingham, August 19-20
Finally, Fly feels it is necessary to recognise our fellow insects at the Gloworm Festival. An actual festival. A family festival. In Nottingham. There will be gloworms, yes it is in Nottingham, but most importantly there is The Chuckle Brothers.
Featured image used with permission from Eva Rinaldi, Wikimedia Commons