Festival season is fast approaching, and the usual Leeds Fest and Glastonbury will be attracting sales like wildfire. But, what about the lesser known festivals? In this post, I’ll give you the low down on the other festivals you should be attending this summer!
2000 Trees is a festival I really want to go to this year. The festival takes place at the Cotswold Hills and last year, it looked so beautiful and photo worthy. It also hosts rock and indie acts, which is right up my street! Stand out acts for me this year include; Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, The Front Bottoms, The Wonder Years, Gnarwolves, Muncie Girls (awesome band with female fronted vocals!!), Puppy, Petrol Girls, Kamikaze Girls, Doe and Apologies, I Have None. It also features Decade, Wallflower and Big Spring who all toured together recently and killed it, I even got the chance to photograph them! See their playlist below.
Slam Dunk takes place across the country, similar to Reading and Leeds, except this takes place at Birmingham, Leeds and Hatfield, covering the midlands as well as the north and south. Slam Dunk has been a favourite of mine year after year, despite me never having the chance to go as of yet, the lineup always gets me! This year make sure you see Don Broco for a good old dance, We Are the Ocean for a throw back to your teen years and Seaway for some fun finger-pointing pop punk vibes. Also, catch me crying seeing my favourite bands at Turnover, Citizen, Milk Teeth and Sorority Noise 😭
The clue is in the name with this one, but in case you want further confirmation, this festival brings you all things rock ‘n’ roll, and let me tell you, they’re bringing you a lot of bands this year! Just look at that poster! Stand outs to me this year include Feeder (if I were going, I’d be screaming along to Buck Rogers so hard) and Pulled Apart by Horses. It is a let down however, to see The King Blue’s on the line up given the controversy around lead singer, Itch.
Download is a pretty well known festival, probably the most well known out of the ones listed. It’s a huge rock festival that takes place at Donington Park in the East Midlands. You can usually expect Metallica, Iron Maiden or Aerosmith on the line up, this year you get Aerosmith! More well known to look out for include: System of a Down (you have to know every lyric to Chop Suey! right?), Biffy Clyro, A Day to Remember, Sum 41, Slayer, Good Charlotte (I’m crying over this one tbh), Suicidal Tendencies, Simple Plan and The Dillinger Escape Plan.
Perhaps lesser known, but some of my favourites, include Moose Blood, Basement, Touche Amore, Code Orange and The Story So Far, all long time favourites for me that I want to go see so bad!!
Slightly less up my street, this is that festival with all them bands that have logos you can’t actually read. The typical fonts that indicate METAL. This ones great for people who prefer their heavier tech-metal music, taking place again in the East Midlands at Newark Showground. Bands to look out for include The Black Dahlia Murder, Chelsea Grin and Oxivious who are playing their final show here!
Again, this is something that wouldn’t usually take my fancy as it’s more indie based than rock, but there’s still some good names on the line up, taking place in the Oxfordshire countryside. Names like Franz Ferdinand, The Libertines, The Vaccines and The Wombats all appear on the line up, being popular within their scene. Slightly more rock based, but still having indie connotations includes Twin Atlantic, Pulled Apart By Horses (who I swear are playing like every festival ever this year, and I saw them play Hit the Deck a year or so ago), and Deaf Havana. One act I recommend giving a miss on this line up is Cabbage, see why here. Totally not as cool as they think they are.
Y Not Festival is actually one I hope to be photographing this year! It takes place in Derby, again another East Midlands festival. Do you see a trend here? With a line up kinda similar to Truck Fest, this hosts a range of indie artists. Key acts include Stereophonics, Two Door Cinema Club, The Vaccines, Jake Bugg and Slaves, as well as Frank Turner, Jaws and Black Honey. More rock based acts feature Feeder, Twin Atlantic, Deaf Havana, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Pulled Apart by Horses (surprised?), and Young Guns. Some favourites for me will be some already mentioned, as well as Roam, Heck and Muncie Girls. I feel this festival has the best wide range of acts, as it also features Clean Bandit, Kate Nash and Lethal Bizzle!
Godiva festival is actually local to me, and I only found out about it when I moved to Coventry. I believe it was last year they had Neck Deep play and I was like what?! A free festival with Neck Deep?! Yes, you read that right, FREE! Whilst the full lineup is yet to be released, they have confirmed acts from Example & DJ Wire, The Darkness, and Mallory Knox, which isn’t too bad for a free festival!
What festivals are you excited for this year? And have you attended any mentioned here in the past? Let me know in the comments!
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