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A glance at some of this month’s festival dates close to home


August is the best time to get away from work and head off to a festival, and as usual the UK is going to be jam-packed full of big events with something for

everyone! Herefordshire

will be hosting The Big Chill Festival from the 4th to the 7th of August with headliners Kanye West, The Chemical Brothers, Jessie J, Aloe Blacc and Norman Jay to name a few. If you think you can hack two festivals in one weekend and don’t fancy straying too far from

the city, head to Victoria Park on Saturday 6th for Field Day, followed by new festival The Apple Cart with Mercury award winning musicians, comedy, art and more in the same place on the 7th. For those not feeling particularly flush this month, there

are plenty of smaller,

cheaper festivals like two day Lee Fest in Suffolk on the 12th and 13th of August and Dorset’s End Of The Road Festival from the 2nd to the 4th of September. Happy festival-ing, Londoners!

FESTIVAL 8th - 15th August - Buda-

pest, Hungary You thought Exit was big. One European country after another attempts to top its predecessors this summer, and although Rock festival Sziget only has a capacity of 50,000, it descends upon us this August with over 1000 acts playing across 60 stages! The real music kicks off on Wednesday the 10th and this year promises to be just as good as the rest with Pulp closing the first night, so be sure to catch Jarvis in all his glory! The second night sees a treat for Electro fans with a set from The Chemical Brothers, Dizzie Rascal precedes The Prodigy on Friday and the Kaiser Chiefs and 30 Seconds to Mars take the main stage on Saturday the 13th. The Festival concludes with the prolific White Lies on the fifth and final night - and all of this is just the main stage! This festival is going to be hardcore, so if you are still on your feet by the end of the week then you should have partied harder!

CARLING READING AND LEEDS FESTIVALS 26th - 28th August - Reading / Leeds CON_GuestList_Strip0208.pdf

August is quite the month for Rock fans, with Sziget and now Reading and Leeds a standard festival for rockers everywhere. Reading and Leeds both started way back in the ‘70s but have grown and progressed over the years to the immense event we know today with Muse, The Strokes, My Chemical Romance and the reformed Pulp headlining. If you’re a bopper rather than a head-banger, there is a variety of Dance acts just for you including Simian Mobile Disco, 2manydjs

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and Mount Kimbie to get those feet moving, and the Alternative stage provides comedy and spoken word performances for those who fancy a break from the music. Acts switch between the Southern and Northern venues, both boasting seven big stages, and tickets were released at £180 but prices could be higher nearer the time. The attendance of each of these Carling-sponsored events this bank holiday weekend has grown to 87,000, so good luck finding your tent!


20th - 21st August - Chelmsford / Staffordshire

Originally a Rock festival, V, thought of by many as the essential summer festival, has accu- mulated some of the biggest names in Pop over the years with Rihanna, Eminem, Arctic Monkeys, Plan B and Dizzee Rascal all taking to the stage this year. Now in its fifteenth year, the festival takes place in both Chelmsford and Staffordshire at Hylands and Weston parks but don’t worry - with the same bill in each site, acts alternate between the two over the weekend so no one misses out! For those who want their fill of Dubstep and D&B there are also appearances from Chase and Status, Pendulum and Jaguar Skills, and while the festival may have taken a departure from its Rock roots, it has lost none of the atmosphere, great acts and friendly environ- ment that it is famous for.


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