With a now rather bulging season here in Bristol, we present our Festival Guide earlier and in more depth than ever. Not content with running you through our eight favourites for the area, we’ll also be presenting our top four picks from the rest of the UK. Who do we rate this year? There’s only one way to find out – read on.
Dot To Dot
May 24th | City Centre | £20
Dot To Dot has been a long-standing champion of new music in the city, and 2014 is no exception. Taking place across a smorgasbord of Bristol stages, this here’s a fine undertaking of the multi-venue format. This year sees BLM favourites like Peace and Wolf Alice head up the bill, but as we all know, the magic is in the acts you didn’t plan to see.
Love Saves The Day
May 24-25th | Castle Park | £35-£69.50
Bristol has a lot of love to give this year, as Team Love have pulled out all the stops to make 2014’s double-day fest the best yet. The likes of Todd Terje and Motor City Drum Ensemble storm the stage on Saturday with Jamie XX and John Talabot following suite on Sunday with loved-up lock-ins at The Love Inn throughout. Lovely.
August 28-30th | Fernhilll Farm | £65
Bounding into its second year after a triumphant 2013 debut, the new kid on the block is really cleaning up. Although ATG is hard to pin down, it’s surely a refuge for those who crave something a little different, with our picks including Russian Circles, The Physics House Band and our own St Pierre. Three days of wholly alternative field-based fun just outside the city? Yes Please.
August 1st-2nd | £42.50-£180
It’s hugely satisfying to see Farmfest evolve year upon year, and with the next bill of acts boasting the likes of Alpines and Public Service Broadcasting, we’re set for another memorable start to August. Purveyed simply by a group of friends with an ethos for supporting local music and produce, this friendly number never fails to be a landmark event on the calendar.
Hit The Deck
April 19th | City Centre | £27.50-£50
Hit The Deck returns to Bristol with yet another incredible line-up, taking on The Fleece, Exchange, Thekla and of course O2 Academy. Alternative rock mainstays Brand New are the 2014 headliners, joined by the likes of Kids In Glass Houses, Saves The Day, Pulled Apart By Horses, The Blackout and tons more. Bristol acts Koshiro, Bats About Bats and others also join.
May 2nd-4th | Motion | £38.50/day
Talk about starting with a bang! Temples Festival has exploded onto the scene, offering three full days of unadulterated metal across two stages. The event covers a wide range of genres within the heavy metal spectrum, but has a wonderful lean towards doom and sludge, with Electric Wizard, Neurosis and Clutch as the esteemed headliners, plus over forty additional bands. Stunning.
June 25-29th | Worthy Farm | £Sold Out
It’s a biggie, but it’s our biggie. As we’re all in wait for that colossal announcement in the coming weeks, most who’ve bagged a ticket will know that whatever the lineup, it’s still going to be the highlight of summer. After all, isn’t Glasto about getting lost in the warped world of Shangri-La and waking up to that misty view of tent filled rolling hills?
May 29th-June 1st | Chepstow Estate | £25-£95
Armed with a brand new site just outside the city, a contender for my fave ‘festival with a message’ is back for another round of music and alternative living. The Main Stage is set to be helmed by Chai Wallahs, with Eartheart Dragon joining forces with Tribe Of Frog and others to bring us the Waveform Stage. Of course, there’s also a solar-powered ‘sustainable paradise’ appropriately dubbed ‘Eden Village’.
Such volume and diversity on our very doorstep. Looking further afield, join us in part two where we share our top four national picks.
Get a taste of last year’s ArcTanGent Festival with Rataplan Films, right here: