After our first instalment — an in-depth look at the bulging list of fests on our very doorstep — part two means casting our eyes further afield. So with the UK festival season more saturated than ever, it’s our pleasure to wade through the masses to bring you our top four national picks.
The Great Escape
May 8-10th | Central Brighton | £25-£54
Great Escape could well be our favourite time of the year, and for 2014 Europe’s leading new music festival is humdinger. BLM favourites Wild Beasts head-up the Friday, with untold heavy-hitters yet to come. The real gift, however, is in the slew of buzz acts – if it’s been blogged, you can find it at TGE. Let’s stock-up on a whole year’s worth of we-heard-them-first.
Update: 100 More acts announced here.
Camden Crawl – CC14
June 20th-21st | NW1 & NW5, London | £23.50-£49.50
Playing out over twenty-five stages across two days, with countless fringe events and afterparties, emerging acts are the name of the game for #CC14 as independent promoters and tastemakers alike contribute to the line-up. Bristolian exports Thought Forms and The Fauns are amongst the acts chosen so far, and curators include The Line Of Best Fit, DIY, Drowned In Sound, Crack and our friends at London In Stereo.
July 17th-20th | Henham Park, Suffolk | £132.50-£187.50
In the ‘big festival’ stakes, it’s quite hard to get my attention, but Latitude consistently does just that. Featuring a near-bulletproof line-up and a stage presented by BBC6, things are looking stellar at present moment. Acts for the latter include Sohn, Lykke Li, Mogwai and our own George Ezra, whilst the Obelisk Arena boasts Bombay Bicycle Club, Haim, The Black Keys, Tame Impala and more.
June 7-8th | Victoria Park, London | £38.50-£78
Bloody hell, Field Day, leave some cool for the rest of us why don’t you. Yet another triumph of indie-promo collaboration, Saturday sees everything from Warpaint to Jon Hopkins, to Metronomy, Oneohtrix Point Never and Young Echo’s Vessel, while Sunday boasts the one and only Pixies, The Horrors, Temples and Drenge. All this, in a park, in London, in the sunshine.
So there you have it; our faves for 2014. By no means the biggest, or even ‘quirkiest’, just solid lineups and patrons who truly thirst for the lifeblood of important, emerging acts.