Swide’s festival season is almost over but we want to take a look at what’s going to be going on in early September, keeping our spirits high as the temperatures cool. From the U.K to Croatia, there is something for everyone.
The Big Feastival presented by Jamie Oliver - England 1-2 September
Are you ready to have your stomach full of pleasure, as well as your ears? Well, England’s super chef, Jamie Oliver, is hosting an event that brings food, music and family together, being held on his friend, Alex James’, farm in Kingham, Oxfordshire. England does not have the best rep when it comes to food but Oliver is going to put this stereotypical view to rest by welcoming us to enjoy a sensory feast, tasting as sweet as it sounds. The sounds will be provided by Paloma Faith, Noisettes, Texas, Razorlight, amongst others, and accompanied by international flavours, as well as those that a more home grown. So, if camping out in style and the thought of both your aural and foodie pleasure catered for, then this is the festival for you.
Bestival – England 6 – 8 Isle of Wight
Whilst the fields of mainland England are recovering from Mother Nature’s version of a hangover, Robin Hill County Park on the Isle of Wight, is going to be throwing Bestival. Having been going on since 2004, Bestival has made a name for itself as being celebration of all things colourful, even including fancy dressed themed days, and that the event is heavily involved with the support of social, political and environmental causes. This is no Wood Stock though, no, this is just as loud living as the rest of the festivals that the United Kingdom has on offer. This year’s line-up is enough to make you squeal; there is Florence + The Machine, 2ManyDJs, De La Soul, Bat For Lashes, Azealia Banks, Kindness, Jessie Ware, Sister Sledge, New Order and, living legend, Stevie Wonder… and there are a whole lot more, too. This year is guaranteed to make 2012 one to beat.
Berlin Festival – Germany 7 – 8 September
The Berlin Festival, where dance, electronica and art come together for 2 days worth of city born mayhem. Playing out of numerous venues across the city, Berlin Festival will be presenting talents that are both national and international, a theme which is also reflected in the accompanying Art Village, which runs at the same time. On stage, you can find Grimes, Friends, Miik Snow, The Killers, We Have Band, Major Lazer, Crookers, Sigur Ros and, dance legends, Orbital. All the acts blur the genres of electronica, dance, indie and rock, ensuring that those in attendance will be dancing all night long. For more info, check the link below.
Dimensions Festival – Croatia 6 – 9 September
Praised for being one of the most beautiful music festivals out there, Dimensions is an underground electronic music festival held at Fort Punta Christo in Croatia. The sound system is highlighted as one that you’ll find nowhere else and is perfect for blasting out the beats from dusk until dawn. The line-up that’ll be keeping you up all night consists of Nicolas Jaar, Little Dragon, Four Tet, Gold Panda, Floating Points and Kode 9. These 6 names are a mere peek at what is on offer at this festival. So, if you feel like your Summer hasn’t been satisfactory and you fancy kicking back and letting your hair loose on beaches, raising your hands high to beats in an old fort, watching the sun set (or rise) whilst chilling out on a boat, then this is what you’ve been looking for. Don’t believe me?
Laundry Day – Belgium – 1 September
Blink and you’ll miss it, Laundry Day is a one day event that has become known as a ceremonial affair, calling those that play their as prophets and those in attendance as their followers. Music does have the strength to form cult like attitudes and this is one festival that is happy to play along. Laundry is celebrating its fifteenth ceremony and is going to feature some of the biggest name in the electronic music sphere; including Aeroplane, Coone, Soul Shakers, Goose and We Are Prostitutes. The line-up has something for everyone and one would think that seeing this much music in one day is impossible. But don’t be so naïve. We a spot of careful planning and a shed load of energy, you’ll be dancing the day away in the company of your fellow followers. So, if having it large for one day takes you fancy, then Laundry Day is the right one for you.
Written by Ben Taylor