Summer finally seems to be taking shape, Europe’s on holiday, the Olympics having kicked off and we sense finding a vocation has taken a back seat for some. And why not? Britain’s festival season is in full swing… And with this in mind, we’d like to congratulate Emma who won the latest WEXO Competition on Facebook for 2 tickets to Bestival. We look forward to seeing you there Emma. Lets hope the weather Gods are kinder this time and that Bestivalarians of 2012 don’t get a repeat of The Isle of Wight fest back in June, when the heavens opened, unleashing a month’s worth of rain in the space of 24 hours.
We asked 2 WEXO hires on the music sync team at Platinum Rye Entertainment (whose offices we share) what the 4 best festivals coming up are. With Latitude, Field Day, The Secret Garden Party and Hideout having already been, they suggested the following:
End of the Road (31st August – 2nd September, 2012)
The Independent described it as, “Simply one of the most magical, inspiring and intimate festivals of the summer” and we couldn’t agree more! Started in 2006, the organisers’ aim is to “organise an intimate festival with our favourite artists, and with a friendly and relaxed feel”. They only book artists they personally like, which makes the line-up on offer far more interesting than many other festivals. The favourite bands of ours on the line-up are Midlake, First Aid Kit, Anna Calvi, Beachhouse and Alt J.
Wilderness (10th – 12th August 2012)
Seven years in the making, Wilderness is the brainchild of the people behind Secret Garden Party and Lovebox. Set in the ancient parkland of the Cornbury Estate, it has something of the feel of a pint-sized Latitude, without the endless queues and hordes of teenagers. And finally, we can’t mention Wilderness without talking about the wood fired hot tubs. Enough said? We thought so.
Standon Calling (3rd – 5th August, 2012)
The independent music festival slash themed summer party, Standon Calling, returns to the grounds of a 16th Century Hertfordshire manor house and promises a unique chance to see some hotly tipped acts, in an intimate festival setting. This year is promising a different format to the weekend. Whatever is it, we know it’s going to be good. We also understand that it’s the only UK festival with a swimming pool!
Bestival (6th – 9th September, 2012)
With Glastonbury taking a sabbatical, the main event on everyone’s festival calendar is Bestival and with it’s eclectic line up including New Order, the xx, Azealia Banks and Stevie Wonder, we can’t say we’re surprised! The festival has since grown steadily year-on-year and it’s now reached its current capacity of 50,000! The double economic dip has seen some popular festivals struggle to draw in the crowds this season but Bestival’s A-class offering has succeeded in attracting it’s enthusiastic audience, as keen as ever to be a part of it. If you’re going to go to one festival this summer, make it this one. We’ll be there with Mano de Dios (who Robin manages) and we look forward to seeing Emma and anyone else who’s going on location.