It’s glam up north
Festival season is upon us and with Glastonbury almost a distant memory, it’s time to dust down our wellies and do it all again in a different field somewhere. Whether you’re looking for big name headliners, a full-on rave or a more culturally enriching experience, there is a festival out there for you. These highlights are within easy reach of the north-east so no more painfully long car journeys down south. And as this list of awesome festivals contests, it’s far from grim up north. Text: Louse Thody.
When: 12-14 July
Where: Ribble Valley, Lancashire
Who: Rudimental, Groove Armada (live), Basement Jaxx (DJ set), Sister Sledge, Hannah Wants, Skream, Sonny Fodera, DJ Yoda, Mr Scruff, The Sugarhill Gang & Melle Mel & Scorpio Furious Five, Chris Lorenzo, Galaxians
What: A bonkers bonanza of beats and barminess in sunny Lancashire, Beat-Herder is the weirdest, wildest and most wonderful party in the UK festival calendar. This Technicolor escapist’s utopia boasts 20+ whimsical stages, world-class DJs, live performers and surprises aplenty. From its nascence as a free DIY party back in 1998, Beat–Herder sticks to its core values built on community and friendliness where thousands of loyal followers flock each year to revel in its hedonistic glory.
Tickets Adult weekend: £174.45
When: 18-21 July
Where: Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire
Who: Kraftwerk, New Order, Hot Chip, Jon Hopkins, Kate Tempest, 808 State, John Grant, Gogo Penguin, Gruff Rhys, Liz Bonnin, Helen Pankhurst, Jim Al-Khalili, Anna Calvi, Les Amazones d'Afriquie, The Go! Team, Ibibio Sound Machine, Omar Souleyman, Tokimonsta AV Set
What: Entering its fourth year, bluedot is an award-winning independent festival that fuses science and music in the awe-inspiring setting of Cheshire’s Jodrell Bank with its imposing Lovell telescope. With a mandate to provide amazing, challenging and entertaining content for all the family, bluedot offers an incredible mix of artists, speakers, scientists and performers into an event unlike any on earth. This year bluedot celebrates the 50thanniversary of the Apollo 11 landing with an incredible moon-theme takeover casting its lunar glow on art installations, talks, cinema and live performances.
Tickets Adult weekend: £189.25
Kelburn Garden Party
When: 5-8 July
Where: Kelburn Castle and Estate, Largs, Scotland
Who: Leftfield (DJ Set), Gentleman's Dub Club, Shooglenifty, LTJ Bukem, Colonel Mustard and the Dijon Five, Aba Shanti-I, Chloe, Bradley Zero, Swindle (DJ Set), Acid Arab (DJ Set), Jd Twitch X Optimo Music 10th Birthday Takeover
What This year Kelburn Garden Party celebrates and solidifies 10 years of superlative programming and exceptional parties. One of Scotland's most loved boutique parties and one of the UK’s most exceptional festivals, Kelburn Garden Party fuses art, culture, music, resulting in one of the most magical and colourful parties in the north.
Tickets Adult weekend: £139.50
When: 29 August- 1 September
Where: Beal Farm, Northumberland
Who: The Showhawk Duo, Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres, Lindisfarne, Goldie, DJ Yoda, Ferocious Dog, Louise Distras, Smoove & Turrell, Ocean Colour Scene, Elvana: Elvis Fronted Nirvana, Tankus the Henge, Dutty Moonshine Big Band, Gentleman’s Dub Club
What: Just up the road this ultimate end-of-summer party festival (pictured) is back for its 5th year of music, magic and mayhem on the spectacular Northumberland coast overlooking Holy Island. Strictly over 18s and carnivalesque in ethos, Lindisfarne is filled with street performers, fancy dress competitions, fire shows, street food, comedy, yoga and more, creating a weekend full of quirks and surprises around every corner. New venue additions this year include DeltaCity, The Bridge Block Party and Billy Bootleggers’ Toe Tapping Americana Tent.
Tickets Adult weekend: £113.78