Festival Season 2015: Early Picks

A happy new year to all you internet dwellers and a hearty hello from me. Despite being marooned in a chilly British winter whilst all memories of Christmas time fade fast, it is time to begin thinking ahead to festival season. I consider myself a hardened patron of the market having attended a good number all over the country ranging from city to fields so I am here to suggest five events to try this year based on the little information currently on offer.

1. Liverpool Sound City

A festival in a city, what madness is this? I hear you cry. It is actually bucket loads of fun and with a host as charismatic and friendly as Liverpool, you are assured of a good weekend. The whole centre transforms into a gig venue with bands playing in make-shift car park stages, basement clubs, theatres, cathedrals and coffee shops. Belle & Sebastian and The Flaming Lips are two of the confirmed headliners, varied and vibrant performers with cult status and promise to dazzle audiences. If the mud, grime and mosh pits just isn’t for you then I strongly recommend this festival. Tickets are available here: http://www.liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk/tickets

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2. Latitude

The bohemian arts and culture festival that is Latitude celebrates its 10th birthday this year and the celebrations are assured to be huge. Three headliners have already been booked, one is an act the festival have been pursuing for years, the second is an artist who has moved up the line up over the years and the final is a returning act to the slot. For those who prefer their festival at a relaxed pace with a side of halloumi & chorizo, best make plans for Henham Park: http://www.latitudefestival.com/tickets

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3. Secret Garden Party

The pandora’s box of the festival scene, this small event has had an ever-growing reputation as one of the most exciting up & coming festivals of recent times. They have announced Jungle, Caravan Palace and Marika Hackman so far as well as the theme of ‘Childish Things’. The Cambridge event has hosted the likes of Faithless, Bastille, Django Django, Wolf Alice and Honeyblood in the past years so revellers are guaranteed a high calibre of artist. http://www.secretgardenparty.com

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4. Festival No. 6

The winner of countless awards and accolades, the new-comer to the market is achieving reputation by marketing festival as vacation. Set in a blissful location in the Portmeirion countryside, the atmosphere and quality of the festival is on a level that leaves competitors far behind. No artists are currently confirmed, yet last year saw appearances from Beck, Kelis, Pet Shop Boys, East India Youth, Arthur Beatrice and Tune-Yards. http://www.festivalnumber6.com

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5. Rock Werchter

This pick may require your passport, however it is an advisable alternative for the huge amounts of readers who will have missed out on tickets to the holy grail that is Glastonbury. Rock Werchter consistently book heavyweight artists that could easily rival the gem in Britain’s festival crown. Last year they secured Pearl Jam and Arctic Monkeys along with a whole host of performers including Foals, Haim, SBTRKT and more. This year they have already confirmed appearances from The Chemical Brothers, Alt- J, The War On Drugs, Foo Fighters and the long awaited return of Florence + the Machine. Allons-y as the Belgians may say: http://www.rockwerchter.be/en/tickets

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6. Glastonbury

And for those for missed out on Glastonbury and cannot think of an alternative to match the hedonistic solstice gathering, there is a resale of cancelled tickets in April. Keep your eyes peeled on the official website here: http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

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