Hello SUMMER Sunshine…
Whilst basking in the springtime sun, sniffing those spring time flowers thoughts of long summer nights and festivals follow…
So eager to get the Campervan fired up for some rockin ‘n’ rollin I also need to book some tickets before its too late!
Here is my line up of Festivals 2010 on my *must see* list!
27 May – 6 June, Hay-0n-Wye
The fabulous Hay Literary Festival announces its programme today for the Friends of the Festival and then general public next week. Sign up now to see who and what… books will always be in fashion…
It’s a superb place crammed with fabulous bookshops, lots of varied events from impromptu poetry readings to warm and cosy lengthy recited chapters, to nosing what everyone else is reading!!
The Vintage festival set up by Wayne Hemmingway celebrating 5 decades of British Cool…
Vintage at Goodwood is the first of what will be an annual music and fashion led celebration of creative British cool from the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s. Featuring the leading DJs, bands, collectors, purveyors of vintage clothing and vintage vinyl from each decade, as well as contemporary bands and brands inspired by Britain’s rich cultural history.
Whether it’s Swing, Rockabilly, Mod, Soul, Funk, Disco, Ska, Electro, Burlesque, Film or Art & Design that’s your thing, whether you just want to dress up and get an authentic ‘flat top’ and make-over for a day, Vintage at Goodwood will be visual, responsible, aural and sensual, a big family dressing up box, a collectors dream and a joyous creative feast for all ages.
Vintage will explore the musical, design and cultural lineages and explore where they are taking us. Think of Vintage at Goodwood as the new annual Festival of Britain.
On a truly breathtaking site – nestling into the South Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (and soon to be National Park), with access to the wonderful beaches and harbours of coastal West Sussex – Vintage at Goodwood will bring together lovers of the music, fashions, food and lifestyles of the decades that gave Britain its creative heritage. And then there’s the accommodation. From onsite luxury of the Goodwood Hotel, to ‘Glamping’ in secluded glades, Vintage at Goodwood will give you a unique opportunity to holiday in the most beautiful area of Southern England.
Vintage shopping from £5 to £500 – surly NOT TO BE MISSED!
The line-up looks incredable already so keep checking their site for updates!
13th, 14th & 15th Rattlinhope, Shrewsbury
I went to this a couple of years back and it was completely mad! And I don’t take that word lightly or use it very often. It had wonderfully relaxed atmosphere, a great mix of super-friendly people. Minimal shops I remember, but go for the great mix of music, making friends and beautiful countryside…
Shropshire is full of wonderful little towns with truly individual shops, markets and galleries. It’s just bliss to take in a drive and end up at one of the many campsites in the area.
Other Festivals to try the brilliant Bridgnorth Folk Festival which has now grown so much has turned into Shrewsbury Folk Festival with Bridgnorth are putting on a Music and Arts Fest that looks great!
“Come with me where you’ll never, never have to worry about grown up things again”
Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin…
Now then boys and girls, if you’ve been good, we’ll tell you what fantastic acts have already agreed to cuddle and coddle us as well as your Nana ever did…
So, take a deep breath and hold on tight for the delights that are AGT Rave Cru, Alucidnation, Belleruche, Chris Wood, Daft Pink, Digitonal, Dr Em & Funky Jim, Dr Rubberfunk, Echaskech, Eliza Carthy, Flevans, Heather McClell, Hexstatic, Hint, Jackie Oates, James Yuill, Lucky Elephant, Mixmaster Morris, Sam Carter, Sombrero Soundsystem, and The Kleptones (Live AV set)…
And that’s only the beginning! Not only are there lots more to come, but we are quite literally beside ourselves to confirm the welcome return of Big Chill co-founder Pete Lawrence to curate the Harvest Stage on Saturday and Sunday.
Add to the fireside cooking pot the wonderful people at Phonica Records, who’ll be programming one of the DJ stages on Saturday, and, (as if that wasn’t enough!), also add the legendary Soundcrash who’ve joined our programming family, and we think you’ll agree that we’ll continue to bring you some of the most exciting and innovative acts around today.
Other nonsense and silliness
Festinho certainly ain’t no place for a respectable pirate…so there’ll be fun and games for kids (and, if there are any real grown ups, then them too) all over the site. Angel Gardens will be there, with bagsful of ideas and imagination. We’ll have bedtime stories around campfires, a hidden Art Trail, Healers and of course, the Kids Carnival. Look out for our dedicated and delicious Tea Rooms, keep a straight face (if you can, when you’re having so much fun!) at the Casino, or just kick back and relax in the bigger, better, bolder Picture House, with live film rescores, AV sets and chilled out performances from some of our more ambient acts.
Still don’t believe? OK. How about a full programme of Cabaret and Comedy acts too, in the comfort of a cosy corner of the House? Or the four Bars that’ll be serving your medicine of choice, as ever including caipirinhas with more bite than a clock-swallowing crocodile? Or at some of the finest festival Food Stalls we could find?
And when it is finally bedtime, our fantastic friends at SoulPad are bringing their SoulPad Village with them – a limited number of lovely, brand new SoulPad bell tents, ready-pitched and waiting for your arrival. What could be better? Oh! You get to keep your SoulPad at the end of the event.
That ought to put a smile on your face.
The ABC Trust
Don’t forget that all profits go to the wonderful ABC Trust, who help Brazilian street kids transform their lives. Last year, we raised a fantastic £23,000, and we’re aiming higher this year!
PS Still not worked out what the theme is for this year? Then ‘take the second right, and head straight on till morning’…
As we are a charity festival and rely on word of mouth, please help spread the word, if you can.
But – what to wear? Ok lets do the basics… hats & shoes:
What about wellie-boots? Look no further than Vivienne Westwood for Melissa in these adorable booties – I’m sure I saw Mark St James sporting a pair of the dark blue in the final episode of Ugly Betty!
Also below are Moov Couture boots that I’ve been looking at for a while…