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FESTIVAL GREETINGS

Summer is right around the corner and you know what that means – Festival time!
GEMMA CLARK presents the eight must-go-to festivals happening around the UK this summer…
Radio 1 Big Weekend in Exeter, Powderhan Castle, May 28-29
BBC Radio 1 will this year be kicking off the festival season with their massive annual event. Each year it’s held in a different location and this year it’s the turn of… Exeter!
Along with all the top acts that have playing there, there is another reason these are some of the hottest tickets around – it’s FREE!
The downside is that tickets are randomly allocated, with preferential treatment being given to those that live closest to the event. So apply now!
They will be hard pushed to top the display put on two years ago at Glasgow Green, which saw the likes of Katy Perry and One Direction grace the stage, but they are certainly giving it a shot!
Confirmed acts this year are Ellie Goulding, Coldplay, Craig David, Bring Me the Horizon and Chase and Status.
Keep an eye out as many more are yet to be announced.
Download, Donnington Park, June 10-12
ROCK N ROLL! Guaranteed to get you moshing, there are a variety of sub genres to suit all rock fans, from pop rockers ­­­­All Time Low to old school hardcore rockers Deftones.
If you like bumping bare chests with 90,000 dirty, sweaty tattooed people and ramming your way through a Wall of Death (YouTube it – you will either be too scared to venture to a metal gig or be booking your ticket, guaranteed), then Download is for you.
German terrors Rammstein headline the Main Stage on Friday while metal legends Iron Maiden close on the Sunday.
T in the Park, Strathallan Castle, Perthshire, July 8-10
You know what it is, the big one, the one that the whole of Scotland loses it’s s**t over trying to get tickets for.
So get ready to get down and dirty (literally) in the muddy fields of rural Scotland. You will see many bizarre sights over the weekend.
Rock legends The Stone Roses are heading the main stage on the Friday night, supported by electro pop rock group The 1975 and electronic duo Disclosure.
While T isn’t particularly well known for being a place to discover new artists, you will never be bored and there is always something to see.
New for 2016 is the Pink Moon Camping Experience, where you will rock up to a pre-pitched tent (that’s right folks, no more faffing about with tent poles!), have access to clean loos, charging docks and hot showers.You need not smell like a drain for three days!
Prices range from £155 for a two-man tent to £640 for an eight-man tent and do not include the price of your ticket.
So it really depends on how lazy you are and how mocket you are prepared to get!
 
Lattitude, Henham Park, July 14-17
IF creative arts and performance is your thing, then Latitude is for you.
Often compared to European festivals, Latitude hosts comedy, poetry, dance, theatre and politics, as well as music, giving the feel of a far more multi-cultural adventure. Patrons of the original festival in 2006 were Snow Patrol and Patti Smith.
This year you are likely to see chilled trio Alt-J, the lovely Lianne La Havas, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Prides.
Reading & Leeds, August 26-28
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IF you want to mosh without ending up in the hospital a la DOWNLOAD, then look no further than Reading & Leeds.
A tamer alternative to it’s more hardcore brother in arms, Reading & Leeds, never fails to put on a show, being hailed as a fantastic platform for both national and international artists.
But you’re not going to get off lightly as R&L is known for it’s high energy and passionate fans.
Top of the bill this year are rock giants Biffy Clyro, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, electro rockers The 1975, Nothing But Thieves, Disclosure and Imagine Dragons.
 
Isle of Wight, June 9-12
Queen. Need we say any more? Queen featuring Adam Lambert as a worthy replacement for Freddie Mercury will be heading the bill, sharing the honour with Faithless and the Stereophonics.
Isle of Wight is in the vein of a mini Glastonbury; a little bit hipster and not your average festival experience.
This year sees Busted and The Corrs hitting the stage.
This festival offers several luxury packages, including the Camp Kerala Madamoiselle package that “will be bringing our chilled-out house party atmosphere and chic, glamorous comfort to IOW”.
It will also get you access to the Premium VIP Area, along with your king sized bed, Egyptian cotton sheets, cocktail bar, access to the Artists Village and backstage area and special access to a raised viewing platform overlooking the main stage. All for £6,500.
We’ll all chip in then, shall we…
 
Glastonbury, Worthy Farm, June 22-26
Come June 135,000 music fans will descend on Glastonbury, after every single ticket was sold in October.
It is yet to be announced who will be gracing the famous pyramid stage, but it’s sure to be someone spectacular.
Last years headliners were Florence and the Machine, Kanye West and The Who.
Foo Fighters sadly had to pull out after Dave Grohl (the man, the legend) broke his leg. But who knows, maybe this year…
The home of hippies and fancy dressers, however, is certain to deliver a good time no matter who is on stage.
A motley crew, hodge podge, mish mash of fantastic sights, Glasto has mastered the art of hippy dippy, extra special additions.
The best thing to do is simply to wander. Take in a little of everything so that you miss nothing.
While the most high profile act will be on the pyramid stage, you could well miss your favourite part by failing to explore.
With everything from fantasy, interactive worlds within the hub of Glasto like Shangri La the home of techno-folk, The Glade, you will want to sample a little of everything.
V Festival, Hylands Park, Chelmsford & Weston Park, Staffordshire, August 19-21
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V Festival is going to be a blast if you are into pop music with pop heavyweights Justin Bieber and Rihanna topping the bill.
You might also bump into Brit power vocal gals Little Mix, the mysterious wig wearing Sia, Youtube superstar Troye Sivan and X Factor judge, Rita Ora.
Known for being the civilised alternative to T in the Park, you are much less likely to get caked in mud and smell like a porta loo by the end of the weekend. That’s not to say you shouldn’t bring your wellies though!
With one of the most anticipated live ups of the festival season, featuring 30 artists, this is not one to miss.

 

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