Festival Guide Issue 15

THE battle of the festivals has exploded and this summer  promises to leave a lasting
memory of the cream of what’s happening on the scene.
We’re talking Green Day, Biffy Clyro, Rihanna, Example, The Killers, Eminem, Calvin Harris, Mumford & Sons, Plan B, The Macabees, Editors – countless reasons to dance, mosh and tap yourself into a muddy mess this summer.
On your behalf, MELISSA LANG takes a quick look at what’s on offer…

WHAT: T in the Park
WHERE: Balado, Perthshire, Scotland.
WHEN: July 12-14
WHO: Calvin Harris, The Killers, Rihanna, Mumford & Sons.
HOW MUCH: Weekend from £184.

T IN THE PARK is Scotland’s biggest music festival and this year turns 20 so expect nothing but spectacular. T has already secured a line-up including Calvin Harris, Emeli Sande, The Script, Jake Bugg as well as their massive headliners and more names have still to be announced.
Its famous “Sunset Strip” lets the party continue after the music is finished, for both campers and day ticket holders.
Within the strip there is The Sunset Club. This year make sure you check out Smiffy’s Fancy Dress Friday disco on the Friday from 1pm – 4pm.
Fancy dress Friday is one of T’s biggest traditions and adds something a bit different to the festival experience, last year the theme was “Fairytale Wonderland”, on the run up to the Festival check out T in The Park’s official website for your chance to vote for this year’s theme.
However this festival’s not for the faint hearted, situated in the Scottish countryside, the weather conditions can be extreme.
Last year the festival was branded “T in The Pond” as some of the campsites were a complete wash-out so make sure you are prepared for all weather conditions.
Take a sturdy tent that will last the whole weekend: a cheap alternative may seem like a good idea at the time but it won’t be when you’re on the bus home on the Saturday!

WHAT: RockNess
WHERE: Loch Ness, Scotland.
WHEN: June 7-9.
WHO: Example, The Vaccines, Ben Howard.
HOW MUCH: Student weekend camping from £135.

THE alternative festival started back in June 2006 and now has a huge following. Situated in heart of the Highlands it has been branded one of most beautiful festivals in the world.
Originally a mix of electro, dance and indie music, RockNess has in the past few years mixed it up and this time around rapper Plan B will take to the stage.
RockNess already has lots to gloat about after being nominated for three awards at last year’s UK Festival Awards. Rockness was nominated under three categories; Best Medium Sized Festival, Best Headline Performance (Biffy Clyro) and most importantly Best Toilets! This year the festival is doing a very special discounted ticket for students, all you need to do is bring your Student ID to the event.
The festival has reduced the price of a student ticket from last year by £10, which means an extra bottle of vodka for the festival!

WHAT: Reading and Leeds.
WHERE: Richfield Avenue / Bramham Park.
WHEN: August 23-25.
WHO: Green Day, Biffy Clyro, Bastille, Eminem.
HOW MUCH: Weekend from £202.50.

READING and Leeds are the grand finale of the season, with the festivals taking place on the same weekend and sharing the same bill.
These are “the rock/metal festivals” and in the past years the likes of Paramore, My Chemical Romance and Muse have taken to their stages.
There are plenty of bars and places to eat at both festivals, Reading’s White Bar even supplies real ales. Make sure you take plenty of readies for the arena as stalls are cash only.
At Reading there is also the Rivermead Centre where campers have access to their café (which does a fantastic fry-up), pool and showers from 8am – 3pm all weekend for a small charge for any of you glampers!
Leeds is more for rough and ready campers, like many campsites they offer toilets and showers and a village shop that sells everything festival goers need.
Both sites have a welfare tent where campers can go for any advice or health problems and both tents hand out condoms for any forgetful campers.
This year’s line-up is meatier than ever with sets from global superstars such as Green Day, Eminem, Biffy Clyro and Fall Out Boy proving that their more expensive ticket price is worth it.