Music lovers of Manchester rejoice – the good weather has arrived and with that comes a plethora of line-up announcements from festivals up and down the country trying to draw you in. Whether you’re a dance nut or rocker, non-camper or at one with nature: there is a festival for everyone!
Here’s all you need to know about the most exciting festivals to head to this Summer:
El Dorado Festival – Eastnor Castle Deer Park in Hertfordshire on 29th June – 1st July 2018
An intimate and enchanting boutique festival from the nation’s favourite party starters – Cirque Du Soul. Following on from our amazing second year, this year they have delved even deeper into the wonders of the lost kingdom to bring you more stages, more activities, more music, more food choices and more magic than ever before.
For centuries intrepid explorers have searched the world over for the lost kingdom of El Dorado, a land believed to have streets paved with gold, layered with lakes of fresh water and luscious green jungles – a land so beautiful you will never want to leave.
At the close of June, the golden gates of El Dorado will open for the third time revealing a new weird and wonderful playground nestled amongst the hills of the beautiful English countryside.
Leave your inhibitions at the gates for your summer days will be filled with fun and games and when the sun sets and the moon begins to shine the bizarre and wonderful will let loose on the city of gold. Those who have previously ventured into the unknown will now tell the story…
The festival has come into some excellent reviews:
“A beautiful celebration of uniqueness and originality” The Verse
“An incredible glitter soaked circus-themed weekend” Metro
“More magic than ever before” BBC
“A gem in the British festival crown” Rewind That Track
“The new spot for summer escapism” Bespoke Magazine
For more information visit: eldoradofestival.com
Beat Herder Festival – Dockber Farm near Sawley, Lancashire on 13th to 15th July 2018
Beat-Herder, the weirdest, wildest and most wonderful party in the UK festival calendar. Running from July 13th – 15th, Beat-Herder will once again transform Lancashire’s Ribble Valley into a technicolour party and escapist’s utopia, with an array of 20+ whimsical stages, world-class DJs and surprises aplenty.
Leading the charge on the main stage are Morcheeba; the hypnotic 90s electronic outfit bring their blend of blissed out trip-hop to Beat-Herder for the first time. Joining them are celebrated Euro-Caribbean vocal group Boney M. The charismatic hit-makers will bring the psychedelic disco era to the main stage on Saturday.
Headlining the Toil Trees on Saturday night is one of the biggest tastemakers of the electronic music generation, BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong. Spanning a two decade long career, this icon of dance music will bring an experienced presence to the Toil Trees stage, the beating heart of the festival. He’ll be performing alongside a host of up & coming talent, including previously announced OC & Verde, one of his ‘New Names for 2018’, illustrating the stage’s celebration for both new talent and iconic stalwarts in equal measure.
Also confirmed is legendary house selector, producer, and Outcross Records label boss, Miguel Campbell, and closing Saturday night is Josh Butler, the Leeds DJ and producer who champions deep house, but whose influences mix a broad range of genres, from ambient to hard house.
Six time world snooker champion Steve Davis and multi-instrumentalist and composer Kavus Torabi have been announced as the Trash Manor’s Saturday night headline – Beat-Herder’s courtyard of chaos, where punk and house converse amiably with reggae, hip-hop and techno. The duo will be spinning a b2b set comprising techno, psyche rock, and everything in between. Joining Greg Wilson at Trash Manor is ‘Credit to the Edit’ King, PEZA, who has had his ‘re-edits’ supported by everyone from Andrew Weatherall to Horse Meat Disco.
Joining already announced names Utah Saints, Jamz Supanova and Redlight in Beat-Herder’s sacred arena The Ring, is DJ Zinc. Known for his blistering drum & bass sets, DJ Zinc will headline Friday night, alongside party master A.Skillz, the Jam City boss will bring his dose of funk to proceedings. Whilst on Saturday night, the Derby-based trio Drumsound & Bassline Smith bring their self-professed ‘body slamming’ high energy to this spiritual stage where all genres converge.
All three headliners are now announced for The Perfumed Garden starting with the mythical, experimental band Gong who will take to the stage on Friday night. Following on Saturday night is MoodyManc, the DJ will dish out unearthly house music delights at this domed stage which brings music, food and drink under one roof from morning through night. DJ Hiphoppapotamus brings his celebrated sound-system to the Garden for Sunday night’s headline slot, spinning a mix of afro and caribbean styles mixed with house, breaks and hip-hop.
Music is just part of the experience at Beat-Herder. Entirely handmade from scratch, the stages stand out as something truly different in the increasingly identikit festival landscape. That attention to detail creates an immersive world full of beguiling and intriguing creative concepts. Which other festivals give you the opportunity to explore underground tunnels, dance to drum and bass in a chapel or get inked in the functioning tattoo parlour? And if the hedonism gets a little too much, guests can slow the pace by lounging in the heated hidden swimming pool or enjoy some retro entertainment at the site’s very own working men’s club.
Beat-Herder continues to exist as it did back when it started as a free DIY party in 1998: uncompromising, unwavering and distinguished by an overwhelming sense of community. Its reputation as one of the friendliest festivals around can be attributed to its loyal followers – friends, couples and families who create new memories to cherish in a bold and barmy atmosphere each summer.
For more information visit: beatherder.co.uk
Y Not Festival – Pikehall, Derbyshire on 27th July to 29th July
Y Not Festival returns for its biggest year yet with a three-day line up built for music lovers. The big event will take place in Pikehall, Derbyshire from July 27th to 29th. Y Not Festival offers panoramic countryside views, a fully stocked bar of local ales, a mouth watering selection of food and of course plenty of live music.
Organisers say: “Just bring yourself, some wellies and a killer fancy dress outfit.”
Headlining this year are The Libertines (July 27), Catfish and the Bottlemen (28) and Jamiroquai (29). They are joined by Welsh legends Manic Street Preachers, plus Kaiser Chiefs and festival veterans The Levellers. Plus Seasick Steve, Circa Waves, The Amazons, Shame, Fat White Family, Buzzcocks, Moose Blood and more.
Speaking about Y Not 2018, festival organiser Simon Mawbey said: “We’re so happy to be back with our biggest line up to date. There are a lot of changes and improvements being made to make sure the festival is the best it’s ever been in 13 years and I’m excited that we can come back stronger than ever.”
He added “We can’t wait for this year’s Y Not festival. “With legendary acts such as BRMC, The Wombats and Razorlight added to the bill, we hope fans will see this as our biggest year yet.”
For more information visit: ynotfestival.com
Creamfields – Daresbury on 23rd to 26th August
Creamfields returns to Daresbury, Cheshire, UK for 4 days across the August Bank Holiday weekend, with over 30 stages hosted by some of the biggest names in electronic music. 21 years on and Creamfields is still the ultimate electronic extravaganza, with a rich breadth of artists from across the spectrum. This year’s electronic music selection is broader than ever and includes d&b, house, techno and trance.
The line-up is full to the brim with huge DJ names, including Above & Beyond, Adam Beyer, Alesso, Andy C, Annie Mac, Armin van Buuren, Armand van Helen, Axwell & Ingrosso, The Black Madonna, Carl Cox, Camelphat, The Chainsmokers, Chase & Status (DJ set), Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Diplo, DJ EZ, Duke Dumont, Dusky, Eric Prydz presents HOLO, Fatboy Slim, Faithless (DJ Set), Galantis, Giggs, Goldie, Green Velvet, Groove Armada (DJ Set), Hannah Wants, Hardwell, Hot Since 82, Idris Elba, Jamie Jones, Joris Voorn, Joseph Capriati, Kölsch, Krept X Konan, Leftfield (DJ Set), Loco Dice, Luciano, Major Lazer (Live), Marco Carola, Martin Garrix, Martin Solveig, Maya Jane Coles, Mistajam, MK, Nicole Moudaber, Oliver Heldens, Patrick Topping, Pete Tong, Ramz, Roni Size, Rudimental (DJ Set), Sasha & John Digweed, Sigala, Sigma, Skream, Solardo, Stefflon Don, Steve Angello (Live), Sub Focus, Sven Väth,, Tiësto, Timmy Trumpet, Virtual Self to name a few.
Already grabbing the headlines with their industry-leading production values, Creamfields continues to ramp up the pace for their 2018 edition. Fresh off the back of announcing the ground-breaking 360-degree SILO arena, the festival has unveiled another new and exciting stage structure for the fields of Daresbury – GENERATOR.
GENERATOR is another bold leap for Creamfields, a cavernous structure made of scaffold and shipping containers, giving the arena an industrial feel that has more than a few surprises in store. Building on the multi-tiered concept of SILO, several sections of Generator’s walls also double as viewing galleries, providing a unique experience unlike no other. The main structure is just the start though, as things really start to get interesting when it comes to the possibilities opened up by Generator’s very nature.
The abundance of scaffold and trussing that makes up the structure is also a production designer’s dream. As a result, Generator will provide an all-round spectacle that will include an enormous all-encompassing and multi-dimensional wall of LED screens at the stage end, not to mention an abundance of lights, lasers, and pyro that will span the length and breadth of the structure. Once again, the bar has been raised, with Generator proving that when it comes to pushing the limits of what is possible, Creamfields remains way ahead of the curve.
The festival will also offer a range of camping, including a ‘Dreamfields’ option, which offers luxury “boutique accommodation options”.
For more information VISIT: http://www.creamfields.com