Event Industry News
For some it’s all about the music, for others its about living on the land with a like-minded crowd, but for an increasing number of inveterate festivalgoers it’s the excuse to dress up like a complete idiot that keeps them going back year after year.
While fancy dress at festivals is now so popular that an event or Saturday-night theme has become almost obligatory, we take a look at a few that have made names for themselves among fancy-dress aficionados, free spirits and party nutters as havens of unrestrained self-expression, and consider some of their themes for this year.
Snowbombing, Mayrhofen, Austria, 7-12 April 2014
Notorious for turning an alpine village into 24-hour mayhem, Snowbombing will be hosting parties for Superheroes, Space explorers, and Back Country characters as well as the main Lederhosen Street Party. They’ve even teamed up with fancy dress suppliers PartyNutters, so there’s no excuse for not joining in.
If you’re a committed dresser-upper you may own a Superman or catwoman costume, but if not, think brightly coloured leotards, swimwear, conspicuous underpants, big boots, breastplates and helmets and/or masks. If you have an idea for a new superhero, why not design your own cardboard mask and insignia?
In case you don’t still have the uniform from that bierkeller job, Snowbombing will let you add lederhosen hire to your online booking, but it can be simple to assemble the look with a shorts, hiking boots, knee-socks and a few artfully arranged straps. A suitable hat and waistcoat also help. Remember to pack your flugelhorn.
Kendal Calling, Lowther Deer Park, Lake District, 1-3 August 2014
Rising star in the fancy-dress firmament, Kendal Calling takes its themes beyond the ongoing dressing up. This year’s theme is outer space, with late night space movies to chill-out to and an attempt on the world record for mass moonwalking. The Kedall Calling crowd tends to be young and up-for-it, so make an effort.
The astronaut will need jumpsuit or leotard, boots and helmet, sprayed silver or trimmed with aluminium foil. An alien can take any form, from the classic long grey face to a multi-limbed, multi-headed, tentacled monster. A single, disconcerting alien feature can be as effective as full-on body transformation.
Shambhala, 21-24 August 2014, Secret Country Estate, Northamptonshire
A joyous gathering of fanciful souls, Shambala is an annual explosion of glitter-strewn self-expression, and its Carnival has become legendary. Overwhelmed by the responsibility, organisers have turned this year’s decision over to a vote. Themes in the running are Myths & Legends, Cosmic Chaos and The Seas of Shambala. Carnival workshops will provide opportunities to share ideas and create your own costume. For now, get voting!
Myths and legends
Greek, Roman and Norse mythology offer huge potential. Use a bedsheet toga and a laurel wreath or wear that horned helmet to assert your status as a god, or use animal costumes in combination to create a mythical creature. Fancy dress classics like fairies, elves and mermaids would also fit in well.
A nautical theme gives you scope to explore the worlds above and below the waves. A costume built around an authentic sailor or pirate hat could establish you as a seafarer with a few further touches, or you can more easily create a pirate look with a headscarf, eye patch and facial hair. Or transform yourself into an undersea creature, from fish to octopus to shark.
Peppermint Bars & Events the UK’s leading bar & event management company have just opened their doors for summer jobs in in 2014.
Peppermint employ over 4,000 staff each summer and have up to 1,500 staff out working on a weekend for events such as British Summer Time in Hyde Park, Bestival, Secret Garden Party, Field Day, Shakedown and 30+ more every summer.
They recruit all their staff in-house and so able to offer fantastic career progression that other companies can’t. So, if you Volunteered one year there is no reason why you couldn’t be Bar Managing or full-time Event Managing within a few years!
Peppermint now have their doors open for the following positions, so if you think you’ve got what it takes get in touch and jump on board for the summer.
- Bar Managers*
- Bar Staff
- Cocktail Bar Staff
- Waiting Staff
- Event/Site Managers*
- Build/De-Rig/Site Crew*
- Specialist (Forks, Cherry Picker, Towing etc.)*
- Warehouse Staff*
If you wish to apply – it’s real easy:
- Create a profile at www.peppermintstaffing.co.uk
- Complete a short training module
- Choose which events you are interested in working
- If you are applying for any of the positions marked with* also email us at email@example.com with a covering letter and your CV attached.
Which events can you work at?
- Secret Garden Party
- British Summer Time Hyde Park
- Brighton Big Screen
- Love Supreme
- Camp Bestival
- Field Day
- The Pixies
- Sundance Festival (at the 02)
- Margate Weekender
- Henley Regatta
- Kings of Leon
- BBC at the Quay Glasgow
- Various events in Glasgow around the Commonwealth Games
- Greenwich Music Time
- Plus 20+ more throughout the summer
Plus, if you are looking for a way to work a bit less, and enjoy the event more – Volunteering may be for you, where you work two short shifts in exchange for a festival ticket, food and drinks throughout the weekend.
You can work with your friends and even pick your own shifts…
Which events can you volunteer at?
Our list is constantly changing, but events that are now live are:
- Camp Bestival
- Secret Garden Party
- Love Supreme
To apply, simply log on to www.festivalvolunteer.co.uk create a profile and follow the instructions.
One of the best things about days getting longer and the weather getting warmer is enjoying the sun and being outside. Walk in the park, go for a run, take the car to the beach for a nice day… but then there is always need of food!
Pic nics are a great way to have a fun day out with friends, an alternative way to celebrate a birthday or why not – an alternative first date? You don’t need to be an expert cook to bring to the table (or actually, to the “pic nic cloth”) something yummy: pic nics are fast and easy, and this is the best thing about them! Here are a few pic nic ideas – from the simpler “ever greens” to more creative stuff. Add yout own specialty at the end of the list!
Crudites with hummus. Carrots, celery or peppers or a mix of them: cut them, put them in boxes, grab your favourite hummus at the super market and your healthy pic nic snack is ready.
Cheese and grapes. This is another usual one – why not try and prepare an actual salad instead of boring crackers? Cut some feta cheese, add green grapes, mint, salt, pepper and olive oil. At this point, don’t forget the wine!
Avocado spread. It might me tricky to make an actual guacamole – why not go for the easiest option? Simply smash a couple of avocadoes and add spices of your choice. Dip in your tortilla chips or spread it on some bread! Yum!
Potato salad. Another classic – boil or roast potatoes, add seasonings and at the end your creamy sauce. The secret is to leave the salad for a day or 2 – the potatoes will absorb the dressing even more!
Pasta salads. We all know how hard it is to cook the right amount of pasta – there is always some extra and you don’t know what to do with it. Is that simple – make a fresh pasta salad for the next day! Add feta, olives, tomatoes, tuna, ham cubes, corn, carrots, red peppers, parsley, spinach…. anything you fancy!
Loadsa fruit! A pic nic is not complete without a huge selection of fruits. Make a red fruits salad with all the berries you can find, add a banana for a special twist, don’t forget apples and pears, bring kiwis and pineapples, cut some mangoes… in other words, get creative!
Help us by posting here your favourite pic nic recipes – what have we forgotten?
If you go down to the woods today… you may witness one of the most atmospheric gigs of your life. Inspired by the success of local concert programmes at Thetford Forest and Westonbirt Arboretum, in 2001 the Forestry Commission decided to boost public engagement with their outstanding locations using excellent music to attract people who wouldn’t otherwise have thought to visit.
It’s working. Since The Levellers and Joolz Holland first toured four forests, more than a million music fans have attended Forest Live concerts across seven participating venues, with last year’s top-flight bookings including Elvis Costello and Paul Weller. 44% of gig-goers surveyed by TNS said they’d never visited the site before, 78% planned to return outside the concert programme, and almost all hoped to attend future gigs.
Forest Live 2014 has something for everyone. We take a look at the venues and what’s on offer this year.
Thetford Forest, Suffolk
Thetford Forest encompasses 20% of the Breckland Environmentally Sensitive Area, and is managed for timber production, sustainability and nature conservation. The High Lodge Forest Centre will this year host evenings with Suede, the Pogues, Boyzone, Katherine Jenkins, Deacon Blue and Rebecca Ferguson.
Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire
Set in a heritage Cotswolds landscape, Westonburt House has formal Victorian gardens and an arboretum presenting one of the world’s most important tree collections in an informal, picturesque setting. Gigs among the rare plant specimens will include Little Mix, Suede, Boyzone, Deacon Blue, Katherine Jenkins and Rebecca Ferguson.
Bedgebury Pinetum, Kent
The most complete collection of conifers in the world, Bedgebury’s 12,000 trees include rare, endangered and historically important specimens. A network of paths allows visitors to venture into its 300 acres on foot or by bike. Jessie J and Paul Weller will appear amid the pines.
Cannock Chase Forest, Staffordshire
Set in Cannock Chase, a tiny Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Cannock Forest provides enchanting woodland walks around the picturesque Fairoak or Sherbrook valleys, with chances to see fallow deer and rare and endangered birds. Performing in a tranquil clearing are Jessie J and Paul Weller.
Dalby Forest, Yorkshire
A dramatic Ice-Age landscape on the southern slopes of the North York Moors, the valleys and plateau of Dalby Forest provide habitats for badgers, roe deer and nightjars among the pretty mix of indigenous trees. James Blunt, Paul Weller and Deacon Blue will appear between the oaks.
Delamere Forest, Cheshire
A shady oasis on an agricultural plain, Delamere Forest’s 972 hectares of mixed deciduous and evergreen woodland features several lakes, creating habitats for woodland birds, dragonflies and butterflies. Paul Weller, Jessie J and Boyzone will sing under the stars.
Sherwood Pines, Nottinghamshire
The refuge of Robin’s merry men can be explored in foot or horseback, or you can study outlaw skills like shelter-building, willow weaving, green woodworking and whittling. Boyzone, Jessie J and Paul Weller will be found amid the conifers of the Forest Park.
There are still tickets available for many of the gigs.
SHAKEDOWN CONFIRMS HUGE ELECTRONIC MUSIC LINE-UP FOR BRIGHTON’S NUMBER ONE FESTIVAL
BASEMENT JAXX / GROOVE ARMADA (DJ SET) / MK / ZANE LOWE / LEE FOSS / GORGON CITY / JAGUAR SKILLS / WILKINSON / FRICTION / DJ ZINC / HUXLEY / RIVA STARR / DJ EZ / KIDNAP KID / HANNAH WANTS / FOREIGN BEGGARS / B TRAITS & MORE
11 HOURS OF DANCE MUSIC MAYHEM ACROSS THREE STAGES
Tickets £45 + BF
MORE NAMES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON
THE SOUTH COASTS BIGGEST MUSIC EVENT AND NOW IN THE HEART OF THE SUMMER
WATERHALL / BRIGHTON / SATURDAY 19TH JULY 2014
Shakedown is thrilled to announce the line up for the 2014 festival in Brighton, having moved into the heart of the summer on 19th July and in a beautiful new home, Waterhall.
Headlining the main stage will be the legendary Basement Jaxx. Since the 2000 release of debut album Remedy, the Brixton duo have led the way in pioneering electronic music. They have already established themselves as one of the UK’s most famous and most loved acts and on 19th July they will bring their iconic full live show to Shakedown – an all-out sensory assault featuring live musicians, an army of singers and dazzling visuals. Expect incredible performances of their back catalogue of classics including Red Alert, Romeo and Where’s Your Head At?
Joining them on the main stage will be fellow London duo Groove Armada with a high octane DJ set. With a discography spanning some of the most iconic dance songs of the past two decades, expect crowd-pleasing anthems such as I See you Baby and Superstylin’.
Gorgon City are undoubtedly one of the biggest breakthrough acts of the past year following their top 5 hit Ready For Your Love and will play the main stage of Shakedown.
After providing one of the highlight sets of the 2013 festival, Jaguar Skills is back with his ingenious mash-ups, mixing everything from hip hop and reggae to house and drum & bass. Kidnap Kid and DJ EZ have also been confirmed.
Plus, the second headliner for the main stage will be announced soon.
The infamous Supercharged Arena returns once again in 2014 with an awesome line-up of bass-driven DJs. After providing the stand-out set for the past three years, the resident king of Shakedown, BBC Radio 1 legend Zane Lowe, returns once more. For over 10 years, Zane has been at the forefront of discovering and championing the next generation of talent, and has long been considered the ultimate tastemaker in the world of music. Anyone who has witnessed his extraordinary DJ sets live can testify to the awesome skill and electric atmosphere he generates, seamlessly blending old school samples with brand new bass-heavy tunes.
Next up is drum and bass overload, RAM record’s own Wilkinson who has quickly become one of the biggest names on the scene with productions like Afterglow. Representing Brighton is Shogun label manager and Radio 1’s Mr Drum n’ Bass, Friction.
DJ Zinc is a name synonymous with bass and breakbeat, and will also play in the Supercharged Arena, along with hip hop dubstep legends Foreign Beggars.
They will be joined by Radio 1’s carnival queen B Traits, rising star Hannah Wants, and Brighton’s own Dismantle and Primitive People
The third stage is Audio presents Area 10 which is headlined by the current king of house music, MK (Marc Kinchen).
After well over a decade ruling the underground scene, MK began dominating the charts last year with the biggest house tune of 2013 – his # 1 remix of Storm Queen’s Look Right Through. Since then he’s been prolific both in his DJ sets and with his productions, providing the definitive soundtrack to the atmospheric surge in house music for almost two years. MKs midas touch has benefitted everyone from Paloma Faith and Lana Del Rey to Sam Smith and Rudimental; and looking at his plans for 2014 his star looks set to rise even further.
The rest of the Audio stage reads like a who’s who of house music right now. Co-founder of Hot Creations and member of Hot Natured, Lee Foss, is confirmed for Shakedown 2014. Having playing in every corner of the globe, Lee’s rise to prominence as a DJ has been driven by his diverse sets, spanning from nu-school house to synth-heavy techno.
Also playing the Audio stage will be Huxley, who will bring his bass-led garage-driven strain of house, as well as Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat producer Riva Starr. Completing the stage are Treatment’s own Tom Frisco and James Moss, and two of Brighton’s best loved DJs – Audio residents Charles Green and Neal Schtumm.
Matt Priest, Shakedown promoter: “We’re delighted to announce our new line up for Shakedown 2014. With a new summer date, a beautiful new venue and
now in its fourth year, the Shakedown circus comes to Waterhall with a huge electronic line-up that cements us at the forefront of Brighton’s world famous club scene. We can’t wait!”
Second release tickets are now on sale for £45 + BF and can be bought online www.shakedown.co.uk
Camp Bestival, Bestival’s younger brother festival, has just reveiled its comedy line up. Taking place from 31st July to 3rd August, Camp Bestival is one of the biggest family friendly festivals in the UK. It is spread across the Castle Field, Kids Garden, Big Top, Bollywood, Black Dahlia and East Lulworth Literary Institute – the festival offers entertainment for families, kids area, music and much more.
This year’s Comedy Line-Up has just been released:
MILTON JONES / THE PAJAMA MEN / NAT LUURTSEMA / BEN NORRIS / MARKUS BIRDMAN / COLIN HOULT / MATT REED / JIM SMALLMAN / GEORGE EGG / SARAH BENNETTO / COMEDY CLUB 4 KIDS
Live music acts include:
POP WILL EAT ITSELF / MNEK / COURTNEY PINE / D:REAM / HOT 8 BRASS BAND /BRUSHY ONE STRING / ADY SULEIMAN / BEANS ON TOAST / BO SARIS / RORY MCLEOD / INDIANA / LUCKY ELEPHANT / TOO MANY T’S / DREAM THEMES / COCO AND THE BUTTERFIELDS / CUT A SHINE / FECKLESS
Mum and dad can dance at the rythm of James, De La Soul and Basement Jaxx while kids can enjoy bed-storytelling offered by the Roald Dahl museum.
Rob da Bank says: “The Camp Bestival comedy department have been slaving over a hot keyboard bringing in some of the funniest names on the scene at mo. I can’t wait to see the Pajama Men – you have to check that show! We’re also teasing out some more great musical names – from Pop Will Eat Itself to D:Ream and DJ Yoda, we cant be accused of not mixing it up in our usual style. Something for everyone is our unspoken motto, so I hope you like what you’re seeing so far and there’s more to come!”
Yes, UK’s most famous festival has finally released some new names for this year edition. As usual, we won’t be disappointed.
Michael Eavis promised it would have been a festival with fresh headliners: joining the previously announced Arcade Fire there will be Kasabian, headlining the Friday night on 29th June on the famour Pyramid stage.
Although Saturday headliners haven’t been announced yet, other 87 names have been added to the bill. Pixies, who haven’t been playing at Glosto for 23 years, come back to this year’s edition. Dj sets announced include: Skrillex, London duo Disclosure and Richie Hawtin. Lana del rey is another artist who is joining the bill for the first time in her career.
While we wait for the Saturday headliners to be announced, here is the line up so far:
Arcade Fire - Kasabian - Dolly Parton - Jack White - Elbow-The Black Keys -Robert Plant-Lily Allen-Lana Del Rey-Skrillex-Pixies-Massive Attack-Disclosure-Paolo Nutin-iManic Street Preachers-MIA-Rudimental-Bryan Ferry-Richie Hawtin-Ed Sheeran-De La Soul-Goldfrapp-London Grammar-MGMT-Jake Bugg-Jurassic 5-Dexys-Above & Beyond-The 1975-Bonobo-Kelis-Blondie-Warpaint-The Wailers-Wilko Johnson-James Blake-Gorgon City-Metronomy-Tinariwen-Chvrches-Little Dragon-Seun Kuti & Egypt 80-Kodaline-Interpol-Foster the People-Mogwai-Royal Blood-John Grant-Annie Mac-
Lil Louis-Daptone Super Soul Revue-John Newman-Chromeo-Rodrigo Y Gabriela-Midlake-Haze-Four Tet-ESG-The Sun Ra Arkestra-François Kevorkian -Parquet Courts-Sam Smith-Crystal Fighters-Nitin Sawhney-DJ Pierre-Toumani & Sidiki Diabate-Chance the Rapper-MNEK-Temples-Phosphorescent-Connan Mockasin-Public Service Broadcasting-Courtney Barnett-Gorgon City-Wolf Alice-Radiophonic Workshop-Suzanne Vega-Tune-Yards-Eats Everything-Jamie xx-Ms Dynamite-Breach-Chlöe Howl-Jagwar Ma-Danny Brown
With the summer getting closer and all festivals competing to attract more audience, it’s actually hard to keep track of what is going on. Headliners announcements, latest tickets releases, special guests added to the bill: we try and sum up a few of the latest news on upcoming festivals. Please share your knowledge and add in the comment boxes below if we have forgotten something!
Rad Fest Cancelled
The festival was suppsed to be set in Mid Wales – an “alternative Music Festival from RAD RADIO, featiring Classic Rock, Prog, Rock, Metal, Death Metal, Thrash and more”. The line up included the likes of Breed 77, Anubi, Hollow and Captain Horizon. Here the official announcement for cancellation “Due to very extremely poor ticket sales this festival is no longer financially viable therefore we have had to take the unfortunate step of cancelling the event. For the handful of people that kindly purchased a ticket Ticketline will supply the refund. We apologize for any inconvenience and disappointment this brings.”
Sonar – more acts
Taking place every summer on sunny Barcelona, this year’s edition of Sonar will run from 12th to 14th June. Sonar is one of the most acclaimed festivals in Spain, featuring not only music but also shows, new media and art performances. Joining Massive Attak’s new show (highlight of the festival) there will be Richie Hawtin, 2Manydjs, Fluxx Pavillion, Rudimental and many others. The latest names to be added to the list: Nils Frahm, Buraka Som Sistema, Chris & Cosey, MØ, Daphni b2b James Holden, Simian Mobile Disco “Whorl”, Tokimonsta, Ryan Hemsworth, Dj2D2, Monki, Debruit & Alsarah, Uner presented by Pioneer dj, Stwo, Dengue Dengue Dengue, Elijah & Skilliam feat. Flava D, Sau Poler, Jameszoo, Simmone Jones, Arufe, Pick A Piper, Octo Octa, Mwëslee, Shelby Grey, Kresy, Nev.Era, Pina, Mr. k!, Territoire, Eme Dj, Sunny Graves, Rayo 60, Xavi Mateu & Carlos Bayona, Sonia Gómez & Lucy Suggate & James Holden, Discos Paradiso Crew, Glue Kids, BSN Posse, Mario Nieto, 3QUINOX, Dj Enpunto, Dj Der, Ordre Etern, Sanatruja, and Vallès.
Grace Jones headlines Hop Farm
Following the insuccess of 2013 (the family festival was cancelled a few months before the date), this year Hope Farm comes back under new management, from 4th to 6th July. Not only it will showcase new stages and areas (including a comedy corner) but it has also recently announced that pop culture icon Grace Jones will be their Sunday headliners. Well done, Hop Farmers!
More acts for Sziget
One of the biggest festivals in Europe (if not THE biggest), hungarian Sziget comes back this year from 11th to 18th of August for a week of music, food, theatre art&crafts and much more. The latest names added to the bill are Deadmou5, Axweel, The kooks and Crystal Fighters, who will join the previously confirmed La Roux, Calvin Harris and Prodigy.
Occupying a beautiful site between the Strand and the Thames, Somerset House was originally built for the Duke of Somerset in the 18th century. It became a government building following the civil war, and the body of Oliver Cromwell would lie in state there. Rebuilt later that century as a public building, it would house many learned societies including the Royal Academy. The UK Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths was based there from the 1850s to the 1970s. The historic site is now managed by a trust keen to revive its more cultural associations and encourage community participation.
Mogway at Somwerset House by Wonker
To music lovers in London and across the country this imposing neo-classical building, in grounds which inspired paintings by Canaletto, is now a superior, atmospheric urban outdoor venue with an impressive record for presenting quality, cutting-edge music.
For eleven days in July the 55 dancing fountains in its award-winning cobblestoned public space, the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, are turned off, creating the 3,000 capacity venue of the Summer Series gigs. London’s Metro newspaper said of the space “[it] feels uniquely intimate, the acoustics are cool and it’s arguably the most beautiful live music setting in the capital.”
Over 15 years the prestigious festival has presented inspiring, innovative artists like Adele, Grace Jones, Elbow, Robert Plant, Blondie, Sigur Ros and Bert Jansch. Underworld fans still reminisce about dancing deliriously in 2003 to Three Months Off, holding hands as the sun set over the spectacular architecture. And no-one witnessing post-rockers Mogwai’s swirling surround-sound 2007 Series opener has been quite the same since. The soulful, troubled Amy Winehouse, already struggling with her demons onstage by then, would play a poignantly accomplished set that same year, not long before her tragic death.
Last year’s eleven date programme featured re-appearances by Goldfrapp, Richard Hawley, Band of Horses and Basement Jaxx, while hipsters particularly warmed to newcomers First Aid Kit and Tom Odell and cheerful Icelandic folksters Of Monsters and Men turned plenty of heads.
A similar sweep of music trailblazers old and new is on offer between 10 and 20 July 2014. London-based trio Daughter pretty much owned 2013 with spellbinding debut album If You Leave and some stunning live shows. Arch-collaborators Little Dragon’s constantly evolving R&B, electro, dance pop with Yukimi Nagano’s otherworldly vocals have already entranced us across three critically-lauded albums.
Timeless Danish singer/songwriter Agnes Obel, whose album Philharmonics won five Danish Music Awards, will be showcasing intriguing new album Aventine. Melancholic songwriter Sam Smith, best known for unforgettable vocals on Disclosure’s Latch and Naughty Boy’s La La La, was this year’s BRITS Critics Choice.
Also appearing are household names Kelis and Franz Ferdinand – both still pushing the boundaries of their own sounds – and BRIT Award winning synth-rockers and Glastonbury phenomenon Bastille. Analogue synthpop experimentalists Chvrches wowed us with their self-produced Top 10 debut album The Bones Of What You Believe. Melodic Irish four-piece Kodaline, genre-busting festival faves The Cat Empire and the bass, beats and soaring strings and vocals of Clean Bandit will also be showcased.
Individual tickets at £28.50 + booking fee are on sale from 9.00am on Friday 21st March.
From Easter happenings to hidden music festivals, here is an overview of what’s happening during the next month: feel free to add to the list by commenting below!
International Pillow Fight Day
On saturday 5th April grab a pillow and join hundreds of other people in Trafalgar Square – remember to respect the simple rules: don’t hit people with a camera and don’t hit people without a pillow. The London’s event is organised by the Urban Playground Movement, but there will be pillow fights all over the globe. To find out where else you could go with your pillow check out the official website. The event starts at 3 pm and will finish at St Jmaes’s park to recover from the fight!
It means holy week – while this week is a big deal in most catholic Countries, this event is particulary impressive in Antigua (Guatemala) and Seville (Spain). This year is running from 13th to 20th of April, the celebration is normally characterised by impressive parades, penintents dressed up in purple robes, Christ’s statues and religious celebrations. Both cities get quite crowded during this week, so better to book in advance.
Eternal enemy of our Glastonbury, the Coachella Valley music and arts festival runs for two weekends (11th – 13th and 18th-20th). Set in the fields of Indio, in Southern California, the festival is one of the most sought after music festivals as well as a hub for typical Californian population: from incognito Hollywood stars to tattoed hipsters and modern hippies. Tickets are obviously sold out and the line-up is outstanding, featuring artistst of the like of Pharrell Williams and Outkast. Large scale arts installations, art performances and restaurant pop-ups complete the atmosphere.
King’s day (ex Queen’s day)
For several years, people in the Netherlands and especially in Amsterdam, celebrated Queen Beatrix birthday in a particulary crazy way. The city was filled with crazy ravers, a free market throughout the city (anyone can sell anything they like), live music, dense crowds and lots of beer. Last year, after 33 years on the throne the queen announced her abdication. So this year the first King’s day (on 26th April) will be celebrated: let’s see if the party will be as crazy! More info on the event can be found here.
Beltane Fire Festival
Althoug it is not the most summery destination in the UK, this festival takes place in Edinburgh and celebrates the beginning of summer. The celebration is inspired by a Gaelic tradition, and the modern version consists of a procession that culminates with a performance and a huge bonfire. Organised by the Beltane Fire Society, all info are available here.