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Festival Coaches

Unless the venue for your favourite festival or sporting event is in your town, attending is likely to involve travelling an unusually long distance. Emissions generated by audience travel to music venues was estimated in 2008 to account for at least 43% of the music industry’s environmental impact, so it’s worth considering your options carefully.

Air
Almost any mode of transport is greener than flying, but if you absolutely have to, a non-stop flight is greener, and keeping your luggage light will use less fuel.
Rail
Any other communal form of transport is likely to be greener, so look at the options in each particular case. If you can use rail transport for the whole journey, that’s likely to be both greener and more comfortable, but don’t forget to consider any transport to and from railway stations. Big festivals like Glastonbury offer shuttle transport, but don’t rely on this without checking first.
Coach
Road transport has a greater impact, but communal forms of transport can reduce this, while also contributing to reducing traffic congestion by up to 25 cars per coach, so you’ll spend less time inhaling fumes. If you can do the whole journey on a coach with other festivalgoers, that’s often your best bet. Coach travel is between 4 to 6 times more environmentally friendly than taking a car, but also look for a company that makes a point of servicing your chosen event.
National Express runs coaches direct to most major UK concerts, festivals and sporting events. Happy Bus specialises in UK music events, particularly gigs.
Big Green Coach covers UK and European festivals and sporting events. Its green claims are based on a scheme of sponsoring Peruvian rainforest to offset their carbon emissions.
If you’re in Brighton, you can also consider The Big Lemon, a Community Interest Company running both local buses and festival transport on used cooking oil collected from local restaurants.
Car
Sometimes the location of the event, or your home, means you can only really contemplate travelling by car. If you have to do this, try to at least offer or find a lift share. Websites like Liftshare.com’s FestivalBudi  are a great idea if your own network of friends doesn’t turn up a potential sharer. This has personal safety implications, of course, so always make sure your first meeting is in a public place, don’t give out your address or other details until you’re sure, and let someone else know your plans. Anyone decent will understand if you decide not to travel with them after all.
Bike
Cycling to a festival is an increasingly popular option. The Green Gathering in Chepstow even offers an organised cycling option from Bristol this year – you can have your gear carried for you and get a £10 reduction on your ticket into the bargain.
Bon voyage!


camp bPeppermint are getting very excited about Camp Bestival, and with only a couple of weeks to go they’ve got even more amazing fun in store for kids of all ages at the greatest family show on earth… at a castle campsite by the sea. Adding a whole heap of audiophile treats, visuals feasts, gaming joy and sing-along merriment, this July 31st to August 3rd at Lulworth Castle in Dorset is going to be a rip-roarer!

We’re delighted to announce that Klipsch Audio presents Classic Album Sundays will be at Camp Bestival with another series of classic vinyl listening sessions in the stunning surrounds of Lulworth Castle’s St. Andrews Church. This year’s sessions include legendary producer Joe Boyd discussing Fairport Convention’s ‘Liege & Lief’ and Nick Drake’s ‘Five Leaves Left’. There will also be a Kids Session on Saturday morning with a drawing contest featuring The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’. Laura Mvula and Steve Mason will also be presenting a favourite album each.

We’re also super excited that the Skylanders will be returning to Camp Bestival. This time, festivalgoers will have the chance to be amongst the first in the UK to play new game Skylanders Trap Team™ before it hits the shops in October! One of the biggest hits of last year’s show, the newest instalment to the franchise will reverse the magic of bringing toys-to-life, letting players take characters out of the digital world and bringing them into the physical world. Amazing! Not only can gaming fans and families play the new game before it goes in store, the Skylanders arena at Camp Bestival will also be hosting a range of fun interactive Skylanders Trap Team related activities, too.

And following last year’s world record attempt we’re overjoyed that Disney will be back at Camp Bestival once again. Promoting their summer movie Planes 2: Fire & Rescue, they will be keeping kids entertained with their revamped fire truck, and fun activities for all the family.

There will be a whole host of bands for all the family to enjoy in the Big Top this year including the world renowned Royal Albert Hall presents Albert’s Travelling Circus Band featuring a colourful troupe of musicians with an exciting circus themed musical extravaganza. The Fabulous Lounge Swingers will be having a proper knees-up, in their own distinct style. Macamu who specialise in music for children will introduce children to a range of musical styles. Mrs H and Her Singalong Band is an Exmouth Market legend and a must-see for all the family. And Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure for Kids will be a dynamic world of funny sound effects, brilliant noises and cool music will make you smile, whether you’re aged one or 101.

From the creators of ‘Gorrid the Horrid’ and ‘The Pirate Adventure’ comes Al Start and the Beastie Band whose songs are catchier than chickenpox! And finally we have Bach to Baby, an innovative and critically acclaimed concert series for featuring world-class performances by musicians steeped in the classical tradition.

If you’re in pursuit of a little cultural downtime, then head to our Big Top Cinema Sessions each morning to catch a wide selection of family-friendly cinematic offerings. For the first time at Camp Bestival, we have invited short film experts Director’s Notes to curate a unique and varied daily family programme. Take a journey through the weird and wonderful world of bite-size cinema as we serve up screenings designed to entertain, enlighten and even educate an audience of all ages.

But that’s not all! Friday heralds the much talked about Project Wild Thing film, where you can discover why spending time in nature is currently at the top of our priorities list, and why we have dedicated a whole area to Wild Time at Camp Bestival 2014! On Saturday, catch a very special Camp Bestival pre-release screening of Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted. Join Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog and the gang as they take on the world in an exciting and hilarious new spy thriller. And on Sunday, kick back for an indulgent Wallace & Gromit triple bill, with our most loved Aardman duo.

We also have news of the Bigtopmania Kids Theatre & Circus in the Upper Kids Garden, which once again promises to be a totally full-on play experience brimming with activities, experiences, random entertainment and a full programme of theatre shows and crafts, where you can See, Play and Make Circus!

And finally, with just under a fortnight till show time, weekend tickets are about to sell out, so if you want to join our festi-holiday paradise you’re going to have to grab your tickets now, while you still can. Don’t miss out on the official Best Family Festival – head to Ticketline and get your tickets now!


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Glastonbury’s new compost loos- Western Daily Press

It’s not just about Metallica and Dolly – as well as a music festival with a worldwide reputation, Glastonbury is a flagship for all aspects of festival culture. This year Michael Eavis’s enduringly popular gathering of the festy clans achieved a world record to make environmentalists cheer – the largest number of compost loos ever provided at a single event.

Anyone who’s been to a festival knows the state of the toilets can dominate conversation more than the weather, especially if they’re bad, and portable loos are notorious. Being enclosed in a sun-heated plastic box with the necessary chemicals is unpleasant even when it’s clean, and most of us have at some time been confronted with one that’s blocked and over-full. The seasoned festival-goer will typically be found shadowing the cleaners hoping to nab a toilet they can bear the thought of sitting on.

Glastonbury has used portable loos for more than 20 years, but there were just 150 this year, and the uber-festival now sees them as “a thing of the past”. “Frankly they are not up to the job,” sanitation manager Jane Healy told the Independent recently. “They don’t work in our particular high-intensity environment, partly because the experience is so unpleasant that many people don’t want to touch the plastic, so they don’t flush.” Hence the rise of the “long drop” alternative, with cubicles open to circulating breezes. You could still find them from 500 yards with your eyes closed, but compared to the stench from a bank of overfilled portable loos, they’re positively pleasant, and at least offer the potential to spread the ‘muck’ on Worthy Farm land later.
Meanwhile, at the tiny festivals, many of us have found the compost loos on offer something of a revelation. In most cases the motivation for offering them rather than chemical toilets has been ideological, but with the addition of a little care and attention to detail (Buddhafield take a bow) they have often also proved more pleasant to use.

But compost loos have always been regarded as impractical for a 200,000-ticket event. Enter Aussie environmental scientist Hamish Skermer, who, with his company Natural Event, intends to establish the viability of compost loos as a large-scale solution. Hamish, who began by creating the compost toilets for Victoria’s festival of Folk Rhythm and Life, has been instrumental in converting several entire festivals, including establishing site-wide, permanent compost loos for 12000-capacity Rainbow Serpent, also in Victoria. Conquering the bigger UK scene was an obvious next step.

Natural Event facilities have already been seen at festivals including Sunrise and Sonisphere, and the pleasant, attractively decorated and distinctly non-stinky toilets, which use no chemicals, no water and no electricity in the disposal process, have previously visited Glastonbury on a smaller scale. This year there were more than 1,000 across 90 locations, including near the pyramid stage, along with 2,000 long-drops. The main difference from the long-drops is that rather than sloshing around in water and urine, the poo is separated and sprinkled with sawdust, instigating the composting process and stopping it smelling. Like the festival’s food waste and associated plates and cutlery, it then becomes a nutrient-rich soil treatment which is ready to use after a year.

Many of the modular cubicle loos are assembled and decorated on site, but Natural Event can also challenge the relative convenience of portable loos with a bank of 30 cubicles mounted on an articulated lorry, as well as male and female urinals to cut down those queues, and recycling and sustainability consultancy for the whole event.

So, have compost loos finally transcended their ascetic-hippy image and been recognised as a superior alternative? It would seem so. Glastowatch forum posts on the subject, while not completely starry-eyed, almost all feature the words “loved them” or “amazing”. “MandyPants”, typically, thought those she used on the way out “amazing, considering they’d had the whole festival to get really rank. Dry seat, lots of space and no stink. More of those please!” Much of this is of course dependent on good maintenance combined with user behaviour.  While early adopters are enthusiastic, some posters noticed evidence of destructive portable loo habits.  As “Lou’sOtherHalf” observed, “no amount of sawdust will protect a toilet seat from a hoverer who can’t aim!” But we think Hamish’s mission, to “Change the world from the bottom up” looks fair to succeed.

Have you used these or other compost toilets at festivals?  Let us know what you think.

 


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Matua Session’s Stage- Peppermint

Peppermint were at Love Supreme last weekend, a delightful 3 day Jazz festival in Sussex full of artists from the four corners of the world of Jazz; from Funk to Soul and  Blues to Fusion. Peppermint were involved in the activation of the Matua Sessions- an area dedicated to the Matua wine brand which had its own stage in an intimate secluded area. The sun shone throughout the weekend, and the Matua Sessions stage was the place to be with an eclectic array of bands, comfortable seating areas and the perfect place to enjoy with a glass of chilled Matua Wine.

Fantastic acts were playing at the Matua session stage, as well as the Jazz FM discovery competition winners ‘Mimika’ who played Saturday evening as well as opening the Arena stage in the morning. They’ve named their unique genre Balkan Space Jazz which consists of an energetic 15 piece orchestra who create exotic and urban grooves, elaborate stories with the sophistication of jazz!

After the successful weekend, Peppermint are looking forward to taking the Matua Sessions to Camp Bestival and Bestival in a few weeks time where the Festival First competition winners ‘Our Mother‘ will be playing. A delightful blend of indie and alt-pop will fill the area along side the newly announced   Paper Boats - the final competition winners. They are a new British band who describe their music as ‘Dreampop’ which will slot into the happy summery festival vibe perfectly at the Matua Session Stage.

Come join Peppermint at Bestival & Camp Bestival to enjoy the Matua Sessions as well as all the other fantastic bands playing. Tickets are still available, see you there!

  

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Sipping Pimms, eating strawberries and cream courtside and watching the worlds best tennis players showing off their skills, what better way to spend a sunny British afternoon? Throw in some cucumber sandwiches and cups of tea and you have the epitome of the English stereotype.

This summer was Wimbledon’s 137th year and it still proved to be as popular as ever with people young and old. Fans and budding tennis players lined the streets around the famous courts from as early as 5am, vying for the best seats in the courts. With pro’s from around the world, who could blame people for wanting the best view. Supporters came from across the globe to cheer on their country’s players and become part of one of the best known tennis events in the world.

For two weeks a year England becomes tennis mad, with play taking over much of the BBC television and SW19 becoming the hub of the world’s tennis scene. Even those who are not regular tennis followers struggle to avoid the excitement and coverage that comes with the event.

With the tournament drawing to an end on Sunday, thousands of people tuned in to their televisions, watched online or got themselves down to the courts to see Novak Djokovic go head to head with Roger Federer in a tense finale. The crowd included some well known faces with celebrities arriving to witness the much anticipated final. Even the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and showbiz royalty, the Beckham’s came out to show their support in the final match of this years event. Kate and Wills watched from the Royal Box, their excitement evident across their faces.

Serbian Djokovic smashed his way to victory, becoming the world’s number one and left Swiss Federer in second place after a tense and emotive match. Two great players on the courts, but Djokovic managed to edge ahead and take the title. Scotland’s Murray had crashed out of the tournament earlier in the week after losing out to Grigor Dimitrov , dashing Britain’s hopes of a Wimbledon trophy.

The tennis tournament offered more than just the tennis being played. One of England’s best known sporting events had something to offer everyone, from the on court tennis to restaurants, bars and even a museum with a full guide to tennis history, and medals and trophies on display. Open year-round to the public, ticket holders get exclusive access over the Wimbledon event period.

Now that Wimbledon is over, England’s tennis hysteria has died down. The courts go back to their usual use, giving some lucky tennis players a place to practice and enjoy the game outside of competitions. SW19 is no longer bustling with fans from around the world. And for the players themselves? Some much needed relaxation, before training begins once again. For the most committed fans out there, countdown to Wimbledon 2015 has already begun.

Article written by Millie Hamnett


beer festThis July there are plenty of cultural events to enjoy this summer outside of London, starting with celebrating the 4th July with an American Beer Festival in Manchester. Theodor Roosevelt is, to some, the defining American president – a bear-wrestling, trust-busting all-action answer to today’s effete career politician, with their chauffeur-driven cars and legions of bodyguards stopping them from so much as sneezing.

Incredible, then, that the popular corporate American beers so often rejects this bold, pioneering spirit, going instead for a broadly unpleasant invisibility. Budweiser tastes like a child might imagine a beer tastes; Coors feels like being punched in the face by a ghost. PBR, despite it’s ’08 hipster pretensions, is what happens to the water when somebody accidentally sits in a bath for too long.

The times, though, they are a changing. As part of it’s American Beer Festival, (running until July 6th) Manchester’s Port Street Beer House is welcoming a delightful selection of beers to our shores from a selection of craft brewers with an increasing pull. The popular Brooklyn Brewery, Sierra Nevada and Flying Dog will get a showing, as will the less-commonly-known Uncommon and Heretic, among many, many more. Particular suggestions: the wonderfully-named Hipster Ale from Evil Twin Brewing (a Danish-American collaboration) and old favourite Brooklyn Lager, which if you haven’t tried already you really ought to.

I’m not sure this resurgence in American brewing can be put down to a single factor, but surely it’s no coincidence that the quality of both their football and their beer has improved immeasurably since the re-emergence of old Teddy - in a bit of a different guise. Happy 4th July, y’all!

In other News from the North, Liverpool is hosting it’s bi-annual Biennial, curated by Mai Abu ElDahab and Anthony Huberman. As well as the usual selections of terminally hip contributions from international artists (of note: American Sharon Lockhart’s documentary photography of childhood in Poland at FACT), the curatorial team are also bringing a selection of paintings from the Tate Collection to Tate Liverpool for the first time. Famous names like David Hockney, Francis Bacon, RB Kitaj, and Andy Warhol, among others, are having works displayed in Albert Dock. Domesticity is the theme – “what if everything about a home was filtered through an artist’s vision?”

(Here’s hoping my kettle isn’t a Dali. I could murder a cuppa and to have steaming water leak out of the plug socket wouldn’t do much good.)

Over in Leeds, Yorkshire pride at hosting Le Grande Departe couldn’t have spirits any higher. The Tour de France kicks off on Saturday, with East Street Arts putting on a pedal-powered parade of talent. Tour de Sausage Sarnies, screening of the world’s premier cycling event, and dancing until the early hours, all accompanied by some of the most exciting names in the Yorkshire art scene and powered by a couple of blokes on a generator attached to a bicycle.

Are you planning on going to any of these events? Let us know how they go!

Article Written by Dominic White


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The Guardian- Outdoor Cinema caption

A familiar favourite movie or a thought-provoking music documentary is essential to any festival experience, but you don’t have to leave London to enjoy the cinema under the stars. In fact, there’s an almost overwhelming range of options available this summer. Here are just a few particularly intriguing ones.

Film 4 Summer Screen at Somerset House

The highly-respected open air film festival at historic Somerset House will host UK premiers of Two Days, One Night starring Marion Cotillard, New Zealand vampire shocker What We Do in the Shadows, Nick Cave documentary 20,000 Days on Earth and Best Foreign Language Oscar and BAFTA winner The Great Beauty.
To mark the festival’s tenth anniversary organisers put one slot out to public vote, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial will be screened as a result. Other highlights include classics like Rosemary’s Baby, A Fistful of Dollars and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, plus favourites Mad Max 2, Sense and Sensibility, and Annie Hall.
DJs play in the atmospheric courtyard before each state-of-the-art, surround-sound screening, with talks from directors, actors and industry insiders providing extra insights and workshops and family fun completing the celebrations.

Somerset House, The Strand, WC2R 1LA
7-20 August 2014
Single films £16.00, double bills £20.00, premieres £24.00 (+ booking fees)

 

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In summer the roof of four-storey former factory The Print House becomes a laid-back open air cafe with bright chairs on artificial turf and DJs or gigs most nights. Each Tuesday evening they drag out huge mattresses and batik sheets to create an outdoor ‘bedroom’ where members can sprawl with frozen margaritas, cocktails or hot cider in front of a free movie and short film. Pop-up food options often enhance the experience.

Entrance is free to members, and last year they added suspense by emailing out the title only on the night. This year they’re publicising a week or two in advance so you can fit a quirky al-fresco movie experience into your hectic social calendar.

They’re starting July with a preview of The 100 year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared on Tuesday 1st. They’re also promising “film x dance nights” featuring opportunities to “jive like Vincent and Mia or strut like Danny and Sandy”. Sign up for alerts or watch their website.

18 Ashwin Street, E8 3DL
Summer Tuesday evenings
£5 annual membership. Some free events are ticketed

 

Nomad Cinema

Those film fanatics at the Lexi in Kensal Rise each summer use an inspiring range of beautiful, curious or peculiar venues across London and beyond to create unique festival celebrations of a range of movies.
On offer in July are Grosvenor Square ‘silent’ screenings (with wi-fi headsets), as part of Grosvenor’s Summer in the Square festival, of Goldfinger, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Top Gun and When Harry Met Sally.
In August you can lose yourself in The Never Ending Story at the Secret Garden in Bloomsbury’s Coram’s Fields, dream with Romeo and Juliet in the romantic, elegant gardens of the Elizabethan Middle Temple Inn of Court, be transported by Labyrinth in medieval Bushy Park and watch Dirty Dancing in the lush, secluded gardens of Fulham Palace.
September’s venues will include Brompton Cemetery and Hyde Park Lido.

Various venues and dates
Prices vary from £7-25, with concessions and optional add-ons available

If you have any other suggestions, please feel free to comment below.


Matua Sessions_CMYKThis summer Peppermint are activating the Matua Wine brand in the UK festival world by creating an experiential area at Camp Bestival and Bestival.  A Matua Sessions stage which has been curated by Rob da Bank, and a competition was held to find the best new music talent to perform. It has already had its inaugural outing at Love Supreme Jazz Festival in Sussex, next stop Camp B.

The Bestival crew had mountains of music to sift through but their final choice was inspired. Our Mother, a spanking new four-piece band from north London, make spectacular, sky-skimming, sensual alt-pop.  They sound like nobody else right now, but would probably not be too insulted to be bracketed in the same company as Talk Talk, Sigur Rós and Brian Eno.

How do they feel to have won the Matua Festival First competition and what does this opportunity mean to them? “It’s amazing. Our Mother was going to Bestival as fans a couple of years ago so it’s a pleasure to be on the other side.”

Peppermint at Matua Sessions

Peppermint at Matua Sessions

But Our Mother aren’t the only lucky ones to play at the stage at Bestival and Camp Bestival there are still five other acts battling for the final spot on the Matua Sessions stage, and you can have your say on who plays. Visit the Matua Facebook page to listen to a track each from Paper Boats, Dan Bettridge, Sinah, Mannequins on 7th Street and Febueder and vote for which of these acts you think deserves the mic and the spotlight on the Matua Sessions stage at Bestival and Camp Bestival.

It’s your chance to play booking agent for a day and to recommend who you think should have a chance to play at the coolest music festivals in the UK. With one more slot on the stage still up for grabs, and five bands vying for the honour, your vote could give an emerging act their festival first – and with a little help from pioneering winery Matua – give them their big break.


The-Natural-History-MuseumFor the museum lovers amongst us, London is a real treat boasting hundreds of museums and galleries, both at a small cost and free of charge to enter. Whether you are fascinated by history, science or the arts, there is something for everyone, offering up a refined and cultural day out in the bustling capital. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, aided by the rich historic background, the infamous monarchy and diverse selection of attractions. If you are pushed for time because you’re only visiting London for a few days or you’re a local planning a jam-packed day of gallery hopping then you’ll need to know the best way of getting round as many museums in one go as possible! Read on to find out how to go on a whistle-stop tour of London’s best museums…

Most of the museums are conveniently placed alongside the Thames so it’s easiest to start in the West and work your way along the river to the East. Many of the major museums are situated in clusters making it easy to get through two or three at once.

Start off at South Kensington by discovering the ancient artefacts in The Natural History Museum, before moving onto The Science Museum to give your brain a workout then head to the V&A which is just a short walk away.

Take the tube to Russell Square for the Charles Dickens Museum to learn about one of Britons most celebrated authors. From here you can walk to the British Museum – its imposing architectural design is as much to be admired as the fascinating exhibitions inside. Hop back on the tube to St Paul’s for the Museum of London, this urban museum showcases the history of the capital. Whilst you’re in the area, check out the latest art exhibitions at The Tate Modern just over the other side of the millennium bridge.

Find out about Britain’s royal history by visiting The Queen’s residence, Buckingham Palace. Once you’ve gawped at the ornate rooms, royal collections and treasures, you could even stop for a bite to eat in the outdoor tea room that looks out onto the palace’s beautiful garden.

Finally, end the day in the east of London at the Design Museum located near Tower Bridge, this is one of the best museums in the world that is devoted to contemporary and innovative design.

Invest in an Oyster card, which you can top up at any Underground station and use to get from A to B in the quickest and most cost effective way. You can also use Oyster on the buses and over ground lines.

If you have any suggestions on some great museums to visit in London, please leave some comments below.

 


With the popularity of live music at an all-time high, the price of some major festivals and concerts can burn a massive hole in your pocket – and that’s before you’ve even covered the cost of travel and what you will consume at the venue.

GigsThe biggest festivals here in the UK such as Glastonbury, V festival and Wireless have tickets selling for hundreds of pounds and feature the biggest headlining acts but could you have just as much fun with your mates at a smaller and, more importantly, FREE gig? Good music, chilled summer vibes and boozy weekends amongst friends needn’t cost the earth – read on to discover what free gigs Peppermint has found to get you geared up for this festival season…

The Old Blue Last, found in Uber-cool Shoreditch, has live music almost every day of the week and is usually completely free to enter. Forward-thinking bands and live DJ sets make for an eclectic mix with something for all music tastes in this east London venue. One for music lovers to keep an eye on as they often host secret shows by some of the biggest names in music today. Previous musical legends to grace its stage include the late Amy Winehouse, Arctic Monkeys and Disclosure to name just a few.

The Brasserie Toulouse-Lautrec, a refurbished traditional English pub in Elephant and Castle, run by two brothers, is host to music every night of the week in the piano bar. The line-up mainly consists of jazz and is mostly free (or a small fee) to enter. As well as the funky jams the Brasserie also serves traditional French dishes at a very affordable price. If you fancy going here check out their website to book your place online and avoid disappointment!

Nothing screams summer more than the sound of relaxed reggae music and the soulful singers who play ‘till the early hours at Hootananny Brixton. The award winning live music venue also serves up a variety of exotic food including Mexican favourites, pizza and jerk chicken. Hootananny hosts many free nights as well as few that cost a mere few pounds entry which are well worth paying out for.

Can you think of any more free gigs to attend around your area? Feel free to leave comments and suggestions below.