It’s nearly spring and we at Peppermint are already looking forward to another season of musical fun in the sunny outdoors. With several major European festivals having announced acts for 2015, we thought we’d take a look at some of the bigger names already on offer for this summer.
Holland’s Best Kept Secret
No, that’s the name of the event. This coastal weekend greenfield festival near Tilburg offers access to a forest and a beach, while a nearby bungalow park means you only have to take the tent if you really love camping. Already on the incomplete new-music-obsessed bill for its third outing are Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Libertines, Alt-J, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Death Cab for Cutie and Royal Blood, among many many more. We’re thinking they may have to change that name soon!
Beekse Bergen, Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands
Tickets, at €147.50 euros with camping, €125 without, or €69 day passes, from Eventim
Reading & Leeds
The UK’s twin August Bank Holiday shindig is also all about the music, so any announcement from Melvyn Benn is bound to cause jubilation. Anyone who witnessed their storming set on the second stage in 2010 will already be dancing a jig at the prospect of Mumford & Sons as 2015’s main stage headliners. Metallica, Jamie T, Royal Blood, Bastille and Deadmau5 have also been confirmed, but expect many more big names to follow.
Little Johns Farm, Richfield Avenue, Reading and Bramham Park, Leeds.
Weekend camping tickets at £205+ booking fee already available from SeeTickets
Festival No 6
The chin-stroking aficionados who choose this late season boutique event in and around the intriguing Welsh island village of Portmeirion were delighted to learn that Grace Jones and Belle & Sebastian will be headlining this year’s gathering of the discerning and adventurous. Also already on the bill are Young Fathers, Kate Tempest and Ghostpoet plus DJs Andrew Weatherall and Justin Robertson, with plenty more still to be announced.
Thursday 3-6 September
Four-night early bird camping tickets are currently available at £170 from the festival site
If you fancy sampling the greenfield festival vibe before you commit to a weekend’s camping, why not check out one of The Forestry Commission’s annual programme of gigs? Each staged in a beautiful forest clearing, discrete gigs already announced for 2015 include Robert Plant & Sensational Space Shifters, James, The Script and Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott. Paloma Faith and Tom Odell will each play all seven venues. Look out for further bookings to suit all musical tastes.
Various dates between 19 June and 12 July, in forests across seven English counties
Tickets, at various prices, are currently available from the event’s website.
Who can’t you wait to see live in a field this summer?