Category Archives: Festivals

Festivals: Field Day. 6/10.

Field Day has become a symbol of thoughtful, interesting and unique music showcased in the festival environment, one which is fast becoming less and less interesting in the now packed summer season. Doesn’t help a festival’s cause when these artists can’t actually be seen by most of their fans.

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Festivals: The Big Chill. 8/10.

With the ever more saturated festival season well and truly underway, it was The Big Chill’s turn to prove they were worthy to stake their claim on music fans from around the country. With The Chemical Brothers, Kanye West and Rodrigo y Gabriela as headliners, and a wide spread of artists from the most mainstream to indie favourites, we were sure the weekend would impress.

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Summer Sundae Weekender Preview.

We’re back in Leicester this year for our second Summer Sundae Weekender Festival – The festival that’s been so generously placed on one of the world’s biggest festivals family tree, named ‘Glastonbury’s Grandson’. The festival itself has been highlighted for its diverse range in offerings, having already been dubbed as ‘the festival where there’s something for everybody’ – Convenient ey?

The line up this year is as good as it’s ever been securing some great bookings, such as The Maccabee’s, who are only scheduled to play just two UK festivals this summer. Amongst the unique line up are: Graham Coxon, I Am Kloot, Bellowhead and The Antlers to name a few. Also this year there is not only a three day weekend full of fantastic music across five stages, Summer Sundae are pleased to announce there will be an after party where Example will be DJing through the night.

Here’s a few of our ‘must see’ acts that are playing this weekend:

Givers [Main Stage 17:00//Friday] – 
Louisiana’s very own journey to England to cause a stir with their joyous yet impeccably catchy tunes, boasting their recent infectious album ‘in Light’, on the way. If you’re at all upset that Vampire WeekendMystery Jets or even The Flaming Lips aren’t playing at this festival then this band is your replacement.

The Maccabees [Main Stage 21:30//Friday] – Having recently stated their latest work on their third album (that’s due out early 2012) sounds ‘a little too LL Cool J’, there’ll be no surprise if a mass of eager Maccabee’s fans arrive for their slot on the main stage on Saturday, to hear their latest musical direction. Thread these new songs in amidst a hit abiding set-list, Maccabee’s will inevitably deliver some top class entertainment.

Delta Maid [The Musician Stage 13:30//Sunday] –
Summer Sundae’s comforting setting seems the ideal environment for Delta Maid. It’s here where she will no doubt feel at home when sharing her beautifully crafted songs to what can only be an appreciative audience.

The Antlers [DID Indoor Stage 14:30//Sunday]– A combination of their two fantastically emotional albums will undoubtedly generate a special atmosphere this weekend. Make sure you catch these guys to check their alternative stance on their music with their live show.

Dry The River [Last FM Stage 19:45//Sunday] – DTR will be stopping off in Leicester on Sunday between their hectic festival schedule to deliver some of the year’s best new indie-folk music around. Single’s such as ‘New Ceremony’ and ‘No Rest’ have already gained massive acclaim this year, as well as personal favourite ‘Bible Belt’; which will be received in all arms by DTR diehards. Be sure to catch them headline Last.FM Stage later Sunday night.

From Richard

Sucking Lemons

Relentless Energy Drink Boardmasters Festival in association with Vans Preview.

This weekend sees in the 30th anniversary of Relentless Energy Drink Boardmasters Festival in association with Vans. This fresh West Country festival offers a combination of surf, skate,  and BMX competitions with an impressive music line up all set in the beautiful backdrop of Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay of Newquay, Cornwall. With the surf competition being upgraded to APS 6* this year and weekend camping tickets still a steel at £85, you should contemplate a last minute impulse buy:

The surf competition is already underway and the first of the intimate ‘beach session’ gigs kicks off tonight, but we’re heading down tomorrow to ease ourselves into the weekend with performances from the transformed Charlie Simpson and big folk numbers of Newton Faulkner.

Friday afternoon is when we see the seven other stages come to life. Here are our ‘must see’s’ for the weekend:

Bombay Bicycle Club

These indie boys from London are going from strength to strength with their highly anticipated third album A Different Kind of Fix being exclusively aired at their live performances until it’s release on August 29th. Jack Steadman’s vocals will be sailing down Watergate Bay from 19:45 Friday evening.


This band have exploded out of Eastbourne over the last few months, supporting the likes of Ghospoet at KOKO London as well as making the Bestival lineup in early September.  This being said it’s hard to believe they are still unsigned. Maybe it’s because they are just as aloof as WU LYF, or maybe the energy of their percussionist just can’t be tamed, either way we’ll be heading to main stage Friday night.


This band pretty much invented the term ‘nu rave’ and after their second album Surfing the void wasn’t letting anyone down in a hurry their live shows are never short of material.  I fell in love with this band ever since they used the ‘DJ’ function in ‘Atlantis to Interzone’, but since then it’s just got stronger. Expect an electric performance as these boys wrap up Friday night on main stage.

Ben Howard

This West Country singer songwriter should feel at home at this festival with his love for surfing and support for the ‘surfers against sewage’ campaign which will be playing it’s part in keeping the beach clean throughout the weekend.  As well as this, his following in the folk scene is snowballing. His quirky, Newton Faulkner-esque style of playing guitar is mesmerizing, let alone the sounds that accompany it. Be sure to check him out on Saturday afternoon.

Maverick Sabre

I think it’s fair to say this mans single ‘let me go’ is big, taking the UK hip hop scene by storm. For the dub-heads out there you may recognise his eerie vocals that featured on Professor Green’s ‘Jungle’, but with such a voice it won’t be long before this guy is a household name. Don’t miss him kicking off mainstage Saturday afternoon.

Fatboy Slim

Saturday – 21.15 main stage… Enough said

Andy Waterhouse

Sucking Lemons

The Big Chill Preview.

We’re heading to Big Chill festival this weekend, so to whet your appetite, here’s a run through of the must see’s and why we think you’d be crazy to be anywhere but directly in front of the stage they play on at Eastnor Castle over the three days…

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Festivals: Latitude. 8/10.

Once again Latitude Festival has proved itself to be one of the highlights of the summers events calendar. We’ve selected our fifteen favourite acts of the weekend.

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Festival Review: Heineken Open’er 2011 part 1. 9/10.

The tenth anniversairy of Heineken Open’er festival attracted us overseas for the first time, and with the sun shining on arrival, cheap beer, and its more than impressive line up, it was set to be an entertaining four days.

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Festival Preview: Heineken Open’er.

We will be travelling abroad for our very first European festival later this month in Poland, for one of Europe’s finest, Heineken Open’er.

This year finds Heineken Open’er in its tenth year which has initiated several additions and adaptations to celebrate its ten successful years in business. There will now be access to wi-fi at four separate points at the festival; the wi fi is in range of fourty five meters from the point. There is also a new mobile application which allows you to monitor bands that you are wanting to see as well as basic things such as finding your tent on your phone. This application is available to download from one of the four wi-fi meeting points. Also in addition you will now find a signing tent to meet your favourite bands as well as the popular silent disco.

We’ve hand picked some of the best acts around who are sure to deliver a mesmeric performance in Poland this summer.

Coldplay [Main Stage – 22:00//Thursday] – One of the biggest acts there amongst the likes of Prince and The Strokes, Coldplay will be trying to match their epic performance at Glastonbury, delivering new tracks along the way. Expect fireworks, confetti, lasers and a very colourful display from the off from arguably the best band in the world.

Caribou [Tent Stage 01:00//Thursday] – Also known as Dan Snaith –  He plays pretty much every instrument under the sun, and if previous gigs are anything to go by, expect a double up on the drums creating a barricade of rhythmic madness, amongst other instrument switches between band members. Musically Caribou are masterful, both in the studio and live. Well worth a visit.

Chapel Club [Tent Stage 01:00//Saturday] – Massive hype was generated for Chapel Club in 2010 which eventually sprung a tantalising debut album that was ‘Palace’. Be prepared for mesmerising poetry from front man Lewis Bowman which will be at the heart of the magical atmosphere that they are sure to deliver.

James Blake [Tent Stage 21:00//Sunday] – Music’s latest pioneer going where no band has ever gone before. Its with this lad that you will find some of the most melancholic melodies sang pitch perfect, layered with dashing synths and the remains of a long lost beat. Let’s hope James Blake delivers as per.

The Strokes – [Main Stage 22:00//Sunday] With four albums to their name including ‘Is This It’, one of the best records of the decade, The Strokes are back after a fruitful reunion last year. Their most recent work, ‘Angles’ will be at the forefront of their set list as they hit the summer scene headlining the main stage on Sunday at Opener.

Foals [Main Stage 00:00//Friday] – Probably one of the best acts around who still get shoved under a tent at festivals. Yannis and co will sail through their bit hitters such as ‘Cassius’, ‘Balloons’, and ‘Spanish Sahara in a set that never falls short of expectations.

From Richard

Sucking Lemons

Festivals: Rockness Preview.

Rockness, or as it has been christened by it’s organisers ‘the most beautiful festival in the world’ returns for a sixth year on the banks on Loch Ness on the 10th, 11th and 12th of June. While I’ve not been to every festival in the world to compare it to, I can safely say that very few can compare to Rockness in terms of pure jaw dropping, scenic beauty. However a gorgeous Loch means very little if the festival does not have the music to go with it. Fortunately Rockness has again delivered an eclectic and exciting line up, full of international renowned dj’s and bands.

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Festival Preview: Dot To Dot//Nottingham.

Dot to Dot festival will be stationed at Bristol, Nottingham and Manchester this weekend and as we will be in attendance at the Nottingham leg we have hand-picked a few  of the ‘must see’ bands for you.

Various Cruelties (The Bodega: 18:00 – 18:30) – A fresh outfit with intrusively melodic tracks boasting simplistic bass lines and vocals that are seamlessly easy on the ear.

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Guillemots  (Rescue rooms: 22:30 – 23:30) – No secrets about this band. Guillemots have re-surfaced with a third album that’s seen them gain the attention and credit that saw them hit the scene in the first place. They’ll no doubt be playing tracks off their newest and possibly even their best work yet Walk the River, alongside old favourites ‘Made up Love Song #43’ and ‘Trains to Brazil’.

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Braids (Trent main room: 17.00 – 17.30) – Having seen this band only recently playing a superb support slot for The Antlers there’s no denying that an epic live show will be delivered. An amalgamation of synths and silk harmonies will be at the heart of constructing and eclectic atmosphere when Braids take to the stage.

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Benjamin Francis Leftwich
 (Trent main room: 18:00 – 18:30) – Benjamin Francis Leftwich will be there to offer his acoustic talents that seem so effortlessly matched to his soothing vocals that have been at the forefront of attracting so much attention this year. Already being compared to some of the greats such as Ryan Adams, BFL will surely be a relaxing alternate to the majority of the music at the festival.

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Trophy Wife (Stealth live room: 21:30 – 22:00) – Casual pals with Foals, which their music has been so eagerly compared to of late. Trophy Wife describe themselves as ‘ambitionless office disco’, and why not?! But having seen this Oxford three piece recently, there’s no doubt a captivating show ahead.

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Fixers (The Bodega: 23:00 – 23:30) – Be sure to expect some delightful dream pop when in attendance to Fixers gig. They’ve already had big attention from radio one as having their sound compared continuously to Animal Collective (one song in particular, ‘Iron Deer Dream’).

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Cults (The Bodega: 00:00 – 00:30) – Having already cracked out a stunning debut album, and some serious blog attention this year Cults will no doubt deliver an electric live show with their suitably late stage time.

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From Richard.

Sucking Lemons.