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Welcome to our 2012 Summer Festival microsite, which is 100% dedicated to the joys of the UK summer festival calendar. We’ve designed this with you in mind to help make sure you’ve got enough info to decide which is the best festival or open air concert for you.

Whoever you are dying to see live, whatever your budget, wherever you live, whoever you want to go with there’s a festival for you! So take a look at what’s in store and imagine the sun, the music and the memories waiting to happen...

Festival Organiser: James Scarlett of 2000trees & ArcTanGent Festivals

Festival Organiser : James Scarlett of 2000trees & ArcTanGent Festivals

Ever wanted to know what it is like to be a festival organiser? How do they book the bands? How do they arrange the order?  We caught up with James Scarlett from 2000trees and ArcTanGent and asked him just that:

Q) Hi James, 2000trees is less than a month away how are the preparations going?

A) It’s going great I think! The site is looking so beautiful in the sunshine and it feels like we’re pretty much where we need to be in terms of preparation. We’ve been doing this for 7 years now so I think we must be starting to get good at it – ha!

The next few weeks will be sent on the farm painting signs, putting up fencing and building straw bale urinals – all the glamorous stuff that no one else sees!

Q) This year you are putting on a second festival, ArcTangent – are you mad? 

A) We are most definitely mad. It’s going to be a crazy summer but I love my job - I get to book 150 of my favourite bands so what’s not to like? I always say that it’s a bit like playing “Fantasy Festivals” for most of the year – we sit at our computers thinking about what we’d want at our perfect festival and then try to put it into practise. Easy!

Q) What is the vibe at both festivals?

A) The thing that both festivals have in common is that we focus on quality in all aspects whether that be amazing, local food & drink or nice toilets or amazing bands or a beautiful farm location. We are very detail focussed and try to make sure that we give people the best experience we possibly can. We limit the capacities to 4,000 so the vibe ends up being very friendly – people at our festivals just seem to be so nice!

The festivals start to differ in vibe when you look at the music.

2000trees is a combination of lots of different types of guitar music whether that be folk (Frank Turner, Stornoway), rock (We Are the Ocean, Funeral for a Friend) or indie (Mystery Jets, King Charles) we offer something for all tastes. There are 90 bands and 4 stages so there is always something to see that you’ll like.

ArcTanGent on the other hand is much more focussed in its music style – we’ve gone for lots of post-rock and math-rock bands and the reaction to the line up has been incredible. There are people travelling from all over Europe and we’ve never had that at 2000trees! The line up include F*** Buttons, 65daysofstatic, Future of the Left, Tall Ships and about 65 others. It’s going to great!

Q) When does the preparation start for organising each festival, do you get any time off or is it as soon as one finishes you are planning the next?

A)The prep starts as soon as the last one finishes! We do get time off but it’s not necessarily straight after the festival. For most of the year, all I need is my laptop so I can quite easily be working from a beachside bar in Barbados, which is my plan for the end of 2013!

Q) How do you go about booking the bands and ordering the line up?

A) It’s a big job booking 150 bands across two festivals but music is my passion and I spend all year immersing myself in music through magazines and friends recommendations. I just book what I like and other people seem to like it too. As for ordering the bands on the line up, I just put them where I see them fitting although this doesn’t always go down well with the booking agents!

Q) Who would be your dream headliner?

A) Easy question… the Mars Volta.

Q) 2000trees is great at picking up underground British artists, Bombay Bicycle Club and Twin Atlantic have both played the festival in previous years – who do you think will explode this year?

A) Yep, we’ve had some bands blow up over the years which is great. Not least Frank Turner who played in our first year in 2007 and has now gone on to headline Wembley Arena. My tips for this year are Jim Lockey & the Solemn Sun, the Family Rain, Childhood, Empress and the Physics House Band. All amazing up and coming bands.

Q) What is your craziest festival story?

A) Well I went to Download last week and Rammstein live is literally the most unbelievable thing I’ve ever seen. If that’s not what you are looking for then I’ve seen a full porta-loo pushed over at Reading. The door was face down and someone was stuck inside. Pretty sure that qualifies as crazy.

Q) And finally what is your one stand out festival moment? 

A) The Mars Volta at Reading in 2003 I think. They were the best thing I’d ever seen and it really opened my eyes to more progressive music – in some ways the genesis of ArcTanGent started that day. There are too many great memories at 2000trees to mention just one – it’s those pinch yourself moments where you are standing up on the main stage watching 3,000 people enjoying themselves and thinking “I can’t believe me and my friends did this!”

What, Who, When, Where and How much?


Who: Frank Turner and Mystery Jets.
Also confirmed are Jim Lockey & the Solemn Sun, This Town Needs Guns, That Fucking Tank, Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo, Hold Your Horse Is, Oxygen Thief, The All New Adventures Of Us, 20p & A Packet Of Crisps, Crowns, King Charles, Stornoway, Funeral for a Friend, And So I Watch You From Afar, We Are The Ocean, InMe, Wet Nuns, Stagecoach, Gunning for Tamar, The Crimea, Rat Attack, Andy Oliveri, The Arteries, Axes, Black Art, Bermuda Ern, Cauls, The Cadbury Sisters, Casimir, Velcro Hooks, Hot Feet, Adebisi Shank, Stealing Sheep, Nine Black Alps, Fight Like Apes, HildaMay, and many more.

When: 11 - 13 July

Where: Upcote Farm, Gloucestershire

Ticket Price - Weekend £77.50
Weekend + Early Entry £93.50

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Who: F*** Buttons and 65 Days of Static

Also confirmed are Future of the Left, And So I Watch You From Afar, Rolo Tomassi, Three Trapped Tigers, Maybeshewill, Islet, Zun Zun Egui, TTNG, Yndi Halda, Vessels, Blacklisters, The Pirate Ship Quintet, The Naturals and Anta!

When: 29 – 31 Aug

Where: Fernhill Farm, Bristol

Ticket Price - Weekend Camping £63.72
Early Entry Weekend Camping £74.52
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Leeds Festival Playlist

New Season - We're Back


Festival New 2013


The weather is looking like its finally changing for the better and some sources are even reporting we are due a heat wave.


We thought that this is a perfect time to launch our new shiny Festivals site for the 2013 season.


We are a one stop Festival shop offering Information, News, Games and Guides for all of your Festival needs.


We have a new 'Outdoor Event' section that offers information for all of those that love a good gig in the fresh air but don't want to camp (or the mud).


First time festival goer? Or just want some handy tips, take a look at our 'Festival Guide' section for festival do's and don'ts.


So whether it is Rock, Pop, Dance, R'n'B, Indie or Metal we certainly have a Festival for everyone.


We will be eclusive competetions, providing NEWS stories, announcements and all things fun from the world of festivals.


Wwhy not sign up to our Facebook & Twitter pages to get all the news first.




Hop Farm Music Festival Announces Final Acts

The Hop Farm Music Festival has released the final acts to be gracing the stages with headliners BOB DYLAN (UK exclusive), PETER GABRIEL AND THE NEW BLOOD ORCHESTRA (UK exclusive) and SUEDE (UK festival exclusive).



They include acoustic singer songwriter JOSE GONZALEZ, british alt rockers ATHLETE, NITIN SAWHNEY, TAJ MAHAL and Barclaycard Mercury Prize nominated I AM KLOOT.






The three-day independent festival maintains its NO SPONSORSHIP, NO BRANDING ethos. The Hop Farm will be sticking to the winning formula of programming legendary artists with contemporary acts with one of the summer's most affordable festival tickets.


Vince Power said: "I'm very happy to finalise this year's bill. We have yet again put together a unique set of acts you're not going to see repeated everywhere else. That's what music fans look for - a well thought out bill which is the best value festival this year at £162 for 3 days with 4 days camping with no added extras."


You can grab your tickets to Hop Farm Festival HERE


Take your family with you!!

Festivals are a permanent part of the summer now, and there is no excuse not to make them a family occasion! Festivals now have lots options for families so you never have to miss out on your favourite bands.... Check out our selection of festivals here:



Latitude Festival


Family camping at Latitude has dedicated toilets, showers, washing up facilities and water points as well as the Little Latitude Tuck Shop selling essential items for you as well as a food trader. There will also be a Property Storage facility inside Family camping. These great features mean you can always have a great time with any little ones you want to take with you!


Line up: Bon Iver, Elbow, Paul Weller & more




The Original Cornbury Festival


Cornbury festival offers a great solution for those with family needs, the 'Quieter Camping' field for those of you who would prefer not to be disturbed by the campsite entertainment, or who have young children.  Perfect for those wanting to have a more relaxed festival! Plus they have the Children's Zone with kids yoga, storytelling, facepainting, sand art and loads more!


Line up: James Morrison, Elvis Costello, Jools Holland & More




Download Festival


You may think Download is no place for children and families, but you'd be wrong! You get "The full Download experience, but in the more peaceful part of the campsite". In the 'quiet' or 'family' camping fields, you'll also have free reign in The Arena, where you will have access to all the music on offer across all stages.


Line up: The Prodigy, Metallica, Black Sabbath & More




Hop Farm Music Festival 2012


Hop Farm may not have the quiet areas as other festivals, but what it does offer is free entry to children aged 12 and under when accompanied by a paying adults. Now you don't have to worry about leaving your kids behind when you want to go to a festival.


Line up: Peter Gabriel, Bob Dylan and Suede & More




Glastonbury Festival


Even though we are missing out on Glastonbury this year :( you can still look forward to its arrival in 2013 and the Green Kids Field it has to offer. The area is made up of a children's performance marquee, a children's art and craft marquee, smaller craft tents, outside activities, and the Ship Climbing Frame. And just in case you misplace your child, they have the 'Lost Kids Tent' so you know where to look!


Line up: Who knows?!




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Musical Insights - Howard James Kenny


Musical Insights - Is our new insider interviews section - Over the next few weeks we have interviews with Musicians, Festival Organisers and Diehard Festival fans...


This Week - Howard James Kenny




photo by snaprockandpop. Joe Singh


We all love festivals and there is no better feeling then standing in a field watching one of your favourite bands, Or is there?? Imagine playing to hundreds even thousands of people.


Meet Howard James Kenny, a Singer / Songwriter / Drummer / Guitarist & Vocalist from Worcester. Howard currently performs in two different bands as well as touring his own solo album. Howard has played a number of festivals up and down the country and we catch up with him to get the inside scoop:


Hi Howard, So you've just returned from your European tour. How was that?


It was great thanks. It's something I've wanted to do for many years, so I'm glad the opportunity finally came around. Being able to do it with the excellent Maybeshewill just made it all the more fun an experience.


How do you European audiences stack up against us Brits?


They're so welcoming and honoured to have travelling artists coming to their cities, so it's very much a mutual appreciation all round. Given my generally quiet output, an attentive is always appreciated, and they certainly exceeded all expectation to that regard and beyond. I think us Brits are a bit spoiled by the sheer amount of music that we can experience on the live circuit.


Festival season is just around the corner, many planned this year?


I'm playing a festival called Dumbfest this weekend, as they approached me directly, but as I'm taking a bit of time out to work on my next release at the moment, I won't be playing any other festivals this year. Not summer festivals anyway. The band I sing and drum in (The Cape Of Good Hope) are playing 2000 Trees Festival though. That's always an honour.


You played Big Chill festival last year, Kanye West headlined - How was that?


 It was great. BBC Introducing had a stage and asked me to play, so I couldn't say no! The crowd were very hospitable and gave me a great response, given that most of them hadn't heard my music previously. It's always nice to see some great artists at the same festivals too, such as Wild Beasts and Fourtet.


Describe the feeling of playing a Festival?


For me, it's very daunting. There's not much time to soundcheck and you can't bank on people being there to see you. All you can do is play as well as you always try to and hope for the best.


How does this vary to indoor gigs?


 Indoor gigs are a little more controlled and that generally puts my mind a little more at ease, but I'm not the most confident person in the world, so it's never perfect.


Do you prefer playing a festival in a band or as a solo musician?


 I don't prefer either. They're both so different.


What is your one stand out festival highlight?


Probably seeing Lightning Bolt at ATP, but there's too many to mention.


Listen to howards music here :


Howard James Kenny




The Cape of Good Hope




The Broken Oak Duet


Get Appy about festivals


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It's almost time to start planning for your festival and one of the best ways to get ready is see what apps you can download for your iPhone!!


We know it's very hard to keep your phone charged for the whole festival but if you can, these are essential tools for any festival lover...



This great app lets you know whether you're going to need your ponchos and wellies or suncream and flip flops!



To make sure you save those awesome memories, you have to take pictures, and there's not a more stylish way than with this free app!



This may seem an obvious choice, but this is essential to keep up date for all info from the festival, bands and your friends so you don't miss a beat.



Pretty self explanatory, make sure you never forget where your tent is!



This is a must need app for when you're staggering back in the middle of the night to your tent, nothing worse that not being able to find anything in the dark!



Here a song you really love and don't know what it is?! Pull out shazam and it will tell you.


Don't forget most festivals have their own apps as well, with site maps and info about the festival! So make sure you give your festival a search on app store before you go :) 

More added to Leeds Fest....


The august bank holiday is always something to look forward too, and this year is no different.


Leeds Festival already boasts one of the best festival line ups this summer with the likes of The Foos, The Cure, Kasabian, The Black Keys, Florence and The Machine and loads more!! Now they've gone and added even more....


Ska legends Less Than Jake are set to headline the Lock Up Stage on the Friday night and are set to be joined by the Gallows, Anti-Flag and Turbonegro.


Even if you're a bit of a Dance merchant, even more have been added to their Stellar line up of Metronomy, Katy B, Azealia Banks and Jaguar Skills such as Modestep, Grimes and DJ Zinc!

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Hard Rock is Calling....

With three iconic headliners, Hard Rock Calling 2012 is one of the gigs to go to this summer. Grunge heroes Soundgarden, legend Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band and the influential Paul Simon lead the bill and now we have some awesome supports added....


We already know Iggy Pop & The Stooges are supporting Soundgarden on the first night, and Jimmy Cliff is supporting Paul Simon on the final night, but now we have even more names!!


A further 18 acts have been announced to play, so the line up now looks something like this:

Bruce Springsteen And E Street Band
Paul Simon
Black Stone Cherry
Kids in Glass Houses
Christina Perri
Big Country
Amy MacDonald
Life In Film
The Night
Gary Clark Jr.
Jonathan Wilson
Punch Brothers
Robert Randolph & The Family Band
Robert Ellis
Marlon Roudetten


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Festival Food - Move On Burgers

So, this week Melvin Benn from Reading and Leeds Festivals has announced that this year weekend ticket holders to both festival sites will get a free beer and a free burger on each day of the festival. Benn commented:


"...only for weekend ticket holders - but it will be from a number of food stalls and it will definitely happen. As I said, even if I have to pay for it myself it will happen!"


Burgers have been the default food service for festivals since festivals began but there are a number of alternatives that really deliver.



 Pie Ministerblog




Found at many a festival up and down the country. A personal favourite of mine. The menu consists of all kinds of pies - from Moo & Blue Pie (british Beef steak with red wine gravy and long Clawson stilton in lovely pastry) to special edition pies : The Hope & Glory Pie was introduced alongside the RFU Six Nations Championship.

For More Info go to : www.pieminister.co.uk






Chorizo Express

I have stumbled across this little gem on a couple of occasions. The Chorizo Express is a family run, unique catering business. The menu may be small but it is packed with flavour. The signature dish being : FLAME GRILLED CHORIZO -w/ fresh wild rocket, Piquillo Peppers and olive oil in a toasted Ciabatta.

For more info go to http://www.chorizoexpress.co.uk/






The Chilli Bar

Been drinking in the sun all day? Only one thing for it, a nice Burrito! The Chilli Bar has featured at a number of festivals and seems to be a firm favourite.  Serving all things Mexican this stall offers something for those that enjoy the spice side of Festival Food.

For more info go to : www.thechillibar.co.uk