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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...

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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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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

Sonisphere must have been feeling Under Pressure



Download boss on Sonisphere axing: 'Don't expect me to revel in their misfortune'


Sorry for the Queen pun there but we're also really sorry to hear that Sonisphere has been cancelled... another one bites the dust indeed! This news is sure to have disappointed thousands of rock fans, who will no long get to see the likes of Queen, Kiss and Faith No More, but a statement issued by the promoter confirmed that:


"Unfortunately circumstances have dictated that we would be unable to run the festival to a standard that both the artists and that Sonisphere's audience would rightly expect."


So where does this leave music fans of the heavier persuasion? Fear not, there's still plenty out there for you and here are a few alternatives for you to choose from…



Leeds Festival


Download Festival


Isle of Wight Festival


Hard Rock Calling Festival


Bloodstock Open Air Festival

Become your own Michael Eavis....

Become your own Michael Eavis....


The festival season is edging closer and closer, and we're all getting pretty excited about it....but it is still TOO far away!!


So to pass the time and to get us even more raring to go, we've been playing this awesome Festivals game on facebook:




Build and manage your own festival, including tents, toilets, shops, decorations and the all important stages...Including The Ticket Factory's very own stage!




Choose your favourite bands to play the stage, listen to the music and become your own Michael Eavis!!

Grass Roots Festivals - The NEW alternative

Beyonce headlining Glastonbury! Rihanna second on the bill at V!


Sometimes it's nice to go back to the roots, where it all started... stripped back to just the music, a field and good company. With all the giants of the festival world around: Glastonbury, V Festival, Reading & Leeds (to name a few) it is hard to know where to go and sometimes things may get that bit too much . . .


Below is a list of the best grass roots festivals from around the UK

( The capacity of all of these festival put together equals under 30,000 capacity)




12 - 14 Aug

Beacons festival is the new kid on the block. In it's first year and taking place in North Yorkshire. Beacons comes from the people that brought you Moor Music Festival and Field Day. This festival boasts a broad range of diverse genres and can provide something for every fan of alternative music.  

Line Up Picks: Jamie Woon, Tom Vek, Jamie XX, Willy Mason, Mr Scruff and Benjamin Francis Leftwich



12 - 14 Aug

Wilderness with its folk-heavy line up is proving that this genre is on the up. Set in the famous Cornbury Park and from the people that brought you Secret Garden Party, Wilderness will bring together music, food, learning, literature and rejuvenation.

Line Up Picks: Anthony & the Johnsons, Mercury Rev, Gogol Bordello, Laura Marling & Guillemots


Just missed, but one's to catch next year...


2000 Trees

The modestly sized 2000 trees festival takes place in the beautiful countryside just south of Cheltenham. With a limited

capacity this festival feels very intimate and has a big focus on 'grass roots' and also the festival joined the likes of  Glastonbury & Latitude in winning the "A Greener Festival" award. 

Line Up Highlights: Dan Le Sac vs Scroobious Pip, Frightened Rabbit, The King Blues, Twin Atlantic and The Cape of Good Hope


Y Not

A similar offering to 2000 Trees, taking place in the Peak District in August (it's no surprise that these festival

are twinned). The festival boasts a vast array of music from country folk, to indie rock and everything in-between and, as

the sun goes down, the lights go up for an evening in the dance tent.

Line Up Highlights: Feeder, Maximo Park, The Rifles, Viva Brother and Tellison

Hello to our blog fans

Hello to our blog fans! 

First of all, we want to say a massive 'thank you' to everyone that's been using TTFestivals.com over the last few weeks. We launched in June and promised to be a one-stop-shop for all your festival needs; with everything from last-minute tickets to top advice.

With the festival season in full swing, we're now launching this wonderful blog to keep all you festival fans entertained throughout the year. So once we hit that autumn lull, you can still turn to us for stories, comments, features and links to keep your festival dreams alive.

We're also keen to get you guys involved in the blog so keep an eye out for opportunities to do reviews and guest posts.

That's it for now - we're off buy some new wellies ahead of our next festival (we've got to keep our festival look fresh after all!)

Appy festival season

'Appy festival season!apps


As much as we love festivals, we're not as keen on camping and for one reason alone... no phone chargers! But now, thanks to the power of technology (and the willingness of phone networks) most festivals have charge points so you can make sure you're always at the end of


To ensure you don't end up wandering around a field in the dark sobbing, "Where's my tent?" , here are the essential tools to help you make the most of festivals this summer


1. Tweetdeck: This Twitter aggregator is one of the quickest ways to keep informed of news on site. Free


2. Battery: Breaks down the time remaining on your phone's functions including playback and Wi-Fi. 59p


3. Met Office Weather: Find out whether you need to pack flip-flops or wellies. Or both. Free


4. Spotify: To help you educate yourself on bands' music - no one likes a fair-weather fan. £9.99 a month


5. Torch: Useful for zipping up your tent in the dark. Also good for the night-time toilet run. Free


6. Tentfinder: Stand next to your tent and log its location, then use this app to guide you in at 2am. 59p


7. Glympse: Upload your location, say how long you'll be there and wait while your friends find you. Free


8. Pingchat!: Instant chat, pictures and video messaging, so you can see the bands you're missing. Free


9. Bump: Share contacts, photos and apps with a simple touch of iPhoneto iPhone. Free


10. Vimeo: A video editor to upload live footage of bands for your friends at home to feel jealous. Free


11. Virtual Lighter: Because burning your fingers isn't cool. Especially if it's to the sounds of Bon Jovi. Free


12. Hipstamatic: Take vintage pictures and make it look like you were at Woodstock. £1.14