I remember the first time I attended a festival in 2009; Micheal Jackson had just died and the music world collapsed into mourning. I was at Glastonbury and we all fell silent, how could we ‘go on’ and let the other artists take their moment in the ‘spotlight’ when one of the greats had passed before our own eyes? We wept and we cheered, celebrating a music legends accession into death the only way we knew how… to revel in good music of course! I might have only been sixteen at the time but in that one moment-where life and death were celebrated in equal harmony- I realized that music was going to be the ‘one thing’ that would help us ‘feel whole again’. It might sound cheesy but music got me through some dark s**t.
Glastonbury taught me that music is ‘therapeutic’ , ‘cohesive’ and above all ‘game changing’. After all what other art than music can both heal and inspire, perform and reform and allow us to be both ‘individualistic’ and ‘collaborative’ all at the same time? Asides from writing, festivals would inspire me to still sing behind closed doors, to dance like noone was watching and live life in the moment, without a care in the world. Since 2009, I have been to my fair share of festivals and 2017 is no exception. While I might not have been invited to Coachella, I am attending Wireless, among other less mainstream festivals and cannot wait to get back into the festival saddle. Like I said, it is no exaggeration to say that music festivals are life changing and can inspire you to be more creative and open minded. At festivals the boundaries between the real and unreal are blurred and in this thinly veiled world gender ceases to exist. At some festivals there are even ‘colour paint parties’ circuses and ‘club kids’ among other more obscure concepts. Question is, are you ready to delve into the world of Faded Spring’s ‘Top 5 Uk Music Festivals’?
The first time that I attended Wireless was in 2014, when Drake was meant to be headlining and pulled out due to illness. Instead we had Kanye West, who while undeniably egocentric, put on a god damn good show. As he took to the stage in a caged mask, he snarled and grimaced, spitting out lyrics with passion and determination. The rising chorus of ‘Stronger’ merged into POWER and Kanye reminded us how he rose from the ashes to cement his status as one of the ‘rapping greats’. Love him or loathe him, Kanye symbolized all that Wireless stood for ‘passion, creativity and raw, unharnessed talent’. Wireless embraces both the ‘new’ and the ‘old’ and deftly puts a musical novice next to a ‘music legend’ not to humiliate or to embarrass but to encourage the new music maven to ‘fight for their spot in the limelight’. No matter whose name is ‘on the bill’ or what stage a musician headlines, all of the artists chosen are representative of ‘performative talent’ on an international and national level. Rudimental energetically waved the flag for Britain with renditions of hits ‘Waiting all night’ and ‘Not Giving In’ blasting across the field, while internationals like YG and B.O.B were spitting transatlantic rhymes into speakers.
To this day I still have not managed to see Drake, as he has cancelled every single festival or concert that I have booked tickets to see him perform. While most people would be put off and refuse to pay anymore money to see an artist who is ‘known to pull out last minute’ perform, I believe that the third time is the charm. Besides I might have just found my lucky charm; Contact Numbers UK has a ‘See Tickets’ customer service number that can help me see Drake perform. After all, there have been times where I have tried to attend festivals like Wireless last minute and not been able to secure a ticket. In some instances, notably Glastonbury a few years back, there was an issue where my tickets had not arrived and I had lost the tracking number and was unable to ‘resolve the situation’ without stress. Yet using Contact Numbers Uk, helped me with my 2017 summer festival agenda and secured me peace of mind. So if you are up for a festival that features ‘talent’ and encompasses musical genres like ‘R&B, Hip-Hop and House Music then Wireless is for you.
While known as the ‘dinosaur’ or the ‘rocker’ of the music festival world, Glastonbury could teach a few ‘younger festivals’ a thing or two. Not only has the lineup moved beyond the ‘alternative/rock/ indie ‘tag’ that it was often stereotyped as but it has also revolutionized the music festival scene. Creating a show to remember, international and national artists are invited to perform across all stages, while those who crave some escapism from ‘mainstream reality’ can enjoy ‘Trash City’, an apocalyptic dream sequence of surrealism,. Trash City-created in 2008 by Joe Rush- is a night area dedicated to the aesthetics and the science of the Mutoids legendary parties. While Trash City might appeal to those who want their ‘fantasies played out’ before their very own eyes, for those who attend festivals for the music, there is a stage that is suitable for all tastes. So whether you are a hard core rock fan or like me prefer house, Hip Hop and Chart Music, Glastonbury is the one festival that has something for everyone.
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While technically more a ‘series of extended concerts’ as opposed to a festival, the energy and the atmosphere felt at British Summer Time Hyde Park is un-apologetically ‘festival-like’. This year I managed to secure tickets to see Justin Bieber- yes I like Justin Bieber, get over it- Tove Lo, Anne Marie and more perform at Hyde Park and I am beyond excited to see how the fusion of pop and house play out against each other. With many of the acts still remain a ‘secret’, the build up to the big day is coming ever closer and I can’t wait to see who they announce will play next. While many of us festival goers may love the pop up tents, the circus shows and the mad ad-libs that many festivals like Glastonbury provide, for those who like shows without gimmicks and are purely there for the music, then Hyde Park is the festival/concert for you.
If there was ever a festival that you would attend where music was secondary and the entertainment was ‘key’, it would be Bestival. While artists like ‘A Tribe Called Quest’ and ‘The XX’ are set to perform in September, it is the late night entertainment that is the biggest draw to music goers across the world. From mass fancy dress to random pianos popping up in the woods and theatre and comedy sessions to discover, Bestival offers more than your typical UK summer festival. I remember when I went in 2015 and was blown away by both the acts that performed- FKA Twigs, Missy Elliot, Chemical Brothers and more- and the late night antics that popped up during my festival stay. The flower of fire to celebrate Bestival’s ‘Summer of Love’ theme was a memorable gimmick, as was the surprise ‘late night UV underwear parties’ but perhaps the best memory was the ‘sober morning rave’ which proved to be more fun than getting drunk out of my mind.
After the craziness of the other festivals mentioned, you are probably expecting me to choose a festival where you can camp out in the forest and sing songs of praise. Well… not today Satan because Lovebox is as much a ‘carousel of creativity’ as the other four festivals. From rainbow sheep strolling peacefully through the fields to fairground rides, Lovebox showcases a wealth of creative as well as musical talent.Created by ‘Groove Armada’ Lovebox is headlined this year by ‘Frank Ocean’ and ‘Chase and Status’ both artists who I am big fans of and are finally communing on the same stage. The headlining acts are always strong, especially when I attended in 2014 and artists like M.I.A, Katy B and Maverick Sabre took to the stage.
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