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Five Summer Festivals You Don’t Want to Miss!

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Grab your most mud-resistant flip-flops and your coolest hat. Festival season is nearly upon us, and with line-ups being leaked all over the place we’re getting pretty excited! We’ve set our sights on five epic festivals this year: are you coming along for the ride?

Glastonbury, June 25-29, Pilton, Somerset

The granddaddy of all summer festivals, this year’s Glasters looks set to be one of the all-time greats. Virtually no details of the line-up have been leaked, but there have been repeated rumours about the one-time reformation of a certain Led Zeppelin. We’re saying nothing, and other rumours are available. It’s worth a bet on the price of a pair of train tickets down to Somerset, though. We come from the land of the ice and snow…

 

Wireless, July 4-6, Finsbury Park, London

Finsbury Park’s been home to some monumental gigs over the years, and in 2014 it’s the turn of the Wireless Festival to light up North London. If you like a little funk in your flava, this is one to check out: Yeezy’s headlining, Drake’s at the top of the bill with him, and you’ve got tried-and-tested headbangers Basement Jaxx and Outkast in the supporting mix. Word up.

 

Latitude, July 17-20, Henham Park, Suffolk

Britpop royalty turned bona fide musical genius Damon Albarn is headlining. Need we say more? You also get honky tonk rock from The Black Keys, ear-bashing from Scottish noise monsters Mogwai and a second dose of nostalgia thanks to Billy Bragg. Get yourself a weekend ticket and camp in the Suffolk countryside. We can help you get cheap train tickets if you book them in advance!

 

Global Gathering, July 25-26, Long Marston Airfield, Stratford upon Avon

What do you get if you take one disused airfield, two vast stages and a bunch of support tents, and mix them up with some of the biggest names from the past and present of dance music? Put some bass in the place at Global Gathering, the annual two-day celebration of deep beats and beautiful people. Chase and Status and The Prodigy share headliner duties over two nights, and all-time legend Sasha teams up with Nic Fanciulli for a back to back banger. Plus, who’s that coming out to rock the Radio 1 Essential Mix stage? It’s all gone a bit Pete Tong…

 

Green Man, August 14-17, Glanusk, Wales

This year’s alternative selection lands in Wales for four days of bittersweet brilliance. Expect beards, trucker caps and annoying band names: but also look out for some of the best darn music you’re likely to hear anywhere. Headliners include Beirut and Neutral Milk Hotel (told you those band names were dodgy!), but the real gold’s in the support acts. Look out for longtime legend Bill Callahan, who’ll be worth the price of admission on his own. Animal Collective’s Panda Bear will be showing off his alt-hip hop skillz, and The War on Drugs, whose brilliant Lost in the Dream has just been released, are out in full symphonic indie force. Book your train tickets now.

 

Got a favourite festival we haven’t mentioned? We’d love to know where you’ll be going this summer! Book your train tickets to get there with redspottedhanky.com, and you’ll have more money left to spend on cider and glowsticks…

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