Looking for a short break before summer is over? Gutted you didn’t get to rock out at Glastonbury and Latitude this year? Or, just fancy something a little bit different? Well don’t fret, as there are plenty of upcoming festivals with a whole range of performers for you to get stuck into before the dry(ish) weather disappears. Here are our two favourite last-minute festival picks for those of you who aren’t quite ready to say goodbye to the summer yet.
By The Sea Festival
Friday 29th September – Sunday 1st October
As the name suggests, By The Sea festival sits right by Margate’s coast and is, this year, hosting a plethora of indie, alternative and rock acts for you to enjoy – all whilst exploring Kent’s scenic coastline and indulging in an ice cream or two.
With something for everyone, this year’s line-up includes ‘90s electronic band Metromony, indie icons The Libertines and cult-band British Sea Power. Also joining them is experimental indie band Everything Everything who, after the success of their last album ‘Get To Heaven’ in 2015, have just released their new record ‘A Fever Dream’ which has received outstanding 4 star reviews from both NME magazine and The Guardian; both praising the band for their politically engaged, yet, upbeat tracks. With By The Sea festival being one of the last stops on their festival stretch – they are definitely one to check out whilst you still can.
As well as its line-up of renowned music artists, the festival also boasts a pastel-coloured fairground that not only looks straight from a Wes Anderson film, but has a whole variety of rides to keep you entertained for hours. Whilst it may seem quaint during the day, come night time, the fairground comes alive with lights and colours that illuminate the whole festival – an atmosphere perfectly acquainted to the eclectic headliners.
Alongside the nearby beach and on-site fairground, the festival finishes at roughly 11PM every night – with the exception of Saturday night’s after party, making it a family-friendly weekend away that the kids can enjoy as well. So if a weekend in Margate to indulge in some great music, relax by the seaside and brave the heights of the Ferris Wheel seems up your street then buy your tickets now to avoid missing out!
Electric Fields Festival
Friday 1st September – Saturday 2nd September
What strikes so profound at Electric Fields festival is its location. Set in the deep forests on the grounds of Drumlanrig castle, Electric Fields is a magical and exciting way to take in and enjoy a festival experience. But it’s not just the scenic surroundings that make Electric Fields a must-visit event this year as the festival also holds such a wonderfully diverse and sophisticated line-up that almost anybody would be able to find their niche.
One act, in particular, from this line-up is renowned UK grime and hip-hop artist Dizzee Rascal. With his latest album, ‘Raskit’, to have dropped in July – that has acclaimed stellar reviews on The Guardian, Pitchfork, NME and The Independent – after four years, Dizzee has returned with a bang. Acclaimed for its brutally honest, politically charged and complex rhymes, ‘Raskit’ is not short of Dizzee’s signature swagger; whilst returning to the Grime roots we first saw with his debut record and critically acclaimed ‘Boy in Da Corner’. With an upcoming UK tour in October, what better way to experience Dizzee Rascal’s new album first hand than in the grounds of Electric Fields festival.
But if Grime’s not your get up, offering something completely unique is the sharp-witted spoken-word and playwright artist Kate Tempest. Her debut album ‘Everybody Down’ awarded Tempest with her first Mercury Prize Award whilst her second, ‘Let Them Eat Chaos’, made its way into the UK Top 40 charts. Within her entire back catalogue, Tempest’s lyrics vary from the poetically-passionate when spitting political affairs and social injustice on ‘Europe is Lost’; however then juxtaposed with the raw and more vulnerable tone of ‘Circles’. A multi-talented and audience gripping performer, Kate Tempest is not to be missed at this year’s Electric Fields festival.
Easily accessible by train from both Edinburgh and Glasgow, this festival is perfect for those wishing to get away on a whim within central Scotland or fancying a road-trip to somewhere entirely new. So if dancing your socks off, taking in some politically-profound spoken-word and wandering through enchanting forests within the grounds of a castle seems like your thing, book your tickets now to avoid disappointment!
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