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Festival Guide 2014: CITY

May 31, 2014

BBC Proms In The Park

When 13 September

Where Hyde Park, London; Caerphilly; Belfast; Glasgow

What The Proms range across the country

Who Rufus Wainwright, Earth Wind and Fire, BBC Concert Orchestra, Pumeza Matshikiza, Dhol Foundation

How much Adults pounds 38, children (2 and under) free

Belfast Festival

When 16 October-

1 November

Where Various venues, Belfast

What City-wide arts fest

Who Schaubuhne Berlin, Israel Galvan, Elvis Costello, Claire Cunningham

How much Prices vary

Barnaby Festival Big Weekend

When 20-22 June

Where Various venues, Macclesfield

What Music climax of month-long arts fest

Who The Blockheads, Tim Burgess, Jeremy Deller's Acid Brass, Stephen Morris

in conversation, Gillian Gilbert DJ set

How much Varies per event

Bingley Music Live

When 29-31 August

Where Myrtle Park, Bingley

What Poppy park fest

Who Pet Shop Boys, Shed Seven, Example, Bipolar Sunshine, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Chloe Howl, Kyla La Grange, Natasha North, The Selector, Charlie Cunningham, Renegade

Brass Band

How much Weekend pass pounds 49 non-camping

Chester Rocks

When 6-8 June

Where Chester Racecourse

What Poptastic three-dayer

Who Dizzee Rascal, The Hoosiers, The Feeling, 5ive, Atomic Kitten, 911

How much Day pounds 28.50

Edinburgh International Festival

When 8-31 August

Where Various venues, Edinburgh

What Renowned arts bonanza

Who Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Hebrides Ensemble, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, The Sixteen, Nicola Benedetti, Sister Marie Keyrouz

How much Event prices vary

Good Times In The Park

When 13-14 September

Where Wormwood Scrubs Park, London

What Norman Jay aka Fatboy Slim, brings carnival vibes Who TBC

How much TBC

Henley Festival

When 9-13 July

Where Henley Bridge, Henley-on-Thames

What A floating stage of music and comedy

Who Bryan Ferry, Joss Stone, Burt Bacharach, Jasper Carrot, The Jacksons

How much Events pounds 40-pounds 120

Kew The Music

When 16-20 July

Where Kew Gardens, London

What Summer concerts in London's finest gardens

Who Elvis Costello, Bjorn Again, Jools Holland, Simple Minds, Bill Bailey

How much Events pounds 33-pounds 52.50

Liverpool International Music Festival

When 15-31 August

Where Various venues, Liverpool

What A fortnight of music events from all genres


How much TBC

Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia

When 26-27 September

Where Camp and Furnace

What Psych rock ahoy at this respected new(ish) fest

Who Goat, Suuns, Woods, Amen Dunes, Gnod, Wolf People, Holy Wave, Mazes

How much Weekend

from pounds 45


When 18-19 July

Where Victoria Park, London

What Dance and hip-hop heavy party

Who Nas, Chase & Status, MIA, A$AP Rocky, Katy B, Crystal Fighters, the Horrors How much Weekend pass pounds 70 plus booking fee, day from pounds 35


When 13-22 June

Where Southbank Centre, London

What James Lavelle guest-curates the arty London expo

Who UNKLE:Redux, Chrissie Hynde, Mark Lanegan, Edwyn Collins, Grandmaster Flash, Petite Noir, Gilles Peterson

How much Varies per event

More London Free

When 5 June-27 September

Where The Scoop, South Bank, London

What Gratis riverside events

Who AllStars Collective, Ronnie Scott's Rejects,

Balkan Express

How much Free

Mouth Of The Tyne

When 9-16 July

Where Various venues, Tynemouth, North Tyneside

What Tyneside rock and indie fest

Who Paul Weller, Toploader, Lawson, Nadine Shah, Brand New Heavies, The Neville Staple Band, Jen Stevens and the Hiccups

How much Varies per event

The Parklife Weekender

When 7-8 June

Where Heaton Park, Manchester

What Bash of exquisite taste

Who Snoop Dogg, Foals, Disclosure, London Grammar

How much Weekend non-camping pounds 79.50, day pounds 49.50

South West Four

When 23-24 August

Where Clapham Common, London

What Dance weekender in the heart of South London

Who Above & Beyond, Alesso, Seth Troxler, Fedde Le Grand

How much Weekend non-camping pounds 102.50, Saturday pounds 55, Sunday pounds 52.50

Summer Series

At Somerset House

When 10-20July

Where Somerset House, London

What The former home of the Inland Revenue rocks out

Who Franz Ferdinand, CHVRCHES, Kelis, Agnes Obel, Daughter, The Cat Empire

How much From pounds 28.50

SummerTyne Americana Festival

When 18-20 July

Where The Sage, Gateshead

What Self-described "sizzling gumbo" of American

roots music

Who The Jayhawks, Booker T Jones, Cass McCombs, Steven Seagal'sBlues Band

How much Outdoor events free, show prices vary


When 30-31 May

Where Custard Factory, Birmingham

What Excellent, lefter-than-leftfield alternative noise and electronica fest

Who Bill Drummond, Swans, Jenny Hval, Matmos, Wolf Eyes, Pharmakon

How much Weekend

tickets pounds 45


When 25-27 July

Where Various venues, Sheffield

What Maintaining Sheffield's eclectic musical tradition

Who Katy B, Public Enemy, The Cribs, Bo Ningen

How much Weekend pounds 28, day pounds 12


When 23-25 May

Where Amphitheatre and Waterfront Square, Bristol

What Vegan food and music

Who Boney M ft. Maizie Williams, Peter Hook And The Light, ABBA Gold

How much pounds 2 per day, evenings pounds 15 Friday, pounds 25 Saturday, pounds 5 Sunday

West End Festival

When 1-29 June

Where Various, Glasgow

What Alternative arts gala

Who Robin Ince, Arisa Rodriguez, Eddi Reader, The Pierces, Edwyn Collins

How much Event prices vary

Whitehaven Live

When 4-5 July

Where Copeland Stadium, Whitehaven

What Retro-rockin' two dayer

Who The Boomtown Rats, Big Country, The Stranglers

How much Friday tickets

TBA, Saturday tickets

pounds 39.50


Somerset House

Summer Series has a stately setting

Parklife Weekender keeps it bouncy




"Plan ahead. The thing with every festival that I've been to, apart from in the 70s and there was only one stage, is that I never ever see the people I've gone to see. You always end up being waylaid by something, and you think 'I'll just be 10 minutes. . .' But then, I think alcohol's got a lot to do with that. I wouldn't go with a laminated lanyard myself but that's good. I'd like a little app, or an alarm clock in a plastic bag. ."

Stephen Morris curates Barnaby Festival

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Source: Guardian (UK)

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