News that some peachy weather is set to return this week right in time for the Easter break is being well received here in Ticket Tannoy Towers. We can almost taste the fruit cider and smell the freshly mown grass. It can only mean one thing: festival season is once again around the corner. We can’t wait to get stuck in. But with so much choice on offer, we’ve compiled a helpful round-up to cover what exactly is going on and when. How many are you going to tick-off?
To kick things off, we cross north of Hadrian’s Hall to Edinburgh, where Terminal V are bringing The Rising concept to the city’s Royal Highland Centre in Islington. Four stacked arenas, each moulded towards a different strain of electronic music. The main floor boasts Richie Hawtin, Maceo Plex, Helena Hauff and Nastia, with a cameo from native Frazier. Elsewhere you can find Patrick Topping and Green Velvet reunite in the booth, plus appearances from Mella Dee, Jennifer Cardini and Andrew Weatherall. Finally, the Green House has a distinct disco flavour with Derrick Carter and Young Marco.
Following that, festival fans needn't wait too long as May Day weekend is only a fortnight after. Percolate dump an array of artists, art installations, workshops and galleries across 22 venues in Hackney Wick over the entire weekend for their Queen’s Yard Summer Party. Hammer, Gideon, Stefano Ritteri and Willow support headline sets from Jane Fitz, Amy Becker and many more. One wristband give access to all - get involved!
This time of year just keeps on giving: another bank holiday weekend; another day partying in a field. Creamfields return to Finsbury Park with their epic Steel Yard structure. Carl Cox hosts the Sunday, fronting Space Ibiza’s takeover. The big man has invited some heavyweight friends to join him, including Nic Fanciulli, Eats Everything and Steve Lawler.
We get another weekend breather before it’s time for our annual techno pilgrimage, Junction 2. This year, it stretches to two-days. Brand new Friday focuses on underground house music with the likes of Bicep, Dixon, Objekt and Ricardo Villalobos. Saturday sticks to tried-and-tested territory, but 2019 sees a new main stage as well as other site reconfigurations. Richie Hawtin makes his long-awaited debut under The Bridge, while Maceo Plex, Joseph Capriati, Tale Of Us and festival ambassador Adam Beyer make giant returns.
Midlands-based fans won’t be missing out. A Weird & Wonderful Day Out lands in Digbeth Arena with a crew of bass royalty. Stages are headlined by garage legend DJ EZ and D&B veteran High Contrast, with the festival featuring a blend of established and rising local stars.
Next, we visit the North West. Brought to you by the team behind Warehouse Project, Parklife has grown to become an icon of pride for Manchester’s rich musical landscape. As ever, this year’s line-up leaves no stone unturned with superstars from every corner of the globe and entertainment spectrum. Just a handful of highlights include The Streets, Cardi B, Solange, Christine & The Queen and Major Lazer.
The south coast aren’t shy on the action either. Closing out that weekend, Dizzee Rascal and Shy FX will be bringing the heat to East Brighton Park for SuperCharged’s Land Beyond festival.
By the end of the July, you might think we’ll be ready to rest - but MADE will certainly be turning heads with their stellar line-up. TDQ, Lethal Bizzle, Andy C, Annie Mac and more are on hand with an eclectic assortment of beats and base in Perry Park.
Returning to the epicentre of the UK’s festival scene, elrow Town London is on the move in 2019, relocating to Trent Park in Cockfosters. Now a single day, Jamie Jones is the only name confirmed so far, but the crazy gang led by mayor Rowberta promise more artists and double the fun squeezed into their new larger venue.
If you’ve still got the stamina and the willing to party after this lot, then congratulations - you’re officially in the hardcore festival goer contingent. It’s an exclusive club, but we’ve always got room for a few more.
Tickets are still available for all shows, though be advised that the most popular are already running low.