August Bank holiday is nearly here! In today’s blog we are looking at the summer festivals in England this bank holiday. We will look at the festival headliners, give you tips and provide you with a list of things for your essential festival kit.
Reading Festival is one of the oldest music festivals; the first festival was held in 1989 with sales still going strong today and tickets usually selling out very fast. Reading festival supports a variety of acts with a strong influence of alternative music bands; the festival has 9 different stages with festival goers having the opportunity to camp over the weekend. This year heading acts include the Artic Monkeys, Blink 182, You Me At Six, Nero, Bombay Bicycle Club and Disclosure to name a few.
Leeds Festival is a branch of Reading Festival that also happens on August Bank Holiday. The music genre is much the same with many of the bands playing at both festivals and each of the 9 stages being called by the same names. Leeds differs a little from Reading as it is slightly smaller, with a capacity of 75, 000 people and takes a stronger stance on the heavier alternative music groups. Leeds festival line-up includes Paramore, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Kooks, Klaxons, Pendulum and Palma Violets. If Leeds Festival appeals to you there are still a few tickets available, so if you are quick you could have a great bank holiday weekend ahead of you!
Creamfields is a large dance festival that is held in Daresbury, Warrington; last year it was voted the UK’s number one dance festival. This year Creamfields has expanded their Friday offering with a variety of DJ’s, along with their legendary line up for Saturday and Sunday. Creamfields has 12 different stages including two main open air stages. Acts range within the dance genre with some of the best DJ’s in the world including the likes of Tiesto, Avicii, Martin Garrix, Steve Angello, Annie Mac and Calvin Harris. There are a limited number of day tickets and 2 day camping tickets still available, if you are interested in purchasing tickets please click here.
South West Four 2014 festival takes place on Clapham Common, London. This festival is great for those based in London as it is so central. South West Four Festival features some of the best electronic DJ’s in the world including: Alesso, Above & Beyond, Deadmau5 and Eric Prydz. There are limited remaining tickets so if you are looking for something London based this bank holiday then don’t miss out, click here.
If you do buy last minute tickets or if you have already purchased festival tickets then we wish you all a fantastic time. Just before we leave you, we have created a list of a few essential items that will make your festival experience even better; plus one last tip – pack lightly! Everyone gets muddy, it is something you can’t avoid, and packing more will just make your bags heavier and give you more washing once you get home!
Essential festival items:
• Wellies and a waterproof
• Sunglasses and sun cream
• Hand sanitiser and tissues
• Ear plugs – for that person who has a boom box on at 5am
• Zipped bag – keep your things safe
• Cash – sometimes cash machines are available but the queues tend to be about an hour long, we can think of better ways to spend that time!
• Torch – coming back to the campsite at night in the dark, with all the guide ropes from the tents can become an obstacle course!
• Dry hair shampoo and flowers for your hair
Finally and most importantly do not forget your tickets or ID otherwise you will not be allowed in!
Happy bank holiday everyone from the team here at Flemings Mayfair