BoomTown Fair 2014 Review

I never want to see another f**king hill again,” one BoomTown goer moaned as they left the festival early Sunday evening for the wind-protected respite of home. And so BoomTown came to an end for many in that fashion; drips and drabs of goers relenting after three days of hazardous rain and wind, tired limbs aching from raving up and down the hilliest festival in existence.

But it was certainly not a waste. Boasting one of the finest, most eclectic line-ups this summer, BoomTown Fair offered up a fair distraction from the beating rain.

Thursday and Friday afternoon, before the downpour, the likes of reggae punks Dirty Revolution, The Wailers and the dub-rap stylings of Soom T soothed many underneath the atmospheric awnings of the pop-up city; a veritable testament to themed festival architecture that rivals Glastonbury itself.

In fact, if one pictures BoomTown as Glastonbury’s South East Corner – yet boasting less dystopian anti-capitalist allegories – then one would hold an accurate drawing of the entirety of BoomTown Fair; all stages are a-flow with ornamental arrays and add-ons that belie the fact that they’re stages at all. Certainly it’s a feat Glastonbury could not manage given its size, but BoomTown manages just fine.

Unfortunately for the festival, some of the most coveted acts are outside in the would-be sunshine; halfway through The Skints’ 5.30pm set, the rain begins and seems to never stop. “We’re going to keep playing until they literally force us to stop,” jokes singer and guitarist Josh Rudge, but it appears their equipment may never recover from the storm. Moreover, the heavy rain dampens later sets from Easy Star All Stars, Russkaja, Afro Celt Sound System and Bellowhead; while all take the limited numbers and cheer in their stride as such impeccable musicians do, it begs the question; how bloody amazing would they have been inside, or in better conditions? Perhaps the organisers will find it in their hearts to give them another chance at next year’s BoomTown.

While the continuing rain drives festival goers to their tents, or to the inside late-night venues in hope of better fare, at least Saturday is all sunny sides up; save for the fact that Dunkelbunt were unceremoniously moved earlier, leaving many angry and confused when electro-swing pioneers Tape 5 take to their stage in their later slot. Luckily, Black Star Dub Collective prefaced the disappointment with an inspired set within the woodland retreat, while anarcho-punks Autonomads woke up the masses, as The Filaments with ‘Bastard Coppers’ were to later.

If only it could have lasted; the rain drives down once again during Slamboree’s Soundystem show at the towering Arcadia, carrying on through Dreadnought’s late-night ballsy set and until 11am the next day; many tents that were not flooded Friday, flooded that night.

Moreover, the Town Centre stage the following day proved to be a wash-out, as its cancellation added an extra fist-shake curse to the skies. Despite the day’s better weather, The Urban Folk Quartet’s fantastic triangle solo and Macka B’s ensuing good-vibe guide, Sunday proved too much for many as a chaotic miasma of abandoned tents blew over the site. While BoomTown, which sells out every year, certainly offers up first class entertainment and artwork second to none – accompanied by a scene-focused and professionally-picked line-up – it can’t hold off the weather. Despite this, the festival is one that all should flock to at each once; long may it reign.

Check out the official Boomtown Fair 2014 video right here!

The Damned to headline Alt-Fest’s Gothic stage with specially chosen set list, plus Dead Kennedys confirmed

The Damned are now confirmed as the last gothic stage headliner for Alt-Fest, 15-17thAugust at Boughton Estate in Kettering. To reflect the sound of the stage, the band has chosen a special set-list, featuring tracks that have not been played live for many years. More additions come in the form of hardcore punks Dead Kennedys, industrial metallers The Defiled and many more.
With a catalogue that spans, and even helped define, goth, punk, krautrock, psychedelic, garage rock and more, The Damned have something truly special up their sleeves for Alt-Fest. As well as playing a selection of songs from the Phantasmagoria and Black albums, the band will perform a ‘people’s choice’ track to be decided by social media ahead of their gothic stage headline set.
A hearty slab of hardcore punk has been added to the main stage with the confirmation of Dead Kennedys. The San Francisco quartet is awash with underground credibility as one of the first hardcore bands to make waves internationally. They will be a sure fire crowd-pleaser among the tribes gathered for Alt-Fest.
Also confirmed are The Defiled, joining Alt-Fest’s metal stage in a more modern day barrage of industrial metal. Next up are heavyweight quintet Heart of a Coward, Wales’ loudest export Revoker plus Hawk Eyes, who opened for none other than System of a Down in 2013.
Alt-Fest’s gothic stage line-up reaches completion with a UK festival exclusive from 80s gothic, post-punk outfit Theatre of Hate and ambient, experimental German duo Other Day, a UK debut and 2014 exclusive booking. A raucous confirmation comes in the shape of the reformed gothic anarcho-punks Rubella Ballet, whilst She Past Away (UK debut show and festival exclusive) leave their native Turkey for Alt-Fest’s fields. The poetically named cold-wave group Soror Dolorosa and Vienna’s Whispers In The Shadow (UK debut show and festival exclusive) complete the gothic proceedings.
Last but by no means least joining the S.O.P.H.I.E stage are Brighton’s dub-infusing metallers Collisions. 

Amen announced for a UK festival exclusive at Alt-Fest, along with Paradise Lost, Finntroll and more

Twenty years since their formation, controversial metal-punk outfit AMEN (pictured above) are coming back together for a very special set at Alt-Fest, 15th – 17th August 2014 at Boughton Estate, Kettering. This UK festival exclusive appearance is the first of many new additions to the event including a new headliner for the metal stage, Paradise Lost, and many more.

Fronted by the formidable Grammy award–winning Casey Chaos, AMEN’s wild live shows through the late 90s and 00s gained them a huge UK following. The band picked up further gongs along the way including the title of “Best Live Band in the World” as bestowed by Metal Hammer magazine. Fast forward to 2014 and Chaos, inspired by the fan-lead phenomenon that is Alt-Festis returning with his band. Ahead of Alt-Fest Chaos said:
"I'm proud to announce that AMEN will return to play an exclusive show at Alt-Fest, a festival done by the people for the people. We are looking forward to performing & transmitting the sound from the heart, from our homeland communist America and destroying ourselves for your pleasure."
Seminal doom/death metallers Paradise Lost are set to top the bill for Friday’s proceedings over at the Metal Stage. With a career spanning more than twenty years and featuring 13 albums few acts are better placed or more deserving of a headline slot.
In a UK festival exclusive, Finntroll join Alt-Fest’s line-up for a set of folklore-inspired Finnish black metal. Self-styled as ‘Germany’s most extreme electro act’ Agonoize will bring their ‘aggrotech’ sound to the event, whilst the line-up increases further with the addition of thrash metal four-piece Savage Messiah. Formed of members of the likes of Sikth, Gallows and including BBC Radio 1 Rock Show presenter, Daniel P. Carter, Krokodil promise ‘beards and riffs’ for their metal stage appearance. Last but by no means least, now confirmed are also the Brighton-based Mesh; electronic body music pioneers Parade Ground and the epic sounds of Stormbringer.
The remainder of Alt-Fest’s previously announced line-up features an all-star cast of everything alternative, stretching from the 80s right up to the present day. Forefathers of alternative sounds such as The Cult and Gary Numan will perform alongside super stars such as Marilyn Manson, and newcomers such as Fearless Vampire Killers. Super-early bird tickets are now sold out however early bird adult weekend tickets priced at £115 are available for a limited time from

Alt-Fest add Combichrist, Satyricon, Peter Murphy and more to their ever-expanding line-up

Electro Metal five-piece, Combichrist, are the first of several new additions to Alt-Fest taking place 15-17th August at Boughton Estate, Kettering. The band will bring their collision of hardcore and electronic sounds to the main stage in a UK festival exclusive after having been heavily requested to appear by Alt-Fest fans. Norwegian black metal masters Satyricon, boasting more than 20 years in the business, lend their expert shredding to the Metal stage in a headline set and further UK festival exclusive. Alt-Fest’s Goth stage will be crowned by former Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy, again in a UK festival exclusive. Often referred to as the ‘Godfather of Goth’, Murphy will be performing both solo and Bauhaus material to a no doubt adoring audience.

Alt-Fest’s metal stage is hotting up with a further six new acts now confirmed, including punk rockers The Howling and hardcore young Yorkshiremen, Dead Harts. Also amping up for the festival are the ferocious Sanctorum and electro/nu-metal fusing upstarts, The One Hundred.  Relative newcomers Skarlett Riot, who took to the stages of some of the biggest rock festivals of 2013, are now set to tear things up in 2014 at Alt-Fest. Last but by no means least are Primitai, flying the flag for British metal in 2014.
Confirmed for the SOPHIE stage are Bad Pollyanna, taking things to a sci-fi and Animé-inspired fantasy level.
Despite already boasting festival season’s freshest and most exciting line-up, Alt-Fest will unveil yet more performers in the coming months. With artists including Marilyn Manson, Arch Enemy, Peter Hook and The Light, as well as Cradle of Filth, Fields of the Nephilim plus more on the bill, Alt-Fest is shaping up to be the highlight of 2014 for misfits of all descriptions. Tickets are currently available at the super early-bird price of £85 now from

Click the image below to watch the latest Alt-Fest trailer (live as of 18:00 28/01/14)

About Alt-Fest:
Alt-Fest has already caught the attention of both the UK alternative scene and the media through a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign.  The event, a five-day, multiple stage festival covering Alternative, Industrial, Metal, Goth and Steampunk music, lifestyle and more not only reached its target of £30,000 but went on to double the target, receiving over £61,000 from fans via the Kickstarter UK platform. Over 150 acts across the Metal, Goth, industrial and Steampunk genres are now booked. Most importantly Alt-Fest, which is operating a strict policy of ‘run by the fans, for the fans’, is engaging their audience in every aspect of the planning process making Alt-Fest not just crowd-funded but also crowd-led. 


Beacons Festival 2013- Preview

Beacons Festival, nestled in the heart of the Yorkshire moors, is boutique bliss. Having burst onto the already swollen festival scene a mere two years ago, the four night event boasts the crème de la crème in food, arts and culture-and by no means slim pickings when it comes to stellar performers.

It’s tough to know where to start when the offerings span from up-front indie to chillcore trance, edgy noise punk to folky-psych pop (if you hadn’t already guessed, this festival could count as "one for the hip ‘n’ happening students") but Friday headliner Bonobo is a sure place to start. If you weren’t lucky enough to catch the trip hop megastar’s down-tempo London shows showcasing new album ‘The North Borders’ then you have no excuse not to go. Simon Green's bass-guitared brainchild will surely be the premier event of the weekend, with Gold Panda's similarly trippy blend of electronica shortly following.

Not to worry fans of the heavier side of life; Canadian hardcore outfit F*cked Up will no doubt, a la Gallows, prove they're eclectic and interesting enough to break out from the punk scene into all rounder NME poster boysF*cked Up may not be one not to take your kids to, but the festival's famously family themes (the Guerilla Rave Rug is apparently perfect for the child who wants every day to be their birthday) add generational variety beyond what the lineup suggests. 

For more chilled out vibes, check out Channel One Soundsystem and Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats; the former being world famous reggae dub DJs (expect tantalising Panda Dub overlays) and the latter grubbing out some classic stoner rock 'n' roll. Nice. 

Others not to miss: Local Natives, Django Django, Eats Everything, Egyptian Hip Hop, Savages, Hookworms, Drenge

Beacons Festival takes place on the Funkirk Estate, Skipton between the 16th-18th August and, at just under £100 a ticket, is set to be the most economically priced-for-what-you-get fest of the summer. 

For full lineup details and information visit:

Ringmaster Festival announce “special guests” and ticket deal

Ringmaster Festival are proud to announce the "special guests" for this year's inaugural event as London quintet, Hadouken!

With the likes of Maximo Park, Mystery Jets, Deaf Havana, The Blackout, We Are The Ocean, Ghostpoet, Johnny Borrell & Zazou and host of other rising acts already confirmed Hadouken! will play The Red Baron stage at the big top event taking place on 28th September 2013 on the Whitebourne Estate, near Worcester.

In addition, the festival are currently giving away a limited number of location dependent FREE Shuttle Bus tickets when purchased with a standard entry ticket. For more information vist


Camp Bestival have even more fun and games to announce, starting with a mega daring Guinness World Record Attempt to launch the most ever paper aeroplanes simultaneously. The festival is hooking up with Disney to celebrate the upcoming release of their new animated film Planes and they need your help.

Roll up, roll up because this is happening on Saturday morning, 3rd August at 10.30am in Camp Bestival’s main arena The Castle Field. This is part of a truly global event with people in countries such as Holland, Germany and Spain also taking part at exactly the same time. Each plane thrown will also have a special code allowing you to enter an exclusive competition to win some truly amazing prizes, including tickets to next year’s Camp Bestival. This is a chance to be a part of history by breaking the world record!

But that’s not all, as Disney will also be hosting a special sing-along screening of The Jungle Book at 10am on Sunday morning.Tthe Castle Field will be filled with the glorious sights and sounds of one of the film world’s all-time greats, The Jungle Book.

Finally, Camp Bestival's favourite baker and cake designer, Lily Vanilli, will be judging the very first Camp Bestival Bake Off! Lily will be based in the Guardian Literary Institute on Friday morning to share her feedback and cast her judgement on your homemade efforts. So you’ll be able to prepare your wares at home before you leave for the festival – just make sure you get yourself a good travelling tin!

The last remaining weekend and day tickets are still on sale but you have to be quick if you want to join Labrinth, Richard Hawley and The Levellers at the four day festival.

South West Four Saturday tickets SOLD OUT


South West Four would like to thank everyone who has booked their place for our landmark event and helped make SW4 Saturday sell out for the 10th consecutive year! If you missed out on both Saturday and weekend ticketsdon’t panic just yet. There is one last chance for you to experience our 10th AnniversarySW4 Sunday tickets are still available but selling extremely fast.
Currently priced £52.50 + BF, SW4 Sunday will welcome yet more of the world’s greatest DJs and live electronic acts to Clapham Common. This includes headliners Example and Knife PartyUK festival exclusives from Boys Noize [Live] and Erick MorilloEric Prydz makes his only London date of 2013 at SW4, whilst Groove Armada play their first London festival outside of Lovebox in over a decade. These are just a handful of the dozens of outstanding acts performing this year, as they help make SW4’s 10th Anniversary an unforgettable, ground-breaking weekend.

Wilko Johnson to play Bingley Music Live

The final line up announcement of Bingley Music Live has revealed that Wilko Johnson has been added to the bill for this year’s edition of the festival.

The former Dr Feelgood guitarist was sadly diagnosed with terminal cancer in January. Fortunately he has remained healthy enough to undertake a series of live performances over the summer. This includes an appearance on the Main Stage at Myrtle Park on Saturday 31st August.

Since the 1970s the singer, guitarist and songwriter has been credited for his enormous contribution to the British rhythm and blues scene, firstly in Dr Feelgood and later as a member of Ian Dury and The Blockheads.

Widely hailed as one of the founding influences of the punk movement, Wilko conceded in a recent interview with The Guardian that his illness has lent him fresh perspective and given rise a particularly fertile creative period, admitting: 'I still feel like a hero on stage'.

Being a national rock'n'roll hero is what Wilko does best and Bingley can revel in Wilko’s distinctive choppy guitar sound and famous ‘duck walk’ one final time.

Wilko will be joined by the likes of Primal Scream, Chic feat. Nile Rodgers, The Human League, The Cribs, The Fratellis, The Neville Staple Band, Tinchy Stryder and Katy B during the much loved, three day Yorkshire festival which runs between Friday, 30 August and Sunday, 1 September.

Secret Garden Party 2014 early bird tickets go on sale TODAY

Following an absolute classic SECRET GARDEN PARTY last weekend organisers have decided to put EARLY BIRD TICKETS on sale today.

Organiser Fred Fellowes summed up :

‘I think this year had the best atmosphere yet. A lot of love came to the Party this year and I like to think we returned it with some great content, so a big thank you from the bottom of my heart to all our Gardeners for making it an outstanding event. Definitely a classic.’

Dates for next year are 24-27 July 2014. Tickets will be same price as Tier 1 tickets this year. (£137.50 plus booking fee). They can be purchased from Ticket link: