The Festival Playlist

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With Europe’s summer festivals well on their way after an epic early season (we’re looking at you Horizon and Snowbombing) it’s time for us to indulge in some good new music and celebrate some classics along the way.

This is our guide to some of the places we want to be submerged in a crowd of mud and sweat this summer, and who we look forward to seeing most whilst there.

The Festival Playlist

NASS – Bath and West Showground – 11th – 13th July

The National Action Sports Show is a big one in our calendar and we love going back there. With a mix of BMX, skate, hip-hop, rock and a serious amount of good times, NASS has played host to some amazing acts in the past and 2014 doesn’t disappoint.
The legendary Cypress Hill will be headlining the main stage, whilst the equally nostalgic Reel Big Fish are playing the rock stage. For day time activities the Pro Park is the place to be, we’ll be firmly stood watching the world class field of skate and BMX riders fight it out for the prize purse.

James Threlfall NASS

Latitude – Suffolk – 17th – 20th July

If ever there was such a thing as a sophisticated festival, then Latitude is it. In the beautiful surroundings of Henham Park, Suffolk, the ‘Queen of arts festivals’ (The Independent) plays host to a mix of music, film comedy and readings in a super cool interpretation of the modern day festival.

Brit-pop legend Damon Albarn is headlining the Saturday whilst the quite incredible Black Keys will be playing the Sunday night. Kevin Bridges is also in town to make funnies and there are plenty of opportunities to unleash a little creativity in one of the craftiest weekends going.

Dour Festival – Belgium – 17th – 20th July
Whilst Tomorrowland may be the name more festival goers are familiar with, Dour Festival looks like it has something pretty different going on and that excites us no end. Now in its 26th year, you can expect to see an eclectic mix of acts head to the Belgian municipality for an explosion of fun this summer.

Klaxons, Jagwar Ma and prospect of the Hives would all be high on our agenda, but for a feel good summer track we would be making sure we’re in the thick of it for French duo Klingande’s set.

Secret Garden Party – Huntingdon – 24th – 27th July
Mud wrestling, paint fights, great lakes and brilliant music: The Secret Garden Party has been growing since its inception and is truly full of silliness. It’s so silly that it’s nigh on impossible to put into words just how much fun can be had here, so we won’t bother trying. What we will tell you though is that if it’s not on your radar, it should be.

Boardmasters – Newquay – 6th – 10th August
Surf, music and sometimes sun. Boardmasters is us all over and it’s always a pleasure to be part of the biggest date in the UK surfing calendar. This year we’re proud to be sponsoring the Animal Pro Junior surf competition at Fistral beach, where Jobe Harriss will be vying to take home the title once more.

Blessed with two sites, the music will be going down both on the beach and at the incredible Watergate Bay, where the likes of Bastille, Zane Lowe and The Enemy will all be performing. Our picks for the weekend include Bipolar Sunshine and MØ, definitely worth checking out for a chilled summer sound that will ease you into the late evening’s antics.

Boardmasters

Reading and Leeds Festival – Reading and Leeds (strangely) – 22nd – 24th August
A weekend of epic proportions, Reading and Leeds never disappoint and are top of our list when it comes to rock festivals. Running since 1989, it’s a big one on the UK scene and will have the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age and Blink 182 all on the main stage this year.
The Radio 1 /NME stage is renowned for its closing sets (Bloc Party in 2005 bring back fond memories), and Nero will be doing the damage this year.

Bestival – Isle of Wight – 4th – 7th September
Widely regarded as the end of the summer festival period, Bestival is something that everyone should try and experience at some point in their life. Creative, fun and with something for everyone, the line-up for this year is huge with hip-hop icons Outkast performing on the same stage as Beck, you rarely find a collection of musicians so diverse.
Make sure you explore the vast arena as there are plenty of smaller acts with bags of talent to check out; the comedy tent is also a good one to visit. Don’t forget your fancy dress for the Sunday either, ‘Desert Island Disco’ is this year’s theme.

Sam Dale

The Playlist

Nick Mulvey – Cucurucu – Bestival

Vampire Weekend – Step – Reading and Leeds

Klingande – Jubel – Dour Festival

Foals – Inhaler - Bestival

MØ – Say you’ll be there – Boardmasters

Caribou – Odessa - Bestival

Public Enemy – Harder than you think - Secret Garden Party

Blink 182 – Miss you – Reading and Leeds

Borgore – Sleepyhead (Passion Pit remix) – NASS

Jake Bugg – What doesn’t kill you – Reading and Leeds

Damon Albarn – Heavy seas of love - Latitude

Bipolar Sunshine – Where did the love go – Boardmasters

Reel Big Fish – Beer – NASS

Crystal Fighters – At home - Latitude

Jagwar Ma – Come save me - Secret Garden Party

Hozier – Church – Latitude

Klaxons – There is no other time – Dour Festival