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Posted March 5th 2018

2018 favourites in music festivals

Early 2018 is the time festivals begin to announce their line-ups and there’s been some pretty excellent looking ones so far.
Take a look below at what we’re looking forward to going to!

Anna Moulson (Owner)
Seachange, Totnes
A festival in the south-west’s equivalent of Lewes, I’m looking forward to seeing Brighton’s Lost Horizons with Innerstrings’ visuals. It’s a small festival with quirky, well chosen venues and there’s always sunshine.

Sounds from the other City, Salford
Manchester promoters unite and create a festival outside of the City. Each promoter puts together a stage of artists; last year I discovered Snapped Ankles and Amber Arcade, this year I’m looking forward to seeing more new artists.

Helen Brown (Marketing / Programming)
End of the Road, Dorset
I admittedly am not a fan of the great outdoor British festival, mainly due to not having grown up with its spectacle and being bamboozled by temperamental weather. However it doesn’t mean I don’t idealise going to so many! End of the Road is one of those festivals and I really look forward to playing it this year and going to it as an audience all for the first time!

Bluedot Festival, Cheshire
A festival built around stargazing and an observatory, what’s not to love?!
I’m hoping for a lot of sci-fi, psych-themed performance spaces and shooting stars!

Rachel Wilson (Production / Accounts)
Primavera Sound, Barcelona
Looking further afield, Primavera Sound in Barcelona boasts a very impressive line up this year to rival many other festivals taking place. Sadly I won’t be going this year, but acts that would definitely be among my list to watch are Fever Ray, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Bjork, Nils Frahm and local Brighton talent Yonaka.

Wilderness Festival, Cornbury Park
I went to Wilderness a few years back and had an amazing time all round. A festival of music, arts, tranquility amongst many other things, this year’s full line up has yet to be announced but it’s shaping up nicely with the likes of Nile Rodgers & Chic, Jon Hopkins and a Groove Armada DJ set.

Sophie Smith-Roberts (Intern)
Primavera Sound, Barcelona
Home to one of Europe’s best festivals, Barcelona’s coast is where you want to be this May/June. Set under the Spanish sun with a line up bigger than you can imagine. Primavera’s standouts this year include the likes of: Nick Cave, The National,The Breeders, Haim, Lorde, Lykke Li, Bjork and Rex Orange County.

Boomtown, Winchester
One of the most immersive festivals out there, with actors, pop-up city districts and activities galore making you feel a part of the ‘city’, Boomtown is never one to miss. The music range is vast too, from reggae, DnB, electro, folk to hip hop. This year’s big names include: Gorillaz, Die Antwood, Limp Bizkit, Soul II Soul, Maribou State and Goldie.