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Posted May 15th 2019

Summer Festival Season 2019 with MV

We all know there are enough festivals in UK to keep us busy whole year long but nothing beats live music and sunny weather combination. Summer Festival season is starting soon, or maybe have already started with just passed The Great Escape? Either way we at Melting Vinyl want to share with you some of our fav’s in Brighton, London, UK and Europe getting us set for some summer fun!

Sea Change

May 24-26, Totnes, Devon, UK. £89

“Community power, female anger and proggy dance music: there is a lot to learn and a lot to love at Sea Change Festival in Totnes.” – the Quietus

Devon’s own Totnes, where Sea Change Festival comes from, at first sight might seem like a stereotypical British market town. It has the postcard-shop trappings of a holiday destination, and you might think that there was not much to Totnes for the experimental artist. Turns out thought that, as well as being a cute provincial town, Totnes is a community tuned in to all things artsy and cultural, with an eye on progressiveness and sustainability. Sea Change festival is undeniably a result of this attitude. One of their aims for 2019 is to commit zero to landfill and in near future be completely waste free. In 2018 the festival got moved to a new, countryside site, but still holds some shows in town based venues such as stunning and divine St. Mary’s Church.

Headline sets from Metronomy, The Comet is Coming and Gruff Rhys. Special commissions from Lubomyr Melnyk, Bill Ryder-Jones and Will Burns & Hannah Peel with Virginia Astley. Late night bangers from Gazelle Twin or late night ambience from Szun Waves. The best new music from Black Midi, TVAM – all of that and more this bank holiday weekend on Sea Change Festival!

Primavera Sound

May 30-Jun 1, Barcelona, Spain. €195 

Why risk spending your long-awaited festival in a mud paddle if you can go for sun guaranteed festival in Spain? Well known for its eclectic line-ups, Primavera dodges the regular big acts in favor of cult heroes, independent music and a healthy number of local acts. Alternative rock, hip hop, and experimental dance music. A massive deal breaker is that it is set on Barcelona’s hot sandy beach so you can leave your raincoat and tent at home and pack bikini and sun hat instead.

Line-up includes Cardi B, Erykah Badu, Solange, Interpol, J Balvin, Future, Janelle Monáe, James Blake, Robyn.

Best Kept Secret

May 31-Jun 2, Beekse Bergen, Netherlands. €175 

The name really says it all in this case – it really is one of the best kept secrets of Europe’s festival scene. Rarely ever mentioned on any of “Best festivals in Europe” articles and don’t expect to see 10s of adverts on your social media either. Only few hours drive from Brighton, very reasonably priced and placed by a beautiful lake. Previously described as “one of the best organised festivals ever” – forget long queues, dirty toilets, rude staff, loud camping neighbors and long walks from one stage to another. You can not only watch main stage acts while swimming in a lake but there are also designated people selling drinks while you IN THE LAKE! Not forget to mention an actual supermarket with cheap food and drinks on a camping site! If that doesn’t make you wanna drop everything and go straight away then just look at the line up that includes Bon Iver, Kraftwerk, Interpol, Death Grips, Kurt Vile, Stereolab, Mac Demarco and many more.

All Points East

May 24-June 2Victoria Park, London, UK. from £71.55

Besides the beach and the community and great music scene, one of the greatest perks of living in Brighton is the fact that, if you lucky enough and there’s no delays or replacements, it only takes 45 mins to get to London. Therefore, it’s a major music enthusiast sin to not take advantage of London’s festivals scene when having it on fingertips.

All Points East is an eclectic ten-day festival that takes over Victoria Park in late May and early June. The opening and closing three-day weekends are given over to music, with 2019 headliners including Bon Iver and The Strokes (previously promoted MV artists!). In between, there are four days of community-driven entertainment on the site, with comedy, film screenings, street food and much more. Those four days are free to enter, with some ticketed events inside. All in all then, a pretty epic event. Line up Includes Run The Jewels, Connan Mockasin, Mac Demarco, Metronomy, Kate Tempest and many more.

Field Day

June 7-9Meridian Water, London, UK. £77.50 + £22.50 for late night party.

Over the last decade Field Day has slowly become one of London’s very best music festivals, with a consistently excellent booking policy covering the world’s finest alternative acts. This year marks another big change for the event; it’s relocating again – this time to four huge warehouses in Enfield. Field Day 2019 takes place in a groundbreaking new festival venue, The Drumsheds, with state-of-the art production and the loudest festival sound system in the capital. Open until 3am, their new home features 10 acres of outdoor space and four gigantic interlinking warehouses. The line-up is typically on-point, though, with Jorja Smith headlining a bill that also includes Bonobo, Earl Sweatshirt, Todd Terje and Homeshake.

Black Deer

June 21-23Eridge Park, Kent, UK. £140

Black Deer is a Country and Americana Festival based in stunning valley location in the Garden of England. As well as being a ‘roots inspired’ celebration of this genre of music, you’ve also got alt-rock and genre-fusions from all kinds of up and coming bands, who are taking this world to exciting new places. There are however not just musicians but stuff you would associate with the “americana” lifestyle– custom motorcycles and smokehouse barbecued food. They’ve got BBQ experts from the States like Dr. BBQ and also a constant connection to the land and area they’re using with impressive local gastronomic insight.

Line-up includes Band Of Horses, The Shires, The Staves, The Dead South, Larkin Poe, Yola and many more.

Love Supreme

July 5-7, Glyne Place, UK. £140 

Love Supreme was John Coltrane’s fearless 1965 album that spirited jazz into uncharted territory. Six years young, the UK festival it inspired, which spreads over the lavish Glynde Place (just outside of Lewes) for a weekend in July. Celebrating all the things funky and jazzy and placed on basically Brighton’s doorstep, it sounds like a perfect recipe for a family weekend away-ish. This year’s line up includes fantastic Ms. Lauryn Hill, Gladys Knight, The Cinematic Orchestra and many more funky souls.

End Of The Road or Green Man?

Green Man Aug 15-18Brecon Beacons, Wales, £189.

End Of The Road Aug 29-Sep 1Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset, £192.

Are you one of those who ask themselves this question every year? Continuously, year by year, both of these great festivals offer some of Melting Vinyl’s forever favorite artists, and some we promote too. Events often described as ” the thinking person’s weekender of choice”. Tasteful indie and alternative, from pop to post-punk, straight out of BBC6 wet dream. Both set in one of the most beautiful sites one could only dream of – lush Breacon Beacon or Larmer Tree Garden’s mesmerizing labyrinths filled up with peacocks? Either way both of these events are a true treat for eyes, ears, and souls. This is probably why each year it only gets harder to pick between Green Man and End Of The Road.

Green man line-­up includes Four Tet, Father John Misty, Idles, Sharon Van Etten, Amadou & Mariam, Broken Social Scene, Whitney

End Of the Road line­-up includes Metronomy, Beirut, Michael Kiwanuka, Spiritualized, Courtney Barnett, Mitski, Sleaford Mods, Jarvis Cocker, Low, Deerhunter, Wire

Some go to the festivals for the lineup, some for the overall experience, some for simply a weekend away with friends or family. Whatever this festival summer will bring you we at Melting Vinyl hope you not only see some great artists but most importantly keep sane and safe! Have fun!

Forever yours and always caring Melting Vinyl team xxx