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NO FESTIVAL LEFT BEHIND
No festival is too small so we list them all – and love them all
From huge international events showcasing the planet’s biggest stars to small one-day events in tiny spaces where grass-roots performers play to small but appreciative audiences – we believe every festival deserves to be celebrated and recognised…
And in the year of lockdown we are focusing on bringing all of the live streaming events we can find direct to your screen.
Our web-bots trawl social media for all the latest announcements from festivals across the country and further afield… you’ll read it here first.
A few things we love about festivals…
What makes a great festival? With so many shapes and sizes out there that’s not an easy question to answer – but here’s what we think…
It’s all too easy to just book big names and established acts – but a truluy great festival takes risks and scours the horizon for new and emerging performers who may have the talent to be the next generation of top stars.
VALUE FOR MONEY
We know it’s not cheap to stage a great festival, so ticket prices have to reflect this. But festivals need to get their pricing right and also be aware of how much they are charging for food and drink over the event, and how much of an impact this has on the overall experience.
Going to a festival shouldn’t be a passive experience – it should be immersive and give you the chance to be a part of the action. Festivals that find ways for their audiences to engage with the performance will always find that more people come back year after year.
How clean are your festival toilets and how many water points do you have in your campsite? How well briefed are your stewards and how friendly are your security staff? Is signage clear and is your program easy to read and understand? Get these thimngs right and you’ll win a lot of friends.
every year provides audiences with a fantastically curated and eclectic mix of music, theatre and comedy, with careful thought given to the tastes of the crowd but a willingness to try out new things.
THE PRICE IS RIGHT
Ticket prices are sensibly set, and on site food and drink prices are extremely fair.
Clean enough to eat your dinner in – say no more.
STAFF WHO CARE
Many of the stewards and security staff are as much regulars as the fans who come back year after year. They know the festival and they interact with guests in the best way possible.
Mik Artistik’s songs are far from formulaic. With subject matter ranging from plastic garden ornaments to leaves stuck under windscreen wipers his themes are heartfelt and obscure in equal measure…and the crowd loves him for it.
In the manner of a great stand-up comic, Mik reads his audiences like a book and seaks directly to them at every chance he gets – and in so doing wins new fans with every show.
At Glastonbury 2019 Mik put in at least 11 performances over the weekend (we lost count at that point) – ensuring that as many people as possible got to see himm at least once…
There is a sense of fun at every Mik Artistik gig you ever see – but behind that fun is a serious side… the spirit of a man who is fully committed to his craft and puts every ounce of energy into even the smallest show.
Here are a few of our favourite stalls from around the festival circuitFull trader listings
Although festival t-shirts are all well and good, most of the best clothes we’ve ever bought from festivals have been from vintage and charity shops. Oxfam often have some great and stylish bargains – but get in quick.
It’s simple and unpretentious, but filling, delicious and great value. The portions served up by the Roaming Rotisserie team always have us coming back for more – like Depeche Mode samg, we just can’t get enough!
The Really Good Bar Co bring a Real Ale selection to festivals – ranging from a small two-cask stillage on the back bar to racking and refrigeration for up to 100 casks. They source all the beers direct from local breweries.
Really Good Bar Co
Festival acts we love
What makes a great festival performance? For us it’s the ability to catch and hold the attention of a passing crowd…so here are just a few of our favourite acts who have what it takes to make your festival a memorable affair…
Blistering indie rock
Beans on Toast
Funke and the Two Tone Baby
A one man band with bells on
Mesmerising and passionate
Pete Bentham and ther Dinner Ladies
Pure roots funk
The Bar Steward Sons of Val Doonican
To know them is to love them
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