Entries in Festival (4)


Global Gathering 2012

Following my first year at Global Gathering in 2011, it was without doubt the first festival down on my list for 2012, and with the first signs of a long overdue UK summer peeping through on Friday morning, it was once again set to be the best weekend of the year. The journey was a bit of a nightmare, as it was last year, with the shuttle buses being the most frustrating part, but before we knew it we had landed on site and the sun was beating down on thousands of festival goers. Some of the biggest names in International Dance music were on the line-up and ready to destroy numerous diverse sounding stages at the iconic Long Marston Airfield site in Stratford upon Avon.

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Parklife Weekender 2012

June has arrived, which can only mean one thing, festival season is here! First up was Parklife Weekender (June 9th-10th), which is one of the UK's only city-based festivals and is set in Platt Fields Park, Manchester. With my sister (Emily Coxhead) living in Manchester, she came along with me to take all the photographs used in this review and provided me with a bed for the weekend, due to the event being a non-camping affair. As far as UK festivals go, Parklife boasts one of the best line-ups of 2012, with legendary headline acts Chic & De La Soul blessing the main stage - I was hoping it wouldn't let me down, and it didn't, not one bit.

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Global Gathering 2011

After the weirdest trip of my life to Wakestock, the next festival stop this Summer was Global Gathering (accompanied by my good friend Thomas Wormald), one of the biggest dance festivals in the world. Based in Stratford-Upon Avon, I'm happy to say that the public transport was much more reliable than that which took us to North Wales, with train station waits of less than 20 mins each, a shuttle bus awaiting our arrival and an overall journey time of just under 3 hours (ish) from Manchester straight to the site. Having been told that no alcohol was allowed on site, we had already consumed 7 beers before making our way through the gates; however, neither us or our bags didn't get searched (bit weird), meaning we entered the festival with 2 litres of Rum & Gin, which was a huge relief for both of us after seeing the price of alcohol (£45 for 24 Tuborgs!).

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Wakestock Festival 2011

Last weekend me and Dave Macnamara from andeveryonesadj had a trip down to Wakestock Festival in North Wales courtesy of Cadbury, who are currently doing the rounds to promote their new TV show, Minute To Win It (more on that later). We were supposed to be down on the Friday, however Dave missed his plane back from Ireland and it took me 8 trains, 1 very long bus and 10 hours to reach our hotel, which meant we unfortunately missed Yasmin, Rizzle Kicks, Chase & Status and interview opportunities with Iwan Thomas and Huw Stephens. However, we were both up early on Saturday and made our way up to the venue at 4pm, only to find that the music started at 6 (par). During the two hours we had to kill, we started drinking (well I did, and Dave had his sixth beer of the day) and ventured over the Cadbury stand to find out more about the TV show, which will be starting on ITV2 in the next few months. The idea of the show is to get people active during the lead up to the Olympic Games in London, whether it be running, swimming or doing small fun games that were available for all to sample at the Festival. There was everything from bouncing ping pong balls into fish bowls, slingshotting Cream Eggs through holes and balancing on Wispa bars (as you can see below, Dave wasn't so good at that one after the amount alcohol that had been consumed) - we played six games, and I won 4-2, of course. But yeah, the whole idea was really cool - it was nice to see something like this at a festival, working in harmony with the music side of the event, encouraging competition and just generally promoting physical activity. As someone who has just finished a Sport Development degree and runs a Music Blog, it was brilliant to have the chance to see my two favourite things on a site like this together. You can read more about the Minute To Win It campaign, HERE.

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