Festival season is now in full swing with masses of people flocking to various fields, parks and stately homes throughout the summer months for weekend long celebrations of music and arts. July brings with it a number of great gatherings that we recommend, stretching from one-day raves to weeklong camping affairs in the most lusciously green surroundings the country has to offer. Here we have picked the cream of the crop for the remainder of the month.
Cocoon In The Park
Now in its sixth year, Cocoon In The Park has become hailed as one of the pinnacle parties on the Leeds clubbing calendar and is a treasured day out for many up and down the country. On July 12th Cocoon’s own papa Sven will be flying over to Temple Newsam just outside Leeds city centre to serve us 4 hours of his best sounds, which never fail to close the day on a high. Playing the sunset set from 7pm, year after year Sven Väth’s creative transition from house to techno is a great spectacle to hear and see, all whilst darkness slowly creeps over the sloping field the single stage is set upon. Joining Sven will be names who have played the festival before and faces who have appeared throughout the year at Mint Club and its sister venues. These include Ricardo Villalobos, Seth Troxler, Apollonia and Enzo Siragusa. As always the stage will be set with the Cocoon dancers and plenty of visual treats from pyrotechnics to confetti canons. All we are praying for now is a spot of sunshine and you have a perfect day on the horizon.
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Electric Daisy Carnival UK
EDC has long been at the forefront of electronic music festivals in the American states that have hosted the extravaganza over the years. Combining world famous dance music artists with visuals that have become recognized as the festivals forte, EDC is now taking place in the United Kingdom as of 2013. This year on July 12th its return to the capital will be taking over The National Bowl in Milton Keynes with a wide variety of billed artists spread over 4 arenas. The music that will be flooding the bowl promises to sate the appetite of any house, techno, trance and hard dance lover, with the likes of Avicii, Steve Angello, Marco Carola, Dubfire, Paul Van Dyk, Ferry Corsten, The Tidy Boys and Andy Whitby playing amongst a host of other well known and established underground artists. With the soundtrack you can expect interactive art installations, stunning visual effects and laser carnival rides to complete your Electric Daisy experience.
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Devon’s Castle Hill Estate will play host to Somersault Festival for the first time this year from the 17th to the 21st of July. Boasting a wonderfully summer likened line up that includes folk stars Jack Johnson and Ben Howard, the inaugurating weekend is promising to kick off the festivals history to high standard. Activities and games for all ages make this a festival suited to many groups of people and the setting that its music will be heard is one of the most picturesque in the country. In the many corners of Castle Hill there will be stalls from The Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen, Fifteen Cornwall Pitt Cue Co. and The Ethicurean alongside stages hosted by Jack Wills and London music label Communion. When the day turns into night there will also be guest curated forest parties and areas to escape to such as Wild Wellbeing’s riverside retreat.
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Curated by dance music maestros Groove Armada, the award winning Lovebox Festival has been heralded at one of the capitals best weekends, and this year promises to be no different as an extensive host of established artists are taking to Victoria Park on the 18th and 19th of July. Now formed through six arenas that adhere a wide music policy, there is a large variety of talent including household names such as Chase & Status and Annie Mac, who are combined with some of the highest quality underground performers around including Adam Beyer, The Martinez Brothers, Special Request, Huxley and Joy Orbison. The main stages are not where your Lovebox adventure ends, with special festival experiences open to explore around the site. These include the first ever UK appearance of the Burning Man camp DISTRIKT, house party venue The Bearded Kitten Manor and The Candy Queens as well as a number of after dark events that are yet to be announced.
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The final festival tip of July taking place from the 25th to the 27th is Global Gathering, the 2-day knees up on Long Marston Airfield in Stratford, curated by the iconic dance music brand Godskitchen. Employing creative spaces to construct their stages including The Bunker, The Hanger and The Global Freight Depot there comes an experience of partying in places you wouldn’t get anywhere else. The artists who have played at Global Gathering since its first outing back in 2001 is again a wonderful mix of sounds that accentuate the brands vast musical tastes. This year, in tribute to Godskitchen’s 20 years on the music scene their stage will see Aly & Fila and Cosmic Gate with a host of other names who the brand have reckoned with over the years. Appearing in other parts of the festival – with stages hosted by the likes of Circus and Radio 1 – will be James Zabiela, Sub Focus, Maya Jane Coles, Green Velvet, Guti, The Prodigy, Eric Prydz, High Contrast and Jamie Jones.
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Words by Josh Plews
Photo courtesy of Daniel Watson
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