August: the month where summer makes its last stand before September ushers in the harsh realities of the rest of the year. Back to school, back to work, back to raincoats; whatever your gripe, Autumn just can’t quite live up to every Brit’s favourite season. Fortunately, there’s a lot on in August to fend off the end of summer blues, with festivals taking place across the country and further afield in the likes of Croatia and Malta.
With plenty in August to get excited about, here are a few Ticket Arena picks from the abundance of delights on offer:
South West Four
Clapham Common, London
Specialising in electronic music, SW4 marks the end of summer with an extra loud bang, closing up on the 27th and 28th of August. DJs and live acts alike are brought to Clapham Common’s picture-perfect setting, with good vibes and stunning production levels marking the festival as a great fixture in London’s calendar.
Lineup: Rudimental, Andy C, Dizzee Rascal, Knife Party, Carl Cox, Paul Kalkbrenner, Armand Van Helden, Bondax, Black Coffee, Gorgon City, DJ EZ, Four Tet, John Digweed, Mistajam, Sub Focus, Shadow Child, Pete Tong, MK, Will Saul, Sven Vath, Recondite, Maya Jane Coles, Booka Shade, The Chemical Brothers
(South West Four and the London skyline - Photo: South West Four)
Piked Edge Farm, Colne
A stronghold for local promoters and artists, Skipton’s Reach Festival returns in August for its second year, offering Yorkshire an affordable and high-quality dance music festival, at a beautiful location at the wonderful Piked Edge Farm. The inaugural event was praised for its community spirit and fantastic atmosphere, making it a solid choice for anyone who values good vibes above big names.
Lineup: Stefano Noferini, Pirupa, Solardo, Jey Kurmis, Luke Pompey, Rickie DH
Madness Presents House Of Common
Clampham Common, London
Monday 29th August
British Ska heros Madness will be offering up their very own alternative to the Notting Hill Carnival this August Bank Holiday Monday with an action packed day of live music on Clapham Common. Following in the trend of ska music royalty appearing, Toots & The Maytals will also be performing along with the captian of the Black Ark Lee 'Scratch' Perry. A family friendly event sure to cater for all tastes.
Lineup: Madness, Toots & The Maytals, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, David Rodigan, Norman Jay MBE, Congo Natty, Hot 8 Brass Band, Craig Charles, Mike Skinner and Murkage Present Tonga, Ms Dynamite, Kiko Bun, Spring King, Terry Farley.
The Sound You Need
Uno Village, Ta Qali
Another to take place at Malta’s UNO Village, The Sound You Need grew from a music blog to move onto bigger and better things. With the festival making its debut this year from 26th to 29th of August, TSYN will hope that the artists on show can live up to the magnificent Maltese setting.
Lineup: Hudson Mohawke, Flight Facilities, Bondax, Durante, FKJ, Karma Kid, Kidnap Kid, TÂCHES, Maribou State
Uno Village, Ta Qali
Monday 15th August - Tuesday 16th August
Creamfields takes over Malta’s new Uno Village super-arena on 15th of August, celebrating the public holiday with international big hitters. The new venue is not your average arena, boasting 8000 square meters of tropical greenery and four stages for 7000 people to dance through the night. State of the art design in both visual and audio terms, the venue is a fitting playhouse for an international party brand.
Lineup: Chris Liebing, Guy Gerber, Oliver Heldens, Robin Schulz, Dubfire, Feder
(Creamfields Malta - Photo: Creamfields Malta)
Garden Festival Site, Tisno
Thursday 4th August - Monday 8th August
2016 marks the 8th year of Soundwave Croatia, a festival which prides itself as much on intimacy and friendliness as it does sterling bookings. On the menu, broken beat, reggae, afro, acid jazz, hip-hop, soul, funk, drum and bass and more make it a departure from the standard house and techno affair, with eclectic bookings complementing a relaxed atmosphere in the Adriatic Sea air. This year’s instalment, which runs from the 4th to the 8th of August, also happens to coincide with the annual Donkey Racing Championships, which have taken place in Tisno every summer since 1963, giving it perhaps the most unique selling point of any festival in the world...
Lineup: Pharoahe Monch, Mala, Craig Charles, Fatima & The Elgo Live Band, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Romare, Clap Clap, Henry Wu, Alexander Nut, Riot Jazz, Chunky, Bambooman, Sarah Williams White, Akala, Harvey Sutherland, Channel One Sound System, Eva Lazarus
Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
Thursday 4th August - Sunday 7th August
Wilderness wants you to ‘meet the world’ - and with a nature reserve open for festival attendees to roam, the festival organisers seem to know how to achieve this. Rolling back the days to simpler times, the festival promotes the arts alongside the outdoors, an exploration of the world outside and the person inside. Swim in the lakes or learn in the workshops, it’s up to you. Want to enjoy music or revel in the theatre? Wilderness has that covered. Want to go to talks, enjoy literature or connect with new people through enthralling activities? Sure, you can do that as well. Want to ignore all of the music, the arts, the talks, the workshops and the dining, and just bask in the sun and stroll in the tranquil open setting? Well, between August 4-7, that’s perfectly fine too.
Lineup: Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, The Flaming Lips, Crystal Fighters, Parov Stelar, Lianne La Havas, Goldie & Heritage Orchestra, Glass Animals, Matt Corby, Rosie Lowe, Cosmic Strip, Roy Ayers, The Odditorium
Caught By The River
Fulham Palace, London
Curated with love for music of all forms and styles, Caught By The River is a treasure hidden away in Fulham Palace. On Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th, the festival will bring the best in arts and the natural world together to the tune of a wide array of musical talents, with diversity celebrated with a beautiful balance of artists. Five of our picks from the festival can be found here.
Lineup: Low, Beth Orton, Mulatu Astatke, Super Furry Animals, Temples, Sun Ra Arkestra, Stealing Sheep, Chris Packham in conversation with Lauren Laverne, Tim Burgess (Talk), Imarhan, Kate Tempest in conversation with Miranda Sawyer
Whitebottom Farm, Stockport
A small festival looking to bring together like-minded people, Moovin is held at Stockport’s Whitebottom Farm from Friday 26th until Monday 29th. An eco-friendly, people-friendly event, Moovin will showcase the best in local, national and international talent with beautiful canopies of trees and wonderful lakes adding the finishing touches to the beautiful countryside surroundings.
Lineup: Lee Scratch Perry, Goldie, Congo Natty, Beardyman, Channel One Soundsystem, Stanton Warriors, Kalakuta, Bez, Riot Jazz, A Certain Ratio, The Mouse Outfit, Extra Love, 808 State (DJ Set)
Fort Punta Christo, Croatia
Fort Punta Christo takes some beating when picking the most recognisable locations for music festivals, and Dimensions certainly lives up to its beautiful setting with consistently lineups of outstanding natural beauty. Idyllic beaches are graced with parties during the day, with boats commandeered by the hottest talents to provide extra bang for your buck. The festival proper runs throughout the night, leaving the days for lounging in the sun if energy levels dip, with some of the most distinctive stages in the business carrying extraordinary sound system firepower to match the incredible artists that flock to the festival. Dimensions will kick off on the 25th of August, running until the 28th at its home in Pula, Croatia.
Lineup: Kamasi Washington, Massive Attack, Moodymann, Hiatus Kaiyote, Mood II Swing, Ron Trent, Daniel Bell, Ben UFO, Daniel Avery, Gilles Peterson, Octave One, Ben Klock, Hunee, Helena Hauff, Jeremy Underground, Mala, Zenker Brothers, Soichi Terada, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Highlife: Auntie Flo, Andrew, Esa, Shanti Celeste, Mim Suleiman, Motor City Drum Ensemble
(Dimensions' Fort Punta Christo - Photo: Free Rubens)
Glass Butter beach
Llanbedrog, Abersoch, North Wales
- North Wales hosts Glass Butter Beach, a festival taking place on the green pastures and soft sandy beaches of Llanbedrog, a town next to the surfing hotspot Abersoch. Not only does it have some of the UK’s best sandy shores and an array of bands and DJs, but it will this year also host the GBB Quadra Crown, an international Wakeboarding competition.
Lineup: Wolf Alice, Kodaline, Katy B, Mystery Jets, Jamie Lawson, Naughty Boy, Andy C, Patrick Topping, Julio Bashmore, Redlight, Waze & Odyssey, Huxley, Bodhi, Icarus, Zinc
Rivermead Reading, Reading / Bramham Park, Wetherby
Two of the biggest festivals in the country, Reading and Leeds share the same lineup across different days and are one of the first names to come to mind when thinking about indie and rock music. Running Friday 26th until Sunday 28th, the pair may not be the most glamorous of the summer offerings, but there’s a reason that they’ve been a fixture in the summer calendar for a good few decades.
Lineup: Foals, Chvrches, Disclosure, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Biffy Clyro, Fall Out Boy, A$AP Rocky, Eagles of Death Metal, Two Door Cinema Club, Nas, Crystal Castles, The Internet, Giggs, Cage The Elephant, The 1975, Duke Dumont, Oliver Heldens, Hannah Wants, DJ EZ, David Rodigan, Sophie, Birdy Nam Nam
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds at Lytham Festival
Lytham Green, Lytham, Lancashire
Thursday 4th August
The Oasis man won’t need to venture far from home as he takes his High Flying Birds to Lytham Festival, with the Mancunian and his band playing the Lancashire festival on Thursday 4th of August.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Main photos courtesy of Soundwave Croatia