With the winter gradually becoming a distant memory, festival season begins to flower with the coming of April and May. Over the coming months, Groovefest make their debut in Malta, The Great Escape takes over Brighton and Lost Village returns to explore the woodland backdrop of Lincolnshire. Feast your eyes on our festival picks of the season.
Groovefest are hosting their debut festival in Malta this early May bank holiday, which will see some of house and techno’s fondest selectors playing across the island at both Café Del Mar and also at Gianpula, Malta’s famous multi room party complex. Amongst those playing are Apollonia, Andrea Oliva, Boris Werner, Chez Damier, Jamie Jones, Kerri Chandler and many more, with stages hosted by Egg London, Knee Deep In Sound, Circus and more.
Blackpool Rocks returns in 2016 to bring their second instalment of cutting edge music to the west coast, once again at Blackpool Winter Gardens just a few metres back from the beach. Here the likes of Danny Howard, Riton, Camelphat and Oliver Heldens will play alongside more talent over multiple rooms within Scarborough’s largest live music venue.
Live at Leeds
Live at Leeds has become the cities flagship event for new music, with over 15 venues across the city centre participating in this one-day festival that celebrates the ripe musical history in Leeds. Expect to see big stars alongside exciting up and coming talent from around Leeds playing in venues like The O2 Academy, The Brudenell and Leeds Uni Stylus. On the line up is Corinne Bailey Rae, Jess Glynne, Mystery Jets, Band Of Skulls, Spring King and much more.
Made In Leeds
Made In Leeds also falls on Saturday 30th of April, the same day as Live At Leeds, making this one huge day for the cities music scene. Made In Leeds focuses on electronic sounds and sees stages hosted by Back To Basics, Fibre, Federation and more, with Richy Ahmed, Denney, Tidy DJs, DJ Q, Flava D and Death on The Balcony playing amongst others.
The Great Escape
The Great Escape has become the pinnacle of music discovery in Brighton, as a number of venues team up to showcase music from around the city and beyond, who are hoping to be the next biggest thing. Artists including Stormzy, Shura, Fatoumata Diawara, Eagulls and Oh Wonder will be playing at venues like Patterns, Prince Albert, Horatios and Concorde 2.
Lost Village takes place just outside Lincoln in a hidden village. Lost in time and secluded from the outside world, Lost Village sees several constructed areas hosting cutting edge DJs and live artists of the ilk of Eats Everything, Âme, DJ Koze, Ben Klock, Mano Le Tough, Henrik Schwarz, KiNK and much more. Aside from the music there are several experiences to get involved in such as Tribal Banquets from the Michelin starred chef Michael O’Hare and Lee Westoctt, as well as hot tubs, holistic treatments and yoga at the lake of tranquillity and finally, a lost theatre, details of which are coming soon.
Common People is taking over two cities on the 28th of May, as Oxford and Southampton both their own instalment, with activities and music for all the family. 5 stages at both festivals will welcome huge stars like Duran Duran, Soul II Soul, Katy B, David Rodigan’s Ram Jam and DJ Zinc as well as lots of unsigned and unheard talent from around the country including Original Rabbit Foot, Spasm Band and Esther Joy Lane.
Words by Josh Plews
Photos courtesy of Lost Village