Over The Fence: other festivals to check out this week

Neil Outram on the other festivals you should be checking out this coming weekend.

Loopallu Festival 2010 – 17-18 September

What is it?
The ‘little fest in the west’ is an intimate festival set in the fishing village of Ullapool, Scotland. With a capacity of just 2,500 and one main big top stage, it’s known for its friendly atmosphere and packing well above its weight with its line-ups, which feature big names and local acts. When the party stops at the big top, it resumes in the local pubs with fringe events offering live music into the wee hours.

Three to see

The Magic Numbers
The two pairs of brothers and sisters returned this year with a new album showcasing their sing-along hooks and spine-tingling melodies. Expect the big top to be swaying and grinning to this charismatic foursome.

The Scottish indie rockers are due a hiatus after their current tour of ‘Post Electric Blues’ and the re-release of their 2000 album ‘100 Broken Windows’, so catch them while you can.

Adrian Edmondson and The Bad Shepherds
Anyone who’s seen Ade in Bottom or Young Ones knows what a performer he is. Take that, add a group of quality musicians playing punk songs on folky instruments and you have one of Britain’s festival favourites.

Can I still get tickets?
You can but you better get in quick. Weekend only tickets cost £55 and weekend tickets including camping cost £70. Under-12s go free and campervan tickets are priced at £25.

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Out of the Ordinary Festival 2010 – 17-19 September

What is it?
A family and environmentally friendly festival set in Knockhatch Farm, Hailsham, Sussex, celebrating the Autumn Equinox. The three music stages are solar powered and wind generators provide much of what the rest of the weekender needs, which includes talks, workshops, children’s activities, a green market place and much more.

Three to see

Nucleus Roots
This Manchunian reggae group has been going strong for almost 15 years, changing members like a dub Sugababes in the process, but without sacrificing the authentic sound that harks back to reggae’s golden days.

Far Too Loud
Far Too Loud, a.k.a. Oli Cash, has gained a reputation in dance music for quality, dancefloor-destroying production. Originally rooted in breakbeat, his sound has developed and diversified, creating a mix of hard-hitting beats, dirty bass lines and detailed production that has acts clambering for remixes and dancefloors bouncing.

Seize the Day

It seems as if Out of the Ordinary was made for this British folk band. Founded in 1996 by two men miffed at road-building, they have grown and evolved, taking on several members, who all play their brand of radical protest songs addressing political and environmental issues on a solar powered PA system and refuse to fly due to concerns about pollution.

Can I still get tickets?
Absolutely: a three day adult camping pass is £75; two day passes for either Friday/ Saturday or Saturday/Sunday are £65 or £60 respectively; single day tickets for Friday or Saturday are £30, with Sunday tickets costing £25; tickets for children aged seven to 16 cost £10 with under 7s allowed in for free; campervan/caravan entry costs £30 and car parking costs £10.

Ticket transactions are made by text or telephone via bank transfer or cash deposit, as organisers say they’re the greenest ways to pay.

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Turning Point Festival 2010 – 17-19 September

What is it?
Turning Point Festival boasts five stages and hosts 300 acts in Camden’s Roundhouse. As well as big names in music, it has comedy, dance, fashion, cabaret and more all under one roof. The event is masterminded by a creative team of under-25s, ensuring the entertainment on show is current and exciting, sending off the summer with a bang.

Three to see

Professor Green
The East London rapper has been touring with Lily Allen, who features on his single ‘Just Be Good to Green’, and The Game of late, building a fan base with his witty lyrics and snappy delivery.

Roll Deep
The grime collective have a rotating door of talent, which has seen the likes of Dizzee Rascal and Tinchy Stryder make appearances in years gone by. The current line-up is headed by Wiley and has a mainstream dance sound typified by their number one hits ‘Good Time’ and ‘Green Light’. Whether or not you’re a fan of grime, they’ll have the beats to move your feet.

Ms. Dynamite
Once the queen of British R&B and hip hop, Ms. Dynamite went quiet for a few years, but now she’s back and looking to reclaim her place in the nation’s hearts, minds and ears.

Can I still get tickets?
You can and at a snip. Single day tickets cost £15 for Friday, £18 for Saturday or £8 for Sunday, with a three-day pass costing just £28.

Click here to buy Turning Point Festival tickets.

Southsea Festival 2010 – 18 September

What is it?
An independent festival taking place across a number of venues on Albert Road in Southsea, Portsmouth, featuring newly established and unsigned music acts, DJs, poets and artists. The event supports the Ellen McArthur Trust, a charity for children with cancer.

Three to see

Goldheart Assembly
Described in The Guardian as “Fleet Foxes crossed with the Hollies”, this alternative pop/rock band from London has been making quite a splash lately. It began with their debut single on a small indie label selling out in a day. Since then they’ve proved favourites with the press, been championed by BBC 6Music, appeared at major festivals like Glastonbury, V, Latitude, Reading and Leeds, and been signed up by a bigger label. Catch them before they make it big and cost you £50 to see them at the O2.

The Xcerts
Similar to the above act, this three-piece alt rock band from Aberdeen has been attracting attention from press, radio, TV and festivals alike. Their new album, due out in October, is being produced by none other than Mike Sapone, who’s worked with the likes of Taking Back Sunday, Brand New and Public Enemy. They call their style “distorted pop” – think heartstring tugging, fist pumping grungy melodies.

The Strange Death of Liberal England
Local boys with a strong following, including popular BBC DJs, this folk-influenced alt rock band release their debut album the week of the festival.

Can I still get tickets?
The early birds are sold out but regular tickets are still available at £15 for adults and £8 for children if pre-booked. Tickets on the day cost £18 with under-12s allowed in for free.

Click here to buy Southsea Festival tickets.