Over the fence: other festivals to check out

Ben Parkinson previews the best festivals around this coming weekend.

Guilfest 201016-18 July

What is it?
Similar musically in some ways to the larger Glastonbury Festival, Guilfest offers a generous spread of genres, including rock, folk and blues.  Loved for its laid back atmosphere, it is a festival for the whole family complete with KidZone and outdoor swimming lido, all set in the oasis of Stoke Park, Guilford.

Three to see:
– One of the most successful techno acts of the 90s, the duo filled the Royal Albert Hall as well as making numerous appearances at Glastonbury over the years.

The Human League
– The original superstars of synth-pop and remembered for such classic tracks as ‘Don’t You Want Me’ among eight other Top 10 hits, The Human League will be bringing a touch of their original electronic style to Guilfest.

Chase and Status (DJ Set)
– Chase and Status will be taking a break from their 2010 live show tour and returning to their deck orientated roots for another classic DJ set.

Can I get tickets?

Adult weekend camping is available for £115, with a child camping ticket costing £63. Without camping adults get in for £105 for the weekend while a child ticket would cost £53.  Day tickets are available for all three days at various prices ranging between £30 and £50.

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Larmer Tree Festival 2010
14-18 July

What is it?
Larmer Tree Festival offers a diverse blend of soulful music, comedy, theatre and film as well various events and workshops to keep the kids occupied. It has been created lovingly as a ‘sponsor-free’ event complete with local food and drink stalls, as well as an atmosphere and facilities that have seen the festival scoop both the ‘Best Family Festival’ and ‘Best Toilets’ awards at the UK Festival Awards in recent years.

Three to see:
Toots and The Maytals
– Some of the all-time great reggae ambassadors, Toots and The Maytals have that sound, refined over the past five decades, that makes getting up and dancing irresistible.

Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, special guest Alison Moyet
– The pianist and band-leader extraordinaire returns with his critically acclaimed Rhythm and Blues Orchestra and blues-throated singer Alison Moyet.

Easy Star All-Stars
– A dub/reggae act from New York City, Easy Star All-Stars are known for their high quality dubbed up covers of popular albums such as Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ and Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer’.  Their most recent venture was a track by track cover version of The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Peppers’ Lonely Hearts Club Band’ released in 2009.

Can I get tickets?
3,4 and 5-day tickets including camping and parking are all still available with prices ranging from £120 to £184 for adults, £95 to £152 for youths (aged 11-17) and £75 to £124 for kids (aged 5-10). Some day tickets are still available for Thursday, Saturday and Sunday priced between £22 and £58, however day tickets for Wednesday and Friday have now sold out completely, as have tickets for kids and youths on Saturday.

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2000 Trees Festival 2010
15-18 July

What is it?
2000 Trees Festival is a small event (with a capacity of around 3000), focused on environmental sustainability as well as promoting quality new and established acts at a reasonable price. Winner of ‘Best Small Festival’ at the 2008 UK Festival Awards, 2000 Trees uses locally sourced food, drink and biofuel as well as strongly encouraging festival goers to recycle, reducing waste in 2009 by 90 per cent.  

Three to see:
Frank Turner
– Folk/punk singer-songwriter Frank Turner first achieved fame as the singer of post-hardcore band Million Dead.  Since the band split in 2005 he has achieved critical acclaim with his unique acoustic take on country and folk music.

– The electronic indie stars are known for their abstract and engaging live performances complete with a spattering of live keyboards, melodica and saxophone.

The Subways
– The alternative indie three-piece have grown a cult-like status following near-annual performances and Leeds and Reading Festivals that vastly outweighs their chart success, and are undoubtedly masters of the live environment

Can I get tickets?

Unfortunately 2000 Trees 2010 has now sold out, but if you’re a lucky one who got a ticket early then you might just enjoy the best 2000 Trees yet.