Jump on Board - Wakestock 2012 preview
Dizzee, Ed and more head to North Wales
Chris Eustace - 27 June 2012
Wakeboarding? What the hell is that?!
Well… it’s kind of like surfing crossed with waterskiing (although the purists will probably kill you for saying that), with the rider getting towed behind a speedboat, using the boat's wake to perform tricks and spins. The Wakestock rail course in Pwllheli Marina is one of the most famous outside the USA, and they'll be shuttle buses to take you to see the action there every day.
But there’s music too, right?
Yep! Wakestock has three days of bands and DJs coming to Cardigan Bay in the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales.
Who should I see?
He’s had a hell of a year. When he played Wakestock last year, ’The A Team’ had just gone Top 3. A year and a million selling album later, he’s headlining. Far superior live than on record, his guitar and loop pedal set-up should serve him well once again.
One of our Ones To Watch for this year, Mikill Pane is an MC, rapper and poet with a penchant for dropping often gritty, sometimes morose but always hard-hitting lines of fleshed out reflective verse. Having worked with Ed Sheeran in the past, they’re both on the same stage on the same day, so what price a duet or two?
Aluna Francis and George Reid – now you see where they got their name from – have been described as ‘popstep’ , with a clean and clear pop sheen blended with soul, old school UK garage, Timbaland style R&B, and the likes of the xx. It’s an intriguing mix which should see them win many friends over festival season.
The architect of UK hip-hop’s takeover of the mainstream returns to festival duty in a big way this summer, with a host of anthems to get the crowd jumping in his locker. He can keep things grimy with ‘I Luv U’, stay old skool with ‘Fix Up, Look Sharp’, then unleash the chart toppers with ‘Bonkers’ and ‘Dance Wiv Me’. Unmissable.
One of the country’s finest purveyors of dubstep, Jakwob scored big with the single ‘Electrify’, and there are other minimalist, euphoric hits-in-waiting where that came from. Grabbing at electro, ghetto-tech, breakbeat, dub, hip-hop and drum'n'bass, he’s busy redefining electronic music whilst still keeping it catchy.
Any more recommendations?
Check out the VF Wakestock Spotify playlist for even more musical goodness.
Click here for the full Wakestock line-up.
Wakestock 2012 takes place from 6-8 July 2012 in Cardigan Bay, North Wales.
Wakestock tickets are available now priced as follows:
Weekend with Camping £135.40 (including booking fee)
Weekend without campsite access £108 (including booking fee)
Quiet Campsite £141.50 (including booking fee)
Campervan Pass £55.40 (including booking fee)
Click here for Wakestock tickets.