Over the fence: over festivals to check out this week

Waveform and Headstock under the microscope

Over the fence: over festivals to check out this week

Photographer: Michael Cox31 August 2010

Waveform Festival 2010 – 10-12 September

What is it?

With eleven stages of dance music, Waveform is a mecca for lovers of underground psy trance, minimal techno, ambient, glitch, drum n bass, dubstep and almost any other musical moniker you’re after. Waveform is powered 100% by renewable energy, it has a strict organic food policy and several waste reduction policies onsite for over the weekend, so you can enjoy blissed out partying without any of the guilt. There will also be a cabaret stage, healing area, kid's space and saunas for when the boom-da-boom-boom gets all too much.

Three to see

Evil Nine

With clutches of disco, stacks of dubby basslines and plenty of old skool synth stabs, Evil Nine make more people dance than we have pigeon holes for them…

Cut La Roc
Cut La Roc cut la teeth in Brighton, they were big beat’s underground ying to Fatboy Slim’s overground yang, the DJ and producer is now pushing hip hop with bubblin’ bass and broken drums.

Free Peace

The shores of Guildford have never sounded so cosmopolitan. With chunks of hip hop-styled funk, Caribbean beats and glimpses of world music, this group are one to catch while they’re still young.

Can I still get tickets?

You can but there are under 300 tickets left, so you best act fast. A weekend adult pass is £95, children (5-15 years) cost £22 each, while car parking and live in vehicles will cost you more.

Click here to buy Waveform Festival tickets.


Headstock Festival 2010 – 11 September

What is it?

New for 2010, Headstock is set to drive all its profits back into the Nottinghamshire’s Newstead community, a deprived ex-coal mining village. But put that to the back of your mind because it’s still all about having a party with five stages of music in a stunning rural location. Forty acts will provide the soundtrack to this family-friendly affair, which will also have a Speakeasy Café, an arts and crafts section, innovative workshops and a diverse range of places to eat and bars with – Mmm - real ale and cider.

Three to see

Ash

They may’ve ditched albums, but Ash still remain a great festival act, putting as much into it as a group from Mars would.

Frightened Rabbit
Crafted songs that whimsy between nu-folk and acoustic pop, all delivered in broad Scottish accent.

The Beat

The 80s ska group with the rat and kitchen conundrum are still going strong but now singer Ranking Roger has enlisted his son, Ranking Junior, to add that extra bit of energy into their shows as well.

Can I still get tickets?

You certainly can and they’re a steal at just £20 for the day with camping available for an extra fiver.

Click here to buy Headstock Festival tickets.

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