Over the fence: other festivals to check out this week

United Kingdom United Kingdom | by Phil Micallef | 14 May 2010

Radio 1's Big Weekend 201022-23 May

What is it?

A free of charge two-day treat courtesy of Radio 1 set in the North Wales town of Bangor. There will be four stages on display offering up performances from some of the biggest pop acts around to a number of new up and coming artists. There will also be live sets from some of the radio station’s most popular DJs.

Three to see:

Biffy Clyro – crunching guitar-fuelled power trio deservedly now hitting the big-time after years of hard work.
Dizzee Rascal – multi-award winning and best-selling rap gentleman who always brings the proverbial house down.
Pendulum – Australian drum n’ bass masters whose pulsating live show will most definitely be a big hit.

Can I still get tickets?

Unfortunately not.  The tickets were free for people who registered for selection, but the closing date for registration has since passed.

The Wood Festival 2010
21-23 May

What is it?

An offshoot of Truck Festival, described by organisers as Truck’s “folkier, younger, cleaner, greener and mysteriously beardier brother.” Wood takes place in Braziers Park, Oxfordshire and features a diverse range of mainly acoustic acts whilst proudly celebrating music and nature.

Three to see:
Frank Turner
– one of the UK’s best singer-songwriters, boasting a fine repertoire of punk-tinged folk.
The Unthanks – Mercury-prize nominated Northumberland 10-piece performing some powerful folk numbers.
Danny and the Champions of the World – highly-rated group with a soothing soul/folk crossover sound.

Can I still get tickets?

Yes, tickets are still on sale at the price of £70 for adults, £50 for 13-17 year olds and free for under-12s. The festival’s capacity is only 800 though, so make sure you hurry up and buy one before they disappear!

Click here to buy tickets for Wood Festival.

Stag and Dagger 2010
21 May (London), 22 May (Glasgow)

What is it?

A night of live music, DJ sets, art shows and film screenings all going down in the oh-so-very-trendy part of London that is Shoreditch.  Over 100 artists will be performing throughout 20 official venues.  A slightly smaller scale version takes place the next day in Glasgow.

Three to see:

Simian Mobile Disco – top class electro house from one of the country’s leading production and remix teams.
Pulled Apart By Horses – up and coming four-piece from Leeds with a wonderfully frenetic and loud sound.
Megaphonic Thrift – guitar-driven indie mayhem all the way from Norway.

Can I still get tickets?

You can – tickets are £15 in advance or £20 on the night and will get you into every single venue taking part.

Click here to buy tickets for Stag and Dagger.

22-23 May

What is it?

Dubbed as ‘The Acoustic Festival Of Great Britain’, this three-day feast at Uttoxeter Racecourse in Staffordshire will serve up some fine musical treats, stripped back down to the raw basics. As well as the music, there will also be a selection of comedy, workshops, crafts and, most importantly, real ale.

Three to see:
– legendary 60s folk star still going strong today.
Levellers – folk rock masters much loved among anarcho-punks, hippies and generally disenfranchised types.
3 Daft Monkeys – Cornish trio bringing together a host of folk styles to produce a real world-influenced sound.

Can I still get tickets?

Yes – weekend tickets with camping are £80 for adults and £25 for 10-15 year olds while non-camping weekend tickets are £65 for adults and £15 for 10-15 year olds.  Adult day tickets are £25 on the Friday, £30 on the Saturday and £27.50 on the Sunday.  Day tickets for 10-15 year olds are £10 on each day.

Click here to buy tickets for Mayfest.

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