Over the fence: other festivals to check out this week

United Kingdom United Kingdom | by Leanne Kelsall | 16 July 2010

WOMAD 2010 23-25 July?

What is it?

Music, arts and dance come together at Charlton Park in Wiltshire this July, celebrating talent from all corners of the globe. WOMAD festival was created in 1982 by Genesis front man Peter Gabriel and exists today in several countries around the world. Feel free to take part in numerous workshops and enjoy all the performances regardless of your age as this is a family friendly event.

?Three to see:
Afro Celt Sound System
– Expect an exciting fusion of dance music, Irish folk sounds and African beats from this super group, Peter Gabriel himself gives them the thumbs up.

Rolf Harris and His Band
– Rolf is making appearances at UK festivals this year, make sure you catch up with the fun loving Aussie at WOMAD, he’s sure to put a smile on your face.

Imogen Heap
– The Grammy award winning singer song writer has found success as a solo artist and as part of duo Frou Frou, she incorporates multiple genres into her music to create inspirational sounds.

Can I get tickets?

Yes, it’s £125 for the weekend with camping totally free. There are a number of ticket options to suit all WOMAD goers including a spa ticket for an additional £100, for those who like to indulge.

Click here to buy WOMAD festival tickets.?

The Wickerman Festival 2010
23-24 July?

What is it?

To continue the celebration of art, head up north to bonny Scotland and you will find The Wickerman festival. Laying in arches of fresh land in east Kirkcarswell Farm you will see a 30ft wickerman, this represents the heart of the festival. The event is a lively, contemporary festival based around the ideas of the film of the same name. Don’t let this put you off, the atmosphere makes for a captivating occasion, with a host of music legends singing you into the night. Stunning fireworks and the burning of the wickerman makes Saturday night at the festival a memorial affair.??

Three to see:
The Charlatans
– There’s a reason these chaps are headlining the festival, head to the main stage to see them perform their classic indie rock hits.

Goldie Lookin Chain
– GLC is the only band to successfully perform their own chavved up version of comedic yet political rap, that’s what I call entertainment.?

808 State
– Formed in 1988, 808 State will chill you out, performing their melodic yet electronic music.

Can I get tickets?

They’re still readily available at £85 for the weekend which includes camping and parking. For just £6 you can buy your way into unlimited hot showers and clean loo’s, which is always a bonus at a festival.

Click here to buy Wickerman festival tickets.?

Indie Tracks Festival 2010
23-25 July
What is it?
Head to the Indie Tracks Festival at the Midlands Railway Centre and really let off some steam. The festival unifies the finest names in indie pop music and there are even free steam train rides for all ticket holders. Bands will take to the stage in the day whilst DJs hit the decks at night with some acts performing on the trains themselves.??Three to see:

Offbeat DJ – Offbeat has moved the indie genre away from its stereotypical style and into the modern day, creating the ultimate indie disco.

Be Like Pablo
– The band is currently recording their debut album, they’re going to be big so make sure you check them out at Indie Tracks first.

Betty and the Warewolves
– With a combination of interesting lyrics and quirky harmony’s they make for a promising live act. Watch out for the debut album, coming very soon.

Can I get tickets?

A weekend ticket costs £60 or a day ticket is £32.50 with free steam train rides and access to the farm and museum. Camping on a nearby site is available for an extra £25 per night. Be quick though, the festival is the place to be for indie fans throughout England.

Click here to buy Indie Tracks festival tickets.?

The Prodigy @ Milton Keynes Bowl 2010
24 July?

What is it?

Understandably The Prodigy announces its biggest ever solo performance and tickets sell out within minutes. What else can you expect from one of the biggest techno dance bands of all time? Milton Keynes Bowl is the location for the gig and it has already hosted some of the world’s biggest acts including The Offspring, The Ramones and David Bowie. The Prodigy is more than worthy of taking to the mic at Milton Keynes on 24 July, expect your heart to race and for thousands of fans to go wild.?

Three to see:
– These guys are the main support act and are renown for putting on an astounding live show. Listen out for songs off their latest album which fuses together their older drum and bass sounds along with some new dubstep insertions.

Chase and Status
– The band has already released some impressive new material this summer. Don’t expect to be able to stand still amongst the crowds of moving bodies that follow anywhere they play.

Does It Offend You Yeah?
– Showcasing the best in electronic dance music, the British musicians have continued to grow in popularity since their explosion into the music scene in the 90s. Watch them impress at the bowl before The Prodigy.

Can I get tickets?

Not unless you’re willing to pay miles over the original selling price to an independent seller as tickets quickly sold out after going on sale last October.

Truck Festival 2010
23-25 July
What is it?

Not too far away from the bowl is Truck festival, situated in Oxfordshire. The festival attracts 5,000 festival-goers to its successfully independent event, free from sponsors and corporate agenda. A sense of belonging can be found within this festival which was originally created by two brothers. The line up showcases some diverse talents and most of the profits are given to charity. ?

Three to see:
65 daysofstatic
– The experimental act is set to play on Saturday and will leave your hairs standing on edge at the very least.

Blood Red Shoes
– Hailing for Brighton come Blood Red Shoes with a recently released album in the bag. The band members are the coolest kids to return to music-bizz after starting up three years ago.

Future of the Left
– The rock influenced group are known for putting on an astounding live show and will bring to you a raw but wholly pleasing performance.

Can I get tickets?

Yes but call the box offices now to avoid disappointment. A weekend ticket will set you back £80 or day tickets are available at £49 (24 July) and £44 (25 July).

Click here to buy Truck Festival tickets.
High Voltage
23-25 July

What is it?
If none of the above suit your taste then why not try something a little more metal? High Voltage is an adequately named rock and metal festival, which takes place over a weekend in London’s Victoria Park. Join 29,999 other festival-goers to enjoy some legends of rock in the summer sun this weekend.

Three to see:
ZZ Top
– This magnificently bearded trio have been together for 40 years need no introduction. With several studio albums and numerous global tours under their leather belts, they’re worthy headliners for High Voltage.

Heaven and Hell (Tribute show)
– This is a tribute performance for the late Ronnie James Dio and is set to be an emotional yet celebratory moment in rock history. Show some love for the vocalist at the event.

Emerson Lake and Palmer
– The progressive rock act will headline the festival on Sunday, catch up with the band who have sold over 40 million albums.

Can I get tickets?

If you’re quick yes, they will cost you £135 for a full weekend ticket or £75 for the day. VIP and other additional packages are also available.

Click here to buy High Voltage Festival tickets.

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