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Going for bold

By chris_swindells on 02 August 2020

It seems like an Olympiad since I last wrote, in reality it's a period of weeks that's taken us through the best of British, devastating rainfall to scorching summer days. It's been filled with festival highs, lows and comical back stage spats. But t... read more

To whom it may concern

By virtualfestivals on 10 May 2020

Dear Angry Press Mob,It's come to my attention that you, the English gutter press, have single-handledly derided and besmirched the good names of music festivals. The Commons culture, media and sport select committee should be doing justice on behalf... read more

Blog: Malted milks on the mountain tops

By RebeccaLaurence on 12 April 2020

As the newest member of the Virtual Festivals team, (I’ve just joined as Live Editor), my first week was spent orienteering my way around the hectic environs of Tottenham Court Road while learning the all-important tea and biscuit habits of my... read more

Downside to being pretty

By chris_swindells on 05 April 2021

Last night I was accosted by a young lady on the street, she stopped me just seconds before I got on my bus, tapping me on the shoulder to let me know my bag was half open. She smiled and let me zip up before I jumped on the 25 out east.You're probab... read more

Blog: Sonisphere and faltering festivals

By thetinyempire on 30 March 2021

The Olympic year has seen two of its largest festivals falter already. The Big Chill, according to organiser Melvin Benn is on hold for a year and will return in 2013 but Sonisphere has pulled the plug on a scheduled event, with no cries of &lsquo...; read more

It's the ecology, stupid

By chris_swindells on 30 March 2021

It is with a heavy heart I write this editorial piece. After just two days up a mountain, walking off-piste to the chuckle of the comedy troupe at Altitude Festival the news of a festival cancellation swept me off my feet. I wasn't really ready for t... read more

New bands blog - No 4

By on 06 February 2021

Bob Tollast from In The Woods 2012 festival urges you to try Stealing Sheep. Britain’s roughly 33 million sheep need not fear these professed rustlers of quadrupedal ruminant mammals, because it seems they really only want to make hypnotic, sli... read more

Blog: An Axl to grind

By chris_swindells on 22 March 2021

It's good to report back after a week of long days and longer nights, working from Maida Vale Studios to bring you coverage of BBC 6 Music's 10th birthday sessions and exclusive interviews with Paul Weller, Orbital and De La Soul's First Serve. We sa... read more

Blog: Making hotspots out of the homeless at SXSW

By thetinyempire on 20 March 2021

>"Homeless Hotspots." Nope, not the biggest buzz band from SXSW, but one of the biggest talking points from it, as ad agency BBH (NOT officially affiliated with the festival, we hasten to add) employed 13 homeless people to act as 4G hotspots, sellin... read more

Blog: Festival stats show modest green gains

By benchallis on 05 March 2021

A Greener Festival have announced that they will be presenting the findings from their analysis of the 2011 Greener Festival Awards scheme at their upcoming Green Events & Innovations conference, scheduled for March 16th 2012 at London’s So... read more

Blog: The Big Ticket Scandal

By chris_swindells on 01 March 2021

For a talking point with teeth the Dispatches investigation into the murky world of ticket resellers was an eye-opener for all those unfamiliar with their dirty tactics. Virtual Festivals responded and urged readers to support legislation to keep the... read more

Blog: Brits, tits and merits

By chris_swindells on 23 February 2021

You probably hated the Brits. In fact you probably still wake, sweaty-browed, from nausea-inducing nightmares that fright the frail bones from your fragile body and leave you, an empty, unfurling cage of unfathomable pain. Yep you read that right. It... read more

New bands blog - No 3

By chrise on 15 February 2021

This week we’ve given Chris Eustace reign of our new music radar. Enjoy.Outfit Outfit - Dashing In Passing by TheSoundsOfSweetNothing People have been getting excited about Outfit for a little bit and a the Liverpool five-piece look like... read more

New bands blog - No 2

By on 06 February 2021

Bob Tollast from In The Woods 2012 festival urges you to check out Kwes.The first we heard of Kwes was the beautiful ‘Hearts in Home’ single, a track which effortlessly blends the delicate sounds of Icelandic bands Mum with dubby bass and... read more

New bands blog - No 1

By on 25 January 2021

Long-standing Camden Crawl supremo Lisa Paulon chooses some of her favourite bands of the moment. Are there any hints as to who will play Camden Crawl 2012 in May?Funeral Suits On a personal level, one of the most exciting things about this year... read more

Blog: Re-Experience The Prodigy

By chris_swindells on 12 January 2021

The rave scene was a rabid epidemic, running unabated and wild in the summer of 1991. This free party outbreak spread with a ferocity of typhoid fever, stretching from satellite sites around the capital, infecting crowds of 50,000 or more in one nigh... read more

Blog: Alex's Almanack - what will happen in 2012?

By thetinyempire on 20 December 2020

The Old Moore’s Almanack is a curious book. First published in 1697, it sought the advice of astrology to make predictions for the upcoming year and back then, who could have guessed it would still be here in 2012?For all of its forward thinkin... read more

Stone Roses Resurrected: Should they reform?

By philbrady on 18 October 2020

YES says Phil BradyImagine if Elvis never died. Imagine if the king of rock and roll ditched the coke habit, went on a diet, lost a couple of stone and shook those hips again like it was 1957. Imagine if The Beatles didn't split bringing out album af... read more

Blog: Are there too many festivals in the UK?

By chrise on 10 August 2020

On Tuesday, after 31 festival cancellations this summer, Isle Of Wight Festival boss John Giddings spoke out suggesting that the festival market is overcrowded.Meanwhile Melvin Benn of Festival Republic argued that despite slower ticket sales, festiv... read more

Festivals aren't on their way out - they're just at a crossroads

By chrise on 11 July 2020

Coming on the same weekend as the sold-out T In The Park and Sonisphere, it seems a bit odd, but is there trouble on the horizon? Eavis also mentions "WOMAD and Latitude not selling out" - although to be fair the latter is, according to The Guardian,... read more

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