MISCHIEF FESTIVAL – REVIEW

To paraphrase one of Beans On Toast’s lyrics from ‘Death Of A Festival’, Slamboree’s huge summer track; there really does seem to be fifty different festivals every weekend. The main payoff for all our country’s S.A.D. inducing weather is that living in the UK, you are exposed to one of the most vibrant musical and … Continue reading

BEACONS FESTIVAL – REVIEW

Previously known as Moorfest, just a few brief years into its new incarnation and Beacons has become not only a fully fledged festival but one of brilliant quality. Although comparatively a minnow, when set against some of the behemoths of the UK’s summer circuit, the organiser’s commitment to a solid arts roster, some extremely well … Continue reading

STRAIGHT UP MANCHESTER MISCHIEF – REVIEW

It’s that time of the summer again and those scamps from Mischief Festival have been taking their own brand of good, old-fashioned, dirty fun for a spin up North. After a successful Leeds warm-up party last year, the Fam, ever one’s to keep it fresh, chose big, bad Manchestaaaar as the host for 2013, and … Continue reading

BEATHERDER – REVIEW

Before regulation, before the awful Criminal Justice Act of 1994, before corporate sponsorship and sound limiters, there was the festival. If you cast your gaze back, across videos of Terry Reid playing the Glastonbury Fayre of 1971 or later, Spiral Tribe at Castlemorton in 1992, you get a sense of the freedom and creativity that … Continue reading

PARKLIFE FESTIVAL – REVIEW

Parklife 2013 was certainly the biggest, most colourful and most exciting yet. With the move from the inner city Platt Fields Park, to the out-of-town Heaton Park, a venue that has played to host to both Oasis and The Stone Roses in recent years, the extra space and lack of serious sound limitation saw an … Continue reading