We give you a break down of our favourite festivals
The Secret Garden Party, Cambridgeshire
The Secret Garden Party will be in is it’s twelfth year this year and it appears to be only getting better. Originally started as a different option to the more mainstream festivals, SGP is set in stunning grounds of a Georgian house with a lake and landscaped garden - providing a pretty idyllic alternative. The first year it started the festival had around 1000 people attending this year you are looking at upwards of 20,000 but this in no way means they have compromised their all inclusive, enjoyment for all attitude. The music has varied over the years with previous headliners ranging from Lily Allen to Gorillaz and Blondie, this they have stuck to their alternate roots this year with the likes of Caribou and Primal Scream. This years theme is Space and Galaxy in a future world, so if you’re going might be worth your while checking out our Silver Edition Beams.
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El Dorado, Herefordshire
A brand, spanking new festival, built on escapism. Brought to you by Cirque Du Soul who describe themselves as “ a travelling collective energy of colour, magic and dance”. The festival is set in the luscious fields of Herefordshire among the grounds of Eastnor Castle, the former site of The Big Chill festival. El Dorado is the explorers ultimate discovery and Cirque Du Soul hopes their first festival will provide a place where festival goers can truly let go. The lineup is pretty awesome with the likes of Craig David' TS5 project, Basement Jaxx (DJ set) headlining this festival looks like one to watch.
BoomTown Fair, Winchester
BoomTown thrives on it’s independence and diversity - this really is one festival that cannot be duplicated. For all the lovers of ragga, ska and reggae with a gypsy spirit this is the place for you. The ultimate hippy festival where the focus is on like minded people coming together to celebrate individuality. Although a larger festival with around 50,000 attendees, each year a Mayor is elected by the ‘citizens’ just shows the sense of community the festival has. Music wise there are some great acts attending in 2016; Damian Marley, Skream, Electric Swing Circus, Stanton Warriors and Los De Abajo.
Bestival, Isle of White
Ah Bestival, truly the best festival for those who love a little trip across the sea to a land of bizarreness. Set up by Rob Da Bank and his wife Josie in the Isle of White due its outstanding beauty and the island has the most carnivals per capita in the whole of the UK. Fancy dress reigns supreme at Bestival, with everyone participating, previous themes have included Desert Island Disco, HMS Bestival and last year’s Summer of Love. Rob ensures the music is eclectic, to suit many tastes, the 2016 lineup continues this variety with artists such as Bastille to Camo and Krooked. The fun and adventure of road tripping with your friends onto the ferry only adds to the excitement of this four day extravaganza.
Love Saves The Day, Bristol
OK so the shortening of this one sounds like something you discuss at a clinic where you leave with a multitude of condoms however don’t let this put you off. LSTD is in the Motherland of dance music. Held at the end of May it kicks off the start of the festival season. With dance hero’s like Roni Size and Goldie in attendance it shows this is one is here to stay. This is the perfect combination of urban meets classic festival in the heart of Bristol. A huge highlight of LSTD is the Afterburner stage, the Arcadia installation, LSTD is the only place you will get to see the installation in the UK this year.