FESTIVALS ::: THE BIG 3
Nights are getting lighter and the heat is picking up, so what better to fixate over than another Backstaaage Best Three festivals? We Are Fstvl takes place this May bank holiday 26th- 28th, located just on the verge of London in Upminster, so there’s no excuse about travel and you know things get a bit nuts when there’s a bank holiday in sight.
With a barrage of awards under their belts including ‘Best New Festival,’ ‘Best Medium Sized Festival’ and Best International Festival,’ We Are FSTVL have brought their A-A-A game, not only delivering another 7 new stages but by including camping for those that don’t wanna go home but have to get the hell out of the arena. The weekend will go a little something like this, 50,000 festival goers, one massive airfield and a collective of some of the biggest names in electronic, garage and house music.
With the likes of Craig David presents TS5, Kurupt FM, 99 Souls, Mistajam, Katy B and Dizzee Rascal, they’ll be some absolute feel good vibes. MC’s Wiley, Bugzy Malone and Giggs will get the mosh pits started and My Nu Leng, Section Boyz, David Rodigan and Carl Cox will be spinning classics from the musical hey days to current releases.
Original stages will include Paradise, Defected In The House, UKF, Hospitality and Lovejuice, with additions from Circo Loco, Solid Grooves, Space and D-Vine Sounds to name a few.
Tickets start from £65.50 for day tickets and from £169.50 for 3 days standard camping… We’ve always made a lot of friends within a day that we’re a little uneasy about the mates that will be made if we call Damyns Hall Aerodrome our home for 3 days.
£67.50 Saturday non camping
£65.50 Sunday non camping
£119.50 2 day non camping
£169.50 Friday to Sunday standard camping (bring your own tent)
Tickets available here: http://www.wearefstvl.com/
Fresh Island brings the party vibes to Croatia, on one of the most notorious beaches in Pag, Zcre Beach has a uniqueness.
Having welcomed Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, Chris Brown, Nas, Stormzy and JME previously, there’s not a bit of techno, house or electro in sight, so you can leave your shuffles at home. Three superclubs spaced along one hell of a beach, mean that you can dance to your favourite DJ’s and MC’s whilst splashing around in a pool or as you dive into the ocean. With cocktails to make you wince in a good way, you could be on the Island on 11th- 13th July with Rae Stremmurd, Sean Paul, Tim Westwood, French Montana, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Krept & Konan.
If you’ve attended nights with Faded, Gold Teeth, Shorebitch and Rompa’s Reggae Shack, you’ll be pleased to hear that they’ll also be on the island and if like Fresh Island you’re not content with sticking to land, they’ll also have boat parties galore with P Diddy feels (make sure you bring all the white clothes you own!) Tickets for boat parties start from 32 euros and a 3 day festival ticket starts from 129.00 euros but Fresh Island aren’t about a weekender, they’ll be on the island a few days before for pre- parties and post parties for those who really know how to party.
This festival truly represents all there is to show in hip hop, grime, garage and r’n’b, and unlike sweaty UK clubs there’s a pool to dive into and a tan to show for it.
Tickets available here: http://fresh-island.org/
Islands are obviously the glam setting if you’re lucky enough to get abroad; combining sun, sea, sand and tunes but for our last festival pick we’re headed back to the airfield on British turf, welcoming Brighton festival Wild Life. We were there for the first one of its kind in 2015 and after a few nominations including ‘Best New Festival,’ you’ll want to get involved in its third year.
Adding more fuel with the help of carnival party curators Elrow and the famous Warehouse Party brand, the festival born from the creative minds of Disclosure & Rudimental will have you partying like you’re in Brazil. On 9th- 10th June, Brighton City Airport will welcome some of the biggest names in urban music, mixing in dance DJ extraordinaires, pop princes, princess’s and soulful divas. Over on the main stage you’ll lay witness to Chaka Chan, Stefflon Don, Giggs, Jess Glynne on the Friday and on Saturday, Stormzy, Damian Marley, Anne Marie and Dizzee Rascal will be causing chaos.
The Tropical/ Sounds Of The Future stage will feature even more music from the supremely worshipped Godfather of grime Wiley, funky house faves Crazy Cousinz, the mixing skills of Logan Sama and J Hus who just wants to get ‘friendly’ with festival attendees.
As a huge fan of both Rudimental and Disclosure, it would only be right that they play too!
Tickets available from £65.65 www.wildlifefestival.com
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