Festival Preview: The Alternatives

Indie Tracks 24th – 26th July, Derbyshire.

Adult: £55

Combines heritage trains and indie pop music. Guests are free to enjoy steam train rides, farm and museum, and enjoy a range of new and established indie pop bands.

The Headliners: Teenage Fanclub, Camera Obscura, Art Brut, Au Revoise Simone, Emmy The Great

The Alternatives: The Manhatten Love Suicides, Alaska, Butcher Boy, Cats on Fire, Fitness Forever, Bonne Idee, BMX Bandits, Cooper, Countryside, Cola Jet Set.

Indie Tracks, Derbyshire.

Indie Tracks, Derbyshire.

Field Day 1st August, London.

Adult: £29.50

A one day festival inspired by summer sports days and country fetes, this year’s selection of activities serves to remind festival-goers of life’s simpler pleasures.

The Headliners: Eat Your Own EARS DJ’S, Errors, Fennesz, Final Fantasy, First Aid Kit, Gaggle, Jon Hopkins, Mogwai, Santigold, Skream, The Horrors, The Temper Trap

The Alternatives: Allez Allez, Crispin Dior (Aitbf), Devil Made Me Do It, Four Tet, King Charles, Micachu And The Shapes, Mystery Jets, Plugs, S.C.U.M, Sian Alice Group, Stopmakingme (Aitbf), The Big Pink, Wild Beasts, Fanfarlo, James Yorkston, Juana Molina, Malcolm Middleton, Mumford And Sons, The Thing, Toumani Diabate, Wet Paint, Woodpigeon.

Field Day, London.

Field Day, London.

Summer Sundae 14th – 16th August, De Montfort, Leicester.

Adult & camping: £109

Leicester’s answer to Splendour and Dot-To-Dot featuring a cinema tent, Kidzone, The Garden and eFestivals Comedy.field-day1

The Headliners: The Streets, Mystery Jets, Idlewild, The Charlatans, The Zutons, Bon Iver, Saint Etienne, Bombay Bicycle Club

The Alternatives: Mum, Fanfarlo, Dananananaykroyd, BLK JKS, The Domino State, The Airbourne Toxic Event, Future of the Left, Baddies, First Aid Kit, Teitur, My Latest Novel, Charilift, Micachu & The Shapes, Mr Hudson,

Summer Sundae Festival, Leicester.

Summer Sundae Festival, Leicester.

Shambala 27th – 30th August, somewhere is Northamptonshire (shhh its a secret).

Adult Full Price: £99

Is a small, diverse and lively festival, famous for its warm atmosphere and unexpected suprises! Featuring cinemas, many workshops (dance, spiritual, craft, loads of kids activities, circus performance, talks, sauna, cafes, massive site art, a lovely crowd and a lot of surprises!

Bands TBA.

Shambala Festival, Northampton.

Shambala Festival, Northampton.

Green Man 21st – 23rd August, Wales.

Student Weekend: £99

The best alternative music festival featuring some of the best in bands, which takes place against the majestic backdrop of the Sugar Loaf Mountain.

The Headliners: Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear, Wilco, Camera Obscura, Roky Erickson, British Sea Power, Gang Gang Dance, Emmy The Great, Broken Records, Wave Machines, 6 Day Riot, Jarvis Cocker, Bon Iver, Noah And The Whale

The Alternatives: Four Tet, Beach House, Andrew Bird, Vetiver, Scott Matthews, Rodriguez, Sound Carriers, The Leisure Society, Stornoway, Dirty Three, The Aliens, The Phantom Band

Green Man Festival, Wales.

Green Man Festival, Wales.

Creamfields 29th and 30th August, Cheshire.

Adult Weekend (incl. camping) £100

Creamfields is the UK’s No.1 dance festival and over the last 10 years has held the crown as the world’s best dance festival. Continuing to deliver on line up, location, atmosphere, attractions and value for money! This year Creamfields returns as a 2 day camping festival.

The Headliners: Tiesto, MYLO, Basement Jaxx, Paul Van Duk, Dizzy Rascal, Calvin Harris, Filthy Dukes, 2manydjs,

The Alternatives: Friendly Fires, Luciano, Boys Noize, John Digweed, Sasha, Pete Tong, Judge Jules, Example, Nick Warren Dirty Vegas

Creamfields Festival, Cheshire.

Creamfields Festival, Cheshire.

End of the Road Festival 11th -13th September, Dorset

Adult Weekend (incl. camping) £115

A festival where music-loving, open minded and chilled out people get together in the beautiful countryside whilst parrots and peacocks wander around! This is the kind of festival where the ENTIRE line-up is the headliner in itself!

The Headliners: Explosions In The Sky, Herman Dune, Dirty Projectors, Shearwater, Vetiver, Fleet Foxes. Okkervil River, Alela Diane, The Broken Family Band, Efterklang, The Horrors, The Hold Steady, Steve Earle

The Alternatives: Mumford & Sons, The Mummers, Ohbijou, The Week That Was, Twi the Humble Feather, The Acorn, Blitzen Trapper, First Aid Kit,

End of the Road Festival, Dorset.

End of the Road Festival, Dorset.

Chris Jones

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