Festival Preview: The Big Events

This is a little guide to what bands are playing over the summer months split into The Headliners, Ones to Watch and the Best Alternative bands to go and see.

Leeds and Reading Fri 28th-Sun 30th August, Leeds and Reading.

Weekend Ticket + Camping: £175, Day Ticket: £70

The Big Names: Artic Monkeys, Radiohead, Kings Of Leon, Prodidgy, Bloc Party, Kaiser Chiefs, Maximo Park, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Placebo.

Ones to watch: Friendly Fires, White Lies, Crystal Castles, Passion Pit, Matronomy, The Horrors,

The Best Alternatives: A Place To Bury Strangers, The Big Pink, Grammatics, The Joy Formidable, The Airbourne Toxic Event, Metric, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Pulled Apart By Horses, Titus Andronicus, The Virgins and White Denim. and

The Big Chill Fri 6th– Sun 9th August, Malvern Hills Herefordshire.

Adult: £145, Student: £110, Ticket + Travel: £165

The Big Names: David Byrne, Orbital, Basement Jaxx, Spiritualized

Ones to Watch: Lindstom, British Sea Power, Calexico, Andrew Bird, Amadou and Mariam

The Best Alternatives: Friendly Fires, Noah and the Whale, Emmy the Great, The Invisible, Telepathe, The Field

Bestival 2009

Bestival Fri 11th – Sun 13th September, Isle of Wight.

Weekend Tickets: £140 (£125 NUS)

The Big Names: Kraftwerk, Massive Attack, Elbow, MGMT, Fleet Foxes, Doves, Seasick Steve, Klaxons, Lily Allen

Ones to Watch: Dirty Projectors, Bat for Lashes, Soulwax, Florence and the Mchine, Metronomy, Micachu and the Shapes, The Big Pink, Friendly Fires, The Field

The Best Alternatives: Peggy Sue, Blue Roses, Alessi’s Ark, Frightened Rabbit, Maps, Wave Mchines, The Horrors, Casio Kids, The Mumurs, Vetiver, The Acorn, Lemonade.

Bingley Music Festival Fri 4th – Sun 6th September, Bingly, West Yorkshire.

Weekend Ticket: £25 + booking fee. Friday is FREE.

The Bigs Names: Editors, Doves, Calvin Harris, The Zutons, White Belt Yellow Tag, VV Brown

Ones to Watch: Ocean Colour Scene, The Futureheads, Howling Bells and Detroit Social Club, Toploader, The Undertones (More TBA)

V Festival Fri 22nd – Sun 23rd August, Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Saturday, Staffordshire.

Weekend Ticket + Camping: £152.50

The Big Names: The Killers, Razorlight, The Specials, Lily Allen, The Script, Taylor Swift, Starsailor, Oasis, Snow Patrol, Elbow, James, Biffy Clyro, James Morrison, Ocean Colour Scene

Ones to Watch: Exit Calm, MGMT, Happy Mondays, Fatboy Slim, Lady Gaga, The Streets, The Human League, Peter Doherty, British Sea Power

Chris Jones


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