5 Great City FestivalsPosted on Fri 13th May 2016
Summer in the city is great, but summer in a city that hosts festivals is even better. At city festivals you can enjoy great music, food, drink and general malarkey of a festival, in the knowledge that a comfortable bed awaits. Here are five great city festivals
When: 11th - 12th June
Where: Victoria Park, London
Tickets: Sat £54.50, Sun £49.50, Weekend £94.00, plus VIP options
Field Day feels like the annual gathering of the London hipsters, but don’t let that put you off. Field Day is one of those rare festivals that get everything right. The line-up includes some of the best DJ’s and live bands. The Village Green with all the fun of a primary school sports day. A great selection of street food and some wonderful real ales. All contributing to a truly unique vibe which is both relaxing and bouncing. This year’s line-up includes: James Blake, PJ Harvey, The Temper Trap, Sleaford Mods.
When: 28th - 29th May
Where: South Park, Oxford and Southampton Common, Southampton
Tickets: Day £29.50, Weekend £55.00 plus VIP options
Common People brings the joys of Bestival to Southampton and Oxford. Common People if a festival for the whole family. There is an area where the kids can play safely, engage their brains and burn off energy. The line up has a wide range of great DJ’s and Live Music together with local up and coming artists performing on the Uncommon People Stage. Add to that excellent selection of stalls, food and beer and you have the perfect receipe for a great family weekend. This year’s line-up includes: Primal Scream, Duran Duran, Craig David’s Ts5, and Katy B.
When: 27th - 28th August
Where: Southsea Seafront, Portsmouth
Tickets: £30 per day plus VIP options
Victorious Festival is big, really big, it seems to take up most of the Southsea seafront, but it doesn’t feel crowded. There is plenty to keep the whole family entertained. The Kid’s Arena has its own beach, beach huts, traditional fairground rides plus the chance to find Nemo in The Blue Reef Centre. There is a huge range of traders with traditional seaside fare, champagne bar, great selection of beers and real ale. Oh and then there’s the line-up which has been crafted to satisfy the whole family. This year’s line-up includes: Manic Street Preachers, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Ash and Echo & The Bunnymen.
When: 1st - 10th July
Where: Hyde Park, London
Tickets: £59.50 - £65.00 plus various VIP options
Since taking residency at Hyde Park, British Summertime have improved every aspect of the site. Especially the sound and video screens on the Great Oak Stage. The bars have a Downtown Havana feel, there are a huge range of traders plus one of the biggest loo areas I have seen at any festival. Each day of the festival is themed so the artists compliment the headliner. This year’s line up is probably the strongest to date, the headliners are: Massive Attack, Florence + The Machine, Carole King, Mumford & Sons, Take That and Stevie Wonder.
When: 11th - 12th June
Where: Heaton Park, Manchester
Tickets: Day £54.50, Weekend £109 plus VIP options
Parklife has become one of the largest festivals in the country in a few short years with a 70,000 capacity. It has achieved this by putting on a multi genre line up with some of the biggest artists on the planet, while giving emerging talent to perform in the smaller arena’s. In addition to the DJ’s & Live music, Parklife has a variety of entertainers roaming around the park, plus a great selection of street food from all over the UK. This year’s line-up includes: The Chemical Brothers, Major Lazer, Ice Cube, and Jamie xx.
Article by Mick Game