As spring turns to summer there are a great range of metropolitan festivals to get you ready for a summer in the fields.
Metropolitan festivals have several benefits over greenfield festivals, better sound quality as many of the venues are designed for live music. Plus there’s no need for wellies, the toilets are generally much better, you can eat and drink what you like and generally it’s cheaper.
Here are my top 5 Metropolitan Festivals of 2018:
Where: Various Venues throughout Leeds
When: Saturday 5th May
Tickets: £36.00 + BF
Who’s Playing: The Vaccines, Circa Waves, Peace, Ash, British Sea Power, The Horrors, IDLES, Pulled Apart by Horses, Sunset Sons, The Magic Gang. Superorganism and Cassia
Live at Leeds kicks off the summer season, it’s one of the best events to hear the very best in new music and live favourites. Live at Leeds plays host to more than 200 bands from across the musical landscape in 19 venues.
Where: Various Venues, Baltic Triangle, Liverpool
When: Saturday 5th – Sunday 6th May
Tickets: £55.00 + BF
Who’s Playing: DMA's, Peace, The Slow Readers Club, Sunset Sons, Baxter Dury, IDLES, The Night Café, Dermot Kennedy, Picture This, JAWS, Superorganism and Cassia
Liverpool Sound City will return to its roots this year with over 200 artists performing in or around the Baltic Exchange area of the city. This year will see the festival host grime and urban acts for the first time, in addition to indie, psych, rock, pop etc.
Where: Various Venues throughout Brighton
When: Thursday 17th – Saturday 19th May
Who’s Playing: Superorganism, Tom Grennan, Tom Walker, Paile Waves, Erol Alkan, Lewis Capaldi, Pretty Vicious, Milk Teeth, The Go! Team, Nina Nesbitt, and Cassia
For three days Brighton is awash with the sound of new music, with over 400 bands performing in more than 30 venues. The Great Escape is internationally renowned for breaking the best and brightest new talent from around the world here in the UK. This year will see a new 2,000 capacity venue on the beach. Throw in the Alternative Escape and you have no excuse not to find your new favourite band.
Where: Various Venues Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham
When: Friday 25th – Sunday 27th May
Tickets: £13.00 + BF
Who’s Playing: The Horrors, Dermot Kennedy, Pale Waves, Amarika Hackman, Ady Suleiman, Mahalia, Turnover, Bad Sounds, and Cassia
Dot to Dot is the original travelling festival, stopping off at Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham. The festival has a wonderful mixture of established artists, bands tipped to be the next big thing, plus those starting their journey.
Where: Various Venues Camden Town, London
When: Saturday 2nd June
Tickets: £39.50 + BF
Who’s Playing: Maximo Park, PIL, Twin Atlantic, SihTh, British Sea Power, The Rifles, Mallory Knos, Pop Will Eat Itself, Echobelly, Beatsteaks.
Taking place in some of London’s most iconic venues. Camden Rocks does exactly what it says on the tin, 15 hours of all genres of rock from the past 5 decades in London’s Camden Town. The biggest challenge at Camden Rocks is planning your day, as there are too many great bands performing.
Post by Mick Game