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WIN / Weekend and camping tickets to LeeFest 2017

 
By on Thursday, 6th July 2017 at 11:00 am
 

Camping festivals are pretty ubiquitous in England, and we’re not too far off now from one of our favourites. LeeFest 2017 (also known as the second installment of Leefest Presents the Neverland) is about a month off now on the summer event calendar, and the lineup this year is pretty smashing. The headliners reflect the strength of homegrown talent driven by social consciousness: Jake Bugg, Kate Tempest and Radio 1 personality Annie Mac will be gracing the main stage. You can read Steven’s past full feature on the event through here.

One better, the folks of LeeFest have given us a pair of weekend camping tickets (plus parking!) to enjoy the festival on them and us. Something for free? I’m sure you’re interested in entering our contest now, and we can’t have made it any easier. Just follow these steps:

1. Provide your full name and your email address. We’ll use these to contact you if you win.
2. We’ll need your postal address too, as the tickets are hard copy and we’ll need to post them to you if you are the lucky winner.
3. Then correctly answer this question: Of the choices we give you, which is a headliner at this year’s LeeFest?

We’ll go through all the correct entries and choose one winner at random. Please note: you must be a UK resident to enter, and all duplicate entries will be discarded. If you’d rather not chance it, you still have time to buy tickets through the LeeFest 2018 official Web site.

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This contest is now closed. The winner will be contacted soon.

 

Preview: LeeFest 2017

 
By on Thursday, 22nd June 2017 at 11:00 am
 

Of all the smaller festivals that have popped up over recent years, LeeFest (10-12 August in Edenbridge, Kent) is perhaps the best one. Somewhat a mini-Glastonbury-style festival, ‘The Neverland’ as it’s become known, is a place where fun and imagination are encouraged to run wild. Three separate sections are dedicated to different aspects of the lineup, with Skull Ridge being my personal favourite, where the pirates (yes, pirates!) roam free to the sound of punk, rock, grunge and grime. Last year’s lineup, including the surprise Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes set, was filled with some of the loudest and heaviest new acts around.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9XwFecNXyU[/youtube]

For those of you who aren’t into the same flavours of music as I, fear not: the full lineup for this year’s LeeFest has some great names from all across the spectrum. Topping the bill this year are two voices who will convey their outlook on current society with their own individual brand of lyrical poetry. Jake Bugg and Kate Tempest, one of the UK’s youngest and brightest songwriters and one of the UK’s most prominent spoken word poets, respectively. With them both at LeeFest, you can’t help but feel like things could get a little bit magical.

Slightly, ok, very away from that spectrum are Wild Beasts, who last year released ‘Boy King’, one of the funkiest and sleaziest – in a good way – honest! – albums we’ve ever heard. It’s amazing, and so are they, and this will be the perfect environment to see them live. LeeFest is a place that prides itself on being a real-life Neverland. You’ve already heard about Skull Ridge and its pirates, but there’s also The Neverwoods aka the main arena, where the Bangarang stage (YES) and Tootles Circus stage take pride of place. Completing the festival’s trio of sections is Mermaid’s Lagoon, or the dance arena, which includes hot tubs. That’s right. Hot tubs.

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Steering away from hot tubs and mermaids of LeeFest, looking in on the lineup once more and the brightest names in UK music at the moment, and all stand out. Representing indie pop is Fickle Friends who never fail to compose a banger: latest track ‘Glue’ is a testament to this. For rock, Milk Teeth more than hold their own. The foursome are prepping to release a new EP in the coming months and with the incredible work that was their debut, ‘Vile Child’ in 2016, the future is bright for the Gloucestershire-based band. While Jake Bugg may be a well-known name in the songwriting world, a new up-and-comer is Tom Grennan. Against his soulful and often crushing tracks that radiate honesty, his sharply contrasting persona filled with confidence and swagger works incredibly well. You’ll have to catch him live to see what I mean.

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LeeFest is often likened to being a small, more accessible version of Glastonbury, and all of these claims are accurate. Seeing is believing, so get your tickets quick because the last bunch are on sale and these won’t hang around long. You can still get tier two day tickets, but full weekend tickets are now only available on the final tier. Go here to see all available ticket options at the moment.

You can read my coverage on it last year, including chats with Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Everything Everything and Oscar, through here.

 

Live Gig Video: Van Susans play ‘Fireworks’ and ‘Cha Cha Bang’ at a pub in Biggin Hill

 
By on Friday, 29th June 2012 at 4:00 pm
 

I thought this post would be timed well, with Van Susans playing Leefest tomorrow, where I hear they will be selling limited edition tie-dye shirts. (Ooh.)

They band played a very short set for a charity gig in a pub in Biggin Hill, Kent, and I managed to film two of the songs they played: their most recent single, ‘Fireworks’, and the opening track of their ‘We Could Be Scenery’ EP released last year, ‘Cha Cha Bang’. Watch both below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PWmglvDrn4[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNfDx2KbaTA[/youtube]

 

Wilder / October 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 20th October 2010 at 9:00 am
 

Bristol’s Wilder is on tour this month. Catch them on the following dates. They also play the NME Weekender next month.

Wednesday 20th October 2010 – Leeds Cockpit
Friday 22nd October 2010 – Cardiff SWN Festival
Saturday 23rd October 2010 – Southampton Lennons
Sunday 24th October 2010 – Brighton Coalition (supporting Hot Hot Heat)
Thursday 28th October 2010 – Manchester FAC251
Friday 29th October 2010 – Stoke Underground
Saturday 30th October 2010 – Birmingham Flapper
Saturday 6th November 2010 – Kent NME Weekender

 

Everything Everything / April-June 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 4th May 2010 at 10:30 am
 

Manchester’s Everything Everything will be on an extensive tour of England through May, then joining supporting Keane on their UK Forest Tour in June.

Tuesday 27th April 2010 – Preston – 53 Degrees
Wednesday 28th April 2010 – Manchester – Academy 3
Friday 30th April 2010 – Stoke – Sugarmill
Saturday 1st May 2010 – Leeds – Live
Sunday 2nd May 2010 – Middlesborough – Teesside University
Tuesday 4th May 2010 – Oxford – Academy 2
Wednesday 5th May 2010 – Bristol – Thekla
Thursday 6th May 2010 – Wrexham – Central Station
Saturday 8th May 2010 – York – Duchess
Sunday 9th May 2010 – Portsmouth – Wedgewood
Monday 10th May 2010 – London – Koko
Tuesday 11th May 2010 – Norwich – Waterfront
Wednesday 12th May 2010 – Northampton – Roadmender
Friday 14th May 2010 – Brighton – Great Escape Festival
Saturday 15th May 2010 – Wolverhampton – Wulfrun Hall
Sunday 16th May 2010 – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
Monday 17th May 2010 – Leeds – Leeds Met University
Tuesday 18th May 2010 – London – Electric Ballroom
Wednesday 19th May 2010 – Liverpool – Soundcity O2 Academy
Friday 21st May 2010 – Manchester – Ritz
Monday 31st May 2010 – Gateshead – Evolution Festival
Thursday 10th June 2010 – Suffolk – Thetford Forest*
Friday 11th June 2010 – Kent – Bedgebury Pinetum*
Friday 18th June 2010 – Gloucestershire – Westonbirt Arboretum*
Saturday 19th June 2010 – Nottinghamshire – Sherwood Pines Forest*
Friday 25th June 2010 – North Yorkshire – Dalby Forest*
Saturday 26th June 2010 – Staffordshire – Cannock Chase Forest*
* supporting Keane

 

McFly and Katherine Jenkins / June 2009 UK Forest Shows

 
By on Monday, 8th December 2008 at 4:36 pm
 

McFlyMcFly have been confirmed as another band who will be playing the Forestry Commission’s 2009 forest tour. They join the previously announced dates with Katherine Jenkins and the National Symphony Orchestra.

The pop sensations (who I must admit I are a bit of a guilty pleasure after catching them earlier this year) did a tour this year of forest locations, and loved it so much that they’re going back for more.

Tickets for Katherine Jenkins’ dates are already on sale, and tickets for McFly’s dates go on sale from 9.00am this Friday 12th December from ticket hotline tel 01842 814612, online at the Forestry Comission’s website or over the counter from the venue. McFly tickets are £26.50 each, and Katherine Jenkins tickets are £32 each, subject to booking fee.

McFly play:

Friday 19th June 2009 – Westonbirt Arboretum, Nr Tetbury, Glos,
Saturday 20th June – Sherwood Pines Forest Park, Nr Edwinstowe, Notts
Friday 26th June – Dalby Forest, Nr Pickering, North Yorks,

Katherine Jenkins with the National Symphony Orchestra will be performing at:

Sunday 7th June 2009 – Bedgebury Pinetum & Forest, Near Goudhurst, Kent
Sunday 14th June – Delamere Forest, Delamere, Cheshire

 
 
 

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