Summer is nearly upon us, which means one thing in the UK: it’s festival time! This year sees some huge news from the favourites plus an exciting new addition to June!
Mighty Hoopla heads to sunny London! (4th June 2017)
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Mighty Hoopla premiered in 2016 as a February weekender at Butlins in Bognor Regis, with the likes of En Vogue and Hercules and Love Affair headlining. I was lucky enough to tag along with the Sink The Pink crew and whilst it was one amazing party, the location and chilly weather was a little random. Seemingly, family-friendly Butlins didn’t really warm to us either as our trashy gender-fuckery got us banned for life! Thankfully, this year Mighty Hoopla has mighty transformed into an epic one day in London’s Victoria Park with one hell of a line-up: All Saints, Years & Years, Will Young, Sophie Ellis Bextor, S Club Party, Snap!, Girli and, of course, Sink The Pink! The best thing about this festival is the price: tickets are still only £30 which is less than half the price of tickets to Field Day which is on the day before. Grab yours now as this is going to one of UK festival highlights of 2017!
Last ever Glastonbury at Worthy Farm? (21st-25th June 2017)
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Rumours swirl endlessly around the future of Glastonbury Festival every year: it’s changing location, changing dates, even changing its name. These speculations are often fed by the founder, Michael Eavis, who doesn’t shy away from throwing around ideas in the press. At least we now know for certain what is happening in 2017 and 2018: the festival will be on as usual (the same site, same dates, same festival) this year but will have a break next year. Known as a fallow year, these breaks tend to happen roughly every five years to allow Worthy Farm in Somerset to recover and give the locals and the staff a break. So whilst this isn’t a massive change for 2017, it does mean anyone wishing to experience Glastonbury in its original form better move fast just in case 2019 sees big changes. The spring resale happens this week, which sees all the unclaimed tickets up for grabs. Register today to ensure you can apply for a coach ticket this Thursday or a general ticket this Sunday. Plus, take a look at my Glastonbury: 10 things I learntblog for all my tips about tickets!
One last Secret Garden Party! (20th-23rd July 2017)
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For 15 years, SGP has held its ground as one of the UK’s best alternative festivals. Yet sadly,2017 will be the last time Abbots Ripton will host this iconic weekender in late July. Renowned for its crazy costumes (and nudity) as much the impressive floating sculptures that adorned the lake each year, this was one festival that managed to never to get too basic as the crowd size grew. Plus, it set a standard for boutique camping that has been copied by many other events across the UK since. So it’s very sad to see such a good party come to an end but all the better to go out on a high. Be assured that this will be one hot ticket this summer as revellers will be partying extra hard to give this festival the send-off it deserves.
No more ferry to Bestival! (7th-10th September 2017)
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One of my favourite parts of this festival season staple was catching the ferry to the Isle of Wight. A brief over-water jaunt and you thought you were off on a real adventure! But let’s be honest: it was really stressful and could end up being really expensive if you didn’t book your vehicle ticket early enough. So this year, Bestival is keeping to the mainland and will be partying it up at the rather grand sounding Lulworth Estate in Dorset. Situated on the coast near Bournemouth, it’s still a 3-hour drive from London but at least you don’t need to worry about missing your ferry anymore. Plus, there was nothing worse than getting stuck on the Isle of Wight for an extra couple of days because you had a little too much fun. This is also a great chance for Bestival to have a bit of a refresh: after 13 years, a change in location enables them to really shake things up. It’s one very crowded festival market these days and this is a great move for Rob da Bank‘s colourful weekender. Fingers crossed, 2017 brings an exciting mix of the old and the new for Bestival!