It’s February, it’s cold, summer feels like an eternity away but one thing that keeps us all pulling through is the promise of all our favourite bands hitting festival stages, drowning ourselves in alcohol & glitter and forgetting about everything outside that field for a weekend.
Festival lineup have been flooding in over the past couple of months so I thought I’d just let you all know what I think about them and based on that what ones I plan on attending myself.
Let’s start off with the big ones, Glastonbury have yet to announce anyone but Stormzy, he is set to headline the Pyramid stage on the Friday night, some of you may already know that I am not a fan of Stormzy, neither is he one of mine, I’m actually blocked by him on Twitter. While I personally don’t feel he is ready to play such a prestigious slot, I can’t downplay his popularity and success so who knows he might surprise me with how well he can handle such a large crowd.
Reading and Leeds is one that did intrigue me, last year they did have a bit of a flop, that’s a whole other topic that we’re not going to speak about but I feel they have managed to pull a decent lineup together. Headlining we have The 1975, Foo Fighters, Twenty One Pilots and Post Malone. The only one I feel I’d be rushing to catch would be The 1975, I’ve seen them a couple of times before, their whole show is visually amazing, apart from that the other 3 don’t have too much appeal for me, I wouldn’t mind seeing The Foo fighters but they’re not ones I’m particularly excited by. Further down the lineup has me pretty excited though, Royal blood are one of my favourite bands and they haven’t played in the UK for a while, I enjoy Blossoms but I feel like I have seen them so many times at this point. Others that caught my eye are Pale Waves, BLOXX, The Amazons, Bastille and No Rome. They have gone with a very typical and slightly predictable ‘Indie’ lineup this year, nothing full on amazed me but definitely a strong bunch of acts.
Isle of Wight is one that actually had me a little disappointed this year, I’m a little hesitant to say that I don’t like it when the full lineup isn’t out yet but it just really doesn’t appeal to me. With headliners Noel Gallagher’s high flying birds, George Ezra and Biffy Clyro and acts such as Richard Ashcroft, Rick Astley, Madness, Fatboy Slim and Lily Allen I just can’t help but feel this is a bit of an outdated collection of artists. Granted there are some fresher artists as you head down the lineup from the likes of Sam Fender, Anne Marie, DMA’s and a couple of others but overall it does have an older appeal. They do have an older target demographic against festivals like Reading & Leeds and I feel they are definitely appealing to that group with this lineup.
So with the way this post is going you’re probably thinking that I don’t like any of this year’s lineups well you’d be wrong. Truck festival has come through with the best lineup I have seen for a long time. Announcing it with potatoes scribbled with the names of acts sent out to lucky recipients.
As you can see from the picture about Wolf Alice are one of the headliners alongside Foals and Two Door cinema club, all 3 of these acts have what it takes to be a headliner, each night is gonna be massiv!e Also set to headline on a Thursday night are my true loves Slaves, that’ll kick the weekend off perfectly. The quality acts continue as you head further down the lineup they’ve got Sea Girls, Sports Team, Puppy, Pip Bloom, Lady Bird, Vistas, Swiming girls, Cassia and way too many more I love to list. Everyone I know is talking about the Truck lineup over any other, I’ve had people messaging me asking what I think about it so here you go^. Also massive shoutout to whoever runs their Twitter, without a doubt Truck is the best when it comes to PR and socials, someone gives that guy a raise! This sounds like one big ad for Truck, it’s not but wink wink nudge nudge If you could sort press passes for me that’d be excellent.
Latitude is one that confused yet excited me with thier choice of headliners, you’ve got George Ezra, Snow Patrol… pretty normal right until then you see Lana Del Rey. Not three acts I would have put alongside each other, however, it works. They’ve got a varied lineup when it comes to genre and appeals with the likes of Loyle Carner, Tom Grennan, Sons Of Kemet,Cat power and Pale waves. They also have a heavy focus on comedians as well with Jason Manford, Michelle Wolf and Tom Allen along with another 50+ others.
Onto Community festival, heading into its third year the one-day Finsbury park celebration of all things indie is back with thier biggest lineup yet. I personally really enjoy a one-day festival, there’s no tent to have to squeeze back into a bag when you’re hungover, everyone’s had a shower (hopefully) and the portaloos are presentable so it’s already appealing for those factors alone. Headliners this year are indie icons ‘The Kooks’ i’m quite surprised actually that they haven’t cropped up on any other lineup yet, so if you’re really into them make sure to get down to Community. Blossoms and Don Broco are up there as well, both that seem to be all over this summer, I’m slightly surprised to see Broco billed as high are they are but from what I hear they’re pretty sick live. Also making appearances on the main stage we have The Hunna, Kate Nash, Gerry Cinnamon,Sea Girls and Swmrs,really strong choices, the latter two of that list are bands that I have been hooked on lately. Headlining the smaller N4 stage is another favourite of mine The Amazons, their latest single ‘Mother’ well and truly has my heart at the moment. The N4 stage is also going to be home to Blaenavon, The Night Cafe, The Academic and in my opinion the best up and coming band BLOXX. It’s mad when you think all these acts are playing on one day and the tickets start at something like £40, definitely one I’d recommend. If you want to read my review of last year you can do so here: https://www.intothegrooves.com/blog/community-2018
Ending here for now with Neverworld festival, formally known as Leefest. This week they released thier first wave of artists, while only a small bunch of 15, for now, It’s already one that I wouldn’t miss, The Vaccines, Black Honey, Himalayas, Ed The Dog, Indoor Pets are all acts that I haven’t seen all over lineups so it’s definitely a standout.
I’m thinking of doing a part 2 of this post when all the festivals have thier full lineups out, so let me know if you’d be up for that. Also, let me know on Instagram what other lineups you want to hear me know because I left loads out