Friday, 2 July 2010

Summer of Music


At Seventh Man we're not just about fashion. We’re rather keen on music too.

With Glastonbury having kicked off the festival season in the UK in its usual spectacular glory, we take a look at the hottest music festivals that the rest of the summer has to offer.

Get ready for the summer of music…

Hop Farm

Location: The Hop Farm, Kent.

Dates: 2nd- 3rd July.

Headliners: Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Blondie and Ray Davies.

Other Notable Acts: Mumford & Sons, Pete Doherty, Laura Marling.

The Lowdown: Hop Farm is perhaps the definitive old-school music festival that summer 2010 has to offer. Shunning corporate sponsorship and branding in favour of a “back to basics” philosophy; this festival well and truly encapsulates what music festivals are all about –the music fans and of course, great live music.


Location: Henham Park, Suffolk.

Dates: 15th-18th July.

Headliners: Florence and the Machine, Belle and Sebastian, Vampire Weekend.

Other Notable Acts: Here We Go Magic, The Maccabees, Dirty Projectors, Mumford & Sons, The Horrors.

The Lowdown: If you want a festival minus the pulsating dance tent and bleary-eyed punters, Latitude is for you. Yes, this boutique festival is the ultimate chill-out experience. With a line-up consisting of cool ambient acts, the festival also features everything from cabaret, theatre, comedy and film to arts, crafts, literature and poetry.


Location: Victoria Park, London.

Dates: 16th -18th July.

Headliners: Dizzee Rascal, Roxy Music, Grace Jones.

Other Notable Acts: Bombay Bicycle Club, Chase and Status, Chew Lips, Mystery Jets, Noisettes, Empire of the Sun, Mark Ronson & The Business INTL, These New Puritans, O Children, New Young Pony Club, Jonny Woo.

The Lowdown: Now in its seventh year, Lovebox is one the most prolific festivals to take place in London’s Victoria Park. With an eclectic musical mix from folk and disco-punk to hip-hop and electronic, Lovebox is an atmospheric urban happening that’s well and truly got its finger on the pulse.

Wimbledon Calling

Location: The Watershed, London.

Dates: 18th July.

Headliners: Dogs, New Young Pony Club, The View.

Other Notable Acts: British Sea Power, The Automatic, Dead Cassette

The Lowdown: This festival may only last a day, but it’s not short on its line-up. With leading indie acts drawing in the crowds, this festival also offers the very best in new bands who quite simply, personify cutting-edge cool.

The Secret Garden Party

Location: Huntington, Cambridge.

Dates: 22nd-25th July.

Headliners: Gorrilaz Sound System, Mercury Rev, Marina & The Diamonds.

Other Notable Acts: Death Metal Disco Scene, The Crookes, Caravan Palace

The Lowdown: Secret Garden Party is an eccentric festival to say the least. With seemingly mythological tales from previous years, such as a stage on a pirate ship that promptly exploded after the last act’s performance; this fantastical boutique festival has developed a cult following quite like no other.

The 1234

Location: Shoreditch Park, London.

Dates: 24th July.

Headliners: F***ed Up, Dum Dum Girls, Wavves, The Silver Machine, Peter Hook.

Other Notable Acts: These New Puritans, A Grave With No Name, Action Beat, Dark Horses.

The Lowdown: Brought to you by legendary promoter Sean McLusky, The 1234 presents the best new underground music alongside inspirational international artists set deep in the heart of London’s most creative and cultural quarter. The 1234 festival manifesto is to provide a platform for the very best musical talents from East London and the best emerging talent from around the globe.

Kendal Calling

Location: Lowther Deer Park, The Lake District.

Dates: 30th July- 1st August.

Headliners: Doves, The Coral, Calvin Harris.

Other Notable Acts: The Futureheads, OK GO, British Sea Power, Erol Alkan, Dub Pistols and High Contrast.

The Lowdown: Kendal Calling is an innovative, independent festival based in the beautiful Lake District. Fusing contemporary music and art with traditional rural entertainment, this festival is now in its fifth year and has gained a popular following what with the early-bird tickets being snapped up in just one minute!

Standon Calling

Location: Standon, Hertfordshire

Dates: 6th-8th August

Headliners: Buena Vista Social Club

Other Notable Acts: British Sea Power, These New Puritans, Casiokids, Egyptian Hip Hop, Lulu & The Lampshades,

The Low down: With three stages, numerous tents, secret areas and a nightclub in a cowshed, Standon Calling has gained a reputation for supporting the very best new bands and DJs. Judging from the talent currently involved in its battle of the bands style competition, The Road To Standon, this year’s festival is bound to serve up future headliners in the making.


Location: Richfield Avenue/Bramham Park.

Dates: 27th-29th August.

Headliners: Guns ‘n’ Roses, Arcade Fire, Blink 182.

Other Notable Acts: The Libertines, Dizzee Rascal, The Cribs, Mystery Jets, The Futureheads, LCD Soundsystem, Mumford & Sons, Two Door Cinema Club, New Young Pony Club, Foals, The Drums, Los Campesinos!

The Lowdown: Originally known as the Carling weekend, Reading and Leeds are two achingly cool music festivals that take place simultaneously over the August Bank Holiday and share the same bill. This year’s offering sees the granddaddies of the UK music festivals return to their roots with a line-up brimming with some of the industry’s most iconic rock acts.


Location: The Isle of Wight.

Dates: 9th-12th September.

Headliners: Dizzee Rascal, The Flaming Lips, The Prodigy.

Other Notable Acts: Bookhouse Boys, Chase and Status, Dub Pistols, Egyptian Hip Hop, I Blame Coco, LCD Soundsystem, Lulu and the Lampshades, Memory Tapes, Mumford and Sons, Neon Indian, New Young Pony Club, O. Children, Simian Mobile Disco, The xx

The Lowdown: Often touted as one of the best festivals the music calendar has to offer; this year, Bestival is guaranteed to live up to its stellar reputation. Offering a gargantuan line-up of the biggest names in the music industry, the boutique festival also adds to the fun with an eclectic mix of a Farmer’s market, a burlesque tent and even a toboggan run, all set in a colourful world of utterly random fancy dress.

End of the Road

Location: Larmer Tree Gardens, North Dorset.

Dates: 10th-12th September.

Headliners: Modest Mouse, Yo La Tengo, Wilco.

Other Notable Acts: The Mountain Goats, The New Pornographers, Here We Go Magic, Ladyhawk, Pulled Apart By Horses,

The Lowdown: Rounding off the summer of festivals quite nicely is the intimate affair that is End Of The Road. Set in the beautiful Larmer Tree Gardens, this chilled out music fest prides itself on providing unexpected touches. From wandering peacocks and parrots to encouraging impromptu artist collaborations, this festival ‘s unique style is a perfect way to end the season.



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