With UK festival culture growing each year, we take a look at some of the new kids on the block hitting the scene this year.
This boutique and arts festival in GOA promises a three day Indian love affair, on Ashvem beach, hidden amongst two acres of lush palm grove and flanked by sand dunes and the Arabian Sea. The festival will feature two main stages alongside three alternative performance spaces, all home to performing arts, theatre and spoken word acts including Gilles Peterson, Sarathay Korwar, Dope St Jude, Kiasmos, Marquis Hawkes and Henry Wu.
GOAT Festival 27–29 January, Ashvem Beach, India
Torquay will be welcoming Continental Drifts, the award-winning events company at the heart of the UK festival culture, and some of the people behind Glastonbury’s Shangri La, with promises of music, dancing, art, mischief and palm trees. The lineup boasts a range of music for all ears, including Akala, Flava D, RatBoy, Arni (The Vaccines) and Congo Natty.
Grinagog, 7–9 April, Torquay, Devon
Presented by Abandon Silence and 24 Kitchen Street, the Baltic Weekender event will take place in and around the hotly contested Baltic Triangle area of Liverpool, renowned for its contribution to the city’s club culture. A range of acts will hit the stage throughout Saturday and Sunday across various venues before the weekend culminates in an intimate closing party with Hunee, Goldie and Crazy P sharing the headliner duties.
Baltic Weekender, 2–4 June 2017, Liverpool
Houghton is curated by fabric resident Craig Richards and produced with the help of Anglesey-based boutique festival Gottwood. The new festival will reside in Houghton Hall, surrounded by a lake and woodlands under the big skies of Norfolk. The festival’s aim is to bring together art, music and sculpture, with DJs given extended sets and encouraged by Richards to take part in spontaneous back-to-backs. The roster includes the likes of Nightmares on Wax, Ben UFO, Floating Points, Midland and many more.
Houghton Festival, 11–13 August, Houghton Hall, Norfolk
The Vinyl Festival
A new two-day event taking place at London’s Printworks will consolidate all aspects of vinyl culture, with 100 different stalls from independent labels and record traders, vinyl evaluation areas, and stands showcasing the latest audio technology. Industry figureheads such as Fun Lovin’ Criminals frontman Huey Morgan will provide the soundtrack to the weekend as well as hosting talks on their experience in the music industry.
The Vinyl Festival, 23–24 September, Printworks, London.