Festival season 2019 has begun, and we are as excited as ever. Here is our flash forward to our favourites this year!

We love festivals. It’s as simple as that. There’s nothing more we enjoy than watching live music from bands we love and bands we’ve only just discovered in a field. This year we have a few lined up already, but from the many on offer these are the ones that we’re most excited about!

All Points East

24 May-2 June, Victoria Park, London, UK

www.allpointseastfestival.com

All points east festival line up

All Points East festival line up

All Points East is back with a bang this year in Victoria Park. With 6 days of festivals across two weekends, and a number of free things throughout the week in between. Headliners include Bon Iver, Bring Me the Horizon, Christine and the Queens and The Chemical Brothers. It’s a great festival out East and has all the additions of a full festival elsewhere like rides, food and drink stalls and the JagerHaus. We love it because it’s not full of hipsters or people that take all their drugs at the gate and wander around mashed. 

 

Who we’re excited to see:

Jess: Bon Iver, Dizzee Rascal, Leon Bridges, Julien Baker

Tim: Bon Iver, The Staves, Dizzee Rascal, Mac DeMarco

Jess and Tim

British Summer Time (Hyde Park)

5-14 July, Hyde Park London, UK

Www.bst-hydepark.com

BST Hyde park festival line up

BST Hyde park festival line up

British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park is always one of the best in London. With a line up that must cost millions to book, and spread over two weekends it’s not to be missed. The amazing headliners include Robbie Williams, Stevie Wonder, Celine Dion, Barbara Streisand and Florence and the Machine. Like woah! The good thing, is that there are also small stages for smaller bands to play too so it’s not just about the huge hitters. In the week, they’re running something called Open House with a load of free events. From tennis screenings, yoga and cabaret, to Sigur Ros bringing their live ambient sound bath to Hyde Park!

Ok, so it may be the most corporate of the festivals, and a great one to take your parents to, but it is ALWAYS fun.

 

Who we’re excited to see:

Jess: Lionel Richie, Keane, Lianne La Havas and Let’s Eat Grandma.

Tim: Lianne La Havas, The National and Keane

Jess Tim and friend

Reading Festival

23-25 August, Reading, UK

Www.readingfestival.com

Reading festival line up

Needing little introduction, the iconic Reading (and Leeds) festival is one of the biggest events of the festival calendar. Since adding Leeds and becoming a two site format in 1999 rock, metal, and “alternative” music has been the bread and butter of the festival. They still keep a strong tie to guitar music with bands like Foo Fighters and Frank Carter and the rattlesnakes set to dominate the mainstage. The spectrum of music is huge with artists like Post Malone and Dave headlining the two biggest stages. It holds a massive amount of nostalgia for both of us, having been yearly attenders for well over a decade, we look forward to it more than any other festival every year.

 

Who we’re excited to see:

Jess: The 1975, Stefflon Don and Not3s

Tim: Anderson Paak, Foo Fighters, The 1975

Reading stage

Blue Dot

19-21 July, Jodrell Bank, Cheshire, UK

Www.discoverthebluedot.com

Blue Dot festival line up

Blue Dot is one of the most fascinating festivals around. In an age where everyone (from school students striking for climate, to grandparents getting involved in Extinction Rebellion) is tapping into science, Blue Dot is the place to harness and develop that. Having been to the very first and then one other, it’s a festival we love with all of our myocardium (hearts). Blue Dot is family friendly and positively encouraged, and has everything you could possibly want to develop your sciwntificind. Talks, comedy, films, live experiments, lessons on stargazing, watching the moon and bloody brilliant music, all under the watchful gaze of the Jodrell Bank telescope. Headliners this year are Kraftwerk doing their 3D show, Hot Chip and New Order.  It’s one to experience at least once in your lifetime!

 

Who we’re excited to see:

Jess: Hot Chip, Kraftwerk 3D and The Go! Team

Tim: Kraftwerk 3D, Jon Hopkins and David Attenborough’s Jungle Boogie

Jess and Tim at blue dot

Mad Cool

11-13 July, Madrid, Spain

www.madcoolfestival.es

Mad Cool Festival Line Up

Our only foreign feature this year because the line up is insane and Spain is beautiful. 3 days of brilliant music, starting in the evening and going on until the early morning, Mad Cool is set to be the festival of the summer. Headliners this year include Bon Iver, The National, Smashing Pumpkins, The Cure and Prophets of Rage. Wow. The rest of the line up is just as impressive. We can’t wait to explore the city in the day time, take a dip in a pool and make the most of the festival all night long!

 

Who we’re excited to see:

Jess: The 1975, Vampire Weekend, Jorja Smith

Tim: Bon Iver, Vampire Weekend, The National and Mogwai

The stage

Truck Festival

26 – 28 July, Oxfordshire, UK

https://truckfestival.com/

Truck festival line up

Truck. The best UK festival, the most independent, the one you feel most compelled to support. Possibly also in our opinion the best line up of the UK weekend festivals too. Truck is the coolest place to be and the place where you can explore new music. It’s not Glastonbury, it’s not Latitude but there isn’t a single music fan that hasn’t heard of Truck. Nor a musician that hasn’t played or wishes to play it.

 

Who we’re excited to see:

Jess: Foals, Two Door Cinema Club, The Futureheads and Japanese House

Tim: Foals, Nothing But Thieves and the Japanese HouseJess and Tim t-shirts

Who are you looking forward to? What festivals should we be making sure we get to? Which are the most sustainable? Let us know in the comments!