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Ibiza Rocks 2008

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

ibiza-rocks-2008.jpgThis year Ibiza Rocks is the place to be. See live bands and party all the time … a well earned heavenly break for some.

Last year saw some great bands take to the stage at Bar M on a Tuesday such as The Fratellis, Kaiser Chiefs, Kasabian, Artic Monkeys and The View. This year promises to be just as good and will now be held in The Ibiza Rocks Hotel. Kicking off on the 31st May, Ibiza Rocks begins with The Enemy plus guests performing and the initial opening party for the new Ibiza Rocks Hotel. Keep an eye on the Ibiza Rocks website to find out who will be confirmed for the wild season this mid June to September.

Book your tickets for The Enemy on the 31st of May on the Ibiza Rocks website costing €35.00 for the ticket plus a €3.50 booking fee.

The Red Stripe Camden Crawl 2008

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

camden-crawl-2008.jpgAnother festival to add to the never-ending list and this time it’s in Camden, one of indie and rock music’s biggest scenes.

The Camden Crawl has seen some fantastic acts play in previous years including Dirty Pretty Things, The Fratellis, Klaxtons, Air Traffic and Kate Nash so we can only look forward to more in the future. So far the line up looks set to unleash some hot new bands including One Night Only. April 18th and 19th, Two days set in twenty five different venues, the Camden Crawl is certainly two dates that should be in your diary.

Visit the Camden Crawl website for more information about the event and for tickets. A one day pass is priced at £29.70 and a two day pass costs & £49.20.

Global Gathering 2008

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

global-gathering-2008.jpgAnother huge dance festival to add to your list of plans for the summer would be Global Gathering 2008.

The massive dance festival is held in an airfield in Stratford-Upon-Avon and boasts 16 state-of-the-art sound systems, an adrenaline village including bungee jumps, an outdoor cinema, hot air balloon rides and a campsite. To add to the magic, numerous amounts of stages with live dance acts playing, such as Paul Van Dyke, Faithless, Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Roger Sanchez and Basement Jaxx.

The event will take place on Friday 27th of July through to Saturday the 28th of July. Book your tickets through the festival website costing £115.50. For more information about the event visit www.globalgathering.co.uk.

Benicassim Festival 2008

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

benicassim.gifI’ve got festival fever this year and that might be the result of having far too many festivals to choose from.

The Benicassim Festival is from what I hear one of the best for hard core dance/electro fans and indie/pop fans. Think about it, this is the perfect place to take a vacation with your friends, located between Valencia and Barcelona in a small beach town called Coast De Azahar in Spain. Enjoy the sunshine and lazing on the beach during the day and get down to some immense partying in the evenings through till dawn. Expect performances from dance acts such as Armand Van Helden, Simian Mobile Disco and The Rapture to indie acts such as The Klaxtons, Arctic Monkey’s, Muse, Kings Of Leon and The Hives.

The festival takes place between Thursday 19th of July through till Sunday the 22nd of July with a huge free beach party on Monday the 23rd. Get your tickets through Seetickets.com costing £140.05 plus a transaction fee for a four day ticket with camping. Visit the festival website for more information and day ticket options.

Glastonbury Festival 2008

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

Like V Festival and the Carling Festival, Glastonbury Festival will be returning this year and will hopefully be better than ever.

Glastonbury LogoThe festival will happen on the weekend of the 27th, 28th and 29th of June 2008 but to be in with the chance of acquiring a ticket you must register online between the 1st of February and the 14th of March 2008. This is due to a successful system that began last year to combat ticket touting. A good thing when you think how much tickets have been sold for in the past. Last year saw some great acts take to the stage including the Arctic Monkeys and The Killers.

Visit the Glastonbury website in February and register to be in with the chance of purchasing a ticket that will go on sale on the 6th of April 2008. You must upload a photo as each ticket will feature a photograph of the person registered to it.

The V Festival 2008

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

V Festival LogoWhoop … Festival time is approaching! Last years festivals were such a success and I am looking forward to more of the same standard.

The V Festival returns this year on Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 17th of August in both Chelmsford and Staffordshire. According to the website the line up is ‘pretty darn exhilarating’ but it’s being tight lipped on possible acts who will take to the stage this year. Last years acts included the amazing Snow Patrol and The Killers so we hope to see more top acts return!

Tickets will go on sale soon but keep up-to-date with all festival information at the official website.

Sundance Film Festival 2008

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

sundance-film-festival.jpgSo the biggest film event in the USA is already in motion but you still have time to make it out there if you hurry!

The Sundance Film Festival attracts millions of film fanatics and celebrities every year. Those not there simply for the festival can enjoy the white powdered mountains that are usually quiet as you like when screenings are happening and the night life which tends to be a good laugh. There are many films premiered at the festival including Assassination of High School President, starring Mischa Barton and Bruce Willis and August, starring Josh Hartnett.

The Sundance film festival is held in Park City, Utah and began on the 17th of January, finishing on the 27th of January 2008. Open tickets sales are available on the day. Visit Sundance online for more information and accommodation.

Free Fringe Guide

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

theaterfordatesfordiary.jpgIf you haven’t done so already pick up a copy of The Stage newspaper for a fantastic free guide to the Edinburgh Fringe and a chance to win an iPod Nano. You can pick up The Stage from most newsagents in Edinburgh at the moment – They all stock up due to the amount of luvies around you know. The guide contains 57 pages of reviews and tips to get the most out of the festival while keeping the cost down. It includes interviews with people such as native Scot Alan Cumming as well as Q&A’s from key players at the fringe.

There is a very handy street map on the back with all the major venues listed and vouchers which allow you to purchase weekly copies of the stage for half price during the whole of august. Today is your last day to get the issue including the Fringe Guide but don’t worry if you miss that – next weeks paper will also be packed with reviews and more offers. For more on the Fringe visit the special Stage/Edinburgh website.

Essential Viewing at the Fringe

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

71250_experimental_5.jpgIf you are lucky enough to be at the Edinburgh fringe festival this week, there is one show not to be missed. A giant tent has been pitched up by Argentinean dance troupe Fuerzabruta behind the Ocean terminal shopping centre.

Inside is a spectacular display of circus tricks and special effects, but the highlight of the performance is the dance show taking place on a raised swimming pool. The audience stand just inches below the transparent floor of the pool and look up as dancers slam themselves on the floor of the shallow pool creating shapes and movement, and slide across the pool at high speed narrowly missing each other by centimeters. The show is exactly what you’d expect from a dance company who’s name means “brute force” in Argentinean. Its an exciting and sometimes scary experience for the audience as the pool seems like it could shatter at any moment and come caving in on everyone but of course its perfectly safe.

The show lasts approximately 1 hour and there are two showings per evening on most days until September. Visit the official Edinburgh Fringe website to book

Paint Your Own Tent – Half Price!!

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

paintedtent.jpgIf you are going to Cream this year or anywhere that involves camping out the must have novelty is the “paint your own” tent.

I’ve lost count of the times that I have been lost on a packed festival campsite. Finding your tent amongst a sea of similar looking tents is hard enough at the best of times let alone when you are traipsing back at dusk after enjoying a day of ‘festival culture’.

Millets have kindly solved this problem for us by providing us with a blank white canvas and six tubes of coloured paint. You can paint your design on the day before the festival and let it dry overnight or it might be more amusing to leave it till you’ve pitched up on site and already consumed the alcohol that was supposed to last you all weekend.

The tent is now reduced from £80 to £40 and measures 220 x 210 – plenty of room for two people. Painting on “Free Love” or “Alterative Porta-Loo” is warned against on the packaging.