Sandip fills us in on the best London festivals, and where we can find out more!
From Glastonbury, to Reading, and to my own local Godiva festival; summer festivals have truly become a part of the British establishment. According to Virtual Festivals UK there are now over 500 festivals in Great Britain alone. But why have they grown in popularity in recent years?
To some, it could be said, a festival is more than just music and camping. It brings all sections and classes of society together to enjoy the mud, the madness, the sun and the rain. No matter what the conditions, festivals can be a great social leveller.
Festivals take you out of the mainstream; Glastonbury has become something of national institution, with it being on many a person’s list of ‘must dos’. A festival takes you out of your comfort zone and offers a range of experiences, and now more than ever it says a lot about you, your personality and your identity. Wearing the wristband for weeks after you arrive back home just shows that the festival is about more than the music, it’s about making a statement.
The festival can be a great place for young people to experience the freedom of youth, their own music and to express their identity. The British festivals are about more than just the music; from local to national festivals the experience becomes a part of your sub-culture, the thing that makes you different from everyone else. They have become a part of the British summer because they givefestival-goers a child-like freedom: the outdoors, open air, camping with friends, the freedom of expression and being yourself. At a festival there are no constraints. The festival promise is quite simple; you’ll have a good time, with good people and probably a few stories to tell.
Now that summer is here there are lots of festivals for you to experience without leaving the capital:
13-24 June Hampton Court Palace Festival
This is you could say, the more refined festival experience, a slightly more civilised affair. There’s no mud, but it still could be lots of fun. Think grown up concerts in the beautiful grounds of the palace
5-6 July Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time at Hyde Park
The capital’s rock anthem show spectacular with artists such as Bon Jovi, Kasier Chiefs and the Rolling Stones.
12-14 July Wireless Festival
Moves from its traditional venue in Hyde Park to the Olympic Park for 2013. With acts such as Jay Z, Beyonce and Justin Timberlake performing over the weekend, it’s bound to be an awesome experience.
19-21 July Lovebox
Scape Living’s very own local festival. It’s being held in Victoria Park, which is a stone’s throw from Scape East. Artists playing this year include Plan B and Azealia Banks. This is a festival said to be great for those allergic to camping, and being so close to Mile End it couldn’t be in a more perfect and ideal location
Whatever festival you go, we promise it will be an experience you’ll never forget; a truly British summertime experience.