Continuing on with some of my recommended festivals this summer. And a rather folky bunch…
End of the Road
One of my personal favourite line-ups of the summer. End of the Road boasts both Marling and Newsom on the same bill, that alone persuaded me. But they also have a whole host of other brilliant people, an idillic setting and apparently some peacocks running round.
Dates: 2-4th September
Headliners: Beirut, Joanna Newsom, Mogwai
I Recommend: Laura Marling, Lykke Li, Willy Mason, Cailtin Rose, Other Lives and Best Coast
Another festival with an almost as good line-up is Green Man. Taking place in the Welsh hills and with Fleet Foxes headlining, you can’t go much wrong.
Dates: 19-21st August
Headliners: Fleet Foxes, Explosions in the Sky, Iron & Wine
I recommend: Laura Marling, Noah and the Whale, Alessi’s Ark, Marcus Foster, Ellen and the Escapades.
A brand new festival for 2011, and looking like its gonna be one of the most special. Wilderness is in a beautiful setting with swimming lakes, fine dining, a spa, special performances and theatre, ceilidhs. Couldn’t really ask for much more. And then you check out the line-up!
Tickets: £99.50 early bird
Dates: 12-14th August
Headliners: Antony and the Johnsons, Gogol Bordello, Laura Marling
I recommend: The Low Anthem, Dry the River, Daniel Johnston + more tba
Cambridge Folk Festival
So this list seems to becoming a list of festivals Laura Marling is playing at, and surprise surprise, she’s back headlining this one too. Ah well. Cambridge Folk Festival is the biggest and best folk festival in the UK, and this year it boasts a wonderful assortment of new folk and old folk acts.
Dates: 28th-31st July
Headliners: Laura Marling, Richard Thompson, Mary Chapin Carpenter
I recommend: Villagers, James Vincent McMorrow, Caitlin Rose, Dry the River, Rachel Sermanni, Louise and the Pins, Pete Roe, Trevor Moss and Hannah Lou..
I am going to end the post with a little folky festival which looks lovely, called Firefly. They have scored a rather good line-up and the concept of campfires in the intimate surrounds sounds wonderful.
Dates: 12-14th August
Headliners: Morning Parade, Marcus Foster, Kyla La Grange
I recommend: Scott Matthews, Patch William and more tba.