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Festival Coverage : The Great Escape - Day 3

The final day rolls around. By now we are feeling a tad groggy to say the least, so we start at the free open air stage known as the Hub. This is situated right in the centre of Brighton and huge crowds pass by as Saturday shoppers mix with Brighton Festival folks and our ‘friends’ the Morris Dancers burst into an impromptu performance. Unsurprisingly this does not help our fuzzy heads. We plump for Jacko Hooper and the allure of free deck chairs. Jacko is a local Brighton singer songwriter. With simply captivating songs.  His calm acoustic ballads are met with the outbreak of sun through grey skies.


Festival Coverage : Gottwood

Gottwood is returning for another 4 day weekend of electronic musical entertainment amidst its idyllic woodland setting on the Isle of Angelsey from 20 to 23 June. Headliners at the boutique event this year include Luke Vibert, Extrawelt, Wolf Music and 2 Bad Mice.

Weekend tickets are £95 for 70+ hours of entertainment (if making the trip from the Irish Republic you can get from Dublin and back and camp for £150). Click on the festival name at the top of this article for full details.

Tom Elkington was kind enough to answer a few questions we put to him on the intricacies of organising an event of this sort:-


Festival Coverage : The Great Escape - Day 2

Day 2 arrives and we head off, bleary eyed but ready for the fray, to see Dan Croll and his upbeat acoustic set. We know he is playing again tonight but we fear we will miss him.  We plump for Congo Natty’s soothing acoustic reggae hoping he will soothe us as last night’s excesses are still very much with us. Unfortunately, Natty’s appearance has stopped us from entering upstairs at the Komedia with their Dutch bands theme so we miss Jacco Gardner playing to a packed crowd.


Festival Coverage : Isle Of Wight Festival

The Isle Of Wight Festival these days hardly needs any extra advance promotion, given its association in the public consciousness with the original three events of the same name and the pedigree established over the 11 years since its revival by the Solo Music Agency. This year's festival takes place from 13 to 16 June and at time of writing major acts such as The Stone Roses, Bon Jovi, The Killers and The Boomtown Rats have been confirmed along with smaller ones such as Kodaline, Imagine Dragons, Rizzle Kicks and Imperial Teen.


Festival Coverage : HIPSVILLE - Saturday Night & Sunday Afternoon

Shaking off the torpor from the first night's shenanigans Saturday started off in the Tiki bar with a restful lounge set from The Archers, closely followed by a more lively one of surf. That & a Guinness was pretty much what was required to regain some equilibrium. Speedball Jr. kept up the surfing theme amongst the cool Tiki-head sculptures and under-sea aura that had been masterfully crafted by the organising team. Indeed it seemed a shame that this was, in effect, the chill-out area for the event rather than the main arena but then you have to take into account the scale of the two rooms as the main ballroom's a fantastic size & those heads didn't look like you could make them particularly cheaply or quickly. Maybe next year though.

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