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DICE’s Top 5 Festivals.
It’s starting to get lighter in the mornings, your local supermarket’s flogging daffodils by the bunch, and your translucent skin yearns for a shimmer of Vitamin D. Summer is on the way, you can almost taste it in the pollen absent air. In just a few months you’ll be basking in glowing sunshine, throwing your Wayfarers and flower crowns to a dazzling stage, and lying on fresh grass sipping a cool, crisp beer.
Or, let’s face it, sheltering in the first tent you see with half a polystyrene plate of soggy chips in your paws.
Whatever the weather, we bloody love festival season here at DICE. And so we’ve picked out our top five fests that’ll bring you an eclectic, solid line up of artists from the revered to the hyped, and the summer weekend you’ve been hibernating for.
Field Day is back for 2017, and boy have they pulled it out the bag with their first line-up announcement. Aphex Twin is set to play an extremely rare show in the festival’s new Barn Stage, a state of the art setting for one of electronic music’s pioneers, bringing Victoria Park a full pelt two-hour set.
He's joined by the enigmatic and ever fascinating Flying Lotus, fresh from his directorial debut with short film Royal.
From Julia Jacklin to Lady Leshurr to Sinkane, Field Day’s line up promises ardent and diverse music fans a Saturday like none other. Check out the full run down here, and of course, there’ll be the usual Village Mentality games, craft beer, and curated food, so you can spend all day getting lost.
Celebrating fifteen years of love this summer, Lovebox bring two days full of hedonistic dance and electronica, progressive pop, and pioneering artists to Victoria Park.
Friday night sees Frank Ocean playing his only UK festival this summer, while on the Saturday legendary producers Chase & Status will be bringing you sweet sonic sensations and an energy filled MC Rage. Add to that a lineup that darts from Solange to Annie Mac and back via Kurupt FM, Jamie xx, and Kaytranada, and curators including XL Recordings and Noisey, and you know it’s going to be a strong 48 hours.
The crowd is always as hot as we hope the weather will be, and the after parties go off. Lovebox is fifteen years deep and still coming through.
Citadel Festival hits East London for a Sunday bringing up the best in all things that emanate from the umbrella of indie. Previous years have seen lineups that draw in the cinematic expanse of Sigur Ros and the direct pop flutters of Bombay Bicycle Club, but this year they’re going in strong with the destructive and melodic force of Foals playing a UK Festival exclusive.
While this is our third pick of UK festivals that you’ll find housed in the glory of Victoria Park, we don’t plead favouritism. Where else can you jump off the tube or bus and find yourself knee deep in pure musical eloquence? And as there’s no camping, you’ll be rubbing shoulders with indie dreamboats, freshly styled and coifferued.
And that’s important when you’re watching some of the six-string’s finest figures. No one wants to see mud on those skinny jeans. Citadel is all about losing yourself in an idyllic indie wonderland.
The Disclosure and Rudimental lads have done it again with this massive line up taking in the best in dance, pop, and everything you love.
Situated on an airfield just outside Brighton, there’s enough space to fully lose yourself to the likes of Dizzee Rascal, The Black Madonna, and Fatboy Slim taking over his home turf with what we’re sure will be one of those ‘had to be there’ sets. The poster keeps growing with names like Stormzy, Artwork, and Jackmaster all promising an epic two days packed full of beats, hype, and highs.
It’s just a short trip to Brighton too if you want to carry on the party, and with no camping you’ve got no worries of looking like poop when you’re trying to pull at Andy C on the Saturday night.
The Great Escape
Save yourself a £700 flight to SXSW, jump on a train to Brighton for the best industry fest Europe has to offer. Part conference, part showcase, most impeccably curated music festival, The Great Escape is a perfect chance to catch some of the brightest up and coming acts from across the world nestled shoulder to shoulder with some of the most loved.
On this year’s line up you’ll find breakthrough success story Rag N Bone Man next to Welsh pop newcomer Casi. You can catch boundary bending HMLDT and BBC Sound Of winner Ray BLK on the same ticket. Watch the raucous Slaves and then run to see New Zealand slacker Fazerdaze.
If you’ve got a thing for discovering incredible new music in intimate venues across every genre, then get yourself to Brighton for three packed days. You can do twelve hours of gigs straight. Just don’t forget to sleep.
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