It’s that time of year again. It may still be cold, a little bit grey and dark before you leave the office but announcements from the years biggest and best festivals remind us all that summer’s not that far away….right? With that in mind here’s a round up of the best so far.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Calling Festival
No stranger to the headline slot with Oasis, this will be Noel’s debut atop an outdoor bill as a solo artist. Alongside his High Flying Birds, Noel will entertain as always with hits from his incredible back catalogue alongside those from new album ‘Chasing Yesterday’, released on March 2nd.
As if that wasn’t enough he’ll be joined by Ryan Adams, The Hives and Echo and the Bunneymen.
I’ll see you there.
Drake – Wireless
Wireless Festival never fails to impress with it’s international superstar lineups and this year is no exception. Swedish EDM megastar Avicii, American rapper Nicki Minaj and Frech hitmaker David Guetta all feature in 2015 but our money is on Canadian R&B chart-topper to deliver the stand out performance of the festival.
Taylor Swift – Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park
After a string of sell-out arena dates in the UK in 2014 and the well-timed removal of her catalogue from streaming service Spotify leading to sales of over 1.2 million copies of her album 1989 in it’s first week, it’s safe to say Taylor Swift reigns supreme in the pop world right now. In fact, it was reported in the New York Times that one in every five albums sold that week in the US was ‘1989’ and with hits such as ‘Shake It Off’ it’s easy to see why.
Fleetwood Mac – Isle of Wight Festival
Christine McVie returns will return to the stage with Fleetwood Mac for the first time in 16 years to add extra prestige to what is already destined to be an extraordinary show. The Black Keys, The Prodigy, Pharell Williams, Paolo Nutini, Kool & The Gang, James and many, many more also appear.
Metallica – Reading / Leeds
Undoubtedly one of the ultimate festival headline bands. Last year there was the small matter of the Sunday night headline slot at Glastonbury and when they return to the Reading and Leeds stage over the August bank holiday weekend this will be a record 4th time at the top of the bill.
“Do you want heavy?” Yes…then this is the one for you!
Ride – Field Day
Reunited shoegaze outfit Ride will return to the live arena in 2015 with a very special headline slot at Field Day in Victoria Park, London. Following warm up shows in Glasgow, Manchester and at the Roundhouse in Camden, the 90s band will top a Sunday bill that also includes Patti Smith, Mac De Marco and Field Day favourites Savages. Caribou, Chet Faker and Django Django are just some of the acts appearing on the Saturday.
Happy Mondays – Shiiine On Weekender
This brand new festival at Butlins Minehead Arena is a celebration of Indie and Dance from the late 80s, 90s and beyond. Highlights include The Wonder Stuff, Inspiral Carpets and Stereo MC’s before Happy Mondays ‘step on’ stage to bring things to an epic conclusion.
Already close to selling out, Eventim is now the ONLY place with tickets available. Each ticket admits 4 people for 4 nights in a 4 berth self catering apartment!