We are back again for another edition of VIP Reviews, this time we will be taking a look at UK music festivals, more specifically those that save us from camping out in the mud but rather can have us back home nursing a hangover in the safety of our own bed.
Strawberries & Creem
One of the UK’s most exciting young festivals, this was set up by six friends in 2014 as a garden party for 800 people, it has grown up fast over the last few years and now in its the 5th year, they will be welcome a modest 15,000 music lovers to Haggis Farm, Cambridge.
With previous acts like T-Pain, Nelly, Shaggy, Skepta, J Hus & Shy FX, this festival proudly boasts the best in new and classic urban music across a number of genres including Hip-Hop, Rap, R&B, Garage, D&B and everything in-between.
Dedicated to bringing a missing spark to Cambridge’s music scene, this festival’s mission is to champion the sounds of the UK’s streets and clubs, by bringing them to a city which has traditionally lacked a scene for our kind of music.
This year’s festivals looks to build on previous years with a line-up boasting something from both the new scene and old classics. Leading the line will be Stefflon Don, Ms Dynamite, Sean Kingston & Mahalia.
Others on the day performing including the likes of WSTRN, B Young, Young T & Bugsey as well as Flava D, Artful Dodger, Heartless Crew & Star.One.
If you are looking for a day of pure vibes and a lot of sun, Strawberries & Creem might just be your answer this year.
Another recent addition to the festival scene in the south, Boundary Brighton promises everything for the EDM lover, from the house, dub, bashment, techno, drum and bass, breaks and electronica.
Taking the best of Brighton’s creative energy, lust for life and generosity of spirit, Boundary Brighton is a festival with three stages of music, a vintage fair, delicious local food and other unexpected treats, all nestled between the crest of the Downs and the City with the sea below.
With previous headliners including DJ EZ, Jax Jones, Kideko, Mistajam, Gorgon City & Jaguar Skills, you can see that the festival organisers only pull for the big hitters each year.
Although this year’s full line-up i set to be announced, we do have an idea of the festival’s main headliners that come in the form of legends Chase & Status as well as Camelphat. We are sure many are already salivating at the idea of raving in the summer sun.
Tickets for the festival are still available here: https://www.universe.com/events/boundary-brighton-2019-tickets-9M2QXT
Hospitality in the Park
We stick with the electronic theme here with the impressive one-dayer put together by D&B royalty, Hospital Records.
In the game now for twenty-three years, Hospital has been home to some of drum & bass’ high-flyers including Netsky, Danny Byrd, Camo & Krooked and High Contrast.
On 24th September 2016, Hospitality In The Park was born. A UK outdoor event that brings together all things drum & bass in one place, Hospitality In The Park is a 360-degree celebration of dance music’s most diverse and exciting genre, in North London’s much-loved Finsbury Park. Multiple stages host drum & bass’ finest DJs, MCs, vocalists and live talent from all around the globe.
Now leading to its fourth year In 2019, expect the unexpected from unique, high-end production and sound design, to a hand-picked range of BBQ, craft beer, street-food delights and that unbeatable Hospitality atmosphere.
With a barrage of D&B and EDM artists playing over 6 stages, you can expect some flavour from 0161 legends like Chimp & Chunky as well as sets from Danny Byrd.
Be prepared for your ears to be rising by the end of this one.
DMH Gigs In The Garden:
Perhaps one of the most important ones for us based in Leicester; this year De Montfort Hall is opening it’s gardens up for a number of open-air gigs this August bringing some new one-day festivals to the city with a number of genres and artists playing across the month.
The most important perhaps (to us anyway) is that evening of music provided by Bugzy Malone, Yxng Bane & none other than Wretch 32.
These three rap, hip-hop and grime legends are set to take the stage in Leicester on Friday 16th August, already promising a glorious summer evening was music we have not seen in Leicester for a long time.
Other gigs taking place through the period include acts such as Jax Jones, Years & Years, Scouting For Girls, Kaiser Chief, Groove Armada & Danny Howard on different nights, all boasting a certain vibe and range of genres hoping to get all sorts of people out and about in the city.
You can buy your tickets here: http://www.demontforthall.co.uk/events/events.php/2019/2154/bugzy-malone-yxng-bane-and-wretch-32-/
Don’t forget to pass by our shop at 42 Welford Road to get your drinks in before the big gig.