Once upon a time, not so long ago (in 2003), Glastonbury would cost you just £105. But, regrettably for us, the days of finding an even half-decent and casually affordable festival in the UK are no more. Of course, it was no surprise that Glastonbury sold out in just 25 minutes, as the British big dogs still have their allure. But for those wanting more affordable alternatives, maybe looking to get to more than one festival next summer without destroying their chances of getting out of their overdrafts, festival choosing can be tough, largely because there are so darn many these days.
Therefore we at Circulation, as your trusted reference for all things music, would like to offer some help, with a brief outline of what we reckon to be the best of the best of the lesser known, as the summer comes closer and line-ups are announced. Firstly, Field Day…
With uni set to finish on Saturday, 30 May, Field Day, a two-day festival over the 6th and 7th June weekend, could be the one for you!—priced at just £78. It’s first, very early announcement suggests a mix of old-time groundbreakers and contemporary young guns.
Set to headline Sunday in the finale of their first tour in 20 years, Ride, amongst your most influential pre-Nirvana and Oasis alternatives, are one the festival’s main attractions this time round, replacing the Pixies slot last year. In my opinion, these guys will be one the best authentic nineties sounds to come out of this summer’s circuit.
Patti Smith, one of punk’s early birds back in the day, now accepted as one of its most influential artists, is also in line to play her highly-acclaimed ‘Horses’ album, released way back in 1975. Seminal tracks abound, from proto-punk and folk to bluesy rock and jazz influence, Smith is one to see this summer if it’s your kinda swing.
Caribou’s electropop will lead Saturday’s line-up, who’s recent album ‘One Love’ received some good reviews as a mainstream game-changer. At the front of the field, it’s already written that Caribou’s stage will produce some unforgettable drops, with tracks like ‘Odessa’ and ‘Can’t Do Without You’ that can only be expected to go down well.
And ready to get the Saturday crowd sweaty prior Caribou’s set is Chet Faker’s introspective downtempo, who’s 2014 album ‘Built on Glass’ is stocked full with potential summer tunes. Clark is also in line to feature on the opening day, who’s recent album has already received a great review by us right here.
Finally, picked out of the pack are Django Django. Following their hype in 2012, making their mark with a boldness that was only underlined by a stagnant indie scene, the London-based band are yet to release anything since. Currently working on a new album, expected to foster a more rave-influenced sound, their set promises to be one the highlights of the weekend if they can pull out an album that’s anything like their last.
Although it’s early days, keep in mind that Field Day has sold out every year since it’s debut back in 2007, so stay updated via Field Day’s website, here, if you fancy it.By Scott Clarke