Don’t believe that you can only enjoy the festival experience in the summer. Break with tradition this year and get yourself down to one of 2015’s up-and-coming spring festivals in and around London.
LEAF (London Electronic Arts Festival)
6–7 March, London
Taking place across London, LEAF is an event that celebrates everything electronic and includes parties, installations, master classes and screenings in lots of different locations. The festival has been created by the masterminds behind Bestival and the Association for Electronic Music and is the ultimate chance to party or attend events such as The Conversation, which allows you an insight into the Electronic music scene.
Country to Country Festival
7–8 March, O2 London
This festival aims to bring Country music to the UK and this year will feature acts such as Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Brandy Clark and Florida Georgia Line. It intends to bring a little bit of Nashville to the UK and as well as live music will also feature bars, food and retail stands, merchandise, signing opportunities and DJ sets. The festival also takes place in Dublin, Stockholm and Oslo.
The Great Escape
14–16 May, Brighton
A new festival on the scene, this event sets to bring together live music acts from around the world and provides them with a platform in clubs and bars throughout Brighton. The festival doesn’t offer the usual camping experience (most people stop in the Queen’s Hotel or Journeys Hostel) but instead takes place throughout 35 venues in Brighton, accessible with one wristband. It’s a great place to discover new artists as well as revisit old favourites, dance artist Example played at last year’s event.
22–24 May, London
If you’re looking to branch out your music tastes then a ticket for Raw Power this May should do the trick. Aiming to bring together lovers of psych heaviness, space rock, synth craziness and left field Electronica (yes those are apparently music genres) Raw Power should open your eyes to a whole new style of artist. This weekend event, lasting for three days across two stages in the capital, should get you dancing.
We are FSTVL
30–31 May, London
This is We are FSTVL’s third year offering two days and nights worth of dance and club music across several stages. This year pull on your fancy dress ensemble from Morph Costumes, grab some UV paint and get dancing to artists such as Gorgon City, Waze & Odyssey, Monki and Steve Angello. To make things even easier the organisers are offering coach services to the event.
So, while spring might not be associated with festivals give those planned into the calendar for 2015 a chance, plus you can always do the whole camping/glamping weekend experience once the weather really warms up!