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[Shelby Loasby | Head of Print]
It was Trident Media’s summer of love, entertainment and festivals this year! We managed to grab ourselves some press passes and went off, with our cameras in hand and bumbags secured, to a handful of amazing festivals, each offering different vibes and atmospheres. We couldn’t decide which one was our favourite, so in no particular order, here’s our list of Trident’s top 5 festivals!
1) Slam Dunk
Not every university can say they hosted a festival, so when Slam Dunk came to College Lane campus we couldn’t contain our excitement! Named Kerrang!’s best festival for 2014 and 2015, Slam Dunk was an explosive day of the best rock, punk, ska and metal music on the scene. The Forum was host to ska bands like Lightyear and Reel Big Fish, whilst the Monster Stage outside Hutton Hall saw American legends The Colour Morale and British metalcore band Architects. Not forgetting the main stage headliners, You Me at Six! We can’t wait for the festival to return next year!
Whilst it was a small weekend festival on a farm in Essex, Brownstock was a huge success with some of the biggest bands of our generation and some of the best music we’ve heard in a while! The festival was made up of five stages each with a completely different feel, from the mainstream on the main stage, to the chill summer vibes on the Treehouse stage. The impressive lineup saw the likes of DJ Fresh, Basement Jaxx, Lethal Bizzle, Example and The Darkness. We even managed to bag ourselves some interviews with The Hoosiers and upcomers Youth Club!
3) No Tomorrow
Set against the backdrop of Wollaton Hall, Nottingham – where scenes from The Dark Knight Rises were filmed – No Tomorrow festival was an amazing weekend of music and entertainment, as well as a glorified end of year student celebration. The once peaceful and tranquil park was transformed as soon as the awesome lineup started blasting out the music. The festival saw the likes of Jessie Ware, DJ Fresh – again, Nick Mulvey, James Bay, John Newman, and DJ EZ and Gorgon City – two acts we can’t wait to see this Freshers’ Week!
This was probably the biggest, most well known festival we covered this summer, and was a great weekend of big artists and talented musicians. Whilst the lineup speaks for itself with Alt-J, Jose Gonzalez, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and The Vaccines, it was all the little extras that made this festival a true phenomenon. Secret gigs from Ed Sheeran and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke were just the beginning of the surprises over the weekend, which included theatre shows, poets, performances and a comedy tent of the best hosts and comedians on the scene!
5) Eastern Electrics
This one-day festival was the biggest celebration of house and techno music this summer, and was hosted just down the road at the historic Hatfield House! The festival wasn’t for the light hearted and if you’re not prepared to cut shapes and listen to nonstop house all day, it wouldn’t have been the place for you. Whilst there wasn’t much variety, you can’t complain when you see the lineup. DJ EZ, Cassy, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Mike Skinner, Jamie Jones and Skream all took to the decks.
Were you at any of these Festivals? Let us know at @TridentMediaUK