The Summer of Festival Love
As if we’re not lucky enough living in the beautiful south coast (THE best place to be in the UK in summer, in our opinion…), this year we are spoiled with not one, not two, but three fantastic festivals in the local area, all absolutely worth a visit. Here’s our lowdown on what they are and why not to miss them:
First up, we have the brilliant Boomtown, which hits Hampshire on Thursday 13th – Sunday 16th August this year. Back for its seventh chapter in 2015, BoomTown is one of the UK’s wildest and most inspiring independent festivals. It has an incredibly eclectic and varied line up, which typically includes ska, folk, gypsy, reggae, punk, pirate, techno, electro-swing, jazz, jungle, techno and more, all under the banner of BoomTown.
The festival’s rich history, divided into chapters, is worth reading up about, to discover how it has become the all-encompassing adventure it is today. Plenty of reading material can be found in the site’s town history archives (website link below).
It is famously inclusive, and everyone is welcomed to enjoy the festival’s ethos of a global community of music and freedom loving people. So large and sprawling is The summer of festival love the festival, that it splits its mass into ‘city districts’, including the main stage, China Town, Wild West and much more. Tickets are available for day entry, or overnight stays, with a wide variety of accommodation packages, including pre-pitched tents, family camping, district camping and live in vehicles.
For more information, take a look at BoomTown Fair
Shortly after the madness of BoomTown comes the Portsmouth International Kite Festival at Southsea Common, on Saturday 15th – Sunday 16th August. Rather more sedate than our first festival, but nonetheless a more or less unmissable weekend, especially if you live in the local area.
The Portsmouth Kite Festival is one of the foremost such festivals in the UK, featuring the very best kite artists, and attracts tens of thousands of spectators yearly. Unsurprising, as it is quite a spectacle – Southsea’s skies wash with colour from an array of beautiful kites is quite something to behold.
This year is the 24th year of the Festival, and will feature a number of guest flyers from past years, in addition to new talent from across the world. You’ll also see artistic kite displays, giant cartoon kites, Japanese fighting kites, and there will be a ‘Blaze of Dragons’: an attempt to set a record for the most number of Dragon kites to be flown at one time For more information, take a look at Portsmouth Kite Festival.
Last but by no means least is Victorious, which comes to Southsea Seafront on Saturday 29th – Sunday 30th August. This world-class festival features its usual brilliant and varied line up, and here for our listening pleasure this year are a dizzying array including Primal Scream, The Fratellis, Laura Mvula, Super Furry Animals, The Darkness, Texas, Tiny Tempah, Basement Jazz, Ella Eyre, and may more across Victorious’ many stages, arenas and tents.
Quite aside from the fantastic music on offer, you’ll also find boutique gardens and market, seafront attractions, a real ale festival and a kids arena – so there really is something for everyone to enjoy. For more information, take a look at Victorious Festival