Sunday, 28 April 2013

[ Festival Guide 2013 - Part 1]

Part 2:

It's every body's favourite time of year again, festival season is upon us finally! ( Those of you reading from my home planet of Ireland, will be especially relieved after a disgusting six-month long winter.)
This year is perhaps the most diverse of festival seasons as all of the large festivals seem to have mated and spawned at least a hundred baby festivals each. My festival calendar is unknown as of yet this year as in two-weeks time I will be moving to Berlin, so will be focusing much of my energy on the mecca of Techno for the summer, but I am hoping to get to Dimensions, Melt! and at least one festival back home, be it Body & Soul or Electric Picnic. As the list of festivals is so long this year I'll break it up into a few easy categories for you, Irish, UK, Europe, and I think Croatia deserves its very own section this year as the new place to be for Summer 2013.

Life Festival, Belvedere House & Gardens, Co. Westmeath. 

When:   24-26th May 2013
Tickets: €136 + Booking Fee
Perhaps this year's top contender for electronic music in Ireland and the one thing that has me kind of disappointed I won't be in Ireland for. The last time I visited this festival in 2010 & 2011 it was mostly psy-trance based. To most people, psy-trance is a dirty word, however my roots in Galway set me up for an occasional enjoyment of the Genre.

In previous years, house & techno were in-between genres for the festival, and I fondly remember seeing Vitalic in the Big-Top in 2011, and perhaps one of my favourite memories of my life so far was of course Ricardo Villalobos's set on the Saturday in 2010 beside the lake, with an astoundingly weird temperature for Ireland of about 27 degrees Celsius. Jesse Somfay's track, Small Pebbled Forest always reminds me of this moment. <3

Line Up: Groove Armada DJ Set, Seth Troxler, Laurent Garnier, Modeselektor Live, Amon Tobin Presents Two Fingers (DJ Set), Booka Shade Live, Kerri Chandler, Karenn, Boddika, Floating Points, Krystal Klear, Toby Kaar, KiNK, Bicep, GMS Live, 1200 Mics, MMOTHS, Truss/MPIA3, Midland, Captain Hook, Frank B, Icicle, Sunil Sharpe, Ben Pearce, Calibre, Funkineven, The Cujo Family, The Hot Sprockets, Raglans, Alexander Nut, Fatima, CLU, Goth Trad, Looney Moon, Recs, Biome, White Collar Boy, All City, & many many more... 

Body & Soul Festival, Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath.

When:   21st-23rd June 2013
Tickets: €139 for a weekend ticket or €55 for Sunday Only

Across the lake from life we have the Body & Soul festival, which is in its early years having made its debut at Electric Picnic as a healing area within the festival. 

You can still catch it at Electric Picnic in September but, if you'd like to have a full 3 days of the Body & Soul experience then it's advised you check it out here. I have yet to attend the festival but have had many friends give positive feedback, so it is most definitely on the agenda this year should I get a free weekend away from Berlin. 

Line Up: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Public Image Lt, Fuck Buttons, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Solange, The Congos, Pantha Du Prince, Mmoths, Willy Mason, Jon Hopkins, Wallis Bird, Breton, George FitzGerald, Kate Boy, Iron Curtis, Almighty Sion, Forrests, Adultrock, Monto, Ryan Vail, Fish Go Deep with Live Vocals by Tracey K, plus many more TBA...


Electric Picnic, Stradbally Estate, Stradbally, Co. Laois. 

When:   30th Aug -1st September 2013 
Tickets: €189.50 or €149.50 if you've been 3 times previously & have proof!

Ah Electric Picnic, there's no real way to describe it to those who haven't been. Like a child of Glastonbury it truly is place where you just have to get lost and see everything it has to offer.
Most of my memories of 2011 were of sitting inside a felt covered deer sculpture for the weekend and wondering why the hell I was at yet another festival having just arrived home from Reading Festival the previous day.

Nonetheless Electric Picnic will always be one of my favourite festivals no matter how many others I will see. It's kind of like a fairy tale, with plenty of 'fairies' hanging about alright. Go and see for yourself... for those looking for more of an electronic edge, this is just the initial line-up and there will be plenty more dance acts announced in the coming months.

Line Up: Arctic Monkeys, Bjork, Fatboy Slim , Franz Ferdinand, David Byrne & St Vincent, Polica, Chvrches, Eels, Disclosure, Warpaint, Hurts, Baauer, Tiga, Clinic, The Knife, Wu-Tang Clan, Hudson Mohawke, Mount Kimbie, plus many more TBA...  

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