Festivals In The City

Dot To Dot, L.E.D. & more
LED festival
Can’t face the thought of roughing it under canvas but still want to have your fill of top performances all on one ticket? then take a look at these little urban beauties and avoid the great unwashed. sometimes glamping’s just not enough.

LONDON FEIS Finsbury Park - 18th-19th june

Confusingly billed as being a celebration of twenty-one years of Irish music in the city, this is actually the inaugural London Feis (pronounced Fesh, don’cha know). The Feish picks up the baton where Fleadh, an Irish music festival that ran between 1990 and 2004, left off.

While there’s strong representation on the bill from the Emerald Isle, there are plenty of international artists as well, although the overriding genre of acts being booked is folk music to the core. We’ll see you up front for a bit of Jimmy Cliff on Sunday.

Line-up: Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Jimmy Cliff, The Gaslight Anthem, Clannad, Thin Lizzy, The Waterboys

www.londonfeis.com

DOT TO DOT - 28TH-30TH MAY

This traveling circus of a festival is held on one day each in Manchester, nottingham and Bristol across multitudes of venues. The acts remain the same most of the way, with a couple of changes here and there. The line-up’s eclectic, but one of the most tasteful around. Synth-pop Mancunians Hurts headline, with rock funnymen We Are Scientists supporting.

With a strong musical heritage in all three cities, it’s definitely the fans who get championed here, with tickets costing a piddly £25 in Bristol and nottingham, and £20 in Manchester. Sensational.

Line-up: Hurts, We Are Scientists, …and you will know us by the trail of dead, Guillemots, The Phoenix Foundation, sbtrkt

www.dottodotfestival.co.uk

L.E.D. Victoria Park - 11th june

Victoria Park boots out the indie for the return of L.E.D. The shifting sands of electronic music and its many guises are represented in the second year of this festival, which has now dropped down to a one-day event.

Following his disappointing set last year (he was sick, ok?) Calvin Harris returns to make amends, while Mark Ronson will also take a turn. On the dubstep tip, nero and Modestep will be representing, and taking centre stage for some house representation is Deadmau5. Slip those dancing shoes on and get down to the killer beats.

Line-up: Deadmau5, Calvin Harris, Mark Ronson, Nero, Modestep, Skrillex, DJ Hype

www.ledfestival.net

OUTSIDE:INSIDE Reading - 9th-30th july

England seems to be in a perpetual state of flux these days, as temporary outlets appear out of the ether, only to suddenly disappear without a trace. Outside:Inside is taking the concept to another level, running a series of events across the city in unexpected venues. Organisers are literally reclaiming the city for the people, turning them into vibrant hubs of creativity and experimentation. The pop-up action will take place over four Saturdays, with temporary cinemas springing up on Sundays for some film action. Headliners will play midweek sets in Reading’s bigger venues.

Line-up: Lee Scratch Perry, The Fall, Hayseed Dixie, DJ Derek, Pure Reason Revolution, Losers

www.outsideinsidefestival.com

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