Beach Break Live, La Route Du Rock, Wakestock
Festivals On The Beach

Whoever wrote that mud was glorious had it wrong. We’d much rather get ourselves to the seaside, grab a 99, and get stuck into the music. after all, what better way is there to enjoy the top sounds of the summer than by feeling sand between your toes?

BEACH BREAK LIVE Pembrey country park, Wales - 16th-20th june

This fiesta that signals the start of the summer boasts banging beats and action galore. Beach Break Live is one for students and recent graduates. As soon as exams are over, thousands of Vitamin D deprived bookworms across the country emerge blinking into the light, desperate for sun, songs and snakebite. This five-day extravaganza is the destination of choice for some twenty thousand enthusiasts, who treat the extended weekend as an end of year holiday, with tickets set at an affordable £99 for those with an nUS card.

If this weekend tickles your fancy and you graduated in the dim and distant past (yes, us too), fear not - you're all welcome, only at a higher price.

Musically, BBL welcomes a mix of mainstream and emerging artists, including chart-toppers Tinie Tempah and White Lies. Magnetic Man are set to shake the ground with their dubstep anthems, and bets are on as to whether Katy B will make an appearance with them, seeing as she’s already on the bill.

From Cornwall to Kent to its current home in Wales, BBL has pinballed around the country in the last four years, but it seems to be settled on the beautiful coastline of Pembrey in Wales. The location itself is a sandy white dream that even boasts a 130m dry ski slope, and the chance to go zorbing, surfing and power kiting, among other activities, for the more energetic individuals in the crowd.

If you’re a tree hugger, then fear not - the organisers of BBL take their green credentials seriously, and have a strong network of coaches traveling from around the country.

Line-up: tinie tempah, white lies, magnetic man, we are scientists, mark ronson dj set

LA ROUTE DU ROCK France - 12-14th august

Mon dieu! A festival on the beach that’s a mere ferry ride away from our fair shores? If you’re a music fan looking for a certain je ne sais quoi, why not hop over to St. Malo in Brittany for the best in quality indie, indulging in some flip-flop gazing with Mogwai and getting overwhelmed by the live prog intensity of Canada’s Suuns. The majority of the line-up is yet to be announced, but on past experience, with Sonic Youth, Portishead, PJ Harvey, The Cure, Sigur Ros and My Bloody Valentine all having played, this weekend is sure to deliver.

Line-up: mogwai, sebadoh, battles, the kills, suuns, crocodiles, here we go magic

WAKESTOCK Wales - 8th-10th july

Wonderful Wakestock is back, continuing to deliver quality acts both emerging and established from all genres. This year sees Wakestock go heavy on the dubstep and electronic scene with the mighty Chase and Status returning, alongside Caspa, MC Rod Azlan, and nERO. If Dubstep doesn’t light your lemon, the quality selection of grime and indie acts will with Wretch 32, Yasmin, Biffy Clyro and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs all on the bill. With three wakeboarding venues and a Pro competition taking place, there’s plenty of action for enthusiasts to get their teeth into.

Line-up: biffy clyro, chase and status, totally enormous extinct dinosaurs, ellie goulding, zane lowe


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