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Summer isn’t quite over just yet, but we’ve wrapped up on most of this year’s biggest festivals. It’s been great so far - let’s take a look at some of the highlights.
The Arctic Monkeys’ latest album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, is not what you’d call an arena rock thriller, but rest assured, its languid feel doesn’t extend to the group’s stage show. The Sheffield band gave a killer headline performance, their only one in the UK this summer, and left fans wanting more. If that wasn’t enough, we were also rocked by Queen, given the typical Liam Gallagher treatment, and saw The Killers put on a typically massive show.
Often decided by the quality of the weather, this year’s Download Festival was thankfully blessed with sunny skies, and when combined with two of the biggest names in rock - or indeed any kind of music - it was a recipe for success. Recently re-formed with (nearly) the original line-up, Guns N’ Roses were always going to be the biggest party of the weekend, and arguably the whole summer. Ozzy Osbourne was the other legend on the bill, delivering all the hits to a crowd that’s likely to be the largest festival gathering in the UK this year.
This festival is unlike any other in the UK, and this year’s was arguably the best yet. For those that don’t know, Boomtown each year is designed as a concept and story, with huge sets and stages that the artists play from. It’s an incredible experience, that has previously not pulled major star power (though not to its detriment). This year saw one of the biggest bands the festival has ever seen in Gorillaz, who simply wowed the crowd with a masterful performance.
Latitude is an award-winning festival, and with good reason. It brings together a huge variety of music, along with everything from spoken word to comedy, with all ages welcome. Several of Latitude’s bands were the same as TRNSMT, including main headliners The Killers. Solange and alt-J were the other major names on the line-up, and they provided a groovy, laid back experience that was simply perfect for the festival atmosphere.
Next year sees Glastonbury return, which will give many festival goers a ticket dilemma, especially given that most of the large festivals have already confirmed that they’ll be coming back in 2019 too. That means you’re going to have a tough time picking! We’d have to recommend Boomtown for something truly different, TRNSMT is killer value for money, and if you’re into the heavier side of things, there’s really no better option than Download.
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