UK Festival

Greenbelt 2016: Simple Times, Sacraments & Ceefax

Joe Ware | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Joe Ware

There's not many festivals that can boast a line up which includes a Tibetan electric lute player, a former hostage and the Archbishop of Canterbury. But then there aren't many festivals quite like Greenbelt.

Finding Utopia Through Art and Music: This Is Supernormal

Emily Gosling | Posted 30.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Emily Gosling

It's hard to write an accurate account of Supernormal festival because a. it's just slightly too surreal to capture in writing, rather than tape loops or gong-based, Ganesh-inspired performance art, and b. it's hard to let everyone know how excellent it is for fear everyone else turns up and ruins it.

COMEDY - IT'S AN EDUCATION!

Sam Fraser | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK Comedy
Sam Fraser

Thanks to Homer (Simpson) and his circle, my kids learnt a little about a lot. When we took them to see Hamlet they already knew the plot. Similarly, Great Expectations held no surprises and they practically rolled their eyes when we slapped Spinal Tap into the DVD player.

7 Rules When It Comes To Doing Fancy Dress At Festivals

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Style

The best thing about going to a music festival (apart from the dancing and the drinking) is being able to embrace your style in a way that would not r...

The Magic of the Short Form

Irenosen Okojie | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Irenosen Okojie

The first short story collection I owned sat on my bookshelf for seven years. I have no idea why it took me so long to read it, except at that point, I'd been used to devouring novels, tomes I lugged about everywhere and could lose myself in...

What Happened When I Went to a Tantric Workshop at Wilderness Festival

Chloe Tomlinson | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Tomlinson

Yesterday I returned to Manchester after four days at Wilderness Festival in Oxfordshire. Wilderness, for those of you who don't know, is something of...

Is Classic Rock Still a Force to Be Reckoned With? Or Just a Ramblin' Man?

Jez Fielder | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jez Fielder

With The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Heart back in the billboard album top 10, I started to wonder if there is a secret to rock n roll longevity. So I took my hair and my sunscreen along to this year's Ramblin' Man Fair to find out.

Festival Dressing Is Harder Than It Looks..

Olivia Cox | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Style
Olivia Cox

Here's a brutal truth that no hipster will ever admit: festival dressing is tricky. You see, the aim is to appear all nonchalant and cool whilst secretly planning and packing for days in advance, streamlining your essential kit into one 'oh, dunno', type bag. And it can total really quite a hefty stash even without all this batsh*t "British Summer" weather we've got going on right now.

Rock Royalty in Portugal: Review of Nos Alive 2016, Lisbon

Kris Griffiths | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Kris Griffiths

I've been to all of England's major festivals over the years, from heavyweights Glastonbury and Reading through later metal additions Sonisphere and D...

Best Family Fancy Dress Ideas for Camp Bestival

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK Parents

One of the best parts about going to Camp Bestival as a family, is that you are a fancy dress dream team ready to go. The theme for Camp Bestival 201...

If the Young Ruled the World - Inside Roskilde Festival's Dream City

Will Best | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Will Best

Roskilde is an awesome festival with great music and a feel good vibe, but more than that it's a fascinating place to study an alternate reality. And if you fancy experience the liberating feeling of peeing where you stand whilst in full view of a gaggle of naked joggers, then 'urine' luck.

How Not to Lose Friends and Alienate People at Glastonbury Festival

Olivia Petter | Posted 19.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Olivia Petter

It's the pinnacle of the musical calendar and the unofficial stomping ground for the devastatingly cool and famous. Thanks to the other 200,000 mortal attendees, it's also one of the most overtly stereotyped and satirised events of the year where you're only ever one floral headband away from a cliché. Follow these rules to ensure you don't make a tit out of yourself.

Glastonbury and the Curse of the Long Drop

Andrew Cunningham | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Andrew Cunningham

Glastonbury has been reducing the number of Portaloos in favour of the greener 'Long Drop". Although the portable loo was no delight, it did have a seat and a lock and a roof. Whereas the Long drop though worthy, lacks the privacy of a sealed cubicle. It also has the long drop, striking fear into the toilet phobic.

Booze Day - The Problem With Over 18s Festivals

John Parish | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
John Parish

I've been delighted that my teenage daughters have fallen in love with music in the same way I did. They go to gigs all the time. Occasionally they are frustrated by a band they want to see playing a club with age restricted access. But it doesn't happen often, and never with outdoor shows - until this summer, when I was told they're not welcome at a particular festival because they're under 18.

Creativity Tilts the World

Tom Harvey | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Tom Harvey

Creative people and companies graft away with air and ideas and invent completely new experiences everyday. New products, new plays, new songs, films, commercials, shoes, clothes, buildings, new paintings and new games.

200 Dogs Saved From The Dinner Plate Ahead Of China’s Yulin Festival

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK

Every year thousands of dogs – many of them stolen pets – are captured and transported to Yulin for an annual Chinese festival which sees the cani...

The Advantage of Adversity: A Different Perspective on Depression

James Shillcock | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
James Shillcock

The one thing that running a business has taught me is that things are never constant. Things are never permanent. You cannot separate the highs and lows or have one without the other, so you must learn to accept the process and understand that it's part of the journey.

The Known, The Strange and The New

Hilary Lawson | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Hilary Lawson

It was in 1900 that Lord Kelvin, renowned British scientist and the toast of the establishment, addressed a group of physicists at the British Associa...

Time and Consciousness

Bernard Carr | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Tech
Bernard Carr

The invocation of a higher dimension only generates a global flow of time, so it does not explain the sense of individual identity associated with the 1st person perspective. To accommodate this, one may need to account for another important aspect of consciousness: we cannot be aware of timescales which are too short or too long.

Warning: May Cause Festival Fomo

Fleur Rollet-Manus | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Fleur Rollet-Manus

The preparation of bloggers and celebrities has already begun as our Instagram and Snapchat feeds are filled with flash tattoos, swimwear and crochet as the run up to weekend one of Coachella begins. You've got deadlines and exams looming, but you still can't stop thinking that since your loan has just dropped you might, just MIGHT be able to make it...

Ed Vaizey: Gamers Should Vote To Stay In EU

Jamie Wareham | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Politics
Jamie Wareham

Ed Vaizey, the Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy has echoed the Prime Minister's message to young voters last week and urged video gamers to vote to remain in the upcoming referendum on the European Union.

My Night at the North Hop Edinburgh Festival

Alan Grant | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Alan Grant

We Scots don't have the best reputation when it comes to what we put into our bodies. It is said that smoke too much, take too little exercise, and that what most of us eat and drink would make our French and Italian comrades wince.

The Bacon Roll Challenge

Mike Gerrard | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Gerrard

I never knew whisky could be so much fun. The previous afternoon I was pairing whisky with chocolate truffles, and now here it is, 11 o'clock in the m...

Blending Like a Master

Mike Gerrard | Posted 21.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Gerrard

Outside the distillery it's an idyllic rural scene. Birds are tweeting and flying around the dark stone buildings of the distillery, which was founded in 1824 by a whisky smuggler, John Cumming. In the green fields around, cows are contentedly munching.

Surf, Sweat and Sea - 2016's Top Solo Spa Trends

Cathy Winston | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Cathy Winston

Even the words 'spa retreat' sound tempting. And if you're travelling solo, some pampering as you explore the world is a pretty good combination.