UK Festival

The Political Power Of Music

Joe Ware | Posted 25.09.2017 | UK Politics
Joe Ware

Photo provided with permission from Greenbelt Dave Randall has toured the world as a guitarist with the band Faithless as well producing some of his ...

Mass Meditation (Yes, You Can Sit With Us)

Michael James Wong | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Michael James Wong

When people think about meditation it often conjures up the idea of sitting alone in a quiet room for hours on end, lights down low, and so much silence you could hear a pin drop. Don't worry if this is you, because that's what so many people believe is the way to properly meditate.

How Expressive Writing Can Support Your Mental Health

Karen Dempsey | Posted 12.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Dempsey

Expressive writing - also known as therapeutic writing - is the process of letting your thoughts and feelings flood onto the page, without stopping to censor, judge or perfect. It's a free-flow process that allows the thoughts and feelings to pour out, like water from a tap.

Don't Suffer In Silence - Why It's Important To Continue The Conversation Around Mental Wealth

Phil Chamberlain | Posted 12.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Phil Chamberlain

This week, City Lit will be hosting its 3rd annual Mental Wealth Festival (12-14 September), exploring the human face of wellbeing. Over the three days of the festival, we are looking forward to hearing real life stories from various mental health ambassadors and experts, as well as personal reflections from those who have encountered mental health issues.

Who Is Me?

Stephen Bailey | Posted 01.09.2017 | UK Comedy
Stephen Bailey

We say we can write our own rules in a relationship so why not in the rest of our life? I, for example, am somebody who needs quiet for the first hour in the morning. No noise from social media, no deep and meaningful chats in the kitchen with my housemate, no job lists but just one hour to come round and consider the day ahead.

OnBlackheath Is Perfect Family Festival

Oliver Pickup | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK Parents
Oliver Pickup

Ten years ago this summer I enjoyed my first full-blown festival in Britain. Aged 25, I excitedly packed my tent, wellies, and - argh! - a pirate costume (there was a nautical theme) before tripping to the Isle of Wight, where Bestival was, and still is, held.

A Festival Of Fitness

Max Harvey | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Max Harvey

It's potentially a seasonal alternative to more well-known forms of exercise I reckon, and one I'd advocate as an avid festivalgoer myself. So get your glitter on, I say, and get moving. In fact, I'm tempted to petition parliament about subsidising festival tickets as a means of reducing obesity levels in the UK...

Let Amy Schumer Make You Feel Icky So Your Daughters Can Be Free

Ellyn Daniels | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK Comedy
Ellyn Daniels

Amy Schumer is not fat. Vaginas smell. Men need to go down on women and talking about all of that is what makes Amy Schumer brave; not her posing semi-nude for a photo. And expressing what it truly feels like to be a woman in a man's world is not crude, it's liberating. Maybe watching The Leather Special makes you feel icky now, but it might free your daughter from feeling ashamed later.

Glastonbury: How To Keep Attendees Safe At Public Events

Nick Hawkins | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK Tech
Nick Hawkins

The UK is yet to adopt direct communication with the public. In the case of music festivals and other highly attended events, should a crisis occur, strategies need to be put in place for attendees and emergency services to ensure safety. With any emergency, communication is critical.

Going To Glasto? Here's My Top Tips!

Kate Trueman | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Kate Trueman

Festival season has arrived, Glastonbury is a stone's throw away and summery weekends are imminent, so it's an essential to get clued up ASAP. So many of my pals have never been camping and frankly, the idea terrifies them. But what's not to love?

Spring Breaks For Every Age

Annabelle Thorpe | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Annabelle Thorpe

April and May are ideal months for a weekend break, and most cities and regions have a packed calendar with festivals, food fairs and concerts. Whatever your passion - food or flowers, music or art - there's an event with your name on it.

The Importance Of Festivals and Culture

Danielle Cuaycong | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Cuaycong

Whilst festivals in other parts of the world have a sole emphasis on getting drunk and making a mess, this festival has an emphasis on thinking about Mother Nature and authentic enjoyment. With the soulful music, gleaming blue skies and an intense focus on giving back to the community, this festival is unique to the Philippines and is a remarkable hidden gem.

I Was Called The R Word Hours After Arriving At My First Music Festival

Kelsey Ramsey | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kelsey Ramsey

When I am at a gig or a club sometimes people make fun of me, they laugh at me when I am dancing or they call me names and stare. I get anxious about this happening. I've been bullied before, and I don't want it to happen to me again. I feared this would be even worse at a festival.

Here Are The Best Festivals To Visit Around The World

Tom McLoughlin | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tom McLoughlin

Festivals are a fun-filled way to experience the culture, the attitude, the true essence of a nation. From music and the arts to tasty food and drink, festival events are great for immersing yourself into another country's way of life. And here are some of the world's best festivals not to be missed during your travels...

Greenbelt 2016: Simple Times, Sacraments & Ceefax

Joe Ware | Posted 17.09.2017 | 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 21.08.2017 | 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 18.08.2017 | 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 11.08.2017 | 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 09.08.2017 | 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 26.07.2017 | 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 19.07.2017 | 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 13.07.2017 | 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 02.07.2017 | 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.