UK Festival

Beyond the Fringe

Jo Brooks | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jo Brooks

Is it purely about perception - the size and quality of the venue and the comfort of the seats - if indeed there are any. Is it the cost of the ticket? £20 and you're on to a winner - both as performer and audience...

The Death of Mud and Camping: A London Festival Guide 2014

Olly Hunter | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Olly Hunter

London is staking its claim as the home of the UK music festival scene. The capital continues to attract the biggest names to play huge shows on star studded bills throughout the summer. From indoor arenas, to the cities many parks, London will be alive with the sound of music and after a day of partying it's only a tube ride back to a warm shower and a comfy bed.

Reykjavik Arts Fest: Nicht Fertig / Not Finished: Watch the Opening Live

Nathan Woodhead | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Nathan Woodhead

Today sees the opening of the 28th Annual Reykjavik Arts Festival, a weekend set to be packed with art, theatre, film and exhibitions.

Nine Things You Must do at Brighton Fringe - A Quick Visitor's Guide

Julian Caddy | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Julian Caddy

England's largest arts festival, Brighton Fringe is upon us again. Here are nine things every visitor from out of town MUST do...

A Taste Of Honey: Finding Poetry In Poverty

Paul Drury | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Paul Drury

We've always enjoyed regular trips to Hull Truck Theatre, and with a return home organized for Easter weekend I was delighted to read about a new adaptation of Shelagh Delaney's seminal Salford piece A Taste Of Honey.

The Rise and Rise of the Street Art Festival

Jo Brooks | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jo Brooks

Standing in the dank, fume-ridden disused road tunnel in an untrendy, forgotten corner of south London, little did I realise I was witnessing the start of a new art phenomenon. It was 2008 and the Cans Festival was taking shape.

Learning Whilst Dining - The New Trend on the London Restaurant Scene

Lucy Self | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Self

Just when you thought that street food pop-ups, build-your-own-tasting-menus and fish cooked with nothing but lime and love was enough, that crazy culinary world has thrown another trend into the pot. The brainy dinner.

A Superhuman Experience: Fear and Love-in at SXSW 2014

Dan Machen | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK Tech
Dan Machen

The Innovation Team is again heading to Austin, Texas for SXSW 2014. This put us firmly in fizzy territory as we waited for the plane to take off. And by fizzy, I don't mean Champagne - the '80s are long gone. I mean a mixture of excitement and The Fear.

Glasgow Film Festival Round-Up - The Grand Budapest Hotel, Blue Ruin and More

Tom Linay | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

Now in its tenth year, the Glasgow Film Festival is fast becoming an essential fixture in the UK film calendar. Like the city itself, it's friendly, welcoming and its enthusiasm is utterly infectious.

About Soho

Tom Harvey | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK
Tom Harvey

From the early Huguenot crafts people to the celluloid film industry to today's global successes in digital effects, fashion, music and theatre, Soho remains an extraordinary place to live and work. If you're at all creative, then it's probably the best place to work in the world.

The Current State of the Great British Festival 2014

Olly Hunter | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Olly Hunter

Glastonbury has, to the surprise of two cows on Worthy Farm, announced Arcade Fire as the first headliner for 2014. As much as I love Arcade Fire, they've already proven themselves at this level. The meat and veg of this set, therefore, will be the performance of new album Reflektor.

Let There Be Light: Berlin's Festival of Lights Sets Art Capital Aglow

Emily Wasik | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emily Wasik

Berlin's ninth annual Festival of Lights kicked off last week, one of the best-known illumination festivals in the world, running from October 9 to October 20.

Funny Women Take on the Sausage Fest - Week One

Karen Regn | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Karen Regn

In the first week of the (nearly) 28-day cycle of comedy, which organisers only began planning in May, over 550 people have caught festival gigs, with more than 300 tickets already sold for gigs in the coming weeks. With a growing buzz, the atmosphere, they say, is "electric".

Phone-free at Festivals Signals Creativity and Expression

James Burke | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK Tech
James Burke

I've never understood how spending your precious time stacking icons of fruits on top of each other does much good for the world. Nor how, instead of watching live music, it is better to watch it through your phone screen, desperately trying to film it over the shoulder of the person in front of you.

Middle-Class Wild; Wilderness Festival 2013

Ashwin Bhardwaj | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ashwin Bhardwaj

Upon arrival, initial impressions did nothing to dispel Wilderness's reputation - I parked next to an Audi, and the first people I met were GPs, a surgeon and an osteopath. Never before has St John's Ambulance been less needed at a festival.

Top Five Emerging Icons Live: 2 Sept - 7 Sept 2013

Kat Jackman | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

September's already looking bloody splendid for those of you who love a good gig- which means pretty much all of you reading this right now. We've pi...

Foodies Festival Festivities Fantastic Final Flourish

Judith Lewis | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Judith Lewis

All over the UK, there have been a series of festivals hotly anticipated by the food-loving community in the know. Those uninitiated (and there are many) only hear hushed whispers of this Michelin-starred chef's new dish or that new wine tasting. I've taken a risk breaking the foodie code of silence to tell you about this festival... Well, not really but it does feel that way!

You Need to Hear This: New Music from Dawson, Hunter and the Bear, Lower Lands and Flight Brigade

Kat Jackman | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

Working with new music means that we get to discover incredible new artists each and every day. During our regular scouting for new talent on the gigg...

The Best of Taiwan

Black Tomato | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Black Tomato

Balanced perfectly between the East and South China Sea, Taiwan is undoubtedly proof that big things can come in small packages. Taiwan is a beautifully captivating island and a Black Tomato favourite that effortlessly provides more than enough reasons to visit.

Sickness, Travel and Work

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

I've been pretty ill with possibly a mild version of dengue fever, which is caused by mosquitoes, last week, so I missed a fair bit of work and slept practically all day, every day!

Escape the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe

Sara Sheridan | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Sheridan

The Festival in Edinburgh is a marvel. There really isn't anything like it anywhere else in the world. But don't forget to sneak off now and then and discover what's made this city a world-class destination ever since the Enlightenment - take a peek beyond the fringe.

Why Billy Bragg Wants Young Musicians to Engage

Freya Bromley | Posted 04.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Freya Bromley

Billy Bragg is a singer and left-wing activist whose music blends elements of folk music, punk rock and protest songs. At a recent festival in Devon, called Chagstock, I took ten minutes of Billy's time to talk about charity, playing gigs in fields and why young people should get political through music

Secret Garden Party 2013 Review: Relaxed Vibe Causes Problems for Partygoers

Octavia Sheepshanks | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Octavia Sheepshanks

The Secret Garden Party festival's main selling point is not the music. Most people purchase their tickets before the headliners are even announced, a...

Edinburgh Fringe 2013, Truly Rich Pickings

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 04.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

I enjoy the unexpected nature of shows at the Fringe, as with one walk up the Royal Mile and you could be sold on ten shows you had never even heard of before. The festival is a wonderful chance to take in all types of entertainment, so my advice is to take a chance on the unexpected, you never know what you might discover.

People Love to Moan But the Fringe Is Here to Stay: All Over the World

Julian Caddy | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Julian Caddy

Chronically underfunded, defiantly commercial or both, the inherent fragility of fringe festivals has also become their greatest strength. Everyone mucks in and makes do, building a resilience that defies sound logic. As Britain languishes in the doldrums, Brighton Fringe saw ticket sales grow by more than 30% in one year. And it's surely not alone.