UK Festival

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.

Edinburgh Begins

Matthew Highton | Posted 04.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Matthew Highton

It may not be in existence yet, but one day there will be a very targeted calendar where August has been aptly renamed Edinburgh. This is how a small niche of the country consisting of comedians, actors, performers and varying industry professionals refer to the dying lights of summer.

Top Five Emerging Icons Live: 5 Aug - 11 Aug 2013

Kat Jackman | Posted 28.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

Gigs, gigs and more gigs. You've come to the right place if you're after any of these, cos we're ready and raring to go with this week's top picks of the best live music action going down in musictown, courtesy of our Emerging Icons.

Top Five Emerging Icons Live: 29 Jul - 4 Aug 2013

Kat Jackman | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

Next week's live music diary is absolutely chocker with amazing sets from our utterly awesome acts. We've been scouting through the GIGS section on Em...

Is Branding Ruining Music Festivals?

Freya Bromley | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Freya Bromley

It's clear that the positive environment of music festivals will continue to lure brands in but what does it say about our generation that we've become accustomed to being bombarded by advertisers trying to sell us payday loans on our weekends off.

Glastonbury 2013

Ellie Lewis | Posted 05.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Ellie Lewis

I was spoilt for choice and absorbed so much music; I couldn't bring myself to care that my nose had turned bright red despite factor 50, or that my feet hurt. It was utter perfection and I struggled to find the words at how much sheer joy there was. Not just for me, but for everyone who attended.

Review - Block 9 at Glastonbury 2013

Hanna Flint | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Hanna Flint

From twerking on the West Holt stage with Major Lazer, to doing my best rave face with Skrillex backstage at Silver Hayes, my first Glastonbury was a pretty epic one. But it was Block 9 that I found offered the most immersive cultural experience thanks to founders Stephen Gallagher and Gideon Berger's musical creation of "complete temporary realities".

Festival Essentials

Emily Sargent | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK Style
Emily Sargent

Who do you think you are speaking to Re. 'Festival Essentials'? Since I'll be attending Bestival this September, I thought I'd see what you have to offer. Here are some of your suggested inclusions...