2017 has been an amazing year for festivals both large and small. The rise of the inner city festival has challenged those more established names to give us a summer like no other. Here are 5 of our favourites as part of our ‘2017 Music List.’:
Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Alt-J, The Moonlandingz, Liam Gallagher, Stormzy, Royal Blood, Sleaford Mods, Ratboy, Temples, Father John Misty, Lorde, Courteeners
The pinnacle of world festivals, Glastonbury never fails to deliver. It’s amazing mish mash of themed areas, diverse stages, alcohol and food options and all round good vibes mean that it really is THE weekend of the year as far as festivals go.
This year saw Radiohead headline on the all important opening Friday evening. In many ways their set was stunning, a mix of classic anthems and more recent examples of musical genius. “Karma Police” has to go down as a lifetime memory.
Glastonbury is famed for surprises, Liam Gallagher’s late announcement was perhaps one of them. It was perhaps a vocal high point for the Manchester born lead singer who recently performed in arenas across the country. “Don’t Look Back In Anger” was a surprise inclusion in a set which to many was the highlight of the weekend.
Further highlights for us included The Moonlandingz who beautifully chaotic set at the famous park stage was nothing short of mesmerising. Stormzy’s politically charged statement on Saturday night at the other stage secured grime’s status at the top of festival bills.
The weekend is nothing short of beautiful, it is in many ways hard to put something so special into words!
Dot to Dot Nottingham
Varying Locations, Nottingham
Sundara Karma, The Growlers, Cherry Glazerr, Cosmo Pyke, The Big Moon, RedFaces, Tom Grennan
Having already travelled to cities such as Bristol and Manchester, Dot to Dot Festival returned to its spiritual home in Nottingham on arguably the warmest, most exciting Sunday’s in a while! It prides itself in the promotion of new talent, whether they be on a national or local level.
Our highlight of the day was Tom Grennan’s magnificent set at Rock City, the festival’s main stage. His rapid rise proves the festival’s speciality in noticing and elevating new, upcoming talent. Grennan returns to headline Rock City in his own right in 2018.
American rockers The Growlers brought their own unique blend of rock n roll to Trent’s Student Union, a vast hall which doubles up as the local universities central plaza. Cosmo Pyke also mesmerised with his super chilled out grooves, “Chronic Sunshine” was the perfect soundtrack to a wonderful day of music.
Hippodrome De Longchamp, Paris
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pixies, Alt-J, Liam Gallagher, Skepta, Lana Del Rey
Lollapalooza’s debut outing outing was entirely on another level, the scale of the festival is one Paris hasn’t seen in a long while. Headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers continued their enhanced, long term world tour following the release of 2015’s ‘The Getaway.’ Tracks such as “Dark Necessities and “Go Robot” prove to be the highlights from such an album which contrast well to classics such as “Give It Away” and “Can’t Stop.”
Despite critisicm that the festival was an invasion of ‘American multinationals upon the historic French musical community,’ it was in many ways a unique celebration of the Parisian summer. Lana Del Rey’s mesmerising set proved to be the ultimate summer memory.
British acts such as Alt J, Skepta and most importantly Liam Gallagher proved to be Eudaemonia favourites from across the weekend, the latter’s tea making shenanigans became something of a viral explosion following the release of a short documentary made upon the famous Hippodrome De Longchamp grounds.
Glasgow Green, Glasgow
Kasabian, Catfish And The Bottlemen, The Kooks, Cabbage, Blossoms, Radiohead, Tom Grennan
Replacing the shambles of T in the Park the previous year, TRNSMT keeps the edge and excitement of the festival event whilst at the same time providing it in a well arranged, professional environment. City festivals are growing in popularity however, this in many ways is the biggest and best of the lot!
Radiohead made a historic return to the city following their famous Glastonbury triumph. The set was in many ways toned down but still included all the highlights of their historic career including the formidable “Karma Police.”
TRNSMT’s inclusion of a This Feeling/Jack Rocks stage was important in itself, acts such as Bang Bang Romeo and The Blinders proved that they already have main-stage credentials. However, the weekend highlight fell to Kasabian, arguably THE best live band in the country at the moment. Their festival sets are euphoric, well practised and insanely atmospheric. New album ‘For Crying Out Loud’ only cements the setlist in the higher echelons of the live set.
Varying Locations, Sheffield
The Libertines, Toots & The Maytals, Cabbage, Loyle Carner, The Big Moon, Goat Girl, Spring King, Metronomy
Tramlines saw The Libertines make a famous return to Sheffield, the first time since their famous Hyde Park reunion in 2014. Continuing a summer tour of small, inner city festivals, this was perhaps the perfect place to catch the London band this summer. Tracks such as “Don’t Look Back Into The Sun” and “What A Waster” proved to be chaotic, leading the local crowd into a frenzy.
However, Tramlines is most famous for supporting and promoting the growth of smaller music. The Big Moon for example, were one of our highlights of the day. Loyle Carner’s infectious blend of old school hip hop also mesmerised, he went on to gain critical acclaim and a Mercury nomination for his debut album ‘Yesterday’s Gone.’
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