Joseph Theobald aka DJ Captain Wormhole, looks at all things vinyl
LAST week I was a negative Nancy and wrote about the stuff that makes me not like festivals like hippies and Carling.
This week, even though it’s obviously super cool to be hella nega, I’m not spurning the popular British past-time and am instead going to point to a few festivals that, should I feel so inclined, would certainly consider having a go at attending.
First up there’s the local favourite – Love Saves The Day in Bristol’s Eastville Park, conveniently located just off junction 2 of the M32. This one is just over a week from now – Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28.
At the of writing the Sunday only tickets have sold out but you can still get a day only for Saturday which would be my pick anyways. The Saturday is house/techno orientated with headline acts including Little Dragon, Jamie Jones and Ricardo Villalobos plus sets from Craig Richards, Catz’N’Dogz, Job Jobse and local heroes like Peverelist & Hodge. As it’s a bank holiday weekend you’ll also get two days to recover.
Bestival – Rob da Bank’s fancy-dress-fest — is moving this year from the Isle of Wight to Lulworth Farm in Dorset, which is good if you don’t like boats I suppose. You can get married in an inflatable church which, given the number of inebriants circulating at any given festival, sounds dangerous but funny.
The Temple ‘stage’ looks like it will be amazing and the line-up includes A Tribe Called Quest, Midland, Maceo Plex and Roots Manuva. The emphasis at this one is definitely on quality, but with no lack of quantity.
Obviously committing to a British music festival comes with certain risks (hippies, Carling, guy ropes etc), and whilst some people (hippies) pretend not to mind the rain, dancing around in mud like dirty eels slithering amongst the remnants of dried-up pond is not for me. I do like the idea of getting completely off my nut in an old fort though, so Dimensions festival in Croatia looks like a winner.
Set in Pula’s coastal Fort Punta Christo (built to protect the Austrian navy in the late 19th century), the line-up focuses on selectors from the deeper end of the electronic spectrum (Conforce, Pangaea, Theo Parrish etc), mixed up with the likes of Gilles Peterson and Goldie. There’s also live performances from Grace Jones, Floating Points and none other than Shuggie Otis. And boat parties!
l Next week: Format & Abdominal