Can’t wait until summer to get your groove on in a field full of like minded Music lovers? The big boys hold back until the mud is ready for squelching and the cider is extra warm. Earlier in the year, a few more reserved, but still wholly fun galas begin to set the scene for the likes of Glastonbury and Wireless. Check out these pre-summer jamborees if you’re itching to get started before the main events this year.
Blues, Rhythm and Rock Festival – Wolverhampton, 27th Feb 2016; Doncaster, 28th Feb 2016.
Five years into a pretty successful stint as an alternative Festival, Blues, Rhythm and Rock has promised “a line-up that showcases the quality of live music in the UK”. With a whole host of established stars and upcoming musicians across two cities, 2016 promises to be the best year yet for this newcomer to the festival game.
Country And Western Weekend – Ilfracombe, Devon, 18th-21st March 2016
Taking place in the stunning seaside town of Ilfracombe in Devon, fans of the Southern States born genre can expect a three day event filled with music and activities for the whole family.
The seaside provides the perfect backdrop for a family orientated weekend with something for everyone.
Mac-Stock – Warsop, Nottinghamshire, 25th-26th March 2016
Starting on Friday night and ending Saturday evening, Neville Staple of The Specials headlines with his band at this event which raises funds for cancer support with the majority of acts waiving a fee. A great festival to support not just for the two tone ska, indie, folk and electro music.
Ribble Valley Jazz Festival –Ribble Valley, Lancashire, 28th April – 2nd May 2016
Saxophones at the ready as the seventh edition of the Ribble Valley Jazz Festival arrives this May bank holiday. Spread over 5 days and showcasing some of the best up-and-coming artists on the jazz scene, the festival is a sight to behold for all live music lovers.
International Jazz Day falls on the 30th April so expect something special on the Saturday.
3 Day Rock and Roll Weekend – South Molton, Devon, 29th April – 1st May 2016
Rock and Roll Weekend takes place at Riverside Caravan and Camping Park in North Devon meaning it can really replicate that summertime British festival feel.
Rock ‘n’ roll lives on in down on the English coast with camping facilities available on a 4 star site.
Upload Festival – Wakefield, 14th May 2016
Warehouse 23, Wakefield’s biggest live music venue, plays host to the first ever instalment of Upload Festival in May. The aim of this ambitious new setup is to bring the best of rock and metal and an impressive line-up has already been assembled.
Rock and metal heads can mosh to the sounds of Jupiter Falls, Altered Sky and many more.
No Man’s Land Festival – “Hidden Forest in Somerset”, 27th-29th May 2016
Perhaps the most famous festival on this list, a mix of several genres take centre stage at this whacky and wonderful shindig.
NML has a new home this year with 5 music areas, chill out zones, street art and entertainment and what is simply being referred to as “random zones”. There’s only one way to find out what exactly this entails but it’s probably going to be weird yet fantastic.
It goes without saying that this is not a comprehensive list of spring time bashes. There are literally hundreds of gigs just waiting to be attended up and down the country. In preparation for these warm up parties, don’t forget your essentials. By essentials of course, I mean wristbands, wellies and smiles! Enjoy!
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