The Spindle Festival Edit: May Pt.1

The sun is shining, the days are getting longer and the air is feeling (a little) warmer. It’s almost that time of year again where sleep becomes a distant memory and where shoes, inhibitions and personal hygiene get thrown out of the window. That’s right, festival season is fast approaching and we could not be happier about it for danger we spontaneously combust. So over the next few weeks we will be bringing you the Spindle edit of the very best festivals of 2014, month by month from May until September. From dance festivals on Croatian sands and indie-knees-up’s t’up North, to the weird and wonderful across the waters in the USA and of course, Spindle favourite – The Great Escape in our beloved Brighton…

CHELTENHAM JAZZ FESTIVAL

When: Wed April 30th – Mon 5th May. What: Kicking off the festival season with a 17,000 man dosage of jazz, we have Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Featuring big international names alongside the very best of home-grown British talent, this years festival is located in a tented village in Cheltenham’s Montpellier Gardens. £€$: Tickets start at £10.

LIVERPOOL SOUND CITY

When: Thurs May 1st – Sat May 3rd. What: Competing against its tried-and-tested Northwest rivals, Liverpool Sound City provides a mash-up of electronic, indie, underground and alt-pop sounds – meaning there’s something for each and every fine-tuned musical palette. Spindle Introducing favourite – Saint Raymond can be seen alongside the likes of Clean Bandit, Jon Hopkins and Wolf Alice. An eclectic mix if there ever were one. £€$: Tickets start at £33.

LIVE AT LEEDS

When: Fri May 2nd – Mon May 5th. What: With a line up of artists all on the cusp of great things, including the likes of Ella Eyre, Lizzo, Clean Bandit and Chlöe Howl, Live at Leeds are not wrong when they say they are the “first to bring us the bands that are going to break in 2014″. We highly recommend catching a long-anticipated set from the progressive electronic duo – Fuck Buttons, to make it a weekend to remember. £€$: Tickets £25.

Live At Leeds

GROEZROCK

When: Fri May 2nd – Sat May 3rd. What: Celebrating their 23rd year of mega-punk-loving-festivities, Groezrock returns to the suburb of Meerhout in Belgium with headliners that include The Offspring, NOFX, The Hives and Alkaline Trio. If that doesn’t catapult you back to your mis-spent rebellious youth, then we’re not entirely sure what does. £€$: Weekend ticket – €110.

SOS 4.8 

When: Fri May 2nd – Sat May 3rd. What: This May Murcia, Spain will be hosting forty-eight hours of non-stop live music, avant-garde art and the so-called ‘Voices’ area. Featuring major figures from the art world who will debate the concept of sustainability, solidarity, democracy and the information and consumer societies, SOS 4.8 offers far more than your average festival. But don’t worry the line up includes The Kooks, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and The Prodigy – so the music is equally as impressive as the alt-entertainment. £€$: Tickets start at €46.55.

SOS 4.8

AUSTIN PSYCH FEST 

When: Fri May 2nd – Sun May 4th. What: Returning to the riverside grounds of Carson Creek Ranch, the 7th annual Austin Psych Fest is rumoured to be better than ever. With the acts performing spanning five decades from six different continents – the sheer variety of the line-up really is second to none and with Primal Scream headlining, we just couldn’t resist. £€$: Weekend ticket – $157.

Austin Psych fest

RIVERSIDE FESTIVAL

When: Sat May 3rd – Sun May 4th.  What: If you’re looking to dance until the sun goes down, then Glasgow’s Riverside Festival is for you. Set in a riverside museum, the line-up is jam-packed with house and techno pioneers. From Belgian mash-up masters, 2ManyDJs to Welsh deep-house connoisseur Jamie Jones, you won’t be spoilt for choice and when the sun goes down, the all-night-raving continues in the city after-hours. £€$: Tickets £25.

JUNK DEPARTMENT 

When: Sat May 3rd. What: Pitching up at Southampton’s Stoneham Park this year, with a bonafide circus big top, if you’re a house music aficionado – Junk Department is your go-to for guaranteed hedonistic fun. With Jamie Jones topping the bill and pint-sized producer Maya Jane Coles joining the deep house juggernaut, Junk Department is continuing its work as an integral force shaping the South Coast music scene. This year marks a new chapter of Junk – Ibiza, London, Amsterdam – look out, Junk is headed overseas. £€$: Tickets start at £25.

Junk Department

GREAT ESCAPE FESTIVAL

When: Thurs May 8th – Sat May 10th.  What: The Great Escape features hundreds of international and UK pop, cutting edge, hip hop, electronic, and rock acts showcased at over 35 venues across Brighton and this year the line up includes Spindle Introducing favourites Amber Run, Fickle Friends and East India Youth amongst a plethora of other fresh new talents we can’t wait to sink our teeth into. Kelis will also be appearing at the Brighton Dome on Saturday 10th May supported by Ella Eyre. This is a Spindle favourite, which is not to be missed. You have been warned! £€$: Three day pass – £54.50.

The Great Escape

HANGOUT MUSIC FEST

When: Fri May 16th – Sun May 18th. What: The fifth annual Hangout Music Fest is returning to Alabama with an eclectic line up of sell-out artists, sure to keep you moving until the wee hours of the morning. From Jack Johnson, The Killers and Queens of the Sone Age to The Flaming Lips and Modest Mouse – for us, there is one act who sells it – Outkast. We’ll be bopping to Hey Ya until the sun goes down. £€$: Three day ticket – $229.

Hangout Festival

LIGHTENING IN A BOTTLE

When: Thurs May 22nd – Mon May 26th. What: If you missed out on Coachella tickets and you’re looking to pop your American festival cherry this year, Lightening in a Bottle is hands-down the obvious choice. Setting itself apart from the average festival, LIB focuses heavily on weird and wonderful performance art and this year they are seeking performers if you fancy your chances. Aside from the wack-attack, you can take your pick of Little Dragon, Damian Lazarus, Gold Panda, Blond:Ish and Simian Mobile Disco, or better still go see them all. £€$: Weekend ticket – $260.

STRUMMERCAMP 

When: Thurs May 22nd – Sun May 25th. What: It’s basically a punk-loving celebration of the Clash’s Joe Strummer, from which most of the profits go to a selection of Joe’s best loved charities. For the 2014 edition, Strummercamp will see the likes of Dreadzone, Headsticks, Super Fast Girlie Show and Jah Wobble take the stage in Manchesters Grove Park Rugby Club. Groovy, rugby? Err, okay… £€$: Weekend ticket – £120.

TERRITORIOS

When: Fri May 23rd – Sat May 24thWhat: Territorios Sevilla celebrates world music and culture with a diverse roster of international acts, which this year includes Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Sven Vath, Love of Lesbian and Ska-P – in other words, there is something for everyone’s taste. Plus it’s located in Seville’s 15th century Carthusian Monastery, it’s not every day you can say you’ve been to a festival in a monastery now is it? £€$: Flights and tickets from London – £357.

TERRITORIOS

Words:  Brooke McCord 
Illustration: Jessica Roux