With spring dawning, summer fast-approaching and the one and only Olly Murs appearing alongside the Loose Women panel this week, there is just one thing on the tombola team’s minds: music events.
From Olly’s upcoming tour to a whole range of festivals, they’ll be no shortage of places to please your eardrums – the only question is, which ones should be in your diary? Here are top picks for the events you most definitely shouldn’t miss!
Taking place on 22nd and 23rd of August, with a hugely impressive line-up (Clean Bandit and George Ezra, anyone?), V Festival is a must-attend event in many a music-lover’s calendar. Kirsty Barratt – blogger at Fashion Champagne – told us just why she can’t wait to go:
“I’m really excited for V Festival because I have never been to a festival before, and as I’m turning 30 this summer, I thought I should really tick it off of my list of things to do! For this festival, Sam Smith is on my list of must-see acts, as is Calvin Harris!”
Manchester-born Parklife festival has gone from strength to strength, and considering this year’s line-up, it’s a music event not to be missed. Headlined by Disclosure and Rudimental – who will also be joined by the likes of Ben Howard, Mark Ronson, Jessie Ware, Metronomy and Annie Mac – 6th – 7th June looks set to be an amazing weekend.
There’s nothing better on a summer weekend than a good dose of pop music, which is why plenty of tombola team members are so keen to snag a space at Fusion Festival. Taking place over 28th, 29th and 30th of August, this year’s line-up is bigger than ever. We’re talking Justin Bieber, Tinie Tempah, Rixton, Rudimental, Ella Henderson, The Vamps and Jess Glynne (and that isn’t even the half of it)!
If you’re looking for a music event that’s a little bit different to your usual festival, Kendal Calling is perfect. Not just because of the line-up, either (which this year includes acts such as The Vaccines, Elbow, Snoop Dog and Mr Scruff): you can also enjoy Indian, Mexican and Tibetan food alongside the usual festival favourites. Plus, you can shop till you drop at a range of retail stands, relax in ‘the Garden of Eden’ and admire the beautiful Cumbrian countryside.
LoveBox is another festival with an indie twist, inviting edgier, lesser-known and much less poppy acts to grace its stages. This year, from 18th – 19th July, LoveBox-goers can expect to see Sub Focus, Duke Dumont, Hot Chip, B. Traits and more, getting the crowd moving their feet and singing along.
Green Man festival is the capital of cool and quirky fun. Alongside acts such as St Vincent, Super Furry Animals and Temples, there is no end of things to keep you entertained. Why not pay a visit to Einstein’s Garden, an area full of live comedy and theatre, and interactive installations? Or the Far Out area, home to ferris wheels, helter-skelters and bonfires? There’s even a children’s area called ‘Little Folk’, brimming with fun and surprises.
Treating your ears doesn’t have to mean getting muddy in a field, however; there are plenty of concerts lined up that won’t make your washing machine work overtime. Aside from Olly Murs, two particular acts top our lists…
The phenomenon that is One Direction might have lost a member, but that isn’t stopping blogger, Rachel Nicole, from indulging her guilty pleasure this October:
“The music event I am excited for is the One Direction concert in October. My best friend is a super fan, so I’m going along with her, but 1D are secretly my guilty pleasure, so I am really looking forward to seeing what sort of show they put on! I’ll be watching them at Sheffield Arena: we actually managed to get some really good seats a couple of rows from the front!”
Of course, it isn’t just our favourite bloggers who have recommendations for music fans – the tombola team have their own annual haunts and long-anticipated concerts, too.
Rachel Nicole isn’t the only one with a musical guilty pleasure. For us, it’s McBusted: two of our favourite guitar-wielding boybands merged into one supergroup! We can’t get enough of their catchy songs, and can’t wait to jump around to Air Guitar with the band right in front of us.
Which music events are already pencilled into your calendars?