A selection of music, dance and artistic festivals
Wakestock in Abersoch
The festival site is at Penrhos, with the wakeboarding taking place at Abersoch Beach and Pwllheli Marina. The event attracts the world's best wake boarders, competing in a number of events including the Wakestock Pro and Big Air Classic. The Wakestock rail course in Pwllheli marina challenges the world’s best riders to bring their own style and technical rail tricks to the contest in order to come out on top in front of the contest's 8,000 spectators. Wakestock has been home to some of the most famous rails outside of the USA.
Previous highlights of the musical line-up include Moby, N.E.R.D., Dizzee Rascal, Super Furry Animals, Calvin Harris and The Zutons.
There is a campsite next to the festival site and shuttle buses running in-between the site, the beach and the marina.
Video clip of Wakestock 2009 and images
Held annually on the UK’s August Bank Holiday weekend, Creamfields is a large dance music festival in Daresbury, Cheshire. The event has been running since 1998 and has clocked up a record of 12 awards since then, including ‘Best Dance Festival’ at the 2009 UK Festival Awards for the third time.
Hosted by the people behind the Cream clubbing brand, the festival features the biggest names in dance music. Always home to a fantastic line-up of Djs, live acts and an atmosphere like no other, Creamfields has been described as “the cream of the UK festival crop”.
Highlights of previous years include a surprise appearance from Calvin Harris who joined collaborator Dizzee Rascal for a surprise performance, and Davod Guetta claims to have “played his best ever set” to a full capacity crowd in the Cream arena.
Liverpool HUB fest
A lively festival of graffiti art, skate parks and over 20 bands, the HUB festival in Liverpool brings in some 12,000 attendees. The event is staged by Liverpool Culture Company which is a civic organisation designed to deliver a range of cultural events in the lead up to Liverpool’s role as European Capital of Culture 2008.
Showcasing a selection of rock, metal, thrash, grunge and speed punk bands, the event made a big noise in Liverpool in the summertime! Performances range from the local talent to bands from the States, Canada and Italy. Previous years have seen the event hosted at Otterspool Promenade waterfront location. A natural sunken amphitheatre contained half of the site which allowed the festival to be split into two zones and helped contain the music.
What’s more, with the focus of the event on street culture, there’s over 250 metres of graffiti wall to be seen, a professional international “B-Boy” breakdancing competition and HUB’s biggest skate park yet. There are also dirt jumps for BMXers (bicycle motocross), and the event features the second only “dirt jump” competition in the UK.
New to the festival scene, Liverpool’s HUB fest has made a big impact already and has a firmly fixed place on the events calendar.
Liverpool Sound City
The huge live music event of Liverpool Sound City hosts a great selection of the hippest and hottest bands and artists currently on offer. It takes place in the spring sunshine of May with acts performing in every space from car parks, cellars, warehouses, boats and even Churches and Grade I listed heritage sites. With a variety of bands, DJs and artists, there is dozens of parties and gigs to attend, including an unsigned festival featuring new acts coming to Liverpool from all over the world. Fantastic tunes and awesome performances, all beating right in the heart of Liverpool’s creative centre.
Hosted in the picturesque town of Polzeath, the Beach Break Live Festival attracts people from all over Britain. There’s literally 100’s of artists from a large selection of genres including indie, break beat, folk, dub step, electro, reggae, ska, world sounds, drum and bass, and funk. The festival’s madness and excitement is spread across five unique venues from midday to 5am for 3 days.
Held in Pontins, the Southport Weekender is a twice yearly music festival attracting around 5000 people from all around the country. The event is hosted just a five minute walk from the beach and a short distance from Southport town centre. Expect to see performances from a variety of genres playing throughout the weekend including R&B, hip hop and soul. Comfortable self catering accommodation in the grounds is provided for all ticket holders.
Held at Manchester Castlefield Arena, the Becks Fusions event includes some spectacular music, art and sights. The three day art and music event sees bands collaborating with visual arts to create some fantastic one-off unique performances. Celebrating culture with an international twist, line ups include performances from Massive Attack and United Visual Artists, The Presets and Midnight Juggernauts.