25 July 2008

Catch a music festival in the UK

Although most people don't think of the UK as a prime location for a summer holiday, there is one thing that England has in abundance. No, not just rain, although there is plenty of that, even in the summer. What the UK has to offer is a large number of incredible music festivals that all take place over the summer months. Now it's too late for June and July, which means you have missed Download and Glastonbury, but there is still plenty to look forward to, both major events and smaller local festivals.

So this August you can still catch V Festival, which this year will feature Muse, The Stereophonics, The Kooks, Maximo Park, Lost Prophets, Alanis Morisette, and The Prodigy. The V Festival is held at Hylands Park in Chelmford. They have organised themselves very well this year and their site offers links for train tickets, accomodation and security while you are there. If you want the real deal you should of course camp at the festival site for a couple of days and just enjoy the relaxation and party atmosphere of the event.

Nut the event of the summer this year has to be Reading Festival, which I was lucky enough to attend last year and hear some incredible music. This year the line up is even more impressive: Manic Street Preachers, Bullet For My Vallentine, The Babyshambles, The Fratellis, Dizzee Rascal, Editors, the Killers and Bloc Party, but I must say I am holding out for the louder and harsher bands headlining the various stages. The bands that I am going to Reading for are Slipknot, Tenacious D, Serj Tankian, Queens of the Stone Age, Metallica and Rage Against The Machine. It is the last two bands that are drawing the most attention, Metallica because of their history and contribution to the metal scene, and Rage Agains the Machine because they only got back together recently and many people thought they would never get the chance to see them.

So book a flight to the UK while you still have time and there are still tickets available and have a rocking summer!

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