The adverse weather at the minute has let up this week and we’ve been treated to a couple of days of sunshine, and with forecasts suggesting it might see through the weekend it’s tough not to let your mind drift to the best time of the year for music. Outdoor gigs and festivals are synonymous with this weather and the idea of both pulls you towards the weekenders like a sledge carrying a 24-pack of already warm lager. To those who are waiting until Leeds or Reading in August for their main event it’s still just an annoying wasp that won’t leave your foil tray barbecue alone.
The Stone Roses are back, and they’re playing Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium in June. Tickets for Saturday 18th are the hottest around and I managed to grab one that morning to see them for a completely unexpected third time. Looking back to ‘Redemption Song’ echoing from the speakers in Glasgow Green nearly 3 years ago, it seems surreal I’d ever get the chance again. Never mind before Heaton Park in 2012 where, as Shane Meadows said, “a resurrection that nobody thought possible” happened.
Mr and Mrs Eavis shocked many when they announced that Adele, Muse and Coldplay would top the bill. The real treats are away from the Pyramid at Glastonbury where the world’s most unique and subsequently most popular music festival puts on another edition at the end of June.
In early July, TITP holds the best lineup of the summer. The Stone Roses, The Last Shadow Puppets, The Coral, LCD Soundsystem and Travis are amongst the names to stand out. Hopefully the teething problems of a new site that had an effect last year can be eradicated to make a great festival.
A couple of months ago, Kendal Calling pulled it out the bag with their lineup, and the addition of Pete Doherty amongst other since then has made it the North-West’s festival of the summer. An irresistable lineup including Noel Gallagher, Madness, The Charlatans and flavour of the moment Catfish and The Bottlemen has enticed fans as tickets have flown out with acts yet to come. The release of Tim Burgess’ ‘Tim Book Two’ will feature at Tim Peaks, one of the festival’s hives of activity.
If someone’s taking you to V Festival, I’m sorry.
The aforementioned Reading and Leeds Festival takes over August Bank Holiday, it’s clutched its heavier tone once again as Biffy Clyro, Foals and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers top the bill. The dance lineup of the summer is at the Radio 1 Stage and Two Door Cinema Club are back to headline Sunday night on the NME Stage. Of course I’m most looking forward to The Courteeners… heard of ’em?
So enjoy the sun, and look forward to wherever you’re off to. It’s going to be a treat.