Freeq’s Favourite UK Festivals

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festivalFestival Season is well on it's way and we are so excited about it that we've put together a little guide on our favourites coming up this summer.
Download Festival
When: 12th - 14th June 2009
download_festival_09Where: Donnington Park, DE74 2RP
Ticket Price: from £65 (see website for full price list)
Line-up: Slipknot, Def Leppard, Marilyn Manson, Korn, Limp Bizkit, The Prodigy, Papa Roach, Therapy?, Motley Crue, Trivium, Faith No More and lots more…
Our favourite because… It takes place in the Midlands (where you can find copies of Freeq magazine), the event is getting Birmingham University students involved by hosting a competition for art students to create the winning sculpure to display at the Arena entrance. Plus they have a pretty awesome line-up!


glastoGlastonbury Festival 
When: 26th, 27th and 28th June 2009
Where: Worthy Farm, Somerset, BA4 4BY
Ticket Price: £175 (sold out)
Line -up: Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, The Script, Kasabian, Crosby Stills and Nash, Blur, Franz Ferdinand, Madness, Lily Allen, Kaiser Chiefs and Rolf Harris.
Our favourite because… It’s one of the biggest and best festivals in the UK and the tickets are so god damn hard to get hold of as they were sold out months ago. We were there last year and braved the crowds and mud and rain but we loved it so much that we can’t wait for Glasto 2009!!


19th July 2009
Where: Wollaton Hall, Nottingham, NG8 2AE
Ticket Price: £10 for under-18’s, £15 for city residents, £30 for non-residents
Line -up: Madness, The Pogues, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Imelda May, The Rifles, Kid British and Dog Is Dead.
Our favourite because… It celebrates local talent which is what we love here at Freeq! The outdoor music event will also welcome some big acts to Nottingham and the buzz about this local festival is going through the roof so expect a big crowd.


v-festivalV Festival
22nd - 23rd  August 2009
Where: Hylands Park, and Weston Park, Staffordshire
Ticket Price: £175 (sold out)
Line -up: The Killers, Oasis, Lily Allen, Pendulum, Pete Doherty, Snow Patrol, Razorlight, The Streets and Lady Gaga.
Our favourite because… Virgin’s own festival is a major player in the UK calendar and has already sold out this year. The line-up is packed with big names from varying musical styles.

leeds readingLeeds and Reading
28th - 30th August 2009
Where: Richfield Avenue, Reading and Bramham Park, Wetherby, West Yorkshire.
Ticket Price: from £70 *SOLD OUT*
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Line -up: Radiohead, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, The Prodigy, Bloc Party, Gossip, Kaiser Chiefs, Ian Brown.
Our favourites because… they both attract a good crowd of people and the line-up never fail to seriously entertain everyone. The facilities are some of the best out of the many festivals happening across the UK. The best thing about Reading and Leeds is they don’t have box offices issuing tickets on site, there’s only collection points for overseas and Viagogo festival-goers. So don’t waste your time going there to get tickets, make sure you purchased one in advance.  


When: 29th - 30th August 2009
Where: Daresbury Estate, Cheshire
Ticket Price: £100 (weekend) or £57.50 (day)
Line -up: Basement Jaxx, Tiesto, Dizzee Rascal, Calvin Harris, Sahsa, 2manydjs, High Contrast and Laurent Garnier.
Our favourites because… Sod Ibiza, Creamfields is the cheaper and more convenient alternative for people who love dancing like no ones watching to a mix of funky house, dance, techno, pop and rave music until the wee hours of the summer mornings.


When: 11th - 14th September 2009 
Location: Robin Hill, Downend, Arreton, Isle of Wight, PO30 2NU
Tickets: £140 (adults) and £70 (children)
Line-up: Massive Attack, Kraftwerk, Elbow, Klaxons, MGMT and Nottingham’s own Crazy P.
Our favourites because… It offers hassel-free camping and is really all about the music and not about which famous celebrities they can get to make an appearance. Another plus for going to Bestival is you can enjoy a ferry ride across to the gorgeous Isle of Wight. It’s one of the last festivals of the summer making it a great cherry on top of the festival cake.