6 Feb 2016


It's happening. Festival announcement season has well and truly arrived. With some of the best line-ups I have EVER SEEN on show for this year, this summer's festivals promise to be some of the best yet. We take a look at recent reveals for festivals all around the world.

BEST KEPT SECRET : Amsterdam, June 17th-19th.

BKS never fails to impress with it's diverse line-ups, boasting some of the best talent from all around the world. Taking place in Hilvarenbeek, (South Netherlands) the latest announcement ensures that this line-up is already seriously impressive. Take a look:

Jamie xx, Dinosaur JR, Band of Horses, Low, Wolf Parade, Sleaford Mods Moon Duo, Rat Boy and Blossoms are some of the 38 new names for Best Kept Secret. Besides these names come The Slow Show, Ezra Furman, Wild Nothing, Koreless, BADBADNOTGOOD, Oneohtrix Point Never, Beach House, Beaty Heart, C Duncan, Bombino, Ho99o9, Israel Nash, Julien Baker, Petite Meller, Sevdaliza, Ryley Walker, Danny L Harle, Slow Magic Glass Animals and The Japanese House.

THE GREAT ESCAPE : Brighton, May 19th-21st

Every year The Great Escape's line-up crosses my radar as a festival I am so desperate to go to, but have never managed it. With the most recent line-up reveal, I plan to make this year the year I finally go. A conglomeration of some of the freshest talent in the world, this line-up is just about as good as it gets for a small festival.

Highlights confirmed to appear on the core programme so far are: Band of Skulls, Bleached, Blossoms, Cigarettes After Sex, D Double E, Dilly Dally, Lady Leshurr, Mabel, Michael Kiwanuka, Mumdance, Mystery Jets, Ry X, Spring King, St Lucia & The Big Moon.

With another 300+ acts to be revealed in the coming weeks, The Great Escape line-up is shaping up to be the best ever for this independent festival.

Tickets are on sale now, with 2016 being the first year that under 18's are able to attend the festival. Get your tickets here.

TRUCK FESTIVAL : Oxford, 15th-17th July

A classic indie debate. Truck Festival or Latitude? Two incredible festivals that just so happen to fall on exactly the same weekend. I personally have only ever been to Latitude, but a lot of people I know constantly bring up how amazing Truck is and how much more intimate and exciting it is. I don't doubt this for a second, and perhaps this year will be the year I make the journey to Oxford.

The first wave of acts for Truck has just been announced, and it contains a selection of just-about-as-indie-as-you-can-get bands. Two out of three headliners were revealed, and one of them is Vapour Trail favourites, Catfish and the Bottlemen. I needn't say anymore. However, the rest of the line-up (bar a few dodgy acts here and there) more than makes up for the headline act. Acts such as Gnarwolves, Pretty Vicious, Moose Blood, The Magic Gang and Hooton Tennis Club. These acts have one thing in common. They are the crème de la crème of upcoming bands. Truck has a knack for spotting new talent just before they break, and this year is no exception. Not to mention it's incredibly good value, just shy of £90 for 3 full days. (including camping) We'll have to wait for the Latitude line-up to see who's going to win the festival debate this year, but with the first Truck announcement, Oxford is looking like a pretty strong opponent.

Words: Poppy Marriott