inSYNC Festival News / Friday 23rd February 2018
Latitude Festival / 12th-15th July 2018
Considered to be one of Britain’s most middle-class festivals, Latitude has been making its mark on the UK festival scene since 2006. Latitude has set itself apart with not just well thought-out artists on the bill but also some of the best comedy around, spoken word, poetry and theatre. The festival, although run by Festival Republic, the company that organises Reading & Leeds, does also focus some of its efforts on the production side of things. Latitude is known to be a colourful affair with different woods and areas to explore.
2018 looks to be another special year with Beyonce’s sister Solange, US rock band The Killers and British indie trio alt-J taking the headline slots. Not mention a whole host of other bands and also some incredible standup from Harry Hill, David O’Doherty, Jonathon Pie and James Acaster among others.
Tickets available now at https://www.latitudefestival.com/
Kendal Calling / 26th-29th July 2018
Earmarked as one of the UK’s best medium-sized festivals, Kendal Calling’s quaint 25,000 capacity means that organisers always pull a lineup of big-name artists whilst keeping the site manageable and not giving a feeling that it’s over capacitated. The festival has grown organically since its humble beginnings more than ten years ago sporting just two days and a 900 person capacity. Now Secret Garden Party is no more, Kendal Calling looks to capture the mid-sized festival market even more with a stellar lineup arriving in the beautiful Lake District this July.
Indie rock band Catfish and the Bottleman take centre stage Friday night, with old-school hip-hop ground Run DMC taking care of Saturday’s proceedings. Closing this year’s festival is Brit-rock legends The Libertines. Thursday night falls to Hacienda Classical. Ocean Colour Scene, James, Shed Seven, The Wailers, The Sherlocks and White Lies are also on the bill with loads more artists in support.
Tickets available now at https://www.kendalcalling.co.uk/
Isle of Wight Festival / 21st-24th June 2018
Britain’s oldest festival, Isle of Wight, will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in June. The festival, which takes place in Newport on the south coast island, will once again play host to some of the world’s best pop and rock artists. After a massive lineup announcement at the end of last year, organisers boasted that American rock outfit The Killers, Leicester-based four-piece Kasabian and Oasis legend Liam Gallagher will be headlining the festival. Other artists announced include Depeche Mode, James Bay and Blossoms. Due to a fallow year at Worthy Farm, Glastonbury will not take place this year; seemingly Isle of Wight organisers have shifted the festival back two weeks to make it fall on what would usually be the weekend of the Somerset festival.
This week, the festival announced more acts for the 2018 bill. Camila Cabello, Manic Street Preachers, Chase & Status and Nile Rogers & Chic will all feature. Isle of Wight Festival’s bill this year is full of some incredible artists; they’re going all out for their special half-century celebrations.
Tickets available now at http://isleofwightfestival.com/
Reading & Leeds Festival / 23rd-26th August 2018
Reading & Leeds have been pedalling some of the world’s best artists since 1955 with an annual event on August bank holiday weekend. The festival has famously been one of the world’s best rock festivals but now Reading also features big names in a number of genres including rap, grime, dance and indie.
This year’s lineup is another of epic proportions with rock band Fall Out Boy, US rapper Kendrick Lamar and Kings of Leon taking headline slots. Post Malone, Wolf Alice, Panic! at the Disco, Courteeners and Skepta also take slots high on the bill.
Tickets available now at https://www.readingfestival.com/
Lovebox / 13th & 14th July 2018
Arguably London’s best urban festival, Lovebox will move to its new home in South London’s Gunnersbury Park this July forming one of the best lineups of any UK festival so far. The two-day affair will see American rapper Childish Gambino headline alongside grime sensation Skepta, N.E.R.D and special guest SZA. A whole host of rap, hip-hop and dance music will be on offer with Diplo, Annie Mac, Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals and Vince Staples all gracing 2018’s lineup.
Tickets available now at http://loveboxfestival.com/