Festival Season is Here!


The weather might not reflect it, but festival season is here! We’re lucky in Brighton and Hove to enjoy a diverse range of festivals and events in the area. Here are a few upcoming music festivals around Brighton and Hove. Don’t forget your wellies!

Redfest – July 20th – 22nd

Redfest began life in 2007 as a free festival. Set in Robin Cook Farm in Redhill, 33 miles from Brighton, it’s a three day festival now in its fifth year. In 2012 it’s back with five stages of some of the UK’s hottest rock, pop and urban acts. Kids in Glass Houses, Young Guns, Modestep and Foreign Beggars have already been confirmed. As well as the main stage there is the Gozibe Introducing stafe, an acoustic stage and two dance tents. At £65 it’s a great value weekend.

Redfest have also provided reassurances that the festival will go ahead whatever the weather, as the site is not used by other festivals, was selected due to its drainage and tarmac roads, and is strategically positioned on a gentle slope to aid drainage. Good news for those who have been disappointed over the last few weeks after several events were cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.

Playgroup – August 3rd – 5th

Playgroup Festival

Playgroup is one of Brighton’s best-loved club nights, which now has a festival in Eridge Park, Tunbridge Wells, 29 miles from Brighton. This year they expect to welcome 3, 500 punters and 1, 500 performers to the fancy dress festival. This year’s fancy dress theme is “lost toys”, so expect some wild and outlandish costumes.

Top acts such as The Correspondents, Belleruche, High Rankin and DJ Format have been confirmed for Playgroup Festival, with Brighton’s Blah Blah Blah DJs also making an appearance. At Playgroup you can expect a laid-back, frivolous and good-vibe festival such as Bestival or the Secret Garden Party, only smaller.

Shakedown – October 6th

Shakedown Festival is now entering its second year, taking place again in the luscious surroundings of Stanmer Park in Brighton, promising to be bigger and better than ever before. Held at the start of October, this one-day festival is one of the last of the year. Last year 10, 000 festival-goers enjoyed top name acts like Ed Sheeran, 2ManyDJs, Example, Krafty Kuts and Zane Lowe among others. This year grime and house MC Dizzee Rascal is headlining the main stage, alongside other big names such as Katy B, Professor Green, Shy FX and Ms Dynamite.

Shakedown Festival

Brighton DJs The Freemasons will be headlining the VIP tent, which is being hosted by Hed Kandi. Local DJ Seamus Haji and Hed Kandi resident DJs will also play in the tent. The VIP area also has its own private bar, food stalls and a VIP toilet! VIP tickets are just £75 plus booking fee.

Festival wellies image courtesy of Steve Parker on Flickr.

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