Archive for the Festival Category

Blackthorn Music Festival 2016

Posted in Festival, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 9, 2016 by dc


Following on from the success of last year, the excellent Blackthorn Music Festival is back later this month on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th.

The festival’s idyllic surroundings at Whitebottom Farm in Etherow Country Park sit just 30 minutes from Manchester. Over three days it’ll play host to a cracking mix of well-known festival favourites, up and coming bands and slew of exciting tribute acts – all curated to put a big smile on your chops and a wiggle in your walk.

This year’s headline act is the mighty Maximo Park, and other big names on the bill include Stereo MCs, festival circuit favourites The Bootleg Beatles, Eliza & The Bear and I Am Kloot’s John Bramwell. There’s also some peerless disc spinning courtesy of Craig Charles’ Funk and Soul Club and generation spanning Manchester favourite, Clint Boon.

There’s loads of brilliant up and coming acts on the bill too. My favourites include Mancunian neo-post-punkers, Cabbage, bluesy stompers, Sittin’ Pretty, quirky garage rockers, Heavy On The Magic, and jerky noiseniks, Sly Antics (who rather brilliantly describe their sound as like being, “hit hard and repeatedly in the face with a box of stale cereal”). Four bands worth the festival’s (bargain) entry price alone.

Then there’s Slacker Shack favourites, Dub Sex and The Cornelius Crane, who’ll also be performing and ALWAYS deliver without fail.

Add to that at least another 50 quality bands, lots of tip-top scoff and booze, and Blackthorn Music Festival is a great weekend away without the hefty price tag associated with most festivals these days. Day tickets start from just £20, a full weekend ticket is just £55 and to encourage the family vibes, weekend tickets for those under 15 cost just £20 and under 6’s get in for free. What’s not to love?

The further info visit the festival site here.

Blackthorn Festival 2015

Posted in Festival, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2015 by dc

Blackthorn Festival

This year’s Blackthorn Festival in Stockport unites a line-up of glorious Manchester nostalgia and indie-rock hedonism with an abundance of exciting up and coming bands.

Set in the scenic Cheshire countryside the festival’s third year of great music, good times and top quality nosh and booze looks set to carry on its fine tradition of mixing the old and the new.

For those longing to slip on their baggy jeans and beanie hats and party like its 1990 there’s melon twisting Manchester tribute acts like Happy Mondaze and The Clone Roses. There’s even the chance to plug in your mock hearing aids and sway arhythmically to The Smiths Ltd before testing out your best Manc shuffle to the sounds of DJ Clint Boon.

Headliners, The Enemy, bring their anthemic swashbuckling sound to put a smile on the faces of those who love a foot stomping slice of indie rock to go with their pints of cider.

Other up and coming acts on the bill that are real ‘must-sees’ include The Sunshine Underground, Delamere, Gramotones, Glass Tides and festival favourites The Tapestry and Cornelius Crane.

The festival takes place on the weekend of 24th-26th July at Whitebottom Farm in Compstall, Stockport and won’t break the bank account either. It’s a cracking chance to sing along to some classics, devour some great rural grub and booze and support some cracking new bands in the process. What’s not to love?

The further info visit the festival site here.

Lebowski Fest 2014

Posted in Festival, Film, Movies with tags , , , , , , , on June 10, 2014 by dc

It’s the annual Lebowski Fest next month. Details on the event can be found here. Check out the festival poster below:

lebowski fest 2014

Michel Gondry’s new film – The We And The I

Posted in Festival, Film, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2012 by dc

I’m a huge Michel Gondry fan. He’s a true innovator and every film he directs has his unmistakable imprint all over it.

Gondry‘s recent foray into blockbuster film making (with The Green Hornet) may not have been a success, but one mildly poor film does not a director make. Which means I for one am really looking forward to his return to independent film making with his forthcoming The We And The I.

The synopsis for the film is as follows – “The We and the I is the heartfelt and comical story of the final bus ride home for a group of young high school students and graduates. As kids depart the bus for the last time, we get to learn about these graduates as they step into the world – their love, their conflicts, their despair and their hope.”

Far from being a run-of-the-mill coming-of-age drama though, Gondry has let slip that the film contains sci-fi elements – but beyond that (and the trailer below) little more is known at present.

The film is set to open the Directors’ Fortnight section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, which starts tomorrow.

The We And The I should hit UK cinemas later this year. Check out the trailer below:

My Favourite Lebowski Fest poster

Posted in Art, Design, Festival, Film, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2012 by dc

In anticipation of this year’s Fests, here’s my favourite Lebowski Fest poster from the past ten years.

A simple homage to the great San Francisco gig posters of the 60’s and 70’s – it’s a cracker:

Lebowski Fest 2012

Posted in Comedy, Festival, Film, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2012 by dc

Given the money (or the air miles), one event I’d love to attend one day is Lebowski Fest. A celebration of all things Big Lebowski is a two-day party that typically opens with live performances and screening of the film the first night and concludes with a wild bowling party the following night.

The First Annual Lebowski Fest was in 2002 in Louisville and subsequent fests have been held in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas, Austin, Seattle, London and Edinburgh.

The first of three two-day ‘Fests’ this year takes place in Atlanta, USA next week – check out the dates for all three Lebowski Fests below:

Atlanta – 27 – 28 April
Milwaukee – 22 – 23 June
Louisville – 11th Annual – 20-21 July

If you’ve got the money and you fancy going, you can book a ticket here.

“The Dude abides”

Tupac Shakur hologram at Coachella

Posted in Festival, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 17, 2012 by dc

Everyone’s been going on about it the past two days, so here’s a clip featuring Tupac Shakur‘s hologram from Coachella at the weekend.

Once you’ve seen it you’ll understand all the hype, as it’s truly astounding – check it out below: