Yes, it’s only February, but when it comes to music festivals we’re spoilt for choice in the UK, and we can’t help but get excited. Away from the dominating names of Glastonbury, Leeds/Reading, V Festival, Download and the like, the North West is proving to be a major player on the festival calendar with a trio of unique events. This week, the first line-ups have been announced for Manchester’s Parklife, Kendal Calling in the Lake District and Bluedot in Macclesfield.

Each year in June the hallowed turf of our very own Heaton Park hosts Parklife Festival. The weekender has become the North West’s go-to destination for cutting-edge DJs, producers and bands. A celebration of all things dance, electro and pop, names this year include The 1975, Frank Ocean, A Tribe Called Quest, Boy Better Know, Jess Gylnne, Two Door Cinema Club and Fatboy Slim. Weekend tickets start at only £99.50 for access to more than a hundred acts over two days.

Still relatively young in its 12th year, the award-winning Kendal Calling has quickly become a top-tier name on England’s festival calender. Headlining this year are Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers, Franz Ferdinand, Frank Turner, Tinie Tempah, Editors, Jake Bugg and Brian Wilson. Final release tickets for £140 are now on sale. Set in the unique and stunning woodland of Lowther Deer Park, the festival’s capacity has grown to 12,000 with nine stages.

Following an immensely successful inaugural year, Bluedot Festival returns to the stunning backdrop of the Jodrell Bank Observatory this summer for a weekend of music, art and technology with a cosmic twist. For a festival on a first outing, last year Bluedot managed to secure the impressive names of Public Service Broadcasting, Underworld, Jean Michel Jarre, Air, Caribou, Mercury Rev and Everything Everything.
This year they’ve lined up another intergalactic array of talent for the weekend of 7/8/9th July. Appearing this year will be Pixies, Orbital, Alt-J, Soulwax, Warpaint, Ezra Furman, Shura and a host of others. Prices start at £149 for an adult weekend tickets, on sale tomorrow.


Festival season in the North West begins with Parklife on 10th and 11th June, Bluedot Festival 7th-9th July and Kendal Calling 27th-30th July.

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