Tipped for their first UK number one album with ‘Sleep Well Beast’, The National are about to turn from rock’s biggest cult band into would-be Glastonbury-headliners. Andrew Trendell talks to the band about anxiety, evolution, Neo-Nazis, and “getting a bear-hug from Dave Grohl”

For 18 years, The National have been playing the long game. They were outsiders in the days of the rock revival at the turn of the century. playing to empty rooms while contemporaries The Strokes became poster-boys. Only with 2005’s critically-acclaimed third album ‘Alligator’ could finally quit their day jobs.

‘Alligator”s embryonic combination of intricately-laced sorrow, tenderness and brute force would develop into the beloved follow-up ‘Boxer’, before 2010’s ‘High Violet’ finally saw The National bothering the mainstream.  The tour for their last album, ‘Trouble Will Find Me‘, ended in the UK with a headline gig to 20,000 weeping devotees at The O2. After three years away, they returned with a massive billing at Glastonbury 2017, sandwiched in between Katy Perry and Foo Fighters on The Pyramid Stage.

“Dave Grohl, who’s really friendly, we know him, was coming by in his Land Rover and was like, ‘You guys are on stage in 10 minutes – what are you doing?” recalls National guitarist Bryce Dessner. Then, he says, ‘the nicest man in rock’ gave them a bear-hug and sent them on their way. “I think he was trying to psych us out.”

It didn’t work. Thinking back to the toilet tours of 2001, they admit that Glasto was ‘surreal’ to say the least.

The National at Glastonbury 2017

The National at Glastonbury 2017. Credit: Andy Hughes/NME

“We came armed to win,” says frontman Matt Berninger. “When you’re an artist, you’re saying ‘I’m a magician, I don’t have a job, I make songs’. If you’re going to do it, you have to prove it.”

But there was much more to prove than just their ability to keep Foo Fighters fans entertained. Earlier this year, Glasto boss Emily Eavis told NME that if 2018 wasn’t a fallow year for the festival, then The National could have headlined. It was a moment where most bands would have brought out an arsenal of ‘hits’ and crowd pleasers. Instead, they played a set of mostly unreleased new material; but the mood and the spectacle made it glorious all the same.

Guitarists Aaron and Bryce Dessner are twins, while the rhythm section of Bryan and Scott Devendorf are also brothers. The natural chemistry and the way they connect on stage is a wonder to behold, but it’s Berninger’s presence that you can’t escape. Either lost in the melody or feral and demonic, his performance style has often been likened to that of Nick Cave. As you watch, you’re certain that in that moment he’s living every ounce of feeling in the song.

Drummer Bryan Devendorf tells us that “Matt has gained confidence over time and it can be infectious”, while Berninger himself admits he’s often full of “self-loathing and fear”, but is now able to “untangle his anxiety by smoking a bit of weed, and drinking a little wine”.

“Ultimately, it’s healing,” says Berninger, looking at his onstage persona as an out-of-body experience. “It’s really cathartic. It’s a huge release. Then, you have to figure out how to tap into it again or you feel like an animatronic display if you’re not truly feeling it. It’s terrible knowing that people are crying to the songs but you’re just thinking about something that someone said two weeks ago. Fuck that.”

It’s such raw intensity and spiritual transparency that inspires the religious fervour you find in a typical National fan. Berninger puts it down to being “addicted” to laying down his emotional response to the sketches sent to him by Aaron and Bryce. “With Aaron, we’ll go months of not talking because I’m so pissed at him but we’ll work on the songs because there’s the emotion there,” he admits. “That’s his way of saying ‘I love you dude, let’s have the songs put aside whatever the fuck we were mad about’.”

Tempestuous relationships and heart-wrenching honesty aside, The National are also a band who, much like Morrissey, like to pack a lot of sideways humour and knowing winks into their music. Seeing them live, you might be surprised by the constant back and forth of banter. Maybe they aren’t the arthouse miserablists you had them pegged for?

“I think for years Matt was self-conscious about the band being taken so seriously because he’s actually really fun and light-hearted,” reveals Bryce. “There’s a lot of dark humour in the songs –  [‘Conversation 16’s lyric] ‘I was afraid I’d eat your brains’ –  that kind of thing. “

Matt nods. “It’s true. We are moody, I do own a turtleneck, I’m a desperate, sad pseudo-intellectual – but we also like to goof around.”

National new song

The National

Either way, you’ll be relieved to hear that new record ‘Sleep Well Beast’ will do nothing to challenge the indie vampire preconception. After ‘Trouble Will Find Me’, Berninger launched the surprisingly bright and breezy El Vy with Ramona Falls’ Brent Knopf, Bryce worked on the score for Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscar-winning The Revenant, Aaron produced Frightened Rabbit, the twins invited the likes of The Flaming Lips, Sonic Youth, The War On Drugs and tons more to take part in a sprawling Grateful Dead tribute album – and that’s just scratching the surface of the band’s extra-curricular activities.

Returning from their side-projects, the band took a more liberal and experimental approach to their sound. As Aaron puts it, the results were “more reckless, less tidy and manicured, but somehow had more clarity”. While Berninger used his lyrics to question their place in the world and what it was all worth, sonically the album plays to the Nth degree of The National’s sonic extremes – from the fuzzy, twisted pop of ‘The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness’ to the aching but gorgeous dirge of ‘Nobody Else Will Be There’ via the ferocious punk wig-out of ‘Turtleneck’.

“We play to our strengths but you also have to go out on young sapling branches,” says Berninger. “The people on the edge of the pond are not the ones that people watch – you need to be out on thin ice. You might die, but artists need to do that.”

The essential catalyst fuelling The National’s innate sense of competition is brotherhood. Twins Bryce and Aaron admit that they’re either second-guessing the next one’s move in composition or challenging each other, while Scott and Bryan agree that you can’t ask for a more effective rhythm section than two brothers. It’s the ‘bloodbuzz’ that drives them.

“I’m not sure if we’d even be a band still if it didn’t have that family dynamic,” says Aaron. “It binds us together. We’ve fallen into these different roles and we’re a semi-functional family and a semi-functional democracy.”

Matt is the only one not to have a brother in the band, but did invite his younger sibling Tom on the road with them for his mercifully short-lived career as a roadie [which was documented in 2013’s poignant movie Mistaken For Strangers. Since then, Tom has worked closely with the band and all of their relationships have opened up. “We’re a family,” says Matt. “Make art out of your life, your pain and your desire – and do it with your friends.”

Then, Matt pauses before continuing cautiously. “Making art with your friends and your family is a dangerous and emotional crucible. It is a hot-powdered keg. We all say the most hateful, hurtful and damaging things to the people we’re closest to. When you mix it all, you can hurt each other in different ways.”

Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National

Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National

I mention another volatile creative relationship between a pair of famous musical brothers…

“With Noel and Liam Gallagher, they’ve probably got wounds that won’t heal,” ponders Matt. “They acknowledge that and it’s sad, but you can see where it comes from. They didn’t get loved enough from their dad. It all boils down to shit like that. Hug your kids more…Then again, they’ve made some of the best songs ever written out of that pain…”

Sibling rivalry and inner turmoil aside, what do The National have left to prove – and who to?

“I’m still competing with The Strokes!” reveals Berninger. “I love our first record, but when it comes out next to ‘Is This It’ you’re like, ‘ouch’. I saw them live and everything about that band was fucking perfect. Arcade Fire have been our friend and inspiration – same with Justin Vernon [Bon Iver], Annie Clark [St Vincent] and Sufjan [Stevens]. We’ve got a big group of people that are incredible and we’re always trying to impress them. We believe in the collective thing that makes everybody better.”

He sighs, his tone taking an angry turn. “Now with a fucking Nazi sympathiser for a President, we’re all on the same team. That’s the opposite of bravery and kindness. Those Nazis are terrified, twisted boys – Donald Trump too is a twisted, mangled child.”

While they admit that ‘Sleep Well Beast’ is more personal than political, The National also state that the two are also impossible to separate – especially in the current climate. “Trump was elected as we entered the process of making this record,” reveals drummer Bryan Devendorf. “It fed into everything, but maybe we needed some harsh escapism.”

In the 2008 and 2012 US Presidential Elections, not only did the band sell a t-shirt of Obama’s face emblazoned with their song title ‘Mr November’ and lend their track ‘Fake Empire’ to an anti-Bush ad, they were also vocal supporters and performed at a number of Obama rallies. The very mention of Donald Trump’s name invites a wave of rage from each member of The National.

“We were just a small part of a huge wave of support for Obama,” replies Aaron. “He wasn’t perfect at all, but it’s like night and day to now, when we’re in darkness. You couldn’t write this nightmare. If Trump was elected on a wave of backlash or white-lash against Obama, then the last months have been a wake up call for a lot of people.”

Matt, truly riled up now, is on one. “The conservative base has been working on this for 20 or 30 years,” he spits. “The corporate right has been using racism, sexism, hatred and religious intolerance for a long time. Donald Trump is just the monster they made.

“The Nazis marching in the streets were taught to be this way. Not just by their parents, but by a certain underground sympathy that they’ve been receiving from the Republican Party for 20 or 30 years. Let’s not pretend that Donald Trump is an outlier. He is their creation and they own him – well, we all do. Our politicians are showing a lack of backbone, character, bravery and soul. Anybody who is not fighting this is supporting them, and by extension supporting white supremacy. It is what it is – and I’m pissed.”

He paraphrases a lyric from their own song ‘Baby, We’ll Be Fine’. “I’m going on blind faith that kindness, bravery and love will prevail.”

Kicking off with a run of UK shows including a residency at London’s Hammersmith Apollo, a heavy few years of touring await The National. That’s two more years of the band embodying the darkness they’ve created against the backdrop of tyranny that awaits them back home. Aaron reveals that they already have an album’s worth of material leftover from the ‘Sleep Well Beast’ sessions and assure us that it won’t be another four year wait for new music. But there’s a restlessness in their DNA which means they may challenge themselves and scrap it all. There are plenty more rounds of the long game left to play.

‘Sleep Well Beast’ by The National is out now.

Their upcoming UK and Ireland tour dates are below. Tickets are available here.

September 16 – Cork Opera House, Cork
September 17 – Vicar Street, Dublin
September 18 – Vicar Street, Dublin
September 20 – Usher Hall, Edinburgh
September 21 – Usher Hall, Edinburgh
September 22 – O2 Apollo, Manchester
September 23 – O2 Apollo, Manchester
September 25 – Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, London
September 26 – Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, London
September 27 – Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, London
September 28 – Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, London



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Synthesis Festival 2017

Synthesis Festival 2017

Sep 28, 12:00am - Sep 30, 3:00am

South Norwood, SE25 Map

Festival Programme 2017

Overview

Synthesis, a celebration of the collage that is urban culture, the art, sounds and flavours.

As the Summer draws to a close, pioneering urban artists from near and far will ascend on SE25, London for a long weekend of painting, performing and discussion. An event like no other, Synthesis examines the evolution and cultural impact of urban arts through practice and discourse.

What's Going On!

Synthesis Festival consists of three elements, live urban art, live music and an international street food market.Activities will kick off each day from lunchtime, when the street food market opens on Station Road, at the main entrance to Norwood Junction Station. Around the same time artists will begin to paint murals at various locations around SE25. To stay up to date on who, what and where the murals are follow us on social media for alerts. Information and maps will be available form Gamma, 14 Portland Road, SE25 4PF.

As the sun sets, we'll retreat to the warmth of an intimate Edwardian Music Hall for live and electronic music performances.

Thursday 28th September 2017

Art activities from 12 noon - 6pm

Mr Jago
Will Barras
Stendec
O.Two

Music performances from 6pm - Midnight
The Heliocentrics
Further with DJ Food & Pete Williams
Guests TBA

Limited capacity tickets available for this event. Book Now

Friday 29th September 2017

Art activities from 12 noon - 6pm

Seikon
Tony Driver
Augustine Kofie
Swifty

Music performances from 6pm - Midnight

Beak>
Ofeliadorme
Howie B

Limited capacity tickets available for this event. Book Now

Saturday 30th September 2017

Art activities from 12 noon - 6pm

Mode2
Boris 'Delta' Tellegen
sheOne
Roids

Music performances from 6pm - Midnight

DJ Krush
Juice Aleem
Andrea Parker

Limited capacity tickets available for this event. Book Now

Tickets are available as a 3 day bundle or for single days.
All tickets will be issued on the day from the Synthesis Festival stand with proof of purchase & ID.

More info at www.synthesis-festival.com

Curated by Gamma Proforma
Supported by Croydon Council, Montana Paint, CMMNTY & PPR
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The Social Festival - 2017

The Social Festival - 2017

Sep 29, 12:00pm - Sep 30, 12:00am

Kent County Showground

✮✮✮ The Social Festival 2017 ✮✮✮

✮ FRIDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER ✮
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► THE MEADOW PRESENTED BY RESISTANCE
Carl Cox
The Martinez Brothers
Nic Fanciulli
Cassy
D'julz
George Andrews

✮ SATURDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER ✮
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► THE MEADOW PRESENTED BY RESISTANCE
Sasha & John Digweed
Apollonia
Monika Kruse
BUTCH (DJ / Producer)
Emanuel Satie
Tristan Ingram

►THE BARN PRESENTED BY fabriclondon
Nina Kraviz
Bjarki
Helena Hauff
Function
Terry Francis
Mark Fanciulli

► THE STABLES PRESENTED BY DJ Mag
Guy Gerber
Black Coffee
Jackmaster
Adriatique
Spencer Parker
Acid Mondays
Rob Cockerton

►THE CARAVAN PRESENTED BY IBIZA SONICA RADIO
Heidi
Nick Curly "official"
Santé b2b Sidney Charles
Bill Patrick
William Djoko
HOUSEKEEPING
Deano Corona

SPECIAL GUEST

Caruana
Pierre Daniel
Simon Shaw
TAVO
Paul Johnson
Carlos Belatti

Ahead of its fifth anniversary on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th September, boutique house and techno festival The Social has now added a host of names to its 2017 line-up. With an already stellar selection of names announced during phase one - including The Martinez Brothers, Black Coffee, Guy Gerber, and Carl Cox - phase two sees the likes of Nina Kraviz and Heidi join a fellowship of leading lights from the underground scene. Joining Nina in the brand new Fabric hosted stage ‘The Barn’ will be Terry Francis and Berghain resident, Function.

With Resistance also announced to host the Meadow stage, Monika Kruse and Tristan Ingram will join proceedings, with fellow craft masters Santé & Sidney Charles, Bill Patrick and Nick Curly set to play the brand new Caravan stage - the festival’s outdoor fixture which will be fitted with state of the art production and sound. Local lad Rob Cockerton and techno favourite Spencer Parker complete the phase two line-up, joining already confirmed acts such as Sasha & John Digweed as The Social Festival elevates itself to one of this year’s most highly anticipated events.

Event Details:
Friday 29th & Saturday 30th September
Kent County Showground
Maidstone
www.thesocialfestival.com
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After the success of this year’s Winter Social and the brand new Colombia and Mexico ventures in March, The Social Festival and its founder Nic Fanciulli has now unveiled the first wave of names for its fifth-anniversary edition. Set to round off the summer season, The Social will return to Maidstone this September on Friday 29th & Saturday 30th and promises to fire on all cylinders across the festival’s finessed sound system.

Festival curator Nic Fanciulli explains:

“We couldn’t have made it 5 years without each and every one of you… expect some big surprises, some even bigger production and a huge lineup. I can’t wait to show you what we have in store - let’s celebrate the birthday together”

Close affiliate Carl Cox heads a fellowship of leading lights from the underground scene, and will return to The Social for yet another social gathering of the best and boldest DJs. Joining Carl is a host of house and techno pioneers that have each have spent the best part of the last decade mastering their craft. The Martinez Brothers, Black Coffee, Jackmaster, Guy Gerber and Cassy are amongst those confirmed, while for the party purists come two UK playmakers, old friends and partners from the heyday to today: Sasha & John Digweed. Matchups continue with Apollonia, the almighty trio of Frenchmen Dyed Soundorom, Dan Ghenacia and Shonky. Butch, Emmanuel Satie, Adriatique and D’Julz complete a textbook affair down to the letter, accumulating depths and decades of experience as The Social Festival itself levels up to the big league.

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Friday 29th & Saturday 30th September
Kent County Showground
Maidstone

BUY ONE GET ONE FREE TICKETS AVAILABLE VIA OUR WEBSITE

www.thesocialfestival.com
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SOLD OUT! Something Else in the Dean 2017

SOLD OUT! Something Else in the Dean 2017

Sep 29, 2:00pm - Oct 1, 11:00pm

Elton Giant Mazes
Elton Farm, Littledean Rd
Newnham,  GL14 1JU Map

SOLD OUT! #6 !!

Friday -

11pm - Quercus Burlesque
10pm - The Members
9.15pm - T Bitch
8.15pm - Phat Bollard
7.15pm - Jacob and Drinkwater
6.30pm - Paul Henshaw & the Scientific Simpletons
5.45pm - Cara Means Friend
5.00pm - RUB
4.00pm - Chuck SJ Hay

Saturday - Arena

11pm - Funke & the Two Tone Baby
10pm - AOS3
9pm - Hobo Jones & the Junkyard Dogs
8pm - Hightown Pirates
7pm - TiTs Up!
6pm - Under a Banner
5.15pm - Ghosts of Men
4.15pm - Barnstormer
3.30pm - Killdren
2.30pm - Stuart Turner & the Flat Earth Society
1.45pm - All Night Chemists
1.00pm - Butane Regulators
12noon - Ash Mandrake
11am - Beardy Keef's Uke Jam

Saturday - Maze

9.00pm - Folk the System
8.15pm - Jake Martin
7.30pm - Deferred Sucess
6.45pm - Efa Supertramp
6.00pm - Devil's Prefects
5.15pm - Two Man Ting
4.30pm - Hattie Hatstar
3.45pm - The Sweetchunks Band
2.45pm - Attila the Stockbroker
2.00pm - King's Gambit
1.15pm - Sadie Horler
12.30pm - EFF OFF!

Sunday - Arena

10pm - Tarantism
9pm - Firepit Collective
8pm - Leatherat
7pm - Sporadics
6pm - Karl Phillips & the Rejects
5.15pm - Pretty Babs
4.30pm - Muddy Summers & the Dirty Field Whores
3.45pm - 2 Sick Monkeys
3pm - Bemis
2.15pm - Dogshite Unplugged
12.45pm - The Great Central Swing Band
12noon - Calico

Sunday - Maze

9.15pm - Emma & the Professor(s)
8.15pm - Suzy Condrad
7.30pm - Brian Stone
6.45pm - Mercurius Rising
5.45pm - Stevie Simpson
5.00pm - Ren Stedman
4.00pm - James 'Bar' Bowen
3.00pm - FFTP
2.15pm - The Brewer's Daughter
1.30pm - Samantics
12.45pm - Skeg
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Loopallu 2017

Loopallu 2017

Sep 29, 4:00pm - Sep 30, 11:59pm

Loopallu Festival
Ullapool Pier
Ullapool,   Map

Loopallu Festival returns for 2017 in a new location at Ullapool Pier. Please note that Loopallu 2017 is a non camping event.

596 interested  ·  305 going
Looe Music Festival 2017

Looe Music Festival 2017

Sep 29, 4:00pm - Oct 1, 11:00pm

Looe Beach, Cornwall
East Looe,  PL13 1 Map

THIS WEEK! Award winning live music event featuring Happy Mondays, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Reverend And The Makers, Cast Band, The Undertones, Lulu Official and many more. Day tickets £40. Be part of this magical weekend, get your tickets now.

3536 interested  ·  1227 going
London Mela presents Colors Croydon International Mela

London Mela presents Colors Croydon International Mela

Sep 30, 1:00pm - Sep 30, 7:30pm

Wandle Park, Croydon
29 Kemble Road
Croydon,   Map

The Mela fun isn't over yet!

On Saturday 30 September 2017 the London Mela will present the first edition of COLORS Croydon International Mela, celebrating the culture of Croydon’s Asian communities and showcasing a combination of musical legends, international artists, local talent, extraordinary dance and spectacular street theatre. Completely FREE of charge, this cornucopia of delights will take place in the beautiful environs of Wandle Park where there will truly be something for everyone.

Line-up announcements coming SOON!
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The 25th Tenterden Folk Festival

The 25th Tenterden Folk Festival

Oct 5, 10:00am - Oct 8, 11:30pm

Tenterden

Four days of folk song, music, dance, crafts and traditions

15 interested  ·  14 going
Cheltenham Literature Festival 2017

Cheltenham Literature Festival 2017

Oct 6, 12:00pm - Oct 15, 10:00pm

Cheltenham Festivals Map

The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival.
6 - 15 October 2017
#cheltlitfest

📚 ⭐ Full Programme Online ⭐📚
Russell Brand, Bill Nighy, Robert Webb, Twiggy, Salman Rushdie, Harry Enfield, Nigella Lawson, Judy Murray, Sarah Waters, Matt Lucas, Armando Iannucci, Michael Parkinson, Marcus Brigstocke, Al Murray, Mary Beard & Many More

📚 Our Family & Young Adult Programme features:
Ali-A, Miranda Hart, Akala, Nadiya Hussain, Greg James & Chris Smith, Harry Hill, Gemma Cairney, Adrian Edmondson & Many More

Members' Booking: From 1pm Weds 30 August
Public Booking: From 1pm Weds 6 September

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For ten days every Autumn Cheltenham is transformed into a literary lover’s dream as we welcome over 600 of the world’s finest writers, actors, politicians, poets and leading opinion formers to help us celebrate the joy of the written word.

Alongside a programme of over 500 debates, interviews and workshops, The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival also hosts a huge programme for families and young readers. Where else could you see the Gruffalo rub shoulders with an award-winning novelist, or a Hollywood legend exchange views with political leaders?

Come on a night out to see our Festival Late events, head to quirky venues and free culture ...around town, discover new formats during our Cheltenham Lit Crawl and get close to your literary heroes!
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Derby Folk Festival 2017

Derby Folk Festival 2017

Oct 6, 5:00pm - Oct 8, 9:00pm

Derby Folk Festival
Derby LIVE, Market Place
Derby,  DE1 3AE Map

The 11th Derby Folk Festival - right in the heart of the city

138 interested  ·  65 going
Banbury Folk Festival and Hobby Horse Festival

Banbury Folk Festival and Hobby Horse Festival

Oct 6, 7:00pm - Oct 8, 5:00pm

Banbury Town Hall
Banbury,  OX16 5 Map

Banbury's friendly Folk Festival centred around Banbury Town Hall with other venues within easy walking distance. Camping at Banbury Cricket Club with a shuttle bus service for weekend ticket holders. Once again we are combining with the Banbury Hobby Horse Festival and will be joined by some fantastic beasts and Dance Sides in our Grand Procession and throughout the weekend.

DOUGIE MACLEAN - THE MIGHTY DOONANS
ANTHONY JOHN CLARKE - KEITH DONNELLY
ANNA RYDER - GRANNY'S ATTIC - PAULA RYAN
15 String Trio - The Kevin O'Regan Band - The Linda Watkins Band - Scarecrow - Das Boaty McBoatface (Open Mic Winners)
Alhambra - Capella - Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner - The Tindalls
The Worcester Ukulele Club leading the Hobby Horse Procession
...... and many more artists and events

Main Concerts - Meet the Top Artists - Acoustic Concerts
Folk Clubs - Song Clubs - Music Sessions - Pub gigs
Big Sing - Shanty Session - Workshops - Storytelling

Online Tickets Available:
Weekend @ £67 including camping
(Camping for weekend ticket holders only)
Friday @ £25, Saturday All Day/Eve @ £25
Saturday Eve @ £25, Sunday @ £25

At the Festival Reception Desk at the Town Hall from 4pm on 6th October - end of Festival unless sold out.
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Festival of The Dead Comes To Belfast

Festival of The Dead Comes To Belfast

Oct 6, 10:00pm - Oct 7, 3:00am

Mandela Hall
77-79 University Road
Belfast,  BT71NF Map

ON SALE NOW ☞ tinyurl.com/n39u72l

A festival like no other. With carnival-esque pageantry, giant skull processions, acrobats, dancers and beautiful decorative art & costumes.

Festival of the Dead is a contemporary event infusing elements carnival, circus, theatre and unadulterated partying.

- Giant Skull processions around the venue

- Acrobats & circus performers

- DJ’s and live music

- Professional skull face painting

- Confetti, co2 and light show

This event is for persons 18 and over

Please note: this event is not part of the Dia de los Muertos public holiday, which has significant religious meaning and many traditions that will not be happening at our show.
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Chase & Status + MC Rage - Mutiny Festival - The Big Reunion

Chase & Status + MC Rage - Mutiny Festival - The Big Reunion

Oct 13, 9:00pm - Oct 14, 12:00am

Portsmouth Guildhall
Guildhall Square
Portsmouth,  PO1 2AB Map

Mutiny Festival - The Big Reunion!

Headliners announced!

Chase & Status + MC Rage are back! 🔥🔥🔥

Continuing our trend of pulling off the impossible! For the first time ever we've managed to convince one of our main festival headliners to return for our annual Big Reunion bash!

Without a doubt one of the stand out sets of the weekend! Don't miss your chance to relive the festival all over again! This party will sell out quickly!

Tickets available now here - www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-big-reunion-w-chase-status-mc-rage-tickets-35187725434

This is a strictly an over 18s event
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Festival of The Dead Comes To Liverpool

Festival of The Dead Comes To Liverpool

Oct 13, 10:00pm - Oct 14, 3:00am

Liverpool Guild of Students
160 Mount Pleasant
Liverpool,  L3 5TR Map

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT ☠️

A festival like no other. With carnival-esque pageantry, giant skull processions, acrobats, dancers and beautiful decorative art & costumes.

Festival of the Dead is a contemporary event infusing elements carnival, circus, theatre and unadulterated partying.

- Giant Skull processions around the venue

- Acrobats & circus performers

- DJ’s and live music

- Pinatas

- Professional skull face painting

- Confetti, co2 and light show

This event is for persons 18 and over

Please note: this event is not part of the Dia de los Muertos public holiday, which has significant religious meaning and many traditions that will not be happening at our show.
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Festival of The Dead Comes to Dublin

Festival of The Dead Comes to Dublin

Oct 13, 10:00pm - Oct 14, 11:00pm

Dublin, Ireland
Dublin,   Map

A festival like no other. With carnival-esque pageantry, giant skull processions, acrobats, dancers and beautiful decorative art & costumes.

Register NOW ☞ www.festivalofthedead.co.uk/dublin/reg.html

Festival of the Dead is a contemporary event infusing elements carnival, circus, theatre and unadulterated partying.

- Giant Skull processions around the venue

- Acrobats & circus performers

- DJ’s and live music

- Pinatas

- Professional skull face painting

- Confetti, co2 and light show

This event is for persons 18 and over

Please note: this event is not part of the Dia de los Muertos public holiday, which has significant religious meaning and many traditions that will not be happening at our show.
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Whitby Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival 5

Whitby Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival 5

Oct 14, 2:00pm - Oct 14, 10:00pm

Whitby Pavilion
West Cliff
Whitby,  YO21 3EN Map

Back by popular demand....keep an eye out for announcements on the line-up.....

23 interested  ·  18 going
Dance Festival Croydon

Dance Festival Croydon

Oct 14, 2:30pm - Oct 14, 6:00pm

Braithwaite Halls
Croydon,  CR9 1ET Map

Dance Umbrella is a London wide contemporary dance event. It is presenting Origami, an unlikely pairing of a shipping container and a gravity defying dancer at Queen’s Gardens. It is going to be presented twice - 1.30pm and 6.30pm at Queens Gardens, Fell Road, Croydon.

Dance Festival Croydon is a contemporary Dance Festival at Braithwaite Hall curated by Anusha Subramanyam and Vipul Sangoi of Beeja. It is a programme of exciting contemporary dance performances of local Croydon based as well as national companies and artists at Braithwaite Hall from 2.30 to 6pm.
The companies that'll perform at the event are: Archana Balal, BRIT School, Corali, Magpie, Saturday Storytellers, Shane Shambhu, Shivaangee Agrawal, Slide, Tom O'Gorman and Vinicus Salles.
The programme is supported by Croydon Council.
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Clitheroe Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival

Clitheroe Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival

Oct 15, 2:00pm - Oct 15, 10:00pm

The Grand Venue
18 York Street
Clitheroe,  BB7 2DH Map

Solid Entertainments is delighted to announce our first Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival in Clitheroe

Advance Tickets will be just £32.00 for the day

EARLY BIRD TICKET now available at £29.00 for a limited period and can be purchased by calling 01472 349 222 or online at www.solidentertainments.com/blues/clitheroe/tickets.html

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VegfestUK London 2017

VegfestUK London 2017

Oct 21, 11:00am - Oct 22, 5:00pm

Olympia London
Hammersmith Road, Kensington
London,  W14 8UX Map

VegfestUK, organisers of some of Europe’s biggest vegan events, now in their 15th year, have confirmed dates for their 5th annual event at Olympia London on October 21st 22nd 2017.

Highlights of the event will include:

- Easy Veganism area
- Professional Health Summit
- Vegan Athletes Summit
- Environmental and Food Sustainability Summit
- Animal Rights Summit
- Radical Veganism Corner
- Vegan Comedy Festival
- Vegan Film Festival
- Activists Corner
- Cookery Demos,
- Living Raw Zone,
- Mature Zone,
- Teen Zone,
- Main Stage
and more TBA...

The event is expected to attract around 15,000 visitors and over 250 stalls with a variety of specialist vegan caterers, bars, juice bars, food outlets, health and lifestyle stalls, information and campaigns.

The event will follow on from VegfestUK Trade, the UK’s first dedicated vegan trade and media show, to be held at Olympia on Friday October 20th 2017. The Friday event will only be open to trade and media, and won’t be open to the public. Further details on the trade event are here: www.trade.vegfest.co.uk

Tickets are on sale at £12 for adults and £8 for concessions (plus booking fees), with BUY ONE GET ONE HALF PRICE offers running for limited periods only. Kids under 16 get free entry.

The announcement follows from a hugely successful event in 2016 visited by 13,500 people, on top of 1,500 people working to ensure a marvellous weekend for all. Full summary of VegfestUK London 2016 is here: bit.ly/2eMhdtI

Follow the event on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @VegfestUK, and on Youtube www.youtube.com/vegfestuktv

Also check out many other interesting vegan events across the UK, at www.vegfest.co.uk

and VegfestUK's very own free online vegan magazine The Vegfest Express: www.vegfestexpress.co.uk
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Festival of The Dead Comes To Edinburgh

Festival of The Dead Comes To Edinburgh

Oct 28, 10:00pm - Oct 29, 3:00am

Cav Edinburgh
3 West Tollcross
Edinburgh,  EH3 9BP Map

Cav, Edinburgh - 28th October 2017

Ticket Link ☞ 2018.festivalofthedead.co.uk/web/

A festival like no other. With carnival-esque pageantry, giant skull processions, acrobats, dancers and beautiful decorative art & costumes.

Festival of the Dead is a contemporary event infusing elements carnival, circus, theatre and unadulterated partying.

- Giant Skull processions around the venue

- Acrobats & circus performers

- DJ’s and live music

- Professional skull face painting

- Confetti, co2 and light show

This event is for persons 18 and over

Please note: this event is not part of the Dia de los Muertos public holiday, which has significant religious meaning and many traditions that will not be happening at our show.
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Ilfracombe Blues, Rhythm and Rock Festival 4

Ilfracombe Blues, Rhythm and Rock Festival 4

Nov 10, 2:00pm - Nov 12, 11:00pm

Ilfracombe Holiday Park
Marlborough Rd, Ilfracombe
Ilfracombe,  EX34 8PF Map

Following the great success of the festival in 2016, the line-up in 2017 will have to be even more special.....so keep an eye out for announcements in coming months!

www.ilfracombebluesfestival.co.uk/index.html

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VegfestUK Brighton 2018

VegfestUK Brighton 2018

Mar 24, 11:00am - Mar 25, 5:00pm

Brighton Centre
Kings Rd
Brighton,  BN1 2GR Map

VegfestUK returns to the South Coast after 9 fabulous years at one of the nation’s biggest concentrations of vegan food and products in Brighton. In 2018, there will be a slight makeover of featured areas to go along with the usual vibrant mix of stalls and culinary delights, and we are so excited to introduce a whole new world of vegan delights to everybody looking for more vegan options at our first event of 2018 at Brighton.

NEW featured areas will include The Veganuary reunion party on the Sunday, with Veganuary participants, staff, ambassadors, friends of the campaign involved – the party will be open to attendees of Brighton Vegfest too.

Returning to the Saturday part of the show is The FxEctive Factor competition with a range of talented vegan musicians and activists pitting their wits against each other in the spirit of showcasing the unique talents we’ve got in the UK vegan community right now.

Also making their debuts at VegfestUK Brighton 2018 are a trio of newly themed talks rooms, namely The Vegan Academy, with a diverse range of topics on veganism for everyone at various stages of their journeys towards veganism, followed by a couple of talks rooms on the benefits of Plant-Based Diets, one focused on Optimum Performance and the other focused on Optimum Health.

The Vegan Comedy Festival, which was introduced back in 2015 when VegfestUK made its first return to the modern, sleek and spacious Brighton Centre, will once again be a 2-day festival featuring some of the most original vegan comedians in the country.

Other exciting areas not to be missed include the Cookery Demos, the Mature Zone, the Kids Area, the Stage, plus more TBA.

Of course, don’t miss the huge collection of around 230 stalls packed full of some of the best vegan products in the market, on top of 19 caterers serving a mouthwatering vegan menu at what is expected to be a very busy show.

Advance tickets will cost £7 per day and £10 for the whole weekend, plus booking fees, whilst tickets on the door will cost £10 for adults and £5 for concessions. Kids under 16 get free entry as long as they are accompanied by adults. Advance tickets will be available to buy in January 2018.

Meanwhile, read this blog here for a full summary of VegfestUK Brighton 2017:

bit.ly/BRIG2017-Summary
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The London Intl Ska Festival 2018 / 30th anniversary

The London Intl Ska Festival 2018 / 30th anniversary

Mar 29, 7:00pm - Apr 1, 11:55pm

London
London,   Map

The London Intl Ska Festival returns to the capital for it's 30th Anniversary next Easter - Thursday 29th March- Sunday 1st April.

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Crookfest 2018

Crookfest 2018

May 6, 11:55am - May 6, 11:00pm

CrookFEST
Crook Town AFC, West Rd
Crook,  DL15 9PW Map

CrookFest is a one day music festival held in the grounds of Crook Town AFC featuring tribute and cover bands performing inside the Main Marquee the Scooter Tent and on the Hut Bar Stage starting at 2pm till 11pm tickets are £15 there will be NO ALCOHOL allowed though turnstiles and NO CAMPING ..

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Bearded Theorys Spring Gathering 2018

Bearded Theory's Spring Gathering 2018

May 24, 12:00pm - May 27, 11:00pm

Bearded Theory's Spring Gathering
Catton Hall & Park
Walton-on-Trent,  DE12 8LN Map

BEARDED THEORY - THE SPRING GATHERING 2018

Thursday 24th May - Sunday 27th May 2018
Catton Hall, DE123LN.

🎟 2018 Prices 🎟
2018 Tickets - goo.gl/Chs9pj
'Early-Bird' Standard Adult (16+): SOLD OUT
Standard Adult (16+): £115
Ages (12-15): £55
Ages (6-11): £28
Ages (0-5): FREE
Car: £12.50
Campervans: £37.50

ALL TICKETS INCLUDE THURSDAY ENTRY & ENTERTAINMENT.

Tickets are on sale via the SEE Tickets website or by calling the Box Office on: 0871 220 0260. All ticket funds are secured in SeeTickets escrow account until after the festival.

All children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult (21+). Please ensure you purchase the correct ticket for the age of your child as of May 25th 2017. Our gate entry will require photographic identification for any children that look older than their age. Ages 16+ might require identification to validate their age.

Bearded Theory is a multi-award winning creative and performing arts festival set in the beautiful grounds of Catton Hall in the heart of the National Forest. The festival borders 3 counties of West Midlands, South Derbyshire and Staffordshire and only 2 hours away for 50% of the UKs population.

We have been recognised in the National press as being one of the best festivals of the summer in various articles in the Guardian, Express, Sun, Independent, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 1, Channel 4, BBC Entertainment and the Mirror. We have an award winning free Children’s Village along with an award winning bar selling real ales, lagers and ciders at pub tariffs. In addition we are one of the very few festivals that allow you to bring your own drink into our arenas.

LINE-UP - COMING SOON!
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We Are FSTVL 2018

We Are FSTVL 2018

May 25, 12:00pm - May 28, 12:00pm

Upminster, Greater London

Super early bird tickets on sale now via: www.wearefstvl.com

More news coming soon...

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Staffs Fest 2018!

Staffs Fest 2018!

May 25, 5:00pm - May 27, 10:00pm

Staffs Fest
Lower Drayton Farm
Stafford,  ST19 5RE Map

STAFFS FEST 2018!
After three successful years, Staffs Fest returns bringing you a fun-filled, family orientated, Live Music Festival weekend to remember!

You'll get to experience the very best of the UK's up-and-coming bands, some golden oldies, and Staffs Fest favourites, allowing you to sink your teeth into some incredible Rock, Blues, Reggae, Soul, Acoustic Magic, and undenyable talent!

Marquee One The Stage and Main Bar is under cover in a huge marquee so come rain or shine, your musical festival experience is the best it can be!

Marquee Two In the Acoustic Marquee Friday and Saturday you have the best of local acoustic musicians and on Sunday we are introducing a...

SOUL ALL DAYER with ten Soul & Motown DJs playing the best of sound on vinyl

Staffs Fest runs on the May Bank Holiday starting Friday 25th, through to Sunday 27th and is one of the best value for money festival in the Midlands!

ALL tickets included free camping! So, whenever you decide to turn up, bring your tents or your caravans, pitch up and stay the night!

Kids under 16 get FREE ENTRY!!!
There will be plenty to eat, plenty to drink, plenty to do, and you'll love every minute!

GET SHARING, GET SPREADING THE WORD!
Enquiries to admin@staffsfest.co.uk
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Heartland Festival 2018

Heartland Festival 2018

May 31, 4:00pm - Jun 2, 10:59pm

Heartland Festival
Egeskov Gade 18,
Kværndrup,  5772 Map

BILLETSALGET TIL HEARTLAND FESTIVAL 2018 ER STARTET

Heartland Festival vender tilbage til Egeskov Slot den 31. maj til 2. juni 2018 og præsenterer sine gæster for et festivalprogram fordelt på fire søjler: MUSIC, TALKS, ART og FOOD.

Første musiknavn er engelske The The, der gæster Danmark for første gang i 18 år.

I 2017 bød Heartland bl.a. på Eddie Vedder, Bryan Ferry, Cat Power, Bomba Estereo, Londaon Grammar, Miguel, Tony Oursler, Michael Stipe, Douglas Coupland og Olafur Eliasson.

Køb din billet her: www.heartlandfestival.dk
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Farmer Phils Festival 2018

Farmer Phils Festival 2018

Aug 10, 12:00pm - Aug 13, 1:00am

Farmer Phil's Festival
Near Gatten Farm, Rattlinghope
Shrewsbury,  SY5 0SN Map

Back for the 20th year 😍

Winner of Festival Kidz Best Tiny Festival Award🥇 😍 👏🏻

Farmer Phils Festival offers you...
*3 Day Music Festival
*Up to 7 nights camping
*Park by your tent
*Almost 100 live acts
*3 bars including local real ale and cocktails
*Great food catering for all tastes
*Childrens entertainment
*Wonderful people
*Beautiful setting
*Additional activities put on the week before to keep all ages entertained

Ticket information to follow...

Website >>> www.farmerphilsfestival.com
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