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  • 7 Niche Festivals You Should Know About in 2015

    Does rampantly commercialised Glastonbury get your hackles up? Do the legions of teens at Reading make you want to hide and cry? Can you think of nothing worse than 2 nights in a tent at V Festival? As the UK's festival scene gets bigger and bigger, it's only natural that the events at the top are going to become, well, more than a little terrible.

    Fortunately, festival-lovers less keen on the mainstream festival scene are increasingly well catered for by a smorgasbord of independent, small and niche festivals springing up in every corner of our green and pleasant land. If you're looking for a laid-back musical weekend this summer, these 7 smaller festivals could be right up your alley...

     

    1. Festival Number 6, 3rd-6th September, Portmeirion, Wales

    We're willing to bet you've never been anywhere like Portmeirion before. Unless, of course, you've actually been to Portmeirion. This Welsh seaside town has been build in a stunning Mediterranean style and is surrounded by sea, mountains and forests. With headliners including Belle and Sebastian, Grace Jones and DJ Harvey, this is a deliciously escapist festival

     

    2. Green Man, 20th-23rd August, Hay-on-Wye, Wales

    Another Welsh festival, this time high in Brecon Beacons surrounded by the mountains around Hay-on-Wye. Better known for hosting the more sedate and literary festival, come August Hay-on-Wye gets more musical and free-spirited with big names including St Vincent, Hot Chip and Goat playing to a chilled-out, nature-loving crowd.

     

    3. Latitude Festival, 16th-19th June, Henham Park, Suffolk

    If you do happen to have literary leanings, Latitude is the festival for you. Home to poetry, performance and plenty of art, this relaxed gem of a festival is headlined by Alt-J, Caribou, Portishead and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

     

    4. Blissfields, 3rd-4th July, Vicarage Farm, Hampshire

    The Horrors, John Grant and Simian Mobile Disco are among the acts leaving Blissfield's crowds feeling well and truly blissed out this year. With capacity for just 4000, this festival feels wonderfully intimate, a recipe for a more relaxed, easy-going atmosphere.

     

    5. 2000 Trees, 9th-11th July, Cheltenham, Gloucester

    For alt-rock lovers and anyone looking for something a little bit different, locally run 2000 Trees is the festival for you. With headliners including Deaf Havana, Idlewild, Kerbdog, Pulled Apart By Horses and Turbowolf, this is a very affordable festival with some serious spirit.

     

    6. Somersault Festival, 23rd-27th July, Castle Hill, North Devon

    Lovely, lovely Dorset coastline, complemented by lovely, lovely musicians make this a ridiculously lovely festival to escape to this summer. Laura Marling, Bombay Bicycle Club, Rae Morris and Crystal Fighters all appear on a bill that looks like it has been compiled to make you feel 5000% better about the universe in just a few days.

     

    7. Secret Garden Party, 23rd-26th July, Abbots Ripton, Cambridgeshire

    An imaginative childhood theme will make this year's Secret Garden Party one of the most surreal, magical and hedonistic yet. Set in rolling green fields around an otherworldly blue lake, with music from Palma Violets Jungle, Public Service Broadcasting and Menace Beach, this is set to be a downright beautiful festival.

    Which festivals are locked and loaded in your 2015 calendar? Share your personal picks with other readers on the Base Facebook page. Hunting for the ideal footwear for your festival escape? Look no further.

  • AUGUST COMPETITION

     

    It's festival season and this month, we're giving away a pair of shoes from our Fish 'N' Chips range - our all time summer shoes. All you need to do to enter is answer the following question:

     

    When did Notting Hill Carnival first start out? Was it:

    A. 1969

    B. 1958

    C. 1964

     

    To make sure you're in with a chance, all you need to do is leave your reply below, or send in your answers to our Facebook or Twitter pages... The competition winner will be contacted 1st September. Good luck!

    Entrants must be 18 and over.

     

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  • Festival Fever

     

     

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    With a list of huge artists playing this weekend at Lovebox in Hackney's Victoria Park, the heatwave couldn't have come at a better time. This year has been slimmed down from three to just two days, but no costs have been spared with the amazing line-up, that makes sure Lovebox is still one of the highlights of London summer.

    Who's playing? Headliners for the weekend are the British drum'n'bass duo Chase & Status, the charming M.I.A and the old school American classic, Nas. A massive mix of genres from remix boy wonder Cyril Hahn; to the infamous DJ EZ; to a more recent but impressive American hip hop artist, Joey Bada$$; to the chilled out sounds of Bonobo. Despite starting out as a predominantly dance festival, Lovebox has since expanded to include a wide variety of musical genres which makes this festival perfect for so many types of people, ages and interests. Check out the poster below for more info on who's playing.

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    THE FOOD. It looks amazing. First of all, Smokey Tails will be there (a pop up restaurant in East London) and their food is the nuts. Pulled pork burgers, mac n cheese, chicken quarters, innovative salads & much more... Check out the facebook for mouth-watering images, you'll want to try this. For Dessert? Crosstown Doughnuts has my vote.

    SEA SALT CARAMEL & BANANA DOUGHNUT SEA SALT CARAMEL & BANANA DOUGHNUT. Serious.

    Another reason why Lovebox has done so well for itself is it's constantly up to date, interesting and what people want. If you're not so good at keeping track of times, download the Lovebox App and it'll work out the time schedule for you. So you can go get pissed without worrying about reading through a timetable and you can set up your prefered schedule. The official page says it's "full of all the information you need to enjoy the festival, including set times, stage details, create your own schedule for the day so you can plan the fun, receive latest news and changes on the day, along with our social media updates from artists and Lovebox."

     

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  • "A weekend of music, food & beer"... count us in!

    Our boys Missing Andy are playing The Brentwood Festival this weekend. If you're from Essex or just love Mod, Pop, Rock & Ska music, food and beer, then head down this Saturday to see Missing Andy performing on the main stage at 8PM.

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  • Have Yourself A Field Day!

    June is finally here and although the weather's been slightly odd to say the least, we can't wait for the festival season to begin! With a great line up of acts throughout, the appetiser begins with Field Day. I went a few years back with a bunch of mates and although it's nowhere near as big as the other festivals, Field Day was an ace day. Tasty food, beer and cider stands everywhere, massive tents and stages, top sound systems throughout AND the sun was blazing down. In my opinion, Field Day is definitely a festival worth watching out for.

    Pixies, Future Island, SBTRKT, Jamie XX, Lunice, Erol Alkan, Metronomy, Danny Brown, Ghostpoet, Neneh Cherry, Simian Mobile Disco, Sky Ferreira, The Temper Trap, Warpaint, Tourist, The Horrors, among a whole load of other amazing acts to flood Victoria Park over Saturday 7th June and Sunday 8th June.

    You may need your wellies but that line up will certainly distract you. The Pixies. Need I say any more?

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    'Av a butchers at the complete line up here.

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