Festival season is officially around the corner and whether you’relooking for some family-friendly fun in the sun/mud, a place to seeupcoming bands before their stratospheric rise to fame or simply aweekend getaway, the UK festival-scene has it all.But with an unprecedented amount of new and boutique festivalspopping up all over the UK, the choices can be overwhelming.Ever the little helper that he is, Gef has scoured the country for thebest ‘lesser known’ festivals, so you don’t have to. With this in mind,let Gef take you on a guided tour of some of the must-see festivalstaking place this year, complete with a handy drive time total from the ferry terminal.
#1 BLUEDOT FESTIVAL, 7th -9th July
JODRELL BANK OBSERVATORY
1 hour 10 minutes’ drive from Liverpool Ferry Terminal.This is one of my favourite up and coming festivals, having launchedin 2016. Billing itself as an intergalactic festival of music, science,arts, culture and the exploration of space, Bluedot Festival is setagainst the backdrop of Jodrell Bank, the epicentre of deep-spaceobservation.It’s a family-friendly festival of science superheroes and wonderfulworkshops that indulges every child’s fascination with outer space.Furthermore, there’s also a live reimagining of Blue Planet, the DavidAttenborough favourite with music from the Hallé Orchestra, setagainst Jodrell Bank’s world-famous Lovell telescope.Music comes courtesy of big-beat headliners, Kraftwerk and 80’s royalty New Order; supported by acts such as Hot Chip and Jon Hopkins, whocater for all your alfresco raving needs in what promises to be theintergalactic event of the year.https://www.discoverthebluedot.com/tickets
#2 Y NOT FESTIVAL, 26th -29th July
ASTON HILL FARM, PIKEHILL
2 hours 5 minutes’ drive from Liverpool Ferry Terminal.Boasting an accolade of awards since its inception in 2005, Y NotFestival has grown year-on-year in its idyllic home in the middle ofthe Peak District. Acts gracing the main stage this year includeThe Foals, Two Door Cinema Club and Miles Kane, but thebeauty of Y Not lies in the plethora of unknown bands waiting to bediscovered and the emphasis on music education for children, withkids under the age of twelve entering for free!For little ones, there’s the Strawberry Fields in Sergeant Pepper’sMeadows, which offers everything from music, games and magicshows. Y Not Festival also prides itself on its food and drink selection,serving everything from local ales to great food. They even won anaward for Best Festival Toilets, which if that doesn’t inspire you to booka ticket then I don’t know what will.https://ynotfestival.com/tickets/
#3 TRIBFEST, 16th -19th August
DRIFFIELD, EAST YORKSHIRE
2 hours’ 50 minute drive from Liverpool Ferry Terminal.This is an absolute wildcard and will either be everything you’ve beenlooking for in life, or everything that you want to avoid. Tribfest is afestival dedicated entirely to tribute acts, covering every genreimaginable, and is a festival entirely about the music rather than thebig names. Held in the beautiful surroundings of Sledmere House inEast Yorkshire, Tribfest has the ultimate fantasy festival line-up andwith a capacity of 5,000, it doesn’t become overcrowded orcramped.This year sees acts such as Antarctic Monkeys, Badness and Pearl Jammtake to the stage. It sounds like a recipe for disaster, but it isn’t, which is evident in the growing popularity of The World’s Biggest Tribute Band Moosic Festival™ (their words, not Gef’s).There’s also comedy aplenty to be found in the Laughing BullComedy Marquee as well as entertainment for little ones in thededicated Kidzone, which holds its own version of Britain’s GotTalent called… you guessed it, Tribfest’s Got Talent.Either way it promises to be a weekend of belly laughs and guilty,guilty pleasures.http://www.tribfest.co.uk/tickets Any of these festivals tickle your fancy? Or do you have another in mind? Let us know!