Despite there being a great bunch of August festivals to head to this year, these days September and October are the new August. Here you can find a list of four festivals you may want to hit up in the upcoming months.
AFROPUNK FEST London
(Alexandra Palace – September 24th)
If you know about AFROPUNK, you know that it is a community. A multicultural community of gifted individuals from different walks of life, who live and breathe music, fashion, film and much more – who are fed up with social/racial inequalities and want to take a stand.
AFROPUNK make it known that their message is about ‘Power to the Party’ – ‘encompassing education, political awareness and self-empowerment. Respect, breaking down stereotypes, and celebrating individuality’.
For the first time AFROPUNK festival will embrace London, taking place at one of North London’s finest venues Alexandra Palace on 24th September 2016, where the iconic Grace Jones will be taking to the stage as the headline act. The line-up also includes the likes of Laura Mvula, SZA, Benjamin Booker, Soulection and Young fathers who have just recently been announced, besides many more.
For the event, Alexandra Palace will be a space filled with artists, designers, exhibitions, and food vendors, and attendees are encouraged to become part of the AFROPUNK community and join the movement.
Bugged Out! In Dreamland
(Margate – September 24th)
Bugged Out is one of the UK’s longest running club nights reaching 22 years in 2016 and as well as hosting the dance tent at Field Day, Bugged Out have now got their very own one-day festival.
Tickets for Bugged Out In Dreamland come with unlimited rides on the park’s fairground attractions, the organisers promising ‘garage in the games room, house on the Helter Skelter and rhymes on the rollercoaster.’
The line-up features The Martinez Brothers, Groove Armada (DJ set), Jackmaster, Richy Ahmed, Ben UFO, Joy Orbison and more acts.
Simple Things Festival
(Bristol – various venues – 22nd & 23rd October)
For Simple Things Festival you’ll have to head up to Bristol but who doesn’t like a London getaway once in a while and a scenic train journey. The line-up is also worthy of a trip, especially on the Saturday with Death Grips playing who are sure to tear the stage apart, Warpaint, ABRA, besides other exciting names and more to be announced.
The Sunday will be special for horror movie fans as legendry film director and composer John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing) will play live at the Colston Hall and will be performing a retrospective of his soundtrack work as well as new compositions. All in all, it seems fair to say that the festival organisers have not shied away from offering a musically diverse weekend.
(Hackney – various venues – 29th October)
Bat For Lashes, Allah – Las, F*cked Up, Cherry Glazerr and more are to play the multi-venue Mirrors festival in Hackney. Instead of going into late October hibernation, or an essay slump, you can head down to the one-day festival and rejuvenate your spirits. Perhaps you may want to see F*cked Up perform their highly acclaimed debut, Hidden World or the effortlessly cool Burgerama band Cherry Glazerr.