Go to a music festival in winter? No! Surely not? That’s a summer thing right? Wrong! Think again. Back in the day, Cliff Richard sang ‘We say yeah’. And so do we! Yup, even in the UK you can go to festivals in winter.
Now you may have to adapt your festival spirit somewhat and accept the swapping of muddy fields for halls and holiday camps –without the Hi Di Hi and the Redcoats though. And that a three-day festival becomes a one-big-day festival. But if you’re ready to adapt, there’s quite a bit of choice out there. Here’s what we found:
Celtic Connections, Glasgow 18th Jan- 4th Feb 2018: A festival, celebrating a big birthday,
Celtic Connections turns twenty-five in 2018. Pop those corks!
This longevity is great to see – live music continues to get massive support. Celtic Connections gathers Folk, Americana, World, Indie, Jazz, Fusion and Trad genres. This year there’ll be over twenty venues with 300 events. Now this isn’t a camping festival. Flip even I’m not brave/stupid enough to camp in the Glaswegian cold. It’s a case of choose who and what you want to see and rock up. Headliners at the 25th Anniversary concert include Sharon Shannon, Saltfishforty and Eddi Reader.
London International SKA Festival 29th March-1st April 2018: Now in its 30th year – yes, that long – the London International Ska Festival is a three-day event. It features over twenty live acts and DJs, and sixteen different events. Based in and around the O2 Academy, Islington, it’s a must for all those reggae, two-tone and ska fans. Featuring Studio One artists, The Clarendonians, Doreen Shafer, Alpheus.
Festivals that come to you!
Foreverland, various venues from 24th November 2017 to 21st April 2018: This one is something of a departure from the normal festival format. The Foreverland organisers bring their festival/club night to all parts of the UK. They advise immaturity! The format is designed to bring new musical talent alongside a sense of childhood nostalgia. Hence the required connection with your inner-child. It won’t only be music on offer. You’ll see circus acts, giant inflatables, stage shows, and an adult playground. Foreverland brings a festival atmosphere to club events throughout the winter. And the beauty is that they’re on for one night only (in your area), making them super special.
Combine Music with Skiing
Groove Cairngorm, Aviemore, Scotland, 23rd & 24th February 2018: Positioned as the only UK snow sports and music festival, Groove Cairngorm provides two days of snow sports accompanied by local DJs and acoustic music. You don’t have to be a snow-sporty type of person to enjoy this, as the festival carries on into the evening, at the Badaguish après-ski festival site. Let’s hope it snows for them. Otherwise it’ll be snow joke. I’ll get my skis …
Shockout, Bath & West Showground 24th February 2018: This is a new festival comprising one day of ‘bass infusion’ over three stages. Produced by Hospitality DNB and The Blast. Headliners include J Hus, High Contrast, Shy FX, Sasasas, and Danny Byrd. Although only one day long, Shockout promises to pack the music in tight for lovers of drum & bass, grime, dubstep and house music, impatient for the summer to come. Aren’t we all?
Tattoo Tea Party Event City Manchester 3rd & 4th March 2018: Another longstanding festival, going into its seventh year. The Tattoo Tea Party will see over 300 tattoo artists congregate under one roof. Alongside the tattoos, there will be entertainment, carnival acts, body painting, fun fair rides and more. And if you’re looking for a tattoo from top artists, you can book now on Facebook.
A festival that you’ll remember forever – in more ways than one.
End 2018 on a high!
These are Butlin’s big weekends, where you pay one price for your ticket and accommodation. After that it’s as much fun as you make it.
These festivals run along the same lines as summer festivals. Three days of activities, various bands playing at differing times etc. The beauty of this type of festival, is that most of it is undercover. Oh, and there’s a distinct lack of mud! Great British Folk has artists including Hothouse Flowers, Fairport Convention and Eddi Reader. Whereas the Electric Dreams Weekend features Human League, Howard Jones and Thomas Dolby.
So you see, festivals are not only for summer. You can enjoy live music throughout the year, in a variety of settings. It’s a great way to brighten up the dark winter months while we wait and hope for the sun!
Enjoy, and let us know if you dance at one of these. We’d love to hear from you. In the meantime #getoutdoors.
Jo & Richard
4 Points Leisure
The Glamping, Camping and Festival Accessories shop, with years of camping experience