Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Check It Out #1 (26/08/15)

1. Tiny Dancer - The White Raven
Here's a wonderfully haunting and relaxed cover of an Elton John classic by one of our favourite bands. The White Raven have done it again, releasing yet another great song, personally I prefer this slower tempo to the original and it's an easy one to listen to... You can grab the single (with another song 'Second Conscious') here... We can't wait for an album from these guys! 



2. Mountain At My Gates - Foals
Foals are back with a brilliant, catchy track; 'Mountains At My Gates' was shared on 20th June (2015), premiering via BBC Radio 1 as Annie Mac's 'Hottest Record', then on the 29th July, they released the music video, which just like this song, is out of this world. A 3D video shot on a GoPro Hero, apart from their forthcoming album, what's there to be more excited about? (By the way, that's available to pre-order here).


3. Let It All Go - Birdy + Rhodes
I realise I included this song a couple of weeks ago, however, it was a different version and I feel had a slightly different feel to this one. Now that there is a music video and an expected release date for Rhodes' album 'Wishes' (18th September), I'm starting to get excited again. The song is lyrically and vocally stunning and the music video just finishes that off perfectly, enjoy - and if you do, you can pre-order the album here.


4. Weathered - Jack Garratt
So I've shared with you Jack's talent at playing multiple instruments at once, with a electronic focus, but here's another side to him and his music. An absolutely stunning acoustic live performance of his latest single 'Weathered' (available here) and it was filmed in a church, so you can imagine what the acoustics are like... This really is one to chill out to! 


5. Can't Feel My Face - The Weeknd
This is the latest chart hit from Canadian singer/songwriter and producer, The Weeknd; it was released on 8th June (2015) and is taken from his second studio album 'Beauty Behind The Madness', it's made it into the Top 10 in loads of charts, including peaking at #3 in the UK Singles Chart and #1 in the US Billboard 100. You can pre-order that album here if you like what you hear! 


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Monday, 24 August 2015

Feature: A Copy For Collapse (24/08/15)


A Copy For Collapse, are an Italian electronic duo, comprised of Daniele Raguso and Aria Myrskya. They've collaborated with Candian-Ukranian dream pop duo, Ummagma, as well as Aerofall, Redrum Alone, Leland, and Ecole du Ciel. They've shared stages with Slow Magic, Darren Price, Etienne de Crecy and The KVB. The duo released their debut album, 'The Last Dreams of Earth' in 2013 and the 'Lucid Dream' EP in 2014; this year they're back with their second full-length LP 'Waiting For'; which is now available digitally and on vinyl. Here's a Q&A with Daniele... 

General Questions:

1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?
I started to play piano when I was very young (six years old); in my family, my brother and my sister are pianists, so music was always in the air. 

2. What is the most inspiring musical performance you've ever seen?
I remember The Cure live in Rome (2002); I like Robert Smith and his energy. 

3. Who have you been listening to lately?
Witch-house and trap music and artists like Purity Ring or Dillon Francis. 

3 Qs for A Copy For Collapse:

1. Who would your dream collaboration be with and why?
Probably Grimes, she's great for her capacity to mix dream-pop/indie music with pop attitude. And I like her voice. 

2. What process did you go through creating 'Grey Sunday' and how did it differ from the rest of 'Waiting For'?
I wrote 'Grey Sunday' during a (grey) Sunday afternoon. At first, I wasn't convinced to add the song to 'Waiting For' cause it's very different from the rest of the album (more chill-wave and dreamy orientated). 'Grey Sunday' is the darkest song of album and it represents the real attitude by ACFC. 

3. Which song do you like play live most and why?
'Alone', which is the most dance-orientated song. It's a pleasure to see public dancing :)

Random Q:

Where in the world would you most like to visit and why?
I was two times in USA some years ago and I like them. I'm falling in love with San Francisco, where I'll probably plan to have a gig. 

'Waiting For' Review:
The title track opens the LP well, slowly building and becoming a catchy electronic track. The LP follows, with a perfect mix of chill wave, electro, synth pop and nuwave, creating a wonderful combination leading to dreamy, ethereal brilliance. 'Dusk' and 'Triangle' are two of my favourite tracks from this release, and of course the lead single 'Grey Sunday', which closes the LP on a catchy, and upbeat tone, however it holds a haunting and intense underline, highlighting the talent behind the layers...


A Copy For Collapse's Links:
'Waiting For' (12" Vinyl): http://acopyforcollapse.bigcartel.com/product/waiting-for-12-vinyl-album
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/acopyforcollapse
Bandcamp: http://acopyforcollapse.bandcamp.com

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Friday, 21 August 2015

Feature: Stone Foundation (21/08/15)


Stone Foundation are one of those rare British gems, the band of eight musical talents from the wetlands of the Midlands, are now back with their fourth studio album 'A Life Unlimited'. Following last year's album 'To Find The Spirit', which was easily their most successful, seeing the band reach the Top 40. They've toured with The Specials and had their own headline shows in Japan, sold out London's Jazz Club, signed to the prestigious P-Vine label and appeared at Fuji Rocks Festival. The first single from the album, 'Beverly' was the title music in the award winning film (Best Film at the Portobello Film Awards & East End Festival) and when you've heard the song and watched the music video, you'll understand why everyone's loving it! 

General Questions:

1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?
I was 14 and started a band whilst at school, it seemed the most natural thing to do for me. I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by a handful of kindred spirits that took it as seriously as I did. 
We were soon up and running, playing gigs at local youth clubs at first. I caught the bug and never looked back. 

2. What is the most inspiring music performance you've ever seen?
There's been quite a few over the years for different reasons. I was inspired to pick up an instrument after seeing The Jam and the impact of that experience will always remain but I've been fortunate to witness some truly magnificent gigs over the years from Prince to Brian Wilson, Bowie, John Martyn, Jeff Buckley... tons of different things really. 

3. Who have you been listening to lately?
Kamasi Washington - "The Epic" a sprawling three hour jazz masterpiece!! 

3 Qs for Stone Foundation:

1. What musical era do you find most inspiring/influential and why?
I don't really confine my taste to one particular era or decade. I do kind of miss that tribal youth culture thing though. Growing up it was a very exciting time for British music, I cold walk into my local record shop and be totally over awed by incredible new music - I'm glad I grew up and got immersed and obsessed with music when I did. 
The late 70s/early 80s was awash with eclectic creativity - XTC to The Specials, Sandinista to Kilimanjaro, Linton Kwesi Johnson to Dexys Midnight Runners - an incredible few years and fashion/street culture went hand in hand with that. 

2. How different was the process of creating your latest album 'A Life Unlimited', compared to your previous releases?
As always right from the off, we knew exactly what we didn't want to do. It was important that we didn't hide behind the previous album, 'To find the spirit', neither myself nor Neil saw the point in retreading the same ground, we both realised our new work needed to be a close relation and a continuation but we were at no point interested in playing it safe, we had a vision and needed to realise it and I think we've achieved that. We worked far more cohesively this time and for that everything came together much quicker. 

3. Where is/would be your favourite place to tour and why?
Japan is thus far the best country we have visited, the audiences are tremendous too, they just just get it from the off. Tokyo is mind blowing, we hope to return again next year. I also think we'd like tot tour the States, I think our music would be much appreciated over there. 

Random Q:

Digital, CD or Vinyl and why?
Vinyl. Without being pretentious about it, music is an art from right down to the way it is presented, you would get books on cover art of LPs and I think visually it shouldn't be compromised, I love all that stuff. Plus the ritual of putting a vinyl record on a turntable. The sound a needle makes on a rotating piece of plastic wax still fascinates me. 

'A Life Unlimited' Review:
The single 'Beverley' is the perfect combination of soul, jazz and funk, an easy song to listen to, leading the way for the rest of the album. The lyrics resonate with the listener and force them to lose themselves into it. From the album 'Pushing Your Love' also stands out as another easy listening song, full of soul and it's a slower track with a gospel undertone to it. I also wanted to point out 'These Life Stories' as a song to listen to from 'A Life Unlimited', a little more upbeat and horn led with an awesome drum section and still brilliant! I'd definitely urge you to have a listen to the full album and find your own personal gems, the album is full of them and well worth a listen! 


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Monday, 10 August 2015

Spotlight: Zones (10/08/15)



Zones is a recording project put together by Alfie Begley. Created after a string of short-lived bands during college, 'Zones' is something sustainable that can revert to a band format when he (hopefully) attends uni this September... Starting in March this year, when self-releasing a six-track EP and a single, all self-recorded and arranged. It's a platform used to showcase his original music. Each release is usually preceded by artwork that adds another aspect to each of them. There are also features from very talented musicians on different tracks, which adds yet another twist to the unique project Alfie has created. (This isn't the last you'll see of Alfie or the Zones Project; on Music In Time Blog or in the world of music...)

'Dawn Till Dusk' Review:
Well... The intro is phenomenal, if that doesn't pull you in to listen to the rest of the song, I'm not sure what will. Brilliantly gritty and intense. The vocals really add to the track, giving a slightly softer melodical tone over the hard guitar and percussion. When Alfie sent me the link, I listened to it three times before replying, purely because I was enjoying the song that much... There's a slightly slower, more haunting mini section in the track that builds into a wonderful guitar led instrumental section. It's five minutes of pure brilliance. Already looking forward to his next release!


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Check It Out!

1. Bury It There - Kimberly Anne
Previously spotlighted and a favourite of ours, Kimberly Anne, has just released her first single from her debut album... Not only is it a brilliant song, it's also got a shiny new (and just as fab) music video to go alongside it! You can download the single (with a B side) HERE and find dates to see her live (because she's incredible live too) HERE


2. Holy Soul - Salt Cathedral
I came across this track whilst exploring Soundcloud the other day, and thought it was too good to not share. Salt Cathedral are Juliana Ronderos and Nicolas Losado from New York via Colombia. They create dreamy electronic music, naturally after listening to this song I searched into their music a little more and fell in love with their most recent EP 'Oom Velt', really excited to hear some more from them! (You can download the EP here). 


3. One For The Road - Dodie Clark
Here's a wonderful original from YouTuber Dodie Clark, she uploads regular videos (original songs, covers and fun youtubey things) to her main channel 'doddleoddle'. Known for her brilliantly written originals and stunning harmonies, as well as chilled piano covers. (pls release an EP soon Dodie...) 


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Friday, 7 August 2015

Feature: Henry Bateman (07/08/15)


Henry is a guitarist and singer/songwriter from Fairford, Gloucestershire; who performs constantly, with recently performances including The Royal Albert Hall and London's Folkfest. He also ran and led local acoustic youth sessions and gig nights, giving other young musicians playing opportunities, as well as himself. Henry released his debut EP 'Open Arms' in April 2013 and is back this year with an album 'Take A Form', which is available at all shows (live dates below) or by emailing Henry (henrybatemanorders@gmail.com) 

General Questions:

1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?
Music has always been there really. Both of my parents are fantastic musicians who have been involved in all sorts of stuff over the years - so I was constantly seeing and hearing them do things, and always being introduced to their favourite artists - many of which have become my own. I can remember sitting in the car with my Dad - listening to Queen, and him explaining Brian May's guitar multi-tracked guitar harmonies to me. I've always said that I started to play the guitar because of my Dad and Brian May. I first started to play seriously when I was six, but I was singing long before that. My life has never lacked any sort of musical presence. 

2. What is the most inspiring musical performance you've ever seen?
There are so many. Last year I saw Peter Gabriel, which was out of this world. To hear those songs live, with that band - it was incredible. He does a lot of talking at his shows too, he develops some amazing concepts and that gig really got me thinking about a lot of things. For sure, it had a big impact on the development of my album. A lot of people are surprised to know that I listen to a lot of heavy, progressive stuff. I've seen Rush a couple of times - they are one of my favourite bands in the world. Incredible musicianship and it blew my mind. Toto too - phenomenal musicianship. I've seen Level 42 many times and I'd say they're the best live band in this county. The last time I saw them they had a brass section, and I'll never forget the moment they broke out with their first riff - that hot sound, it just cuts right through you. There aren't many bands that can reduce you emotionally with the power of a groove. Seeing Brian May a few years ago was out of this world too. I have to mention seeing Newton Faulkner because that really did change my life, and my relationship with the guitar. It opened my eyes to so many things, and really kicked off my desire to promote myself as an artist. I'm seeing Randy Newman in a few months which I'm really looking forward to. Sorry - that really didn't answer the question, did it? 

3. Who have you been listening to lately?
Last night I fell asleep listening to Michael Hedges - one of my biggest influences. Such a genius, and it's sad beyond words that he's no longer here. I've been really getting into Nick Drake lately - amazing songs. I've been listening to a lot of James Taylor again lately too. I'm really digging that clean finger-style sound. I've been listening to Jennie Abrahamson's stuff recently - she's a Swedish singer/songwrtier. Her latest album 'Gemini Gemini' is beautiful, and wonderfully produced. There's some fantastic female singer/songwriters coming out of the Swedish music scene at the minute - they've got some exciting stuff going on over there. 

3 Questions for Henry:

1. Why and how did your youth acoustic sessions and gig nights come about?
I ran them with a friend of mine at a local pub - The Trout Inn in Lechlade. Before those particular sessions we ran something slightly different, and they evolved into the gig nights. To start with, I was just trying to create performance opportunities for myself and musical friends. Then, when we started doing the gig sessions, we got all sorts of artists in - from all over the place. We attracted a really good audience too, and we raised lots and lots of money for charity. Now that I'm heading off to music college, they've been put on hold - but I hope to do them as one-offs every now and again over the next few years. They were a lot of fun, and I met some great people through running them. 

2. Where would you like to be in five years time with your music?
I don't want to close myself off to anything - so I keep an open mind. I trust that we will all get to where we need to be, with the particular set of values that we've been given. I think it's about being where we need to be, rather than where we think it would be good to be. I would like to be touring. These days, you don't need a label to become successful. You can do everything yourself - it's a lot of work, but it can be done. There are so many people around at the minute who are making a name for themselves through constant gigging - if you work hard at sharing your songs with people, you inevitably connect and become closer to being able to do this thing for a living. In five years time, that is what I would like to be working towards. I would also like to have a few more albums or EPs out by then too. 

3. What's your favourite track from your album 'Take A Form' and what process did you go through writing it?
Your songs are like your kids! You can't choose between them, they're all different. I'm going to go with the opening track though, 'The Garden'. Partly because it is totally different from anything else on the album. I had been at my grandparent's house - they had both passed away and the place was being emptied. I was wondering around the garden, where we all used to play as kids, and I was upset - we were all grieving for them and it was a very strange place to be. That garden held so many happy, and very important memories for me. But I began to realise that, actually, the physical sense of the garden is just material, and, in the long run, means nothing. It's the people that count - and you can carry them in your heart. That's why I wrote the line "And I close my eyes to stifle my cries, And I hear your voice entwined in my soul." I went home and the songs just fell out of me onto the piano. I was listening to some Kate Bush at the time, and I think that pushed me to do some interesting melodic and harmonic stuff with it. I was studying William Blake too, who definitely had an influence on the lyrics of that song - and others on the album too. I had so much fun recording that song. The first demo was very electronic and Pink Floyd-esque. It works in lots of different ways, but I'm very pleased with how I chose to do it for 'Take A Form' - it worked out well. 

Random Q:

Favourite cartoon?
The Walt Disney cartoon version of 'Robin Hood', with the animals - and 'The Jungle Book', of course. 

'Take A Form' Review:
The album opens with 'The Garden', it's a stunning song, led by emotively haunting piano and the honest behind the lyrics links to the beautiful context of the song. 'Little Boy In The Haze' is a beautiful song, with intricate guitar, soft vocals and I could easily fall asleep to it (in a good lullaby kinda way...) 'Grown' picks the beat up and is a little funkier than others on the album and the layered vocals really add to the whole sound of the song. 'Constellations' is an easy song to listen to and I can imagine it being sung along to live with the crowd swaying etc. 'The Moth' has beautiful piano throughout and is led as an instrumental, possibly imitating a moth in flight? (I might be looking into that one a little too much, or not enough!)
'Show No Fear' really highlights Henry's talent for songwriting, the lyrics really stand out in this one and the attention to detail amongst the layering of instruments as well as vocals is impressive. 'Granddad' is beautiful, honest and emotive, both lyrically and musically and is easily one of my favourites from the album. Another honest and wonderfully guitar led song is 'Sober', with 'Two Brothers, One Barricade' following on after. It's a long one, but honestly just sitting and chilling and really focusing on every little part of the song is definitely worth it. 'Only Hope' and 'Take Me Home' finish the album off well, they're both stunningly brilliant songs and reminded me of Sleeping At Last's work.
Overall, the honesty, emotion, skill and talent ties this album together to create 11 tracks of wonderful music. If you like James Taylor, Ben Howard, Newton Faulkner etc. you'll love Henry Bateman.


See Henry Live:
21st August: The Vaulted Cellar Lounge @ The Kings Head, Cirencester
30th August: Phoenix Festival, Cirencester
4th September: St. Swithun Church, Quenington (nr. Fairford)
31st October: Stroud Brewery, Stroud

Henry's Links:
'Take A Form': email Henry (henrybatemanorders@gmail.com)

Check It Out!

1. Creshendorious - Brigitte Aphrodite
Singer, poet, songwriter and feminist showgirl, Brigitte Aphrodite releases her single 'Creshendorious' today, taken from her forthcoming debut album set for release later this year. The single and album draw on music from the musical, written and starring Brigitte, My Beautiful Black Dog, which went down a storm at Latitude Festival and is set to go down well at Edinburgh Fringe. The single is available to download digitally via Beautiful Black Dog Records. (WARNING VIDEO CONTAINS FLASHING IMAGES THROUGHOUT - will provide Soundcloud link)


2. Hold Back The River - Orla Gartland
Orla returned after a break from uploading to share this wonderfully unique and creative 'indie pop' twist on an otherwise slower track. Originally by British singer/songwriter James Bay, as his best known song and second single from debut album, 'Chaos and the Calm'. It peaked at #2 in the UK Singles Chart and reached the Top 10 in 12 different countries. Enjoy! 


3. Learn To Fly - Rockin1000
Well, this is one way to try and persuade Dave Grohl to perform in your country! Rockin1000 stepped up to the mark, 1000 musicians playing Learn To Fly by Foo Fighters in a field, it's taken the internet by storm and it's definitely impressive! (It's a little loud so make sure your headphones/speakers are turned down to start with - otherwise you might fall off your chair...) You know those moments when you watch or listen to something and you get goosebumps? Yeah that. Go on Dave and the lads, you can't say no to that! 


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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Feature: Ed Is Dead (05/08/15)


Acclaimed Spanish artist, DJ, producer and composer, Edu Ostos - a.k.a. Ed Is Dead - recently released his debut album 'Change'. With the help from an array of upcoming guest vocalists, 'Change' combines elements of electronica, dance, rock and classical music. Edu has been making music for over 15 years, playing in various different bands before carving a name for himself as a DJ and producer, under different guises, he's also toured with the likes of Santana, Manu Chao, Asian Dub Foundation and even Slipknot. With his own music, also comes his own live show, which Ed has been developing for the past two years. One thing's for sure - Ed and his music are definitely not dead!


General Questions:

1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?
Mmmm, let me see, I started playing piano (badly) maybe at 11, I'm self taught in most of the instruments I play... Later maybe at 15, I started producing hip hop and instrumentals into an old Daw running in MSDos (impulse tracker) and about 18 I started touring with bands around the world playing drums, years later I became a musical director and producer. 

2. What is the most inspiring musical performance you've ever seen?
Probably Bjork at FIB Festival in 1998, I was a bit fan of the Icelander and this show completely knocked me down! Without a doubt, one of the biggest lessons I have had about energy, sensitivity, dynamics and originality in one gig. 

3. Who have you been listening to lately?
Mmm, this week I'm feeling kind of a rapper... hahaha I'm listening to a lot of hip hop, Action Bronson, Og Maco and also the latest works from Muse and Faith No More. 

3 Questions for Ed:

1. Who is your biggest inspiration in the world of music and why do the stand out to you?
I have too many, Bjork is one of them... probably for her constant innovation, I love when artists take risks and if you have a look at Bjork's career she is in constant evolution or at least trying to find new ways of expression, I love that... Recently, I've been in love with St. Vincent, I saw her performing in Madrid and it was amazing, so inspirational. I love when music turns complicated but seems simple and she is a master at doing that. 

2. What has been your career highlight so far and why?
I don't think it has come yet... I mean, I have played in huge places, or with artists I really admire, but, probably the thing I'm most proud of is having found my 'own voice', and this has just happened a few months ago! I have been playing and producing for 15 years... but 'Change' is my debut album, so for me the difficult thing has been to realise myself that I was ready, I have learnt enough to express myself as I want to... and believe me... it has been a long way! 

3. What is your favourite track from your debut album 'Change' and why?
All of the songs are like my children, it's so hard for me to choose one, but definitely 'Change', the track with Niccó is one of my favourites, and the reason is because in the last year, I started to appreciate how difficult it is to make 'naked' songs, I mean... when you are composing or producing a song it's easy to start adding more and more instruments, more and more tracks, some arrangement here, some chorus there... but (at least or me!) it's so hard to get a song with only a voice, a couple of sounds and maybe a little bit of reverb... and if you listen to 'Change', it has this delicate way of production, only the strictly necessary notes, only a minimal arrangement for the amazing vocal interpretation of Niccó. I really love that track, and when I hear it I always have the same feeling; 'Is that song mine? Really? Did I do that?'

Random Q:

What's your ideal Friday night?
Playing live, DJing, jamming, whatever but I love to be on stage playing with my friends! Probably we'd hang out after the show and we'd finish in somebody's house making an after party and I'd put on some records... Yes definitely it would be a good Friday night! 

'Change' Album Review:
I'm not a huge lover of 'dance' music, but Ed manages to incorporate so many elements from a mix of genres, making a unique sound that I absolutely love. The album offers nine tracks, all individual and able to stand alone, with a variety of things to give the listener. 
'Change' features Niccó, and is a beautiful, stripped back track, with limited layers, showing versatility of Ed's style. It's simplistically powerful and melts into your ears. 'Shame' is closer to the stereotype of an 'electronic' track, however, there still aren't too many layers, so you don't find yourself struggling to pick up on the small intricacies within it. Odille features on 'Praise', which stands out as one of my favourites from the album. It's a little deeper and intense, grows slowly but surely into a 'dance' track and the vocals are on point! The next track 'Black' features Taki Tekyurt and is a lot more chilled, with dark lyrics and an intense beat and bass carried throughout. 'Still Around Here' has stronger elements of dream pop and funk running through it, featuring Ed Zepp and Ale Acosta, with haunting and spacey instrumentals, gritty builds and 80s-esque vocals - it's a great song! 'My Man', another track featuring Odille, and again there is not too many layers but still stays true to electronica music. One song that stopped me in my tracks whilst listening to the album, was 'No Rush', it features St. Barbarella, the atmospheric value forced me to close my eyes and just sit and listen. The only song I didn't particularly like on the album was 'September', featuring Clara Brea, there was a lot going on, and I found it a little repetitive, don't get me wrong I still listened to it - so it can't have been that bad? The album finishes with 'Crystal Sand', my other favourite from the album. The stunning intro created an emotive kind of imagery and I just generally loved everything in this track. It's beautiful and brilliant - just like the overall sound of the album. 



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Monday, 3 August 2015

Conflicts: What Makes A Good Festival? (03/08/15)

As it's the festival season, I thought I'd ponder on the question, 'what makes a good festival?, and personally I think the answer will always depend hugely on the individual you're asking... 
I think it is fair to say that four things have to suit the person going though; music, venues, memories and value for money. 

Personally, I prefer smaller festivals - that doesn't mean I don't like the big ones, with massive names headlining - I just prefer the smaller ones. Saying that, I do like the variety in genres you tend to experience at a larger festival, like Isle Of Wight or Reading & Leeds, you can go from one stage and listen to a folk band and then head to a different stage and see a pop punk band. 
Venue will always be an added thing to decide upon, if it's easier to get to, around and stay at for anything up to a week. Often, they are easy, otherwise they wouldn't be successful and a lot of the big names in the festival list become a village of music and art lovers for a few days. 
Every festival has to be able to offer you memories, whether it's seeing a new band, a favourite band, getting drunk and having a laugh with friends, you get the idea... 
Along with all of the above, value for money is a really big thing, paying too much for not a lot isn't going to go down well, but you still want to be paying to see big artists and the overall feel of a festival. These new free festivals, are great locally, however, I'm not sure they're putting those little touches into organisation fully for people going to enjoy it... (I think realistically that's what I'm getting at with this post - I'd much rather pay a fiver to have a good day and enjoy all the brilliant music, when they should be on stage with friendly people running the overall event, rather than have a crap time for free). 

I think apart from those big things, there seems to be a growing list of smaller things that seem to make up the overall picture of a good festival... 
Weather, food, security, mobile phone charging, port-a-loos, tents, people partying at 3am in the morning... These things unfortunately can put people off festivals as well as add to the bigger and better things, but I want to know, what do you think makes a good festival?

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