As we start to hold onto what little of summer remains before those winter blues start setting in, in order to retain some kind of happiness; it’s absolutely vital for us to keep our souls nourished with positive energy and creativity. Loud Women had us covered, over the weekend, with their fourth annual festival that was a celebration of inclusivity, empowerment and eradicating the patriarchy.
Held in the middle of gorgeous Leicestershire countryside, at the beautifully quaint Gopsall Farm, it is both incredibly easy, and confusingly difficult, to understand how this festival is so simultaneously intimate and yet busy, bustling and saturated with the best music too.
All in all, Bloc Party were the perfect headliners for the festivals opening night - they brought the captivating stage presence of lead singer Okereke and recognisable tunes to the toon for the rowdy Geordies.
Whilst it’s always nice to say that you were amongst the first of something, being second isn’t always a bad thing. It allows time to work out the kinks and to take notes from those who came before you, and succeeded. In festivals it’s a similar kind of thing. All Points East is split over two weekends, at Victoria Park, and after the first weekend encountered a few hiccups such as sound issues and fires on stage, things seemed to be going a little more smoothly for round two.
The North East has been well and truly treated to an amazing summer of live music this year, kicking off with Hit The North not even a month ago - and last weekend, Exhibition Park in the heart of Newcastle was taken over by This Is Tomorrow Festival featuring one of the biggest lineup’s that the North East has seen in a very long time.
Christine & The Queens proved that a fierce female headliner is exactly what we’re all lacking in our lives. If we live by her rule of ‘no judgement; only love’ maybe we can make the music industry a more open and welcoming place!
When times get hard Slam Dunk Festival is always there to restore our faith in pop-punk and all things heavy. We sent our photographer Hayley Fearnley to capture all the action when the festival took over Leeds.