It can’t be denied, everywhere you look these days there seems to be a music festival taking place and Dorset is no exception. Like it or not festivals have become entertainment for the masses and there are more festivals appearing (and going under) every year. The upside for music lovers is that there is more choice, more music, and more opportunities and exposure for up and comings. Plus, if you are one of the ‘I remember when…’ oldies, you can bring your kids along and make it about them. Here are four of Dorset’s best (in chronological order!).
July – Larmer Tree Festival
Where: Larmer Tree Gardens on the Wiltshire/Dorset Border
In Brief: Stunning location and one of the most family friendly festivals around. Licensed for 5000 people, the festival has rejected several major sponsorship deals in order to maintain its independence. This year’s highlights include Seasick Steve, KT Tunstall, Van Morrison. The Full line up includes comedy, theatre and family activities.
Tickets: From £39 for a day ticket and £140 for 3 days and camping.
Where: Lulworth Castle, Dorset
In Brief: The little sister of Bestival, this one’s all about the kids. Music highlights include Richard Hawley, Ash and I am Kloot but there’s so much else going on (face-painting, workshops, bake-off’s etc) you may get distracted. The fireworks finale that lights up Lulworth Castle is a highlight.
Tickets: Adult weekend camping tickets from £180. Kids under 10 are free.
August – Purbeck Folk Festival
Where: Langton Matravers near Swanage BH19 3DU
In Brief: Enjoy the views across Swanage Bay with an ale in hand and the sounds of some of the best young folk artists around. (The line-up always features finalists from Radio 2’s Young Folk Awards as well as the best of Dorset’s local music scene)There’s workshops and crafts for the kids and/or adults!
Tickets: Adult weekend tickets from £95.00. Camping included!
End of August – End of the Road Festival
Where: The same beautiful location as Larmer Tree Festival (see above) on the Wiltshire/Dorset Border.
In Brief: A real gem of a festival: eat quality food, drink quality beer and enjoy longer sets from quality bands. If The Walkmen, Polica, Palma Violets, Daughter and Sigur Ros don’t convince you maybe the Goan Fish Curry will! To get you in the mood Rough Trade have released a compilation album featuring this year’s acts.
Tickets: Adult Camping from £175…