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New UK festivals seek to ‘reinvent the wheel’

The UK is to gain a number of new festivals this year, each boasting a concept that puts a spin on the traditional greenfield affair.

Velio Festival is hoping to reinvent the wheel by bringing together cycling, music, comedy, gastronomy and wellbeing across a three-day event.

The debut edition is projected to take place from 17–20 September in the grounds of Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire.

Five cycling routes will be set out around the castle’s grounds, varying from 3km to 100km to cater for cycling enthusiasts of all ages and abilities.

The line-up is yet to be announced, but organisers have promised performances from international artists and comedians across the festival’s five stages.

The festival will also offer a physical wellbeing programme comprising talks, workshops, wood-fired hot tubs, yoga, meditation, wild swimming, walks, runs and games – plus an array of gastronomical offerings; feasts, long-table banquets, award-winning chefs, local produce and speciality bars.

Velio Festival is for “the late-night dancers, early morning meditators, weekend feasters and mid-week riders”

Organisers say the event is for “the late-night dancers, early morning meditators, weekend feasters and mid-week riders”.

The event is the concept of Mustard Media, which has grown festivals worldwide including Afronation, Lost & Found, Elrow, and locally Manchester Pride, Parklife, The Warehouse Project and Lightopia.

One Island Festival is also set to make its debut this September (3–5) on a 380-acre private island in Essex.

Touted as ‘the UK’s very own island getaway’, the hyper-exclusive festival will host a maximum of 500 people across 23 island properties including yurts, bell tents, village cottages, penthouses, courtyard apartments and manor houses.

The three-day event, organised by global party brand Candypants, will cater to fans of disco, R&B and hip-hop with sets from Chesqua, Colin Francis, Dave Robinson and Drew Moreland.

Tickets for the festival start from £497.50 plus booking fees for a basic bell tent.

One Island Festival is to make its debut on a 380-acre private island in Essex owned by record producer Nigel Quentin Frieda

Elsewhere in the UK, London’s newest event Yam Carnival promises a unique combination of carnival and music festival and ‘an unrivalled celebration of black culture from around the world’.

Produced by Festival Republic, Smade Entertainment and Event Horizon, the one-day festival will pay tribute to afrobeat, hip-hop, dance, afro-swing and R&B.

The inaugural edition on 28 August at Clapham Common will feature performances from Davido, Kehlani, Ari Lennox, IAMDDB, Ms Banks, Princess Nokia and Nao across three stages, ‘Carnival Stage’, ‘Afrika Shrine Alive’ and ‘Afrotronic’.

The celebration of black culture will extend to the festival’s F&B offering, which will comprise ‘traditional home comforts and contemporary bites’ from African-influenced food trucks and chefs from around London.

General release tickets starting from £65 are now on sale.

 


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“Changes in the industry” force BSTK cancellation

Boutique British festival Brownstock is to close after 12 years.

Brownstock (BSTK), which had been held at Morris Farm in Chelmsford, Essex – close to the V Festival site – since 2005, was programmed by IME Music and promoted by London-based Count of Ten, which last month sold its Y Not and Truck Festivals to the Global group.

No line-up had yet been announced for the 2017 festival. Tinie Tempah, Mark Ronson and Kelis headlined in 2016.

“After 12 years of incredible music, amazing people and the best memories, it is with heavy hearts that we have made the difficult decision to shut the farm gates and no longer hold BSTK Festival,” festival management said today.

“Due to changes in the industry we can no longer deliver the event we set out to create”

“Due to changes in the industry we can no longer deliver the event we set out to create and that we feel you deserve.

“We will cherish the memories you have all helped us create, as we hope you will too. We will always be proud of what you all helped us to create and the cultural influence in the local area, without your support there wouldn’t have been a festival.”

Ticketholders for BSTK 2017 will be refunded.

 


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‘Essex’s Necker’ to host Krug-backed music fest

A private island in the UK’s Blackwater estuary will next month serve as the venue for a “unique” luxury and music food festival promoted by French champagne-maker Krug.

With a line-up curated by The Clash guitarist Mick Jones, Krug Island will take place on Osea Island on 1 September and feature performances from Mystery Jets, Rationale, Hollie Cook and Alan McGee’s latest signing, Willow Robinson, and gourmet food from Michelin-starred chef Michael O’Hare.

Osea, owned by record producer Nigel Frieda (The Rolling Stones, Sugababes), is located around an hour away from London and has been called “Essex’s Necker”, in reference to Sir Richard Branson’s private island in the Caribbean. The 380-acre island is a favourite of musicians – it has a recording studio, Miloco’s East Point – filmmakers and celebrities (the Daily Mail, with usual hyperbole, calls it “the secret island where the A-list go to drink, strip off and party all night”) and has previously hosted The Hydra’s Lost in a Moment festival, which will return for its 2016 edition on 10 September, and the short-lived Drifters Festival.

“The artists involved are really great and the sounds diverse; it’s going to be a really special evening”

Willow Robinson tells IQ: “Krug Island is completely unique, and I am so happy Mick asked me to be involved. The artists involved are really great and the sounds diverse; it’s going to be a really special evening.

Krug Island brings together all the best things in life – food, music and champagne – in a intimate setting with only 150 guests. It’s a fully immersive experience.”

Tickets are on sale now, priced at £449 per person.

 


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