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Farewell Coachella, Hello London

Published 02/07/2013 by


The Grimes bubble hasn’t burst yet, but London’s summer music months are approaching fast, and it’s the best time of the year to strip down to your skivvies and get ridiculously sweaty to the next big thing. From Leeds to Bestival, we’ve got the skinny on where to go mud-hopping this summer in London.


THE FESTIVAL: Standon Calling

DATES: August 2-4, Standon in Hertfordshire

THE MUSIC: Beardyman, CasioKids, Field Music and Willy Mason

THE SCENE: Cosplayers, vintage parasols, furries (there were pandas last year), 90s nu-grunge, Fresh Prince revivalists


THE FESTIVAL(S): Reading and Leeds

DATES: August 23-25, Richfield Avenue and BramhamPark

THE MUSIC: Eminem, Deftones, alt-J and Boy Better Know

THE SCENE: Alexa Chung, head-to-toe Urban Outfitters, unapologetic top 40-philes (you don’t know you’re beautiful, and that’s what makes you beautiful)



DATE: August 31

THE MUSIC: Emerging talent roster TBD

THE SCENE: Local beers, local eats, and a “silent disco” that goes until dawn (so, um, you know)


THE FESTIVAL: End of the Road 

DATES: August 31-September 2, LarmerTreeGarden in North Dorset

THE MUSIC: Patti Smith, Justin Townes Earle, Grizzly Bear, Beach House, Grandaddy

THE SCENE: Belle and Sebastian T-shirts, billowy plaid shirts (business as usual, or worn as a dress with canvas shoes), unkempt fashion hair for girls (unwashed California skater hair or faded Third Reich hair for the boys), third wave feminists and riot grrls



DATES: September 5-8, Robin Hill Country Park at Isle of Wight

THE MUSIC: Azealia Banks, Florence and the Machine, Bang On!, Daughter, Grimes (she’s still got it!), Orbital

THE SCENE: Fly girls, queer beards, boys in drag, girls in drag, dandies, tweakers, cool-seekers, Glee kids on ecstasy, Seapunk stalwarts


With so many shows, and so many outfit changes down the road, this summer is going to be legendary. And we haven’t even started talking about festival love yet.

-Kevin Naulls


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