From The Great Escape To Parklife: The Best Urban Festivals

The thought of camping bring you out in a cold sweat? Fear not; here's my guide to the best innercity musical mash-ups....
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The thought of camping bring you out in a cold sweat? Fear not; here's my guide to the best innercity musical mash-ups....


Only the music industry could get away with making a four day camping trip cost the same amount as flight to Austraila. If you don't fancy spending a small fortune to see your favourite acts and would rather keep your shoes intact whilst losing your dignity on WKDs then the only option is to stay in the safety of the city. And thats not a bad option to have; this year there are more mental line ups dotted across the UK than ever before. So save your days off for real holidays and tootle down to one of these smashing events:

The Great Escape. Brighton, 16th-18th May

Day Ticket: £26.50 (inc booking fee)
Three Day Pass: £56.50 (inc booking fee)

Is there a better place in the world to discover new music than in the hedonistic bliss of this small unassuming coastal town? Globally revered for showcasing the best in new music, Great Escape boasts a varied and talented line up that doesn't rely on its headliners to pull in the crowds. Billy Bragg, Bastille and Everything Everything may be topping the roster at the Brighton Dome Show, but you can catch Tom Odell, Swim Deep and DIIV amongst an abundance of great unknown acts throughout the rest of the weekend. British music at its best.

Field Day. London, 25th May

Day ticket: £54.50

The thing thats got me really worried about Field Day this year is that I want to see everyone playing. Which will be quite hard considering its a one day festival situated in London's vast Victoria Park. But logistics aside, this is all you need to know: Animal Collective, Bat For Lashes, Disclosure, Four Tet, Julio Bashmore, Mount Kimbie, Seth Troxler, Solange, Vondelpark and Wild Nothing are all performing. The only thing for it is to go, get pissed, and forget that I'd never be able to see 10 acts I love in one day anyway.

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Love Saves The Day. Bristol, 25th-26th May

Day Ticket: £39.50

Bristol knows how to party and this is a blessing to the summer festival calendar. After selling out six weeks prior to their debut last year Love Saves The Day has nearly repeated that with only a few tickets left on sale for 2013.  Love Saves Sunday has been added this year, by the team behind Glastonbury Dance Village's Wow! stage.  Rock your socks off to house music and some great bands whichever day you go.

Parklife. Manchester, 8th - 9th June

Day Ticket: £ £45.00
Weekend ticket: £69.50

'A hand-picked live bill and an all star DJ line-up' - what else would you expect from the bunch of students behind the madness of Manchester's Warehouse Project? Every year Parklife betters the last, pulling out all the stops to turn Heaton Park into a mecca of misbehaviour. And of course they supply an epic soundtrack to misbehave to with Bondax, Maribou State, Jessie Ware and Cyril Hahn taking to the stage.

Wireless. 12th-14th July

Sunday ticket: £83.50

This may be a bit too commercial for everyone's tastes but I wouldn't turn down the  the opportunity to see the biggest names in Hip-Hop (and, I admit it, Justin Timberlake) at the Olympic Park. Bigger and louder than ever after ditching Hyde Park over curfew issues, organisers Live Nation have made room for Snoop, Frank Ocean, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Nas and A$AP Rocky. Just make sure you time your toilet break with Emile Sandi's set. Does that girl never sleep?