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Our 2015 top festival picks

Last updated June 26th, 2015

With Glastonbury this weekend, we thought we’d ask around the office to find out where the Event Academy staff team recommend going to get your festival fix. As a bunch of event professionals who are passionate about what we do and how we spend our time, let us guide you to the hottest festivals based on where we’ve been and what we know makes for a fabulous festival.

Justine’s pick – Taste of London

If music festivals aren’t your thing or you want something different then this foodie festival will help you discover hidden gems among 40 top restaurants from the London restaurant scene. Sadly you’ve missed it for 2015 as it happened last weekend, but keep an eye out for it in 2016.
Justine tells us it was really relaxed and she spent her time chatting with head chefs and restaurant managers about their passion for what they do, sipping on mojitos and then relaxing in the beanbag area and watching the live music. Sounds like exactly what summer should be about!

Susie’s pick – Radio 1’s Big Weekend

At the end of May, Susie went to Radio 1’s Big Weekend. She loved the fact that the festival is free and tickets are allocated through an application process, but with a preference given to people who live in the local area. It moves about every year so if you don’t fancy travelling too far keep tabs on it to see where they are going next.
Despite being free, being hosted by Radio 1 the line up is always spectacular with Taylor Swift, Florence & the Machine, Foo Fighters, Muse this year.

Kirsten’s pick – Farmfest

For a bit of a change of pace and style how about Farmfest near Salisbury? Happening at the end of July this year, this smaller festival has a really chilled out vibe. Kirsten hired a bell tent for minimal fuss when she went, enjoyed lovely healthy food and plenty of relaxation time including tightrope walking and craft sessions to keep the children busy.
The band line up might not be as spine tingling as Glastonbury, but the setting is beautiful, the atmosphere easy going and apparently everyone there danced for hours and hours, well into the night and the next morning.

Karin’s picks – Somerset House Series and Wireless

As our festivals queen, Karin couldn’t narrow down her recommendation to only one!
For a music festival with a difference, she suggests trying the Somerset House Series for a line up of gigs at stunning location in London. Last year she went and saw Churches and reports it isn’t crowded, the feel is very sophisticated and she loves being in the heart of London.
Karin’s other recommendation is Wireless Festival in London’s Finnsbury park at the beginning of July. The line up is full of top acts like David Guetta, Drake, Mary J Blige to name but a few. Karin’s top tip for this one is that it is easy to get to for London dwellers so no camping if that isn’t your thing. She got to see her favourite DJ, Fatboy Slim, there a couple of years ago so this festival has slightly stolen her heart.
We hope that gives you a few different ideas, gathered from the experts, so you can go and make the most of your summer.  Also wave goodbye to Karin with us as she is now off to Paris over the weekend for the Solidays festival. We are starting to wonder when she sleeps!

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