So, Uni’s over and obligations and responsibilities go out the window for summer to begin. And what better way to while away your time than getting blitzed out of your mind in a muddy field somewhere listening to some great music, or something similar. That’s right, it’s festival season and we here at SOTONIGHT have scoured the land to find you the best selection of local, national and international festivals for you to throw your hard earned cash at.

Here is the SOTONIGHT 2013 Festival Roundup, starting with places just around the bloody corner …



When: 8th – 11th August

Where: Matterley Estate, Winchester

Tickets: £149 via The Ticket Sellers

Now in it’s 8th year, Boomtown prides itself on catering for the maddest and messiest ravers that the world can throw at it. Nestled amongst the tranquil rolling hills of Winchester, Boomtown attracts some of the hardiest partiers and gives them their very own bustling city complex complete with uniquely cultural districts. Featuring one of the most adventurous and interesting line ups of the summer, Boomtown ranges from dub, reggae, and balkan to hip hop, electro swing, and punk, segueing into the deepest and dirtiest of electronic music as the sun goes down.

Headliners: Toots and the Maytals, Mad Caddies, The Parov Stellar Band

SOTONIGHT Top Picks: Toots and the Maytals, Lee Scratch Perry, Reso, High Focus Records, Foreign Beggars, Koan Sound, The Skints also not to miss is the legendary ARCADIA STAGE



When: 5th – 8th September

Where: Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight

Tickets: £190 via Ticketline

Bestival, curated by BBC Radio 1’s expansively knowledgeable Rob da Bank is a great festival that’s risen from it’s homely roots winning Best Medium-sized Festival to cementing it’s place as a major player on the festival circuit, gaining the coveted spot as UK’s Best Major Festival. Specializing in friendly party vibes and an eclectic but crafted selection of music that samples almost all genres. Expect current stars, former legends, up and coming talent as well as a host of cool things you’ve never heard of.

Headliners: Fatboy Slim, Elton John, Snoop Dogg

SOTONIGHT Top Picks: Richie Hawtin, Jon Hopkins, Carl Cox, Cyril Hahn, Eats Everything, James Blake, Seth Troxler, Julio Bashmore, Maya Jane Coles, The Knife



When: 5th – 7th July

Where: Vicarage Farm, Winchester

Tickets: £85 (Sold Out)

Winner of the UK’s best small festival last year, Blissfields is the smallest, cheapest and most local festival on our list. The line-up combines pop music’s deeper, more experimental cuts, with several festival favourites who are invited back every year, whilst providing a great platform for local bands to cut their teeth on the UK festival circuit. On top of that, some of electronic music’s most accessible acts will be there to oversee the transition from the more relaxed vibes of the day into the party atmosphere of the night.

Headliners: Mystery Jets, Bastille

SOTONIGHT Top Picks: Bondax, Dub Pistols, The D.O.T feat Mike Skinner, The Other Tribe,



When: 13th – 16th June

Where: Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight

Tickets: £185 via Ticketmaster

An historic institution of the Great British festival circuit, originating in the psychedelic heyday of the 60’s, where it enjoyed a limited three year run bringing top acts like Bob Dylan, The Doors and even Jimi Hendrix to the British shores; before being shut down after  such unexpectedly high attendance rates (estimated at 600,000!) in 1970. Re-instated in 2002, The Isle of Wight Festival is now a decidedly tamer affair sticking closer to a mainstream line, this year hosting a stage curated by Southampton’s very own JUNK Club to spice things up a bit.

Headliners: The Stone Roses, The Killers, Bon Jovi

SOTONIGHT Top Picks: Derrick Carter, Huxley, Mosca, Miguel Campbell, Ghostpoet, A-Trak, Grandmaster Flash, Big Top Takeover by Bedlam

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