A near-death experience and a move from their beloved Vegas hasn’t stopped The Killers delivering a classic in ‘Wonderful Wonderful’. Mark Beaumont meets a band still glowing

Presented with Jeffrey Dahmer’s glasses, and the chance to see through the eyes of a real serial murderer, The Killers’ true natures leap out. Brandon Flowers hovers back, intrigued but wary, as though the frames themselves are oozing evil. “One of the guys who escaped, his surname was Flowers,” says the frontman in dread tones.

Guitarist Dave Keuning peers over shoulders at the stained, gold-rimmed spectacles, brought along to the Milwaukee Rave Club by a friend of the band who happened to have been Dahmer’s defence lawyer, nodding coolly but not getting too involved. But drummer Ronnie Vannucci dives straight in, whips them onto his face and gets a picture taken. “Is this too cheeseballs?” he asks.

The Rave’s backstage area might have been turned into a Bedouin tent of hanging patterned drapes – “we didn’t request this,” says a slightly embarrassed Brandon – but it masks a deadly history. A patch of gravel across the street is all that remains of the building where Dahmer killed and dismembered several of his 17 victims, and the broad ballroom of The Rave itself is reputedly haunted.

The Killers' Brandon Flowers

The voices of dead children are said to echo around the underground swimming pool, an angry voice has told interlopers in the boiler room to “Get out!” and bands have claimed they’ve felt ‘watched’ from the upper balconies during soundchecks. Did you sense any unseen presence, Brandon? “No,” smiles Brandon. “But I always feel watched. I don’t know if it’s to do with being raised a believer, but I do feel like someone is watching me.”

Because they are – in their millions. Flowers’ supernova star quality draws gazes like an eclipse, and never more so than in the run-up to The Killers’ fifth album ‘Wonderful Wonderful’, considering that it’s a record of deep personal revelations made by a battle-worn band seemingly in disarray, with their bassist quitting tours and their gang mentality hanging by a thread. “A lot of eggshells are walked on,” Brandon admits. “We’ve had some counselling sessions.”

Counselling sessions? Like, a full-on Metallica balls-on- the-table deal? “It was basically a communication session,” says Ronnie. “We’re four dudes that don’t want to communicate, don’t know how to communicate, how to lay it out. We needed some lessons. I think it’s healthy. If you don’t clear the air there’s a lot of separation. Cracks start to feel like wedges then canyons, and then paranoia builds up and you misconstrue everything.” Did it improve relations? “Yeah, it cut through the bullshit. On tour you don’t wanna rock the boat too much, and it taught that, instead of letting something go an entire six week tour, if something happens f***ing deal with it right there.”

How The Killers got from the therapist’s couch to a record as inspired, exploratory and plain wonderful as ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ is a story of deep soul-searching, historic abuse, near-death experiences and jam sessions with Prince Harry. And it starts 30,000 feet over Colombia, with a one-way ticket to the afterlife.

The Killers couldn’t understand the pilot’s panicked Spanish crackling over the intercom, but they knew it meant trouble. This wasn’t just your standard turbulence, this was flying-through- the-gates- of-Hell- in-a- hang-glider turbulence, and whatever the pilot was saying it equated to ‘kiss your asses goodbye’.

“It was… ominous,” Brandon says, recalling the worst private plane trip of the already strained tour for 2012’s fourth album ‘Battle Born’. “They were having trouble and we could feel it.” What was going through your mind? “My initial though was ‘I wish I was just a busboy again because I’d rather be alive and grinding day-in- day-out than die like this’.”

For bassist Mark Stoermer it was another straw breaking his tour-ravaged back. From 15 years he’d struggled with vans and tour bus bunks too small to accommodate his 6ft 5in frame. His back issues were making it agonising to carry a bass for an entire gig. What’s more, after a hotchpotch of recording sessions with the five different producers on ‘Battle Born’, Mark felt distanced from the album and increasingly keen to follow studies in art and philosophy. As the final round of Asian dates came in, he told his bandmates he wouldn’t play them, or that many more future shows.

For most bands on the brink, that’s game over. But to Mark’s surprise, The Killers quickly worked out a way for him to remain an in-the- studio member. “Everybody accepted it and, you know, didn’t fire him – which he was totally open for,” Ronnie recalls. “I think he was expecting it. We were just like, ‘Dude, we get it, you need a break, I think we can make this work’. And we did make it work. It’s the best f***ing job in the world for me, but I get that it’s not like that for everybody. It’s frustrating, if somebody doesn’t want to tour and you’re making them tour or they’re begrudgingly going on tour, I don’t want to be around that.”

“We are four different people,” Brandon adds. “We’ve grown over the years, but we didn’t all necessarily become the same man. We didn’t grow together, we all pursued different things, but that’s what being in a band is, the give and the take, the push and the pull. That’s what makes The Killers The Killers.”

“We’ve had the same conversation with Dave, where Dave might wanna take some time off too,” Ronnie says. “He wants to raise his kid and it’s not always conducive for schooling and stuff to bring an 11-year- old out on the road for two years. Whatever keeps everybody in the car. I miss Mark but I’d much rather deal with it like an adult now rather than in 10-20 years hinking, ‘We coulda still been a band’.”

The Killers that reconvened at Battle Born Studios in Las Vegas to start writing their fifth album in October 2015 had undergone more upheavals than a Bey’n’Jay Bake Off special. There’d been group therapy to help heal their unspoken rifts, their bassist had gone part-time, Ronnie, Mark and Brandon had made celebrated offshoot albums, Ronnie had gone through a divorce and lost his father early in the sessions and, like a glittery raven leaving a fake Eiffel Tower, Brandon was planning to move out of Vegas to Utah, leaving Mark as the only Vegas resident. “Is this the beginning of the end for Las Vegas?” Brandon laughs. “It’s all going downhill from here. They’ve legalised pot and The Killers are leaving town.”

Though they pinned down a full-time producer in Jacknife Lee, the band themselves were semi-present for the sessions. Often they’d work individually or in pairs – Mark, rejuvenated in his studio role, forged many of the tracks with Brandon. As with the early ‘Battle Born’ sessions though, The Killers “were lost for a long time” and “circling the drain” for five or six months until a “keystone track” fell into place.

The Killers' Brandon Flowers

The keystone track for ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ was ‘Rut’, an amorphous soft rocker delving into the dark times engulfing Chez Flowers. “My wife has PTSD,” Brandon explains. “She has a version called Complex PTSD. It’s when a person has had multiple traumatic experiences. Her whole life, she’s been covering it, pretending it isn’t there. For whatever reason, in her 30s, it’s decided to really manifest itself and that’s what I’m going through with my family. Usually I feel protective of her but I decided to take it head on. So ‘Rut’ is about her submitting to it. She got severely depressed and it wasn’t until she sought counselling and got a name for what was going on that it helped. Now she submits to it – that doesn’t mean that she’s gonna let it beat her, but rather that she’s gonna finally acknowledge that it’s there and promise to break this cycle.”

It emerges that Tana’s suicidal thoughts were the cause of Brandon cutting short his tour for ‘The Desired Effect’ and the root of the Flowers family’s move to Utah, since Vegas holds bad memories for her. Tana’s struggle became the driving force of ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ too. The title track, a psych afrofunk adventure that sets an experimental tone for the album, references Tana as a “motherless child” being rescued by God, the couple’s Mormon faith acting as a safety net. Tana’s reservations about having her private issues splashed across the new Killers album evaporated as the songs won her over. “It bonded me and Tana in a way that I never foresaw,” Brandon says, “because it helped me to understand her better and be more compassionate.”

Brandon’s personal doubts also hang heavy. ‘Have All The Songs Been Written’ (featuring a guest solo from Mark Knopfler and a title suggested by Bono) tackles that early-sessions writer’s block that had him questioning the whole point of the band (“Rolling Stone ranked all 73 Smiths songs and I looked at them and I was humbled at how good every f***ing single one of them was – it just made me want to quit”). And album highlight ‘Tyson Vs Douglas’ recalls a boxing match from 1990 that the seemingly unbeatable Iron Mike lost, opening young Brandon’s eyes to the fact that giants can fall. It suggests he’s worried his own kids might one day see him culturally KO’d. “Yeah, it’s me talking about how I don’t want to let my family down. I’m not perfect and I have my temptations – sometimes I do question my strengths.”

He’s been questioning the world around him too. ‘Run For Cover’ – originally written for 2008’s ‘Day & Age’ – contains The Killers’ first overt political references, full of cheating senators and “fake news”. Have things got so bad that you couldn’t stay apolitical anymore? Brandon nods. “My curiosity might be more piqued and I’m checking the news more often. You cannot say you’re not affected by politics, it’s seeped its way through. It seems inconceivable that Trump is gonna accomplish all of it and it’s a bunch of bullshit for lack of a better word. It sounds terrible that this person was elected but I got to believe that he’s either gonna get impeached or in three years he’ll be replaced by someone better. He’s not going to build a wall in three years.” But we could have a war with North Korea in three hours. “I know, and I hope not, but North Korea have been threatening that even since Obama was there, it’s just now we have someone who’s more aggressive than Obama would’ve been.”“On the surface the guy just seems like a crazy person,” says Ronnie, “he seems totally unfit for the job, he’s just going f***ing batshit crazy.”

The Killers' Brandon Flowers

Despite doubts, drop-outs, depressions and Drumpf, The Killers remain unbowed. A month before the Milwaukee show, NME caught up with Brandon backstage at Bilbao BBK festival, on his customary on-the- road high. He enthused about breaking new territories at festivals in Northern Spain, Greece and across Europe, about ‘hubbing’ out of the Cotswolds and hitting stages with a clutch of new songs he truly believes in rather than “just keeping the machine going” with ‘Battle Born’. From side of stage, The Killers’ murderous magic is in full force, daring to open with ‘Mr Brightside’ like their 22-year- old me-me- me-men were still alive and posing today.

In Milwaukee, with the news looming that Dave will also be sitting out the coming run of ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ shows, Brandon’s just as upbeat, stressing that the new touring arrangements may mean there’ll be a sixth Killers album before a third solo one. As our time wraps up, like the model interviewee handing in way overdue homework, Brandon brings up a question I asked him some years ago: what do The Killers stand for?

“I didn’t have an answer,” he says, “but I thought about it. I think that we’re about belief. Our songs may not always be exclusively about a person but it sure as hell is for the people and that’s what I think resonates with people about this band. That we are genuine and real, and we are not going anywhere anytime soon.” Truly wonderful news.


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Equinox Festival 2017

Equinox Festival 2017

Sep 22, 10:00am - Sep 25, 10:00am

Chalk Farm, Wyham, Lincolnshire DN36 5RS Map

........so who's up for doing it all again this year????!!

There'll be over a hundred bands and DJs on our seven stages, including our two banging dance tents- Sunrise and Lunar with their crazy decor and stage shows to match, our solar powered Soundscape stage, pedal powered Grass Roots and our Crispy Disco main stage- dedicated to one of the original members of the tribe-Crispian Baker.

Fire shows created by a pyromaniac genius, workshops and heritage crafts the like of which many of you will never have seen before, new chill areas, healing areas and fire pits and of course the amazing Earthbound Misfits will be there with their wondrous circus skills and children's area to keep the little ones entertained.

Food and drink? Still bring your own if you want, but with our Big Dub Cafe we'll be dishing up dub and low prices in our Big Top and offering the finest in street food for vegans and meat-eaters alike- wholesome, organic food is our priority- £1 tea is our policy!!
Our traders will be tempting you with a great selection of food and anything from real ale or a cheeky cocktail or a fresh juice to perk you up from that night before, to handmade crafts collected worldwide and glow sticks and ridiculousness too tempting to walk by.

So come join us, show your support for the festival that just won't stop and the collective tribe that you are part of each September.

Welcome to Equinox 2017 !!

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Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia 2017

Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia 2017

Sep 22, 3:00pm - Sep 24, 5:00am


LIVERPOOL INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL of PSYCHEDELIA returns for its sixth edition on 22 + 23 September 2017, once again packing out the warehouses and recesses of Camp and Furnace, Blade Factory + District in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle.

Our 2017 #PZYK Congregation includes:
The Black Angels + Songhoy Blues + Träd Gräs och Stenar, Träden. + W.I.T.C.H: We Intend To Cause Havoc + Loop + A Place To Bury Strangers + The Bug vs Dylan Carlson + Jane Weaver + Lætitia Sadier + Adrian Sherwood + Fujiya & Miyagi + The Holydrug Couple + Wolf People + The Comet is Coming + White Manna + GNOD + The Telescopes (Official) + Endless Boogie + SEX SWING + Castle Face Records present IRREGULAR ORBITS
+ dozens more otherworldly PZYK acts that make up this year's thrilling Congregation.
+ a further world of bands, DJs, installations, cinema + perisonic intensities incoming soon...


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Synthesis Festival 2017

Synthesis Festival 2017

Sep 28, 12:00am - Sep 30, 3:00am

South Norwood, SE25 Map

Festival Programme 2017


Synthesis, a celebration of the collage that is urban culture, the art, sounds and flavours.

As the Summer draws to a close, pioneering urban artists from near and far will ascend on SE25, London for a long weekend of painting, performing and discussion. An event like no other, Synthesis examines the evolution and cultural impact of urban arts through practice and discourse.

What's Going On!

Synthesis Festival consists of three elements, live urban art, live music and an international street food market.Activities will kick off each day from lunchtime, when the street food market opens on Station Road, at the main entrance to Norwood Junction Station. Around the same time artists will begin to paint murals at various locations around SE25. To stay up to date on who, what and where the murals are follow us on social media for alerts. Information and maps will be available form Gamma, 14 Portland Road, SE25 4PF.

As the sun sets, we'll retreat to the warmth of an intimate Edwardian Music Hall for live and electronic music performances.

Thursday 28th September 2017

Art activities from 12 noon - 6pm

Mr Jago
Will Barras

Music performances from 6pm - Midnight
The Heliocentrics
Further with DJ Food & Pete Williams
Guests TBA

Limited capacity tickets available for this event. Book Now

Friday 29th September 2017

Art activities from 12 noon - 6pm

Tony Driver
Augustine Kofie

Music performances from 6pm - Midnight

Howie B

Limited capacity tickets available for this event. Book Now

Saturday 30th September 2017

Art activities from 12 noon - 6pm

Boris 'Delta' Tellegen

Music performances from 6pm - Midnight

DJ Krush
Juice Aleem
Andrea Parker

Limited capacity tickets available for this event. Book Now

Tickets are available as a 3 day bundle or for single days.
All tickets will be issued on the day from the Synthesis Festival stand with proof of purchase & ID.

More info at www.synthesis-festival.com

Curated by Gamma Proforma
Supported by Croydon Council, Montana Paint, CMMNTY & PPR
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The Social Festival - 2017

The Social Festival - 2017

Sep 29, 12:00pm - Sep 30, 12:00am

Kent County Showground

✮✮✮ The Social Festival 2017 ✮✮✮

Carl Cox
The Martinez Brothers
Nic Fanciulli
George Andrews

Sasha & John Digweed
Monika Kruse
BUTCH (DJ / Producer)
Emanuel Satie
Tristan Ingram

Nina Kraviz
Helena Hauff
Terry Francis
Mark Fanciulli

Guy Gerber
Black Coffee
Spencer Parker
Acid Mondays
Rob Cockerton

Nick Curly "official"
Santé b2b Sidney Charles
Bill Patrick
William Djoko
Deano Corona

Ahead of its fifth anniversary on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th September, boutique house and techno festival The Social has now added a host of names to its 2017 line-up. With an already stellar selection of names announced during phase one - including The Martinez Brothers, Black Coffee, Guy Gerber, and Carl Cox - phase two sees the likes of Nina Kraviz and Heidi join a fellowship of leading lights from the underground scene. Joining Nina in the brand new Fabric hosted stage ‘The Barn’ will be Terry Francis and Berghain resident, Function.

With Resistance also announced to host the Meadow stage, Monika Kruse and Tristan Ingram will join proceedings, with fellow craft masters Santé & Sidney Charles, Bill Patrick and Nick Curly set to play the brand new Caravan stage - the festival’s outdoor fixture which will be fitted with state of the art production and sound. Local lad Rob Cockerton and techno favourite Spencer Parker complete the phase two line-up, joining already confirmed acts such as Sasha & John Digweed as The Social Festival elevates itself to one of this year’s most highly anticipated events.

Event Details:
Friday 29th & Saturday 30th September
Kent County Showground

After the success of this year’s Winter Social and the brand new Colombia and Mexico ventures in March, The Social Festival and its founder Nic Fanciulli has now unveiled the first wave of names for its fifth-anniversary edition. Set to round off the summer season, The Social will return to Maidstone this September on Friday 29th & Saturday 30th and promises to fire on all cylinders across the festival’s finessed sound system.

Festival curator Nic Fanciulli explains:

“We couldn’t have made it 5 years without each and every one of you… expect some big surprises, some even bigger production and a huge lineup. I can’t wait to show you what we have in store - let’s celebrate the birthday together”

Close affiliate Carl Cox heads a fellowship of leading lights from the underground scene, and will return to The Social for yet another social gathering of the best and boldest DJs. Joining Carl is a host of house and techno pioneers that have each have spent the best part of the last decade mastering their craft. The Martinez Brothers, Black Coffee, Jackmaster, Guy Gerber and Cassy are amongst those confirmed, while for the party purists come two UK playmakers, old friends and partners from the heyday to today: Sasha & John Digweed. Matchups continue with Apollonia, the almighty trio of Frenchmen Dyed Soundorom, Dan Ghenacia and Shonky. Butch, Emmanuel Satie, Adriatique and D’Julz complete a textbook affair down to the letter, accumulating depths and decades of experience as The Social Festival itself levels up to the big league.


Friday 29th & Saturday 30th September
Kent County Showground


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SOLD OUT! Something Else in the Dean 2017

SOLD OUT! Something Else in the Dean 2017

Sep 29, 2:00pm - Oct 1, 11:00pm

Elton Giant Mazes
Elton Farm, Littledean Rd
Newnham,  GL14 1JU Map

SOLD OUT! #6 !!

Friday -

11pm - Quercus Burlesque
10pm - The Members
9.15pm - T Bitch
8.15pm - Phat Bollard
7.15pm - Spanner
6.30pm - Paul Henshaw & the Scientific Simpletons
5.45pm - Cara Means Friend
5.00pm - RUB
4.00pm - Jacob & Drinkwater

Saturday - Arena

11pm - Funke & the Two Tone Baby
10pm - AOS3
9pm - Hobo Jones & the Junkyard Dogs
8pm - Hightown Pirates
7pm - TiTs Up!
6pm - Under a Banner
5.15pm - Ghosts of Men
4.15pm - Barnstormer
3.30pm - Killdren
2.30pm - Stuart Turner & the Flat Earth Society
1.45pm - All Night Chemists
1.00pm - Butane Regulators
12noon - Ash Mandrake
11am - Beardy Keef's Uke Jam

Saturday - Maze

9.00pm - Folk the System
8.15pm - Jake Martin
7.30pm - Deferred Sucess
6.45pm - Efa Supertramp
6.00pm - Devil's Prefects
5.15pm - Two Man Ting
4.30pm - Hattie Hatstar
3.45pm - The Sweetchunks Band
2.45pm - Attila the Stockbroker
2.00pm - King's Gambit
1.15pm - Sadie Horler
12.30pm - EFF OFF!

Sunday - Arena

10pm - Tarantism
9pm - Firepit Collective
8pm - Leatherat
7pm - Sporadics
6pm - Karl Phillips & the Rejects
5.15pm - Pretty Babs
4.30pm - Muddy Summers & the Dirty Field Whores
3.45pm - 2 Sick Monkeys
3pm - Bemis
2.15pm - Dogshite Unplugged
12.45pm - The Great Central Swing Band
12noon - Calico

Sunday - Maze

9.15pm - Emma & the Professor(s)
8.15pm - Suzy Condrad
7.30pm - Brian Stone
6.45pm - Mercurius Rising
6.00pm - Stevie Simpson
5.15pm - Pog
4.30pm - Ren Stedman
3.45pm - James Bar Bowen
3.00pm - FFTP
2.15pm - The Brewer's Daughter
1.30pm - Samantics
12.45pm - Skeg
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Loopallu 2017

Loopallu 2017

Sep 29, 4:00pm - Sep 30, 11:59pm

Loopallu Festival
Ullapool Pier
Ullapool,   Map

Loopallu Festival returns for 2017 in a new location at Ullapool Pier. Please note that Loopallu 2017 is a non camping event.

597 interested  ·  285 going
Looe Music Festival 2017

Looe Music Festival 2017

Sep 29, 4:00pm - Oct 1, 11:00pm

Looe Beach, Cornwall
East Looe,  PL13 1 Map

Award winning 3-day festival taking place on the beach and throughout the streets of Looe.

Tickets £109 (adult), £30 (Under 18s), Under 5s go free.
individual day tickets £40.

Become part of a magical weekend and get your tickets.

3398 interested  ·  1100 going
London Mela presents Colors Croydon International Mela

London Mela presents Colors Croydon International Mela

Sep 30, 1:00pm - Sep 30, 7:30pm

Wandle Park, Croydon
29 Kemble Road
Croydon,   Map

The Mela fun isn't over yet!

On Saturday 30 September 2017 the London Mela will present the first edition of COLORS Croydon International Mela, celebrating the culture of Croydon’s Asian communities and showcasing a combination of musical legends, international artists, local talent, extraordinary dance and spectacular street theatre. Completely FREE of charge, this cornucopia of delights will take place in the beautiful environs of Wandle Park where there will truly be something for everyone.

Line-up announcements coming SOON!
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The 25th Tenterden Folk Festival

The 25th Tenterden Folk Festival

Oct 5, 10:00am - Oct 8, 11:30pm


Four days of folk song, music, dance, crafts and traditions

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Cheltenham Literature Festival 2017

Cheltenham Literature Festival 2017

Oct 6, 12:00pm - Oct 15, 10:00pm

Cheltenham Festivals Map

The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival.
6 - 15 October 2017

📚 ⭐ Full Programme Online ⭐📚
Russell Brand, Bill Nighy, Robert Webb, Twiggy, Salman Rushdie, Harry Enfield, Nigella Lawson, Judy Murray, Sarah Waters, Matt Lucas, Armando Iannucci, Michael Parkinson, Marcus Brigstocke, Al Murray, Mary Beard & Many More

📚 Our Family & Young Adult Programme features:
Ali-A, Miranda Hart, Akala, Nadiya Hussain, Greg James & Chris Smith, Harry Hill, Gemma Cairney, Adrian Edmondson & Many More

Members' Booking: From 1pm Weds 30 August
Public Booking: From 1pm Weds 6 September


For ten days every Autumn Cheltenham is transformed into a literary lover’s dream as we welcome over 600 of the world’s finest writers, actors, politicians, poets and leading opinion formers to help us celebrate the joy of the written word.

Alongside a programme of over 500 debates, interviews and workshops, The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival also hosts a huge programme for families and young readers. Where else could you see the Gruffalo rub shoulders with an award-winning novelist, or a Hollywood legend exchange views with political leaders?

Come on a night out to see our Festival Late events, head to quirky venues and free culture ...around town, discover new formats during our Cheltenham Lit Crawl and get close to your literary heroes!
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Derby Folk Festival 2017

Derby Folk Festival 2017

Oct 6, 5:00pm - Oct 8, 9:00pm

Derby Folk Festival
Derby LIVE, Market Place
Derby,  DE1 3AE Map

The 11th Derby Folk Festival - right in the heart of the city

138 interested  ·  62 going
Banbury Folk Festival and Hobby Horse Festival

Banbury Folk Festival and Hobby Horse Festival

Oct 6, 7:00pm - Oct 8, 5:00pm

Banbury Town Hall
Banbury,  OX16 5 Map

Banbury's friendly Folk Festival centred around Banbury Town Hall with other venues within easy walking distance. Camping at Banbury Cricket Club with a shuttle bus service for weekend ticket holders. Once again we are combining with the Banbury Hobby Horse Festival and will be joined by some fantastic beasts and Dance Sides in our Grand Procession and throughout the weekend.

15 String Trio - The Kevin O'Regan Band - The Linda Watkins Band - Scarecrow - Das Boaty McBoatface (Open Mic Winners)
Alhambra - Capella - Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner - The Tindalls
The Worcester Ukulele Club leading the Hobby Horse Procession
...... and many more artists and events

Main Concerts - Meet the Top Artists - Acoustic Concerts
Folk Clubs - Song Clubs - Music Sessions - Pub gigs
Big Sing - Shanty Session - Workshops - Storytelling

Online Tickets Available:
Weekend @ £67 including camping
(Camping for weekend ticket holders only)
Friday @ £25, Saturday All Day/Eve @ £25
Saturday Eve @ £25, Sunday @ £25

At the Festival Reception Desk at the Town Hall from 4pm on 6th October - end of Festival unless sold out.
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Festival of The Dead Comes To Belfast

Festival of The Dead Comes To Belfast

Oct 6, 10:00pm - Oct 7, 3:00am

Mandela Hall
77-79 University Road
Belfast,  BT71NF Map

ON SALE NOW ☞ tinyurl.com/n39u72l

A festival like no other. With carnival-esque pageantry, giant skull processions, acrobats, dancers and beautiful decorative art & costumes.

Festival of the Dead is a contemporary event infusing elements carnival, circus, theatre and unadulterated partying.

- Giant Skull processions around the venue

- Acrobats & circus performers

- DJ’s and live music

- Professional skull face painting

- Confetti, co2 and light show

This event is for persons 18 and over

Please note: this event is not part of the Dia de los Muertos public holiday, which has significant religious meaning and many traditions that will not be happening at our show.
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Chase & Status + MC Rage - Mutiny Festival - The Big Reunion

Chase & Status + MC Rage - Mutiny Festival - The Big Reunion

Oct 13, 9:00pm - Oct 14, 12:00am

Portsmouth Guildhall
Guildhall Square
Portsmouth,  PO1 2AB Map

Mutiny Festival - The Big Reunion!

Headliners announced!

Chase & Status + MC Rage are back! 🔥🔥🔥

Continuing our trend of pulling off the impossible! For the first time ever we've managed to convince one of our main festival headliners to return for our annual Big Reunion bash!

Without a doubt one of the stand out sets of the weekend! Don't miss your chance to relive the festival all over again! This party will sell out quickly!

Tickets available now here - www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-big-reunion-w-chase-status-mc-rage-tickets-35187725434

This is a strictly an over 18s event
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Festival of The Dead Comes to Dublin

Festival of The Dead Comes to Dublin

Oct 13, 10:00pm - Oct 14, 11:00pm

Dublin, Ireland
Dublin,   Map

A festival like no other. With carnival-esque pageantry, giant skull processions, acrobats, dancers and beautiful decorative art & costumes.

Register NOW ☞ www.festivalofthedead.co.uk/dublin/reg.html

Festival of the Dead is a contemporary event infusing elements carnival, circus, theatre and unadulterated partying.

- Giant Skull processions around the venue

- Acrobats & circus performers

- DJ’s and live music

- Pinatas

- Professional skull face painting

- Confetti, co2 and light show

This event is for persons 18 and over

Please note: this event is not part of the Dia de los Muertos public holiday, which has significant religious meaning and many traditions that will not be happening at our show.
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Festival of The Dead Comes To Liverpool

Festival of The Dead Comes To Liverpool

Oct 13, 10:00pm - Oct 14, 3:00am

Liverpool Su Mountford Hall
160 Mount Pleasant Avenue
Liverpool,  L69 7BR Map

A festival like no other. With carnival-esque pageantry, giant skull processions, acrobats, dancers and beautiful decorative art & costumes.

Ticket link ☞ 2018.festivalofthedead.co.uk/web/

Festival of the Dead is a contemporary event infusing elements carnival, circus, theatre and unadulterated partying.

- Giant Skull processions around the venue

- Acrobats & circus performers

- DJ’s and live music

- Pinatas

- Professional skull face painting

- Confetti, co2 and light show

This event is for persons 18 and over

Please note: this event is not part of the Dia de los Muertos public holiday, which has significant religious meaning and many traditions that will not be happening at our show.
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Whitby Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival 5

Whitby Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival 5

Oct 14, 2:00pm - Oct 14, 10:00pm

Whitby Pavilion
West Cliff
Whitby,  YO21 3EN Map

Back by popular demand....keep an eye out for announcements on the line-up.....

23 interested  ·  18 going
Dance Festival Croydon

Dance Festival Croydon

Oct 14, 2:30pm - Oct 14, 6:00pm

Braithwaite Halls
Croydon,  CR9 1ET Map

Dance Umbrella is a London wide contemporary dance event. It is presenting Origami, an unlikely pairing of a shipping container and a gravity defying dancer at Queen’s Gardens. It is going to be presented twice - 1.30pm and 6.30pm at Queens Gardens, Fell Road, Croydon.

Dance Festival Croydon is a contemporary Dance Festival at Braithwaite Hall curated by Anusha Subramanyam and Vipul Sangoi of Beeja. It is a programme of exciting contemporary dance performances of local Croydon based as well as national companies and artists at Braithwaite Hall from 2.30 to 6pm.
The companies that'll perform at the event are: Archana Balal, BRIT School, Corali, Magpie, Saturday Storytellers, Shane Shambhu, Shivaangee Agrawal, Slide, Tom O'Gorman and Vinicus Salles.
The programme is supported by Croydon Council.
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Clitheroe Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival

Clitheroe Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival

Oct 15, 2:00pm - Oct 15, 10:00pm

The Grand Venue
18 York Street
Clitheroe,  BB7 2DH Map

Solid Entertainments is delighted to announce our first Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival in Clitheroe

Advance Tickets will be just £32.00 for the day

EARLY BIRD TICKET now available at £29.00 for a limited period and can be purchased by calling 01472 349 222 or online at www.solidentertainments.com/blues/clitheroe/tickets.html

5 interested  ·  4 going
VegfestUK London 2017

VegfestUK London 2017

Oct 21, 11:00am - Oct 22, 5:00pm

Olympia London
Hammersmith Road, Kensington
London,  W14 8UX Map

VegfestUK, organisers of some of Europe’s biggest vegan events, now in their 15th year, have confirmed dates for their 5th annual event at Olympia London on October 21st 22nd 2017.

Highlights of the event will include:

- Easy Veganism area
- Professional Health Summit
- Vegan Athletes Summit
- Environmental and Food Sustainability Summit
- Animal Rights Summit
- Radical Veganism Corner
- Vegan Comedy Festival
- Vegan Film Festival
- Activists Corner
- Cookery Demos,
- Living Raw Zone,
- Mature Zone,
- Teen Zone,
- Main Stage
and more TBA...

The event is expected to attract around 15,000 visitors and over 250 stalls with a variety of specialist vegan caterers, bars, juice bars, food outlets, health and lifestyle stalls, information and campaigns.

The event will follow on from VegfestUK Trade, the UK’s first dedicated vegan trade and media show, to be held at Olympia on Friday October 20th 2017. The Friday event will only be open to trade and media, and won’t be open to the public. Further details on the trade event are here: www.trade.vegfest.co.uk

Tickets are on sale at £12 for adults and £8 for concessions (plus booking fees), with BUY ONE GET ONE HALF PRICE offers running for limited periods only. Kids under 16 get free entry.

The announcement follows from a hugely successful event in 2016 visited by 13,500 people, on top of 1,500 people working to ensure a marvellous weekend for all. Full summary of VegfestUK London 2016 is here: bit.ly/2eMhdtI

Follow the event on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @VegfestUK, and on Youtube www.youtube.com/vegfestuktv

Also check out many other interesting vegan events across the UK, at www.vegfest.co.uk

and VegfestUK's very own free online vegan magazine The Vegfest Express: www.vegfestexpress.co.uk
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Festival of The Dead Comes To Edinburgh

Festival of The Dead Comes To Edinburgh

Oct 28, 10:00pm - Oct 29, 3:00am

Cav Edinburgh
3 West Tollcross
Edinburgh,  EH3 9BP Map

Cav, Edinburgh - 28th October 2017

Ticket Link ☞ 2018.festivalofthedead.co.uk/web/

A festival like no other. With carnival-esque pageantry, giant skull processions, acrobats, dancers and beautiful decorative art & costumes.

Festival of the Dead is a contemporary event infusing elements carnival, circus, theatre and unadulterated partying.

- Giant Skull processions around the venue

- Acrobats & circus performers

- DJ’s and live music

- Professional skull face painting

- Confetti, co2 and light show

This event is for persons 18 and over

Please note: this event is not part of the Dia de los Muertos public holiday, which has significant religious meaning and many traditions that will not be happening at our show.
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Ilfracombe Blues, Rhythm and Rock Festival 4

Ilfracombe Blues, Rhythm and Rock Festival 4

Nov 10, 2:00pm - Nov 12, 11:00pm

Ilfracombe Holiday Park
Marlborough Rd, Ilfracombe
Ilfracombe,  EX34 8PF Map

Following the great success of the festival in 2016, the line-up in 2017 will have to be even more special.....so keep an eye out for announcements in coming months!


86 interested  ·  34 going
VegfestUK Brighton 2018

VegfestUK Brighton 2018

Mar 24, 11:00am - Mar 25, 5:00pm

Brighton Centre
Brighton,  BN1 2GR Map

VegfestUK returns to the South Coast after 9 fabulous years at one of the nation’s biggest concentrations of vegan food and products in Brighton. In 2018, there will be a slight makeover of featured areas to go along with the usual vibrant mix of stalls and culinary delights, and we are so excited to introduce a whole new world of vegan delights to everybody looking for more vegan options at our first event of 2018 at Brighton.

NEW featured areas will include The Veganuary reunion party on the Sunday, with Veganuary participants, staff, ambassadors, friends of the campaign involved – the party will be open to attendees of Brighton Vegfest too.

Returning to the Saturday part of the show is The FxEctive Factor competition with a range of talented vegan musicians and activists pitting their wits against each other in the spirit of showcasing the unique talents we’ve got in the UK vegan community right now.

Also making their debuts at VegfestUK Brighton 2018 are a trio of newly themed talks rooms, namely The Vegan Academy, with a diverse range of topics on veganism for everyone at various stages of their journeys towards veganism, followed by a couple of talks rooms on the benefits of Plant-Based Diets, one focused on Optimum Performance and the other focused on Optimum Health.

The Vegan Comedy Festival, which was introduced back in 2015 when VegfestUK made its first return to the modern, sleek and spacious Brighton Centre, will once again be a 2-day festival featuring some of the most original vegan comedians in the country.

Other exciting areas not to be missed include the Cookery Demos, the Mature Zone, the Kids Area, the Stage, plus more TBA.

Of course, don’t miss the huge collection of around 230 stalls packed full of some of the best vegan products in the market, on top of 19 caterers serving a mouthwatering vegan menu at what is expected to be a very busy show.

Advance tickets will cost £7 per day and £10 for the whole weekend, plus booking fees, whilst tickets on the door will cost £10 for adults and £5 for concessions. Kids under 16 get free entry as long as they are accompanied by adults. Advance tickets will be available to buy in January 2018.

Meanwhile, read this blog here for a full summary of VegfestUK Brighton 2017:

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The London Intl Ska Festival 2018 / 30th anniversary

The London Intl Ska Festival 2018 / 30th anniversary

Mar 29, 7:00pm - Apr 1, 11:55pm

London,   Map

The London Intl Ska Festival returns to the capital for it's 30th Anniversary next Easter - Thursday 29th March- Sunday 1st April.

578 interested  ·  211 going
Crookfest 2018

Crookfest 2018

May 6, 11:55am - May 6, 11:00pm

Crook Town AFC, West Rd
Crook,  DL15 9PW Map

CrookFest is a one day music festival held in the grounds of Crook Town AFC featuring tribute and cover bands performing inside the Main Marquee the Scooter Tent and on the Hut Bar Stage starting at 2pm till 11pm tickets are £15 there will be NO ALCOHOL allowed though turnstiles and NO CAMPING ..

138 interested  ·  124 going
Bearded Theorys Spring Gathering 2018

Bearded Theory's Spring Gathering 2018

May 24, 12:00pm - May 27, 11:00pm

Bearded Theory's Spring Gathering
Catton Hall & Park
Walton-on-Trent,  DE12 8LN Map


Thursday 24th May - Sunday 27th May 2018
Catton Hall, DE123LN.

🎟 2018 Prices 🎟
2018 Tickets - goo.gl/Chs9pj
'Early-Bird' Standard Adult (16+): SOLD OUT
Standard Adult (16+): £115
Ages (12-15): £55
Ages (6-11): £28
Ages (0-5): FREE
Car: £12.50
Campervans: £37.50


Tickets are on sale via the SEE Tickets website or by calling the Box Office on: 0871 220 0260. All ticket funds are secured in SeeTickets escrow account until after the festival.

All children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult (21+). Please ensure you purchase the correct ticket for the age of your child as of May 25th 2017. Our gate entry will require photographic identification for any children that look older than their age. Ages 16+ might require identification to validate their age.

Bearded Theory is a multi-award winning creative and performing arts festival set in the beautiful grounds of Catton Hall in the heart of the National Forest. The festival borders 3 counties of West Midlands, South Derbyshire and Staffordshire and only 2 hours away for 50% of the UKs population.

We have been recognised in the National press as being one of the best festivals of the summer in various articles in the Guardian, Express, Sun, Independent, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 1, Channel 4, BBC Entertainment and the Mirror. We have an award winning free Children’s Village along with an award winning bar selling real ales, lagers and ciders at pub tariffs. In addition we are one of the very few festivals that allow you to bring your own drink into our arenas.

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We Are FSTVL 2018

We Are FSTVL 2018

May 25, 12:00pm - May 28, 12:00pm

Upminster, Greater London

Super early bird tickets on sale now via: www.wearefstvl.com

More news coming soon...

1070 interested  ·  353 going
Staffs Fest 2018!

Staffs Fest 2018!

May 25, 5:00pm - May 27, 10:00pm

Staffs Fest
Lower Drayton Farm
Stafford,  ST19 5RE Map

After three successful years, Staffs Fest returns bringing you a fun-filled, family orientated, Live Music Festival weekend to remember!

You'll get to experience the very best of the UK's up-and-coming bands, some golden oldies, and Staffs Fest favourites, allowing you to sink your teeth into some incredible Rock, Blues, Reggae, Soul, Acoustic Magic, and undenyable talent!

Marquee One The Stage and Main Bar is under cover in a huge marquee so come rain or shine, your musical festival experience is the best it can be!

Marquee Two In the Acoustic Marquee Friday and Saturday you have the best of local acoustic musicians and on Sunday we are introducing a...

SOUL ALL DAYER with ten Soul & Motown DJs playing the best of sound on vinyl

Staffs Fest runs on the May Bank Holiday starting Friday 25th, through to Sunday 28th and is one of the best value for money festival in the Midlands!

ALL tickets included free camping! So, whenever you decide to turn up, bring your tents or your caravans, pitch up and stay the night!

Kids under 16 get FREE ENTRY!!!
There will be plenty to eat, plenty to drink, plenty to do, and you'll love every minute!

Enquiries to admin@staffsfest.co.uk
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Heartland Festival 2018

Heartland Festival 2018

May 31, 4:00pm - Jun 2, 10:59pm

Heartland Festival
Egeskov Gade 18,
Kværndrup,  5772 Map


Heartland Festival vender tilbage til Egeskov Slot den 31. maj til 2. juni 2018 og præsenterer sine gæster for et festivalprogram fordelt på fire søjler: MUSIC, TALKS, ART og FOOD.

Første musiknavn er engelske The The, der gæster Danmark for første gang i 18 år.

I 2017 bød Heartland bl.a. på Eddie Vedder, Bryan Ferry, Cat Power, Bomba Estereo, Londaon Grammar, Miguel, Tony Oursler, Michael Stipe, Douglas Coupland og Olafur Eliasson.

Køb din billet her: www.heartlandfestival.dk
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Farmer Phils Festival 2018

Farmer Phils Festival 2018

Aug 10, 12:00pm - Aug 13, 1:00am

Farmer Phil's Festival
Near Gatten Farm, Rattlinghope
Shrewsbury,  SY5 0SN Map

Back for the 20th year 😍

Winner of Festival Kidz Best Tiny Festival Award🥇 😍 👏🏻

Farmer Phils Festival offers you...
*3 Day Music Festival
*Up to 7 nights camping
*Park by your tent
*Almost 100 live acts
*3 bars including local real ale and cocktails
*Great food catering for all tastes
*Childrens entertainment
*Wonderful people
*Beautiful setting
*Additional activities put on the week before to keep all ages entertained

Ticket information to follow...

Website >>> www.farmerphilsfestival.com
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