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The Off-Grid team are going off-grid for a while…. to the Green Man Festival in Hay on Wye, and then for a bit of wild camping. So you won’t see many updates in the next few days.

We can’t invite you to join us as at Green Man as it is sold out, but maybe see you there next year? We’re particularly looking forward to Bonnie Prince Billie, aka Will Oldham, and his sad-eyed, poetic ballads.

Come back soon, though, and in case you feel like going to a festival yourselves, here is a list of what else is happening this weekend around the UK – click on “more” for the full list.

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Londoners might like to try the free Ska Festival in our local park, Haggerston Park, Queensbridge Road, London E2, from 2pm to 6pm Lin the park from 2pm until 6pm, featuring the Top Cats as well as other ska bands, and a Ska dance workshop before the TCs hit the stage.

UK Festivals 19th-21st August

Mull of Kintyre Festival
Thursday 18 August until Sunday 21 August 2005

Traditionally a festival of Scottish and Irish folk music, this year the festival has expanded it’s format slightly so that Deacon Blue are headlining the standing concert and Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham are headlining the all-seated Traditional concert.

The weekend also includes ceilidhs, a Young Folk Night, Grand Parade, workshops and sessions. Many events are free, taking place in the street and local pubs.

Campbeltown, Argyll, –
Cost: Deacon Blue – 25 ; Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham – 12.50 plus many free events.

Embrace – the Eden Session
Friday 19 August 2005

An evening of music at the Eden Project in Cornwall, part of the Eden Sessions. All proceeds from the event will go to the Eden Trust.

Headlining are Embrace.

No camping on site, or dogs.

St Austell, Cornwall –
Cost: 25 – SOLD OUT

Beautiful Days
Friday 19 August until Sunday 21 August 2005

Escot Park, near Fairmile, Devon –
Cost: 75 w/e with camping: day tickets (no camping) 25 for any day

Burntwood Folk Festival
Friday 19 August until Sunday 21 August 2005
The Burntwood Folk Festival has two outdoor stages and an indoor concert venue. Acts confirmed so far include:
The Acoustic Strawbs; John Wright; Roy Bailey and John Kirkpatrick; Jug O’ Punch; The Laners; Mike Nicholson; Miv Cameron Band; Staffordshire Men; Bedlam; Tony Portlock; the Edwards Brothers; Sandwitch; Dave Gibb; Big Girls Now; Barry and Ingrid Temple; Pete Morton; Deborah Chapman; The Bear Dogs; Sue Stevens; Derek Brimstone; Nothing To Prove; Anne Adams; Tony Barrett; Dave James; Will Morgan; Bob Lines; and Ron Plant.

Burntwood, Staffordshire –
Cost: W/e 29 (by June 1st) – adults. 21- concs; 10 – 14 – 16yrs. U14s – free. Camping 7.50 per pitch

Homegrown festival
Friday 19 August until Sunday 21 August 2005

A three night event featuring some of the best local bands in the area plus alternative and hip-hop DJs. Doors open at 8pm and the line-up is as follows:

Friday:
The Shakedown, Kennedy Sunday, One Inch Men and The Lakes.

Saturday:
Spencer, Dandelion Killers, The Counterfiets, and The Labels.

Sunday:
Bitch Pups, Toasted Egg Ssandwich, Oofats and Trilemma.

Herefordshire –
Cost: One day pass – 4; weekender – 12

Masterpeace Camping
Friday 19 August until Sunday 21 August 2005

This outdoor event features live music and artistic performances alongside some of the finest European DJs on a 12 hectare site in the idyllic surroundings of the Yorkshire Dales (license pending).

There are three outside stages, two marquees, three sound systems, and an Urban Circus Tent, Cabaret Tent, market with craft stalls, and food from around the world.

Artists confirmed so far include: Laroca; Bussetti; Boomclick; Belleruche; Digitonal; Raya presents ‘Cultures of Resistance’; Breakin’ Even collective; Jake Bickerton; Lol Hammond; Leggo Beast; Alucidnation; Mixmaster Morris; Sundaze Featuring 66Digriz; The Only Michael and Anne Garner; All Funked Up DJs; Emma Nosurak; Peepshow Paddy; Phantombeats; Paul Barkworth; SpinCycle; Toby Wiltshire; Frenchy; Si Baker; Private Parts; and Johnny Bongo.

6 hectares has been put aside for camping and there are also flushing loos!

Yorkshire Dales National Park –
Cost: 60

Pontardawe Music Festival
Friday 19 August until Sunday 21 August 2005
Music, dance and song with the odd bit of poetry and arts of all description thrown in for all the family.

Swansea, Wales –
Cost: 30 (weekend); various; Under 10s – Free; / Camping: Tents 3 pn; Caravans 5 pn

Rockinbeerfest
Friday 19 August until Sunday 21 August 2005

This weekend festival of Classic Rock with a bit of everything else thrown in (Folk Rock, Ska, Punk, Blues, Prog, Jazz Rock Funk & Latin Fusion! etc).

The line-up includes:
Friday: Dr Feelgood, Eddie and the Hotrods, From Paradise to Hell, Stingray, Who’s Next?, Spare Parts, Burn, Burning Reason (Campers from 9am Friday / 4pm Music Starts).
Saturday: Caravan, Hugh Cornwell (former Stranglers Fontman with his electric trio), Pete Brown and the Interoceters (Cream’s Lyricist), La Vida Santana, Hazel O’Connor and The Subterraneans, Medicine Hat, Nigel Graham Blues Reaction, Jebo, Revolver, Dear Old Blighty.
Sunday: Oysterband, Ezio, Mostly Autumn, John Otway, Cream’d, Big 10, AWT, The Restaurant, Simon Scardanelli, Lightning Jack, Elixir.

nr Huntingdon, Cambs
Cost: 59 – w/e adult; 24.50 – 11-16yrs; 1 – under 10yrs; Camping – 15 per 2/3man tent; c/vans – 30

The Secret Garden
Friday 19 August until Sunday 21 August 2005
Set in 10 acre landscaped garden, bordering a river and lake, The Secret Garden is a garden-party-gone-crazy; there are tree houses and giant hammocks, mahogany bars and marooned sailors, space-hopper races and lost vicars, several elvises and even snail racing!

There’s 2 live stages, and 2 DJ stages, with acts including Super Furry Animals, Desmond Dekker and The Aces, Adam Freeland, Hard Fi and System 7. For the full line-up, click here.

There’s lakeside camping, pagodas, rubber duck shoots, street theatre, cabaret and bar/pubs called ‘The Dirty Duck’ and ‘The Whippet Inn’.

Cambridgeshire
Cost: early bird tickets 55 (only 500)

Bentworth Blues
Saturday 20 August 2005
Now in it’s fifth year, the Bentworth Blues Afternoon is open from 2pm until 11pm. Performers include: David Raphael Blues Band; Tim Hain and The Worx; Papa George; Jim Almand; and Ian Parker headlining.

There’s also a licenced bar and barbeque.
Alton, Hampshire –
Cost: 15

Fawsley Fayre
Saturday 20 August 2005
A non-profit party promising bands, DJs and poets as well as food, drink, massage, free camping and swimming in a beautiful location – a 500 acre park designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.

Confirmed acts are as follows:
Spectrum; The Egg; Chris Jagger Band; The Seeds (NZ); Samantha Marais; Sophie Barker; Tarka Sands; Brunelleschi (string quartet).

The following DJs will be in attendance:
Annie Nightingale; Andrew Friendly; Matt Brown; Sean Keveney; Hugo Heathcote; Austin Harrigan; Crazy Baldhead; and George Barker and James Munro.

Poets and performers include Lockett, Chris aka Ventriloquist, and Sophie Bolton et al.

This is a ticket only event and all profits are going to to Oxfam’s Make Poverty History campaign

Northamptonshire –
Cost: 25 b4 1st August; 30 thereafter – profits to go to Make Poverty History campaign.

Rudgwick Music festival
Saturday 20 August 2005
This festival first opened it’s doors to the public back in 1997. Having changed venue a couple of times, they can now accomodate camping and a wide range of local bands. All money raised goes to both national and local charities.

This year’s line-up includes:
Tokyodawns; The Session; Willie Austen; SKP; Evening Sun; Cryin’ Out Loud; Louise Scott; Say What and Old Blue Moses.

There’s music from midday until 11pm plus real ales, a balloon race, air slide and bouncy castle, stalls and food.

Alfold, Surrey –
Cost: 8 in advance; 10 on the gate; accompanied children get in free

Beached Festival
Saturday 20 August until Sunday 21 August 2005

Local bands from sCarborough and a classical orchestra
Scarborough, North Yorkshire –
Cost: FREE

V Festival (Chelmsford)
Saturday 20 August until Sunday 21 August 2005
There’s a line-up of around 80 bands playing on four music stages. The headliner for one night is Oasis, and for the other night there’s joint headliners of Scissor Sisters and Franz Ferdinand. For the full confirmed line-up, see here.

All tickets are sold out, but you may succeed in picking up an unwanted ticket at face value at Scarlet Mist.

The site is open (for weekend campers) from 10am Friday until midday Monday.

Chelmsford, Essex –
Cost: 110 w/e (with camping), 90 w/e (no camping), 52.50 day – SOLD OUT

V Festival (Staffordshire)
Saturday 20 August until Sunday 21 August 2005
Weston Park, Staffordshire –
Cost: 110 w/e (with camping) SOLD OUT, 90 w/e (no camping), 52.50 day

Reading Fringe Festival
Saturday 20 August until Thursday 25 August 2005
Expect a variety of acts from Screwball Cabaret including Pure Reason Revolution, pole dancing lessons, funk from Reading Funk Fest, roots reggae, artwork from Jelly Leg’d Chicken, fashion show and street performers, DJs and dancing.

Reading, Berks –
Cost: varies depending on the event

Ska Day
Sunday 21 August 2005
London E2 –
Cost: FREE

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