The UK music scene has gone from strength to strength in recent years. Here’s a rundown of the UK’s most memorable music moments from the year gone by.
From it’s humble beginnings as a small surf competition, Boardmasters is now a five-day surf, skate and music fest which has fast become the biggest event in the professional surfing calendar. Appealing to the inner surfer in everyone, a swell of surfers, skaters and party goers descend on Watergate Bay and Fistral Beach to watch some of the world’s greatest wave-riders compete for the next title, before dancing the night away. Headliners Rudimental, Faithless and Bastille kept the crowd coming back for more as they headlined over three nights in the neighbouring surf town of Newquay. Groove Armada and Clean Bandit were among the supporting acts. Get a taste of the 2015 Boardmaster vibe, and check out what’s on the cards for the summer of 2016.
Just shy of it’s sixth anniversary, this relative newcomer is definitely an attention grabber. Set against a backdrop of 400 acres of country estate, Wilderness is anything other than civilised. Its myriad of massages, feathered headdresses, cocktail classes, crafting sessions and sequin leotards attract an eclectic mix of music lovers and eccentrics. Always one for putting on a diverse line-up, 2015 proved to be a rare opportunity to see Bjork live on stage. Funk legend George Clinton proved his worth on Saturday night, followed by the ever-popular Ben Howard who closed the festival on Sunday. Renowned for being experimental and a bit wacky, Wilderness is one of those you either love or hate. If your looking for a bit of music mayhem and don’t mind discovering a surprise around every corner, then get yourself down to see what 2016 has on offer.
Reversing the traditional festival appeal, Boomtown brings the city to the countryside. Its speedy expansion is testimony to the effort that goes into this vast and crazy experience. More than 50,000 serious festival goers enter into four days and four nights of havoc. The main stage has played host to some legends during it’s 7-year history, with the headline acts guaranteed to perform to pure theatre. 2015 saw Boomtown blast out everything from jungle to reggae, and pretty much everything in-between. Memorable moments were made by Gogoi Bordello in the Town Centre on Sunday night, and an impressive set was delivered by Shy FX feat. Stamina MC at the Lion’s Den.
Set amongst the breathtaking Brecon Beacons, Green Man is Wales’ answer to Glastonbury. Openly a family affair and packed with beautiful moments, you won’t get a welcome warmer than a Welsh one. With a typical folk feel, Green Man not only pays homage to its heritage but in recent years has cleverly diversified without losing its identity. 2015 saw Super Furry Animals entertain everyone from oblivious one-year-olds up, and the music catered for a diverse crowd, blended to perfection.
Very much a Britpop extravaganza, V-Festival is renowned for its chart-chasing approach. If its ‘pop’ you are seeking then V-Festival won’t disappoint. Living inside the chart for a whole weekend certainly isn’t for everyone, but V’s popularity isn’t set to waiver anytime soon. Calvin Harris, Sam Smith, Kasabian and Chvrches’ were the sought after sets of 2015. Let’s hope they don’t play it too safe next year, and draw in the crowds with something a bit less predictable.