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Festival season 2015: Who’s playing where this summer?

With the UK music festival season rapidly approaching, there are now more choices than ever before for the weekend raver. Dom Kureen takes a look at some of the most notable events and how they’re shaping up so far.


Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac will kick off festival season on the Isle of Wight.


Isle of Wight Festival

Venue: Seaclose Park, Isle of Wight
Dates: 11-14 June
Weekend camping price: £208

Headline acts
Fleetwood Mac, Blur, The Black Keys, The Prodigy, Max.Lyrical.

Isle of Wight Festival website
Kureen 2014 Isle of Wight Festival review 

Download Festival

Venue: Donington Park, Leicestershire
Dates: 12-14 June
Weekend camping price: £215

Headline acts
Muse, Slipknot, Kiss, Faith No More, Motley Crue

Download website

Glastonbury Festival

Venue: Worthy Farm, Pilton.
Dates: 24-28 June
Weekend camping price: £225

Headline acts
Kanye West, Lionel Richie, Foo Fighters

Glastonbury website
Kureen 2014 Glastonbury review

Wireless 10

Venue: Finsbury Park, London
Date: 28 June
Day ticket price: £76.45

Headline acts
Drake, Rita Ora, Chance the Rapper, Katy B, Public Enemy

Wireless 10 website


Drake goes Wireless in July

Wireless Festival

Venue: Finsbury Park, London.
Dates: 3-5 July
Weekend camping price: £209.50

Headline acts
Drake, Jesse J, Avicii, Mary J Blige, David Guetta

Wireless Festival website


Venue: Strathallan castle, Perthshire, Scotland
Dates: 10-12 July
Weekend camping price: £194

Headline acts
Kasabian, Sam Smith, The Libertines, Kasabian, The Prodigy

T2015 website

Latitude Festival

Venue: Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk
Dates: 16-19 July
Weekend camping price: £200.50

Headline acts
Portishead, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Alt-J, Alan Davies, Jon Richardson 

Latitude website

Love Box

Venue: Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets, London.
Dates: 17-18 July
Weekend camping price: £93.50

Headline acts
Snoop Dogg, Rudimental, Bonobo, Jessie Ware, Cypress Hill

Love Box website

Secret Garden Party

Venue: Mill Hill Field, Abbots Ripton
Dates: 23-26 July
Weekend camping price: £190.50

Headline acts
Jungle, Public Service Broadcasting, Palma Violets, Menace Beach

Secret Garden Party website


Sam Smith
Sam Smith: Far too clean looking for the festival crowd


Boomtown Fair

Venue: Matterley Estate, Winchester, Hampshire
Dates: August 13-16
Weekend camping price: £155

Headline acts
Stephen Marley, Gogol Bordello, Flogging Molly

Boomtown Fair website

V Festival

Venues: Weston Park, Staffordshire / Hylands Park, Chelmsford
Dates: August 22-23
Weekend camping price: £189

Headline acts
Calvin Harris, Stereophonics, Sam Smith, Tom Jones

V Festival website

Reading and Leeds Festival

Venues: Richfield Avenue, Reading / Braham Park, Leeds
Dates: August 28-30
Weekend camping price: £205

Headline acts
Mumford and Sons, The Libertines, Limp Bizkit, Metallica

Reading Festival website
Leeds Festival website


Venue: Alex James’s Farm, Kingham, The Cotswolds
Dates: August 28-30
Weekend camping price: £154.50

Headline acts
Paloma Faith, Grandmaster Flash, Groove Armada

Creamfields website


Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers sent in the clowns last summer


Festival No.6

Venue: Portmeirion, Wales
Dates: September 3-6
Weekend camping price: £170

Headline acts
Grace Jones, Belle & Sebastian, Ghost Poet

Festival No.6 website


Venue: Robin Hill, Isle of Wight
Dates: September 10-13
Weekend camping price: £195

Headline acts
Chemical Brothers, Underworld, Duran Duran

Bestival website
Kureen 2014: 10 local acts you won’t want to miss


Venue: Blackheath, London
Dates: September 12-13
Weekend price: £89

Headline acts
Manic Street Preachers, Elbow, Madness

OnBlackheath website

Let us know which festival catches your eye, in the meantime here’s ‘Never going back again’ from the legendary Fleetwood Mac.






Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Premier Predictions: Part 7.

Welcome to the seventh edition of Premier Predictions, with Dom Kureen this time taking on the might of former UK Gladiator ‘Nightshade’, aka Judy Smith.


Last time out Damian Clark beat Dom 7-3, moving fourth in the table in the process.

*A correct outcome gains one point, an exact result three points. All games kick off at 3pm on Saturday 1st March unless stated.

West Ham United vs Crystal Palace
Kick-Off: 12.45, SaturdayCrystal Palace

Dom: 1-3
Hammers fans are far from happy, with seven draws in eleven games ensuring a plummet down the table, as well as a disappointing cup exit. Going into some tricky fixtures they’ll target a win here. Unfortunately for ‘big Sam’ and his motley crew, Palace are rejuvenated under Alan Pardew – they’ll win with something to spare.

Nightshade: 3-3
Who knows? West Ham are out of steam, Palace have a perfect away record under Pardew. Lots of goals, lots of errors and some disgruntled home fans!

Burnley vs Swansea

Dom: 2-1
The Clarets don’t know when they’re beaten, and despite receiving a season’s worth of good fortune in their excellent draw at Chelsea, morale should be high at Turf Moor, they’ll need it to see off a fading Swansea team.

Nightshade: 0-2
Burnley were very lucky last week, this time they’ll come back down to earth with a bump, Danny Ings can’t score every week, and Bafe Gomis is due a goal for the Swans.

Manchester United vs Sunderland

Dom: 4-2
Sunderland are starting to look stale under Gus Poyet, despite protestations to the contrary from players. United are hardly storming along, but their attacking prowess will inflict yet more suffering on Black Cat supporters.

Nightshade: 1-0
United are so up and down that I’ve decided to go for a tight home win, although I could just as well have rolled a couple of dice with these two teams.

Newcastle vs Aston VillaGabriel Obertan

Dom: 1-1
Terrible teams alert! Villa have been horrendous for a long time, while Newcastle are virtually unwatchable under the leadership of interim gaffer John ‘Charver’, a man with all of the tactical nous of an inebriated 12 year-old playing Football Manager on his brother’s PC.

Nightshade: 0-1
Newcastle are so bad under Carver that defeats seem the logical prediction virtually every week that he’s their head coach. Tim Sherwood should get a good response from his troops after last week’s disappointing 2-1 home reverse against Stoke.

Stoke City vs Hull City

Dom: 2-1
Stoke are all but safe after their triumph at Villa Park last time out, one more win will secure their top-flight status for another year. They should beat a Hull team capable of upsetting the best, but their inconsistency will haunt them here.

Nightshade: 0-4
One outrageous prediction for me! Hull are the kind of team who can produce brilliance on rare occasions; I’m banking on them doing it at the Britannia Stadium – come on you Tigers!

West Bromwich Albion vs Southampton

Dom: 1-2
Saints’ defence for once looked leaden footed when they were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool last Saturday. They should bounce back at the Hawthorns, despite the Baggies’ vast improvement since Tony Pulis’ appointment.

Nightshade: 1-1
Tony Pulis and West Brom looks like a marriage made in heaven. A point at home against an excellent Southampton team should provide further proof that the Baggies are destined to beat the drop this term.

Liverpool vs Manchester City
12.00, SundayMan City

Dom: 1-3
A home defeat against Barcelona exposed City’s flaws in certain areas – is James Milner really good enough to start those kind of matches? Liverpool are no Barca though, and despite improving in recent weeks they’ll disappoint their fans tomorrow.

Nightshade: 2-1
City followed a 5-0 hammering of Newcastle with a 2-1 home defeat against Barcelona. Liverpool, also in decent domestic form and poor in Europe, will kill off Pellegrini’s title tilt, ultimately costing the Chilean his job at the end of the campaign.

Arsenal vs Everton
14.05, Sunday

Dom: 2-0
Arsenal were woeful in Europe in mid-week, smashed 3-1 by Monaco in front of their own fans. Everton on the other hand are doing rather well in the Europa League, but suffering a terrible run in the league – all of this points to a Gunners home win, and then some serious work to do in their second leg in France.

Nightshade: 2-2
“Come in Mr Wenger, your time is up!” Despite being a revolutionary Premier League manager, Monsieur Wenger has a team that are treading treacle. With morale on the floor, this is an optimum time for the Toffees to take a point at the Emirates.

Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur (League Cup)
16.00, Sunday (Double points game)Eden Hazard

Dom: 2-1 aet
Spurs have developed one of this season’s revelations in the shape of Harry Kane. A gem of a striker, he’ll nab another goal to take this one to extra time, but Chelsea will find another gear to seal silverware before focusing on more pressing matters.

Nightshade: 2-4
Tottenham destroyed Chelsea earlier this season, 5-3 at White Hart Lane. They will do that again here; a hat-trick for Eriksen and one more for Kane. Silverware for Spurs!

The Premier Predictions league table is still led by DJ Rees. Dom’s defeat last time means that he slumps into the bottom half of the table, while Damian Clark sits in mid-table, having secured a comfortable victory.

1. DJ Rees: 11 Points

2. Just Mike: 9

3. True Geordie: 8

4. Damian Clark: 7

5. Dom Kureen: 6.50 (average)

6. Kelvin West: 6

7. Jonathan O’Shea: 5

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.