2019 Festival Focus: May – June

4 months ago

By Denzil Bell

Now lets be frank. The last few months have been flipping cold as hell, but with festival season just around the corner, the sun is finally coming out and happy days are on the horizon. Today we bring you the first few festival events coming in May and June, including The Great Escape, Ibiza Rocks, We Are FSTVL and Field Day. Check out the full details for the festivals below and make sure you cop tickets soon (as well as flights and accommodation in some cases) for the ones you’re feeling. We start things off with May and June, but watch out for more festivals being added to this live list.



When: 9-11 May

Where: Various, Brighton

Live Acts include (A-Z): Aitch, AJ Tracey, Big Zuu, Children of Zeus, Conducta, Flohio, Izzie Gibbs, Jaykae, Jess Ajose, Just Banco, Kadiata, Kamakaze, Kara Marni, Kwengface, Little Simz, Master Peace, M Huncho, Miraa May, Murkage Dave, Shaé Universe, SL, Tiana Major9, Unknown T, Yung Fume

Tickets and More Infogreatescapefestival.com

As you can see from the snapshot of the line-up above, The Great Escape (TGE) if the perfect festival for you if you’re looking to find out about up and coming musical talent. But its not just UK artists that feature on the line up, the festivities will all together include 500 emerging artists from all over the world, who will play in 30+ venues across Brighton city, including a site on the beach. Similar to SXSW, TGE run a convention alongside the gigs, including: insightful panels, topical debates, keynote speeches and networking opportunities. So whether you’re looking to unearth new music or get your foot into the industry, TGE is the place to be!


When: 17 May – 27 September

Where: San Antonio, Ibiza

Live Acts Include (A-Z): Craig David’s TS5, Cuckoo Land, DJ EZ Elusive, Jax Jones Snacks, Lovely Laura & Ben Santiago, MK Area 10, Rudimental & Friends and Stormzy’s #Merky Festival

Tickets and More Info: https://www.ibizarocks.com/

In terms of summer pool parties with the squad, San Antonio, Ibiza Rocks is the place to be and this year’s residency will be hosted by the likes of Craig David, MK, Rudimental, DJ EZ, plus Stormzy’s huge 2 day #Merky Festival, which is unfortunately sold out now. But thankfully its not just music you have to look forward to. This year Ibiza Rocks have joined forces with JD for an exclusive fashion partnership, where the duo will be shaking up the Ibiza party scene by fusing music and fitness together over the party season. Click the link above for more details!


When: 24-26 May

Where: Upminster, Greater London

Live Acts include (A-Z): Big Shaq, Bugzy Malone, Chase & Status, Craig David presents TS5, DJ Luck & MC Neat, Elvin Zedo (DJ EZ), General Levy, Mike Skinner, Preditah, SASASAS, Shola Ama, Yungen

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Based in Upminster, Greater London, We Are Festival is set set to host some of the biggest names in electronic and dance music, such a drum & bass legend Andy C, DJ EZ’s house and techno spinning alias Elvin Zedo and garage pioneers DJ Luck and MC Neat. In terms of dance music, the festival will have no shortage, but if you want to bless your ears with some grime and rap, I’d suggest you hit up the We Are Bass stage which will host the likes of Bugzy Malone, Big Shaq and Yungen over the bank holiday weekend.



When: 7-8 June

Where: Meridian Water, North London

Live Acts include (A-Z): Bonobo, Diplo, Earl Sweatshirt, Femi Kuti, Flohio, Jorja Smith, Kojey Radical, Mahalia, Octavian, Pusha-T, Skepta

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Field Day has moved from Brockwell Park, Brixton to a groundbreaking new North London home, The Drumsheds, which features 10 acres of outdoor space and four huge interlinking warehouses. Friday is headlined by Skepta who is likely to shutdown tings down in an extra special Tottenham homecoming show and Saturday will be headed up by the Brit award winning Jorja Smith, who’s soulful sound will provide a nice juxtaposition to Skepta’s grimey anthems.