Bumbershoot

August 19th, 2013

Tegan And Sara

There’s only one place like Seattle, and there’s only one festival like Bumbershoot.
The word Bumbershoot calls to mind a giant umbrella that can hold all of Seattle’s music, film, comedy, dance, performance, and visual arts.
Local boys Death Cab for Cutie perform their much-beloved 2003 breakout record Transatlanticism. Twin sisters Tegan and Sara bridge the pop and indie worlds with their perfect harmonies and sharp bittersweet lyrics.
Gary Numan’s synth pop sound will remind you of all the artists who have been influenced by his music and introduce you to his new material.
As part of Bumbershoots’ popular Television Writers series you can meet the writers from NBC’s ensemble comedy Parks & Recreation.
For yet more laughs, join comedian Marc Maron as he tackles the most complex philosophical question of our day: WTF?!?
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Edinburgh International Festival

August 12th, 2013

Hamlet

No surprise: Edinburgh International Festival once again offers up the best art being made today.
There are so many highlights from the thousands of this year’s offerings. Two of Ireland’s best known theatre companies, Pan Pan and The Gate, devote nine days to performances about Samuel Beckett; and The Mechanics of Man explores Leonardo da Vinci’s extraordinary work in anatomy with an exhibition of his drawings and notes cataloguing some twenty human dissections.
Patti Smith and Phillip Glass perform an homage to beat poet Allen Ginsburg with words and music. The Wooster Group performs the UK premiere of their version of Hamlet, remixing film footage of Gielgud’s production with Richard Burton with live performance by Wooster actors.
Scottish theatre company Grid Iron presents a site-specific work in Europe’s largest indoor climbing arena. MIT Media Lab’s Todd Machover invites audiences to get in on the action by contributing sounds that are then used to create an EIF-commissioned symphonic work called Festival City.
One thing will never happen at Edinburgh: boredom! Go see why the arts world descends on Edinburgh.
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Wilderness Festival

August 5th, 2013

Wilderness Festival

Set in 1,700 acres of Britain’s most ancient forest, the Wilderness Festival takes its cue from the lakes, valleys and copses that surround it.
Take a Wild Swim or join fellow fest fans on Sunday for The Big Walk, a relaxing trek through the history and folklore of Cornbury Park.
And there’s the music!
Australia’s psychedelia electronic duo Empire of the Sun is the perfect soundtrack for the summer. Folk rockers Noah and the Whale will treat us to music from their most recent LP Heart of Nowhere. Martha Wainwright of the talented folk dynasty graces the Main Stage.
Cement your Wilderness Festival experience by donating a piece of jewelry to be melted with molten bronze for the first Wilderness bell cast. Artist David Snoo Wilson, ‘The Travelling Bell Foundry’ has been commissioned to mark each festival with the casting and ringing of bells.
Sometimes, it’s fun to get lost in the Wilderness!
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Camp Bestival

July 29th, 2013

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival is the all-ages event where music, comedy, theatre and community make for a magical weekend.
Protest music legend Billy Bragg comes to Camp Bestival with a hit filled set. Labrinth headlines the Castle Stage on Sunday, showcasing his performing chops that rival his work as a producer. Guitar fans should make sure Friday night includes the Richard Hawley set, featuring songs from his latest release ‘Standing at the Sky’s Edge’.
New for 2013 is the Royal Albert Hall Ginormous Percussion Orchestra where you can explore the world of classical music with your pots and pans.
You won’t need a magnifying glass for the Insect Circus and Museum, just a sense of wonder as you enjoy the amazing combination of physical theatre, aerial work and vintage costumes.
As the name suggests, camping is a big part of the experience and there are sleeping options for every lifestyle.
Camp Bestival is rightfully named — it’s one of the best Festivals.
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Tomorrowland Festival

July 22nd, 2013

Tomorrowland

If Walt Disney was a twenty-something today with a penchant for electronic music, he might have invented Tomorrowland Festival. Think “Fantasia” with a hipper beat.
Belgium hosts this enormous playground for grownups complete with giant mushroom sculptures, ferris wheels, roving mythical creatures, and multiple music stages.
This year you’ll be treated to the greats of EDM, including Tiesto, Steve Aoki and Carl Cox.
Belgian superstars Smash The House will shower fans with bottles of champagne, and Infected Mushroom continue their domination of psy trance.
If you opted out of the global recession, consider a Private Journey package, which includes travel on a Tomorrowland private jet with you and eleven of your closest friends as well as accommodations and VIP tickets. Now that’s the ticket!
For the rest of us, follow the road to Tomorrowland!
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