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Exposed Festival Guide 2015

Your downright dirty (yet ultimately necessary) guide to the festival season 2015.

You’ve got your wellies, ripped band tees, UV paint and a whole lotta booze – now where to go? Fear not dear reader, and indulge yourselves in our festival guide; we take you through the best of the best from local, national and international events of every shape and size. We’ve got everything from music, art, theatre, food and beer, with the lowdown of all that’s going on this party season. Plus, if that wasn’t enough, we’ve got loads of ticket giveaways if owt takes your fancy – keep your eyes peeled for the festivals that you can win tix to and head here to try your luck at our mahoosive competition. Get stuck in!

Emily Beaumont.

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Tramlines
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Where: Various Sheffield locations
When: July 24-26
Who: Wu-Tang Clan, Basement Jaxx, The Charlatans
£££: £30 weekend ticket
They’ve only gone and done it again! Securing some absolutely mammoth acts for 2015, Tramlines makes its annual return to Sheffield with a line-up that’s one helluva treat for you lovely lot. Headlining this year are ‘90s hip-hop legends Wu-Tang Clan, dance pioneers and three-million-album-selling Basement Jaxx and Britpop indie rockers The Charlatans. This year will see over 200 acts take to stages in 17 venues across the city.
The festival is set to take place July 24-26, with the main stage relocating to Ponderosa Park this year. Other venues include the Exposed In Session Stage on Devonshire Green, The Leadmill, O2 Academy, The Harley, City Hall plus many more.
Quality live music from both local and international bands, plenty of beers and hopefully a little sunshine awaits – and all for just thirty squid. www.tramlines.org.uk

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Doc/Fest
Where: Sheffield
When: June 5-10
£££: A variety of festival passes/individual tickets and concessions are available for this festival:
Single tickets from £8
Doc/Lovers Wristband from £50 (a film only wristband)
Standard Passes from £129 + VAT

Making a welcome return to our city once more is Doc/Fest. Spreading over six days in June, Doc/Fest brings the international film family together to celebrate the art of documentary making.
One of the speakers announced so far for this year is Michael Palin, who will be taking part in a live Q+A as part of Monty Python: The Meaning of Live. In 2014, the five surviving members of Monty Python: John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, reformed for their first live show in 34 years, ‘Monty Python Live (mostly) – One Down Five to Go.’ As they performed ten sold out nights at The O2, London and BAFTA award winning director Roger Graef OBE and James Rogan were given unprecedented access to the Pythons throughout. The screening will take place at The Crucible Theatre, with the Q+A taking place afterwards.
Also on the bill are Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell, who will be coming to Sheffield to share their experiences whilst working on ITV’s hit documentary Long Lost Family. The series, which aims to reunite relatives after years of separation, is a powerful study of separation, hurt, regret, growing up, identity, family and love. For further details on pricing and the many more events included, head to www.sheffdocfest.com

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Mosborough Music Festival
Where: Westfield Crescent, Mosborough, Sheffield
When: June 6
Who: Doctor & The Medics, Marquis Drive, The Selecter, The Sherlocks
£££: £20
Now in its fourth year, Mosborough Music Festival returns June 6 with a bigger and better line-up than ever before! Celebrating the best of Sheffield’s local music scene, the festival also raises considerable funds for local charities. This local fest is also fab value for money at only £20 a ticket with under 14’s in free! www.mosboroughmusicfestival.co.uk

No Tomorrow festival
Where: Wollaton Hall and Park, Nottingham
When: June 6 – 7
Who: Jessie Ware, John Newman, James Bay
£££: £65
Nottingham will be the go-to place come the start of June as one of the most colourful small festivals – the two-day long No Tomorrow, kicks off for its second year.
The event takes place outside the stunning Victorian mansion Wollaton Hall, which was used as Wayne Manor in the recent Batman films, and serves as a perfect end-of-year do for recently-finished students with its mix of modern breakthrough artists, DJs and other fun attractions.
The two nights will be headlined by Yorkshireman John Newman, whose soulful voice has supplied him with number one hits in ‘Love Me Again’, ‘Feel The Love’ and ‘Blame’, and modern R&B star and Mercury Prize-nominated Jessie Ware.
Joining across the two stages will be James Bay, Bondax, DJ Ez, Blonde, Philip George, Mnek, Eton Messy DJs, and KStewart to name but a few. There’s also a dance-off stage, games arena and Car Boot Disco Bingo, which sounds worth the entry fee alone.
Take all this and add some immersive art installations and workshops and crafted food and drink and you’ve a perfect excuse to party like there’s no tomorrow.

Full English
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Weekend
Where: Dungworth, Bradfield
When: October 23-25
Who: Soundpost, in association with the English Folk Dance and Song Society
£££: £90, concessions £75
Curated by Fay Hield, The Soundpost Full English Weekend will explore a vast collection of folk music, through a mixture of concerts, interviews, workshops, lectures and sessions. The festival will be dedicated to discovering the Full English folk music archive, creating music and thinking about the many ways this archive can be used with some top performers and educators. www.soundpost.org.uk

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Eroica Brittania
Where: Bakewell, Derbyshire
When: June 19-21
£££: From £10
What’s that? Three days of festival fun in the peaks for just £10?! Eroica Brittania only started in 2014, but is already one of the most talked about events on the festival calendar. It is a three day boutique festival dedicated to family fun, glorious vintage, food, drink and cycling. The highlight of the festival is on June 21, with a three route bike tour of some of the most spectacular landscape of the Peak District. Make a weekend of it and marvel at the unique spectacle of over 3500 riders taking on the challenge of the mighty Peak District on pre-1987 vintage bikes, dressed to the nines in glorious vintage apparel. www.eroicabritannia.co.uk

OakStock
Where: The British Oak, Mosborough
When: July 3-5
£££: Free
The formerly named Brit Fest has been running for three years, with hundreds of people packing out the ground at the back of The British Oak, Mosborough for live music and family fun each year.
This year, under the Forum Café Bars group, the festival has been organised in collaboration with some great people from the thriving Sheffield music scene. Rebranded as ‘OakStock’, the weekend will feature a talented line-up with eight bands on an outdoor stage, all day BBQ & hog roast, outdoor bar and free entry! The main event is July 4 with bands also playing on the other two dates. The aim is to put on a great value for money festival for the music lovers of Sheffield, whilst also raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
www.twitter.com/britishoakshef

After Dark
Where: Don Valley Grass Bowl
When: November 5
£££: £10
After Dark is Sheffield’s biggest bonfire night extravaganza, now catering to over 20,000 people each year! Taking place at Don Valley Grass Bowl, just behind Ice Sheffield, After Dark offers way more than just fireworks, with live music on the Heat Music Stage (acts TBC), food, drink, a funfair and the biggest firework display you’ll see in Yorkshire. www.yellowbusevents.co.uk/after-dark-firework-display-sheffield/

MADE Festival
Where: Various Sheffield locations
When: October 21-22
£££: £45
With a variety of conferences from successful business owners, events, and an exclusive aftershow networking party, MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival is fast becoming the UK’s premier business event. Now in its fifth year, the festival’s key note speaker is Scottish entrepreneur and founder of award winning lingerie company Ultimo, Michelle Mone OBE. www.madefestival.com

Rotherham Real Ale and Music Festival: Baa-Watch 2015
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Where: Magna, Rotherham
When: June 11-13
£££: £8 Adv
Celebrating both music and beer, Rotherham’s Real Ale and Music Festival hits Magna again this year, with a huge selection of over 250 tasty tipples on offer – including cider and wine as well as real ale. The theme for this year’s festival is ‘A Day at the Seaside’, featuring some of the best ales from British seaside destinations. In addition to the drink, there’s also three stages of live music still to be announced. www.magnarealale.co.uk

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Cliffhanger
Where: Millhouses Park
When: July 11-12
£££: £6
Aiming to ‘inspire and involve’, Cliffhanger is an outdoor festival taking place at Millhouses Park this summer. Featuring elite competitions and professional demonstrations in rock climbing, orienteering, mountain biking, running, slacklining, adventure racing and more!

Off the Shelf Festival of Words
Where: Various Sheffield Locations
When: October 10-31
£££: TBC
Taking place every October, Off The Shelf is one of the largest and most esteemed literary festivals in the UK. Featuring work from a variety of mediums including stories, poetry and television as well as talks from world renowned authors and actors. www.facebook.com/OffTheShelf

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Deer Shed Festival
Where: Baldersby Park, Topcliffe
When: July 24-26
Who: John Grant, Billy Bragg, The Unthanks
£££: From £129
Deer Shed Festival is a family-friendly music, arts and science festival held over three days in July. Boasting a line-up full of fresh talent, the festival also has a load of free workshops, science programmes, and food and drink. Don’t fancy roughing it? There are glamping options in tipis and mini yurts available. www.deershedfestival.com

Sheffield Film and Comic Con
Where: Motorpoint Arena
When: August 15-16
Who: Robert Englund, Billy Dee Williams, Michael Biehn
£££: £11 entry
Sheffield Film and Comic Con is a two-day event featuring your favourite TV, film and comic book stars. There’s also a whole host of fun activities including photo shoots with the stars, panels, autograph sessions and hundreds of stalls full of TV and film memorabilia to browse.
www.sheffieldfilmandcomiccon.com

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Y Not Festival
Where: Pikehall, Derbyshire
When: July 31- Aug 2
Who: Snoop Dogg, Basement Jaxx, Primal Scream
£££: From £94
Set against the stunning backdrop of the Peak District, Y Not Festival proves that size doesn’t matter, offering up a quality selection of local acts alongside big names in the intimate environment of Pikehall. Rapper Snoop Dogg will be droppin’ it like it’s hot alongside masters of dance Basement Jaxx, who will be bringing their back catalogue of feel-good tunes to the main stage. Scottish alt-rockers Primal Scream are to complete a mouth-watering headline bill. www.ynotfestivals.co.uk

Sandall Park Fake Festival
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Where: Sandall Park, Doncaster
When: May 9
Who: The Fillers, Oasish, Antarctic Monkeys
£££: £25
Fake Festival returns May 9, with tributes to The Killers, Oasis and Arctic Monkeys hitting the stage at Sandhall Park. Along with the tribute acts, there will be a selection of Doncaster’s best local bands. Beneath the shade of the Fake Festivals marquee, you’ll find a fully licensed bar, quality food stalls and entertainment stands serving up something for everyone. www.fakefestivals.co.uk

Sheffield Beer & Cider Festival
Where: Kelham Island Museum
When: October 21-24
£££: TBC
Combining the Sheffield trilogy of beer, music and good grub, Sheffield Beer Festival returns to our fair city for the 41st time. Taking place at Kelham Island Museum, the event is just a stone’s throw away from many of the city’s thriving real ale pubs. The CAMRA festival features over 100 casks of ale from British brewers tapped and ready for tasting, as well as a great selection of traditional cider and perry. With music, food, games and stalls over four areas, Sheffield Beer Fest is an enjoyable staple of many a Sheffielder’s calendar, and this year is sure to be no different. www.sheffieldcamra.org.uk

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Peace in the Park
Where: Location TBA
When: June 13
£££: TBC
New for 2015, Peace in the Park will now move to a two year cycle, making the event more sustainable and realistic in its running. This year’s event will be ‘Peace in the Park – by Night’, a paid evening event featuring live music, DJs, sound systems, stalls, bars, hot food and more with proceeds going to fundraising campaigns for the local community. www.peaceinthepark.org.uk

Sheffield Afrofest
Where: Various Sheffield locations
When: May 22-25
Who: Pamuzinda, Hanisha Solomon, DJ Mzungu
£££: TBC
Hitting Sheffield for the first time is Afrofest, the first ever African festival of the arts with events showcasing local, national and internationally renowned artists. There are both free and ticketed venues across town. In addition to the music entertainment, there will also be food, clothing and ornaments stalls inspired by various cultures of the African nations. www.afrodays.uk

Dronfest
Where: Sheffield Road, Dronfield
When: August 2
Who: Andy Fairweather Low and the Low Riders, Andy Morley, Rita Payne
£££: From £10
Dronfest is a leading local festival in Dronfield, which raises money for local charities whilst offering up great live music. There are two stages – a main stage featuring some of the finest talent around, and an acoustic stage for those wanting a more laid back live experience. As well as music, there’s also plenty of foodie stalls and bars, plus face painting, massages, a bouncy castle and children’s games. www.dronfest.co.uk

Peakender Festival
Where: Peak District
When: July 3-5
£££: Free
The only thing better than craft beer, is craft beer accompanied by some serious Yorkshire scenery in the summer sunshine. Presented by Thornbridge Brewery, Peakender is celebrating its 10th year, bringing together a quality selection from British and American breweries, served with some locally sourced food and copious amounts of countryside activities. www.thornbridgebrewery.co.uk

Cannon Hall Food Festival
Where: Cannon Hall Farm, Barnsley
When: August 28-31
£££: Free
Cannon Hall Farm Food Festival is a family-friendly four day celebration of all things food and drink. Set in the meadows next to Cannon Hall Farm, the festival is an inclusive event, offering the chance for everyone to experience their mix of the best artisan and local Yorkshire produce; as well as get involved in some old Yorkshire traditions. www.cannonhallfarm.co.uk

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Tour De Yorkshire
Where: Throughout Yorkshire
When: May 1-3
£££: Free
Following Yorkshire’s success of hosting the Tour De France Grand Départ last year, 2015 sees the first ever Tour De Yorkshire. Spread over three days in May, the ride will begin in Bridlington, with the route extending around Yorkshire and finishing in Leeds. Go to the Tour De Yorkshire’s website to see if they’ll be riding through a town or city near you. www.letour.yorkshire.com

Sheffield Students’ Union Beer and Cider Festival
Where: Sheffield’s Student Union
When: May 1-3
£££: Free
Boasting over 80 real ales, lagers, fruit beers and cider, the Students’ Union Beer and Cider Festival returns in all its glory, with this year also featuring a German themed bar complete with steins of pilsner. A pop up gin bar featuring a selection of the UK’s finest gins will also be added into the mix for those less inclined towards a frothy pint but wanting to get involved nonetheless. On top of all the booze, there will be a Sheffield foodie theme, complete with pies and healthy lashings of Henderson’s Relish, plus a hog roast on the Sunday. See Facebook for more.

1940s Wartime weekend and Vintage Fayre
Where: Kelham Island Museum
When: July 18-19
£££: £5.50
Kelham Island Museum will host a weekend of live music, vintage stalls, living history displays and exciting re-enactments in their 1940s fayre. Old films of Sheffield will be reeled off and live music from the UK’s no.1 George Formby entertainer PEC Esquire, plus vintage vocalists Natasha Harper, Pete Jones and Susan St Nichols providing the perfect soundtrack to this vintage event. www.simt.co.uk/kelham-island-museum

Celluloid Screams
Where: Showroom Cinema
When: October 24-26
£££: Standard pass from £55
Sheffield Horror Film Festival, Celluloid Screams, returns the weekend before Halloween, for three days of the best in classic and contemporary horror film. Held at Showroom Cinema, the festival features full-length horror films, and also horror shorts which have been submitted from all over the world. Spooky stuff! www.celluloidscreams.co.uk

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Leeds Festival
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Where: Bramham Park, Leeds
When: August 28-30
Who: The Libertines, Mumford and Sons, Metallica
£££: £213 (weekend ticket)
The biggest northern UK festival, Leeds Festival is again claiming its place at Bramham Park over August’s bank holiday weekend. Headlining the bill this year are The Libertines, Mumford and Sons and Metallica.
Following the announcement of their reunion in 2014, The Libertines are bringing the good ship Albion to the festivals this summer, cementing a Reading and Leeds legacy which dates back to 2002.
Also on the bill are British folk band Mumford and Sons. Making Leeds and Reading Festival their UK debut since their two year hiatus.
Rock royalty Metallica will be returning to the festival headline spot for a record fourth time in 2015, the band have a rich history at the festivals, having first headlined Reading Festival 18 years ago. www.leedsfestival.com

Glastonbury
Where: Worthy Farm, Somerset
When: June 24-28
Who: Foo Fighters, Kanye West, Lionel Ritchie
£££: £220
The daddy of all music festivals returns once again. This year’s headliners are rock legends Foo Fighters, the undeniably humble Kanye West, and living legend Lionel Ritchie. Hundreds of acts across 11 stages are yet to be announced, but are sure to provide yet another amazing festival experience for those lucky enough to get their mitts on a ticket. www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

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Parklife
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Where: Heaton Park, Manchester
When: June 6 & 7
Who: Disclosure, Rudimental, Ben Howard
£££: £89.50 (weekend ticket)
One of the hottest festivals in the north, Parklife promises performances from some of the biggest global dance acts, among others. Confirmed headliners for 2015 include Disclosure, Rudimental, Ben Pearce, Nas, George Ezra, Fatboy Slim, Grace Jones, Wu-Tang Clan, Caribou, Metronomy, Mark Ronson and Jessie Ware – all of whom will cater to over 140,000 music fans across the two days. www.parklife.uk.com

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Blissfields Festival
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Where: Vicarage Farm, Hampshire
When: July 3-4
Who: The Horrors, John Grant, Public Service Broadcasting
£££: From £100
Dubbed as one of the festival scene’s ‘hidden gems’, Blissfields is a celebration of both art and music with interactive games and premium camping options. Featuring up and coming bands as well as established artists, film, lounges, art spaces and even a spa – this is something different to get involved in. www.blissfields.co.uk

British Summer Time
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Where: Hyde Park London
When: June 18-28
Who: The Strokes, Blur, The Who, Taylor Swift, Kylie
£££: £55-£75
As well as the huge ticketed headliners such as The Strokes, The Who, Blur, Kylie and Taylor Swift across the festival’s many dates, midweek activities will also return with free access for park visitors to enjoy film, music, sport and literature. www.bst-hydepark.com

Live At Leeds
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Where: Various Leeds locations
When: May 1-4
Who: Gaz Coombes, Slaves, The Cribs, Dutch Uncles
£££: £27.50
With over 200 established and breakthrough artists across 20 venues, it’s no wonder Live At Leeds was awarded the Best Metropolitan Festival title after a roaring success in 2014. Back with a bigger line up for 2015, catch the likes of Gaz Coombes, The Cribs, Dry The River, George The Poet, Palma Violets and many more besides. From the legendary Brudenell Social Club DIY Stage and The Faversham to fringe venues like Hirst’s Yard and Black Swan, there’s plenty to be getting on with over the bank holiday weekend. www.liveatleeds.com

The Eden Festival
Where: Dumfries, Scotland
When: June 11-14
Who: The Cat Empire, Ms Dynamite, Grandmaster Flash
£££: £99
Set in the stunning Raehill Meadows of Dumfries, Scotland, Eden Festival is a boutique festival with a whole host of entertainment, with over 250 acts performing across nine stages, bringing you live music, dance, cabaret, burlesque, circus skills, theatre, a children’s area, healing space, games and much more. If you fancy the festival experience with a little bit of luxury, there’s glamping options provided, with tipis and chalets available. Representing a wide range of multicultural music influences, Eden’s playlist includes the best of hip hop, dance, RnB, acoustic, soul, funk, dub step, disco, dancehall, electronica, ska, pop, African dance, jungle, Balkan beat, drum & bass and Ceilidh. www.edenfestival.co.uk

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