Long lazy days relaxing in the sun followed by light nights
where the heat of the day still lingers in the air that's vibrating
with music. For many, festivals are the highlight of the year and
with their offerings of girls, tents and rock'n'roll, it is our
idea of heaven.
Like pop and indie? Or rock and metal? Is dance music your
thing? Or comedy? Want to travel and explore or would you rather
just take your local bus? No matter what summer scene you crave, we
have sourced out the festivals we think will get your pulse racing.
Let DIVA guide you to the festival season of 2012.
P.S. Once you've decided where you're headed, feel free to drop
us a line, we're always keen to hear from you!
L Beach, 20-22 April
Jill Jackson, Betty, Robots In Disguise, Sick Of Death, Vinyl
Black Stilettos, Swedish Dyke Vibes and a whole bunch of German
talent will make Europe's biggest indoor festival for lesbians a
real treat. This year's international presenter Alexandra Hedison
(L Word "Dylan") will welcome you and thousands of lesbians to a
very different take on your average beach holiday.
Slam Dunk Festival
26 May (Leeds), 27 May (Hatfield)
Taking Back Sunday, Architects, The King Blues, Every Time I
Die, Cancer Bats, Forever The Sickest Kid, The Audition and more.
Rock, metal and emo lovers unite.
GO.GO Festival, 8-10 June
Daymns Hall Areodrome, Upminster
The early bird tickets sold out in record-breaking time to the
UK's biggest women's festival (and Europe's biggest open air
festival) and last week GO.GO revealed Peaches will be joining
artists such as Jill Jackson, Wallis Bird and B*tch on stage. With
Candy Bar hosting the main bar, comedy acts, speed dating and even
a single's group organised for those going alone, what's not to
Download Festival, 8-10 June
Donnington Park, Nottingham
Lovers of hard music, you have arrived at your destination.
We're talking The Prodigy, Metallica and Black Sabbath headlining
one of Europe's biggest rock festivals - yes, Download 2012 is
going to be a massive. Because when Chase & Status, Machine
Head, Billy Talent, Lamb Of God, You Me At Six and Rise Against
join in the fun, it makes Download nothing less than the number one
date in the metal calendar. Boom.
Lovebox, 15 - 17 June
Victoria Park, London
London's little big box of love celebrates 10 years big a bang.
With headlining ladies like Emeli Sandé, Kelis, Azelia Banks and
Little Dragon playing along side Patrick Wolf, Magnetic Man, Hot
Chip, Crystal Castles, Friendly Fires and The 2 Bears as well as
DJs Rusko, Shy FX, Netsky and Tiga, this love box may just burst at
Isle Of Wight Festival, 22-24 June
Isle Of Wight
The Isle Of Wight Festival manages to cater for a wide range of
musical tastes. Or how about Bruce Springsteen And The E Street
Band, Jessie J, Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, Noah And The Whale
and Tinie Tempah all on one bill? The chances of someone moaning
are low. Time to book that ferry.
Roskilde, 5-8 July
Björk, Bon Iver, Refused, The Cure, The Roots, Wiz Khalifa,
Friendly Fires, Yelawolf and a whole lotta Scandinavian charm. Who
knows, you might just find your own Sara Lund.
Wireless Festival, 6-8 July
Hyde Park, London
(Almost) every lesbian's favourite crush, Rihanna, is joined by
bi-girl Jessie J, Drake, Professor Green, Example and many more as
they take to the stage in Hyde Park. Girl, shake dat ting.
L Fest, 13 - 16 July
Shropshire County Showground
With a fab mix of live music, top authors, comedy acts, sport,
games and stalls as well as river party cruises and lesbian cinema
(not to mention real toilets and hot showers), this year's L Fest
promises to bring something extra. Keep your eyes open, as acts
will be announced shortly.
Tomorrowland 27 - 29 July
Skrillex, Fatboy Slim, Calvin Harris, Carl Cox, David Guetta,
Avicii and many more. All men so far, unfortunately. Still, this
could possibly be Europe's craziest festival and a big must for all
you dance and electronic music lovers. Open your eyes to something
different, as the slogan goes. And do make sure you check out the
video from last year - Belgian ladies are hawt.
Bestival, 6-9 September
Isle Of Wight
New Order, The XX, Sigor Ros, Justice, Nero, Emeli Sandé, Little
Dragon, Ane Brun, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs,
Slagsmålsklubben, Annie Mac Presents, Scuba and many, many more are
set to invade the Isle Of Wight for a proper dance-off. If you
haven't made it to a festival by now, make it to Bestival.
And finally....Leeds, Reading, V Festival, T In The Park and
other festivals planned to take place this summer are yet to