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Olly Murs: No! Mr Hendy’s Summer festivals guide 2012

V Festival
18th AUGUST – 19th AUGUST
Hylands Park, Chelmsford
Weston Park, South Staffordshire

You know the drill.  Held at two different sites, V goes for the big names and this year they’ve got the Stone Roses.  Nice.  As ever, a mixed bag:  Madness, Keane, Happy Mondays, Gallagher, Dappy, The Proclaimers, Shed Seven, Snow Patrol, Olly Murs.  You have been warned.


T in the Park
Balado, Kinross-Shire

At a cursory glance, this would seem to be the same line up as V.  Stone Roses headlining, Gallagher again, Snow Patrol…  Even Olly Murs puts in an appearance on the Friday.  But there’s more.  New Order, Orbital, Cher Lloyd… this is very much the tin of celebrations of the festival circuit.

South West Four
Clapham Common, London

Advertised as London’s “premier electronic music festival”.  Chase and Status, and Carl Cox on the Saturday.  Skrillex, Sasha and 2 many DJS on the Sunday.  No Olly Murs.


Hyde Park, London

Also, Camp-less, so you’ll need to find a hotel.  Highlights this year are Ms Dynamite, Nicki Minaj, Professor Green, Rihanna, and Rizzle Kicks.  We cannot confirm at this stage whether Olly Murs will be playing, but it’s unlikely.


Reading and Leeds Festival
Richfield Avenue, Reading

This year, The Cure, Kasabian and The Foo Fighters are the big three.  Metronomy headline the Dance stage, and there are sets from Grimes, and The Shins.  Quick Murs check: No Murs.


Lounge on the Farm Festival
Merton Farm, Canterbury

The Charlatans, Emili Sande and The Wombats headline.  GhostPoet, Goldie and Roots Manuva, they are there too.  Described as being fun, cosy, and magical – a credit to Kent.  So there you go.  Likelihood of seeing Olly Murs on stage: low.  Likelihood of seeing Olly Murs in the crowd: middling.


Isle of Wight Festival
Strawberry Fields, Isle of Wight

This gets bigger every year.  Now it’s almost as big as Olly Murs.  Four days, loads of bars, tents, stuff.  Pearl Jam, Tom Petty, and Springsteen are there, alongside Ash, Lana Del Rey, Mel C, Crystal Castles.  You should check out the line up, it’s pretty unique.


Henley Festival
Henley on Thames

A black tie affair, described as “an elegant mix of music, art, culture, and dining”.  We’re talking Sting.  We’re talking Lulu.  And yes, we’re talking Murs.  Olly Murs will be headling the Grandstand Promenade on the Sunday.


Global Gathering
27TH – 28TH JULY
Stratford upon Avon

Tinie Tempah, Friendly Fires, Labrinth, Nero, Netsky, Roni Size.  Considered an institution for dance music fans, this is the giant.  The UK site is just one of ten global events happening round the globe.  “Often imitated never emulated”, much like Olly Murs.


Robin Hill, Isle of Wight

The feel good festival of the summer has The XX, Hot Chip, Sigur Ros and Stevie Wonder.  Blimey.  If you want to come down in fancy dress, this year’s theme is Wildlife.  And if you want to bring your kids, children under 12 go free.  If you want to watch Olly Murs though, this is not the festival for you.


Chester Rocks
16TH – 17TH JUNE
Chester Racecourse

A two day indie pop and urban bonanza.  Cast are back, and they join The View, Katy B, Pixie Lott and The Courteeners.  Although there is no Olly Murs, Britain’s Got Talent entrants The Loveable Rogues will be there.  So that’s something.


The Hop Farm Music Festival

Bruce Forsythe will be there with his big band.  Now you’ve digested that, here are some other people who will be there: Bob Dylan, Suede, Patti Smith, Ray Davies, Primal Scream, Gary Numan, George Clinton.  There’s no sponsorship, no branding, no booking fee, no camping fee, and no car park charges.  No Olly Murs.

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