June, July and August is traditionally Festival season in the UK and Europe, but if you like your rock and Metal bands, you don't have to spend hundreds of pounds going to festivals like Download, Wacken Open Air or the Sweden Rock Festival when you can get three days of high quality music at one of Britain's newest festivals – Les-Fest, and all for a bargain price of under £50.
For those who are unaware of Les-Fest, it began in June 2012 as a two day event and was hailed as a success from the very beginning. Masterminded by Dave Ritchie, the festival is located in Valley International Park near Crossford, which is only a few miles from Larkhall train station meaning easy access to and from Glasgow city centre (which is served well by trains to and from London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool) and is less than an hours drive from Edinburgh.
The debut festival was such a success that it won the coveted Music Event of the Year award at the 2012 Scottish New Music Awards, and has been attracting a lot of attention ever since.
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The attraction of Les-Fest is easy to see, as it is Scotland's one and only Rock and Metal Festival and this year is spread across three days from Friday 28th – Sunday 30th June. With bands travelling from all over the UK and Europe to play there this year, the festival is going from strength to strength. This year sees Huddersfield band Evile perform their only UK festival headline appearance and an exclusive Scottish summer performance as they close the Thrash themed Friday night, whilst Brighton based Furyon close off the Saturday night with their own unique and contemporary sound whilst delivering some huge rock radio friendly songs.
Sunday night headliners are Swedish hard rockers Bonafide, who are set to close the festival in fine style. Apart from the three headlining bands, there are over 40 other bands appearing on the Main Stage over the weekend including Fire In The Empire, Sworn Amongst, Estrella, Def Con One, Excellent Cadaver, Massive Wagons, Skarlett Riot and Jettblack.
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In addition to the main stage, there is a second Metal Angels stage, which will see performances from (amongst others) Dave Arcari, Kariss and Lucifer Fallen as well as an acoustic stage which sees the likes of Triaxis, Sinocence and The Goddamn Electric performing during the weekend and who knows if some of the other bands might be persuaded to do unannounced acoustic sets too?
One of the things that Les-Fest has against other festivals is that the main stage is completely covered, so come rain or shine, the bands will still play at their allotted time – having said that, the long range forecast for that weekend is glorious sunshine, but you will still be able to hear the bands whilst sitting outside in the sunshine! There are a number of onsite caterers there to provide food throughout the weekend from a variety of different outlets from burger vans to the onsite restaurants, and what festival would be complete without a steady supply of beer and cider from one of the onsite bars?
Les-Fest is a family friendly festival and those under 14 years of age get in free (under the supervision of a responsible adult, of course!). Once there, the youngsters can make use of the indoor Cheeky Monkees soft play area as well as the added attraction of the Rock N' Roll Train that will be running all weekend.
Camping tickets have almost already sold out, so an extra 50 were put up for sale in the last few weeks due to such high demand, but these won't last long either, so get them when you can. In addition, there are also weekend (non-camping tickets) tickets available and as recently as last week, the organisers announced that single day tickets are now available for sale for those who can't stay all weekend.
Les-Fest 2013 is already looking to be bigger and better than last year, and with plans for Les-Fest 2014 underway too, this looks like one UK Festival that that will grow and grow, don't miss out and get yourself a ticket.
Main Stage Line Up (in order of appearance):
Friday 28th June
Hell Is Harmony
Cnoc An Tursa
Fire In The Empire
Mad Hatter 2.0
Saturday 29th June
Def Con One
States Of Panic
The Sanity Days
Sunday 30th June
Winter In Eden
The Goddamn Electric
Firebrand Super Rock
Official Website: www.les-fest.co.uk/
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