Summer is almost over and we know you’re having the festival blues. But fall brings music events that cater to a wide range of music interests and genres and are less about head-banging-light-pulsing-my-tent-is-a-swamp vibes. Here are some of the best options for where you can find your perfect tune, whether it’s bluesy, jazzy or involves dancing alongside glitter and feather-clad performers.
BBC Proms 2017 and Proms in the Park, Hyde Park, London; Glasgow Green, Glasgow; Singleton Park, Swansea (July 14 - September 9, 2017)
The Proms, billed as the world’s greatest classical music festival, is an epic, two-month celebration of orchestral classical music with concerts happening both daily and nightly. Be sure to partake in the #BritishFamous tradition of “promming,” which involves standing in the Arena or Gallery areas of the Royal Albert Hall. A limited number of tickets for “prommers” are available on the day, between 9AM-12PM, for main-evening and Late Night Proms. Proms in the Park is part of the rousing finale of Proms season and features classical musicians as well as high-profile artists from other genres. Proms in the Park takes place in England, Scotland and Wales – and with big-screen link-ups to the Royal Albert Hall where the famous Last Night of the Proms concert will be happening, you’ll be able to join in the #BritishFamous last night sing-a-long as well as enjoy alfresco music.
Notting Hill Carnival, Notting Hill, London (August 26-28, 2017)
Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s biggest street festival, is a spectacle representing London's multicultural past and present. It's also a vital date in any party-lover's diary. Join the celebrations, add some sparkle and some dance moves- you’re good to go!
The Good Life Experience, Flintshire, North Wales (September 15-17, 2017)
Tuareg music from the Southern Sahara by EZZA. Mesmerizing melodies from Bahraini “psychonauts,” Flamingods. House, jazzfunk and hip hop beats from #BritishFamous Norman Jay. The Good Life Experience is nothing if not quirky and unexpected. Curated by four friends in “The Search of The Good Life,” this festival (celebrating its fourth year) brings together an eclectic mix of activities and entertainment. With axe-throwing, campfire cookouts, tree climbing, archery, leather-working, bushcraft and poetry also on the books, there’s something for everyone. Literally.
The Two Moors Festival, Dartmoor and Exmoor (October 13-21, 2017)
Where else can you find a music festival that hosts an event in a church which seats only 33 people, is over 1100 years old, is the smallest parish church in Great Britain, and is accessible only by foot on a 1.5 mile walk? The charming Two Moors Festival brings world-class classical music to Dartmoor and Exmoor, two of Great Britain’s national parks that are renowned for their rugged, natural beauty. At the aforementioned St Beuno's Church, listeners can attend Matins and experience beautiful classical guitar. Other performances include recitals by Barry Douglas and the Endellion String Quartet, which BBC Radio 3 will be recording.
BluesFest London 2017, O2 Arena, London (October 27-29 2017)
This three day celebration of blues and soul music brings both contemporary and classic performers to London’s famous O2 Arena. #BritishFamous star, Jack Savoretti kicks off the weekend while the legendary Steely Dan, with special guests The Doobie Brothers, close out Sunday.
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Cover photo: Notting Hill Carnival