If there’s one open air contemporary festival that has that famous Californian flower power vibe it’s got to be Coachella
This year’s Playgroup Festival, famous for its intimate, eco-friendly feel, will feature 130 bands and DJs on eight stages. Between September 21 – 23 the festival in Eridge Park, an ancient deer reserve largely unchanged since the times of William the Conqueror, will feature a wide range of musical styles, cabaret and performance. The festival, “one of the best things to ever come out of Brighton”, is known for its inviting, sociable atmosphere and the themed costumes of visitors, this year ranging from bears to monsters under the bed. Visitors will be encouraged to join eight 600-strong tribes and participate in theme-related puzzles, portraits, happy hours, tournaments, treasure hunts and more. Highlights are likely to include American soul superstar Alice Russell, her influences rooted in Harlem, along with the ethereal sound of The Herbaliser with their mix of jazz rap and nature-filled ambient. Regular Radio 1 guest DJ Yoda, award-winning hip hop turntablist, is sure to be a pull, alongside Brighton’s own DJ Format. Also look out for London Afrobeat Orchestra, Nedri, Transformer and Anchorsong.