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Looe Music Festival wins Cornwall Tourism Event of the Year

04/11/16 - Looe Music Festival was crowned Tourism Event of the Year at the Cornwall Tourism Awards held on Thursday 3rd November at the Headland Hotel, Newquay. The not-for-profit event was recognised for its contribution to Cornwall’s tourism industry having boosted the local economy with an estimated consumer spend of £3.46m during the week of the event.

Coachella 2010: Tilt-shift video

28/07/16 - This tilt-shift video of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2010 is one of our favourite festival aftermovies, giving a unique perspective on one of the most successful festivals in the United States.

Festival packing list

09/05/16 - With the festival season fast approaching, here's our packing list with all the festival essentials we wouldn't be without.

Festival packing list

Bestival FM joins forces with Soho Radio

08/03/16 - Bestival are relaunching their longstanding festival radio brand as Bestival FM on Soho Radio. The Bestival team will present two shows on the internet-based station.

New report says live music industry is failing to recognise that 'access starts online’ for disabled fans

22/02/16 - Music charity Attitude is Everything has published its third State of Access Report, which provides a snap-shot of UK live music accessibility and the barriers that disabled music fans are facing at gigs and festivals.

Rob and Josie da Bank become Goldsmiths Honorary Fellows

18/02/16 - Almost two and a half decades after meeting in the Goldsmiths Students' Union as 18-year-olds, Bestival founders Josie and Rob da Bank were today named Honorary Fellows of Goldsmiths, University of London.

Festival of Evil - Doctor Who at Glastonbury

28/09/15 - From a TARDIS in the Circus field in 2001 and Orbital's Doctor Who theme in 2004, to Orbital plus Matt Smith in 2010 and the Radiophonic Workshop on the Glade stage in 2014, Festival Time Machine explores Doctor Who related shenanigans at Glastonbury Festival.

Glastonbury 1989 - Basslines and bootlegs

27/04/15 - My first one. Just me and a shiny new 2-man tent. The tent that survived a further 17 festivals' worth of rain, floods, winds, mud, and burning sun before getting chewed up by termites while packed away in the garage over the winter of 2000. A sad end, I always envisaged it dying on the battlefield after a particularly apocalyptic Glastonbury storm.

Glastonbury 1997 - Radiohead come of age

22/04/15 - Glastonbury 1997. If it were an episode of Friends it would be called The One With Even More Mud Than Usual, or maybe The One With The Legendary Radiohead Set. Yes, it was that one...

The mathematical way to choose a festival toilet

20/04/15 - Festival toilets can be a bit grim but how many should you inspect before committing? This clever video from Numberphile shows you how to work out the optimum number of toilets to check.

Glastonbury wins NME's Best Festival award

19/02/15 - Glastonbury won the Best Festival category at the 2015 NME Awards, held last night at the O2 Academy Brixton. The NME's Small Festival Of The Year award went to Liverpool Psych Fest.

European Festival Awards - winners revealed

15/01/15 - The UK had a higher profile than usual at the 2014 European Festival Awards as the winners were revealed at Groningen’s De Oosterpoort in The Netherlands.

V&A acquires the Glastonbury Festival archive

13/06/14 - Art and design museum the V&A is collaborating with Glastonbury Festival to create an archive covering more than 40 years of diverse and creative performance.