Festival: LodeStar 2013


Many of you may be unfamiliar with this little gem of a festival, and we don’t blame you with the abundance of choice for summer music festivals – many boasting impressive line-ups and temptations making us, sigh, spoilt for choice. But this year, we think we have uncovered a little jewel that could be the highlight of the boutique festival scene. Look at how bloody brilliant we are at our jobs. Actually discovering festivals. They’re really hard to find.

In past years, many of us have embarked on the classic ‘rite of passage’ festivals such as Reading/Glasto/V Festival, but this year feels right to consider the others out there this summer. Now its fifth year, LodeStar has hosted names such as Sir Bob Geldof, Cage The Elephant, The Magic Numbers, CSS, The Datsuns and many more.


We have a sneaking suspicion that the festival gets its name from its location of Lode, Cambridge. This usually conjures up images of the Cambridge Folk Festival – Ach’s personal favourite of the year [Ach: YEAYUH], but it should be remembered for more musically speaking, and LodeStar definitely gives the area something to feel smug about.


The headliners of this year’s event are worth going for alone: Ryan Keen starts on the Friday with his offerings of chilled acoustic/folk vibes, Saturday is The Joy Formidable off the back of their epic release Wolf’s Law, and Canadian electro poppers Dragonette drawing the festivities to a close. Representing and making us proud here at Killing Moon are VV Brown and The Vestals, who are also set to make appearances over the three days.

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Alongside the tantalising acts mentioned above, Thumpers, Paper Aeroplanes, The Wicked Whispers, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, Lonely The Brave, Mausi, Face The Ocean and Midas Fall to name but a few are all lined up to ensure this festival is to be a goodie.


If that isn’t enough to whet an appetite, there are plenty of other things to pique one’s interest. The festival boasts plenty of activities such as musical workshops, market stalls, comedy, circus acts, burlesque, archery. Perhaps most importantly, we also get a chance to experience ‘zorbing’, which we assume is probably best experienced before the drinking and other festivities are in full swing…

The Festival organizers have even gone that bit further and arranged it when the chances of decent weather are high with the chosen date statistically one of the best weather weekends of the year, which is nice of them. Arguably the most alluring factor in deciding whether Lodestar Festival is the one for you this year is the fact that it has won the UK Festival Award for Best Toilets.


“It’s about being local and taking stock of what is on our doorstep in terms of food, entertainment and the environment,” says festival founder Doug Durrant. “Festival-goers, music lovers, lovers of the environment and seekers of something new will all find LodeStar a great place to be. Our ethos is about bringing people together and giving them a really memorable and enjoyable experience.”

The festival runs from the 30th Aug – 1st September. Adult mid-bird tickets are still available for £64 for all 3 days, with £5 extra for a tent or caravan. Mid-bird tickets for 15 to 17s are £56 for 3 days; children 14 or younger are free. For more information on tickets, visit the official LodeStar Festival Web site.


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