Dark Side Music’s Festival Guide 2019: Multi Venue Festivals


Probably one of the greatest multi-venue festivals to ever exist. With around 500 different artists, over 30 different venues including stages on the beach. This might be the best place to find new up and coming artists from all over the world. Having already released the first 50 artists to play this year including Indoor Pets, Lewis Capaldi and Chappaqua Wrestling, 2019 is going to be another amazing year for the Brighton festival.

This year it is taking place on the 9-11th May.

A slightly smaller, lesser know festival happening across Brighton. Washed Out is entering its third year, showcasing some of the best up and coming punk music around right now. Held across the city in some of the cities best known bars and live music venues, Washed Out Festival delivers DIY music at its finest, and builds a community from the art and punk scene in Brighton

This year Washed Out is on the 12th-13th April.



Live at Leeds first started in 2007, and now it is one of the best metropolitan festivals in the country. Now it runs during Leeds International Festival, which has first started in 2017.

A festival built to give a platform for emerging artists, Live at Leeds now has over 200 acts performing on over 20 stages across the weekend.

If clashes aren't your thing, then this is not the festival for you. With so many amazing artists booked for 2019 already, you will struggle to see everyone you want over the course of the festival.

As well as new music, the return of Swim Deep is happening at Live at Leeds 2019. Since being announced for the festival, the band have commented "Buzzin for Leeds. New songs. Buzzin". 

As well as the return of Swim Deep, we also have Sundara Karma, Tom Grennan and Metronomy headlining the festival, just showing how strong the lineup really is.

This year it takes place on the 4th May



It is only once you see the quality of Icebreaker Festival that you realise how hard it is to make it in the music industry. Showcasing the best in unsigned artists, the festival is definitely the place to find new music.

This year the festival is headlined by Southampton's Wild Front, a band who have been backed in 2018 by BBC Introducing.

With a weekend ticket only costing £15 and there being over 150 sets of music played, you cannot get better value for money from a  festival.

This year the festival takes place on the 25th-26th January

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Liverpool's Sound City hosts a variety of music, with some of the best music from the UK playing alongside some of Liverpool's up and coming talent.

With the likes of Mabel, Loyle Carner and The Magic Gang being at the top of the billing, you can see why the festival has a great reputation. It is also the only one of our festivals to have taken place in three different continents, showing off the popularity of the festival and how famous its name is.

This year Sound City Liverpool takes place on the 3rd-5th May


Brought to you from the people behind Communion Music, Bushtock Festival is a multi-venue festival which takes place in the heart of Shepherds Bush.

The idea of the festival is to show off the many talents that Communion Music have found over the past year and to celebrate all the hard work that happens within Communion.

Previous artists to play the festival include Peace, Bastille, Hozier, Daughter, Lucy Rose as well as many more impressive names.

This years line up already includes Novo Amor, APRE, Marthagunn, Olivia and Winnie Raeder.

It will take place on the 15th June




Handmade Festival is another festival which uses May bank holiday to its advantage. Starting in 2013, the festival showcase music, art, comedy, film and photography.

Since then, the festival now includes O2 Academy Leicester and the University of Leicester's student union on its list of venues' and it is bigger than ever.

Previous headlines have included Frightened Rabbit, Drenge, Circa Waves and many more very impressive bands. This year Metronomy take the headline slot for what is going to be another great festival.

Handmade Festival is taking place on the 5th May.

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