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Bristol International Balloon Fiesta Lifts Off for 2017

Bristol will once again host Europe’s largest annual ballooning event, a spectacular free weekend for the whole family from Thursday 10th – Sunday 13th August 2017.

Now in its 39th year, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta has long been a highlight in Britain’s event calendar, with over 100 hot air balloons taking off from Ashton Court Estate at dawn and dusk, and lighting up the sky at night with evening balloon glows.

Featuring four days of colourful hot air balloon displays, hundreds of thousands of visitors gather in the rolling hills of Ashton Court Estate, on the outskirts of Bristol to watch the balloons of all shapes and sizes lift off over the city.

As well as the balloon ascents there is entertainment for all the family, throughout the day including aerial displays, children’s activities and entertainment, fairground rides, delicious food stalls and bars, balloon tethering and demonstrations, model aircraft displays and a local music stage.

Watch amazing hot air balloon ascents up close

Visit the fiesta on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings at 6am for ‘Breakfast and Balloons’ and watch the balloons take to the sky as the sun rises while enjoying a breakfast picnic. The balloons then take to the skies again in the evening mass ascents at 6pm and visitors are encouraged to arrive early to get a good viewing spot.

For those looking to witness something out of the ordinary, the Special Shapes ascent on the Thursday evening offers a great opportunity to take a peek at the special shaped balloons, which could take the form of anything from lions to Minions and even flying castles.

Nightglow and Fireworks Finales

Once darkness falls visitors to the event can witness the spectacular night glow, when 30 hot air balloons tether and light up in sequence to music, like giant light bulbs. The Nightglows take place on Thursday 10th August and Saturday 12th August at approximately 9.15pm. Following the performance the skies light up over Ashton Court Estate with a spectacular fireworks.

For visitors planning on driving to the event, car parking will only be available in advance and runs on a tiered system, so the earlier you book the cheaper the price.

To book car parking tickets please visit or to find out more about this year’s event follow @BristolBalloon on Instagram and Twitter, or


StrEat Food and Family Fun Festival

Newby Hall, 22-24 September 2017

This September will see a national celebration of some of the most superlative street food traders across the UK when they come together for the launch of the StrEat Food and Family Fun Festival at Newby Hall and Gardens, Ripon from 22-24 September 2017.

This follows the successful inaugural event in Valley Gardens, Harrogate, but with so much more, including headline acts to be announced in June onwards.

The destination event will take festival goers and foodie fans on a gastronomic global journey of discovery, combined with a quirky and diverse mix of fun, film, current acts and bands on the main stage, as well as eclectic entertainment and general mayhem for the whole family to experience – all set in the backdrop of the beautiful Newby Hall grounds in North Yorkshire.

All manner of vehicles from horseboxes and AirStreams to Citreon H Vans and Campervans will serve a scrummy selection of street food from some 60 traders from around the world. Visitors can expect an array of colourful traders with character who will challenge the senses with a fusion of smells, tastes, sounds and food firsts – there’s something for every appetite. An Artisan Market will also feature some 30 producers with handpicked products for visitors to try, buy and take home.

Europe’s largest outdoor cinema will keep movie buffs entertained with iconic and classic films, including a nostalgic 80’s night. The film feast includes Back to the Future, The Lost Boys, The Matrix, The Jungle Book and Jurassic Park with some surprise dino-tastic guests dropping by the main stage, so hold onto your popcorn! Fancy watching Jurassic from a jacuzzi or Jungle Book with bubbles! – groups of 8 film fans can even book one of 4 Luxury Hot Tub for an indulgent viewing experience.

From good grub to glamping, camping to craft beer teepees and cocktail bars, as well as movies to music, bath tubs to bushcraft and much more – festival goers will experience an exciting energy and enthusiastic menu of food, fun and entertainment throughout this 3-day event.

Kick back in a vintage deckchair or beanbag and enjoy music from the main stage with a top celebrity DJ and current headline performers and bands from UK and Europe. Swoolish will fly in from Holland to bring his vintage living room set and vinyls to Yorkshire. Tunes will create a smooth and sultry jazz club atmosphere with an eclectic mix of boogaloo, calypso, boogie woogie, mambo and blue grass.

Festival goers looking for some chill time and a fancy foot rub can relax in our quirky Water Spa where our lazy chairs ‘wheely’ look like wheelbarrows. Put your feet up in the wheelbarrow loungers and let the mobile kettle cart pamper your pins with a warm footbath. What better way to enjoy the festival tunes.

The Naughty Tea Ladies, Jean and Morag will be brewing up a storm around the Gardens on their specially adapted tricycle causing mischief and mayhem. They interact with the children, photo bomb everyone, sing at the top of their very poor singing voices, kiss you on the cheek when you least expect it and steal your picnic!

A Wandering Band will take visitors on a magic carpet ride for an amazing musical trip crossing many corners of the earth. They’ve been astounding audiences throughout Europe for many years with their anarchic medley of traditional European and world musical styles of all eras, throwing them together to form an infectious unique brand of music that never fails to have audiences jumping around in a frenzy!

The StrEaters and Vintage Lawn Society will be on hand to entertain and amaze all day, the children can enjoy bushcraft survival skills and den building in the woods and can even cook up their own bug pancakes…if they really want too!

StrEat’s Glamping Village features hot tubs to book for private parties followed by a campfire chill-out…Beautiful Bell Tents are available for festival goers to book in the VIP village with The Outdoors People! Bushcraft-Glamping, it’s less of a straight-forward “glamp” and more of an adventure…

The key part of the experience is what’s going on outside the tent. Under giant shelters, the campfire burns, the kettle’s on, camp blankets and hot drinks are available for everyone and above it all: the stars!

At just £60 per adult for a weekend ticket (3 days/nights) with children going FREE, this offers fantastic festival value for money. For more information visit


Atlas Festival – The World in a Weekend

Atlas Festival is coming to the UK on the 29th and 30th July 2017! Atlas is a celebration of music, food, drinks, and entertainment from around the world. Appealing to globetrotters, seasoned travellers, those with a love of dreaming of faraway lands or those who just want to experience a festival showcasing something a little different.
There are several countries to explore, and with over 60 different classes, workshops, musicians, performers, inspirational speakers, outdoor activities, films, and secret areas to keep you entertained all weekend, there really is something for everyone. Featuring jazz, world music, pop, rock, drum ‘n’ bass, indie, hip hop, rap, techno, r‘n’b, dance, electronic, plus plenty more genres, Atlas really does have music to tickle most ears.

The difference between Atlas and other ‘world music’ festivals is that we are not just focusing on the music from other countries but also the experiences you get whilst travelling- the good, the crazy and the really different…! We have loads in our gorgeous parkland to discover, with anything from burlesque to yoga classes, rock climbing to stand up paddle boarding, travel blogging seminars to bushcraft workshops, a crazy UV paint party to a high end club, unique shopping to delicous world food and drink, our chilled out ‘hostel’ to more traditional stages, plus much, much more… Our unique passports allow you to collect stamps in return for prizes and they are a beautiful keepsake to remind you of your adventure.

Areas to discover include:
Thai Full Moon Party, LA Rooftop Club, Moroccan Souk, The World Stage, Workshops, First Class Lounge, The Atlas Backpackers, Long Haul Campsite Stage, The Adventure Park and many more including some secret places you might have to explore to find…

Featuring Reef // Toploader // N-Trance // Fatman Scoop // Ray Mears bushcraft talk // Seeds of Creation // Blow Trio // Goldie Lookin’ Chain (GLC) // Sian Evans // Panjabi MC // DJ Tall Paul // Rose Betts // Inspirational Explorer Justin Miles // The Shakers // DJ Kippax // Rui da Silva // Top UK Travel Blogger Vicky FlipFlop // Rogue One // Red Hot Chilli Pipers // Pacific // Dave Mun // Jimmy K // MORE TO COME…

Twitter- @atlas_festival


Balaton Sound with This Summer

Balaton Sound is said to be the best European Beach Music Festival, set in a breath-taking location on the shores of Lake Balaton in Hungary, the festival presents a high-class line-up of the finest electronic music out there, with the likes of Tiesto, KYGO, HardwellAfrojack or Jason Derulo already confirmed this year.
I’ve been attending the festival every year since 2011, as for me this is the perfect holiday” – told us Peter, one of the masterminds behind, the new tour company specialising in the Balaton Sound Festival -. Chilling by the beach all day, swimming, listening to the music and attending cool programs, while partying all night with the best DJ in the world! The idea to organise tours came a few years ago, when we didn’t book the accommodation on time, and had to realise that it`s impossible to get anything near the festival after February, or it will cost an arm and a leg. We decided to book festival passes and accommodation in advance, what we can offer at an affordable price. It proved successful, and this year we extended it to the UK market as well.
Our hassle-free package feature not only tickets and accommodation, but also flights, transfers and more to take care of the entire trip, all without our clients having to pay more for the privilege – so they can just enjoy themselvesThis Hungarian festival is anyway a popular destination for young adults from all over Europe, as here you get the best value for your money. In which other festival can you see David Guetta and get a pint for less than £2?!
This year we offer extra 2 nights stay after the festival included in the price to recover before heading back home, what they can spend to discover a bit what Hungary can offer, or just to work a bit more on their tan. As an addition, our local tour guides will be always around in case they need anything or are seeking for any helpThis service is not only useful, but maybe convinces the parents as well that their kids are not totally alone in a week long madness.
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Amplified Open Air Festival launches


Amplified is an exciting new three-day rock/metal festival featuring a top quality line-up of chart-topping artists, breaking new bands, great food and drink, and excellent amenities.


21st – 23rd July 2017


Quarrydowns, between Northleach and Aldsworth, in Gloucestershire.

Amplified is an exciting new three-day rock/metal festival featuring a top quality l
ine-up of chart-topping artists, breaking new bands, great food and drink, and excellent amenities.

Situated in the glorious Cotswold countryside, Amplified is set to be one of the best events for festival goers this Summer. Confirmed acts include Puddle Of Mudd, Evil Scarecrow, Trapt, Diamond Head, Acid Reign and many more.

Festival organiser Gary Paterson said, “I can’t quite believe Amplified is almost here… I guess it just goes to show that hard work pays off, and with the support of good friends and colleagues in planning your dream, anything can happen.” Paterson, a well-known and respected promoter with over 20 years experience in the music industry, continues, “Whilst bringing chart-topping multi-platinum album selling rock bands from around the world here to the Cotswolds, we’ll also showcase some of the best up n’ coming acts of the rock/metal scene from not only here in Gloucestershire but from all regions of the UK. Expect a few surprises and get ready to get Amped in 2017!”

Amplified Open Air Festival take places on 21st – 23rd July 2017 at Quarrydowns, between Northleach and Aldsworth, in Gloucestershire.

Confirmed acts so far (headliners and more to be announced):


Main stage

Puddle Of Mudd / Trapt / The Amorettes / Departed / Tess Of The Circle / The Fallen State / New Volume / Rival Bones / The Vigil

Very Metal Art stage

Acid Reign / Trucker Diablo / Exist Immortal / Conjurer / Oakhaart / Bleed Again / Damaj


Main stage

Reign Of Fury / Krysthla / Anti-Clone / Broken Jaw / Illustr8tors / Cellar Door Moon Crow / Press To Meco / Welcome Back Delta

Outright Resistance

Very Metal Art stage

Evil Scarecrow / Massive Wagons / One Machine / Divine Chaos / Ramage Inc. / Witch Tripper

Chasing Dragons / Scarsun


Main stage

Unzucht / Vega / Massive / Courtesans / Instill / Fragile Things / Crooked Little Sons

Very Metal Art stage

Diamond Head / Beholder / Sumer / In Search Of Sun / Fury / Garganjua / Twisted Illusion

Hell’s Gazelles

Shoot Your Hoops stage

As Lions / Bad Sign / Holding Absence / Shvpes / I The Lion / Woes

Valensole / Ten Tombs / Scene Of My Demise / Healthy Junkies

The Tavern stage

Stop, Stop / Captain Accident & The Disasters / Michigan Avenue / Vajazzle Dynamite / Hard Stairs The Hawthorns / Desperados / Solid Gone / Fred Roberts Family / Beaver And The Foghorns

The Lighter Thieves / The Strays / Rock Foundry / Charlie Baxter / Rollin Sixes


Standard ticket £80 includes free parking and camping

VIP Ticket £125 includes free parking, camping and VIP hospitality access.

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About Amplified Open Air Festival:

Address: Quarrydowns, Eastington Road, Northleach, Gloucestershire.

Website: Instagram: amplifiedrocks Twitter: @amplified2017 Facebook: Amplified Festival Group Contact:

Amplified Open Air Festival’s founder and organiser Gary Paterson has run several successful established live music venues in Gloucestershire, notably The Hub and G’s Rock Bar, hosting solo artists such as Rickie Warwick and Frank Turner, along with bands like Puddle Of Mudd, Anvil, Hayseed Dixie, Art Brut, and The Duke Spirit (voted by NME as “one of the top 25 gigs of 2005”).

Having supported the local music scene over the last 15 years, Gary gives up n’ coming bands the chance to play alongside their peers. Being revered by many for keeping the local music scene thriving, Amplified is the next logical step in continuing his passion and forward thinking.

About Very Metal Art: Very Metal Art is owned and run by Andy Pilkington, former manager of Reign of Fury and founder of the Headbangers Balls national charity tours. Andy has a reputation for passion and support for the UK rock and metal scene, and with his latest venture, VMA has become one of the UK’s go-to designers, with national and international clients such as Bloodstock Festival, Nuclear Blast and AFM Records.

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About Stampede Press UK: Stampede Press UK is an independent music promotion, artist support and consultancy agency specialising in profiling exciting rock and metal bands, brands and events.

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Edinburgh Beer Enthusiasts Launch New Craft Beer Revolution Festival

Beer-loving friends Richard Servranckx and Dan Quille, both from Leith in Edinburgh, plan to share their passion for quality brews and revolutionise the Scottish beer scene with a new ‘Craft Beer Revolution Festival’ at Assembly Roxy in Edinburgh 24th to 26th November 2016.

Dan said… ‘I recently visited America and was blown away by how popular craft beer was there. Here is Edinburgh it’s still the norm to go into a bar and order a pint of one of the big brands, so we decided to put our love of micro-brewed beer to good use and organise a festival that will introduce people to the amazing range of craft beers that are produced here on our doorstep and support the craft beer industry.

The three-day festival will be held at Assembly Roxy in Edinburgh (24-26th November) and showcase craft beers from 13 of the best breweries from Scotland, the UK and Europe including Edinburgh based breweries Pilot and Top Out, Glasgow based Up Front, Panda Frog Project from Newcastle, London based Howling Hops and Parisis from Paris (see full list of breweries in Editors Notes below). Arbikie Gin and Vodka and wines from Vino will also be available for those who wish to enjoy the festival with a different tipple.

Over 60 beers will be on offer in the Beer Hall, from pale ales to hoppy 10% brews, appealing to both beer connoisseurs and novices who can try new flavours, meet the brewers and discover a new favourite beer. A Craft Beer Revolution beer will also be available – a slightly spicy double red rye IPA – brewed in collaboration with Edinburgh based microbrewery Ushers, and festivalgoers can vote for their favourite beer to win the ‘Craft Beer Revolution Beer of the Year’ award.

To accompany the steady stream of beer, street food is served-up by Scoff, The Buffalo Truck and Glasgow’s popular Babu Bombay Street Kitchen, and Cleaver & Keg Charcuterie Trollies will meander around the festival offering cured meats to pair with the beers available.

As well as a Craft Beer Revolution branded glass to drink from at the festival and take home, tastings and masterclasses from the breweries involved are also included with tickets. Entertainment takes the form of a playlist complied from songs festivalgoers request online before the festival, daily pub quizzes, Beer-Drinking Relay Races and much more.

Richard added… ‘We’ve been working hard over the last 6 months to produce Craft Beer Revolution Festival and can’t wait to share it with our visitors. We are thrilled to be working with all the breweries taking part and honoured to support Brewgooder as our charity partner and support their #DrinkBeerGiveWater campaign that provides clean water to over one million people.

Sheffield Vegan Festival

The first annual vegan festival will land in Sheffield on Saturday 23rd July. Thousands of attendees from across the UK will visit, what is on course to be one of the largest of its kind in the UK. Come along and taste some food, watch a demonstration or listen to one of our amazing speakers. You don’t need to be vegan or vegetarian to have an amazing day at this epic event.


Top tips for Festival newbies

Don’t over pack – before the festival it always seems like a great idea to take everything but the kitchen sink but try to refrain from packing all your home comforts – you’ll be lugging your backpack around for hours so give your shoulders a rest and only take the bare minimum

Don’t take valuables – leave your gadgets at home. With the exception of your phone and wallet, don’t take anything you wouldn’t want to lose or get damaged

Pack these essentials – take wet wipes (these will be your own portable shower), sun cream, a waterproof jacket, wellies, antibacterial gel (this will be your soap) and toilet roll

Take cereal bars – and lots of them! They’re a low effort breakfast or great as a snack whenever you’re low on energy. Otherwise try to pack as little food as possible, you’ll find you’ll throw most of it away

It’ll probably rain – your nice shoes will get ruined so take wellies or boots. Plastic bags, bin bags or sealable sandwich bags are a great way to keep things dry

An extra layer, keep it dry – it gets cold at night so take a warm jumper or hoody and keep it in the driest place you can find. When it’s cold and wet you’ll really appreciate it

Hide some money – spread your money around a bit. In case your wallet flies out of your pocket when you’re going crazy in the dance tent, tuck some money into another pocket, your shoe or even your underwear – just make sure you remember it’s there when you go to the loo!

Tent pitching – don’t camp near to the toilets or too close to the path. Before you leave your tent make sure you take note of any landmarks nearby, when you come back you’ll find there’ll be a load of new tents that pop up out of nowhere and it’s especially difficult to find your tent in the dark, especially after a few drinks. Take a torch if you don’t have a flashlight on your phone

Stock up on water on the first day – once you’ve set up your tent, venture out and buy the biggest bottle of water you can find/carry. You’ll appreciate not having to trek for miles if the sun comes out one hungover morning when your mouth is as dry as a desert

Experience everything – check out the biggest acts on the main stage as well as some you’ve never heard of before. Fill in the gaps between bands by making friends and sharing photos on JiveMap. JiveMap is a location based social network allowing you to share and engage with everyone around you at the festival, share your festival photos and also keep in touch with friends. Just make sure you download the free app before heading to the festival to save that mobile data


Win FREE festival tickets!

There are so many great festivals taking place around the UK this summer and in association with JiveMap, the location based social network, we’re giving you the opportunity to attend some of the best. For your chance to win tickets, just choose a festival below (or skip making the difficult decision and enter all 4!) and follow the steps to enter the selected competition. We’ll be at these Hot UK Festivals, will you be?

Shard Fest, Birmingham, 23rd – 24th July 2016
Headliner James Arthur

1 winner will receive a pair of VIP tickets. Just follow these simple steps:

Competition closes 16th June 2016. Entries will only be valid if you complete all of the above steps before the closing date

Frontrow Festival, Oxford, 2nd July 2016
Headliner The Travelling Band, John Bramwell (I Am Kloot)

1 winner will receive a pair of tickets. Just follow these simple steps:

Competition closes 30th June 2016. Entries will only be valid if you complete all of the above steps before the closing date

Gradient Festival, Styx, London, 20th July 2016
Headliner 8 Mana, Tidal Sound, Animal Safari

1 winner will receive a pair of tickets each week until the start of the festival. Just follow these simple steps:

  • Retweet Hot UK Festival’s Gradient Festival competition tweet
  • Download the JiveMap app, available for free on iPhone and Android
  • Set up your JiveMap account and verify it
  • Follow @GradientFest JiveMap

Entries will only be valid if you complete all of the above steps before the closing date

Jubilee Music Festival, Titchfield Common, 2nd July 2016
Headliner The KazBaas

1 winner will receive a family ticket (2 Adults and up to 3 children). Just follow these simple steps:

  • Retweet Hot UK Festival’s Gradient Festival competition tweet
  • Download the JiveMap app, available for free on iPhone and Android
  • Set up your JiveMap account and verify it
  • Follow @HotUKFestivals on JiveMap

Competition closes 30th June 2016. Entries will only be valid if you complete all of the above steps before the closing date