Things haven’t been going so well on the festival front of late – with last-minute cancellations of the Alt-Fest and urban delivery Another World, which was set for Silverstone with a bill headlined by Snoop Dogg and Mark Ronson.
And a few weeks ago, City Nights broke the news that ticket sales for the Dreamscape event were below the expected and the event was being moved from the National Bowl to the smaller venue at Willen Park.
But while the cancellations take the headlines, one festival happening locally has been so overwhelmed by interest that it too has moved venue – to a bigger site.
This weekend the sixth annual One Love Festival will bring reggae royalty to our door with three-days of style spinning multiple stages via dozens and dozens of artists.
Among the gargantuan line-up are some truly terrific talents, and legends of their craft – John Holt, The Wailing Souls, Coxsone Sound System and Macka B to name a few, and they are the tip of a very big iceberg.
Holt has been solo for more than 40 years, but prior to stepping out alone he featured in Jamaican band The Paragons, and was responsible for a song called The Tide Is High...yep, the same one which went on to be a chart topper on both sides of the Atlantic for Blondie.
Veterans will be joined by the new breed at the bash – tomorrow’s stars of the soundsystem culture.
One Love was originally being hosted at Stockwell Farm in Leighton Buzzard, but thanks to that aforementioned demand, the whole festival is being lifted up, so to speak, and deposited on our doorstep – at Springfield Farm in Little Horwood.
“We were struggling with the size of Stockwell Farm as a venue – where to put everything so everyone can have the best possible time,” organisers said.
“We realised that even though we love that place, it just wasn’t going to fit everything in how we like it and couldn’t see how we could grow with our increasing popularity.
“...for the sake of UK reggae music we had to be proactive and protect the future of this genre and let it grow in a suitable environment...we think you are going to love it,” they added.
One Love doesn’t just have the sounds of the Caribbean – you can taste the region too with plenty of catering outlets ready to cook up a storm, and more stalls selling crafts, clothing and the all-important vinyl.
“The mixture of old school artists and the new generation of dub create amazing displays of compatability and sound,” promise those at the helm.
“As the day rolls on, the carnival ethos gradually seeps in and the festival transforms into a true Jamaican style celebration.”
For tickets and full line-up details visit www.onelovefestival.co.uk