Summer is almost here which means only one thing in the United Kingdom: it’s festival season again! Come rain or shine, festival-goers across the UK flock to day festivals or weekenders every summer to catch the best line ups you can possibly imagine. Of course, this is the British summer we’re talking of, so it is more often rain than shine and there is an entire market for festival Wellies and trendy Macs.
These days I far prefer day festivals to the weekenders. I reckon I paid my dues at Glastonbury and Reading with overflowing Portaloos and cold showers. Day festivals are perfect – you get to saunter down at around lunch time, spend the day in the sun watching a fantastic line up and still make it home on the last train.
This year there is a new event on the London festival horizon to rival Hard Rock Calling and Wireless. Orange Nation, the UK’s biggest gay clubbing promotions company, are launching the As One in the Park festival which they promise to be the biggest gay gathering of the summer. As One in the Park will take place in Victoria Park, Hackney on Bank Holiday Sunday, May 26 from noon to 10pm.
Rita Ora has been announced as the main stage headliner along with Katy B, Conor Maynard and Union J. There will also be an appearance by special guest star Holly Johnson, former lead singer of one of my favourite bands of all time, Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
Of course, I tend to spend a lot of my time at festivals exploring away from the main stage and As One in the Park promises an impressive additional five stages and four indoor arenas on the day. I think that the area to be will be the Best of British Arena featuring DJ sets from Roger Sanchez and Boy George.
Tickets are really reasonable in London terms and start at £40 for general admission and £75 for VIP.