Comic Con, Latitude, Lovebox Festival and a Zombie Infection ...
ARE JUST SOME OF THIS MONTH'S EVENTS
What a scorcher - hopefully! No matter what the weather gets up to this July, we've got some amazing events coming up to get your Summer going! There's a Comic Con, Pirate Day, a Zombie Infection, a Retro festival and Latitude festival to name but a few.July is hopefully the height of summer - and the height of festival season too! Hopefully the festivals will all get plenty of summer sunshine and the wellies can stay in tents!
Let's Rock returns to Southampton Common this July 9th, and it's bound to be just as epic as last year. This retro festival on the south coast has a spectacular line up including Tiffany, The Selecter, Toyah, Holly Johnson, Rick Astley and so many more. Hosted by Absolute Radio, the festival has gone from strength to strength and looks set to continue that trend this year with a fantastic line up. It's a family event, since we all know that even people who weren't born until the '90s still love '80s music. And of course, you can't go to an '80s event without cracking out the 1980s fancy dress!
Latitude Festival takes place in Henham Park near Southwold in Sussex. Many consider it to be more similar to a continental European festival. It's grown in popularity, hosting a huge bill of musicians, bands and artists across four stages. This is not just a music festival; it also includes theatre, art, comedy, cabaret, poetry, politics, literature and dance - so there's something for everyone. Being "not just a music festival" it also attracts a different kind of festival-goer and is sure to be one to remember this year!
Lovebox Festival is a two day festival held in Victoria Park in London. It's been running since 2002, founded by Groove Armada and started up as a club night. Since its inception, Lovebox has hosted events in Newcastle as well as Dublin and Ibiza, as well as lots of club nights and parties. It moved to its current home at Victoria Park in 2005, and has been held there annually since. Despite the fact it started out as a dance festival, it has expanded to host a wide variety of artists, and it's known for its creativity and elaborate decoration.
Those iconic VW camper vans have gone from retro chic to full on stylish travel over the last few years. They used to be used mainly by surfers for board transport, but now so many more people seem to be falling in love with their style and charm. Devon Dub Fest is all about celebrating the beloved VW camper van. It was set up in 2011 by three friends who decided they needed a VW festival close to their homes in Devon, with the main aims of making visitors smile and raising money for charity. The festival has gone from strength to strength, and this year. A family festival, it is also dog friendly and provides fun and entertainment for VW lovers of all ages.
Comic conventions are like mecca for fancy dress enthusiasts. Cosplay is such a massive part of comic conventions, and Manchester Comic Con is no exception. MCM are the UK's most popular culture shows and we can see why. The Manchester event features Warwick Davis, Peter Davison, Andrew Lee Potts and Sean Kelly. There are also numerous attractions, stalls and general fun things happening over the course of the weekend. But our favourite is the cosplay event. So many people turn up to Comic Con in costumes ready for the masquerade, and the costumes really are something to behold. We can't wait to see this year's costumes.
We love pirates. They're funny, they drink lots of rum and they're great fun to dress up as! Eye patches and parrots at the ready; Hastings Pirate Day is coming up, and we want to be prepared, me-lad! Previous piratey events at Hastings Pirate Day include a Jack Sparrow lookalike competition, a Grand Parade and of course a fancy dress competition. Hoist up the sail; it's time to head for Hastings with your treasure map and your peg leg... Aye-aye, captain!
Zombie Infection is billed as the ultimate zombie survival experience, "where adrenaline and fear for survival becomes a reality." Sounds good to us! We love zombies, and will jump at any excuse to dress up as one - which is why we love the Zombie Infection events taking place across the UK this summer. Events last three hours and consist of objective based gaming and the instinct for survival - basically, the zombies are after you, and you need to stay human! Participants fight their way through roaming zombies with a set of missions and objectives to get through. People are put into teams who will need to work together to complete their missions ahead of opposing teams. Apparently the winning team will be extracted, and the losers left to rot with the walking dead. Sounds good to us!
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