Tuesday, April 06, 2021

New Book "FESTIVALS" is Music Lovers Guide to the Best Fests You Need to Know

Just reading this media release has me longing to be relive some of my favorite festivals (Coachella, Doheny Blues Festival, Hootenanny and Stagecoach immediately come to mind)...Robert Kinsler

FESTIVALS: A Music Lover’s Guide to the Festivals You Need to Know

By Oliver Keens

Available by June 1, 2021 by Frances Lincoln

Festivals. There’s nothing quite like them…they’re the highlight of your year. They’re long weekends where you finally get to be yourself. They’re memory factories, each creating millions of brilliant moments that we treasure for a lifetime. Coming on the cusp of a hopeful return to outdoor fun this summer, FESTIVALS is an insider’s guide to 50 key festivals you need to know (or know more about) by journalist and DJ, Oliver Keens.

This book captures the vibe and unique magic of a festival on every page – with facts, figures and photography alongside details for hundreds more worth exploring. You’ll learn how Glastonbury lured in punters with free milk in the ‘70s, how Rock In Rio helped throw off a military dictatorship in the ‘80s, how Lilith Fair asserted itself against the patriarchy in the ‘90s, how Afropunk altered the mainstream perception of black expression in the 2000s and how Secret Solstice took place in 72 hours of daylight in the 2010’s. This is the ideal gift for music lovers of all ages. Relive past experiences and discover new ones with this must-have guide to the world’s most memorable and significant live-music events.


“For some people I know, festivals begin with a certain smell – a mix of grass, generators and portable loos. For others, it’s the feeling of finally getting out of a vehicle after hours and taking that first, calibrating step onto the bumpy, squelchy terrain that will be home for the next few days.” – Oliver Keens

Oliver Keens is the former Music and Nightlife Editor of Time Out. For years, he produced the magazine’s annual and influential Festival Guide. He has also written for The Telegraph, The Independent and The Times amongst other press and made numerous broadcast appearances from Radio 4 to Rinse FM, BBC News to Radio 1. He’s interviewed everyone from Grace Jones to the Rolling Stones, Boris Johnson to Blur, Mary J Blige to Nile Rodgers to The Blessed Madonna. Oliver is also a professional DJ who has played across the UK and Europe in clubs and festivals such as Glastonbury, Elrow, Lovebox and Meadows in the Mountains.


Publishing June 21, 2021 ∙ Paperback, 224 pages ∙  ISBN: 9780711255944 ∙ $25.00 US, $32.99

You can pre-order the book via Amazon HERE.

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