SIX EVENTS IN THE
South West this Summer
Although since the last exam, Plymouth has been noticeably quiet, there is still a lot going on this summer in the south west area so if you have been left behind here or you’re just making the most of your paid-until-August accommodation, here’s some ideas of how to spend your weekend!
The only festival in the UK of its kind to combine action sports with a heavy music line-up, NASS is a student favourite with it is student friendly £89 ticket price which includes the full festival entry plus camping.
The stakes have been raised this year with the prize fund for the Skate and BMX events leaping up to £18,000! As well as witnessing some of the world’s best action sportsfolk there are two indoor music arenas plus four stages and a silent disco.
Sum 41, arguably the biggest name gracing the festival this year, widely known for their few hits circa-2001, are back with a brand new punk album which promises to please hardcore fans.
If you are into drum and bass or dubstep, the line-up is hard to fault. The legend Andy C is heading the stage Saturday whilst Doctor P, Modestep, Shy FX, Dj Fresh and many, many more are also on the bill.
Metal/ rock and punk fans also won’t be disappointed performances from groups such as While She Sleeps, Hawk Eyes and Rolo Tomassi.
Hosted at Shepton Mallet, Somerset, it’s roughly a two hour car journey from Plymouth or a couple of hours on the train. Train tickets in advance with a railcard can be as cheap as £8.25.
For full information and ticket purchase, visit the website; www.nassfest.com.
-Plymouth Beer Festival
For a closer to home event, Plymouth Beer Festival returns this year promising to host over 120+ real ales, 50+ ciders and a selection of Perry.
There will be live music on both nights with Bob Geldof taking to the stage on the Saturday night.
Hot food will also be available and nominated drivers will receive free soft drinks all night.
Ticket prices for the weekend are £10 in advance or £12 on the door.
The event takes place July 13th – 14th at Plymouth Pavillions, a ten minute walk from the University campus.
www.plymouthpavillions.com for more information.
-Plymouth City Museum and Gallery
If you are looking for something cheap and cultured to do in Plymouth, the city museum is a good start.
The permanent galleries showcase everything from Plymouth’s maritime history to the story of porcelain from China.
New exhibitions opening this summer include Beetlemania (opening July 7th) and Endless Summer which covers the evolution of surfing in the South West (opening July 21st).
Admission is free(!), opening times are from 10am to 5.30pm Tuesday to Friday and 10am to 5pm Saturday.
The Museum can be found just opposite to the University campus.
Not just a pretty place, for the last few years across the summer months, the Eden Project has hosted a wide variety of musical acts.
The line-up for this years summer sessions include Aussie comical singer Tim Minchin with special guests, Chase & Status with Labrinth, Example, Plan B and Blink 182 to name a few.
Ticket prices are £20 for each event plus a booking fee, to find out more visit the website, http://www.edenproject.com/sessions.
The Eden Project is a relatively short journey from Plymouth to St. Austell. Train tickets can be bought for as little as £3.30 in advance with a student rail card.
-Frankie Boyle at Plymouth Pavillions
The notorious comedian famed for his close-to-the-bone yet hilarious jokes will be visiting Plymouth again this July with his new tour Last Days of Sodom.
Due to popular demand his date in Plymouth has been extended to July 26th and July 27th.
Prices are £25 plus a booking fee and can be purchased via the Pavillions website.
This Newquay-based surf, skate and music festival is back again this year from August 8th to 12th.
The Fistral Beach site will showcase the ASP World Tour Surfing events as well as a whole host of actions sports whilst the second half of the festival will take place at Watergate Bay.
The music line-up includes Ed Sheeran, Dizzie Rascal and DJ Fresh and loads more; check out the website for the full line-up (www.boardmasters.co.uk).
Also returning is the acclaimed Beach Sessions who in previous years have seen acts such as The Futureheads. This year ska legends Reel Big Fish are among the few to headline these intimate gigs.
Day tickets start from £40 (plus booking fee) whilst you can get entry for the whole weekend plus camping for £89.
From Plymouth, Newquay is roughly an hour away by car or a just under two hours by train.
With a railcard you can pick up a ticket for £3.95.
So there we have it, six events from the corners of the South West going down this summer.
If there is an event you think we've missed or you'd like to share, tweet us @upsutheknowledge.
Have a great summer!