2023: Festivals feature in weekend Mail
We Out Here festival Dorset UK
We Out Here festival is now in its third year, and as in previous years, radio 6 DJ Giles Peterson will curate 2023’s August bank holiday proceedings from the lush forestland of Wimborne St. Giles, Dorset. It promises to join the musical dots between soul, hiphop, house, Afro, electronica, jazz, and beyond and will showcase both outstanding live music and some of the best record collections in the world. Joining those dots will be Rosin Murphy, Goldie, Roni Size, Mr. Scruff, Kruder and Dorfmeister, to name a few. Giles Peterson says of his award weekender "I'm very excited for summer 2023 now. We've added over 100 musicians and DJs to this year’s lineup, featuring some of my favourite acts right now and exciting new talent in the scene today. There’s even more to come over the coming weeks as we continue the warmup to We Out Here Festival 2023!" With last year’s festival getting a five-star review from the Guardian and one of the headliners, drum’n’bass veterans Fabio and Grooverider, stating that We Out Here is “one of the best”, three years in, We Out Here has gained a strong following that many of its peers could stand to learn from. Tickets starting £69 for one day £210 for weekend www.weoutherefestival.com
Ryan Air flies direct from Dublin to Bournemouth from E70
Convenanza, Carcassonne, France
The celebrated and hugely respected DJ Andrew Weatherhall passed away suddenly in 2020. Luckily for his devoted fans, he left behind an incredibly prolific legacy. Hundreds of hours of recorded DJ sets, more than twenty years worth of published music, and a boutique electronic music festival set in the French fortified city of Carcassonne. 2022 was the first year for the festival to run without its creator, Weatherhall, and Belfast man David Holmes took up the mantel as the headline act. Holmes proved the perfect choice to emulate Weatherhall’s all encompassing style. Of course, David Holmes is a legend in his own right, with decades of releases and several Hollywood blockbuster film scores to his credit, so he was always going to do it his way. What marries these two DJ giants is their undeniable appreciation for all music, which you can hear in their Dj sets. You can pick out influences of northern soul, two-tone, acid house, and disco from everything Weatherhall and Holmes have done. Holmes is back headlining 2023’s proceedings, so expect that eclectic electronica mix throughout Convenanza’s unique weekender. This is the festival's 10th anniversary, so Weatherhall’s loyal fans and friends will be going the extra mile. www.covenanzafestival.com Ryan Air flies direct from Dublin to Carcassonne airport from E45.