The 11th Summer Sundae Weekender is to take place at De Montfort Hall in Leicester from the 12th to 14th of August.
The festival began modestly in 2001 with only a handful of acts on two stages and has flourished to an award winning three-day festival. Past headliners include Belle & Sebastian, Elbow, Patti Smith, Bon Iver and Mumford & Sons. It has been praised for its ability to maintain an intimate feel despite the growing caliber of the bands on the bill. Summer Sundae has been coined “the Grandson of Glastonbury” by BBC6 Music’s Steve Lamacq and Drowned in Sound have claimed it as one of their favourite festivals, a very high accolade indeed.
This year sees The Maccabees, Graham Coxon and I Am Kloot headline with a wealth of more great music coming from The Antlers, Young Knives and Bellowhead. Also playing are some much smaller, upcoming bands that I’m excited about at the minute, these include Yaaks, Benjamin Francis Leftwich and 2:54.
As well as the main stage there is an indoor stage in De Montfort Hall which gives a unique alternative to the outdoor festival vibe and more importantly, it has easy access, flushing toilets! In addition to these there’s also the Rising, Musician and Cabaret tents which will play host numerous acts over the three days. The Village contains food stalls for everyone’s tastes and is situated very near the campsite. A recurring theme in the festival is that of convenience as the venue itself is within a ten minute walk from the nearest train station.
Tickets cost £115 for an adult weekend and only £40 for under 15s. Tickets are still available, but with a lineup as good as it has, they won’t be around for much longer.