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1 in the first year its easy to see how far the business has come. The perimeter fence is now 8.5 miles long and to get in costs a minimum of 225. But perhaps there was always a charge to get into these things even back then when it all kicked off in Stonehenge at Solstice time. Fortunately the choice these days of well-organised and quality events is pretty big so there is no need to fight your way into Glastonbury which has become so large the hippy love vibe is distant and a regulated markeplace has stepped in. Micro events resembling the humble beginnings of these feasts have popped up nationwide and there is something for everyones taste. Whatever your plans are for the summer we thought it would be nice to list some standard some bizarre some off-the-wall cultural gatherings that are taking place around the country. 22 THE RIVER SPRING 2016 CULTURE FESTIVALS TO LOOK FORWARD TO THIS YEAR BESTIVAL Newport Isle of Wight 8-11 Sep 2016 Headliners in 2015 The Chemical Brothers Underworld Tame Impala Award-winning boutique festival with 1000 performers. Pianos in the woods lit-up lakesides fancy dress poetry theatre and comedy. BOARDMASTERS Fistral Beach Watergate Bay Newquay 10-14 Aug 2016 Headliners in 2015 Faithless Rudimental Bastille Surfers skaters and BMX kings and music from dance dons folk stars and pop favourites. BOOMTOWN FAIR Winchester 11-14 Aug 2016 Headliners this year Madness Damian Marley Fat Freddys Drop Diverse and non-commercial mix with folk drum bass and everything in between. CAMP BESTIVAL Lulworth Castle Dorset 28-31 Jul 2016 Headliners this year Fatboy Slim Jess Glynne Tears For Fears Smaller version of Bestival Camp Bestival offers similar fancy dress and late night frolics but is family friendly. Set in a beautiful English castle it has medieval jousting to face painting with music comedy and poets. DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL Donington Park Derby 10-12 Jun 2016 Headliners this year Rammstein Black Sabbath Iron Maiden Hard rock and heavy metal at Derbys Donington Park. Three days of the biggest names in heavy rock from the 70s right up to now. GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL Pilton Somerset 22-26 Jun 2016 Headliners in 2015 Florence and the Machine Kanye West The Who Massive artists music circus and theatre shows at this legendary event. THE GREAT ESCAPE Brighton Sussex 19-21 May 2016 Headliners this year Oh Wonder Shura Mura Masa Seaside sounds with 400 bands in 35 venues and one wristband that gets you into every one. GREEN MAN FESTIVAL Brecon Beacons Wales 18-21 Aug 2016 Headliners in 2015 St. Vincent Super Furry Animals Hot Chip Incredible landscape of the Brecon Beacons Black Mountains in Wales and a folk-led line-up. 1500 performers in comedy theatre and literary worlds plus local ales and ciders on offer on tap. ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL Newport Isle of Wight 9-12 Jun 2016 Headliners this year Queen Adam Lambert Faithless Stereophonics Reincarnation of one of the UKs first-ever festivals pulls in the worlds biggest talent. This year headliners include Fleetwood Mac The Prodigy The Black Keys and Pharrell Williams. Panoramic of Glastonbury Festival its perimeter fence now standing at 8.5 miles long Broadmasters music and skateboarding in Newquay Isle of Wight Festival 1970