We’re feeling all giddy here at the ID&C HQ as we say see-ya to the longest January ever and look ahead to the summer. As festivals slowly start name-dropping their lineups (although we're having way too much fun playing "guess the headliner") we’ve taken matters in our own hands and compiled an A-Z list of our top festival picks for 2017. Enjoy!
A is for...Ambassador. Sign up for new electric festival Groove Loch Ness and earn yourself a free ticket for every 6 you sell on to your mates...and hone your entrepreneurial skills in the process.
B is for... Bestival. Unless you've been hibernating under a rock, you'll have heard that it's is on the move to Dorset's fancy Lulworth Estate from its old home on the Isle of Wight. We wonder what theme will fancy dress take this year? Share your predictions here for the chance of winning the festival glory trophy*
C is for... Cheese-rolling festival at Coopers Hill. Rumour has it that the cheese reaches speeds of over 70mph - now that’s extreme cheese chasing.
D is for... Downpours. Ah yes it's inevitable and last year the rain was off the scale! But this won't stand in our way of a rocking-weekend.
E is for... Eastern Electrics is moving. From Hatfield House to a brand new central London location. But don't worry folks as they promise this years line-up is their biggest ever!
F is for... Festival Awards. A staple great night in our calendar celebrating the best of the bunch. These guys are in the know. Check them out for inspiration of where to head this year at www.festivalawards.com
G is for... Grass Roots - the hotly anticipated bursary by ID&C. There's still time to enter for 2017’s entry here: https://www.idcband.com/grass-roots/ but don't leave it too late as entrants close in April!
H is for... Hot air balloons galore at Bristol International Balloon fiesta, a fabulous free four-day festival that promotes fun for all the family.
I is for... Independent music festivals doing what they do best.
J is for... Jumping Bean Burrito’s crew feeding the masses with mouthwatering Mexican nosh.
K is for... Kigu’s. Huh? Yes, expect these animal character costumes to make another strong appearance this summer.
L is for...Lovebox. You'll find us grooving to the smooth tones of Frank Ocean, then swanning around the treasure trove of Vintage wares run by stylist to the stars Judy Berger.
M is for... Manchester Pride 2017, which will see fashionista Gok Wan making an appearance on the decks spinning some 90s deep house and reggae on the Main Stage.
N is for... New electronic music discoveries at Noisily. The unexpected finds at festivals are the best.
O is for... bavarian madness at Oktoberfest. They'll see around 6 million punters consuming 7.7 million litres of beer and many, many Knödel’s. Fun times.
P is for... Pendulum, who are announced to headline sw4 - their first London gig in 5 years!
Q is for... Queens of the Stone Age are set to release their new record and head out on a world tour in 2017, so although nothing's set in stone (excuse the pun) we reckon a festival appearance could be pretty likely.
R is for... RFID used by millions at the world’s best festivals. Access control, cashless payments and social media integration - high-tech and innovative, it’s the way forward.
S is for... Sustainability, a growing trend on the scene. Shambala made the bold move to be the first meat and fish free festival last year and we reckon others will follow suit. The first fruitarian festival title is still up for grabs...
T is for... Truants. The tattooed heavy metal crew making the annual 168 mile ride-out from London’s Alexandra Palace to Donington Park for Download Festival.
U is for... Unicorn glitter - it’s a thing! And will be seen on all the cool Coachella kids.
V is for... Variety Bazaar? Nah we hadn't heard of it either. But wait, it's rumoured to be the Glastonbury's brand new festival in 2019 held somewhere "halfway to the Midlands". More information please!
W is for... Wet Wipes. Ah the festival staple. Need we say more?
X is for... the XX, doing the rounds this summer with confirmed sets at Lollapalooza, Coachella, Flow and Lowlands so far.
Y is for... Yachting Festivals. Sail and party with your mates and hundreds of others in a stunning bay. On a yacht. Not too shabby!
Z is for... Zooloos offering VIP wristbands to access luxury, portable toilets complete with hot showers and pamper areas.
Roll on Summer 2017!
*This doesn't actually exist...but we'd like to hear your predictions anyway