Summer Sundae Weekender 2009

Friday 14th to Sunday 16th August 2009
De Montfort Hall, Granville Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 7RU, England MAP
£102 w/e, camping £7 per tent extra
last updated: Fri 7th Aug 2009

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A three day family friendly music festival with full camping facilities offering festival goers over 100 acts with an eclectic mix of live bands of all styles and genres over six stages, and high calibre comedy in the eFestivals Comedy Tent. The dates for the ninth Summer Sundae Weekender held at De Montfort Hall, Leicester are confirmed as Friday 14th to Sunday 16th August.

Friday's headliner is The Streets, headlining Saturday night is The Charlatans, and Sunday sees The Zutons, and Bon Iver, sharing top billing. Plus Baddies, Beardyman, Broken Records, Chairlift, Dan Black, Easy Star All Stars, Fanfarlo, First Aid Kit, Frank Turner, Future Of The Left, The Beat, Hugh Cornwell, Idlewild, Imelda May, James Yuill, John Smith, Karima Francis, Micachu & The Shapes, Mystery Jets, Oi Va Voi, Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, Port O'brien, Saint Etienne, Teitur, The Kabeedies, The Qemists, and The Yellow Moon Band have also been announced. For the line-up details as available please click here.

The festival now in its ninth year showcases emerging talent along with well known established acts, as well as bluegrass, folk, electronica, theatre, and entertainment all set over six stages. The event offers a civilised and relaxed atmosphere, an unwavering ethical standpoint, high production values, a quality range of foods from around the world, 20 cask ales and a mean line in cocktails (all reasonably priced) at four bars throughout the site, not to mention stalls, and high calibre comedy in the eFestivals Comedy Tent.

A Friday adult day ticket is priced at £37, adult Saturday or Sunday day tickets are priced at £42. An adult + child ticket is priced at £49 (Fri) or £57 (Sat/Sun), there is also an Adult + 2 Children ticket which is priced at £61 for Friday or £72 for each of the other days.

Weekend tickets are on sale priced at £102 for an adult ticket or £109 for an adult ticket with camping. An adult and child combination ticket is priced at £136, an adult and child with camping is priced at £143, and an adult with 2 Kids is priced at £170, with an additional £7 for camping.

To buy tickets, click here.

The festival will this year include some new additions including 'The Garden' for families attending the event which will be hosted by a giant scarecrow, the area is designed to be kid friendly, with giant board games, music workshops and fun science experiments. There will also be a Silent Disco held from 9pm each night, and 'The Phoenix Square cinema tent' will run nightly between 8pm and 1am.

There will also be a debut visit by Inertia flat landing bike displays showcasing bike tricks where the wheels never leaving the ground.

The Comedy tent will feature headliners including Brendon Burns, Rob Deering, Robin Ince, and Andy Zaltzman, as well as Al Pitcher, Steve Day, Dan Nightingale, Markus Birdman, Hal Cruttenden, and Martin Bigpig Mor.

Summer Sundae will also see the return of the Phrased and Confused spoken word tent, featuring a range of new collaborations, quizzes, and talks with sets by Woodpigeon, Jeremy Warmsley, Stuart Silver, Inua Ellams, Sound of Rum, Generation Txt, Joshua Idehen, and Beth Jeans Houghton.

For children there's the bespoke Kidzone with an outer space theme this year.

The Phoenix Square Film Tent will showcase films including ANVIL: The Story of Anvil, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and This is Spinal Tap. Summer Sundae Weekender also has the UK music festival exclusive of All Tomorrow's Parties (WARP FILMS) documentary.

The fourth annual Summer Sundae Fringe Festival will take place around various venues in the city before the Summer Sundae Weekender begins. For information on the Fringe Festival, click here.

Getting There
By Car: De Montfort Hall is situated at the top of Regent Road on the edge of Victoria Park. Located just one mile south of Leicester’s city centre, the Hall is well signposted on the inner ring road. If using the M1 come off at Junction 21 and follow the signs for the outer ring road (Leicester South and East), turning left along the A50 or A6 when signposted. Parking is available on the edge of Victoria Park.
By Train: Leicester's train station is on the Intercity Midland Mainline, just over an hour from London. The station is on London Road (A6) and is only a 10 minute walk away from the Hall. To book tickets online click here.
By Bus: bus enquiries please call 0870 608 2608
By Bike: Throughout the weekend Sustrans staff will be on hand to provide information on local routes and giving away cyclometers to every attendee that arrives by bike. Ride Leicester – Mobile Bike Park' will provide a fully monitored, secure place to leave your bike.
By car: If you have to go by car remember eFestivals has a car share scheme click here to find out more.

Summer Sundae Weekender has always been pro-active about environmental issues and redeems itself year on year. Last year all power was drawn directly from Leicester City Councils eco-tariff power supply - thereby offsetting some emissions. The festival also endeavours to turn off equipment whenever it's not in use. Overall, the festival's carbon footprint in 2008 was merely 474.5 tonnes, with 67% due to audience travel. 350 energy saving lightbulbs were given away, thereby offsetting nearly 44 tonnes of CO2 emissions, with the target this year being 424.5 tonnes, which will be achieved through customer awareness to the need to arrive by public transport, by giving away more light bulbs and by recycling more.

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Friday 14th to Sunday 16th August 2009
De Montfort Hall, Granville Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 7RU, England MAP
£102 w/e, camping £7 per tent extra
last updated: Fri 7th Aug 2009

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