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4 minutes ago, xxialac said:

They appear on a normal percentage of festival bills I'd say, and an appropriate % of UK ones too, given that they are American.

from where i'm sat and the number of times efestivals has them listed for* a festival over the years I'd definitely say they play few festie shows compared to many other non-UK bands that do the festie circuit.

* 16 UK festivals since 2004 - an average of one a year (and that's counting Reading/Leeds as 2 festivals).

 

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12 hours ago, snipe said:

We're looking at coming from Dublin for this.  Hope someone can advise...   Is the best way to get from Manchest Airport to the festival likely to be by taxi? On the return is it possible to book a pickup at the festival to go to the airport?  Has there ever been any trouble with traffic exiting the site? Thanks!

25 minutes by car from the airport to Jodrell Bank, so taxi is the easiest way.

Yes, taxis pick up from the main entrance - it's probably busiest after the headliner on the Sunday. A Monday pick up will be a doddle, but in general from what I've seen, you could be waiting around for 15-20 minutes in the traffic during a bad period. Not really anything to worry about.

A note on the booze situation - you are not allowed to bring booze into the main arena and they may have a quick look in your bag if you have one, but in general security are pretty laid back - hide your tinnies in a jumper or blanket and you should be right.

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58 minutes ago, Splonk said:

A note on the booze situation - you are not allowed to bring booze into the main arena and they may have a quick look in your bag if you have one, but in general security are pretty laid back - hide your tinnies in a jumper or blanket and you should be right.

I've never had anyone look in my bag. In fact you're allowed booze in and out as long as its in one of their plastic cups, as far as I can tell. Nobody was stopping anyone doing that last year. 

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3 minutes ago, the wonderwhy said:

I've never had anyone look in my bag. In fact you're allowed booze in and out as long as its in one of their plastic cups, as far as I can tell. Nobody was stopping anyone doing that last year. 

I guess if you do that then they have no way of knowing if you bought the drink from one of the vendors and just carried it to the campsite and back.

Haven't been since 2016, but I remember the bag checks being very cursory then. You could definitely smuggle stuff in.

What was the booze selection like in the last couple of years? Will likely be buying at the bars mainly due to coming by public transport. In 2016 I remember the real ale tent being overrun and the others being empty. How's the cider looking?

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This has never really been on my radar but my 7yo is a big NASA/Space fan and this looks like it ticks both boxes of a good lineup and also enough to keep her entertained aside from the music.

Anyone have experience with taking kids to this? My friend is also considering it with his 3 year old - is there much for little 'uns/family camping etc?

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26 minutes ago, SaintEwart said:

This has never really been on my radar but my 7yo is a big NASA/Space fan and this looks like it ticks both boxes of a good lineup and also enough to keep her entertained aside from the music.

Anyone have experience with taking kids to this? My friend is also considering it with his 3 year old - is there much for little 'uns/family camping etc?

We took our 13 month old last year and he had a great time. The sound and view is good from the back and there are a lot of families there so the vibe is nice and chilled. There was lots for little ones to do during the day too such as the clangers and the luminarium.

We're taking him back again this year and going on the Thursday as the family camping filled up very quickly last year .

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6 hours ago, eFestivals said:

from where i'm sat and the number of times efestivals has them listed for* a festival over the years I'd definitely say they play few festie shows compared to many other non-UK bands that do the festie circuit.

* 16 UK festivals since 2004 - an average of one a year (and that's counting Reading/Leeds as 2 festivals).

 

I appreciate you are an expert on this. I guess my point was more about relativity. They don’t play many shows full stop so fewer festivals as a result.

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8 minutes ago, Dave85radiohead said:

Bluedot have confirmed that Bjork and spiritualised not clashing and that spiritualised are on the Lovell Stage.

Looks like they've been moved to the Saturday too

Oh huh, I thought Spiritualized were on the Orbit stage? Strange. 

 

But where did you see that  they have been playing Saturday?

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1 minute ago, Dave85radiohead said:

Yep just seen that. Must be tired ha ha. Hope so that would be great 

For me, I'd love to see something like this: late night Orbit slot playing all the psychedelic weird stuff, and then subbing Bjork with the more crowd-friendly songs.

It's their 30th anniversary this year, so you'd hope they're going to try celebrating it...

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1 hour ago, Gilgamesh69 said:

For me, I'd love to see something like this: late night Orbit slot playing all the psychedelic weird stuff, and then subbing Bjork with the more crowd-friendly songs.

It's their 30th anniversary this year, so you'd hope they're going to try celebrating it...

Oh yes, I like this idea

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13 hours ago, Gilgamesh69 said:

So who do we think the post-headliner acts will be? Like Jon Hopkins and 808 State last year

Friday - Daniel Avery, Saturday - Squarepusher, Sunday - either TBA or Lost Souls or Saturn 

6 hours ago, sadimmock said:

Any guesses as to what the Thursday event will be? Given that the Halle are doing a show on the Sunday might it be someone else? 

I think the Hopkins shout earlier in the thread is a good one 

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1 minute ago, the wonderwhy said:

Friday - Daniel Avery, Saturday - Squarepusher, Sunday - either TBA or Lost Souls or Saturn 

I think the Hopkins shout earlier in the thread is a good one 

Would love it to be Hopkins, but on the site under the Thursday ticket option it says the following, so doesn't that mean it is The Halle? Or are they just presenting?

Thursday Entry -  23rd July 2020

Thursday tickets are only valid in conjunction with a Full Weekend Festival Ticket and allow entry to the festival campsites and the arena to see The Halle presents Lift Off from Thursday 23rd July 2020. Thursday tickets upgrade your Live-In vehicle tickets you might purchase to be available from Thursday.

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1 hour ago, Zoo Music Girl said:

Would love it to be Hopkins, but on the site under the Thursday ticket option it says the following, so doesn't that mean it is The Halle? Or are they just presenting?

Thursday Entry -  23rd July 2020

Thursday tickets are only valid in conjunction with a Full Weekend Festival Ticket and allow entry to the festival campsites and the arena to see The Halle presents Lift Off from Thursday 23rd July 2020. Thursday tickets upgrade your Live-In vehicle tickets you might purchase to be available from Thursday.

That was the show last year, so I imagine its leftover copy by they updated the date. 

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