The Top 5 Chalet Festivals aka Weekenders.

It occured to us that some of you like to 'glam it up' a bit, and rather than sleeping in a wet sleeping bag you could stay in a nice warm chalet form one of the many 'weekenders' that happen around the UK.

Richard Dyer

Date published: 20th Mar 2009

There are literally hundreds of festivals on the circuit in the UK these days, some more suited to you than others. Although living in a tent for a long weekend is my idea of heaven, it did occur to us that some of you like to 'glam it up' a bit, and rather than sleeping in a wet sleeping bag and getting awoken before you've even gone to sleep, you could stay in a nice warm chalet form one of the many 'weekenders' that happen around the UK.
Here is our pick of the top 5 weekenders that might tickle your fancy. It's like Dirty Dancing brought into the noughties. Honest.

Bloc Weekend / 13.03-15.03

Minehead, Somerset

Only for the techno hearted and thick skinned, Bloc Weekend is electronic music without any frills or niceties. Describing their line-up as ‘powerful’ the beats coming out of this beast are going to be about as friendly as a thump to the face.

Aphex Twin
DJ QBert
The Future Sound of London
Lee Scratch Perry
Carl Craig
Mad Professor
Zion Train
Rob Da Bank
Jamie Lidell
Afika Bambaata
Frequency 7

Go if: You love techno and insomnia
Don’t go if: You love acoustic sing along camp fires

Atomik Weekender / 20.03-22.03

Prestatyn, Wales

Atomik Weekender is a brand-spanking new festival that combines the big boys of the hard dance scene with some of the biggest UK dance names. The Tidy Boys and Goodgreef are a few of the Atomik pioneers who have masterminded the three day festival at the Pontins resort.

A Skillz
Adam M
Agnelli & Nelson
Dark By Design
John Askew
Mark Kavanagh
Organ Donors
Rob Tissera
Squadee with Wotsee
Strange Dave & Live Wire
Tidy Boys
The Technicians

Go if you like: Tidy Boys
Don’t go if you like: boys that are tidy

Bang Face Weekender 24.04-26.04

Camber Sands, Sussex

Billed as “3days of Neo-Rave Armageddon” this festival is made for those dance music maniacs who wish they were still in the days of acid house and smiley T-Shirts. Musically, Bang Face covers acid, jungle, rave, hardcore, drum n bass, techno, electro, dubstep and electronic.

808 State,
Congo Natty Trinity
Kevin Saunderson
Renegade Soundwave
Bong-Ra & Deformer
Altern-8, Alec Empire
Venetian Snares
I-F, Beverly Hills 808303
DJ Assault
Luke Vibert
Otto Von Schirach

Go if you like: The nineties.
Don’t go if you like: Mika

Southport Weekender / 08.05-10.05

Southport Weekender serves up its bass lines a little bit gentler than the other chalet festivals. The festival began as a soul music event, but now plays a mixture of R&B, hip hop, soulful house and jazz.

Line up to be confirmed.

Go if: You feel like UK festivals have lost their soul
Don’t go if: You’ve sold your soul

All Tomorrows Parties 09.05-11.05 and 15.05-17.05

Minehead, Somerset

This year ATP has been separated into two weekends, All Tomorrow’s Parties- The Fans Strike Back 2009 and All Tomorrow’s Parties- curated by the Breeders 2009. Each weekend half the line-up is either decided by ticket holders or The Breeders. So get a ticket and start demanding...

Line up to be confirmed.

Go if: You like smaller, up and coming bands
Don’t go if: You’re expecting to see The Prodigy or The Chemical Brothers

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