Like me a lot of you probably like going to see bands and going to festivals, if not you’re looking at the wrong website, please leave!
Also like me you’re probably sick of the prices of the ‘BIG’ festivals like Leeds, Download, and Glastonbury. You may have noticed that at these fests the crowds have changed over the years, granted it was 16 years ago i started going, but you had way fewer tossers at them back then.
So where do we go from here, well there’s a few alternatives these days, next year I intend to check out Y Not Festival which looks pretty decent, or if you like your metal extremely heavy there’s Bloodstock, or Bingley Music Live looks good this year. On top of that you have your alldayers like ‘Live At Leeds’ or ‘Long Division’ or ‘Dot To Dot’. There's even indoor festivals like ‘Slam Dunk’, ‘Ghostfest’, or the insanely heavy ‘Damnation Festival’ or the other hundred or so that seem to springing up these days, all at a fraction of the price of a day ticket to one of the big 3. But for now I’m going to concentrate on the super budgeted ‘Crooked Ways’ festival cos it is cheap, it’s got a great line-up of bands and it’s in my old stomping ground of Pontefract.
Tickets can be picked up for as cheap as £35 for the day without booking fees at local That’s Entertainment shops and other locations listed below. I went to Crooked Ways last year and maybe it was the weather or the insane amount of beers I drank but it was an amazing day, highlights included ‘Wet Nuns’, ‘The Sunshine Underground’ ‘The Bishops’, ‘Awooga’, and ‘Razorlight’ this year though promises to be a different beast entirely, with even more great up and coming bands mixed with some higher profile main stage acts.
So why should you pick Crooked Ways over Leeds Festival, well first there’s the cost thing, then there’s the people thing, then there’s the FACT that people from that area of Yorkshire are officially the best people in the world, and finally if like me you’re sick of the same old bands at the festival every year there’s a multitude of bands to check out at Crooked Ways, this year I highly recommend ‘Mallory Knox’ ‘The Enemy’, ‘Frankie & The Heartstrings’, ‘Dinosaur Pile-Up’, ‘Sam Forrest’, ‘Max Raptor’ plus many more that I know are worth checking out. But even better is to just check out bands in between these and discover something new.
So if you’re not convinced yet, just think of how much beer you can drink when you haven’t spent £97 on a single day ticket, it’s easily 15 beers!!!! If that doesn’t convince you, join the other twats at Bramham.
Bridge Arts, Sagar Street, Castleford, WF10 1AF
That’s Entertainment, Junction 32 Outlet Village, Tomahawk Trail, Glasshoughton, Castleford, WF10 4FR
That’s Entertainment, 21–27a St Sepulchre Gate, Doncaster, DN1 1TD
That’s Entertainment, Unit 20a, Lakeside Village, White Rose Way, Doncaster, DN4 5PH
That’s Entertainment, 61–63 New Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2BQ
Crash Records, 35 The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 6PU
That’s Entertainment, Unit 17, St John Centre, Leeds, LS2 8LQ
Seen and Heard, Horsefair House, Horsefair, Pontefract, WF8 1RJ
That’s Entertainment, Unit 31, Crystal Peaks Shopping Centre, Sheffield, S20 7PN
That’s Entertainment, Unit 105-106, Cathedral Walk, Ridings Shopping Centre, WF1 1YD
Wakefield Tourist Information, 9 The Bull Ring, Wakefield, WF1 1HB
That’s Entertainment, Unit 203, York Designer Outlet, St Nicholas Avenue, Fulford, York, YO19 4TA