Festival season is back… (woohoo!)

It’s a fairly safe bet that a few ABC Selfstore customers will be popping into their storage units this week getting ready for festival season. They’ll be collecting the tent, sleeping bags, layrolls and all the other essential kit that will be needed for those long summer weekends of music, entertainment, relaxation and maybe a sherbet or two. Paddington Station will be rammed with revellers heading west, relishing the chance of a weekend in the great outdoors and doing their level best avoid losing footwear to the field dwelling mud monster.

But what if you’re one of our customers who isn’t storing camping gear? What if – for whatever reason –  you can’t get to sway, jump, clap and sing along and to the live music (as well as wallowing in the mud)? Well, as ever, we’re here to help. So here is the ABC Selfstore guide to the festivals that are closer to home. Much closer. Right here in London in fact…

Music

Music is the daddy of festivals. There’s not much in life more mesmerising than your favourite act, belting or ballading their best hits especially for you. Well, you and the 100,000 other ticket holders.

Our top pick of London Music Festivals in 2014 are:

If Hard Rock is your thing then The Calling Festival on Sat 28th June is one to consider. The Saturday line up includes headline act Aerosmith as well as underrated (outside hard rock circles) British act Thunder, Richie Sambora and Blues rocker Joe Bonamassa. If you like your festivals a little more mixed genre – the Sunday 29th is a corker – featuring Stevie Wonder, Jack Johnson and Paloma Faith (best start practicing now for that octave jump on Only Love can Hurt Like This…). To give it an authentic festival feel The Calling is being held on Clapham Common, just up the road from our Wandsworth Store.

Barclaycard sponsored British Summertime in Hyde Park was a highlight of 2013. Partly due to the presence of the beyond-legendary Rolling Stones. This years event runs from Thursday 3rd July to Sunday 13th. Music performances take a break from 7th to 9th although the site is open with free admission. If you don’t want to do the whole festival, our (admittedly unlikely) pick of acts to go and see is Sunday 6th July – when ‘super-pop-combo’ (they can actually play instruments you know) McBusted are headlining. To whet your appetite here’s one of McFly’s best offerings, and if this video is anything to go by, you best remember to take a bottle of water or two with you…

Food

If your tastes are more gastronome than metronome, then the Foodies Festivals are hosting FEAST at Battersea Park  which should be any food lovers cup of tea (yes, they have a Vintage Tea tent). The Chefs theatre will feature top regional chefs, TV chefs and Michelin Star holders giving live demonstrations throughout the day, and whilst the line up is still to be announced, but is sure to be stellar. Talking of Stella, there’s also a drinks theatre featuring wine, beer and cocktails. The hub of the event though is bound to be the new feasting tent where visitors can mingle with chefs and enjoy eating with family and friends at long banqueting tables.

Just be sure to avoid venue based jokes about food dipped in a flour/beer mix and then deep-fried.

Oh. One more thing. If you you do happen to pop into the Cocktail tent, remember ours is a Mojito.