What do you get if you take some of the UK and Ireland’s biggest bands, put them all together on a university campus and hand over the whole day to them? The answer? Takedown Festival, this year taking place on March 15 at Southampton University.
With more than forty bands across five stages to check out, including Welsh favourites and headliners Funeral For A Friend and steady up and comers Yashin, Takedown prides itself on “championing up and coming music” – over the course of approximately ten hours, you can see for yourself exactly what they mean. Kids In Glass Houses, fired up after releasing their new album ‘Peace’ late last year along with rockers Heaven’s Basement, preparing for a UK tour organised to coincide with the festival, will also be ready and raring to entertain the masses.
Launched in 2012, the festival has quickly gained a reputation as one of the ‘must attend’ events from a number of websites and with bands such as Don Broco and The Blackout having previously graced their stages, year by year its popularity is growing.
What makes TD special is not only that it's a specialist one day event, but those lucky enough to have bought their tickets early and who are over the age of 18 can, having paid the extra £4, rock the night away post show at UPRAWR, the venue for the official after-show party. More tickets for the event will be on sale on the day or can be purchased separately, but numbers are limited.
Tickets for the festival start at £33 including a booking fee, and with no tents to pitch or muddy fields to work your way through, TD is certainly great value for any music fan. The location of the event also provides a number of strong transport links for anyone travelling and while hotels are close by for those wishing to stay over and crash out after singing and jumping themselves to the point of exhaustion.