For a certain type of teenager in the North West, August Bank Holiday only really means one thing: Leeds Festival. Thankfully, most people grow out of watching Green Day and shouting ‘bollocks’ in a field by the time they reach their twenties – but there is always that empty space of wanting to enjoy the festival spirit in the sun, but without being surrounded by kids wearing Korn hoodies and smoking salvia. Liverpool’s Summercamp may be held at the same time as Yorkshire’s biggest festival, but they’re worlds apart. Instead of faded pop-punk bands filling the line-up, they have the Joy Formidable, Delphic, 2 Bears, Dutch Uncles, Merchandise and loads of other great stuff; instead of greasy burger vans, they’re having a street food market with Dirty Dogs, Fire & Salt and Ginger’s Comfort Emporium among others; instead of being in a sodden field, it’s in Liverpool’s beautiful Baltic Triangle; instead of being £200, it’s £50; and, most importantly, instead of being harrowing, it’s going to be great. If you still spend the last weekend in August feeling like you should be out seeing bands and drinking – but don’t want to do it with a load of Blink 182 fans – you may have found your solution.

Sat 24 – Sun 25 Aug, Baltic Triangle, Liverpool, L1 0BY, £50 weekend ticket, £30 day ticket, (children: £40 weekend, £20 day, under 5’s free),

Full line-up:

2 Bears, Ewan Pearson, Nathan Fake, Optimo, Steve Mason, Lunar Modular, Mamadou and Super Libador Band, Harlequin Dynamite Marching Band, Godwosh, Dead Hedge Trio, DJ Mime, Fox and Wolf, The Joy Formidable, Delphic, Mount Kimbie, Martha Wainwright, Dutch Uncles, Ghostpoet, Ed Harcourt, Merchandise, Wave Machines, The Staves, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, We Were Evergreen, Marika Hackman, Josef Salvat, Fair Ohs, Poltergeist, Spectrals, Le Carousel, Roscius

Sat 24 Aug - Sun 25 Aug
Matthew Britton
Published on:
Sun 18 Aug 2013