The Month Ahead – Warblings Of A Grumpy Old Man - August 2013 1

The Month Ahead – Warblings Of A Grumpy Old Man – August 2013

Biffy Clyro

If you can’t get cheerful coming into August, then there’s no hope for you, but let’s see if I can dampen those spirits anyway. Boom time for the festival season, with V boasting Kings Of Leon this year and Reading/Leeds closing the month, remaining the most important event for true music fans and featuring two of the best live acts around in Green Day and Biffy Clyro(pictured below). Elsewhere, Rhondda Rocks and Strawberry Fields both look worth a visit, featuring Space and The Enemy respectively. Boardmasters in Newquay is for you low lifes who go surfing, but happens to feature The Vaccines.


There are two tribute band festivals too, which is a disturbing new trend, although they’re in Driffield and Hull, so only the local inbreds and their ‘cousins’ from Beverley will attend. Once again, not a great flood of new albums coming up, although Crocodiles and Blue October excite me, the latter promising to be another fine set of bitter twisted break-up songs White Lies and Franz Ferdinand(pictured above) will have the critics salivating over the bad reviews they’ve probably already half written before hearing the albums. MGMT and The Polyphonic Spree(pictured below) might just spring surprises, but don’t go holding your breath for either.

Polyphonic Spree
The footy season gets underway again after what seems like an age for fans and just a few days for the rest of you. The World Athletics Championships take place in Moscow, with great expectations from the Brits, whilst our new tennis hero will try to get a back-to-back via the US Open….and fail.

Golf has the PGA Championships, whatever that is, and Belfast hosts the World Police & Fire Games, so great opportunity for increased looting on the streets there for ten whole days.

Indians across the UK will celebrate their Independence Day, commemorating getting away from Britain. Then there’s World Mosquito Day for the 117th year amazingly. Beer Day, Ice Cream Sandwich Day, Lighthouse Day, Race Your Mouse Around The Icons Day and a special day for appreciating Beady Eye with Bad Poetry Day.

So plenty there for you to get to grips with I’m sure. Me? I intend to cry into all that beer whilst watching Leeds get thumped at home by Wednesday and listening to Blue October – great!

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