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Now that March has seemingly flown by without a trace, little obvious sign of the winter workload relenting has brought on the desire to fast-forward to the summer and some semblance of a real vacation. After thoroughly browsing through the summer festival pickings up for grabs, the selection has finally been narrowed down by the help of a friend who knows exactly which musicians to whom I’m most likely to fork over my hard-earned cash for three memorable days of performances and crowd revelry in celebration of some of the most talented acts on the festival circuit. And in this case it’ll be 1195,00 kronor (roughly £100) channelled for the Arvikafestivalen 2009 line-up that is massively (if not absolutely) unparalleled. Of course others such as Hultsfred, Roskilde, The Big Chill and Glade festivals are all fantastically enticing alternatives in and around the UK. But with this one being in Arvika — not to mention the inclusion of Nine Inch Nails on their ‘last tour‘ alongside new material featured by Fever Ray, Depeche Mode, Röyksopp, Jenny Wilson, KoRn, The Mars Volta and the eclectic list goes on — it’s almost impossible to pass up on the opportunity. Having said that, it might also be worth applying for a press pass prior to the 31st May deadline for some exclusive insights if you’re a photographer or journalist.
So if you’re reading this and already planning on going, feel free to get in touch for some fun camping coordination in July. And don’t forget to switch off your lights tonight at 8.30pm local time for Earth Hour!
Sarah Badr © MMIX
See also: Fever ray (pieces at random)