“ Wakestock is an annual music festival held in July at Cardigan Bay, North Wales. „
Wakestock is the closest 'big' festival near where I live back home. It's been held annually since 2007 and generally each year grows and grows with more mainstream artists performing, which is the general trend with festivals. The festival isn't as big as the more famous ones such as Glastonbury and Reading/Leeds but in it's 4 year existence it has attracted some big names in all genres of music including Pendulum, Feeder, Dizzee Rascal, Moby, N*E*R*D and just general bands that aren't greatly huge at that moment in time but have been good in the past or have gone on to be internationall renowned, Duffy and Pendulum are two perfect examples of that. It acts as a second string festival to the main ones if that makes sense.
Wakestock is held just outside Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales, and this year will cost £125 from Thursday until Monday (7-11th July 2011). This year's confirmed headliners are Ellie Goulding, Biffy Clyro and the Wombats (I'd go for Biffy Clyro but I'm seeing them the same weekend at Sonisphere along with a lot of my favourite bands!). As well as a music festival it houses wakeboarding competitions in the nearby village of Abersoch as well as Pwllheli, hence the name Wakestock. I've never been to see the Wakeboarding as such but I've seen the finals which are held in the main arena in a built up pool.
I attended in 2009 and 2010, mainly for the communal aspect of it though as both years several of my friends I went to school and college went to it was nice for a large group of us to be there. I'm not a big fan of the music at all as it tends to be mainstream R'n'B which isn't really my thing, especially given the fact last year I also attended both Sonisphere and Download festivals which are more rock and metal. One thing I also noticed last year was a lot of the performers were at the festival there in 2009, and looking at the line-up so far there's a trend in the same people appearing at Wakestock. Despite that though, I thoroughly enjoyed Feeder last year, they were the only band I actually saw all the way though because I really couldn't stand the rest of it. I won't be going this year, and to be honest I was talked into going last year. I'm glad I went both years because it was nice to be with old friends but I wouldn't go for the music.
The local town of Pwllheli is within an hour or so's walk away along the main road but free shuttle buses operate to both Pwllheli and Abersoch, which is useful if you want to stock up on beer and food, but they are always busy espeically around 3, 4 o'clock! Pwllheli is full of little cafes and shops if you want a fry-up etc. and is definitely worth a look round. An ASDA is nearby to the bus shuttle so many people after food and alcohol end up there.
My advice would be if you're into mainstream and you want a big festival but you're on a budget and would like fantastic scenery and great weather as an added bonus - go to Wakestock. If not, steer clear and spend your money on better things! I would go again with all my friends but it seems like a waste of money when you don't have much, and now I'm a student money's even tighter!