Summer Sundae

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Summer Sundae
Summer Sundae Main Stage.jpg
The main stage of the 2005 festival
Location(s) Leicester, England, UK
Years active 2001–2012
Website www.summersundae.com

Summer Sundae (also called the Summer Sundae Weekender) was an annual music festival held in Leicester, England which initially focused on indie, alternative, and local music. The festival began as a one-dayer in 2001 and grew year on year since then, adding first one and then two campsites, and later involved five stages.

It was hosted by the city's De Montfort Hall, both in the hall itself, and over four outdoor stages in the hall's grounds, and including part of Victoria Park. A section of the park was fenced off for camping during the weekend of the festival. The festival was for a time sponsored in part by the digital radio station BBC 6 Music, which in return had exclusive broadcasting rights. The festival usually took place in August and grew from two stages to five over the course of six years. In 2005 the festival welcomed over 70 artists, both well-known and established bands, and local bands from around the East Midlands. This extended to over 100 bands, and the first ever sold-out festival in 2006.

The festival in later years was run over five stages: The Outside Stage was by far the largest and hosted the bigger bands, in conjunction with the Indoor Stage, the main auditorium of the De Montfort Hall. In addition, The Musician Stage was a tent featuring mainly acoustic and roots music at times when the Outside stage is quiet, and The Rising Stage featured new and local talent. In 2006 the eFESTIVALS Cabaret Stage was added, and these were added to in 2008 by the Phrased & Confused/Bathysphere tent, offering spoken word performances during the day and electronica artists later on. In 2012, the Musician Stage and the Rising Stage were replaced by two new performance spaces in The Village, named the Into the Wild stage and the Watering Hole following the festival's safari theme.

From 2006 the festival was preceded the night before it began by an official warm up party, hosted by Pineapster to provide entertainment to those campers arriving in the City on the Thursday night and raise money for LOROS, a local hospice. From 2007 it became a full Fringe festival event entitled the Summer Sundae Fringe Festival occurring in the week or fortnight up to the festival curated by local arts bodies across Leicester and Leicestershire, culminating in a series of warm-up parties. In March 2008 the festival put on a Taste of Summer Sundae gig to provide a flavour of the bands expected to play the main festival.

2012 line-up[edit]

The 2012 Summer Sundae Weekender festival took place 17–19 August. The main festival line-up was as follows:

Main stage
Friday Saturday Sunday
Indoor stage
Friday Saturday Sunday
Into the Wild stage
Friday Saturday Sunday
The Watering Hole stage
Friday Saturday Sunday
  • Charlee Drew
  • Walter Bottle
  • Kappa Gamma
  • Elizabeth Cornish
  • Tiny Ruins
  • Clean Bandit
  • Bastille
  • Nancy Dawkins
  • Park Bench Society
  • Mahalia
  • Buenos Aires
  • Jake Bugg
  • Kenworthy
  • These Furrows

The comedy stage features Rich Fulcher, Toby, Carly Smallman, David Morgan, Joey Page, Joe Bor, Richard Garaghty, Goronwy Thom and Jon Hicks.

2011 line-up[edit]

The 2011 Summer Sundae Weekender festival took place 12–14 August 2011. The main festival line-up was as follows:

Outdoor stage
Friday Saturday Sunday
Indoor stage
Friday Saturday Sunday
Rising stage
Friday Saturday Sunday
Musician stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

The comedy stage featured Simon Evans, Gary Delaney, Jon Richardson, and John Cooper Clarke.

2010 line-up[edit]

The 2010 Summer Sundae Weekender festival took place 13–15 August 2010. The main festival line-up was as follows:

Outdoor stage
Friday Saturday Sunday
Indoor stage
Friday Saturday Sunday
Rising stage
Friday Saturday Sunday
Musician stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

2009 line-up[edit]

The 2009 Summer Sundae Weekender festival took place 14–16 August 2009. The main festival line-up was as follows:

Outdoor stage
Friday Saturday Sunday
Indoor stage
Friday Saturday Sunday
Rising stage
Friday Saturday Sunday
Musician stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

The Streets were due to headline the main stage on Friday but pulled out earlier the same day due to illness. Skint & Demoralised, Beth Jeans Houghton and Jeremy Warmsley played sets in the Phrased & Confused tent.

2008 line-up[edit]

The 2008 Summer Sundae Weekender festival took place between the 8 and 10 August 2008. The main festival line-up was follows:

Outdoor stage
Friday Saturday Sunday
Indoor stage
Friday Saturday Sunday
Rising stage
Friday Saturday Sunday
Musician stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

2007 line-up[edit]

The main stage of the 2007 festival.

The 2007 Summer Sundae Weekender festival took place between the 10 and 12 August 2007. The line-up was as follows:

Outdoor stage
Friday Saturday Sunday
Indoor stage
Friday Saturday Sunday
Firebug Rising stage
Friday Saturday Sunday
The Musician Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

2006 Lineup[edit]

Summer Sundae Logo

The 2006 Summer Sundae took place between 11 and 13 August 2006. The line-up was as follows

Outdoor stage
Friday Saturday Sunday
Indoor stage
Friday Saturday Sunday
Jim Beam Rising stage
Friday Saturday Sunday
The Musician Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

2005 Lineup[edit]

The 2005 Summer Sundae took place between 12 and 14 August 2005. The bill was as follows

Outdoor stage
Friday Saturday Sunday
Indoor stage
Friday Saturday Sunday
The Musician acoustic stage
Friday Saturday Sunday
Rising stage
Friday Bathysphere – Lo Tempo Hi Fi Arena Saturday Sunday
KT Tunstall at the 2005 Summer Sundae

2004 Lineup[edit]

The 2004 Summer Sundae Weekender took place between 13 and 15 August 2004

Highlights of this festival included Kings of Convenience, Super Furry Animals, Ed Harcourt, Air, Amy Winehouse, The Beta Band, Kasabian and Adem.

2003 Lineup[edit]

The 2003 Summer Sundae Festival saw the introduction of a dance music to Friday night, and took place over three days between the 8th and 10 August 2003

Saturday's line-up included Alabama 3, Chumbawumba, Laura Cantrell, British Sea Power, Kathryn Williams and The Herbaliser with Gotan project Headlining. Sunday's bill included Ian McCulloch, Aqualung, Durutti Column, Pernice Brothers, Cosmic Rough Riders and Richard Hawley. The finale was a Concert for a Landmine Free World featuring Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Billy Bragg, Joan Baez and Chrissie Hynde sharing the stage.

2002 Lineup[edit]

The 2002 Summer Sundae Festival took place between the 6th and 7 July 2002

Highlights of the festival included I Am Kloot, Beth Orton and local favourites Cornershop. There was a strong Americana influence including the Be Good Tanyas, Calexico and The Handsome Family. David Byrne headlined.

2001 Lineup[edit]

The inaugural event was held on one day in July on two stages with 14 acts including Morcheeba on the outdoor stage and Lambchop on the indoor stage.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peplow, Gemma (6 August 2010). "Summer Sundae Weekender celebrates ten years of feelgood hits". This is Leicestershire. Northcliffe Media. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 

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Coordinates: 52°37′27.76″N 1°07′21.86″W / 52.6243778°N 1.1227389°W / 52.6243778; -1.1227389