But alas, not all festivals are able to pull in such big-name stars. Case in point: 2018’s Polo Fest, a polo-themed two-dayer held at Chester Lakes that proudly describes itself as “Cheshire’s boutique music festival”.
Taking place on September 15 and with tickets ranging between £24.50 to £65.50, the event promises “all the acts, all the entertainment and all the fun you can handle”, as well as such perks as “glamping, a petting zoo, laughter tots” and “as many goes on our mini-fairground as you like”.
Sounds great, right? Well, that’s until you actually see the line-up itself…
Sheesh, where do we even begin? Perhaps with Toploader headlining each of the two nights – more sets than they have hits?
Also, what’s with all the brackets after the artist names? You can’t have great confidence in the strength of your bookings when you have to explain exactly who they are.
In fact, Polo Fest is so ’90s that some assumed that only one person could be behind all of it…
And sure, we like Gok Wan just as much as your nan likes Gok Wan, but we’ve never once wondered what his taste in music was. But hey, I guess we’re going to find out.
Even if Gok Wan’s biggest tunes do get your feet moving though, you ravers out there will soon have to find some other place to go, because the entire thing finishes at 8pm. Yes, 8pm…
Amid all the negativity though, some people on Twitter thought the organisers should be leading with the one great thing it can offer above all other festivals. Yes, free parking!
And to be fair, “Melanie C‘s 90’s Mixtape” actually doesn’t sound all that bad. She describes it as: “Nothing but 90s bangers all night, expect to hear everything from The Spice Girls to Oasis to Biggie“. We take everything back, count us in.
Ultimately though, what frightens us the most about the line-up is that we know that’s going to be us in years to come – watching Drake on a zimmer frame trying to do the ‘Hotline Bling’ dance to a nostalgic Chippenham crowd in the year 2058.
We just hope there will be free parking there too.