July 31 to August 2
This year’s Indiependence Festival – Ireland’s top indie-music gathering – brings a mix of new and established artists to the Rebel County. Downpatrick trio Ash (showing off new album Kablammo!) headline alongside Basement Jaxx, The Dandy Warhols and Dublin’s Kodaline.
Against the tide
The Severn Bore is far more exciting than its name suggests. The infamous wave, up to 2m in height, surges down the River Severn at around 13mph during high tides. Red Bull Outrow sees Europe’s best rowers try to, yep, outrow it. If they’re caught, it’s game over.
Ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the home nations start their campaigns with a series of warm- up matches. First up, Wales take on Ireland at the Millennium Stadium. With both teams keen to prove their cup-winning credentials, expect an epic clash.
Think haulage trucks overtaking each other on the motorway is dicey? Just wait till you see these 5,500kg behemoths do the same at the home of British motorsport. Truck racing returns to Silverstone after a 26-year absence at the British Racing Trucks Weekend, where performance-modified, turbocharged road beasts will navigate those famous chicanes at up to 100mph.
Alexandra Park, Manchester
Summer’s here and that can mean only one thing: carnival time. One of the UK’s best and most colourful celebrations, Manchester Carnival returns to Alexandra Park, soundtracked once more by the Red Bull Music Academy Sound System. Last year’s line-up featured the legendary DJ Hype as well as a host of other top hip-hop, grime, dance and reggae acts – expect a similarly eclectic mix this time around. Air horns at the ready…