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The Phoenix Festival is a festival that originally ran from 1993-1996, which is due to see a relaunch in 2012.

Organised by Former Mean Fiddler boss Vince Power, the festival was established as an alternative to Glastonbury and Reading & Leeds.


2012 line-up, rumours, news and our predictions.

News of the festivals return was confirmed around July 2011, when Power announced his plans during the introduction of Hop Farm festival

Power stated "For those of you who remember the Pheonix Festival, it's my intention to resurrect this festival next year as Glastonbury is taking a break".

A leaked poster on Twitter, indicates that the 2012 line-up could include artists such as Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, Bjork, MIA, Grace Jones and Vampire Weekend.

Of those mentioned, we predict that Radiohead is a likely head-liner, as they have already confirmed some European festivals, stating that further UK and European dates are to be released.

Björk is also a high possibility, with the release of her latest album and project 'Biophilia', the singer-songwriter has already confirmed for Oya Festival, Roskilde and Primavera Sound.

After her performance at Bestival 2011, another UK date would be favourable.

Past line-up highlights.

During it's inital run from 1993-1996, Phoenix pulled in an impressive array of acts, from Iggy Pop, Cypress Hill, Manic Street Preachers and Crash Test Dummies.

Details of past line-ups can be found here.


Due the nature of it's line-up and it's origin, Pheonix Festival is likely to attract those who miss the more grassroots vibe of past Glastonburys.

It should also attract an older audience, as many would want to escape the now predominately younger atmosphere.

History and facts

The festival debuted in 1993, with headline performances from Sonic Youth, The Black Crowes, Hole and Faith No More.

Despite the notoriety of the acts scheduled, the festival was damned with controversy, as festival goers were instructed to turn off sound systems and distinguish fires after midnight, greatly contrasting to the 24 hour feel of it's main rival Glastonbury.

Many demanded refunds, and the festival also received complaints regarding the festival site (an old airstrip) in comparision to the ticket prices.

1996 saw the festivals biggest problems, as many attendees missed David Bowie on the Thursday night due to crowd control issues, Water also become unavailable in certain areas of the festival on a weekend that brought extreme heat.

However despite it's problems the festival managed to sell out in Glastonbury's rest year, and in the same year The Sex Pistols headlined their first major UK festival.

Festival contact and ticket information

So far ticket details have not been announced, however an online video archive or past Phoenix Festival performances can be found here.