The Best Dance Event In Ely…Ever!

Axwell and Utah Saints are the latest acts to join the star studded line-up for Dance Island 2008.

Image: Dance Island 2008

Swedish house legend Axwell is the first among a list of names to be added to the Koolwaters house arena who will be joining Stonebridge along with Kate Lawler and local stars The BeatThiefs.

Dance music pioneers Utah Saints make a long awaited comeback to the festival circuit for 2008 and will be joining the already massive house line up.

As if this wasn’t enough, Judgement Sundays resident Micky Slim and Deepgroove join Koolwaters residents Marc Vedo and Jaxson have also been announced as additions to the Koolwaters arena.

Early bird tickets have already sold out and standard tickets are flying out of the door, so make sure you don’t miss out on Dance Island 2008 by getting your ticket from soon.

Dance Island 2008 is set to take place on 5th July near Ely, Cambridgeshire.

With a 10,000 capacity, 5 arenas hosted by BIG, Slinky, Natural Born Ravers, Raindance and Koolwaters, an outdoor stage hosted by Kiss FM and world class DJs, including Audio Bullys (Live), Stanton Warriors, Freemasons, Mauro Picotto, Agnelli & Nelson, Dave Pearce, Tidy Boys, Audio Surgery, Kutski, Dougal & Gammer, Baby D, Ratpack, Mark Doyle and Big Ben, this festival will be East Anglias biggest electronic music event of the year.

Dance Island is already making waves in its debut year, featuring as 13th best festival in the latest edition of clubbing bible Mixmag, ahead of the likes of Gatecrasher Summer Sound System, Escape in the park and many more established festivals.

Ely Folk Festival 2008 A’ Comin’

The 23rd Ely Folk Festival takes place over the weekend of Friday 11th July – Sunday 13th July.

This will be my 8th visit to the Festival and, I’m ashamed to say, it should be my 23rd. It wasn’t until I was invited along to pen some words (from a non-folkie viewpoint) by Ely Online that I took off the blinkers and saw beyond the stereotype of beards, rainbow-coloured waistcoats and men waving hankies around. Of course, all that is on offer at the festival but there’s also a lot, lot more. The Ely festival features a wide variety of styles, all which fit into the broad church of folk.

This year’s line up is no exception with an impressive guest list and programme of workshops, concerts, displays, ceilidhs and children’s entertainment. I’m looking forward to watching guitar maestro Gareth Pearson (a big hit at last years festival), The Mighty ‘Show of Hands’, local bands Lightening Jack and the Wide Glide Band, Last Night’s Fun, Boo Hewerdine, Spiers and Boden and the extremely noisy percussion band Saor Patrol.

The amply stocked beer-tent and food stalls will keep me fuelled for the weekend and Jan’s Blackboard Van will keep me occupied if I fancy drawing a picture on the side of a lorry. Music, beer, food and men waving hankies – what more could you possibly want? See you there.

Read last year’s review for a taster.

2008 Ely Folk Festival On Course To Sell Out

Ely Folk Festival is on course to sell out before the festival weekend for the first time in its 23 year history. Happening from 11th – 13th July at Ely Outdoor Centre the festival boasts a superb line up including Show of Hands, Martin Simpson, Spiers & Bowden and Boo Hewerdine, promising the best festival yet. Festival organiser Trish Reed said ‘Anyone hoping to come along is encouraged to book now to avoid disappointment in the event that the festival sells out’

If you can’t get to the festival itself, don’t miss the procession in Ely town centre from 11am on Saturday an amazing sight with a colourful array of Morris sides, headed by Saor Patrol with drums and pipes.

Tickets are on sale on line at or by calling 01353 669985.

Image: Saor-Patrol

Ely Online will also release it’s annual podcast – Folkin’ Hell, It’s Festival Time v3.0 next weekend. Stay tuned. In the meantime here is our first volume from 2006. Enjoy.



  1. Intro by Carol Batton
  2. Young Hearts Run Free – Nancy Wallace
  3. My Aunt Edna – Bonnie Koloc
  4. Bones For Doctor Swah – Wooden Wand
  5. Don’t Be Upset – Jeffrey & Jack Lewis
  6. Help Me Find Myself – Tudor Lodge
  7. Graveyard – Forrest
  8. Diamond Day – Vashti Bunyan

You can listen to the mix streamed online by pressing the play button below, broadband is your friend for this. If you don’t see the player below then you don’t have the Flash Player installed, that can be remedied by going here.