The 12th Summer Sundae Weekender (17-18-19 August - De Montfort Hall & Gardens, Leicester) comes at a time where the United Kingdom is in a far greater place. Last years festival was marred by the horrifying events that took place during the London riots. This year however is on the complete opposite scale. Following arguably the greatest Olympics in the capital, Britain is on a high and I'm sure this mood will continue into the festival based in the centre of Leicester.

Always one for an adventure, the organisers have this year chosen the theme of safari, hence the stage names of the 'Lions Den' and 'Crocodiles Lagoon'. Maybe just a ploy for good weather? Let's hope so.

The main focus of the festival is, as always, the music. Following on from last years bill which featured acts such as The Maccabees, I Am Kloot and Newton Faulkner, there seems to be a greater depth and variation to the line-up, with all areas being covered, including a keen focus on new music. The Friday throws up a catalogue of up and coming new acts, with Bastille and Clean Bandit being the pick of the bunch. In addition to this Katy B is set to headline the main stage and Mercury Prize nominated Ghostpoet is also present.

If you could look at this line-up in three years, it would be interesting to see how far the acts have came. Similarly to Friday there is a heavy focus on new music (bar Adam Ant) on the Saturday. Stand and deliver for Jake Bugg, Lucy Rose and Lianne La Havas as well as the headliners Ocean Colour Scene. Local boys These Furrows are also set to play as part of the BBC introducing stage.

For Sunday, we see the arrival of Jonny Rotten, with his post-punk band Public Image Limited closing the festival. Combine this with Django Django and the ever-eccentric King Charles and this just highlights the large variation that I previously mentioned.

This year also sees the first time that the festival has hosted large-scale late evening entertainment, something that was much needed. On Friday Jack Beats will entertain the diverse festival crowd and Sunday brings the arrival of the wonderful Gold Panda who closes the show.

A way to get over those post-Olympic blues? Definitely.

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