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- Posted on Sep 3rd 2009 6:00AM by Stephen Dowling
When: Sept 5 and 6.
How to get there: Take the A534 down to... we're kidding. Jersey is a Channel Island, of course, so your transport options will have to include a plane or a boat. Bear in mind the festival doesn't have its own camping, so you'll have to pitch a tent at a campsite or stay at a hotel. The festival's site has details here.
Capacity: 10,000. A veritable minnow compared to Glastonbury.
Ticket price: Weekend tickets are £79.50 and day tickets are £48.50.
Who's playing?: Basement Jaxx on the Saturday and the Kooks on the Sunday headline, while other acts confirmed include 2manydjs, Dizzee Rascal, Doves, Jack Penate, Passion Pit and Golden Silvers.
Who's played before?: The Zutons and the Prodigy headlined in 2008, while in 2007 the Fratellis and Kasabian had top billing. Snow Patrol, Super Furry Animals and Kasabian have also played in previous years.
What's it like?: A little bit Glastonbury, a little bit Reading, a little bit Bestival. Along with the music, comedy, food and street perfromers you'll usually find, there's also the Big Tease Tent, which allows you to don fancy dress from a massive wardrobe. What better to get you in the festival spirit?
What sets it apart: The feast of local talent for a starter -- the festival has a commitment to include bands from Jersey, and this year a BBC special is being made on the local bands that grace the BBC introducing stage. There's also a tent hosted by the well-respected French rock magazine Les Inrockuptibles. Those who are beating the recession and feeling a little flush can opt to pay £100 extra and hobnob it with the stars in a genuine early 20th Century spiegeltent which hosts the backstage bars.
When festival fever sets in: Jersey, a tax-haven closer to mainland France than dear old Blighty, is renowned for its beaches and beautiful scenery. Spinner was at Reading and can vouch for the paucity of golden sand an easy amble from the festival site. You will have no such problems at Jersey Live. Have a paddle for us.