Beachdown: LastMinute.com's Guide to the Perfect Festival for a British Summer

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Set in the beautiful South Downs just north of Brighton - Beachdown offers the driest underfoot festival site anywhere in the UK due to the chalk base - rainwater simply seeps straight away. So sorry - no mud-baths here. Important in the appalling summer so far. This year's festival over the August Bank Holiday Weekend (August 29-31) features 42 hours of performances by legendary international acts and the best of Brighton bands performing on 4 stages.

LastMinute.com says for those looking for one last summer music celebration without the wellies, the search is over. This year's Beachdown Festival is set to take place on the August Bank Holiday weekend (Aug 29-31), and no matter how wet this "BBQ summer" gets, muddy fields are not on the agenda at Beachdown.

And for anyone who'd rather swap the authentic festival camping experience for the warmth and comfort of a good hotel room within easy reach of Beachdown's twin venues in London and Brighton, they need look no further than the lastminute.com website.

The annual Beachdown Festival features the best entertainment the UK has to offer offering 42 hours of nonstop fun, including music performances, film screenings, and comedy acts, among other things. Because it takes place at the edge of Brighton on the chalk of the South Downs any rainfall is filtered away, meaning there won't be the mudbath of Glastonbury or the other festivals earlier in the year.

It all kicks off in London's trendy Camden district with a blowout party. Once revellers have recovered from that in the comfort of cheap hotels in London. Find great deals on London accommodation], things really heat up at Beachdown itself, starting with vibrant musical performances by some of the hottest international sensations and the most popular Brighton acts. The musical selection is enhanced by live DJ performances, which occur daily and last well into the night, making it possible for the party to never end.

For anyone tiring of music, there are still plenty of options, including a cinema, which has been relocated to South Downs itself this year. Screenings feature everything from classic masterpieces to cult hits. For younger attendees, the Beachdown Festival has an entire programme for children, including special activities designed just for them.

On top of this, guests should also prepare themselves to laugh. This year's festival features three stand-up comedy shows, including some of the best up and coming talent from the Brighton area. Along with the comedy, there is a unique assortment of cabaret acts, such as Mr Solo and Princess Knickers.

Beachdown also takes care to provide guests with a complete experience, including delicious food. This year, the organisers have gone to great lengths to provide guests with organic options. With food choices from the likes of Herman Ze German and Due South, guests will be salivating from the moment they arrive. From succulent steaks to unique international desserts, no one will go hungry during their time at Beachdown.

With so much to do, it is no wonder that people from all around the UK flock to South Downs to appreciate this event. There are plenty of hotels in Brighton. Find great deals on Brighton accommodation], not to mention numerous cheap hotels in London. The best way to prepare for the trip is to compare prices at lastminute.com. Find great deals on hotels found on these sites are sure to meet any budget and any individual preferences, which makes planning a trip that much easier.

Whether the choice is stay in cheap London hotels. Find great deals on London hotels] or rough it on the campgrounds themselves, everyone who comes is sure to enjoy the music and entertainment at the Beachdown Festival.

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