Dear Need To Know Members,
It's spring and so our minds have turned to being outside and hanging out with other people; yes, it's the beginning of festivals season. We're not talking about the sort of festivals where you're on site 24/7, buying all your meals from a van, but the sort where you might want to see a bit of the local area while you're there.
New OrleansNew Orleans is famed for its music, food and friendliness. Festivals wise, pick from Jazz Fest, on now until 6 May, Essence Festival for R&B, hip-hop, jazz and blues (early July) or Southern Decadence, the city's gay and lesbian carnival (late August into early September). Our writer Sierra Vandervort lives in the city and picks out some places you'll want to visit during any stay.
AldeburghThe Aldeburgh festival isn't actually based in Aldeburgh any more; it got too big by its 20th year in 1967, when Benjamin Britten began holding the event at new concert halls on the site of nearby Snape Maltings. It's a wonderful festival to visit, partly because of the quality of musicians it attracts, and partly because of the surrounding coastal scenery – you can easily enjoy a concert and also the delights of nearby Southwold, Walberswick or Thorpeness (Aldeburgh Festival 2018: 8-24 June).
UzèsFor a town of its size, Uzès punches above its weight for festivals worth visiting. The Fête Votive in early August is the big one, with celebrations all over town. The Cicada in May explores techno music and street art, while at the other end of the spectrum the town's Truffle Weekend in January takes the black diamond very seriously indeed. Our writer Gary Hills lives there part of the year, so knows all the best places to go.
This month's most eye-catching nominations from membersThanks to John Williams for nominating the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester and to Neil Cooper for nominating Theo's in Camberwell, London. Our writers have put those on their list of places to visit.
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