Festival: total eclipse

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Gates open this Friday for the best of the southwest's eclipse festivities. The follow-up to last year's award-winning Beach Festival, Total Eclipse is organised by Megadog, Essential and Harvey Goldsmith, and while other events may offer a better location for the eclipse itself, this one wins hands-down on the music. Asian Dub Foundation, Nitin Sawhney and the legendary Sugarhill Gang head the line-up on Saturday 7th, while Sunday revolves mostly around reggae, techno and drum'n'bass. Like the opening day, Monday is DJs only but Tuesday is the main event with Orbital, Roni Size (left) and CJ Bolland headlining the three stages. The Freestylers, the Egg and the Lo-Fi Allstars feature on the closing day.

Newnham Park, nr Plymouth, Devon. Info: 09068 230190. Tickets: 0870 444 4224. pounds 99 or pounds 30 per day. 6-11 Aug

Tim Perry