Comments Share Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Under most other circumstances the idea of the 24-year-old QB with the size, mobility and arm to succeed would be a good thing.After all, what team doesn’t want to see a young signal caller take the reins and lead? The Arizona Cardinals. At least, they didn’t. We all know the hope was for Kevin Kolb to win the job. He was last summer’s high-priced acquisition and it was thought that an entire offseason with the team would lead to him taking the next step in his career. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ In the event that does not happen it would be tough — if not foolish — to go into next season with the same group of QBs. The team would have to add someone else, and you’d almost have to do it via the draft.One of the reasons many feel Leinart and Whiz didn’t mesh was because the Heisman Trophy winner was drafted by a different coach. Dennis Green called Leinart a “Gift from from heaven;” Whisenhunt clearly did not feel the same way. Leinart being on the team was essentially a waste of time, coaching and a roster spot, as he wasn’t a “Whiz guy” and never really stood a chance with the coach.The Cards could not risk the same thing happening with their next QB.If, you know, they actually have to draft one next year. Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Unfortunately that step has been backwards, and it’s tough to find anyone right now who genuinely believes the former Eagle has what it takes to lead a team. That may not matter.John Skelton earning the starting QB job could prove to be a turning point for the franchise. He’s by no means a finished product, but he boasts the necessary physical tools and mental makeup to succeed in the NFL.Until he does, though, there will be questions. And if he doesn’t play well the Cardinals may very well turn to next April’s draft in hopes of finding their next quarterback. And if that happens, the question shifts from wondering if the team should take a QB in the first round to asking if Ken Whisenhunt and Co. should be allowed to make the selection.Let’s be clear here: Ken Whisenhunt is an excellent football coach. He’s only had one sub-.500 season with Arizona, won four playoff games and took the team to that Super Bowl thing back in the day.But one can only live off that for so long, especially in a cutthroat business like the NFL.The 2012 campaign turning into a lost season because of continuing uncertainty at the most important position on the field would be a sign that Whisenhunt, for all of his ability, just can’t find a QB. And given his background as an offensive coach, that very idea is puzzling. All one has to do to understand is look at the list of QBs who have started a game for the Cardinals under Whiz’s leadership:Matt Leinart, Kurt Warner, Derek Anderson, Max Hall, John Skelton, Kevin Kolb.Six quarterbacks in six seasons, with five of them lining up under center over the last two years. In comparison Dennis Green, who preceded Whisenhunt on Arizona’s sideline, started five quarterbacks in three years on the job.Green’s inability to find a QB (though he thought he had one in Leinart) proved to be an issue, and it may very well be his successor’s downfall, too.Maybe it won’t come to that. Hopefully it won’t come to that.In a perfect world Skelton — or even Kolb — will perform well enough to render this entire column moot. One of them will find a way to perform well behind this sieve of an offensive line and use the various weapons the team has at the skill positions. If it’s Kolb, great, as the Cards would have made the smart move in acquiring him. If it’s Skelton that’s cool too, as there would be no harm, no foul with the big whiff on Kolb. After all, the only thing that matters is the Cardinals finding a QB, the name on the back of the jersey be damned.
Where: Hyde Park, LondonWhen: 11 JulyHow much: £54What: Reunion concert celebrating 25 years of mega-selling pop producers Stock, Aitken and Waterman.Who: Steps, Sonia, Bananarama, Brother Beyond, Rick Astley, 2 Unlimited, Pepsi & ShirleyWhy: If that line-up is not enough to have you salivating with excitement, it’ll be worth going just to see Kylie & Jason duet on ‘Especially for You’.2. DownloadWhere: Donington Park, EnglandWhen: 8-10 JuneHow much: £190What: The UK’s must-do fest for the connoisseur of serious rock and metal.Who: Black Sabbath, Megadeth and… Sebastian BachWhy: To see Sebastian Bach perform his ‘Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor’ (er, I think there’s been some mistake – Ed)3. T in the ParkWhere: Perthshire, ScotlandWhen: 6-8 JulyHow much: £189What: One of the UK’s biggest music festivals with a line-up embracing rock, pop and dance.Who: Snow Patrol, David Guetta, Nicki Minaj and… Simple MindsWhy: A good excuse to drink lager for three days, and throw tomatoes at Cher Lloyd. 4. CreamfieldsWhere: Cheshire, EnglandWhen: 24-26 AugustHow much: £135What: A veritable who’s who of electronic dance music DJs and acts.Who: Tiësto, Paul van Dyk, deadmau5Why: If, as The Beach Boys once sang, you’ve got to ‘dance, dance, dance, ‘cos the beat’s really hot’, this is the fest for you – there’ll be more beats than a Scottish salmon river. Don’t forget your glowsticks.5. GlastonbudgetWhere: Leicestershire, EnglandWhen: 1-3 JuneHow much: £62What: Not just a bad pun, but a festival specialising in tribute bands.Who: The Kinx, The Police Academy, Who’s who, This is Nirvana etc, etcWhy: Even better than the real thing? It’s unlikely that they’ll ever be a line-up featuring The Kinks, The Police, The Who and Nirvana.Mainland Europe6. Rock Wechter Where: Leuven, BelgiumWhen: 28 June – 1 JulyHow much: 195 eurosWhat: Mega rock festival (if that wasn’t obvious) with heavyweight line-up.Who: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blink 182, Pearl JamWhy: They have published all the times that bands are on stage already, so you don’t have to fork out even more cash on one of those lanyard thingys. 7. Rock Am RingWhere: 1-3 JuneWhen: Nürburgring, GermanyHow much: 175 eurosWhat: European rock festival behemoth.Who: Metallica, Cypress Hill, Tenacious D and… Dick Brave & the BackbeatsWhy: A must-do for the long and straggly of hair. You’re not a real rock fan if you’re not wearing your Rock Am Ring wristband.8. RoskildeWhere: Roskilde, DenmarkWhen: 5-8 JulyHow much: 240 eurosWhat: Massive, famous music festival, once graced by Status QuoWho: Bruce Springsteen, The Cure, Björk and… Hank Williams IIIWhy: To witness/take part in the annual Nude Run, the male and female winners of which win a ticket for next year.9. SzigetWhere: Budapest, HungaryWhen: 6-13 AugustHow much: 195 eurosWhat: Europe’s biggest music festival, held on an island in the Danube.Who: Korn, Placebo, Ministry and… Chef’SpecialWhy: It goes on for a whole week (if that’s a good thing), and boasts ‘an electronically amplified, warped amusement park that has nothing to do with reality’.10. Primavera SoundWhere: Porto, PortugalWhen: 7-10 JuneHow much: 99 eurosWhat: Indie-friendly festival held in a park in the lovely city of Porto.Who: Suede, St. Etienne, SpiritualizedWhy: If only because Sleepy Sun are playing – a band to see after a few sherries if ever there was one.11. PohodaWhere: Trencin, SlovakiaWhen: 5-7 JulyHow much: 85 eurosWhat: Family-friendly fest featuring big names in rock, pop and danceWho: Public Enemy, Kasabian and… The Maggie’s MarshmallowsWhy: It’s free for kids, and there’s a special children’s park where you can leave your offspring while you mosh to The Offspring. Not that they’re playing.12. BenicassimWhere: Valencia , SpainWhen: 12-14 JulyHow much: £155What: Big music festival by the beach between Barcelona and Valencia. One of the most popular European fests for Brits.Who: David Guetta, Stone Roses, Dizzee Rascal and… Kurt Vile & the ViolatorsWhy: All your favourite acts that are picking up their paychecks at every other festival, plus sunshine, and the beer, is much cheaper than at home.13. ExitWhere: Novi Sad, SerbiaWhen: 12-15 JulyHow much: £95What: Hedonistic festival held in the grounds of a fortressWho: Guns N’ Roses and… Duran Duran and… Totally Enormous Extinct DinosaursWhy: Rated as one of the best festival experiences in the world, partly thanks to its unique setting.14. MetaltownWhere: Gothenburg, SwedenWhen: 15-16 JuneHow much: £149What: Metal, metal and more metal (like, duh, what were you expecting, The Carpenters?)Who: Slayer, Marilyn MansonWhy: Just so you can attempt to say ‘I’m going to Metaltown’ while keeping a straight face.15. OutlookWhere: Pula, Croatia When: 30 August – 2 SeptemberHow much: £120What: A Club 18-30 holiday for the dubstep generationWho: Skream, Goldie, Zion Train, Congo NattyWhy: Ibiza is so 199516. Hellfest Where: Clisson, FranceWhen: 15-17 JuneHow much: 149 eurosWhat: Well, from the name you may have deduced that it’s not a family-friendly event featuring magicians and story-telling tentsWho: A who’s who of metal from Cannibal Corpse to Napalm Death and… too many meant-to-be-scary-but-actually-ridiculously-stupidly-named bands to mention, from Big Business to Sublime Cadaveric Decomposition.Why: So you can tell your mum you saw Sublime Cadaveric Decomposition.The rest of the world18. Coachella Glastonbury isn’t on this year, but there are plenty of alternatives for the music festival-goer in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world. Here are 20 of the biggest, the best and the craziest. Rock on!UK1. Hit Factory Live Related20 best music festivals 2014Forget Reading. How about Hellfest? 20 of the biggest, best and craziest music festivals in the world in 2014.20 best music festivals 2013Forget Reading. How about Hellfest? 20 of the biggest, best and the craziest music festivals in the world.13 of the best music festivals for 2015Find the soundtrack to your summer at one of these incredible international music festivals. Where: Indio, California, USAWhen: 13-15 and 20-22 AprilHow much: $285What: The American GlastonburyWho: Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, Arctic Monkeys, The Black KeysWhy: To hang out backstage with Paris Hilton.19. ShambhalaWhere: Nelson, British Columbia, CanadaWhen: 10-13 AugustHow much: $280What: Not for the faint-hearted! Hippy electronic music festival held on a cattle ranch in the Canadian RockiesWho: tbcWhy: It’s a family-run, non-corporate event enjoying a stunning natural location.20. Fuji RockWhere: Naeba, Niigata, JapanWhen: 27-29 JulyHow much: £338What: Japan’s largest outdoor music event with an amazing setting in the mountains, with forests and rivers between stages, and a cable car.Who: The Specials, Radiohead, Elvis CostelloWhy: For a festival experience so utterly different to Reading or V. For example, their website advises not to go near the bees’ nests. Watch out for the snakes, and the bears!ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map