The sun is shining, your Instagram feed is flooded with photos of friends in fields and your local chemist has been sold out of wet wipes for weeks. All this can only mean one thing - festival season is officially upon us! If you’re feeling hard done by because you missed out on Glastonbury or didn’t manage to bag a ticket for Wireless, we’re here to tell you not to despair just yet. There’s still plenty more opportunities this summer to dig out those wellies and spend a weekend seeing your favourite artists perform live, no matter what your taste in music. So take a look at our guide below for everything you need to know about the best of the rest in music festivals this summer.
We may already be in the middle of July, but that doesn’t mean all hope is lost for those of you looking for a last minute chance to see out the month in style.
Global Gathering is a worldwide celebration of all things rave culture and the annual dance music festival now has events in the US, Australia, Poland, Turkey and Belarus just to name a few. And luckily for us we get our very own event right here in the UK too!
When: 25-28 July
Where: Long Marston Airfield, Stratford Upon Avon
Who’s playing: Plan B, Example, Rita Ora, Wiley, Paul Oakenfold & more
August is definitely the month of the festival with three of the most popular events of the year taking place. Whether you’re looking for a weekend of pure pop or something a bit more alternative, you can’t complain with the choices on offer!
Festivals aren’t just for the indie or rock lovers amongst us, and V Festival proves exactly that by being your one way ticket to all things pop this summer. With Beyonce headlining, as well as other acts such as Olly Murs, Rita Ora and Ellie Goulding getting in on the action, it’s no wonder V Festival is one of the most popular festivals this summer.
When: 17-18 August
Where: Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, South Staffordshire
Who’s playing: Beyoncé, Kings of Leon, Emeli Sandé, Calvin Harris, Jessie J, Olly Murs, Paloma Faith, Rita Ora, Jason Mraz, Fun, Labrinth, Ellie Goulding, Rudimental, James Arthur, Tom Odell, Little Mix, Laura Mvula
Or, if you’re looking for a bit more of an alternative scene, Reading & Leeds festival are known for featuring primarily indie, punk and metal acts. This year, Eminem is the headliner everyone is talking about, but there will also be great performances from Biffy Clyro, Disclosure and Wretch 32, meaning there’ll definitely be something to suit your style.
When: 23-25 August
Where: Richfield Avenue, Reading & Bramham Park, Wetherby
Who’s playing: The Foals, The Lumineers, Wiley, Devlin, Baauer, Iggy Azalea, The 1975, Chase & Status, A$AP Rocky, Bastille, Skrillex, Major Lazer, Jake Bugg, Azealia Banks, AlunaGeorge, Sub Focus, Charli XCX
Also held over the August Bank holiday weekend, Creamfields celebrates everything dance music. Built on the success of Cream in Liverpool in the 90s, the festival is now a global event and this year sees the return of The Prodigy. Unsurprisingly, tickets are selling out fast for this one, so get in there quick to make sure you don’t miss out.
When: 23-25 August
Where: Daresbury, Cheshire
Who’s playing: The Prodigy, Avicii, David Guetta, Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk, Duke Dumont, Nicky Romero, Zane Lowe, Paul Oakenfold, Annie Mac, Baauer, Eric Prydz, Andy C, AfroJack, Sub Focus, Shy FX
It might be optimistic to hope that the summer sunshine will last until September, but just because the temperatures are cooling, doesn’t mean you have to let it rain on your parade!
Bestival is the perfect combination of music and mayhem as every year 55,000 people descend on to the Isle of Wight dressed in amazing fancy dress to party along with some of the biggest names in music. It’s a little more diverse than its more mainstream counterparts, but still boasts big headliners like Elton John and Snoop Dogg. They also do their bit for the world by helping local charities and international good causes, so you can get that warm, fuzzy feeling inside while attending.
When: 5-8 September
Where: Robin Hill County Park, Isle of Wight
Who’s playing: Elton John, Snoop Dogg, M.I.A, Jessie Ware, Disclosure, Tom Odell, Rudimental, James Blake, Bastille, The 1975, Annie Mac
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