With festival season fast approaching, and there being more festivals every year, it can be tough deciding where to go. We’ve made this handy little guide so you know exactly what’s on, where it is and what music to expect. Take a look below at our UK Festival Guide.
So, you’ve got summer staring you in the face, more bank holidays than you know what to do with and you and your friends have decided “let’s go to a festival”. The hard part is, which one? The UK has an incredible array of music festivals for you to choose from and we are inundated with some truly fantastic places to go. Whether it’s Reading & Leeds, WeAre FSTVL, Bestival or Creamfields, we are truly spoilt for choice.
In this guide we’ll break down each month for you and the best festivals for you to go to. As well as that, we’ll help you decide if the festivals for you by sticking the genres next to it. Cool right? All you have to do is buy your ticket and tent before the big weekend. Take a look below.
- 1 What to Wear to a Festival
- 2 What to Take to a Festival
- 3 May
- 4 June
- 5 July
- 6 August
- 7 Creamfields
- 8 September
What to Wear to a Festival
Knowing what to wear to a festival can be tricky, especially when you don’ t know what the weather is going to be like. A fail-safe outfit is a simple grey T-shirt teamed with a pair of chinos and desert boots make a simple and carefree look.
What to Take to a Festival
Of cource, you’ll want to take pictures when you’re at the festival, but sometimes your phone doesn’t really capture the moment. This Fujifilm Instax SQ10 is the perfect accessory to take with you to any festival as it allows to to chop and change the picture before you print it! With filters and effects, you can create the perfect moment with the Fujifilm Instax SQ10 and keep the memories forever.
Of course, you need more than just a camera to keep you going throughout the festival, so why not treat yourself to some camping gear that you know will last you throughout the festival season. Poler create some of the best camping and festival gear you can buy, with bags, sleeping bags and tents coming in a variety of stylish colourways and prints, so you’re sure to find your tent after a heavy night.
26th-28th, Genres: House, Drum and Bass, Grime
Now in it’s fifth year, WeAre FSTVL is one that brings the biggest DJs and artists from around the world to celebrate all dance music’s talents for a weekend. The festival takes place at Damyns Hall Aerodrome in Upminster. House heavyweights like Jamie Jones, Marco Carola and Carl Cox to fill you with all the Ibiza summer vibes you need. It’s not all house though with Craig David’s TS5 headlining the main stage and Hospitality having their own stage for all your Drum and Bass needs.
Full details of WeAre FSTVL’s incredible line up can be found on their website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Enter our competition and you could win a pair of tickets and go to WeAre FSTVL for free!
Love Saves The Day
27th-28th, Genres: House, Grime, Pop
Located in Eastville Park, Bristol, Love Saves The Day culminates everything that a British festival should have. With everything from house to grime, pop to dancehall, Love Saves The Day is all about celebrating the British summer time in style. Expect to catch artists like Kano, Solardo, AJ Tracey and Little Dragon on the bill as well as some other huge names over the weekend. Love Saves The Day is one to watch this year and perfect if you live around the West Country.
27th-28th, Genres: Pop, Grime, Dance
Common People is split across two venues and over two days, in Southampton and Oxford. The festival itself is a great mix of artists from the old and what’s currently popular.
Carrying on with that momentum, Common People has blended artists like Sean Paul, Novelist and Pete Tong’s Ibiza Classics for this year. If you want to be jumping up and down screaming “Temperature” this summer then Common People is the place to be.
3rd June, Genres: Indie, Techno, Rap
Field Day takes place in Victoria Park at the beginning of June and hosts some killer talent from around the world. Now in it’s 10th year, Field Day always brings a killer alternative line up and this year is different. Artists like Amê, Rae Morris, Lady Leshurr and techno titan Nina Kraviz all play at Field Day this year in what’s set to be a fantastic festival.
Isle of Wight
8th-11th, Genres: Rock, Pop, Rap
One of British Festival History’s most iconic members is the Isle of Wight Festival. Dating back to 1968, the IOW Festival revived itself in 2002 to bring back the rebellious nature of British music culture and has since seen some incredible headliners. This year, IOW is no different with artists like Run DMC, George Ezra and David Guetta headlining this staple in British festivals.
WILD LIFE Festival
9th-10th, Genres: Pop, Grime, Dance
WILD LIFE Festival 2017 will take place at Shoreham’s Brighton City Airport for its third year, bringing festival-goers an extensive mix of music from emerging talent on the Sounds of the Near stage to the massive and legendary artists headlining the WILD LIFE stage. The event created by Disclosure and Rudimental in 2015, announces its third and final wave of its 2017 line up including Dizzee Rascal, Stormzy, plus Disclosure b2b Armand van Helden, Rudimental (DJ Set), Clean Bandit, J Hus and many more.
10th, Genres: House, Techno
Junction 2 is a baby in terms of how long it’s been around, with this being only it’s second year. Founded by London Warehouse Events and Adam Beyer, Junction 2 has amassed some of the best DJs from around the world for 2017. Names like Tale of Us, Joseph Capriati, Maceo Plex and Chris Liebing are just some of the incredible DJs playing. Boston Manor Park will most certainly not be ready for Junction 2’s madness.
10th-11th, Genres: Pop, Grime, Dance
Started by the Warehouse Prohject, Parklife brings together some of the best artists, DJs and bands to Heaton Park in Manchester for an unbelievable weekend of music. This year is no different with everyone from Frank Ocean to Carl Cox, Chaka Khan and Pete Tong all being on this truly remarkable line up. Parklife is everything you’d expect from a British festival goers to love so don’t let the Manchester weather put you off attending this incredible festival.
21st-25th, Genres: Absolutely any genre you can think of Glastonbury will have it
Glastonbury is undoubtedly the Mecca of British festivals, with the line up being more and more impressive each year. We don’t even need to go into massive detail here because absolutely everyone on the planet knows about Glastonbury Festival. The line up this year is no different, sporting artists like Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran, Boy Better Know and Emeli Sandē all gracing the various stages.
1st, Genres: Rock, Indie, Punk
Community Festival in Finsbury Park is all about bands. The focus is on British artists and giving the crowd a taste of what they can find at home.
This year, Community Festival have pulled out some big artists. The Wombats, Slaves, Catfish and The Bottlemen all tip the bill at this incredible festival. If you’re in to your indie music and bands then look no further. Expect a cracking mix of old and new.
6th-8th, Genres: Indie, Funk, Disco
Located at Vicarage Farm, Hampshire, Blissfields is an individual festival with an attitude. It boasts some excellent DJs and artists and has done so for the last 16 years. This year is no different for Blissfields as they’ve recruited world famous acts like DJ Yoda, Metronomy and Delta Heavy to their already powerful roster.
7th-9th, Genres: Rap, Grime, Pop
Ever since it’s inception in 2005, Wireless Festival has always been about bringing the hottest MCs from around the globe to England for the weekend. Constantly pushing themselves, Wireless have really pulled out all the stops for 2017. This year they’ve gone even bigger than usual and recruited artists like Chance the Rapper, Bryson Tiller, Travis Scott and British heavyweight Skepta to get Finsbury Park jumping around once more. Expect big things from Wireless as their acts are renowned for bringing out special guests.
13th-16th, Genres: Indie, Rock, Alternative
Located in a quaint part of Suffolk, Latitude is a celebration of all things Indie music. Since Latitude’s birth in 2006, they’ve always managed to get some fantastic bands on the line up with this year being no different. Expect to see headliners Mumford and Sons, Two Door Cinema Club and The 1975 across the weekend as well as various other bands, DJs and solo artists all performing at this fantastic festival over three days. Fatboy Slim is also performing so be sure to check him out!
16th, Genres: Indie, Rock, Alternative
One of London’s brightest new indie festival’s, Citadel has rapidly made a name for itself in the two years that it has been around. The mainly indie based festival is set to make a killer return in 2017 and has recruited some huge names. Bands like Foals, Bonobo and Michael Kiwanuka are all set to play on the day and we’re really looking forward to seeing some alternative talent in Victoria Park.
Secret Garden Party
20th-23rd, Genres: Indie, House, Disco
Sadly this is the last ever Secret Garden Party. In their own words “this isn’t a festival, it’s a party and all good things must come to an end”. SGP’s ethos and over the years they have cemented themselves as one of the coolest festivals in Britain and this is their last hurrah. The line up is an eclectic mix of bands like Crystal Fighters and Wild Beasts, mixed with DJ powerhouses such as Eats Everything and Jackmaster. SGP is more like an outdoor house party than a festival and it’s easy to see why it’s become such a talking point for festival goers.
27th-30th, Genres: Indie, Pop, Dance
Set in rural Hertfordshire, Standon Calling brings together some big artists both old and new to this idyllic countryside village. This year they’ve recruited Clean Bandit, Orbital and Slaves to an already stellar line up. Expect big things from this festival, its one to watch out for and has welcomed the likes of Bastille, Faithless and Basement Jaxx in the past.
29th, Genres: Grime, Drum and Bass, House
Situated in The Digbeth Triangle, Birmingham, MADE Festival is all things British music festivals should be. MADE is a celebration of British musical talent and hosts an incredible line up for 2017. Artists like Chase and Status, Giggs and Shadow Child are all playing at MADE, with many other artists joining them on the day. Expect a lot of skanking, reloads and moshing if you’re attending MADE, it’s going to be a big one.
19th-20, Genres: Pop, Grime, Dance
In 1996 Virgin owner Richard Branson decided that he needed a break from being a billionaire so decided to set up his own festival. Over two decades later and V Festival is still going strong, pulling all the punches it possibly can for this year. Getting Jay-Z to perform at V is going to be one of the gigs of the summer. Couple that with Stormzy, Krept & Konan and Jess Glynne and you’ve got a stellar line up, matched only by the impressive number of stages V hosts every year.
24th-27th, Genres: House, Drum and Bass, Techno
Over the past two decades, Creamfields has become a hub for all things dance music, with 2017 being no different. Going from strength to strength each year, Creamfields showcases DJs and artists whose aim is to do one thing: get the crowd jumping. The 2017 rendition of this iconic dance music festival sees artists like Martin Garrix, Tiësto and Hardwell take to the main stages, with other stages seeing everything from Pendulum to Pete Tong. Just like every year since it started, Creamfields is definitely not one to miss.
Lost Village Festival
24th-27th, Genres: House, Techno, Comedy
Lost Village Festival is a showcase of music designed to take you on a journey. Set out in an abandoned woodland festival, Lost Village Festival is designed to be an immersive atmosphere that sees you spending a weekend in mystery. Sounds cool right? Headliners across the weekend include Nina Kraviz, Bicep, Dusky and special guest De la Soul. Food, comedy and music make up the three core parts of Lost Village Festival and it’s easy to see why it’s becoming such a popular weekend party.
Reading & Leeds
25th-27th, Genres: Rock, Alternative, Rap
Reading & Leeds have cemented themselves amongst festival folklore over nearly three decades, seeing everybody from New Order to 50 Cent grace the stages. Now in its 28th year, Reading & Leeds have truly managed to prove their longevity. And, surprise surprise, the line up for 2017 has lived up to all expectations, seeing Eminem return to the festival for the third time. As well as the Real Slim Shady, Kasabian and Muse also grace the stages of this fantastic festival.
25th-27th, Genres: Pop, Rock, Indie
Located on Southsea Common, Portsmouth, Victorious Festival is all about celebrating pop and rock music from over three decades. Victorious is a perfect combination and is a great weekend to see some bands that you wouldn’t normally see. Madness are one of the biggest names for Victorious and the “Baggy Trousers” songwriters are sure to put an amazing performance on. They’re joined by other indie heroes Jake Bugg, Elbow and British pop favourite Rita Ora will also be gracing the stage for the weekend.
26th-27th, Genres: House, Drum and Bass, Techno
SouthWest4 have made a name for themselves in recent years for their big production festival on Clapham Common. SW4 have carried that big production mentality with them for the past few years, bringing that energy with them to this years line up. Much like Creamfields, SW4 boats an insane line up of dance hall of famers and heavyweights. Most notably this year Deadmau5, Knife Party and Pendulum making a live appearance. SW4 is sure to give you all the electronic music satisfaction you’ll need on bank holiday weekend.
End of the Road
31st-3rd September, Genres: Indie, Rock, Alternative
Now in it’s twelfth year, End of the Road Festival in Dorset is all about booking bands the owners, and festival goers alike, love. They’ve stuck true to themselves over this past 12 years, never compromising on bands and putting themselves second and the fans first. This year End of the Road is no different, signing up Band of Horses, Canadian singer songwriter Mac Demarco and country heavyweight Father John Misty. Expect a lot singalongs and intimate moments at End of the Road.
1st-3rd, Genres: Pop, Dance, Grime
Sundown Festival in Norwich is truly back with a bang this for 2017 following on from its success over the past few years. This year Sundown have truly gone all out, managing to get Giggs, Wiley, Solardo, Pendulum and a whole host of other insane artists to perform for them. Sundown is one of the midlands best festivals and has some of the coolest stages for you to visit over the festival season like the Mystree Arena.
10th-13th, Genres: Pop, Indie, Dance
Sitting atop of the Lulworth Estate in Dorst, Bestival is one of a kind when it comes to its headliners. Having people like Stevie Wonder and Elton John headline it in the past, Bestival is renowned for pulling together both old artists and new to create a hedonistic festival. A nirvana for you indie kids. Bestival have not stopped with that mentality of festival line ups either this year, recruiting rap heavyweights A Tribe Called Quest and 80’s heroes the Pet Shop Boys as two of the biggest headliners. Combine that with DJs like Andy C and Patrick Topping and you’ve got a real party on your hands.
Festival No. 6
7th-10th, Genres: Indie, Alternative, Dance
Located throughout various venues in Portmeirion, Festival No. 6 is an indie lovers paradise. It’s an intimate festival that pulls big names and the various venues means that you feel more as though you’re at compact gigs than a festival. Bloc Party, Rag’n’Bone Man and Laura Mvula are just some of the alternative artists playing at this years Festival No. 6, as well as hearing from artists like Goldie talk about their views on music. Festival No. 6 is an alternative festival to watch out for this year.
Bugged Out in Dreamland
24th, Genres: House, Techno, Grime
Following on from their successful Bugged Out Weekender parties, the Bugged Out crew come to Margate for a special day festival bringing a star studded line up with them. DJs like The Martinez Brothers, Skream, Richy Ahmed and Groove Armada are all set to play what’s sure to be a proper day festival to see the end of summer in. As well this, grime’s new favourite kid Novelist is set to take to the stage so be on the look out for this one.
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