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UK Music Festival Guide - 2018

The summer is just around the corner and the music festival season is about to kick off. Whilst no one can guarantee the sun the one thing that you can rely on is there will be a music festival happening near you whatever your taste in music.

Here is our pick of the best.

Hit The North Music Festival

May Festivals

Hit the North

If you don’t fancy slushing around in field in the middle of nowhere then Hit the North, in Newcastle is the festival for you. With 120 artists playing over 15 venues you will see emerging talent as well as established artists.

Line-up includes: Tom Grennan, The Horrors, Circa Waves, Peace, Drenge, Blaenavon,

Location: Around Newcastle and Gateshead

Dates: 4-6 May

Cost: Tickets start at £33 per day

June Festivals


Parklife is Manchester’s flagship music event right in the city. 70,000 revellers come together to party to a diverse line-up of acts. 

Line­-up includes: The XX, Skepta, N.E.R.D, Bonobo

Location: Heaton Park, Manchester

Dates: 9-10 June

Cost: Weekend tickets start at £119.50

Isle of Wight Festival

It doesn’t get much bigger or better than this. This four day festival attracts over 50,000 revellers every year which is no surprise considering the big name acts and a beautiful location.

Line­-up includes: The Killers, Kasabian, Liam Gallagher, The Script

Location: Newport, Isle of Wight

Dates: 21-24 June

Cost: Student tickets starts at £175

July Festival

Barn on the Farm

Barn on the Farm is on an actual working farm in beautiful Gloucester and is renowned for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere and ideal for discovering new and emerging artists.

Line-up includes: Tom Misch, Mystery Jets, Pickle Friends, Tom Walker

Location: Over Farm, Over, Gloucester, GL2 8DB

Date: 5-8 July

Cost: £115 for weekend ticket

Henley Festival

If you want chilled out tunes, comedy along with fine-dining and the chance to sample vintage spirits then this is the festival for you.  Bring on the glamour we say!

Line-up includes: Rita Ora, Ray Gelato and the Giants, Alex Green, Grace Jones,

Location: Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

Dates: 11-15 July

Cost: Tickets start at £90 per day


Lovebox is a one of its kind party that happens in central London every year. From its humble beginnings starting in an old strip club in Tottenham Court Road it has grown to be the biggest outdoor party in London.

Line-up includes: Skepta, Wu-Tang Clan, Annie Marc, Diplo,

Location: Victoria Park, South Hackney

Dates: 13-14 July

Cost: Weekend tickets start at £175


This is not you straight forward music festival with a mixture of world ­class comedians, poets and theatre as well as thought­ provoking debates and an eclectic line-up for musicians. This whacky festival set in Idyllic settings does have something for everyone and oh watch out for the colourful sheep roaming through the fields.

Line-­up includes: Solange, The Killers, Alt-J, Wolf Alice

Location: Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk

Date: 12-16 July

Cost: Weekend ticket including camping from £197.50


Kendal Calling

If you thought the Lake District was just about the great outdoors think again. Kendal Calling brings together big pop, rock and indie outfits.  You can also partake in dance classes and if you fancy it kick back at the late-night cinema.

Line-up includes: The Libertines, Catfish and the Bottleman, The Wailers, White Lies

Location: Lowther Deer Park, Lake District

Date:  26-29 July

Cost: From £135

Festivals in August

Belladrum Tartan Heart

Take in the rugged beauty of Scotland and attend the northernmost festival in the UK.  This festival is full of celtic vigour with a line-up of acts that will have you dancing the whole weekend.

Line-up includes: Paloma Faith, Primal Scream, Amy McDonald, Frightened Rabbit

Location: Belladrum Estate, Inverness-shire

Dates: 2-4 August

Cost: Weekend tickets from £129


If you want to party hard then Bestival is for you. The four-day affair promises top-draw DJs and bands.  The Festival rolling fancy dress theme means, which is ‘the future’ this year, means that everyone comes dressed to impress.  Get those cameras at the ready.

Line­-up includes: M.I.A, London Grammar, Grace Jones, Plan B

Location: Newport, Isle of Wight

Dates: 2.5 August

Cost: Weekend tickets from £162


If you are into surf boarding or just want to watch the pros with beach parties and music thrown into the mix, then Boardmasters is for you.

Line-up includes: Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, Kano, Year and Years, Craig David

Location: Newquay, Cornwall

Dates: 8-12 August

Cost: Weekend Ticket from £179, including camping

Green Man

The Brecon Beacons is a mountain range in South Wales and this stunning location plays hosts to the Green Man Festival once a year. This eco-friendly, left leaning festival boast of an eclectic line-up of pop, electronic DJs and a bit of folk in there for good measure

Line-­up includes: The War on Drugs, Fleet Foxes, John Grant, Grizzly Bear

Location: Brecon Beacons, Wales

Dates: 16-19 August

Cost: Weekend tickets start at £150

The Big Feastival

Good food and good music go hand-in-hand at this festival which is hosted on a farm in Oxfordshire owned by Alex James, best known for being the Bassist in Blur. The former musician turned farmer and cheese maker teams up with Jamie Oliver to host this unique event.

Line-up includes: Basement Jaxx, Clean Bandit, Professor Green, Jaquar Skills

Location: Kingham, Oxfordshire

Dates: 26-28 August

Cost: Day tickets start at £74.00

One Love

Britain’s only major festival devoted to reggae. The event was created in honour of Bob Marley and is named after his famous 1978 One Love concert.

Line-up includes: Mighty Diamonds, Twinkle Brothers, Zion Train, Mad Professor

Dates: 31 Aug -2 Sept

Cost: Weekend tickets start from £110

Festivals in September

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Portmeirion in Wales is a breathtakingly beautiful place.  Thanks to its warm climate the Mediterranean-style seaside resort, made famous by the TV show ‘The Prisoner’, hosts a high end festival that includes a carnival, torchlight parade and a heavy-weight line up of music, arts and poetry.

Line-up includes: Franz Ferdinand, The The, Jessie Ware, The Charlatans

Location: Portmeirion, Wales

Dates: 6 – 9 September

Cost: Weekend tickets with camping from £195

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