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.
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.
Location: Around Newcastle and Gateshead
Dates: 4-6 May
Cost: Tickets start at £33 per day
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.
Location: Heaton Park, Manchester
Dates: 9-10 June
Cost: Weekend tickets start at £119.50
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.
Location: Newport, Isle of Wight
Dates: 21-24 June
Cost: Student tickets starts at £175
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
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!
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.
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.
Location: Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk
Date: 12-16 July
Cost: Weekend ticket including camping from £197.50
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.
Location: Lowther Deer Park, Lake District
Date: 26-29 July
Cost: From £135
Festivals in August
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.
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.
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.
Location: Newquay, Cornwall
Dates: 8-12 August
Cost: Weekend Ticket from £179, including camping
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
Location: Brecon Beacons, Wales
Dates: 16-19 August
Cost: Weekend tickets start at £150
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.
Location: Kingham, Oxfordshire
Dates: 26-28 August
Cost: Day tickets start at £74.00
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
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.
Location: Portmeirion, Wales
Dates: 6 – 9 September
Cost: Weekend tickets with camping from £195