Summer is just around the corner and the UK’s 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 a field in the middle of nowhere, 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: Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland
Dates: 5 May
Cost: Tickets start at £24.75 per day
Parklife is Manchester’s flagship music event and takes place right in the city. 70,000 revellers come together to party to a diverse line-up of acts.
Location: Heaton Park, Manchester
Dates: 8-9 June
Cost: Day tickets start at £69.50 + £6.95 booking fee
It doesn’t get much bigger or better than this. This four-day festival attracts over 50,000 people every year, which is no surprise considering the big-name acts and beautiful location.
Location: Newport, Isle of Wight
Dates: 13-16 June
Cost: Student weekend tickets start at £160
Barn on the Farm is on an actual working farm in beautiful Gloucester. It’s renowned for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere and is the ideal place to discover new and emerging artists.
Location: Over Farm, Gloucester
Date: 4-7 July
Cost: Day tickets start at £80
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: 10-14 July
Cost: Day tickets start at £45 + £2.70 booking fee
Lovebox is a one-of-a-kind party that happens in central London every year. It started out as an old strip club in Tottenham Court Road but has grown to be the biggest outdoor party in London. Not bad.
Location: Gunnersbury Park, London
Dates: 12-13 July
Cost: Day tickets start at £65.25
This is not your straightforward music festival; alongside its eclective line-up of musicians, it has world-class comedians, poets, theatre, and thought-provoking debates. There really is something for everyone at Latitude – including mobs of colourful sheep roaming the idyllic fields.
Location: Henham Park, Beccles, Suffolk
Date: 18-21 July
Cost: Day tickets start at £77.50 + £7.00 booking fee
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: 25-28 July
Cost: Weekend camping tickets start from £148.00
Festivals in August
Take in the rugged beauty of Scotland and attend the northernmost music festival in the UK. Belladrum Tartan Heart 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: 1-3 August
Cost: Weekend tickets start from £159.10
If you are into skateboarding, surfboarding, BMX biking, 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: 7-11 August
Cost: Day tickets start from £74
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 boasts an eclectic line-up of pop, electronic DJs and a bit of folk in there for good measure.
Location: Brecon Beacons, Wales
Dates: 15-18 August
Cost: Weekend tickets start from £189
Good food and good music go hand-in-hand at this festival. It’s hosted on a farm in Oxfordshire by Alex James, who is best known for being the bassist in the band Blur. The former musician turned farmer and cheesemaker teams up with famous chef Jamie Oliver to host this unique event.
Location: The Cotswolds
Dates: 23-25 August
Cost: Day tickets start from £62 + £5.50 booking fee
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.
Location: Tonbridge, Kent
Dates: 30 Aug – 1 Sept
Cost: Student day tickets start from £40.50 + £3.98 booking fee