It’s not long until you’re in a field covered in mud while sipping on some scrumpy cider and watching your favourite artist perform in front of thousand of fellow festival-goers.
As the festival scene continues to increase and becomes more saturated, it’s harder to decide on which festivals to attend throughout the year – but do not fear.
We have formed a festival guide that should make your choice a little easier. Our selection of festivals spans over every genre of music around the UK. It’s in date order, so just scroll down and see what goodies we have for you.
South West Four Festival (SW4)
As South West Four takes a quantum leap into its fourteenth year, they celebrate being London’s longest running dance music-focused festival, with an absolutely massive lineup.
With names touching on every genre of the spectrum of electronic music. Across the bank holiday weekend in central London, you can catch everyone from Deadmaus, Pendulum and Eric Prydz to Marco Corola, Sven Vath and Solomon.
Don’t miss out, visit their website for more information; www.southwestfour.com
Lost Village Festival
Lost Village is a new kind of music festival. Intimate in size and obsessive about detail, the concept was created with passion, first and foremost. A passion for creating a festival unlike anything else. Like stepping into a classic Stephen King movie, the Lost Village experience is a real life choose-your-own-adventure. Much like a film it has a Director and a large cast of characters.
However, this is a story that is ever-evolving, and anything is truly possible. Intricate set designs and interactive installations transform the forest into a place where reality flickers and melts into a paranormal dreamscape, absorbing all who enter.
This year’s headliners are none other than Moderat, and De La Soul. Amongst a heavyweight list of names that join them are; Dixon, Nina Kraviz, The Black Madonna, Jeremy Underground, Jackmaster, Nightmares On Wax, Bicep, Greg Wilson, Midland, Ibibio Sound Machine, Fatima Yamaha, Boxed In, Craig Charles.
This festival is a truly different experience. Find out more here: www.lostvillagefestival.com
30th August – 3rd September
Whether it’s heart reviving bass of Russia’s very own Nina Kraviz, or the swanky sounds of Gilles Peterson eclectic songs selection, Dimensions line-up is one that can satisfy many.
This festival pulls no punches when it comes down to its ear for a fresh sound. With Grace Jones opening the proceedings in Pula’s Roman Amphitheatre, German twosome Moderat will accompany her as well as Jazz and Blues influenced duo Yussef Kamaal and MOBO award winner Moses Boyd. From the get-go this event means business.
Held in the abandoned Fort Punta Christo, Pula Croatia, Dimension will host underground music favourites like; John Wayne, MNDSGN, Theo Parrish, Ben UFO (Hessle Audio) and many more.
If you’re looking for a reason to escape Britain this year for sun, cocktails and a mouthwatering lineup. Then head over to Dimensions site, where you can secure your spot for just £20; www.dimensionsfestival.com/
1st-3rd September | TICKET LINK
In recent years, Powderham Castle has become a stage for renowned musicians to come and perform. From the likes of Coldplay for Radio’s Big Weekend to Little Mix and, of course, Devon’s flagship Festival, Lockdown.
The weekend camping festival brings a star-studded line to an area of the country that’s known for its free parties and illegal raves. Taking underground bassline sounds of Drum & Bass, Grime, Hip-Hop, and Garage. Lockdown has invited down the likes of Wiley, Dizzee Rascal, Chase & Status and that’s only naming a few.
Somehow, tickets are still available so you’ll still have a chance to see all these amazing artists in one place.
7th – 10th September
This year Rob Da Bank and his merry men are jumping from the Isle of Wight over to picturesque Dorset; where their award winning, family festival Camp Bestival has called home for the last decade. Now everyone can save a fortune in ferry fares – hurrah!
This year’s lineup is the usual mix of indie, dance, hip-hop and everything else in between with the Mercury Award winning The XX, legendary hip-hop act The Tribe Called Quest and electro-pop superstars Pet Shop Boys headlining. There are a variety of stages bringing along their own unique vibes, whilst thousands of festival- fanatics will be dressed as hippies running around hoping to “increase the peace” and making this new move a grand success.
Get tickets here: www.bestival.net
Festival Number 6
Set in a stunning and surreal Italianate coastal village in the middle of the rugged beauty of Snowdonia, lies Festival No6.
Coming into its 6th year, this is a festival that is specifically curated for those looking for a more refined weekend, allowing everyone the chance to put reality on hold for a few days. ou can sleep in a castle a cottage, a boutique tipi, or your own tent. You can watch a band in the lush colourful gardens, catch a comedian in the Gatehouse, enjoy a string ensemble in the historical Town Hall, then stroll down to the estuary to catch some sea shanties, before letting loose to your favourite DJ in the late night Studio No.6.
This year’s lineup is headed up by The Flaming Lips, Bloc Party and Mogwai. You can also catch Rag ’N’ Bone Man, Wildbeasts, Laura Mvula, Kate Tempest, and The Cribs among many others.
For more information: www.festivalnumber6.com
30th September – 1st October
Bestival is one of the UK’s most creative festivals, and 2017 seems to be far from a quite year for the team. Not only has their flagship festival moved from the Isle of Wight to Dorrset, but now they’re taking Bestival to the beautiful country of Bali.
This brand’s new festival is being held in Bali’s GWK Cutural Park, which a quick Google search will tell you it’s stunning. If the fact the Bestival brand is going an event in Bali wasn’t enough, just look at some of the names that have confirmed to be playing; Alt-J, Rudimental, De LA Soul, Purity Ring. Again, Bestival providing a festival that caters to everyone’s palate.
Tickets have just gone on sale, so grab one while you can. TICKET LINK
Festivals that were amazing, but sadly are over!
Love Saves The Day – REVIEW LINK
Back in January Love Saves The Day released it’s impressive line-up for it’s highly regarded 2-day event, which takes place on the 27th May – 28th May.
If UK heavyweights like; Kano, Aj Tracey, Novelist, Mura Musa and NAO weren’t enough, the Bristolian Haven will be bringing acts from across the globe.
The German based ambient techno wizard Move D will be blessing the Futureboogie stage with his mastery. The jazz, soul and funk melting pot BADBADNOTGOOD will be bringing their “improve and crazy” style to Crack Magazines stage, one performance you certainly can’t miss. Additionally, the cosmic sounds of Fatima Yamaha will allow the audience to meander through his dance-inducing sonic arrangements.
To get a finer grasp of the line-up, head over to the website: www.lovesavestheday.org
27th – 28th May
Celebrating its 5th anniversary, We Are FSTVL will welcome superstar DJs Carl Cox, Basement Jaxx and more for their bank holiday weekender, with grime godfather Wiley also complimented by the likes of Giggs and Dizzee Rascal.
For the very first time, FSTVL will introduce boutique camping, enlisting the help of Pop-Up Hotel, Tangerine Fields and Morning Gloryville. Hot tubs, a wooden spa, tall ball pool, giant pillow fights, We Are Sports Day, Glitter Palace, Blowdry Bar, We Are campfire, We Are house parties, and pop-up restaurants will all populate the luxury camping space.
This is set to be the biggest offering from We Are FSTVL to date, and with what seems like an endless list of the who’s who of electronic music, you literally can’t ask for anything else! Visit their website for more information; www.wearefstvl.com
London’s Victoria Park will host Field Day 2017, whose known for its more unique lineup, and marketing campaign – meow!
Run The Jewels and Aphex Twin caught everyone’s eyes, but it’s the likes of Loyle Carner, Abra, Moodymann and the many others that have made this lineup look so juicy.
VIP and 3rd release tickets are now sold out with final 4th release tickets available from £64.50 via the Field Day website.
8th – 10th June
UK Festival Award nominee Gottwood is a festival that garners more attention year after year. With The Guardian placing Gottwood as one of UK’s best festivals to attend. The Anglesey 3-day affair is one you must visit this summer.
The welsh haven will be hosting some of the most influential electronic artists in the business like; Leon Vynehall, Move D, Voyage Records Harvey Sutherland, Scuba and Helena Hauff to name a few. It’s one soul liberating experience you can’t miss.
If you looking for a festival where the music take centre stage and has an easy going party atmosphere head over to charity based ticketing agency Party For The People where a percentage of each sale goes to charity – http://bit.ly/2oBDiQm
Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Festival
30th June – 9th July
Once again, BST Festival brings a juicy line up to London’s Hype Park. Stretching over the two weekends, a selection of music’s biggest names like Justin Bieber, Kings Of Leon and Green Day (just to name a few) will be performing on the huge main stage.
But it’s not just about the headliners; you’ll hear music being pumped out from every corner of the festival with some great supporting acts.
El Dorado Festival
30th June – 3rd July
Deep in the heart of Herefordshire, the Eastnor Castle Deer Park welcomes home El Dorado Festival for another thrilling encounter.
This year will see over 80 live acts and DJs across seven stages, with the addition of two new stages. Festival-goers can expect to see the likes of Groove Armada, Shy FX, AJ Tracey, Congo Natty just to name a few.
Co-Founder of Cirque Du Soul, Luke Wolfman adds: “After seeing what we could do at the very first El Dorado we’ve decided to go bigger and bolder. El Dorado is an escape and a rite of passage for any music lover. Expect plenty of glitter and gold.”
Don’t miss this extravaganza – grab a ticket while you still can. Weekend camping starts from £99 – ticket link: www.eldoradofestival.com
15 years down the line and Lovebox brings yet another massive mixture of R&B, Drum ‘n’ Bass, Hip Hop, House, Bassline, Grime and Soul to Victoria Park in London.
The two-day event has grown into one of the capital’s most iconic dates, and with this year’s line-up, it’s easy to see why. To celebrate their #15YearsOfLove, the festival has announced massive names like Frank Ocean, Chase & Status, Jamie xx, Solange, and recent addition, Kano.
Ticket are now on sale, so grab them while you can. Ticket link: www.loveboxfestival.com
The Secret Garden Party
This year is The Secret Garden Party’s final festival, and they’re going off with a bang. With their largest line-up ever, The Secret Garden Party will have fans dancing one last time to the likes of Crystal Fighters, Metronomy, and The Maytals headlining the weekends.
Throughout the festival, the stages are filled to the brim with talent with likes of Akala, Eats Everything and even Example.
It’s going to be an emotional and historic event. Visit the website to see the full line-up and grab yourself a ticket while you still can! WEBSITE LINK
Becoming one of the UK’s most standout festivals, Boomtown looks to be a highlight this summer.
Chapter 9 is not only being met with a freakishly huge lineup, but also the remarkable production that we’ve all come to love. For people who haven’t visited, Boomtown is made up of 12 theme-districts which are crammed pack with some fantastic music. From the flames shooting out of the Sector 6 stage, to the safe and playful area of the kidztown, Boomtown is a festival for the whole family.
Taking the headline spots at this year’s festival are The Specials, MIA and Cypress Hill, not to mention the hundreds of other acts playing through the weekend.
As always, tickets are running out fast. Make sure you get before it’s too late. TICKET LINK