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The Surprisingly Easy Guide to the Festivals So Far

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Festival season is almost upon us, with more gatherings and parties than you can shake a battered old wristband at.

For those who haven’t decided which festival to go to, we’ve put together this UK festival guide (with apologies to the 100s of smaller festivals we didn’t have space for)!

(Top tip: this post is really long, so use Ctrl + F to find your preferred festivals!)


Sound City – 22nd – 24th May – Liverpool

Headliners: The Vaccines, The Flaming Lips, Belle and Sebastian

Other acts: Everything Everything, Swans, The Cribs, Peace

Check out the rest of the Liverpool Sound City line-up

Liverpool’s Docklands plays host to 3 days of amazing music from some of the world’s best bands. This isn’t a camping festival, so make sure you book accommodation well in advance.


Isle of Wight – 11th – 14th June – Isle of Wight

Headliners: Blur, The Black Keys, Fleetwood Mac, The Prodigy

Other acts: Paolo Nutini, You Me At Six, Courteeners, James

Check out the rest of the Isle of Wight Festival line-up

Hop on a ferry and enjoy a trip to the merry Isle of Wight! Blur, Fleetwood Mac and The Black Keys (who cancelled their UK tour earlier this year) are worth the trip alone.


Download – 12th – 14th June – Donington Park, East Midlands

Headliners: Slipknot, Muse, Kiss

Other acts: Motley Crue, Faith No More, Slash, Judas Priest, Marilyn Manson

Check out the rest of the Download line-up

The UK’s biggest rock festival has a monster line-up this year, with Slipknot, Muse and the mighty Kiss headlining. Motley Crue are playing their last ever UK show too!


Latitude – 16th – 19th June – Henham Park, Suffolk

Headliners: Alt-J, Portishead, Noel Gallagher’s High-Flying Birds

Other acts: Manic Street Preachers, James Blake, Sbtrkt

Check out the rest of the Latitude line-up

Latitude returns with another strong line-up, including loads of great stand-up too; Jon Richardson, Jack Dee and Jason Manford are among the comedians performing.


British Summer Time – 18th – 21st June/26th – 28th June – Hyde Park, London

Headliners: The Strokes, Blur, Kylie, The Who, Taylor Swift

Other acts: Beck, The Horrors, Grace Jones, Paul Weller, Ellie Goulding.

Check out the rest of the British Summer Time line-up

It’s not a festival per se, but BST boasts some of the biggest line-ups of the year. The Strokes, Taylor Swift, The Who and Kylie Minogue are all headlining over the course of two weekends.


Glastonbury – 24th – 28th June – Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset

Headliners: Foo Fighters, Kanye West,

Other acts: Lionel Richie, Florence + The Machine, Pharrell, Motorhead, The Chemical Brothers…more than we can list in a single post, to be honest.

Check out the rest of the Glastonbury line-up

The grandaddy of them all returns with its most controversial headliner to date: Kanye West. The Foo Fighters should be more than enough to appease rock fans, though, and Lionel Richie is likely to draw in Parton-esque crowds.


Wireless – 3rd – 5th July – Finsbury Park, London

Headliners: Drake, Avicii, David Guetta

Other acts: Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, A$AP Rocky

Check out the the rest of the Wireless Festival line-up

Fresh from nearly getting his face eaten off by Madonna, Drake will hopefully have recovered enough to put in a barnstorming performance. Nicki Minaj and A$AP Rocky should make the journey worth it too.


T in the Park – 10th – 12th July – Strathallen Castle, Perthshire

Headliners: Kasabian, Avicii, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Other acts: David Guetta, The Libertines, The Prodigy, Sam Smith, The Script

Check out the rest of the T in the Park line-up

Scotland’s biggest festival never disappoints, with an eclectic mix of artists to please most tastes. Plus, it’s held in a really nice castle!


Lovebox – 17th – 18th July – Victoria Park, London

Headliners: Rudimental, Snoop Dogg

Other acts: Cypress Hill, Mark Ronson, Hot Chip, Jessie Ware

Check out the rest of the Lovebox line-up

Victoria Park goes all 90s hip-hop with Snoop Doggy Dogg and Cypress Hill the big names at Lovebox, although most people will probably have Uptown Funk stuck in their head all weekend after Mark Ronson’s DJ set. Curse that song!


Boardmasters – 5th – 9th August – Newquay, Cornwall

Headliners: Faithless, Rudimental, Bastille

Other acts: Catfish and the Bottlemen, Clean Bandit, The Darkness, De La Soul

Check out the rest of the Boardmasters line-up

Surfing, skating, BMX’ing and music clash at the legendary Newquay festival.


Wilderness – 6th – 9th August – Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire

Headliners: Bjork, Ben Howard, Parliament

Other acts: Nick Mulvey, Roisin Murphy, Nils Frahm

Check out the rest of the Wilderness line-up

Perhaps the most relaxed festival of them all, Wilderness is playing host to all manner of lovely, lovely folk. We’re most excited for funk legends Parliament, though.


Bloodstock – 6th – 9th August – Caton Hall, Derbyshire

Headliners: Within Temptation, Trivium, Rob Zombie

Other acts: Opeth, Cannibal Corpse, Black Label Society

Check out the rest of the Bloodstock line-up

The festival for people who find Download a bit too relaxing. Burst eardrums and sore necks are guaranteed.


Green Man – 20th – 23rd August – Brecon Beacons, Wales

Headliners: Hot Chip, Super Furry Animals, St Vincent

Other acts: The Fall, Calexico, Father John Misty, Public Service Broadcasting

Check out the rest of the Green Man line-up

Set against the beautiful Brecon Beacons, Green Man is a laidback affair. Well, until Mark E. Smith gets on stage…


V Festival – 22nd – 23rd August – Weston Park, Staffordshire/Hylands Park, Essex

Headliners: Kasabian, Calvin Harris

Other acts: Sam Smith, Olly Murs, Stereophonics, Tom Jones

Check out the rest of the V Festival line-up

Pop’s best festival is back, now with added Tom Jones. The kind of festival your mum wouldn’t mind coming along to (if only to see that lovely Olly Murs off the telly).


Creamfields – 28th – 30th August

Headliners: Armin Van Buuren, The Chemical Brothers, Tiesto

Other acts: Avicii, Sub Focus, Gorgon City, Afrojack, DVVBS

Check out the rest of the Creamfields line-up

Three days of out-and-out raving. You’ll probably lose a couple of stone from all the dancing.


Reading & Leeds Festival – 28th – 30th August, Reading and Leeds

Headliners: Mumford and Sons, Metallica, The Libertines

Other acts: Alt-J, Bring Me The Horizon, Kendrick Lamar, Royal Blood, Mastodon and…erm, Limp Bizkit.

Check out the rest of the Reading and Leeds line-up

Perhaps the oddest line-up of the year, but one of the best regardless. Bring a red NY Yankees cap along for Limp Bizkit’s set.


End of the Road – 4th – 6th September

Headliners: Sufjan Stevens, Tame Impala, The War on Drugs

Other acts: Future Islands, My Morning Jacket, Laura Marling

Check out the rest of the End of the Road line-up

Loads of indie darlings, all in one place. Future Islands, and the unrivalled dance skills of frontman Sam T Herring, are likely to be a highlight.


Bestival – 10th – 13th September – Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight

Headliners: Chemical Brothers, Underworld, Duran Duran

Other acts: Tame Impala, Skrillex, Jungle, Jurassic 5, Future Islands

Check out the rest of the Bestival line-up

Bid farewell to the festival season with Rob da Bank’s Bestival. Bring a rolled up blazer and a couple of cans of hairspray for Duran Duran.


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