No Glasto? No problem! Here are 16 equally amazing UK festivals this year
The festival: SW4 in Clapham, London When: 25th-26th August
What to expect: A showcase of the biggest names in electronic music across multiple stages. For house, techno and rave lovers – this is for you. Can’t miss: A set from actual Idris Elba Ticket price? Tickets start at £55.
Elrow Town Festival The festival: Elrow Town, London When: Saturday 18th – Sunday 19th August What to expect: Elrow is an Spanish immersive party concept with residencies in Ibiza, Barcelona, New York and Dubai. This August Elrow is transforming London’s Olympic Park in the style of an actual town, complete with church, factory, park and a town square. Can’t miss: It will have two immersive festival themes across the two days, the main stage playing host to Sambodromo Do Brasil – A Brazilian jungle Carnival. And second arena ‘The Cave’ accommodating their kaleidoscopic Psychedelic Trip theme. We can look forward to headliners from the likes of Fat Boy Slim, Idris Elba, Claptone and Paul Kalkbrenner. Ticket price? Tickets start at £52.25
Soul Circus The festival:Soul Circus in the Cotswolds. When: 17-19th August. What to expect: Instead of hungover, you’ll leave this one feeling repaired and revitalised. Can’t miss: The 3D meditation classes… you’ll have to experience it to believe it. Ticket price? Tickets start at £199.
The festival: Houghton, Norfolk When: 9-12th August What to expect: The best of the electronic big hitters with fairytale production, secret stages and music that never stops. Can’t miss: The soul-soothing, palm-strewn Giant Steps tipi for when you need a break from techno in the trees. Ticket price: Starting price £150
Wilderness The festival:Wilderness, held in Oxfordshire. When: 2-5th August 2016 What to expect: A culture, arts and live music mecca set in the leafy green surroundings of Oxfordshire. Can’t miss:Wilderness is all in the name – you have to make use of the park surroundings. Go boating, fly fishing or wild swimming in the park’s lakes before drying off to enjoy some live music – cold beer in hand. Ticket price? General camping tickets from £164. Confirmed acts for 2018? Bastille, Nile Rogers, Chic, IAMDDB and Mahalia to name a few.
Bestival The festival:Bestival on the Isle of Wight. When: 2-5th August 2018 What to expect: Expect days listening to world-leading music acts, ranging from EDM to pop and grime, and nights filled with parades and an abundance of after-parties. Can’t miss: The very many psychedelic, space-themed installations like the Love-Bot. Also make sure you see the Ambient Forest and the world’s largest disco ball which is present at the site. Ticket price? Standard adult entry is £190. Confirmed acts for 2018? London Grammar, M.I.A, Plan B, Jorja Smith and Mabel to name a few.
British Summer Time The festival:British Summer Time, held in Hyde Park, London. When: 6-15th July 2018. What to expect: A two weekend-spanning event, featuring the best in popular music, held in the picturesque Hyde Park. Can’t miss: The Great Oak stage. Ticket price? Day tickets start at £59.50. Confirmed acts for 2018? Bruno Mars,Michael Bublé, Roger Waters, The Cure and Eric Clapton to name a few.
Citadel The festival:Citadel Festival in Gunnersbury Park. When: 15th July 2018. What to expect: A refreshing one-dayer that includes all the best in music, food and entertainment – based in Victoria Park. Can’t miss: The Sunday Papers Live Edition. Nestle up in a warm corner with a cocktail in hand and get reading the morning news – but with a difference… Ticket price? £49.50 Confirmed acts for 2018? Tame Impala and CHRVHES to headline.
Latitude The festival:Latitude in Henham Park, Suffolk. When: 12-15th July 2018. What to expect: Beautiful grounds, world-class music and loads of extracurricular fun. Can’t miss: You HAVE to go for a swin in the park’s lake (it’s totally allowed). Ticket price? Weekend camping tickets start at £197.50. Confirmed acts for 2016? Killers, Solange, Alt-J and Rag ‘N’ Bone Man to name a few.
Lovebox The festival:Lovebox, held in Gunnersbury Park, London. When: 13-14th July 2016. What to expect: A weekend held in Gunnersbury Park with a wide variety of musical genres including hip hop, indie, rock, grime and pop, as well as circus performers, cabaret and fringe acts. Can’t miss: The roller disco – but maybe try it before you hit up the bar… Ticket price? From £49.50 for the weekend. Confirmed acts for 2018? Childish Gambino, Skepta, N.E.R.D and SZA to headline.
The festival: Community Festival When: Sunday 1st July What to expect: A one-day celebration of the best in new music. Can’t miss: Two Door Cinema Club, The Vaccines, You Me At Six and more in London’s Finsbury Park. Ticket price? £40
Isle of Wight Festival The festival:Isle of Wight Festival in, you guessed it, the Isle of Wight. When: Thursday 21st June – Sunday 24th June What to expect: Seen as the Woodstock of Europe, the Isle of Wight festival is steeped in history as well as rich and varied acts. Expect music, theatre, film, comedy, family-friendly fun and plenty of gold as the festival celebrates its 50th anniversary. There’s even a football field showing all the games, so the footie lover in your life won’t miss them. Legendary. Can’t miss: Camila Cabello’s UK festival debut. Ticket price? Tickets start at £65
Strawberries & Creem The festival: Strawberries & Creem in Cambridge. When: Saturday 16th June What to expect: A one-day celebration of rap, grime, garage and house. Can’t miss: Headliner T-Pain bringing a dose of noughties nostalgia. Ticket price? Tickets start at £40
Parklife The festival:Parklife, held in Heaton Park, Manchester. When: 9-10th June 2018. What to expect: A 600 acre, adventure playground of music. Can’t miss: If you can, getting a ticket for VIP colonnade area will be totally worth it. There you can enjoy comic performances, the best lineup of street food, secret bars and a game of Bongo’s Bingo. All film-themed… Ticket price? Full weekend from £95. Confirmed acts for 2018? Skepta, N.E.R.D, A$AP Rocky, Liam Gallagher to name a few.
We Are FSTVL The festival:We Are FSTVL, held in Upminster, London. When: 25-27th May. What to expect: The award winning dance music festival is back again with their biggest line-up to date spanning across electronic, underground and grime. Can’t miss: The Paravana Project stage for deep house music and paradise island vibes. Ticket price? Day tickets start at £65.50. Confirmed acts for 2018? Carl Cox, DJ Ez and MK to name a few.
The Great Escape The festival:The Great Escape Festival, in Brighton. When: 17th-19th May 2018. What to expect: A multi-venue festival set in the bustling city of Brighton. Move around the city’s 30+ locations, from intimate pubs to seafront clubs sampling the best in British music. Can’t miss: Concorde 2 for your big headliners and the cobbled backstreet venue of Green Door Store for after-hours gigs. Ticket price? £65.50 for the full three days. Confirmed acts for 2018? Mist, Mostack, Fredo and Steel Banglez name a few of the 450 acts.