There isn’t long to go until the UK’s festival season erupts and starts a nationwide party, bigger and better than ever before. Festivals themselves have evolved, from a simple showcase of the best music, to a concoction of music, theatre, games, competitions, food, crafts, workshops, and the list just goes on. Whether you’re a raver, camper or glamper, you’ll be able to find something that suits you. From tranquil woodland settings to neon mega-festivals, the UK has a dense variety to pick from, and they all have at least one thing in common - it’ll be an experience you’ll never forget.
To ease you in, Latitude is a laid-back, alternative festival brimming with an array of artistic endeavours to explore. The idyllic English countryside offers a secluded haven of creativity for festival-goers of all ages to enjoy. In addition to the pop and alternative rock performances, the family friendly festival boasts of a rich line-up of poetry, theatre, comedians, DJs springing up in the forest, and colourful sheep at every turn.
For the chart-hit lovers, V festival rakes in the biggest names to grace their annual line-up. With the likes of Jay-Z, Craig David, Pink, Rudimental, Stormzy and Emeli Sande on the bill, a serious sing-along to the anthems we all know, amongst well over 200,000 fellow festival-goers, calls for two days of a vibrant pop party.
With an epic line-up, the Manchester based festival fills Heaton Park with thousands of music-lovers who will be in for a special treat, with Parklife being one of the two UK festivals Frank Ocean will be showing his face for. The northern festival has expanded it’s musical tastes from dance to hip-hop, grime, indie rock, and more, so no matter what you’re into, your ears will be pleased.
Once again, the line-up is sublime and is the main draw for UK crowds. Onlookers can’t quite believe that Frank Ocean, Solange, Sampha, Rag’N’Bone Man and Kaytranada will all be playing on the same premises. Lovebox is a vibrant and fresh festival attracting hardcore ravers and too-cool hipsters to the East London cultural hub, and the after-parties keep Lovebox pulsing all night long.
Without fail, Download festival sits comfortably on the throne as the UK’s king of metal festivals. Every dedicated metal fan makes the journey to Donningtion Park, for a roster that never fails them. If you’re a reckless headbanger who craves music on the heavier end of the scale, Download is the place for you.
The Great Escape
The Great Escape is an annual pool of discovery as music enthusiasts make their way down to Brighton and seek out brand new acts that TGE showcases. It’s a meeting ground for music industry heads to network and keep their ear to the streets for up and coming talent. Every pub, bar, and eligible space is converted to a space for fresh new artists to make an appearance. In addition to newbies, the Spotlight Shows are ticketed separately and offer more well known acts such as Ray Blk, Slaves and Rag’N’Bone Man.
The award-winning festival is bursting with absurdity, with collective fancy dress, pianos in the woods, illuminated lakes and plenty more to uncover all hours of the day. This boutique festival offers a small, but strange and memorable experience with the likes of A Tribe Called Quest, The XX, Jamie T, Annie Mac and David Rodigan supplying Bestival’s soundtrack.
GlastonburyTickets for this renown festival sold out in 50 minutes, which is a testament to the greatness of Glastonbury. Hailing from the 70s, Glastonbury continues to nurture its vintage, hippy spirit and uphold its legacy as the biggest, and longest-running UK music festival. With all eyes pointed at the Pyramid stage, Glastonbury is a cultural gem, covered in mountains of mud.