Ah, the festival. Four days of stomping through thick mud in your brand new wellies, squelchingly dancing along to your favourite musician in torrential rain and, often, camping through it all. Yep, it’s the Brits rite of passage. If you fancy heading to one this summer, read on to find out our recommendations.

From family-friendly favourites to the country’s biggest dance weekender, these are the 22 best UK music festivals to book this summer.

Glastonbury 

Let’s not beat around the bush here, Glastonbury is notoriously difficult to get tickets for. It’s one of the world’s biggest names in the festival industry so it’s no wonder tickets sell out instantly. And it’s a festival that seems to always include a flurry of rain clouds. That being said, the biggest names in music have all graced the main stage over the years.  

Coldplay, Dua Lipa, SZA, and Shania Twain, are just a few of the major artists that will make their way onto the big stages in 2024.  

Even if you haven’t managed to get tickets for this year’s bumper-packed line-up, you can always look forward to watching all of the highlights as they happen on the BBC’s various channels and iPlayer.

26th – 30th June
www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

The Great Escape 

In a city abrim with independent music venues cropping up on every corner, it only seems fitting Brighton is home to a festival dedicated to showcasing emerging artists. Scattered over 30 venues with around 500 new artists and even its very own pop-up festival site on Brighton Beach itself, it’s a chance to discover fresh new talent and maybe even the next Idles. Their first announced spotlight artist this year is Faye Webster, set to take the stage on Friday 17th May .

15th – 18th May
www.greatescapefestival.com

Highest Point

Over in Lancaster, this four-day festival welcomes a wide variety of sounds and styles. Held in Willamson Park, one of northern England’s most well-kept parks, families and people of all ages are encouraged to come and enjoy the music. This year’s lineup features Tom Odell, Sam Ryder, and Busted. 

Whether attending for both days or just one, it will be worth your weekend.

10th-11th May
www.highestpoint.com

Creamfields

There’s still a chance to attend Creamfields during this summer’s bank holiday weekend. Tickets are available, but not for long. Known for being one of the world’s biggest dance festivals, it’s one that sells out every year. 

In 2024 Creamfields North and South reunite in one, huge Creamfields festival in Daresbury, Cheshir. This year’s line-up is packed with the likes of Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Becky Hill, Charlotte De Witte and Tiesto.

22nd – 25th August 
www.creamfields.com

Wide Awake

If only one day of the festival lifestyle is more your speed, then Wide Awake is the perfect day trip for you. Attendees are free to enjoy Brockwell Park as well as see artists such as Kind Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Slowdive, Young Fathers, and Ben UFO plus many more will be taking on the various stages. A three-day music festival can be a lot, this can even be a nice break for those used to more intense fests. 

This is the perfect day for an alternative fan who prefers a shorter festival.

 
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25 May

www.wideawakelondon.com

Parklife

Up in Manchester, Parklife Festival has some of the best artists from such a wide variety of genres that is destined to please any music lover. From Becky Hill to Disclosure to Doja Cat and Kaytranada, each day of this two-day extravaganza is stacked with talent. This isn’t a weekend to miss out on. 

There are few tickets available, so if you are interested, time is of the essence. 

 
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8-9 June

www.parklife.com

Isle Of Wight Festival 

From Green Day and The Prodigy to Zara Larsson and Jessie J, the Isle Of Wight Festival is going all out with their star-studded line-up. But it’s not all just about the music, here you’ll find an array of areas dotted around Seaclose Park too, from fairground rides to relaxation zones. 

For those not feeling numerous nights in a crowded tent, the festival is home to boutique and luxury camping options, or go all out and book a cottage or Airbnb.

20th – 23th June 
www.isleofwightfestival.com

Love Supreme

For jazz lovers wanting a boogie, then Love Supreme is the perfect option to fulfill your deepest jazz-inspired desires. With the rolling hills of the iconic South Downs of East Sussex surrounding you, Love Supreme is the first all-jazz festival in the UK, spread across four stages.

Expect to be dancing the weekend away to Olivia Dean, Jordan Rakei, Kool & The Gang, and Noname.

5th – 7th July 
www.lovesupremefestival.com

Wireless 

Phase 1 of the lineup has been announced and the artists on the current lineup are already making rap fans all over the world wanting to attend. 

The festival takes over Finsbury Park each summer, bringing with it a mega line-up of some of the biggest stars in music. The names on the current lineup include Nicki Minaj , 21 Savage, Sean Paul, and Ice Spice.

12th -14th July
www.wirelessfestival.co.uk

Download

This premier rock and metal festival is presented by Liquid Death and is based at the spiritual home of rock Donington Park. Tickets are selling out fast, so be sure to get yours before they’re gone.

The Download XXI lineup includes Tom Morello, Of Mice & Men, Black Stone Cherry, and Electric Callboy .

14-16 June 

www.downloadfestival.co.uk

Latitude 

A double whammy of music and performing arts, Latitude Festival shouts about all things from music, comedy and poetry to theatre, politics, film and workshops. If you’re up for a dose of the eclectic then this festival is where it’s at, with electronic, alternative, folk and a whole lot more on offer. What’s more, if you’re feeling a little fragile post-festivalling, there’s yoga and wellness on offer to get you back into the party spirit as soon as possible!

This year’s line-up includes Kasabian, Keane, London Grammar and Sara Pascoe.

25th – 28th July 
www.latitudefestival.com

Liverpool Sound City

This three-day festival features established names alongside a constant stream of local, national, and international emerging talent. Sound City has a mix of everything including grime, electronica, indie, psych, rock, pop, and much more. This is the perfect place to discover some top-notch new artists.

You can expect a killer line-up of musicians this year including Alex Spencer, Caity Baser, The Snuts, and Corella.

4th-5th May
www.soundcity.uk.com

Camp Bestival

From family-friendly activities to stellar musical morsels and cultural offerings, Camp Bestival is one of the best festivals in the UK for all ages. Taking place on the last weekend in July, this is one that’ll kick off the school summer holidays with a bang. 

The festival itself is set within the majestic grounds of Lulworth Castle on the Jurassic coastline. The music line-up includes the likes of Paloma Faith, James Arthur, McFly and Jake Shears. 

Other activities include circus performances, cosmic kids yoga, a roller disco, fancy dress parades, a live performance from Mr. Tumble of Cbeebies, and of course, you’ll also find the love-bot.

25th – 28th July 
www.dorset.campbestival.net

 
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We Are FSTVL

This August, We Are FSTVL will be taking over Central Park Dagenham, bringing with it a wealth of DJs, artists and big names in the dance music scene. Over the August bank holiday weekend, the stages will be taken over by FISHER, Joel Corry, Dom Dolla, Annie Mac, and Eric Prydz. 

Go for a VIP ticket and reap all of the benefits of the secluded areas, from private bars and food traders to VIP-only toilets, which if you’ve ever been to a festival before, it’s a huge bonus.

25th – 26th May
www.wearefstvl.com

End Of The Road 

End Of The Road returns at the end of August, bringing with them an exciting line-up of all of the biggest indie music names. There are so many quirky corners of this festival, from giant animal sculptures to small tents and stages welcoming some of the best-rising stars in the industry. 

The festival, located at Larmer Tree Gardens in Dorset, will be welcoming Slow Dive, Fever Ray,  and Idles, as well as Bonnie Prince Billy.

 29th August – 1st September
www.endoftheroadfestival.com

GALA

GALA is a community-driven festival that focuses on soulful sounds like electronic, soul, and jazz. This festival celebrates music that dance was built on. Head to Peckham Rye Park to hear artists Michelle Manetti, Job Jobse, Moxie, and NIKS kick off summer.

24th – 26th may
www.thisisgala.co.uk

Wilderness 

For those wanting a festival that’s a smidge tamer than the rest, look to Wilderness. This culturally diverse occasion in Oxfordshire sees revellers enjoying all things from music to wellbeing, talks and debates to feasting and dining. 

This year’s headliners consist of Michael Kiwanuka, Faithless, and Jessie Ware. For the foodies, you can expect foodie delights from big names too including Andi Oliver, Asma Khan, and Claude Bosi.

1st – 4th August 
www.wildernessfestival.com

Boardmasters

It’s not often you’ll find a surf festival here in the UK, but Boardmasters is the Cornish exception. Expect a whole host of surf action, alongside some of the biggest and brightest names in the music industry. 

Newquay is entirely taken over for the full five-days with surfers and festival goers. Acts this year include Chase & Status, Becky Hill, Sam Fender, Tom Odell, Stormzy and Declan McKenna. 

7th – 11th August
www.boardmasters.com

Green Man 

Whether you’re travelling to a festival for the music, the experience or the kiddie area, Green Man Festival combines the best of the bunch. Even if you’ve never had the pleasure of going, you’ll know of the instantly recognisable giant wooden men statues dotted around the site. 

Their lineup for this year features artists such as Big Thief, Arlo Parks, Sampha, Black Country New Road, and Osees. With a festival that caters to every kind of festival goer and a lineup like that, it’s guaranteed to be an all-around good time for everyone.

15th – 18th August 
www.greenman.net 

All Points East 

For those not cut out for camping, try London’s best festival All Points East. The festival is a combination of non consecutive days with different lineups for each day. Each year the festival takes over East London’s Victoria Park and plays host to an exciting mix of artists. This year there’ll be Thundercat, Loyle Carner, Phoenix, LCD Soundsystem, and Victoria Monét.

Various dates from 16th – 25th August 
www.allpointseastfestival.com

Reading & Leeds 

If Reading or Leeds wasn’t your first festival debut when you were a teenager, can you even call yourself a real Brit?

What was once the UK’s leading alternative festival has since blossomed into a world of its own showcasing emerging talent alongside serious music legends. The 2024 lineup includes the likes of Lana Del Rey, Blink 182, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Liam Gallagher, 21 Savage, Raye and Renee Rap. It’s the only way we’ll be spending our August bank holiday

21st – 25th August 
www.readingfestival.com

Cross the Tracks

Cross the Tracks is all about jazz, funk, soul, and hip-hop. This single-day festival has a diverse lineup of heritage legends, current icons, and new artists. Not to mention they have 70+ of London’s hottest street food vendors and a craft beer fair.

This year’s lineup includes En Vogue, Eve, Thee Sacred Souls, Erykah Badu, and The Cavemen.

26th May
www.xthetracks.com

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