It’s Going To Be In-Tents: 20 UK Summer Music Festivals To Rave About

By Lottie Hulme and Lottie Woodrow |
27th February 2019

Yes, we know, we’ve all been totally scarred for life after Fyre festival… disaster doesn’t even cut it! But fear not, we’re pretty sure these festivals don’t involve invisible tents and disgusting sandwiches, or so we hope.  And, if you’re sitting in the office as confused as us as to why the sun is beaming and the temperate outside is akin to that of a summer’s day then fear not, you’re not alone. It appears we’re experiencing, as social media has coined it, a ‘Fool’s Spring’ with temperatures reaching groovy heights.

And, as can be expected, its got us thinking of all things summer including the huge ravin’ host of new music festivals we need to tick off our lists. Whilst we can’t promise these festivals will be without their fair share of mud, pounding morning headaches and lost belongings, we can promise you’ll have a jolly good time. And as Glasto sets the precedent for 2019 festivals after a year of recoup, it’s time to get those lighters in the air once more. After all, without music life would b flat…

Glastonbury

Glastonbury

It’s the big return. The one we’ve all been waiting for. Glasto returneth and we can’t wait-eth! Yep, you may have heard on the musical grapevine that the festival renowned for selling out within seconds is returning after a year of rest and relaxtion and we’re sure this will mean coming back with a bang, pop and boom of a grandiose nature. Headliners released include Stormzy, and Kylie Minogue the OG herself will be taking up the legends slot on the Pyramid Stage. Who else you ask? Well that’s it, as Glasto maintains their hush, hush nature! The festival may well have sold out in the first 35 minutes but we’re hopeful that where there’s a will there’s a way when it comes to nabbing a ticket!

26th-30th of June

Where: Pilton
Website: Keep An Eye Out For Tickets Here

Boomtown

Boomtown

If there’s a festi that doesn’t do things in half-measures it’s Boomtown, a festival that is, quite literally, a town! The Winchester-based roots, reggae and bass-driven music festival is alive with variety, colour, Instagrammable locations and a booming line-up which last year included the likes of Gorillaz, Die Antwoord, Limp Bizkit, Enter Shikari, Shy FX, Soul II Soul, Maribou State and Sleaford Mods. So far this year you can expect Carl Cox, Four Tet and Amelie Lens.

7th-11th of August

Where: Winchester
Website: Get Your Tickets Here

Wireless

Wireless

Wireless is pretty much a classic when it comes to festivals. Huge stage, even bigger crowds and a good bit of rare English sunshine. Could we ask for more? Taking place in July, Wireless resides as the UK’s biggest urban music festi, with acts from the grime, hip-hop and garage scenes pumping up the volume to eager partiers. Past acts include huge name-drops, Stormzy, J. Cole and DJ Khaled, as well as Drake and Kendrick Lamar. Kanye believe it?

5th-7th of July

Where: London
Website: Join The Waiting List Here

Primavera Sound

Primavera Sound

Barcelona joins in on the festi magic with its slightly under the radar Primavera Sound extravaganza. Springtime means you can whip out some of the airy blouses and tassled shorts you’ve been keeping under the bed as the weather is pretty much guaranteed to be warm. The city fest will see the likes of Janelle Monáe and Cardi B perform and, due to location, will see you sliding between crips sheets afterwards instead of into a way too warm tent!

30 May to 1 June

Where: Parc del Fòrum, Barcelona, Spain
Website: www.primaverasound.com

Creamfields

Creamfields

Cream is a dance brand and boy can they throw a party, especially when it’s somewhere in a field, like their namesake. What started off in a Liverpool nightclub has become a major dance festival attracting thousands upon thousands, so we believe they must be doing something right! For serious hands up in the air vibes and a line-up akin to last year’s (Carl Cox, Eric Prydz, Tiësto, Armin van Buuren, Adam Beyer, Axwell Ingrosso, Alesso, Major Lazer) get yourself to the best field in the country this summer.

22nd-25th of August

Where: Daresbury
Website: Sign Up For Tickets Here

Lovebox

Lovebox

We’ve fallen in Lovebox, unsurprisingly as its ecclectic line-up makes for a festival that could easily appeal to one and all. Last edition, the line-up boasted big ol’ names such as Childish Gambino, Skepta, Bonobo and N.E.R.D. and we’ve got our money on this year keeping within those impressive lines. Taking place in the capital itself, Lovebox primarily champions the love of music, with other fantastical happenings thrown in such as vintage fairs, roller discos and a whole host of tasty food and drink.

12-13th of July

Where: London
Website: Join The Waiting List Here

We Are FSTVL

We Are FSTVL

Kicking off proceedings as one of the year’s earlier festivals, We Are FSTVL does just what it says on the tin, producing beats in a nod to the summer that’s yet to come. The extravaganza set across three days boasts hundreds of DJs, 16 stages to bounce around at and champers bars that’ll have you feeling as VIP as those performing. This year, the line-up oozes huge names including Andy C, Chase & Status, Marco Carola, Nina Kraviz, The Black Madonna, Bugzy Malone, Craig David, Sigma.

24-26th of May

Where: London
Website: Grab Your Tickets Here

Isle Of Wight Festival

Isle Of Wight Festival

It’s that time of year again – the ferries to the little ol’ Isle of Wight are soon to be crammed full of festival-goers. Yep, it may feel like a little hassle getting to this one but oh my, the line-up is worth the wait – and buck. Kicking off this festival with a wild bang will be headliner Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, accompanied by George Ezra and Biffy Clyro on the proceeding days. Not forgetting artists like Lily Allen, Courteeners, Richard Ashcroft, Sigrid, Jess Glynne and more, plus a mysterious guest scheduled for Saturday night. Get your party wellies out and prepare to dance the weekend away.  

13th-16th June

Where: Isle Of Wight
Website: www.isleofwightfestival.com

Bestival

Bestival

This quirky offering use to be based on the Isle of Wight and has recently set up camp in Lulworth. Bestival really is one of the best festivals, with shennanigans inclusive of fancy dress, poetry, theatre, comedy oh and music (of course). The festival is a bit of staple when it comes to music having run for a noteworthy amount of time boasting names such as M.I.A., London Grammar, Silk City (Diplo & Mark Ronson), Grace Jones, Plan B, Chaka Khan, Mura Masa, First Aid Kit, Sam Smith and more.

Wanting to get the little ones up for a boogie? Try Camp Bestival, (the perhaps tamer version of the above!)

Date TBC

Where: East Lulworth
Website: Grab Your Tickets Here

Bluedot

Bluedot

Any science fanatics may be a fan of this one as Bluedot combines music, science and cosmic culture into four jam-packed days of fun. Celebrating the 50th anniversary since the Moon landings, Bluedot hopes both inspire and entertain the festival goers through combining culture with science with talks from Liz Bonnin, Helen Pankhurst, Jim Al-Khalili, Tom Shakespeare, and show-stopping performances from the likes of Jon Hopkins and Tokimonsta 

18th-21st Jul

Where: Cheshire
Website: www.discoverthebluedot.com

Latitude

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 festi 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 (if that’s a word?!) there’s yoga and wellness on offer to get you back into the party spirit as soon as possible! Last year the line-up included The Killers, Solange, alt-J, The Vaccines, Wolf Alice, Rag’n’Bone Man, Jessie Ware and Belle & Sebastian. One to watch, literally!

Date TBC

Where: Suffolk
Website: Join The Waiting List Here

Love Supreme

Love Supreme

For the 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. This year’s lineup includes Ms. Lauryn Hill, Gladys Knight, The Cinematic Orchestra, Jamie Cullum, Snarky Puppy, Jimmy Cliff and of course, more.  

5-7th July

Where: Sussex
Website: www.lovesupremefestival.com

Wilderness

Wilderness

If go big or go home isn’t your style then Wilderness fest is where it’s at, boasting vibes a little on the tamer side (but not much!). This culturally diverse occassion in Oxfordshire sees revellers enjoying all things from music (past acts including Chic & Nile Rodgers, Bastille, Jon Hopkins, Justice, Groove Armada and Kamasi Washington), to Shakespeare and a whole smattering of hot tubs. It’s a festival with a twist and we think you’re gonna love it!

1-4th of August

Where: Charlbury
Website: Grab Your Tickets Here

TRNSMT Festival

TRNSMT Festival

Claiming that a Scottish crowd is the best audience you can get is an extremely bold statement, with I’m sure most countries around the world claiming theirs is the best. That being said, we aren’t going to disagree – you’ll have to find out yourself by heading to TRNSMT Festival this July. Over the three days, the Glaswegian audience will see Stormzy, Catfish and the Bottlemen, George Ezra, Bastille, Snow Patrol and Gerry Cinnamon hit the stage, along with so many other amazing acts.  

12-14th July

Where: Glasgow
Website: www.trnsmtfest.com

Parklife

Parklife

One of the biggest dance music events in the UK is rockin’ into Manchester to rave up Heaton Park. There are tropical vibes galore with a Palm House and Circoloco, the Ibizan staple as well as DJs and artists in their truck loads. The diamond of Manchester’s music scene has seen huge past headliners taking to the stage; The xx, Lorde, Jessie Ware, Skepta and A$AP Rocky being just a few.

8-9th of June

Where: Manchester
Website: Join The Waiting List Here

Bonnaroo

Bonnaroo

It’s a US festival with the likes of Childish Gambino, Solange, and Kacey Musgraves on the line-up so it’s likely to be good, right? It might not be quite up there with Coachella but rather a chilled, laid-back, electronic beats and floaty dressed version. So, for four days of Tennessee magic, Bonnaroo’s the one.

13 – 16 June

Where: Great Stage Park, Tennessee, United States
Website: www.bonnaroo.com

Liverpool Sound City

Liverpool Sound City

Livepool Sound City is all about promoting fresh new talent and for that reason, we love it! This year, you’ll find a line-up including Mabel, Loyle Carner, Louis Berry, The Magic Gang and more. It’s a groovy opportunity to brush up on your musical knowledge and be the person that plays the best new tunes!

Where: Clarence Dock, Liverpool L3 0ANClarence Dock, Liverpool L3 0AN
Website: www.soundcity.uk.com

Henley Festival

Henley Festival

Known as the UK’s only black-tie festival, Henley Festival is the closest thing we have to reaching those glamorous Coachella vibes – that being said, it looks hella classy with many festival goers arriving by boat. The green lawns give off total Great Gatsby vibes – this accompanied with champagne, fireworks and black tie clad, and you’ve got a perfect festival. Set up 37 years-ago, it still to this day runs on a nonprofit basis, supporting charitable projects on both a national and local level. Including all things musical, comedic, jazz and swing, world and folk with Boy George, live in concert performing.  

10th – 14th July

Where: Henley On Thames
Website: www.henleyfestival.com

Port Eliot

Port Eliot

Travel to a festival like no other, in a little corner of Cornwall, to Port Eliot. It’s a celebration of music, words, imagination, ideas and more – whether you’re swimming in the beautiful estuary, rocking out to the music, canoeing along the river or chillaxing with your loved one, the area is opened up for you to create your own little sanctuary for the weekend.  

25th-28th of July

Where: Cornwall
Website: www.porteliotfestival.com

Green Man

Green Man

If you fancy a little holiday away, you can camp at Green Man for the whole week, allowing you to discover the underrated beauty of the Welsh surroundings. It’s nestled within the Brecon Beacons with miles of mountains, waterfalls, forests and rivers for you to explore. Across the weekend, the line-up is filled with a whole range of genres, with headliners Four Tet (Live), Father John Misty and Eels. Plus, if music isn’t your tipple, then there is plenty of literature, comedy, arts, science and film to peruse.  

15th-18th August

Where: Wales
Website: www.greenman.net

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