It’s Going To Be In-Tents: 14 UK Summer Music Festivals To Rave About

By Lottie Hulme |
27th February 2019

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 record heights for Feb. 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

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

Coachella

Coachella

Basically, if you haven’t heard of Coachella then you’ve probably been living under a rock. The groovy, celeb filled, palm tree patterned, pastel-hued festival is headline this year by Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, and ‘thank u, next’ Ariana Grande. Tip: if you don’t want to get serious FOMO, deactivate your Instagram during April 12-14 and April 19-21!

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

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

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

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