The highlight of the music festival season is just a little over a week away from beginning now, with hundreds of thousands of people set to descend upon Worthy Farm in Somerset for Glastonbury 2015, an event which needs no introduction. But not everybody is lucky enough to own a ticket and it certainly isn’t the only festival worth heading to during the summer, some of which have been and gone, others still to come. Take a look at some of the unmissable events from up and down the country still to come – and more importantly who is performing at them!
The mother of all British festivals begins on the Wednesday and finishes on the Sunday, displaying almost any kind of music you can think of across up to a hundred stages of varying sizes.
Headline performers include The Foo Fighters, Kanye West, Motorhead, Lionel Ritchie, Paul Weller, The Who, Mary J Blige, Pharrell Williams, Florence + The Machine & many others too.
held simultaneously between London and Birmingham, Wireless is an established festival of over a decade which celebrates dance, rock and pop music with an emphasis on up and coming artists. Held in the heart of the cities, this event has become one of the most prominent urban festivals of its kind and it consistently attracts big headline acts. There’s no camping available at the site but there are great transport links and a huge array of activities to enjoy.
Drake, Rita Ora, Labrinth, Nero, Avicii Kendrick Lamar
T in the Park
Scotland’s premier festival is notorious for its raucous crowd atmospheres and there is a feast of talent spread across the 9 stages this year once again. This year will be the first time the event has been held at its new location, 20 miles north of its former home at the Strathallen Castle Estate in Perthshire.
Kasabian, David Guetta, Sam Smith, Fatboy Slim, The Libertines
This Suffolk event was started in 2006 by the same people who run Reading/Leeds and its eclectic mix of musicians and laid back atmosphere help it increase its popularity steadily each passing year. You can even catch comedy, poetry, art theatre and politics if that’s what takes your fancy.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Alt-J, The Vaccines
Set in East London’s Victoria Park, this is a former winner of the UK Festival Awards’ “Best Medium Size Festival” and it usually features a mix of urban music with DJ sets, hip hop, indie and electronic genres.
Snoop Dogg, Rudimental, Jessie Ware, Mark Ronson
It has undoubtedly become one of the key fixtures on the festival calendar in recent years and is now based across two locations in Essex and Staffordshire. Featuring some of the best mainstream pop acts around, it attracts revellers of all ages.
Olly Murs, Kasabian, Sam Smith, Hozier, Calvin Harris, The Script, Ellie Goulding
Reading & Leeds
Rock, Indie, Pink and Metal tend to dominate the line up at these festivals, with Reading in particular able to count itself among the oldest popular music festivals still in existence.
Mumford & Sons, Metallica, Royal Blood, Kendrick Lamar, Bastille, Deadmau5
Held in Cheshire, Creamfields is without doubt the leading dance music festival in the UK and such is the scale of this open air event; it is now considered as one of the biggest in its genre around the world, attracting the biggest names in EDM.
Martin Garrix, Alesso, Above & Beyond, Armin Van Buuren, Arty, Annie Mac, Kygo
Perhaps the best is saved ’til last? Bestival has become a major festival taking place on the Isle of Wight annually at the end of the traditional festival season, with people travelling from all over to revel in a mix of musical tastes. With growing numbers every year, the calibre of musicians is also going up. It has a famous fancy dress day and is considered one of the most diverse festivals.
The Chemical Brothers, Duran Duran, Jurassic 5, The Jacksons