When it comes to festivals, the United Kingdom’s offering definitely doesn’t disappoint. With festival season on our doorstep, here are our top picks from Glastonbury to The Isle of Wight!
It’s hard to believe a city as populated as London could play host to a large music festival but Lovebox is now a permanent fixture in the festival calendar. Some of the most anticipated and sought after artists descend on the city of London to perform to thousands. Frank Ocean, Chase and Status, Jamie XX and DJ EZ are just some of the show-stopping headliners, so this year’s sure to be big. Catch the awesome line up and so much more at Victoria Park, 14th-15th of July.
This year sees the Secret Garden Party off with a bang in the final SGP festival ever. A magical utopia for the closet hippie, this Cambridgeshire festival is one of the most unique and whacky of its kind. Headliners include Metronomy, Crystal Fighters and a whole load of incredible performances in addition to the likes of Jeremy Loops, Honne and Let’s Eat Grandma. SGP isn’t only about the music – feed your inner pyromania at the effigy burning, bathe in wooden hot tubs and explore the festivals wild choice of attractions. You can let your secret party child run free, 20-23rd of July.
A festival line up simply wouldn’t be complete without a mention of the world famous Glastonbury festival. Some of the biggest artists and bands perform in the UK’s largest festival, with previous Glastonbury numbers exceeding 150,000. Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran are the headliners this year, with an additional 2000 performances on offer across the 100 stages and venues. Most of all, Glastonbury is notorious for mud, mud and more mud, so don’t forget the wellies! Pilton Farm plays host to the Glastonbury festival this June, 21-25th.
Hidden away in a Welsh woodland wonderland, lesser known Gottwood grows from strength to strength to offer an eighth year of electronic and deep house anthems. Roam through the forest and dance the night away to some of the most stellar current electronic artists. 2 Bad Mice, The Black Madonna and Erol Alkan are just some of the acts performing, with a huge line-up playing across the 4 day event. The festival takes residence in Anglesey, an island just off the coast of northern Wales. Final tier and Sunday tickets are available for the 8th-11th of June, so move fast to grab the final few!
Laid back and family friendly with acts and artists both new and old, is definitely the best way to sum up the Isle of Wight festival. A short ferry trip from mainland Britain on the Isle of Wight (unsurprisingly!), this festival is a 4 day event running parallel to Gottwood. Relaunched in 2002, the Isle of Wight festival hosts some really awesome artists and bands, with the likes of Bastille, Rod Stewart and Run DMC taking centre stage. There really is something for everyone at IOW, plus children go free and the ferry ride is included in the ticket price. What are you waiting for? IOW runs the 8-11th of June.
Of course, there are countless other fantastic festivals that run across the UK but these festivals came out top for us as they offer something for everyone. Whichever festival you chose, don’t forget your camping gear, wellies and travel smellies.