A complete guide to the UK's top festivals this summer

A complete guide to the UK's top festivals this summer

It’s summertime here in the UK (although you probably hadn’t noticed with all this rain we’ve been having!) and that means FESTIVAL season! 

If you like music, letting your hair down, camping outside and living it up in the great outdoors, then there are several festivals around the UK and we recommend that you try out at least one of them this summer!

Secret Garden Party, Cambridge

This festival takes place from 21st to the 24th July and offers the most alternative variety of live music and art.  The event has over 15 stages so you can dance yourself silly at each one and really make the most it!  There are over 100 acts and this years line-up includes big names such as Air, Primal Scream, Teleman, Milky Chance and The Japanese House.  And I mustn’t forget to mention that it’s set in gorgeous surroundings with a lake, river and landscaped gardens. 

Get your tickets by visiting: https://www.theticketsellers.co.uk/tickets/secret-garden-party/10037501&wlid=7347


Wilderness, Oxfordshire

You’ve still got a long way off from the Wilderness Festival which starts on 4th August and ends on 7th, perfect for those of you who like  to plan your weekends in advance.

Wilderness is youthful, energetic and feel-good!  There are hot tubs, a fesh water lake to swim in, good food and music, set in beautiful and enchanging surroundings where you may find yourself drifting off into a neverending dreamland. 

Artists include Robert Plant, The Flaming Lips, Lianne La Havas (not being bias but she’s amazing!).  There's also a range of ceremonies and spectaculars for you to feast your eyes on, including a fire walking show, a wilderness cricket match and a Secret Post Office (!!??)

There is nothing that you can’t find/do at Wilderness – check out https://www.wildernessfestival.com/2016-programme/ to find out more information and for tickets.


Brownstock, Essex

Brownstock is great for the younger crowd, so we’re talking 18-25 year olds approximately, and has become one of the most famous small festivals.  It’s a weekend music and camping event with a silent disco, held from 8th – 11th July and isn’t too far from London at all!

It has an extremely famous and varied line-up across 6 stages, including Mark Ronson, Tinie Tempah, Kelis and Annie Mac, with diverse and fresh food stalls all around.

To find out more info, visit http://www.brownstock.co.uk/about-bstk/.  And for tickets, visit http://www.brownstock.co.uk/2016-tickets/


The Lambeth Country Show, Brixton

The Lambeth Country show arrives in Brixton, which is about half an hour away from Wimbledon, on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July.  We love this part-show-part-festival for its uniqueness and celebration of south London city life and the countryside. You’ll find animal shows and food displays, competitions, arts and crafts and a humungous selection of urban food stalls.  Music is also a massive part of the Lambeth Country show, with afro-beat sounds, disco, folk, ska , reggae and soul as the main.  Not to mention that most artists are unsigned so you're going to get a completely individual experience at the Lambeth Country Show.

Entry is completely free, just turn up with your friends on either day!  To find out more, visit: http://lambethcountryshow.co.uk/zones/


House of Common, Clapham

This one-day festival celebrating music and culture is taking place on 29th August and what better way to party than on the last bank holiday of the year!  You don’t even need to travel as it’s just down the road from Wimbledon!

Over 20 bands and DJ’s will be performing across two large stages, including David Rodigan, Ms Dynamite, Craig Charles, Toddla T and excitingly, the headlining act is ‘Madness’

To find out more, take a look at http://www.madness.co.uk/houseofcommon/  And to book tickets, visit http://www.skiddle.com/festivals/house-of-common/


Lovebox, East London

This brilliant festival is happening on 15th and 16th July at Victoria Park in East London and is all about the music.  The area that it is set in is vast! Definitely a good thing because there are hundreds of artists across the two days, several stages, plenty of space for your tent and camping gear and lots of swaying, dancing and jumping space.

Artists include Major Lazer, Diplo and Katy B.

To find out more, visit http://loveboxfestival.com/programme/.   And for tickets http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/lovebox?CAMEFROM=CFC_UK_MAMA_HEADER


Wireless, Finsbury park

Wireless is one of the most famous, high-profile music festivals in the world and if you were to ever go to one in your life, this would be it!  It happens over the weekend of 8th – 10th July at Finsbury Park in London.  The atmosphere is buzzing, lively and so varied you won’t quite know what to do with yourself! 

Artists include Calvin Harris, The 1975, Miguel and Chase & Status.  Tickets go fast so to secure yours, visit http://wirelessfestival.co.uk/tickets  


Kew the music

This festival is the calm, laid-back and relaxed of all music festivals.  In a nutshell, it is a series of outdoor picnic concerts held in the beautiful, magical setting of Kew Gardens.  You can bring your own picnic or sample some of the on-site artisan foody and bar delights and artists include Bjorn Again, Will Young, Billy Ocean, The Corrs, Jools Holland and Simply Red

Kew the Music is a week long event starting on 12rth July and finishing on 17th July.  But fear not, you will have the energy because you can attend on any of those day and its not compulsory to party for 6 whole days…unless you want to and you’re rich enough to buy all those tickets!

To book tickets, visit http://www.kewthemusic.org/tickets/


V Festival, Hylands Park and Weston Park

The V-Festival is mainly a rock festival but over the years, there has been a wide range of musical genre influences, for example pop, soft rock, indie and even RnB.  Take a look at some of the artists already lined up to perform:

Justin Beiber – woohooo!  SIA, Faithless, Bastuille, Jess Glynne, Tinie Tempah, Rita Orah and James Morrison.  There will be a Radio 1 stage celebrating  a summer season of the hottest dance acts, and a comedy line up with some of the most talented comediens.

V Festival takes place from the 19th to the 21st August.  To book tickets, visit http://www.vfestival.com/tickets/


Let’s Rock Southampton – The Retro Festival

This festival is all about 80s disco, funk, pop. soul, rock and in our opinion, it doesn’t get any better and more fun than that!  J Taking place in Southampton Common on the south coast of England, on Saturday 9th July, this festival will bring you a jam-packed day of 80s inspired music, fun and frolics including multiple bars, quality food stalls, a VIP enclosure and a comfy Chill-Out zone. 

Artists so far include Jason Donavon (Vintage!!), Soul II Soul and Tiffany. If we were you, we’d be very excited about this festival!

For more info, visit http://www.letsrocksouthampton.com/  And for tickets http://letsrock.gigantic.com/lets-rock-southampton-southampton-common-2016-07-09-11-00


Thanks to Ollie, Andrew G, Andrew M, Jo K, Kim and Charlotte for your recommendations.


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