The weather is warming up, the sunny summer festival season is fast approaching, and it’s time to think about what festival to grace with your ready to party presence this summer season! Whether you’re into EDM, heavy metal, indie or urban beats, there is certainly something for everyone. With Secret Garden Party Festival ending last year, and Glastonbury having a fallow year to give the land, local population, and organisers a break it’s easy to be discouraged, but worry not, there are plenty more festivals out there to enjoy! Below is the list of our top fifteen favourite summer UK festivals of 2018!
Download Festival 2018
Where: Donnington Park (Derby)
When: 8th – 10th June
A world famous heavy metal and rock festival where around 150 acts appear over five stages over the three days of the summer festival. The fancy dress theme for 2018 is ‘supervillains’.
Isle of Wight Festival 2018
Where: Seaclose Park (Isle of Wight)
When: 21st – 24th June
Isle of Wight Festival, is the UK’s most famous rock and pop summer festival, and has been named Family Festival of the Year on two occasions, thanks to its relaxed, inclusive atmosphere.
TRNSMT Festival 2018
Where: Glasgow Green (Glasgow)
When: 29th June – 1st July, plus 6th – 8th July 2018
Whether you want to come along for the day, enjoy the full weekend of music, or even treat yourself to the VIP option, there are a range of ticket options available for you to tailor your summer festival experience.
Wireless Festival 2018
Where: Finsbury Park (London)
When: 6th – 8th July
Wireless Festival is the UK’s premier urban music festival, held inside London’s Finsbury Park for three days in July. Now one of the capital’s musical highlights, Wireless has become London’s go-to festival for those after the urban side of mainstream.
British Summer Time Hyde Park Festival 2018
Where: Hyde Park (London)
When: 6th, 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th, 15th July
Do you want big names? They’ve got them. Come party in London’s Hyde Park to some of music’s biggest names! A truly rocking, summer festival.
Latitude Festival 2018
When: 12th – 15th July
Taking over the idyllic English countryside, Latitude is, as its tagline proclaims, much more than just a music festival. With DJs hidden in the woods, colourful sheep roaming the tufty fields, opera on the lake, film debuts in its onsite cinema, clowns under canvas, actors treading the boards, local ales, dance troupes and a huge children’s area, there’s something to keep whatever age entertained. Oh, and there’s a full programme of music at this summer festival too.
Lovebox Festival 2018
When: 13th – 14th July
London’s beat lovers, freaks and hipsters convene for an annual summer festival party created by Groove Armada. A colourful mix of dance dons, rock gods, vintage markets, bespoke bars and fairground tides, Lovebox is a carousel of creativity.
Where: Lulworth Castle (Dorset)
When: 2nd – 5th August
It’s fair to say that aside from top music and comedy acts, the biggest draw of Bestival is that it’s positively bonkers. Fancy dress is a massive deal at Bestival, with each colourful event centering on a different theme (this year’s will be ‘circus’ and will apparently feature a human cannonball act). This summer festival strives to celebrate creativity, diversity and general lunacy.
When: 8th – 12th August 2018
Boardmasters is a music and sports festival in Cornwall, mixing a diverse musical lineup with surfing, BMXing, skating and wellbeing. Mixing electrifying music from some of the world’s biggest names along with high-octane sports, it brings with it a unique atmosphere of sheer excitement year on year.
When: 9th – 12th August 2018
A boiling pot of vibrancy, theatre, fantasy, escapism and camaraderie, Boomtown Fair is a hub of diverse and non-commercialised musical movements whose roots stretch far and wide. Consisting of nine districts with a different emphasis, you may be chilling to some folk one minute, and then travelling at 180 BPM to some drum & bass the next.
RiZE Festival 2018 (V Festival replacement)
Where: Hylands Park (Chelmsford) and Weston Park (Staffordshire)
When: 17th – 18th August
The summer festival formerly known as “V” is another of the top choices to replace Glastonbury as the biggest and best UK festival of 2018. Celebrating its very first year, RiZE Festival are bringing together an exciting mix of the very best music from classic indie, pop, urban, dance and new upcoming talent across four stages.
Where: Daresbury (Warrington)
When: 23rd – 26th August
Creamfields has long been the UK’s best summer dance festival, promising the biggest acts in EDM, house, trance, grime and D&B. Organisers promise an incredible line-up, spectacular light shows, and pyrotechnics for 2018
Reading and Leeds Festivals 2018
Where: Little John’s Farm (Reading) and Bramham Park (Leeds)
When: 24th – 26th August
As per tradition, Reading and Leeds take place simultaneously over the August Bank Holiday and the line-up is the same across both sites as the bands perform on a rotation to cover both festival sites.
South West Four 2018
When: 25th – 26th August
A coming together of the EDM world, their understudies, and up-and-coming stars, the four stages of house, techno, minimal, trance and electronica will fill your ears for the evening before you head out to one of the countless after parties at this incredible summer festival
Festival No.6 2018
Where: Portmeirion, Wales
When: 6th – 9th September
Almost every festival claims to be ‘unique’, but in the case of this North Wales’ curiosity it’s a fairly solid claim. Partly due to its setting in a faux-Italian village, and partly because of its intriguing programme of music, arts & culture, debates, workshops, food & drink, comedy and more.
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