Glastonbury has been and gone, but it always feels like the iconic festival kicks off the rest of the summer. If you didn’t manage to get tickets this year (or maybe you did, but you’re looking for your next festival fix) there are plenty more events left this summer. We’ve rounded up our pick of the best of the rest both in the UK and abroad…just in case the British weather decides to interfere!
EXIT Festival – Serbia, 5-9th July
That’s this weekend! For the spontaneous out there, there’s still time to jump on a plane and head to Novi Sadro catch the likes of The Killers and Liam Gallagher. Usually one for the dance-lovers out there, this year’s line up proves there is something for everyone at Exit.
Wireless Festival – London, 7th-9th July
If Serbia doesn’t take your fancy, stay closer to home and get yourself to Finsbury Park for the chance to get involved in one of the biggest day festivals in the UK. The line up is always full of big names and familiar faces in the world of R&B and Hip Hop (this year’s headliners are Skepta and The Weeknd). The stages are only half the fun, as there are fairground rides and plenty of bars to keep you entertained for the whole day.
Secret Garden Party – Cambridgeshire, 20th-23rd July
Later on this month, the not-so-secret Garden Party takes place in beautiful landscaped gardens in Cambridgeshire. The idyllic setting next to a river and lake hosts a mash-up of music, games and other activities with more underground acts such as Crystal Fighters and Metronomy playing centre stage.
Wilderness – Belgium, 21st – 30th July 17
Set over two weekends, it’s actually pretty unlikely that you will get tickets for Wilderness festival (they sold out in an hour this year) – so this is a heads up for 2018! This is hailed as the most important date on the planet for dance music enthusiasts, so expect to see the biggest names in house, techno and drum and bass. To give you an idea, this year, Eric Prydz and Axwell & Ingrosso lead the line up.
Boardmasters – Newquay, 9th – 13th August
If a chilled-out vibe is more your scene, the Southwest coast is the place to be in August for a display of some of the best surfers, skaters and BMXers in the world. Alongside the sporting spectacle is a mellow soundtrack provided by Jamiroquai, Alt-J and Two Door Cinema Club.
Flow Festival – Helsinki, 11th-13th August
Elsewhere in Europe (Finland to be exact), Lana Del Rey, The XX and London Grammar will be playing to crowds in an old industrial area, where lots of disused spaces have been turned into drinking holes and stages. The trendiest festival of the summer, it has attracted some big names this year and looks set to be an Instagram favourite.
Reading and Leeds – 25th-27th August
The most raucous event on the festival calendar, this double-whammy is the number one place to see the best indie, metal and rock acts. This year, Kasabian, Eminem and Muse will be making an appearance, so pack your sturdiest tent and your toughest wellies as this weekend isn’t for the faint hearted. Bonus – it’s over the bank holiday weekend, so you get an extra day for recovery!
Bestival – Dorset: 7th – 10th Sept
Rounding off the summer calendar is this boutique festival on the South Coast. The randomness of this weekend is what really makes it worth a visit, from fancy dress to comedy acts, to late-night singsongs in the woods. The line-up is as varied as the activities list, with The XX and the Pet Shop Boys headlining the event.
Roll on festival season!