No Glasto? No Worries.
Sunshine, Beer and Music: These are the three known quantities required for a successful music festival.
Over the last few decades the British Music Festival scene has become one of the most recognised in the world. Whilst stateside shindigs such as Coachella and Burning Man festival might attract some of the biggest A-list attendees, the UK is home to festivals that far pre-date these and have a whole heritage unto themselves. As the culture of the music festival has grown in popularity over the years, more and more events have cropped up to compete for the attention of summertime revellers.
If you haven’t clocked it yet, Glastonbury Festival is taking a year off this year, so whilst the well-trodden fields in Pilton get a chance to recover, we thought we’d clue you in on the rival UK festivals looking to take your hard-earned cash this summer:
All Points East
A brand new 10-day festival finds its way to London’s Victoria Park this year with some of the buzziest, hippest acts taking to the stage. There’s something for everyone at this groundbreaking festival, including a traditional three day festival with LCD Soundsystem, Bjork and The XX taking headline slots. From the 28th to the 31st families and fun-loving individuals will be able to make the most of free activities and entry to the festival site, whilst one-off events will be taking place between the 1st and the 3rd June with acts such as The National, The War On Drugs and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds taking to the stage.
After Scottish music fans bemoaned the loss of eight festivals in the space of a year, they could at least be consoled with the announcement of a new series of one-day festivals under the name TNSMT Festival. Similar to All Points East, TRNSMT offers several days of entertainment with some undeniably massive acts gracing the Glasgow Green including: Arctic Monkeys, The Killers, Queen + Adam Lambert, The Darkness and Stereophonics. Tickets start at around £60 for the day and whilst you can never guarantee that the sun will be shining in Scotland, at this time of year it’s a pretty safe bet.
If you’re looking for a fun, friendly festival that is nestled within one of the UK’s most stunning locations then Green Man is the one for you. The Brecon Beacons are the backdrop for this very special festival featuring a music lineup that boasts well-respected alternative acts from a variety of genres. Fleet Foxes, fresh off the success of their 2017 album Crack-Up headline one night in addition to Aussie prog-rockers King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Black Angels and Grizzly Bear. Aside from stellar music, you’ll also be able to make the most of a strong literature, comedy, film and visual arts selection.
Now in its 16th year incarnation, this award-winning festival is tucked away in a charming nook of Devon and consistently takes home gongs for its grass roots organisation and family-friendly appeal. Organised by 90s folk rockers The Levellers (who headline the final night each year) this is a small festival that sells out each and every year, so if you want to catch the likes of the Manic Street Preachers, Nadine Shah and Feeder you’ll need to book your tickets soon! In addition to music, there’s also a good range of comedy acts, theatre and a number of real ale bars selling local ale from Otter Brewery.