The Biggest UK Festivals For Music Lovers This Year
Summer is nearly here, which means festival season is almost upon us. Dust off your wellies and get your camping gear ready! We’re giving you the lowdown on some of the biggest UK festivals this year.
If you’re an indie kid, metal head, or even just an old-school raver, we’ve found the festivals for you! Ranging from techno, right down to heavy metal. We’re including the likes of Parklife, Download, Glastonbury and many more of the UK’s most loved music festivals. So sit back and let us guide you through these amazing festivals!
Where: Worthy Farm
When: 26-30 June
This festival needs no introduction. Glastonbury is one of the biggest UK festivals around. It acts as more of a miniature world instead of a field with a few stages. There are over 25 different areas to check out! It’s advised that you wander through as many areas as you can to get the full experience. Try out the wood area, where you can sit and relax with a beer and watch the wildlife around you. Or why not check out the theatre and circus area where stunts and tricks will impress. Headlining this years Glastonbury festival are Stormzy, The Killers, Janet Jackson, The cure and Kylie Minogue. This is another festival of variety, so you should be able to find something you’ll all enjoy.
Where: Heaton Park, Manchester
When: 8-9 June
Set in one of Europe’s largest municipal parks, Parklife is without doubt a festival worth seeing. Landing its place in our biggest UK festivals list, this bare-all, laid back festival is for the serious campers. Campers tend to use simple tents and it seems glamping is out of the question. Although you will have to bring your wellies and have a few baby wipe showers. Parklife never fails to amaze with its star-studded lineups. This year’s lineup includes Cardi B, George Ezra and Khalid to name-drop just a few. This festival is the best of all the latest favourite artists. Parklife offers a great mix of genres. We’d say anyone who’s into the latest UK Top 40 music should consider this festival.
When: 14-16 June
Where: Donington Park
It’s considered as one of the most prolific heavy metal and rock festivals in the UK. Download is the place to be for any rock fans out there. This years lineups consist of rock legends Def Leppard, heavy metal icons Slipknot, and the great Rob Zombie. Download is more than just its music; it also has mosh pits, head banging, and famous walls of death too. As for any different entertainment, there’s the Circus of Horrors, air guitar championships and even a tattoo parlour. There’s such a variety of rock and metal music! Some artists range back from the 70s right up to todays newest bands. There will be something for everyone of all ages to enjoy, and so is one of our top our biggest UK festivals on our list.
Where: Upminster, Greater London
When: 24-26 May
With 20 stages and over 300 artists, the winner of Best New Festival is back for another year of great electronic dance music. With artists such as Andy C, Carl Cox, DJ Ez and many more, you can dance your way through the weekend. If the music was not enough to satisfy your needs there’s plenty of entertainment. Why not have a game of life size hungry hippos or check out the pamper parlours? Experience We Are FSTVL in all its glory. Stay for the whole weekend in one of the furnished yurts or bell tents FSTVL have to offer. Or keep it simple in your own tent, it’s your choice. We Are FSTVL tops our biggest UK festivals list for any dance, electro, or techno fans!
When: 22-25 August
Where: Daresbury, Cheshire
Originally Creamfields started as a nightclub in Liverpool. It has grown substantially into one of the greatest dance music festivals out there. Its not just about the music, but the performances too. Most performers offer fabulous visuals, lighting and pyrotechnics. Creamfields offers the best of the best when it comes to DJs. Artists such as Fat Boy Slim, Calvin Harris, Deadmau5 and Swedish House Mafia are on the lineup list this year. No surprise, Creamfields won the 2015 award for Best Dance Festival. It’s a no brainer for our biggest UK festivals list. So get ready and get yourself down to Creamfields!
When: 8-11 August
Where: Catton Park, Derbyshire
Likened to Download’s baby sister, Bloodstock Open Air is another heavy metal festival that has heaps of entertainment. Bloodstock specialises in its extremely heavy metal lineups. Previous headliners have been Megadeath, Ghost and Slayer. If Download is too light for you, Bloodstock Open Air should have all the heaviness you’re looking for. This years lineups are Anthrax, Parkway Drive, Scorpions and loads more, giving it a place on our biggest UK festivals list. Bloodstock offer a stunning circus themed VIP section called the Serpents Lair. Choose to stay in a tent or pick one of the four plush pads they offer. As there will be some serious mosh pits, the age limit for entry is 18. However if you’re 16 and accompanied by an adult, you can get yourself through the gates too.
When: 5-7 July
Where: Finsbury Park, London
Hitting our biggest UK festivals list hard is the Wireless Festival. This is a festival committed to genres such as rap, grime and R&B. The lineup includes Cardi B, Migos, Tyga, Bugzy Malone and others. Wireless offers a VIP area for anyone who feels fancy. There are multiple bars to choose from, such as the Smirnoff bar and wine bar. Wireless also has a fairground to keep you entertained when the artists are not on stage. For a festival dedicated to rap, grime, hip hop and R&B, it’s as big as you’ll get and one of its kind. If you’re into the latest artists in the rap and grime scene then Wireless is the festival for you.
When: 31 August – 1 September
Where: Sefton Park, Liverpool
Fusion is one of the biggest UK festivals when it comes to pop music. Based in Sefton Park in Liverpool, you can enjoy your weekend listening to some of the best new pop stars around. The headliners include superstars Little Mix, Anne-Marie, Rudimental and more. Fusion are ever hosting a ‘presents’ show on the 30 August. Headlining the ‘presents’ show are Kings of Leon. If you fancy getting to the front of the crowds, why not buy a gold circle ticket? The gold circle ticket allows you access to the standing area right at the front of the stages for a more personal experience. If you fancy getting up close and personal to your favourite pop stars, try Fusion Festival.
When: 23-25 August
Where: Richfield Avenue, Reading & Bramham Park, Leeds
This is the festival for every genre! Rock, pop, indie, grime; you name it. You’ll find what you’re looking for here. Reading & Leeds never fail to impress when it comes to their lineup. Previous headliners have been Blink 182, Kendrick Lamar, and Eminem. There are several different stages all committed to a different genre. Visit the main stage where you’ll see this year’s headliners Foo Fighters, Post Malone and The 1975. Or if you’re into heavier music, visit the pit, lockup, or alternative stages! BBC sponsor a few of the stages, including a dance stage. If you’re into every genre going, you have to visit this festival!