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UK music festivals are renowned around the globe for their creativity and their clout in capturing the coolest acts around. They also form one of the most saturated music festival markets in the world, so here are some of the best festivals every music fan living in or visiting the UK should check out. We have highlighted a couple that are best for families as well.
Best for Families...
“As always, we’ll be bringing you a great mix of familiar and acclaimed artists alongside our favourite new discoveries. Wander down to the Boathouse where Caught by the River presents legendary DJs and live bands. Catch a world music luminary or indie’s finest on the Park Stage. The nearby Ace of Clubs devotes a night to Cornish acts followed by the best club bands around and there are more eclectic surprises in the Walled Garden and the Orangery, from synthpop to brass bands.
Down by the viaduct we serve foot stompin’, honky tonkin’ good time music at The Black Cow Saloon. You can bathe in the beautiful acoustics of a show in the Church and when the sun goes down on the Bowling Green, there’ll be family-friendly fun with the Ceilidh Liberation Front.
TS Eliot wrote, “You are the music / While the music lasts.” And if you head for the Boogie Round you can be you/the music till the sun comes up again.”
Food, fashion, music and out door adventures.
When and where: 25th-28th July 2019 St Germans Cornwall
Headliners 2018: Rick Astley, Clean Bandit, Simple Minds
With all the playful nonsense of its naughty older sister event Bestival, Camp Bestival offers the same novelty of fancy dress and late night silliness, but with a twist: it’s completely family friendly.
Taking place in a beautiful English castle, it has everything from medieval jousting to face painting with music, comedy and poets hand-picked by Rob da Bank.
When & where: 25-28 July 2019, Lulworth Castle Dorset
More for adults...
Headliners: Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Chemical Brothers, George Ezra
Hidden amongst the swell and sunshine of the south-west coast of England, Boardmasters mixes the best boarders in the world – whether they’re surfers or skaters – with BMX kings, and soundtracks the action with dance dons, folk stars, and pop favourites.
With cliff-top sessions and surf shack shows, it's only a cocktail short of the best weekend of the year. Ready to make your Instagram followers jealous?
When & where: 7-11 August 2019, Newquay
Headliners: Gorillaz, Die Antwoord, Limp Bizkit
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.
When & where: 7-11 August 2019, Winchester
Headliners: M.I.A., London Grammar (+ Friday night headliner TBA)
The UK’s much lauded, award-winning boutique fiesta has as many forms of silliness and absurdity as it does musical performers – and there’s around 1,000 of them. With legendary late night mischief, pianos popping up in the woods, lit up lakesides, mass fancy dress, along with poetry, theatre, comedy and plenty more to discover, the only thing you’ll struggle with is fitting it all in.
When & where: TBA, Lulworth Castle
Headliners: Ozzy Osbourne, Avenged Sevenfold, Guns N' Roses
Probably the most prestigious hard rock and heavy metal festival in the world, Download took over from the legendary Monsters of Rock Festival at Derby's Donington Park.
Its three days packed full of the biggest names from the 70s right up to the newest generation, and if the heavier end of the spectrum is your thing then Download will take a heck of a lot of beating.
When & where: 14-16 June 2019, Derby
Green Man Festival
Headliners: The War On Drugs, Fleet Foxes, John Grant, Grizzly Bear
As far as festival locations go, Green Man Festival takes in the might of the UK’s landscape with its backdrop of the Brecon Beacons’ Black Mountains in Wales, and the folk-led lineup fits it perfectly.
Hidden in the hills are 1,500 performers to discover across the comedy, theatre and literary worlds, complimented by the host local ales and ciders on offer, and the various spas and therapies to nurse away those hangovers.
When & where: 15-18 August 2019, Brecon Beacons
Isle of Wight Festival
Headliners: Kasabian, Depeche Mode, The Killers, Liam Gallagher
The reincarnation of one of the UK’s first ever festivals continues to pull in the world’s biggest guitar slingers and the hottest craftsmen and women from pop and electronic genres.
When & where: 13-16 June 2019, Isle of Wight
Headliners (2017): Two Door Cinema Club, Grace Jones, Bonobo
If there’s one thing Britain’s festivals do brilliantly, it’s boutique bashes. One of the more posh and pretty gatherings in the event calendar, Oxfordshire’s Wilderness Festival is the type of place where you can watch a bona fide legend on the stage, enjoy a banquet feast, a science lecture, soak in a hot tub, and watch a one man performance of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
When & where: 1-4 August 2019