Glastonbury may be sold out but that doesn’t mean that you have to miss out. Here are our pick of the summer’s festivals across the UK and wider afield…
Isle of Wight (8th – 11th June)
Great way to kick off the summer festival scene. Hop over to the Isle of Wight to leave it all behind for fun in the sun (fingers crossed!). Always has a star studded line up and appeals to all ages and tastes.
This year’s headliners: David Guetta, Arcade Fire, Rod Stewart
Solas (23rd – 25th June)
Take a trip up to Scotland for a seemingly civilised festival of music, talks, literature and film, all within the beautiful setting of The Bield at Blackruthven in Perthshire. Good fun family friendly environment.
This year’s headliners: White, C Duncan, Lau
Mouth of the Tyne (6th – 9th July)
A formidable line up and an endless backdrop of the North Sea stretching out across the horizon make Mouth of the Tyne a mouth-watering (sorry couldn’t resist) prospect. With Newcastle on the doorstep it’s gonna be a fun weekend!
This year’s headliners: Elbow, Laura Marling, Tom Odell
Citadel (16th July)
For one day only Citadel takes over Victoria Park in London to give all the city folk that festival feeling, albeit without the camping, the going days without showering, the liquid-only diet, the dreaded portaloos etc. etc.
This year’s headliners: Foals, Bonobo – Live, Wild Beasts, Laura Marling
Castlepalooza (4th – 6th August)
The clue is in the name – this is a festival with a Castle! Set in the outstanding grounds of Charleville Castle in Tullamore, this is Ireland’s boutique music and arts festival to compete with the likes of Green Man and FN6 – ergo it’s great!
This year’s headliners: Shit Robot, Girl Band, I Have A Tribe
Boardmasters (9th – 13th August)
Sea, Sand, Surfing, Sun (hopefully), and a music festival to boot, this is the summer’s perfect mix for a festival. We already want to be there.
This year’s headliners: Two Door Cinema Club, Jamiroquai, Alt-J
Victorious (25th – 27th August)
Party on the south coast with a line-up that’s vying for top spot across this summer’s festivals, in a city that knows how to enjoy itself. Oh, and it’s a complete and utter bargain!
This year’s headliners: Madness, Stereophonics, Elbow, Rita Ora, Olly Murs
Moseley Folk Festival (1st – 3rd September)
Winding down after a packed summer festival schedule, why not take a trip to the midlands and enjoy a slightly slower pace at the best folk festival in the world. Go on, refresh and revive that spirit.
This year’s headliners: Laura Marling, Amy Macdonald, Jose Gonzalez
Festival Number 6 7th – 10th September
The last hurrah of the summah, FN6 is an enchanting festival where anything and everything is possible, truly offering a different unique experience that will (or may) quench your festival thirst until next summer.
This year’s headliners: Bloc Party, The Flaming Lips, Mogwai