UK music festivals come in all different shapes and sizes. From the behemoth festivals like Glastonbury to the more boutique one-day events like Field Day, music festivals tend to dot the calendar throughout summer. Figuring out which one you want to go to can come down to the location, line up, or experience that you’re after. To help get you started, take a look at our list of some of the top UK music festivals.
1. Glastonbury Festival
Glastonbury Festival takes place near Pilton in Somerset, England and is one of the biggest UK music festivals around. It’s also one of the messiest and is notorious for its muddy fields. The festival takes place over multiple days in June and these days attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors. At the festival you can see anything from big headline performers to circus acts and art installations. If you love music festivals then Glastonbury is like the Holy Grail of festivals.
2. Reading and Leeds Festivals
The Reading and Leeds Festivals are a pair of music festivals that take place simultaneously over multiple days in August. The Reading Festival, which was the original of the two, is held in Reading while the Leeds Festival is held near Leeds. Despite taking place in different locations, the festivals share the same bill. On the bill you’ll find a mix of popular and up-and-coming rock, indie, and alternative acts.
If you’re ever headed to Bestival then be sure to pack a costume or two. Attendees are well known for embracing fancy dress throughout the multi-day festival, with the organisers even setting themes! It’s held in the Isle of Wight and traditionally takes place in late summer. The festival caters towards the indie and dance scenes but you’re still likely to see popular musical acts in the mix as well.
4. Field Day
Field Day is a one day festival that takes place in Victoria Park in East London. It’s held in late May and usually features a pretty eclectic line up. Expect a mix of established, up-and-coming, and under-the-radar acts at this festival. If you’re not a fan of camping out then Field Day is perfect for getting your festival fix without having to deal with tents and mud.
5. The Secret Garden Party
The Secret Garden Party started as an alternative to mainstream music festivals. As a result, the festival line up is usually made up of more alternative acts and DJs. While it’s pretty small in comparison to other festivals on this list, it’s getting more and more popular by the year. The Secret Garden Party takes place over multiple days in late July and is held in Abbots Ripton.
6. T in the Park
T in The Park is a three day festival that takes place near Kinross, Scotland. It’s held in early July and many festival attendees choose to camp on-site for the entire festival. You’ll find a melting pot of music at the festival with anything from pop, rock, dance, and hip hop on the main stages. The festival even comes equipped with a fairground!
7. Latitude Festival
Latitude Festival is a multi-day festival that takes place during July in Suffolk, England. The Latitude line up usually consists of popular rock, indie, and alternative acts. As well as seeing bands and musicians, you can also find a range of theatre, comedy, and cabaret acts at the festival.
These are just a few UK music festivals worth checking out. Have you ever gone to any of these music festivals? Which of these festivals is on your bucket list?