Your Guide to this Summer’s Festivals

The UK has one of the most saturated music festival markets in the world meaning there’s something out there for everyone. Whether it’s just for the day or a five night camping adventure there’s nothing quite like seeing live music, here are our Top FIVE festivals coming up this summer (that you can still get tickets to!) and some advice from festival-goers of the past.

Photo of: Leon Metcalf (centre), Charlie Green (far right), Anthony Anderson (second right) and ‘the cru’

The Big Headliner – Reading&Leeds (25th-27th August)
Where: Richfield Avenue, Reading//Bramham Park, Leeds
Headliners: Eminem, Muse, Kasabian
Advice from Leon: “Be prepared. And check out the weather forecast before you go!”

Reading is the world’s oldest popular music festival still in existence but don’t worry, they still know how to throw a party. Leeds festival is renowned for its party-like atmosphere, with music playing from 12PM until 3AM and with DJ’s in every campsite you won’t be getting much sleep. As well as boasting huge range of big-name artist of all genres there’s also an alternative stage at both sites which hosts comedians such as Russell Brand and Lee Nelson and even has cinema screenings. Tickets can be bought via their website, with weekend tickets costing £213 and day tickets £72, early entry (which allows campsite access from midday Wednesday) is also available for £20.

Photo of: Lauran McGuire (front left) and Tilly Farmery (front right)

The Artsy One – Latitude (13th-16th July)
Where: Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk
Headliners: The 1975, Mumford and Sons, Jack Garratt
Advice from Laura: “avoid if you don’t like sheep”

As well as serving up some pretty great bands and singers, Latitude also boasts an array of other kinds of artists. Across four stages this festival also presents to you elements of theatre, art, cabaret, poetry, dance and literature – there’s even been some multicoloured sheep be known to make an appearence. Paying true homage to the arts, this festival has an incredibly relaxed vibe, with people going to appreciate the shows and events put on rather than to spend the weekend on the lash (don’t worry though, that’s acceptable too). Tickets are available from the Latitude website from £197.50.


Photo credit to Dylan Sirrell

The Rock Festival – Download (9th-11th June)
Where: Donington Park, Derby
Headliners: System of a Down, Aerosmith, Biffy Clyro
Advice from Dylan: “After last year I’d definitely recommend camping at the top of the highest hill you can find”

The self-declared spiritual home of rock. Maybe better known as ‘Drownload’ after the flooding in 2016. This festival has seen some true rock legends gracing their stages (Iron Maiden, KISS and AC/DC to name but a few). A must-go-to festival for those of you who like to see legendary bands that rarely tour anymore. As well as legends gracing the stages, reminiscent pop punk bands such as Sum 41 and Basement will also be joining in in 2017. Five nights of camping will set you back £215 and a three night camping option (for those of you who aren’t quite as outdoorsy) is also available for £205.


Photo of: Lakota Penny (left) and Josh Lewis (right)

The Experience – Boomtown Fair (10th-13th August)
Where: Matterley Estate, Winchester
Headliners: The Specials, M.I.A., Cypress Hill
Advice from Lakota: “Make sure you leave loads of time to get out, last year loads of people, including myself, missed their transport home because their exit system meant it took about 3 hours to leave.”

What more can be said? It’s an experience. As the name suggests the festival is set out like a town, with beautifully constructed streets created in keeping with each of the 12 district’s themes. There’s 23 main stage areas and an array of arts, crafts and activities to explore and enjoy, with the Mayfair district having even boasted a casino, gentleman’s club and roller disco in years gone by. The magic of Boomtown doesn’t just last for 3 days a year though, the fair carries the ongoing theme of ‘the legend of the festival’, with each year interconnecting as ‘chapters’ (2017 is chapter 9) which you can read on their website. Boomtown also boasts a unique tiered ticket pricing system with tickets from £170 still available.


Photo of (from left to right): Chloe Kenna, Esme Troughton, Melissa Dolby, Maddie Mapletoft

The New One – Parklife (10th and 11th June)
Where: Heaton Park, Manchester
Headliners: The 1975, Frank Ocean
Advice from Melissa: “Leave plenty of time to get to the park in the mornings, it gets really busy and you don’t want to miss any bands stuck in queues”

Okay, so technically not new as it started up in 2010 but still the newest of this bunch. It’s the perfect festival for people who love music but prefer to sleep in a bed and have access to a shower. Being held inner-city means Parklife is a non-camping event but excellent transport links and being close to Manchester City Centre means that’s not a problem. Don’t worry about missing out on any night time fun either – ‘Afterlife’ afterparties are being held at venues across Manchester from 10pm both days. Final tickets are on sale for Parklife on their website, starting at £59.50. For more information about Afterlife events visit

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