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ATP Curated by TV On The Radio 

When May 10-12

Where Pontins, Camber Sands, Kent

The vibe All Tomorrows Parties (ATP) knows how to throw a party – the clue’s in the name! This chalet-based fest serves up awesome music without the mud.

Line-up TV On The Radio, De La Soul, MF Doom

Tickets £180
atpfestival.com

 


The Great Escape

When May 16-18

Where Brighton

The vibe Each year 15,000 people take over this south coast city to celebrate 350 of the most exciting new acts and bands across 30 venues city-wide. The UK’s leading new music event.

Line-up Tom Odell, Billy Bragg, Temples, Chvrches

Tickets £35+
mamacolive.com/thegreatescape 

 

Glastonbudget

When May 24-26

Where Turnpost Farm, Leicestershire

The vibe The ‘daddy of tribute’ festivals might just be honouring its influences, but the parties here are most certainly the real deal as the the bands the acts love to sound like get celebrated. A viable Glasto alternative!

Line-up Green Date, Four Fighters, The Hot Red Chili Peppers, Knot Slip

Tickets £29.50 day pass/£37 weekend (inc. camping)
glastonbudget.org


Life

When May 24-26

Where Dublin

The vibe This camping-based celebration unites global good-vibe seekers for three days of partying, music, and respect for the environment and one another.

Line-up Groove Armada, Seth Troxler, Modeselektor

Tickets £118
life-festival.com


Love Saves The Day

When May 10-12

Where Bristolthe vibe In its second year, this mecca for British music is back with a line-up of DJ and live acts set to pump beats through Bristol.

Line-up Bonoba (live), Feel The Real, Eats Everything

Tickets £39.50
lovesavestheday.org


Ellie Goulding

Evolution Fest: Newcastle 

When May 26-27

Where Newcastle 

The vibe This much-loved event has developed into one of the UK’s most popular festivals for chart-toppers with credibility. 

Line-up The Vaccines, Ellie Goulding, Rudimental, Paloma Faith, Jake Bugg

Tickets £29.50 day/ £39.50 weekend
evolutionfestival.co.uk

 

RockNess 

When June 7-9

Where Inverness, Scotland

The vibe This festival on Loch Ness is a beast of its own with rock, indie, pop and electronic music acts, and a load of funnymen in the comedy tent, too.

Line-up: Fatboy Slim, Ellie Goulding, Basement Jaxx 

Tickets £130+ weekend
rockness.co.uk 


Parklife Weekender 

When June 8-9

Where Heaton Park, Manchester The Vibe After a sell-out 2012, this weekender aims to start the summer in style with a packed full

Line-up: Line-Up Plan B, Example, The Maccabees, Jurassic 5

Tickets £69.50 day pass
parklife.uk.com 


Bon Jovi

Isle of Wight 

When June 13-16

Where Newport, Isle of Wight

The vibe The legendary festival reborn in 2002 continues its dominance as one of the festival calendar mainstays. 

Line-up: The Stone Roses, The Killers, Bon Jovi, Blondie

Tickets: £75 day pass/ £185 weekend (inc. camping)
isleofwightfestival.com

 


The Stone Roses

Download 

When June 14-16

Where Donington Park, Leicestershire 

The vibe Rock gods of the past and present take the stage in the UK’s premier rock and metal fest that as always will be a paradise for headbangers. 

Line-up Slipknot, Iron Maiden, Korn, Motorhead, Rammstein

Tickets £195 weekend
downloadfestival.co.uk 

 

Beach Break Live 

When June 20-24

Where Newquay, Cornwall 

The vibe The UK’s premier surf haven’s transformed into a 100-hour beach town party with musicians, DJs, street art and poolside action. 

Line-up Jake Bugg, Aluna George, Devlin, Lucy Rose

Tickets £20 day pass/ £99 weekend (inc. camping)
beachbreaklive.com

 

ATP Curated by Deerhunter 

When June 21-23

Where Pontins, Camber Sands, KentThe Vibe The ATP crew welcome Atlanta’s finest, Deerhunter, as this year’s special guest curators.

Line-up Deerhunter, The Breeders, Atlas Sound, Panda Bear, Kim Gordon

Tickets £180 weekend
atpfestival.com

 

Beat-Herder 

When July 5-7

Where Ribble Valley, LancashireThe Vibe B-H claims to be the birthday party your parents never let you have. Better late than never. A fancy-dress fest, it’s the ultimate dub, reggae, dance-punk-electronic-music fantasy. 

Line-up Jimmy Cliff, Jaguar Skills, Norman Jay MBE, Booka Shade (Live)

Tickets £111 weekend
beatherder.co.uk


Blissfields 

When July 4-7

Where Vicarage Farm, Winchester

The vibe With the theme ‘the director’s cut’, this year’s event will be outfitted with all of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. A chance to dress to impress. 

Line-up Bastille, Mystery Jets, Friends

Tickets £85 weekend
blissfields.co.uk

 

Cornbury Festival 

When July 5-7

Where The Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire

The vibe This old country fayre turned music fest, celebrating its tenth birthday, is one of the maturer events, with pop, indie and the odd mega-legend, too. 

Line-up Squeeze, Imelda May, Keane, Echo And The Bunnymen, Van Morrison

Tickets £70 day pass/ £160 weekend pass (inc. camping)
cornburyfestival.com 

 

Hop Farm 

When July 5-7

Where Hop Farm, Kent

The vibe This festival prides itself on no sponsorship and branding, and is famed for both up-and-comers and big star-signing coups. 

Line-up My Bloody  Valentine, Rodriguez

Tickets: £65 day pass/ £135 weekend (inc. camping) 
hopfarmfestival.com 


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