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Camp Bestival 

When August 1-4

Where Lulworth Castle, Dorset

The vibe A place where campers meet the friendly spirit of independent festivals with constructive arts and crafts and top literature, music acts and spoken word.

Line-up Richard Hawley, The Levellers, Gabrielle Aplin, Toots and the Maytals 

Tickets £200 weekend 

Eastern Electrics 

When August 2-4

Where Knebworth Park, Hertfordshire

The Vibe Combining leading purveyors of house and techno, with some fast-rising stars, this party promises to be mind-blowing. 

Line-up Joy Orbison, Seth Troxler, Richie Hawtin, Josh Wink, Eats Everything

Tickets £40+ day/ £115 weekend (inc. camping)


Standon Calling 

When August 2-4

Where Standon, Hertfordshire 

The vibe Just 40 minutes from London, this hipster festival hosted Mumford And Sons and Florence And The Machine before they were huge, so expect big things from its carefully crafted bill. Also, there’s swimming pools, BBQs and a rave in a barn.

Line-up De La Soul, Band Of Skulls, Digitalism

Tickets: £99 weekend 


Boom Town Fair 

When August 8-11

Where Matterly Estate, HampshireThe Vibe The self-styled “maddest town in the UK” is conjured in the middle of the countryside and packed with 13,000 residents. There’s restaurants, comedy, theatre, music, fancy dress and more. Totally mental. 

Line-up The Selector, Mad Caddies, Toots And The Maytals

Tickets: £155 weekend



When August 8-11

Where Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire

The vibe While there are some great acts on the line-up, the top-billed one might just be Cornbury Park itself – 1700 acres of almost untouched natural grandeur. A top-notch musical habitat. 

Line-up Empire Of The Sun, Noah And The Whale, Michael Kiwanuka, Rodriguez

Tickets £146.50 weekend


V Festival 

When August 17-18

Where Hylands Park, Essex/Weston Park, Stratfordshire 

The vibe Like listening to the radio, but live. Big crowd favourites, chart-toppers and indie upstarts. 

Line-up Beyoncé, Kings Of Leon, Stereophonics, The Script, Calvin Harris, Jessie J

Tickets: £89 day/ £185 weekend (inc. camping)

The Prodigy


When August 23-25

Where Daresbury, Cheshire 

The vibe Repeat winner of UK’s Best Dance Fest, this mega-outdoor club brings 40,000 beat addicts together. 

Line-up The Prodigy, David Guetta, Avicii, Skream, Afrojack, Groove Armada

Tickets £70 day/ £150+ weekend (inc. camping)

Green Day

Reading and Leeds 

When August 23-25

Where Richfield Avenue, Reading/ Bramham Park, Leeds

The vibe Huge names in rock, punk and alternative travel across two locations at this all-out rock fest that is known for having the biggest and best acts. A bank holiday weekend institution.

Line-Up: Biffy Clyro, Green Day, Eminem, Fall Out Boy, Deftones, Editors

Tickets: £90 day / £200 weekend (inc camping) /

Sigur Ros

End of the Road 

When August 30-September 1

Where Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset

The vibe An old-fashioned festival that guarantees top food, beer and music. 

Line-Up Sigur Rós, Belle And Sebastian, David Byrne

Tickets £165 weekend



When September 5-8

Where Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight

The vibe Today’s stars and legends from yesteryear combine at this Rob Da Bank-curated musos’ fave.

Line-up Elton John, Snoop Dogg, Franz Ferdinand

Tickets £199 weekend


Festival No.6 

When September 13-15

Where Portmeirion, Wales

The vibe Awarded best new festival after its first year, this banquet of music and arts returns for an encore.

Line-up Manic Street Preachers, James Blake, Everything Everything

Tickets: £70 day/ £180+ weekend


Green Man 

When August 15-18

Where Glanusk Park, Wales

The vibe Mischief and misrule run amok in the Black Mountains, where all-night bonfires, locally sourced food, and ale and cider sippings add to the Welsh wilderness magic.

Line-up Band Of Horses, Ben Howard, The Horrors

Tickets £145+ weekend

Primal Scream

Beautiful Days 

When August 16-18

Where Escot Park, Devon

The vibe Get ready for some of the above in picturesque Devon. There’s healing areas, real ale bars and a seated theatre tent to add to the glorious tunes. 

Line-up Primal Scream, Ocean Colour Scene, Levellers

Tickets £120 weekend



When August 23-26

Where Cheltenham Racecourse

The vibe Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, this Christian-based festival has a history of inclusive and diverse performance acts. 

Line-up Amadou & Mariam, Lemar, Mama Rosin

Tickets £109 weekend 



When September 28

Where Brighton

The vibe No matter what way you shake it, this event, where every after-party requires its own after-party, is sure to provide an explosive end to summer.

Line-up Rizzle Kicks, Labrinth, DJ Fresh, Delilah

Tickets £45



When June 26-30

Where Pilton, Somerset

The Vibe The king of all festivals returns after a year off with a line-up that absolutely rocks, with Mumford And Sons, Arctic Monkeys and the Rolling Stones headlining.

But this iconic event is about more than just the music, with 150,000 festivalgoers revelling in the wide variety of entertainments on offer.  

Line-up Primal Scream, Portishead, Public Enemy, Cat Power, Palma Violets, Foals, Alt-J, The Vaccines

Tickets £205+


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