Hello peeps! With summer just around the corner, this time of year always makes me lust after frolicking in a field at music festivals. I have attended a few in the past and so I thought I would blog a small run down of the best UK festivals to get to in 2017.
Latitude | Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk | 13th – 16th July
I went to Latitude in 2012 and I have to say it was one of the best festivals I have been to. It seems to get better and better each year.
This year Gentlemen of The Road is taking over the festival. If you haven’t heard of Gentlemen of The Road, it is a a live promotions company, record label and organiser of a global series of stopover festivals by Mumford and Son’s. These festivals tend to take place in towns and villages not normally toured in by bands or singers in an effort to bring money to the place and help businesses there.
Along with Mumford and Sons, Baaba Maal, Jack Garratt, Lucy Rose, The 1975 and Fleet Foxes will be performing at this year’s festival. If you’re eco friendly, love being outdoors and discovering new music then this festival is the one for you!
Boardmasters | Newquay | 8th – 13th August
Boardmasters festival not only showcases music, it also includes pro surfing, skate and BMX competitions. Held in Cornwall’s Watergate Bay over four days, the music starts on Thursday and finishes on the Sunday with intimate evening gigs on the beach as well as a bustling shopping village.
This year’s headliners feature Two Door Cinema Club, Jamiroquai and Alt-J. With the waves crashing on the Cornish coastline in the background, this festival promises to be one of the most picturesque.
Glastonbury | Worthy Farm, Pitton, Somerset | 21st – 25th June
The ultimate UK festival kicks off the season. Glastonbury is so big it’s like many different festivals in one. In addition to contemporary music, the festival hosts dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret, and other arts.
Tonnes of well known music acts have graced the infamous Pyramid Stage in the past. These include Oasis, David Bowie, Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys and Beyonce.
This year’s headliners and performers include Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran, Biffy Clyro, Katy Perry, Laura Marling, Lorde and London Grammar. If you like your festivals big and want to cross something off of your bucket list then definitely get to Glasto!
Bestival | Lulworth Estate, Dorset | 7th – 10th September
Bestival has been running since 2004, and up until this year has been located on the Isle of Wight. 2017 brings it to the Lulworth Estate in Dorset. The event is organised by DJ and record producer Rob da Bank. Along with his wife Josie, the festival is an offshoot of his Sunday Best record label and club nights.
Bestival is usually known for it’s fancy dress themed days. The record for most number of people in fancy dress in one event was smashed in 2010 when 55,000 festival goers turned up in costume. Like most festivals, Bestival has a few different main campsites which are divided into colours with their own identities and feel. With names like White Noise, Emerald City and Golden Years, you can take your pick whether you want to rave or night or get a good kip.
This year sees performances from The XX, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Soul II Soul, Laura Mvula, Jamie T and Lucy Rose. If you like to dress up and dance around with your mates in a field, this is definitely the festival for you!
Festival No. 6 | Portmeirion | 7th – 10th September
Featuring yoga, a torchlight procession and paddle boarding, Festival No. 6 is probably one of the least known festivals on the list. To mark the 50th anniversary of the original summer of love and one of the world’s most influential albums, this year’s Sgt. Peppers themed Carnival No.6 will weave it’s way through the village of Portmeirion. This will be where the 70-piece Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and The Bootleg Beatles perform Sgt. Peppers in full. Festival-goers are encouraged to bring their own Sgt. Peppers themed costumes and join the carnival!
With The Flaming Lips, Bloc Party, Mogwai headlining plus sets from Wild Beasts and James Vincent McMorrow. This is sure to be the most diverse festival in the list.
Camp Bestival | Lulworth Castle, Dorset | 27th – 30th July
This festival is the kid sister of Bestival. Also held at Lulworth. this is more of a family and child friendly festival. Camp Bestival features a variety of activities and entertainment across the four days.
As well as live music, the festival offers comedy shows, literature programmes, a kids area, workshops and performances. Headliners and performances this year include Madness, All Saints, Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds and the Lightning Seeds. Out of all the festivals on the list, this one will be the one that’s bursting with nostalgia.
Secret Garden Party | Mill Hill Farm, Cambridgeshire | 20th – 23rd July
The SGP started in 2004 with just one stage and 1,000 visitors and since then has dramatically increased in size. The festival still maintains it’s ethos of “decide your own life, don’t let another person run or rule you” amongst countless others.
This year’s headliners are Metronomy, Crystal Fighters and Toots and The Maytals. If you like peace and love and want release your inner hippy then this is definitely the festival for you!
And that is my round up. What festivals are you planning on visiting this year?