We’re spoiled for choice when it comes to amazing festivals these days. Whether you’re intrigued by the escapism and culture of Latitude or considering the muddy, heavy metal-filled fields of Download, finding your next festival fix can sometimes feel like a minefield.
Broadening our options even more, festival tourism – the trend of traveling abroad for festivals – is also on the up.
Traveling to a foreign festival is officially the hottest way to soak up all the summer excitement in 2015, and there are tons of faraway lineups tugging on our heartstrings. If you’re thinking of heading to the UK for a slice of their festival action, here are 10 music events you don’t want to miss.
There’s something special about Bestival that’s tricky to put your finger on. Maybe it’s the way the organizers have managed to blend the epic atmosphere of big festivals like Glastonbury with the intimacy of a boutique festival. Or maybe it’s the consistently incredible lineup, which boasts names like Outkast, Foals, Beck, and Disclosure this year. Whatever it is, Bestival is the place to be this season. Just make sure to factor in a ferry ride from mainland UK to the festival’s Isle of Wight location when making your travel plans.
Dancing shoes at the ready! Creamfields has long been the go-to for British ravers and 2015 is set to be no different. Avicii, The Chemical Brothers, and Knife Party are among the acts appearing during the August weekend as lovers of dance descend on the iconic grounds for another year.
Love all things metal, rock, and punk? Download Festival is the undisputed mecca for fans of heavier sounds, with Slipknot, Muse, and KISS heading up another killer lineup this June. While the weather can be unpredictable, the mosh pits at Donington never disappoint.
The wild and wonderful world of EDC returns to Milton Keynes this July with some of the very best DJs from around the world on hand to soundtrack the action. From the stunning stage setups to the all-out lights shows, this is a weekend you’ll never forget.
Like Bestival, a trip to the Isle of Wight Festival requires a quick ferry ride from mainland UK. It’s well worth the 30-minute trip, though, especially if you have a taste for rock, pop, and discovering new music. With its exotic island location, history of counterculture activism, and performances by Billy Idol, Fleetwood Mac, The Prodigy, and Pharrell, it’s a failsafe way to experience everything that’s great about British festivals.
With its comprehensive combination of art, comedy, theatre, dance, literature, and – of course – music, Latitude Festival has something for everyone. Perfect for families on holiday or young urbanites seeking a weekend escape from the rat race, Latitude and its secluded field location are your ticket to ultimate relaxation.
If classic rock, prog, country and blues are your thing, Ramblin Man Fair has your ultimate summer schedule sorted. As usual, festival organizers The Rock Collective and TeamRock have put together another world-class event. Factor in some seriously good beer and performances from Scorpions, Dream Theater, and Saxon, and we needn’t say much more.
The epitome of British festival season for many, Reading and Leeds is the ultimate destination for fans of rock, metal, punk, dance, urban and indie alike. In addition to its unbeatable lineup, the festival also offers tons of comedy and campsite action to keep everyone entertained. Metallica, Mumford & Sons, and The Libertines will headline the quintessential event during British Bank Holiday weekend this August.
If you’re still looking for August Bank Holiday plans in the UK, South West Four is a must for fans of electronic music. Widely considered to be the holy grail of European EDM festivals, SW4 2015 is set to be even bigger than ever, with an increased capacity and a thrilling bill of DJs and live acts.
Soak of the spirit of the South Coast at Somersault. Set in Castle Hill, North Devon, this three-day festival will feature music from Laura Marling, Bombay Bicycle Club, Passenger Crystal Fighters, and loads more. The festival also offers spectacular circus and dance performances, as well as plenty of breathtaking outdoor activities around the Devon coastline. Expect stunning views from your tent.