Written by Rahoul Naik, Eli Sulaiman, and Jack Andrew Cribb
As we ease our way into the spring months, it is time we start talking about festivals. These hedonistic and sweaty weekends are a key feature of the music scene, they are the lifeblood of music lovers, the soul of the music industry, and something we all admit to loving just a bit too much.
With an array of festivals all over both the UK and the world, we have undertaken the mammoth job of bringing you twelve of the finest UK festivals that you HAVE to add to your list for this year.
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Field Day – June 3rd
Average ticket price – £64.50
Headliners – Aphex Twin, King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard, Run The Jewels, Lady Leshurr
Best of the rest – Death Grips, Omar Souleyman, Flying Lotus, Clams Casino, Abra
Field Day Festival, situated in the picturesque Victoria Park, has been running every year since 2007, bringing in larger and large crowds each time it appears, with ticket allocation selling out every time. The festival has had an incredibly diverse and talented range of artists and musicians play on its stages; many names you may have never heard of.
Trust me, your playlists looking threadbare? Check out the lineup for each year of Field Day and pick music to listen to at random, you won’t be disappointed.
This year Field Day returns this year to Victoria Park on June 3rd. The festival will host Village Mentality, a fete with its own lineup and copious amounts of games, a glorious selection of food and drink, and of course, a fantastic selection of music to groove to.
You can find more information on Field Day here.
Download – 9th – 11th June
Average ticket price – £97.50
Headliners – System Of A Down, Biffy Clyro, Aerosmith
Best of the rest – Mastadon, A Day To Remember, Sum 41, Kvelertak, Coheed And Cambria, Touché Amoré, Four Year Strong
Everyone’s favourite and dirtiest festival celebrating the best of Rock music is returning this year to the hallowed ground that is Donington Park. From the 9th to the 11th of June expect nothing but riffs, basslines, mad beats, and sore throats.
The Festival itself has been running since 2003, and has hosted some of Rock’s biggest names, such as Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, AC/DC, and Guns N’ Roses, to name but a few. As the Festival runs for three days, it usually demands attendees camp and not wash (don’t kid yourself, we all know how festivals go down), but don’t let that spoil your fun, as this year’s Download is set to be one of the loudest festivals of this year.
Check out the Download website here for more information.
Reading and Leeds – 25th -27th
Average ticket price – £119
Headliners – Kasabian, Eminem, Muse
Best of the rest – Rat Boy, TokiMonsta, Danny Brown, Flatbush Zombies, Marmozets, While She Sleeps, Ray Blk, Wiley
Music Festival siblings Reading and Leeds return this year to their abodes of Little John’s Farm and Bramham Park respectively, mish-mashing the best of many genres. Rock, punk, indie, hip-hop, and grime will be gracing the stages of these famous festivals over a three-day period.
It’s not all just music though, at Reading and Leeds display tonnes of other audacious pastimes to sink your proverbial teeth into. There are silent discos, comedy shows, an eclectic array of food and drink, and a funfair, a goddamn funfair – I mean, that should be enough right? Not a fan of a headliner? Get yourself on a ride.