There is the usual glut of festivals taking place across the UK this summer catering for music fans of all stripes. So whether you’re into indie, Americana or folk, or want to go somewhere family-friendly, here’s our guide to some of the best of festivals on the block…
Latitude, July 13-16
Out of the all the festivals (including Glastonbury, Isle of Wight and V) offering star acts and music from the more mainstream end of the spectrum, Latitude remains one of the best. This year’s edition, at Henham Park in Southwold, features performances from Fleet Foxes, The 1975 and Placebo, and a whole day curated by Mumford & Sons, which comes as either a recommendation or a warning, depending on your point of view.
Parklife, June 10-11
Plenty of big name acts are heading to Manchester for this two-day festival in Heaton Park. Stormzy (above), Frank Ocean, Fatboy Slim and Jess Glynne will all be taking to the stage. For more information, go here.
Camp Bestival, July 27-30
This Dorset festival is aimed squarely at families and provides plenty of entertainment for all ages. For mums and dads, the line-up is a decent one, with Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson (above) performing Pet Sounds in its entirety. Kids will be equally amazed at seeing Mr Tumble or Dick and Dom live on stage. For more information, go here.
Red Rooster, June 1-3
Rhythm and blues, Americana, soul and country are very much the order of the day at this Suffolk festival. Nick Lowe is the biggest act on the bill and he’s ably supported by the likes of JD McPherson and Nick Waterhouse. A load of American-inspired food and drink will keep festival-goers filled up – bbq, unsurprisingly features prominently.
Green Man, August 17-20
This year marks Green Man’s 15th birthday and this brilliant festival in Glanusk Park, in the Breacon Beacons, continues to go from strength-to-strength. The music, distinctly indie in flavour, is always top notch and this year’s line-up is a cracker with Ryan Adams, The Shins, The Oh Sees and PJ Harvey just a handful of the artists scheduled to appear. If this sounds like your kind of festival, End of the Road is also worthy of consideration.
Festival No. 6, September 7-10
Another festival with an excellent line-up is Festival No. 6, which takes place, as its name hints, in Port Meirion, the Welsh coastal resort where cult TV series, The Prisoner, was filmed. The Flaming Lips, Bloc Party and Mogwai headline, with Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Wild Beasts and a special 50th anniversary celebration of Sgt Pepper also on the bill.
Cambridge Folk Festival, July 27-30
One of the longest established festivals on the circuit, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014 and has been hosted at the Cherry Hinton Hall every year since 1965. As ever, there’s a mix of bands from across the folk range, with luminaries such as Martin Simpson (above), Shirley Collins and Loudon Wainwright III joined on the bill by whippersnappers like Ward Thomas and Jake Bugg. Find out more here.
TRNSMT, July 7 -9
With Scotland’s most famous music festival, T in the Park, taking a break, TRNSMT, in Glasgow Green, is hoping to fill the void. Bagging Radiohead as headliners is a decent coup for starters.