The best summer music festivals in 2017

A curated guide to the British festival circuit

Music

19 Jun 2017

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 
The Latitude stage (Getty)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.

Camp Bestival, July 27-30

Brian Wilson performing liveThis 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.

Green Man, August 17-20 

Green Man 2016This 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
Festival No.6 in full swing 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
martin simpsonOne 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
Radiohead playing live 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.


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