The Red Arrows at the Isle of Wight Festival (Getty)

    Summer music festivals 2018: a guide

    20 February 2018

    Glastonbury is having a year off, but there are still plenty of music festivals heading our way this summer. Here’s our guide to the best of them, featuring information on line-ups, dates and how to book ahead…

    Isle of Wight

    The revived Isle of Wight festival is now one of the most popular mainstream music festivals on the circuit and this year’s 50th anniversary edition features huge acts, including The Killers, Depeche Mode and Liam Gallagher. Van Morrison and Manic Street Preachers are also on the bill. June 21-24, tickets available here


    One of the best established of Britain’s summer festivals returns to Henham Park in Suffolk with a line-up featuring The Killers, Wolf Alice and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man. Mogwai and The Breeders will also be worth catching, as will the magnificent Harry Hill, who headlines the comedy stage. July 13-15, tickets available here

    Liam Gallagher (Getty)

    Green Man

    Out of all Britain’s big summer festivals, Green Man is consistently boasts the best and most eclectic line-up of bands. This year Grizzly Bear, The War on Drugs and Fleet Foxes are among the acts heading to the Brecon Beacons. August 16-19, tickets available here

    Reading and Leeds

    A minor stir was caused when rapper Kendrick Lamar was named as one of the headliners of this traditionally rock-orientated festival, but they’ll still be plenty of loud riffs to go around courtesy of Kings of Leon, Fall Out Boy and more. August 24-26, tickets available here

    British Summer Time

    The annual Hyde Park residency returns and a couple of the shows are already sold out (Eric Clapton and The Cure). Other headliners you can still grab a ticket to see include Paul Simon, Roger Waters and Bruno Mars. July 6-15, tickets available here

    Festival No.6 (Getty)

    Festival No.6

    A brilliant festival that takes over Portmeirion, the village where The Prisoner was filmed, every September is back with bands including The The, Franz Ferdinand and The Horrors on their way to Wales. September 6-9, tickets available here

    Field Day

    Another London-based festival, with this two-day bash taking place in Brockwell Park this year. Erykah Badu is set to be star of the show, with the line-up also featuring Gilles Peterson, Cornelius and Charlotte Gainsbourg. June 2-3, tickets available here


    The line-up for this year’s Wilderness, the idyllic boutique festival in Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire, includes Nile Rodgers and Chic, Jon Hopkins and Bastille, with Yottam Ottolenghi’s ‘wood-fired banquet’ on the opening night shoring up the festival’s firm middle class credentials. August 2-5. Tickets available here

    Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys (Getty)


    This Glasgow festival, running on different weekends throughout June and July, has scored a line-up of massive headliners including Arctic Monkeys, Stereophonics and the Killers. June 29-30, July 1, 6 and 8, tickets available here


    Another regular fixture in the festival year is taking up residence in Dorset’s Lulworth Estate in early August. Headliners include London Grammar, Grace Jones and M.I.A. The family-friendly version, Camp Bestival at Lulworth Castle, is on in late July. August 2-5, tickets available here