Considering a festival this summer? Whatever your taste, the UK is home to many fantastic annual music festivals, with something to suit everyone. Whether you’re a seasoned attendee or new to the experience, it’s sure to be one of the highlights of your summer.
No list of UK Summer festivals would be complete without the inclusion of its biggest and best known - Glastonbury Festival.
The Pyramid Stage has played host to some of the world’s most iconic musicians over the years and remains one of the most coveted the world today. While the eclectic line-up draws in the crowds, it’s the ambience that brings fans back year after year. As well as the music, Glastonbury’s fields are home to performance arts, day and night entertainment, and vibrancy at every turn.
The lineup: The Killers, The Cure, Stormzy, Kylie Minogue, Janet Jackson, Tame Impala
When: 26th-30th June 2019
If heavy riffs are more your jam, Download is the festival for you. The iconic hard rock and heavy metal fest is one of the biggest of its kind, drawing in rockers from all over the world each summer.
The lineup features modern rock stars alongside legendary bands from generations past – don’t miss your chance to see all of the biggest names in rock and roll perform across Donnington Park’s five stages.
The lineup: Def Leppard, Slipknot, Tool, Rob Zombie, Halestrom, Slayer, Trivium
When: 14th-16th June 2019
One of the UK’s longest running music festivals, the Isle of Wight festival has been drawing in crowds to the islands for years and continues to secure an impressive lineup to this day.
Ideal for music fans with an eclectic taste, its stages host a variety of performers and bands of different musical genres, including indie, pop, and soft rock. The festival is popular among young revellers and families alike, featuring activities and entertainment for all ages over four-days.
The lineup: Noel Gallagher's High-Flying Birds, George Ezra, Biffy Clyro, Courteeners, Fatboy Slim, Lily Allen, Jess Glynne
When: 13th-16th June 2019
Where: Isle of Wight
Another festival that's about more than just the music, Latitude Festival offers everything from theatre and dance performances to comedy and poetry, all alongside its stellar musical line-ups.
With 13 arts areas, performance spaces and stages to explore, there’s something for everyone at Latitude. It’s this mix of eclectic entertainment makes Latitude ever-popular among festival-goers of all ages, and is one of the best options for families with kids.
The lineup: George Ezra, Snow patrol, Lana Del Rey, Underworld, Primal Scream, Slaves
When: 18th-21th July 2019
Last up on our list, Reading Festival – the world’s oldest popular music festival. Now paired with Leeds Festival, the two are held over the same weekend and feature the same bill of incredible performers.
Some of the biggest names in music have played Reading’s stages, and the festival guarantees a fantastic lineup every year. Though it was originally a rock festival, Reading has branched out to include a combination of genres as well as a whole host of entertainment and other acts that make the festival the ideal way to spend the August bank holiday.
The lineup: The 1975, Post Malone, Foo Fighters, Twenty One Pilots, Royal Blood, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
When: 23th-25th August 2019
Where: Reading & Leeds
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Whether you’re drawn by the musical line-ups, the various performances and entertainment, or just soaking up the festival atmosphere, the UK’s offering includes something for everyone.