Guide: Top 10 UK Festivals
Festival season is fast approaching with the long-established players mixing it up with some newcomers to present the UK with an unbelievable amount of choice. London has its fair share of music-based festivals this year, as always, while up and down the country there are countless events on offer – we’re spoilt for choice and some of you may be a little bit confused as to which to spend your hard-earned cash on, so we’ve compiled a list of 10 choice festivals to get stuck into this season…
We Are FSTVL
Last year We Are FSTVL announced themselves on the UK festival map with a ridiculous line-up spread across tonnes of stages. It went down as possibly one of the best festival debuts in history and won them the ‘Best New Festival’ trophy at this year’s Festival Awards. This year they’re back and aiming to top 2013’s astounding debut… let’s see how they get on..
Eastern Electrics 2014
After almost biting the dust following last year’s immense Eastern Electrics festival, the brand returns for summer 2014. The company went into liquidation after last year’s epic line-up left them out of pocket, however they’re back and already promising to be one of the summer’s main events with a few performers already announced, including Kerri Chandler, Ellen Allien and tINI.
Last year was Found’s inaugural event and they didn’t do too badly, taking over part of Haggerston Park in east London with an impressive line-up spread across three stages. This year they’re back and, of course, bigger than before with Moodymann, Damian Lazarus, Magda and tonnes more of the industry’s most popular names. Let’s hope the rain stays away this time..
The UK’s longest running music festival is back again this year for another epic run. To list all the acts that will be appearing would take us until next year, rest assured whatever floats your boat, you’ll be able to find it at Glasto. Besides all the music stages, there are endless opportunites for fun and games across the entire site.
A playground for grown-ups down on the Isle Of Wight, Bestival enters its 11th year in 2014 following a mammoth celebration for its 10th anniversary last year which saw a headline performance from Elton John no less. Outkast, Candi Staton and Chic are among an endless list of acts who’ll be setting things off at this year’s festival.
Another London-based festival that has gone from strength to strength, Lovebox has had a rebrand this year and looks set to really push things forward with their summertime event. Kelis rocked the crowd at 2013’s edition, this year’s line-up is slowly being filtered to the public but you can bet it’ll be even bigger than last year’s.
Secret Garden Party
Touted by many as their favourite UK festival, SGP combines brilliant music with an immersive environment and mind-blowing production. The intricate attention to detail of the event’s organisers is probably the main reason for going, it’s an experience you will get at no other festival in the UK, that’s for sure.
Taking place in the Leciestershire countryside Noisily caters for the more discerning electronic music crowd with a healthy balance of techno and house. With acts like Slam, 2562, Session Victim, Greg Wilson and TEED on the line-up you know you’re in for a great old time.
Field Day has been operating in London’s Victoria Park for a few years now and their open-minded approach to music curation brings in a diverse crowd, with young and old mingling with one another as indie acts play a stone’s throw away from some of the techno scene’s better know names. Essential for anyone in east London and beyond.
Now entering its fifth year, Farr is a brilliant little boutique event that takes place out in the woods, just outside of London. It’s one of those rare events that manages to combine a great location with amazing music and a spot on crowd. Hercules & Love Affair, Robert Owens and Gentleman’s Dub Club are among the acts on the ever reliable line-up for this festival.
Another one of those festivals that everyone who has visited will bang on about for years and years after their experience. Boomtown is literally a temporary town, set up on the Mattersley Estate in Winchester. Organisers create a pop-up city, which serves as party central over the course of three intense and fun-filled days. The music is top notch as well with stuff ranging from DnB to happy hardcore on the menu.