- Published: 28 April 2017
So we’re a third of the way through 2017. Christmas seems like a distance memory. School and college exams period is looming.
So, to give you something to look forward to, we take a look at some of the must-visit-festivals happening in the UK this summer.
Despite the trek from Sussex to Somerset, Glastonbury is one of the world’s biggest music festivals, showcasing some of the world’s best artists. This year, Glastonbury will not disappoint – a massive variety of musicians, with headline acts including, alternative greats Radiohead, rock gods Foo Fighters performing on the infamous Pyramid Stage, and current pop sensation Ed Sheeran who’s 2017 album ‘÷’ broke records by selling 432,000 copies in the first 3 days. Legends The Jacksons and Chic are also booked for this year, proving that there is always something for everyone.
Continuing to go from strength to strength each year, Wireless is fast becoming one of the nation’s favourite festivals. Set to attract massive audiences to Finsbury Park once again this year, R&B and Hip-Hop superstars dominate the line-up. Chance the Rapper, Skepta, The Weeknd and Nas will all headline over the weekend, and with tickets at £60 a day, they’re expected to be snapped up very quickly.
Lovebox promises to offer two days of quality entertainment with weekend tickets at £125 - a bit of a steal really! Headline acts include Frank Ocean, who’s 2016 album ‘Blonde’ was widely received as one of the best albums of the year, Solange, younger sister of Queen B, and up and coming artist Rag’n’Bone Man, all taking to the main stage at the festival. A wide selection of artists and entertainment ensure that yet again, Lovebox will entice audiences from all over.
New to the UK for this summer, Afropunk will fly across the pond after its success in the US. Described as the ‘most multicultural festival in the USA’, Afropunk will aim to enlighten the younger generation with a unique new festival. Over the weekend there will be a varied selection of music from the raw tunes of singer-songwriter Lianne la Havas to the sensational Thundercat, topped off with elements of soul, hip-hop and grime with JME, Willow Smith and Corrine Bailey Rae. £90 for two days of ‘full Afropunk festival experience’ makes it a must attend this summer.
V Festival attracts some of the biggest names in music to its weekend festival, which is run simultaneously in Staffordshire and Essex, each year. This year is no different, with Pink and Jay-z headlining Saturday and Sunday night. Arguably one of the greatest rappers of all time, Jay-Z is expected to attract a huge crowd and put on an unforgettable show. The mid-August weekend is usually kind with weather and has something for all the family, including a dedicated stage for comedy, with some of the best comedians performing, such as Joe Lycett and runner up of ‘I’m a Celebrity’ Joel Dommett, ready to make audiences laugh.
If you’d like to stay local, then we’ve found a few extra that might take your fancy…
Now in its third year, Wildlife Festival, just outside of Brighton is fast becoming one of the most popular on the South Coast. Set up and run by the rudimental gang and dance duo Disclosure, Wildlife festival attracts a whole host of top artists to the sunny (we hope) South Coast. This year the festival will be headlined by Fatboy Slim, Jess Gylnne, Dizzie Rascal and Stormzy, each offers something different and a wide range of music bringing in a variety of music fans. With a weekend ticket at the price of £115 and tickets for individual days also available at £65 you are guaranteed to get your money’s worth at this fantastic festival.
A brand new festival will take over the newly crowned ‘Pier of the Year’ in Hastings this summer. Zooquariam will feature over 30 of the best musicians that the South East has to offer as the festival rocks Hastings Pier in July. The festival, mainly aimed at young people, is being headlined by NME’s ‘2016 Best New Artist’ Rat Boy, who’s high energy show should not to be missed. The festival also offers a chance for local bands and musicians to reach a wider audience. The charismatic Blair and will play his revamps of timeless classics, and Dr Savage will provide a taste of Mardi Gras. Tickets are £15, so grab one quickly so you don’t miss a day of magnificent music, delicious food and drink, and of course, sun!
One Love Festival, rounds off festival season, and this year is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Arguably the biggest Reggae and Ska festival in the country, One Love attracts people from far and wide to its family friendly festival. The festival this year is being headlined by Reggae legends Derrick Morgan, U Roy and Horace Andy as well as a long list of artists that will provide three days of great music. The festival is also famous for its delicious authentic cuisine from all around the world. Tickets are predicted to sell rapidly with early bird tickets for the whole weekend priced at only £110.