Summer has arrived, you've pulled out your sandals and dresses, and and your (admittedly pale) legs have come out of hibernation. Barbecues, sunnies, and sunscreen, are all crucial elements for the summer season, but we mustn't forget one of the best things about this time of the year. It's time to wear as much glitter as Ke$ha in 2009, dance till your feet hurt, and inevitably end up wearing a rain poncho covered in mud (who doesn't love a good rain poncho). That's right, it's festival season!
Need some help picking your perfect festival? We'll let us help. Here's our lineup of Britains best:
Field Day is exactly what it sounds like: a day of crazy fun in a big ol' field. Located in Londons own Victoria Park, this festival attracts people from all over the UK and the rest of the world. It's no wonder, given their increasingly impressive lineups and array of stages. This year they're introducing a new stage called The Barn in a HUGE hangar type structure, which will be headlined by electronic music giant, Aphex Twin. Go for the music, or just for the food. With food trucks as far as the eye can see, and an entire beer festival worth of brewers attending, nobody will be going hungry or thirsty here!
Boomtown isn't your ordinary festival. It's like a theme park and festival mixed together. It's stages rival that of Disneyland or a Hollywood movie set, and the performances take on an extremely theatrical nature. Located in South Downs National Park, the Boomtown Fair takes over the entire city where it resides. The moment you walk in you'll feel immersed in a sort of magical fantasy world, taken there by hundreds of actors dispersed throughout the crowds. It's hard to explain, but Boomtown is like no other, believe us!
Lovebox is another London Based Victoria Park festival (like Field Day). As the name would suggest, you can really feel the love at this one. People of all ages are welcome, and under 12 year olds can enter for free (though all under 18s need adult supervision) so Lovebox is a family favourite. This years' impressive lineup includes Mac Miller, Case and Status, Frank Ocean, Rag'n'Bone Man, Jamie XX, Solange, and tons more. Talk about star studded!
The Great Escape
The Great Escape is the only excuse we need to escape the city and head to the seaside! Set in Brighton, this festival is known for showcasing new talent, and giving emerging artists a platform for public performance. The Great Escape is a bit of a mecca for those who love a more underground music scene, and want to discover some new faves in more intimate settings than your typical festival. Plus, its a great chance to explore one of the most beautiful cities in the UK, and get some smashing fish and chips while you're at it!
Okay okay, so this one is technically not in Britain, but Wales is close enough right? The location is what makes the Green Man Festival really incredible. Set in the Brecon Beacon Mountains, forests, waterfalls and rivers, this isn't just a chance to listen to some great tunes, but a chance to get back in touch with nature (in some chic bell tent accommodation if you so please). The vibes at Green Man are more chilled out and relaxed than a lot of other festivals. Eat, drink, be merry, and enjoy an array of music, comedy, and literature acts.
Wireless is a pop and hip hop festival with one of the most impressive lineups out there. Based in London, hip hops finest flock to this festival year after year, as do thousands of festival goers, ready for a good time. With this year featuring acts like The Weekend, Chance the rapper, Fetty Wap, Tyga, Young Thug, and Sean Paul, is there really any need to say more? If you like hip hop, you'll be there.
Escape from the city and set up camp at Latitude in Suffolk. This festival is family friendly and has major feel good factor. It's like a big chilled out camping trip, only with thousands of other people. The lakeside festival has more of a relaxed hold when it comes to bringing your own booze, and provides music options from pretty much every genre you can think of (even classical music if it takes your fancy). This year Latitude will be frequented by Mumford and Sons, The 1975, and Fleet Foxes. Sounding pretty good so far huh?
It seems only fitting that we would finish up our lineup with what you probably know as Britains biggest and best. Glastonbury welcomes a sell out crowd each and every year, and it's everything you'd ever want it to be. Massive headliners, amazing food, wonderful vibes, and celebrity spotting to boot. You'll be treated not only to the best music, but the best poets, motivational speakers, comedians, and more. Fashion lovers will also want to visit Glastonbury - it's known for fabulous festival looks! Dress the part, but don't forget your Hunter wellies, you'll need them!