The best music festivals in the UK

The best music festivals in the UK
 

The UK produces some of the best festivals in the world, the expression of creativity is constant hallmark throughout any successful festival on the UK festival scene. Replication of individuality and creativity is often attempted, leading to many festivals lacking their own identity and becoming subpar.

We're passionate about promoting organisers who are doing it for the right reasons, and setting them aside from organisers those who are simply looking for quick cash. The festivals listed below all pride themselves on providing unforgettable experiences, these are the best music festivals in the UK.

Bestival

7th - 10th September 2017, Dorset

 Bestival's 2016 headliners were Hot Chip, Major Lazer, Wiz Khalifa and Sean Paul.

Bestival's 2016 headliners were Hot Chip, Major Lazer, Wiz Khalifa and Sean Paul.

Bestival is avant-garde, whimsical and nonsensical and perhaps the festival in the UK where everybody is most on the same wave-length, good time vibes. The fact that Bestival is generally considered to be the last festival on the UK festival calendar could have something to do with intense good-time-factor, but no matter the reason it is the perfect statement ending.

Boomtown Fair

10th - 13th August 2017, Winchester

 Boomtown Fair's 2016 headliners were Madness, Damien Marley and Leftfield.

Boomtown Fair's 2016 headliners were Madness, Damien Marley and Leftfield.

Boomtown Fair is a patchwork-quilt of a festival, polarised-genres are separated by nothing but a few metres. No matter the genre though, the festival paints every experience with the 'Boomtown movement', an escape to a surreal, diverse and non-commercial world.

Download

9th - 11th June 2017, Derby

 Download's 2016 headliners were Rammstein, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden.

Download's 2016 headliners were Rammstein, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden.

Download really is a standalone, a festival on set firmly a single genre of music - all whilst having the size, impact and quality of a mainstream festival. If you like the overdrive button pressed firm down on your music, then the experience of Download is non-comparable to anything else you'll find in the UK.

Festival No. 6

7th - 10th September 2017, North Wales

 Festival No. 6's 2016 headliners were Bastille, Hot Chip and Noel Gallagher.

Festival No. 6's 2016 headliners were Bastille, Hot Chip and Noel Gallagher.

Festival No. 6's 2016 headliners were Bastille, Hot Chip and Noel Gallagher.

Festival No. 6 is a festival like no other and that is mainly to do with the location, the curious replica Italian village of Portmeirion. The festival integrates into the village seamlessly, making use of all of the structures, buildings and architecture to make it feel like every step, change of direction and head turn could unveil something you'll never forget. From conventional festival stages to floating stages in the woods, beach bars to castle bars, and performing arts of every kind Festival No. 6 truly is a festival like no other.

Glastonbury

21st - 25th June 2017, Somerset

 Glastonbury's 2016 headliners were Muse, Adele and Coldplay.

Glastonbury's 2016 headliners were Muse, Adele and Coldplay.

Glastonbury's 2016 headliners were Muse, Adele and Coldplay.

Glastonbury the ultimate UK festival because it is every single type of festival rolled into one. You can shape your time at Worthy Farm into any kind of experience you want, or you roll with it and discover the surprises, hidden areas and constant chaos Glastonbury has to offer.

Green Man

17th - 20th August 2017, South Wales

 Green Man's 2016 headliners were Belle & Sebastian, James Blake, Laura Marling and Wild Beasts.

Green Man's 2016 headliners were Belle & Sebastian, James Blake, Laura Marling and Wild Beasts.

Green Man is set in the stunning Brecon Beacons’ Black Mountains, the escapist vibe of the remote surrounding stain every person as they the festival. Time simply moves slower at Green Man and because of that it is impossible to not feel engaged with your surroundings.

Latitude

13th - 16th July 2017, Suffolk

 Latitude's 2016 headliners were The Maccabees, The National and New Order.

Latitude's 2016 headliners were The Maccabees, The National and New Order.

The quintessentially British festival offers unrivalled variety for a festival of its size, every imaginable performing art is being expressed in the vicinity around you.

Secret Garden Party

20th - 23rd July 2017, Cambridgeshire

 Secret Garden Party's 2016 headliners were Caribou, Air and Primal Scream.

Secret Garden Party's 2016 headliners were Caribou, Air and Primal Scream.

Secret Garden Party is a three-day-long 'do what you feel' party, with almost every opportunity you'd want to be presented to you being presented to you at some over your weekend.

Sound City

27th - 28th May 2017, Liverpool

 Sound City's 2016 headliners were Catfish and the Bottlemen and The Coral.

Sound City's 2016 headliners were Catfish and the Bottlemen and The Coral.

Sound City took a drastically different approach to festivals and is now considered the best metropolitan festival in the UK. The setting of the Liverpool wet-docklands combined with the use of abandoned warehouses, bridges and huge boats allows Sound City to take you out of the real world and into a festival environment, something that nearly all other metropolitan festivals fail to do.

Wilderness

3rd - 6th August 2017, Oxfordshire

 Wilderness' 2016 headliners were Robert Plant, The Flaming Lips and Crystal Fighters.

Wilderness' 2016 headliners were Robert Plant, The Flaming Lips and Crystal Fighters.

Wilderness is an elegant and grand affair from the moment you enter the festival site. Your weekend comprises the finer things, things you could only wish for at a festival - hot tubs, relaxation sessions and banquets.