For live music lovers, summer marks the time where festivals happen almost every weekend. In the UK there’s the chance to see both foreign and homegrown talent live in the rare British sun. To find out which summer festivals are the top ones in the UK, no matter your music tastes, keep reading.
1. Isle of Wight
Probably the most historic music event of all, the Isle of Wight Festival (held on the island where its name comes from) has been going for 50 years. It hosted some of the biggest headliners in history, such as Bob Dylan and The Doors in its first years. The most common comparison it gets is to Woodstock. There’s a reason why over 60,000 people attend every year – it’s one of the most comprehensive festivals for any music lover. The festival is family-friendly too, so it may be a good fit for parents who don’t want to miss out on the fun.
Held in beautiful grounds in the Suffolk countryside, this UK festival boasts world-class music acts. There’s also lots to keep a festival goer occupied when they aren’t soaking in the tunes. Comedy acts, for example, make sure the laughs keep going well into the night over the long weekend. The music acts are a range of Britpop, pop, and indie rockers. If you’re going with a group, there’s bound to be an act for everyone. Top tip: check out the Ed Miliband podcast for something different, then cool off with a swim in the lake with friends.
Wireless is the UK festival to go to if you’re looking for edgy urban tunes. The music has a suitably gritty backdrop in the form of its North London location, Finsbury Park. Acts range from local favorites like Stormzy to international acts such as J. Cole. Any hip-hop or R&B lover will be in heaven, with fellow attendees a mix of younger people with insane energy levels. Even the acts themselves, like Chance the Rapper, have to admit that the crowd is the coolest. What more endorsement do you need?
Dance people, this one is for you. Creamfields is a legendary summer institution with genres ranging from grime and drum & bass to EDM, house, and trance. Expect acts like UK DJ legend Carl Cox, Diplo, Major Lazer, and Martin Garrix. To enhance the experience there’s plenty of pyrotechnics and the light shows will immerse you even more fully into the music.
5. British Summer Time
Held in Hyde Park, this festival has everything. Royals like Prince Harry in attendance, plus a festival atmosphere right in the heart of Central London, make for an unforgettable event. Music legends that can be appreciated by those who have aged out of the teenage festival market, such as Phil Collins, appear here often. Other highlights include The Cure, Roger Waters from Pink Floyd, and Eric Clapton. More modern popular artists like Bruno Mars also make an appearanc