In our Lux Guide: UK’s Best Festivals 2015 we cover the top festivals from all over the country, from the Isle of Wight Festival in June to Wales’ Festival No. 6 in September. Pharrell Williams, Calvin Harris and Kanye West are just some of the amazing artists that will grace the stage this summer. Let’s get this show on the road!
Isle of Wight Festival
Dates: 11th June – 14th June
Location: Seaclose Park
The Isle of Wight Festival celebrates its 14th year and is one of the biggest in the UK summer calendar. This year the festival takes place on 11th to 14th June at Seaclose Park and the line-up includes Fleetwood Mac, Blur, The Prodigy, The Black Keys, Pharrell Williams, Paolo Nutini, Jessie Ware and many more. The unique festival has 12 stages of live music over the weekend alongside a variety of entertainment and activities such as the Bohemian Woods, Intoxicated Tea Rooms and Hipshaker.
Dates: 11th June – 14th June
The critically acclaimed underground electronic music festival Gottwood takes place deep in the Anglesey forest. The festival has a mix of rising talent and seasoned veterans and this year’s line-up includes dBridge, Margaret Dygas, Maxxi Soundsystem, PBR Streetgang and Subb-an.
Dates: 12th June -14th June
Location: Donington Park
The biggest weekend festival for rock and metal arrives at Donington Park on 12th June for three days of head banging music. Headlining the event are Slipknot, Muse and KISS, along with the likes of Enter Shikari, A Day To Remember, Black Veil Brides, Lamb Of God, Marilyn Manson, Rise Against The Machines and many more.
Dates: 24th June – 28th June
The legendary festival kicks off its 45th year and attracts some of the biggest names in music from across all genres. The top headliners for Friday, Saturday and Sunday night are Foo Fighters, Kanye West and The Who however they’ll be plenty of other big names to enjoy including George Ezra, Deadmau5, Florence and the Machine, Mark Ronson and Pharrell Williams to name a few. Glastonbury is a must for any festival goer this summer and has lots of other areas to enjoy such as techno stages, acoustic lounges and Latino tents.
T In The Park
Dates: 10th June – 12th June
Named after the Scottish Brewery, Tennants, this popular festival has recently moved to Stathallan Castle in Perthshire. Having just received planning permission for this new location, it was held at a disued airfield in Kinross-shire since 1997. The event will take place on the weekend of 10 – 12th July and feature headliners such as Kasabian, David Guetta, Noel Gallagher’s High Fyling Birds and The Prodigy. The festival includes five stages and don’t forget to check out King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent which has been home to many iconic artists over the years.
Dates: 16th July – 19th July
Location: Henham Park
Taking place in Henham Park near Suffolk, this festival has a continental vibe closer to something you may find in European events. It includes four stages with headliners alt-J, Portishead and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. The legendary Boomtown Rats with Bob Geldof are also set to make an appearance. The event takes place from Thursday 16th July to Sunday 19th July and includes the full spectrum of arts with theatre, comedy and dance performances to name a few.
Secret Garden Party
Dates: 23rd July – 26th July
“Escape the world that wants us to grow-up (and behave); and explore what we all left behind.” That’s the invitation from The Secret Garden Party, set up in 2004 as a unique alternative to mainstream festivals. Taking place in Huntingdon, the event is a celebration of art, hedonism and childish fun. There’s a huge lineup of acts including Jungle, Natty, David Rodigan and Roots Manuva to name a few. There will also be plenty to keep you busy and laughing including goat racing, fire walking and mud wrestling.
Dates: 24th July – 26th July
Location: Charlton Park
WOMAD hosts the hottest musicians and aspiring new talent from around the globe and is perfect for the whole family. The Open Air stage is where all the music happens including artists such as De La Soul, Laura Mvula, Souad Massi and many more. There’s lots of other tents and activities to enjoy including the All Singing All Dancing Tent that has everything going on from yoga to sabar dance lessons.
Dates: 1st August
Location: Hatfield House
Eastern Electrics is the biggest celebration of underground house and techno music taking place in Hatfield House on 1st August. The festival attracts big names from the world of house and techno including Jamie Jones, DJ EZ, Richy Ahmed, Steve Lawler, tINI and many more. There will be with 8 stages of underground music including from the likes of Black Butter Records, Sankeys and Skreamizm.
Dates: 5th August – 9th August
Celebrating the best in dance and electro music, Boardmasters is the UK’s biggest surf and music festival which kicks off in Newquay this summer. Headliners Faithless will be joined by other big name acts including Rudimental, Bastille, Clean Bandit, Groove Armada and De La Soul. If you want to take a break from the music, there’s surfing competitions around the area for you to watch on the beach.
Dates: 6th August – 9th August
Location: Cornbury Park
Wilderness is a great festival suitable for all ages and celebrates music, food, theatre and wellbeing. Bjork and Ben Howard are this year’s big names but there’s also talks, workshops and a cookery school to attend. Spanning over 3 days in August, this is a great festival for those looking for more than just music.
Dates: 13th August – 16th August
Location: Matterley Estate
BoomTown has been growing and growing since its launch in 2009 to become one of the UK’s wildest independent festivals. There’s all kinds of music going on here including ska, folk, gypsy, reggae, world, punk, pirate and disco to electro-swing, jazz, blue-grass, bass, jungle and techno. Joining headliner Stephen Marley is SOJA, Flogging Molly and many more.
Green Man Festival
Dates: 20th August – 23th August
Location: Brecon Beacons
Set in the breathtaking beauty of the Welsh countryside, Green Man Festival is an event suitable for the whole family and celebrates music, freedom and having fun. This year’s line-up consists of Hot Chip, Super Furry Animals, St. Vincent, Slow Drive and more. For those looking to take a break from the music, there are comedy shows with some of the best rising talent including Rob Newman, Sara Pascoe and Elis James.
Dates: 22nd August – 23rd August
Celebrating its 20th birthday, V Festival returns to Chelmsford bigger than ever. Calvin Harris, The Script, Sam Smith, Kasabian and Ellie Goulding are just a few of the names who’ll be entertaining festival goers this summer. Alongside the main event, there’s also dance tents and comedy tents with Frankie Boyle, Russell Howard and Nick Helm performing.
Dates: 28th August – 30th August
Location: Richfield Avenue
Taking place on August Bank Holiday weekend, one of the biggest festivals of the summer returns with host of music from a wide range of genres. Performing at this year’s festival are Mumford & Sons, Metallica, The Libertines, Kendrick Lamar, Bastille and tons more. All ages are welcome at the festival, but there are restrictions for under 16’s.
Dates: 27th August – 31st August
Taking place at a secret location in the Northamptonshire countryside, Shambala offers a variety of entertainment across 12 live stages. With over 200 musical acts, world-class cabaret, workshops, comedy and inspirational talks, there’s something for the whole family.
Dates: 28th August – 30th August
Creamfields is located in the heart of Cheshire, between Liverpool and Manchester and attracts some of the biggest names is house and dance music. This year’s line-up includes Armin Van Buuren, Avicii, The Chemical Brothers and Tiësto. There’s also some great glamping opportunities available including the ‘Dreamfields’ pre-erected tents with access to hot showers!
Festival no. 6
Dates: 3rd September – 6th September
Claimed to be “the most jaw-droppingly stunning festival site you will ever see” Festival no.6 has a beautiful backdrop of mountains, forests and sea and showcases art and culture activities alongside its music event. Since the event began in 2012, they have seen some great acts including Chic, Manic Street Preachers and New Order. This is also a family friendly event with designated areas for children and family-only camping areas. The surrounding woods and fields come alive with cool and unusual venues featuring intimate performances from all sorts of artists from authors to filmakers.
Dates: 10th September – 13th September
Location: Isle of Wight
Organised by DJ and record producer Rob Da Bank, this award winning festival takes place at a country park on the Isle of Wight. With a huge lineup of what is described as ‘mind expanding music’, major acts this year include The Chemical Brothers, Duran Duran, Mark Ronson and Annie Mac. The festival is a creative masterpiece with unique stages and venues including a Bollywood tent, the Magic Meadow, Wishing Tree Field and a land-locked port. It all makes for an experience that is totally unique and will keep you smiling long after the party finishes.