These are the festivals you should hit up this summer if you know what’s good for you
The sun is out and I’m buying my tickets now
Figuring out what festival you want to go to is the first obstacle of the summer, next comes actually convincing your flaky friendship group to get tickets but I can't help you with that, I'm afraid.
So, to make this job easier for you, we've collated a list of our fave festivals which you should be considering this summer. There's a lot of choice, with everything from the Oxfordshire countryside to Amsterdam, from techno to drum & bass. But it's a start.
Don't @ me if you still can't decide.
Sound City (5th-6th May, Liverpool)
What's the vibe? This is where the Liverpool students will be welcoming in the summer season in the Baltic Triangle. The vibe is inner city indie.
The line up: DMA's, Peace, The Slow Readers Club, Sunset Sons, Baxter Dury, Idles, The Night Café, Picture This, Jaws, Superorganism and many more.
The price: A full weekend ticket costs £60.50 and are available here.
Forbidden Forest (6th May, Leicestershire)
What's the vibe? The ideal getaway for students at Nottingham or Loughborough, this day festival in a hidden enchanted forest will let you forget about your responsibilities for at least day.
The line up: Hannah Wants, Sonny Fodera, Danny Howard, Solardo, Darius Syrossian, Wilkinson, Hype b2b Hazard, DJ Q b2b Jamie Duggan, Skepsis and many more.
The price: Final release tickets are now on offer for £47.50 here.
All Points East (25th-27th May, Victoria Park, London)
What's the vibe? This three-day festival is running as a part of a wider ten-day event in London debuting this year. With a huge line up and hopefully some good weather this could be a keeper.
The line up: LCD Soundsystem, The XX, Björk, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Lorde, Beck, Phoenix, Justice, Father John Misty, Glass Animals, Sampha, Friendly Fires and many more.
The price: You can buy tickets for each day of the festival individually or a full weekend ticket for £169.95 here.
Love Saves the Day (26th-27th May, Bristol)
What's the vibe? The perfect way for Bristol UWE students to top off the academic year. Let loose you hippy freaks.
The line up: Fatboy Slim, Sampha, Loyle Carner, Bicep, Tom Misch, George Fitzgerald, David Rodigan, My Nu Leng, Four Tet, Floating Points, Shy FX, Horse Meat Disco and many more.
The price: Weekend tickets are currently on sale for £93.50 and are available here.
Field Day (1st-2nd June, Brixton)
What's the vibe? One of the cooler London day festivals, you'll find readers of Crack magazine and people who get invited to Boiler Room, but don't be intimidated, you can still sip on a rum and coke with your cute sunglasses on and take loads of pics for the Insta.
The line up: Loyle Carner, Mr Jukes, Earl Sweatshirt, Floating Points, Four Tet, Mount Kimbie, Princess Nokia, Nils Frahm and many more.
The price: Weekend tickets cost £89 and are available here.
Gala (Sunday 27th May, Peckham)
What's the vibe? For one day only, this bank holiday gem is perfect for a South London boogie in the sun. This is going to be 100 per cent good vibes. It doesn't come with all the downsides of heaving big London festival and has really outdone itself with the line up this year.
The line up: Derrick Carter, Midland, Horse Meat Disco, Honey Dijon, Mr. Scruff, Greg Wilson and many more.
Where: Peckham Rye Park.
The price: Tickets are only £35 which is an absolute steal. Get yourself one here.
Primavera (30th May-3rd June, Barcelona)
What's the vibe? With probably the best line up of any festival in the world this summer, how could you not go to Barcelona for this? That is my only question.
The line up: A$AP Rocky, Arctic Monkeys, Ariel Pink, Beach house, Belle and Sebastian, Björk, CHVRCHES, Floating Points, Four Tet, HAIM, Jon Hopkins, Jorja Smith, Lorde and many more.
The price: Weekend tickets are currently €215 and are available here.
Gottwood (7th-10th June, Anglesey)
What's the vibe? Think intimate, uni-hippy vibes, perfect for camping with a big group of your pals as you'll never lose anyone. The artists are small but you're guaranteed to discover a new love.
The line up: Hunee, Ben UFO, Mr. Scruff, Palms Trax, Romare, Craig Richards and many more.
The price: Tickets are currently £165 and are available here.
Parklife (9th-10th June, Heaton Park, Manchester)
What's the vibe? It's the best way to round off the academic year for Manchester students. Everyone treks across town in their wellies to let loose and get messy in the sunshine/mud before heading back into town for an after show or a party in Fallowfield.
The line up: Liam Gallagher, The XX, Skepta, Bonobo, Lorde, Jamie XX, Giggs, A$AP Rocky, Justice, Churches, Bugzy Malone, Four Tet and many more.
The price: Weekend tickets are currently going for £119.50 and are available here.
Lovebox (13th-14th June, Gunnersbury Park, London)
What's the vibe? A classic London park day festival, Lovebox has loads of fun features like hip hop karaoke, the chapel of love(box), beauty parlours and a vintage market. Perfect for the hip hop lover who can't get a day off work for a camping festival.
The line up: Childish Gambino, Skepta, N.E.R.D, Diplo, Annie Mac, Anderson Paak, Vince Staples, Mura Masa, Action Bronson, Bicep, Jon Hopkins, Shy FX and many more.
The price: Two day tickets are £115 and are available here.
Love International (June 27th-4th July, Croatia)
What's the vibe? Beach and boat parties during the day and a festival at night, you have to be in proper chilled holiday mode for this festival. It's definitely one of the most talked about festivals abroad this summer so don't miss out.
The line up: Avalon Emerson, Ben U.F.O, Bicep, Call Super, Craig Richards, Crazy P Soundsystem, Daniele Bandelli, DJ Tennis, Floating Points, Four Tet, Gerd Janson, Horse Meat Disco and many more.
The price: Tickets are now sold out but there is resale info on the website.
Farr Festival (5th-8th July, Hertfordshire)
What's the vibe? It's an electronic music festival in a forest in Hertfordshire. The scenery is beautiful and so are the people.
The line up: Mount Kimbie, Tom Misch, Dixon, Daphni, Hunee, Maribou State, Moodyman, Zip, George Fitzgerald (live) and many more.
The price: It's only £125 a ticket which is an absolute steal. Grab tickets here.
Nozstock (20th-22nd July, Herefordshire)
What's the vibe? Celebrating its 20th year of existence, this small festival is well-acclaimed and said to feel like a private party just with a shit load of people.
The line up: Chase & Status, Golfrapp, The Selecter, Dub Pistols, Macka B, Grandmaster Flash, S.P.Y, Black Sun Empire and many more.
The price: Full weekend tickets are £135 and are available here.
Soundwave (26th-30th July, Croatia)
What's the vibe? If you're up for a bit of sunshine in a super relaxed atmosphere and a wide range of people and artists, this is the place for you.
The line up: Loyle Carner, Mr. Scruff, Romare, Jordan Rakei, Calibre, Submotion Orchestra, Horse Meat Disco, DJ Marky and many more.
The price: Final release tickets are going for £129 and you can get them here.
Percolate Open Air (date TBA – was July last year, London)
What's the vibe? This is a party that pushes through the wind and the rain to be an epic community experience where the music comes first. They have translated their indoor events to an outdoor
The line up: This year's line up is not yet available, last year's line up included Dj Koze, Scuba, Paranoid London (live), Objekt, Moxie, Debonair, Sonja Moonear, Saoirse, Krywald & Farrer, Leon Vinyehall b2b Evan Baggs b2b Ryan Elliott.
The price: Ticket info is available when you sign up here.
Dekmantel (1st-5th August, Amsterdam)
What's the vibe? It's basically a big green house that everyone parties in. With a lot of time spent designing the outside space, there will be wavy boys aplenty in a super exciting location.
The line up: Daphni, DJ Nobu, Floating Points, Four Tet, Jamie XX, Joy Orbison, Mount Kimbie, Mr. Scruff, Objekt, Orbital, Palms Trax and many more.
The price: Tickets are sold out, but you can get info here.
Bestival (2nd-5th August, Dorset)
What's the vibe? Just a proper good laugh with your mates and the line up is consistently excellent. It's moved off the Isle of Wight so much more accessible now, so get your outfits ready for this year's circus theme.
The line up: London Grammar, Silk City, M.I.A., Grace Jones, Plan B, Chaka Khan, First Aid Kit, Mura Masa, Jorja Smith, Sundara Karma, Django Django, Rudimental, Bicep, Faithless and many more.
The price: Tickets are £172 for the weekend and are available here.
Wilderness (2nd-5th August, Oxfordshire)
What's the vibe? With different camping options including family, boutique, meadow and quiet, Wilderness is the perfect festival for those who don't want to get too messy. There's even a stage for "Ground-Breaking Ideas and Literary Arts", so feel free to let your creative side roam.
The line up: Nile Rodgers & Chic, Bastille, Jon Hopkins, Kamasi Washington, Baxter Dury, Groove Armada, George Fitzgerald and many more.
The price: General camping tickets are £179.50 and are available here.
Houghton Festival (9th-12th August, Norfolk)
What's the vibe? It's very music-focussed, with a 24-hour music licence and a carefully selected line up which focusses on spontaneous, long DJ sets. The people behind the festival are the same as Gotwood, so expect the same relaxed, hippy vibes in a location that feels detached from the rest of the world.
The line up: Ben U.F.O, Horse Meat Disco, Joy Orbison, Mr. Scruff, Objekt, Seth Troxler and many more.
The price: This festival is already totally sold out, soz losers. However, there is a note on their website outlining how to get hold of a ticket from someone with a spare.
Boomtown (9th-12th August, Winchester)
What's the vibe? A full-on pop-up city where you can immerse yourself in the weird and wonderful atmosphere. With a variety of music genres, you'll never be bored and you'll probably meet some unforgettable characters.
The line up: Billy Bragg, DJ Q, Eats Everything, Gorillaz, Idris Elba, Lady, Leshurr, Limp Bizkit, Maribou State, Oneman, Redlight, Romare, Soul II Soul and many more.
The price: Tickets are now sold out but you can see the website for resale details here.
Loveland (11th-12th August, Amsterdam)
What's the vibe? It's been around since 1995 and promises to bring you the best of house and techno and for the first time, this year there will now be a second day to the festival. A perfect excuse for a trip to the Netherlands.
The line up: Detroit Swindle, Dixon, Frank Haag, Gerd Janson, Matador, Mirella Kroes, SQL, Stranger, Tale of Us and many more.
The price: A weekend ticket is €65 and available here.
Lost Village (23rd-26th August, Lincolnshire)
What's the vibe? Described on their website as "an otherworldly experience", Lost Village is a mystical, whimsical world that time forgot. It has a real boutique feel, with hot tubs, saunas and fancy food, so don't worry about getting smelly and wet in your festi wellies.
The line up: Friendly Fires, Four Tet, Everything Everything, Mount Kimbie, Dixon, DJ Harvey, The Black Madonna, Ben U.F.O, Maribou State, Hunee, Goldie and many more.
The price: Tickets are currently £185 and are available here.
Shambala (23rd-26th August, Northamptonshire)
What's the vibe? There's a hippy crowd with a mixture of young adults and families. People really express themselves here, some people even walk around naked. It's one of the tidiest festivals going with a bin bag deposit scheme keeping it clean. The line up is made up of smaller artists and there's a focus on many other crafts throughout the site.
The line up: Gentlemen's Dub Club, This Is The Kit, Kokoroko, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 and many more.
The price: Tickets are now sold out but you can check out the website here.
SW4 (25th-26th August, Clapham Common, London)
What's the vibe? This huge South London event is back to close the summer and as long as the weather's alright, it won't disappoint.
The line up: Marshmello, Dizzee Rascal, Armin Van Buuren, Galantis, Oliver Heldens, MK, Benny Benassi and many more.
The price: Weekend tickets are currently £107.50 and are available here.
Dimensions (29th August-2nd September, Croatia)
What's the vibe? There's consistently great music and friendly people at this pretty huge festival. Everyone hangs out on the beach before it gets dark and there's a variety of venues, some smaller sets are even played inside a castle.
The line up: Ben U.F.O, Bonobo, Craig Richards, Hunee, Jon Hopkins, Nina Kravitz, Palms Trax and many more.
The price: A weekend festival ticket costs £131 and is available here.
Outlook (6th-9th September)
What's the vibe? If you're after something heavier than the other Croatian festivals, this could be the one for you. More drum & bass than techno and you won't hear any disco tunes here.
The line up: J Hus, Andy C, Bonobo, Nosia, Mist, Stefflon Don, AJ Tracey, Goldie, Shy FX, Nadia Rose, Jah Shaka, David Rodigan and many more.
The price: Weekend tickets are £141 and are available here.
Hospitality in the Park (22nd September, Finsbury Park, London)
What's the vibe? Drum & Bass club event, Hospitality are bringing one of their world famous events to London for one day in September and with 20 years of experience, they know how to put on a good do.
The line up: High Contrast, Goldie, Chimpo b2b Barely Legal, Mefjus b2b Calyx & Teebee, LTJ Bukem, S.P.Y, Kings of the Shadows and many more.
The price: Tickets are £33.95 and can be found on the website.
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