As the sun comes out and we ready ourselves for the big festival season, here’s our official guide to the biggest and best summer festivals in Britain and Europe.
1. GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL 25th June – 29th June | Pilton, Somerset
If you’re looking to channel your inner hippie, visit the mother of all: the Glastonbury Festival, which this year features some of the biggest names in music including Arcade Fire, Kasabian, The Black Keys, Blondie, De La Soul, Jack White and Lana Del Rey. There’ll also be support from a host of home-grown talents such as Lily Allen, Rudimental, Paolo Nutini, Ed Sheeran, Disclosure and Sam Smith. It’s a real favourite with hipsters and sells out every year. If you can’t make it, rest assured you’ll be able to watch highlights on the BBC.
Weekend tickets £210. www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk
2. WIRELESS FESTIVAL 4th July – 6th July | London, Birmingham
Now in its tenth year the Wireless Festival is set to celebrate the biggest line-up in its history. Drake, Kanye West, Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and Bruno Mars will be headlining this year’s event, which will be held in London’s Finsbury Park and, for the first time, Birmingham’s Perry Park. The festival, which began in 2005, has a little bit of something for everyone, especially those who love hip-hop – Wiz Khalifa, Azealia Banks, Chance the Rapper, Schoolboy Q, J. Cole, 2 Chainz, Iggy Azalea, B.o.B and Outkast will all be performing across the weekend. Leave the wellies at home if it’s sunny, you’ll only look silly trying to be cool.
All day tickets for London are £71.50 and Birmingham day tickets are £68.75. www.wirelessfestival.co.uk/tickets
3. EXIT FESTIVAL 10th July – 13th July | Petrovaradin Fortress, Novi Sad, Serbia
Voted Best European Festival in the 2013 European Festival Awards, EXIT’s ground-breaking, three-day bonanza returns with the Pet Shop Boys, headlining this year’s main stage. Around five hundred other acts including Skrillex, Disclosure and Sub Focus will also perform. If you’ve got time spear, visit the city beach called Štrand, which is one of Europe’s best by-the-Danube beaches.
Standard 4 day ticket – £95. www.exitadventure.eventgenius.co.uk
4. GLOBAL GATHERING 25th July – 28th July | Long Marston Airfield, Stratford Upon Avon
If you have the stamina, this is one for you – Global Gathering-goers are hardcore moshing fanatics. Well, sort of. The Prodigy, David Guetta, Chase & Status, Netsky, KatyB, Fuse ODG and Tinie Tempah are on the line-up this year. There will also be over one hundred big name DJs on site for this year’s bash, which is well into its second decade. It’s a huge.
Weekend tickets are £130. www.globalgathering.com
5. V FESTIVAL 16th August – 17th August | Chelmsford, Essex, and Weston Park, Staffordshire
If you prefer less dance and more pop, you’re probably better suited at V Festival, which will take place across two different sites over one weekend. The line-up is exceptionally brilliant, with Justin Timberlake and The Killers set to perform. As will Kaiser Chiefs, Tom Odell, Kodaline, Pixie Lott, Janelle Monae, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Icona Pop and many more. There will also be comedy on the bill from some of our finest comics including Alan Carr, Matt Richardson, Rob Beckett, along with Vine star Dapper Laughs and more. Don’t miss out.
Early bird weekend ticket with camping is £185, weekend tickets without camping is £160. www.vfestival.com/tickets
6. OPEN’ER FESTIVAL 2nd July – 5th July | Babie Doly Airfield, Gdynia, Poland
Taking place on an abandoned airfield – Poland’s largest music and performing arts festival is back for its 11th year in the Polish town of Gdynia. Across seven stages, over one hundred artists including Faith No More, Pearl Jam, Ben Howard, Lykke Li, Banks, Earl Sweatshirt, HAIM, Bastille, Rudimental, Pusha T and many others have all been confirmed to perform. It’s a real hit with festival goers, especially those who like to party all night and sleep most of the day.
Day tickets are £41. www.opener.pl/en
7. GOOD TIMES IN THE PARK 13th September – 14th September | Wormwood Scrubs Park, London
This is a family weekend not to miss. The legendary Norman Jay and his Good Times Sound System will be throwing a huge party outside the Notting Hill Carnival for the first time in thirty years, raising money for charity. Expect to roll back the years as Grammy Award-winning soul diva Chaka Khan will be headlining the event –while Ms Dynamite and Goldie will also take to the stage. The festival will also focus on new talent, with SBTV’s Jamal Edwards hosting in the Spotlight Arena.
Weekend tickets are £65.00. www.goodtimesinthepark.com