When? 29th June – 6th July. Where? Near Šibenik, Croatia. What? Love International is the spiritual successor to the decade old The Garden festival and is set to continue The Garden’s commitment to underground artists and idyllic atmosphere (gently rolling hills, boat parties, and deliciously hot temperatures anyone?) while also bringing something fresh to the formula. This year expect electronic heroes Dixon and Joy Orbison to smash it – but don’t miss Adam Shelton and Bradley Zero either.
When? 7th-9th July Where? Algés, Portugal When? With one of the biggest lineups in Europe this summer, NOS boasts indie giants like Arcade Fire, Foals and Hot Chip as well as the almighty Grimes. All that and only a stroll from Lisbon. What’s not to like?
When? 8-10th July. Where? Finsbury Park, London. What? One of London’s best weekenders, this time around Wireless is welcoming a whole host of huge Hip-Hop names including the likes of Trap king Future, the Boy Better Know crew, Vince Staples, foodie hero Action Bronson, A$AP Ferg and even Young Thugga himself. We could go on, but if you’re not interested by now you never will be.
When? 14th-17th July. Where? Benicàssim, Spain. What? Undoubtedly Spain’s greatest festival, this world renowned event boasts sandy beaches, high temperatures and massive acts in the form of Kendrick Lamar, Skepta and Disclosure. Plus, not a muddy pair of wellies in sight. Heaven.
When? 15th-17th July Where? Gräfenhainichen, Germany What? Only one of Germany’s biggest open air festivals, you’ll be flanked by vast mining machinery, scenic lakes, nonstop 72-hour partying. Mainly an electronic event, there’s also a smattering of cross-genre names: Circa Waves, Jamie xx, Ben Klock and Skepta just to name a few.
Barn on the Farm
When? July 1-3rd Where? Over Farm, Over, Gloucester What? The festival for those who want to get away from the typically huge crowds is this one. Although its grown over the years, Barn on the Farm is has the right amount of everything for the festival first-timer to not be overwhelmed. The right amount of people, food, and of course music. Tickets for their intimate Friday night have already sold out, but Saturday and Sunday will be the main event days. Although a smaller festival, it still delivers the goodies- which are music acts who are on the brink of an international takeover: Jack Garrett and Oh Wonder are headlining.
When? 14th-17th July. Where? Henham Park, Suffolk. What? The festival for those who are as likely to enjoy a bit of spoke word or improvised theatre as they are the dulcet thuds of New Order or the strains of Grimes, Latitude is the all-welcoming, family-friendly extravaganza out in the green pastures of Suffolk. Only in England…
When? 15th-16th July. Where? Victoria Park, London. What? East London’s finest day party (well, two day party), Lovebox is always a firm summer favourite and this year should be no exception with headliners including underground rap gods Run The Jewels, as well as crowd-pleasers like George Clinton and Major Lazer. No tent required!
Secret Garden Party
When? 21st-24th July. Where? Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon. What? Only the most beautifully Bo-Ho, tripped out fairyland festival around. With stages nestled in the woodland and walkways up in the trees, what better place could there be to catch Caribou and Primal Scream? And if fancy dress is your thing – why wouldn’t it be? – the theme is Gardener’s Guide to the Galaxy, so you can get properly spacey.
When? 28th-31st July Where? Lake District, Cumbria What? The only festival held in a scenic deer park (that we know of, anyway). And if that’s not enough to tempt you, try Kelis and her milkshakes, as well as Maximo Park – nostalgia-trip ready – and retro legend Donovan. A true off-the-beaten-track festival if ever there was one.
When? 29th-31st July Where? Standon, Hertfordshire What? In the sunkissed countryside of Hertfordshire, Standon Calling is a charming independent fest with an eye (and an ear) for promising new talent as well as more established names. This year they’ll be opening their doors to Jess Glynne, Suede and Ghostpoet: go for the liberating feels, stay for the tunes.
When? 29th-31st Where? Pikehall Derbyshire What? This award winning festival began as an overspill house party in deepest Derbyshire and has gone on to become one of the country’s most beautiful medium sized events. Local ales and ciders and a top notch line up including Madness and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds make this a must-see.
Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park
When? 1nd-10th July Where? Hyde Park, London What? A dual weekend extravaganza in London’s Hyde Park, this one’ll be packed out and buzzing. If you’re after a shot of power pop straight to the cranium then the line up won’t dissapoint: Take That, Stevie Wonder, Mumford and Sons, Carole King for the mums and dads and, for the trip-hoppers among you, a welcome helping of Massive Attack. We’re most looking forward to spending the day with Kendrick Lamar and howling along to Florence and The Machine.
When? 29th-30th July Where? Glicombe Farm, Somerset What? A proper rural hoedown of the best kind, Farm Fest is committed to good vibes and good times at a reasonable price. There’s good food to be had, those essential locally sourced ciders to be sipping on, and most of all some great niche acts to be savoured, including Young Fathers Baba Stiltz and Gilles Peterson.