July and August annual leave, please.

Once we’ve all stopped banging on about how it’s SO hot and might finally be Summer, it’s time to fish out a disposable and your old Nokia, head to a festival and enjoy it. Whenever you find yourself fanning your sweaty face on the tube, remember that soon enough we will all be equally carefree and disgusting, caked in mud, showered in piss and inexcusably sunburnt.

There are so many gems on this year that if you’ve saved up some money, or are sponsored on Instagram as a fully-fledged “influencer”, you can make your way around Europe with nothing but a bum-bag and a Primark glitter kit. If like us you aren’t so #blessed, we’ve put together a list of our favourites for the next couple of months so you can choose wisely…

Community Festival

When? July 1st

Where? Finsbury Park

Why?: This year your local festival is delivering the ultimate answer to your teenage dreams: the likes of You Me At Six and Two Door Cinema Club will be setting up all in one place to make an IRL version of the posters of your teen bedroom.

What faves can you see? You Me At Six, Two Door Cinema Club, Circa Waves.

Our must-see set: Get your she-wee at the ready for front row moshing at The Vaccines.

Find out more info here.

Farr Festival

When? July 5th – 8th

Where?: Hertfordshire

Why? It’s not too farr (sorry) to travel, but set in the woods it feels a million miles away from London.

What faves can you see? Shy FX, Jamz Supernova, Cadenza, O’Flynn, Octavian.

Our must-see set: Tom Misch, and we’re hoping for a cameo from his good friend and ultimate heartthrob Loyle Carner.

Find your info here.

Summer Series

When? July 5th – 15th (that’s 11 days – no excuses)

Where? Somerset House

Why? It’s a sublime setting and it’s not going to break the bank before payday.

What faves can you see? Kojey Radical, Flight Facilities, Bondax, The Roots.

Our must-see set: Jorja Smith, Jorja Smith and, um, Jorja Smith!

Find out more info here.


When? July 6th – 8th

Where? Finsbury Park

Why? Wireless weekend is always a highlight and this year they’ve got more UK rappers under their belt than Chicken Shop Date superstar Amelia Dimoldenberg has in her dating history…

What faves can you see? Wiley, Stormzy, Giggs, J Hus, Mabel, Kojo Funds, Mostack…

Our must-see set: Wonderland fave (and Summer 2018 Issue cover stars) Migos (and maybe spot Cardi B in VIP?)

Pick up your tickets here.

Mad Cool

When? July 12th – 14th

Where? Madrid

Why? We’ve been craving cracking out the Aperol Sprtiz at 1pm since we got back from Primavera…

What faves can you see? MGMT, Perfume Genius, Glass Animals.


Find out more info here.


When? July 12th – 15th

Where? Henham Park, Suffolk

Why? They’re teaming up with Street Feast, who are bringing over 80 of London’s finest street food companies to one spot – need we say more?

What faves can you see? Jessie Ware, Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, Wolf Alice

Our must-see set: The angel descended from heaven aka Solange.

Find out more info here.


When? July 13th – 14th

Where? This year, Lovebox are making a move from Victoria Park to Gunnersbury Park

Why? Support your local! As an event, Lovebox started in an old strip club just off Tottenham Court Road – oh how far it’s come.

What faves can you see? Skepta, SZA, Childish Gambino and Wonderbabe Kali Uchis.

Our must-see set: All of them, including a big return from Mike Skinner. Are you ready to remember the lyrics for “Fit But You Know It”?

Find out more here.


When? July 15th

Where? Also in Gunnersbury Park (provided it survives Lovebox)

Why? If you’re not too attached to your shower and can find a solid hiding place in the park, you can attend both Lovebox and Citadel for the price of one!

What faves can you see?: Tame Impala, Shame, Matt Maltese, Goat Girl.

Must-see set: Chvrches – let out all your latest Tinder qualms to their new single “Love Is Dead”.

Get your details here.


When? July 19th – 22nd

Where? Spain, on the coast, somewhere between Valencia and Barcelona

Why? If the small heatwave has put you off sleeping out in a tent in 37 degrees, you might change your mind after looking at their full line-up. It’s also a prime opportunity to change the fact that your only trip to Spain has been to Benidorm or Magaluf. If you’re not yet convinced, where else will you witness Kylie Jenner’s baby-daddy IRL?

What faves will be there? J Hus, The Killers, Travis Scott.

Our must-see set: Megababe Princess Nokia

Find out more here.


When? July 20th – 22nd

Where? Oxfordshire

Why? Trick your pals into thinking you’re civilised by saying you’re off to Oxfordshire, when really you’ll be covered in what you can only hope is warm cider in the mosh pit at Rat Boy.

What faves can you see? The Magic Gang, Circa Waves, Blaenavon.

Our must-see set: Young Geoff (or George Ezra to the uninformed) being a babe at his headline slot.

Find out more info here.

Y Not

When? July 26th – 29th

Where? Derbyshire

Why? Laugh at The Sherlocks and their shitty photoshopping skills IRL!

What faves can you see? The Libertines, Peace, Fat White Family.

Our must-see sets: Indie dreamboats, Spector.

Find out more info here.


When? July 26th – 30th

Where? Suncream up, we’re off to Croatia!

Why? See above.

Artists: Mahalia, Horse Meat Disco, Jordan Rakei.

Must-see set: Loyle Carner (bae).

Find more into here:


Images by Duncan Jacob.

Images by Duncan Jacob.

When? August 1st – 5th

Where? Amsterdam!

Why? A Summer city break in Amsterdam means one thing but while you’re there, you should probably do your Instagram a favour and check out Dekmantel…

What faves can you see? We’ve tried to whittle this down but there’s loads, and loads of top DJs. You probably won’t remember their names anyway.

Our must-see set: We’ll never stop plugging Four Tet live tbh.

Get tickets here.


Images by Duncan Jacob.

When? August 2nd – 5th (earlier than usual so get your time off pencilled in now!)

Where? This year’s set-up is in Dorset, so it seems like that long hungover journey back from the Isle Of Wight is thankfully a thing of the past…

Why? You’ve been browsing outfit ideas on eBay since September.

What faves can you see? Kelela, Ghetts, Not3s, Jaykae.

Must-see set: Jorja Smith, again.

Find out more here.

Way Out West

Images by Duncan Jacob.

When? August 9th – 11th

Where? Gothenburg

Why? Cool city. Cool festival. Even cooler atmosphere.

What faves can you see? Lily Allen, Arcade Fire, Iggy Pop.

Our must see set: If their Coachella set was anything to go by, Brockhampton are gonna be next-level incredible.

Find out more info here.

Reading and Leeds Fest

Images by Duncan Jacob.

When? August 24th – 26th

Where? Reading and Leeds (come on)

Why? It will set off all the nostalgia for your GCSE results day celebration, except this time you can handle your alcohol and your Mum won’t alert security if you don’t text her back.

What faves can you see?: IAMDDB, Dua Lipa, Pale Waves.

Must-see set: Kendrick Lamar, of course.

Find details here:

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