With festival season fast approaching and there being more festivals every year, it can be tough deciding where to go. We’ve made this handy little guide so you know exactly what’s on, where it is and what music to expect. Take a look below at our UK Festival Guide for 2018.
So, you’ve got summer staring you in the face, more bank holidays than you know what to do with and you and your friends have decided “let’s go to a festival”. The hard part is, which one? The UK has an incredible array of music festivals for you to choose from and we are inundated with some truly fantastic places to go. Whether it’s Reading & Leeds, WeAre FSTVL, Bestival or Creamfields, we are truly spoilt for choice.
In this guide we’ll break down each month for you and the best festivals for you to go to. As well as that, we’ll help you decide if the festival is for you by sticking the genres next to it. Cool right? All you have to do is buy your ticket and tent before the big weekend. Take a look below.
What to Wear to a Festival
Knowing what to wear to a festival can be tricky, especially when you don’t know what the weather is going to be like. We recommend packing a pair of shorts but actually going in a pair of hardwearing Dickies that you know will withstand the elements if it comes to it. Pair with a simple T-shirt and a pair of Vans and you’re good to go. Just take note when deciding what to wear as the chances are high that whatever you take probably won’t be coming back in the same state.
What To Take To A Festival
If you have not already got it, you’re going to need to treat yourself to some camping gear that you know will last you throughout the festival season. Poler create some of the best camping and festival gear you can buy, with bags, sleeping bags and tents coming in a variety of stylish colourways and prints, so you’re sure to find your tent after a heavy night.
We Are FSTVL
25th-27th, Genres: House, Drum and Bass, Grime
Now in it’s sixth year, We Are FSTVL is one that brings the biggest DJs and artists from around the world to celebrate all dance music’s talents for a weekend. The festival takes place at Damyns Hall Aerodrome in Upminster. House heavyweights like Jamie Jones, Marco Carola and Carl Cox will fill you with all the Ibiza summer vibes you need. It’s not all house though, with the likes of Bugzy Malone and Lethal Bizzle also taking to the stages.
Love Saves The Day
26th-27th, Genres: House, Grime, Pop
Located in Eastville Park, Bristol, Love Saves The Day culminates everything that a British festival should have. With everything from house to grime, pop to dancehall, Love Saves The Day is all about celebrating the British summer time in style. Expect to catch artists like George Fitzgerald, Fatboy Slim, Bicep, Krept and Konan and Tom Misch on the bill, as well as some other huge names over the weekend. Love Saves The Day is one to watch this year and perfect if you live around the West Country.
26th-27th, Genres: Pop, Grime, Dance
Common People is split across two venues over two days in Southampton and Oxford. The festival itself is a great mix of artists including old school favourites and what’s currently popular. In the past headline acts have included Pete Tong, Craig David and Sean Paul. It has been created by the people behind Bestival and Rob Da Bank.
1st-2nd June, Genres: Indie, Techno, Rap
Field Day takes place in Brockwell Park at the beginning of June and hosts some killer talent from around the world. Now in it’s 10th year, Field Day always brings a killer alternative line up and this year is no different. Artists like Erykah Badu and AJ Tracey all play at Field Day this year in what’s set to be a fantastic festival. Field Day takes place in Brockwell Park in the Lambeth area of South London.
Isle of Wight
21st-24th, Genres: Rock, Pop, Rap
One of British festival history’s most iconic members is the Isle of Wight Festival. Dating back to 1968, the IOW Festival revived itself in 2002 to bring back the rebellious nature of British music culture and has since seen some incredible headliners. This year, IOW is no different with artists like The Killers, Kasabian and Liam Gallagher headlining this staple in British festivals.
10th, Genres: House, Techno
Junction 2 is a baby in terms of how long it’s been around, with this being only its second year. Founded by London Warehouse Events and Adam Beyer, Junction 2 has amassed some of the best DJs from around the world for 2017. Names like Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, Nina Kraviz and Tale Of Us are just some of the incredible DJs playing. Boston Manor Park will most certainly not be ready for Junction 2’s madness.
9th-10th, Genres: Pop, Grime, Dance
Started by the Warehouse Project, Parklife brings together some of the best artists, DJs and bands to Heaton Park in Manchester for an unbelievable weekend of music. This year is no different, with everyone from The xx, Liam Gallagher, Skepta and Jamie xx all being on this truly remarkable line up. Parklife is everything you’d expect British festival goers to love, so don’t let Manchester’s weather put you off attending this incredible festival.
1st, Genres: Rock, Indie, Punk
Community Festival in Finsbury Park is all about bands. The focus is on British artists and giving the crowd a taste of what they can find at home.
This year, Community Festival have pulled out some big artists. Two Door Cinema Club, The Vaccines and You Me At Six all tip the bill at this incredible festival. If you’re in to your indie music and bands then look no further. Expect a cracking mix of old and new.
6th-8th, Genres: Indie, Funk, Disco
Located at Vicarage Farm, Hampshire, Blissfields is an individual festival with an attitude. It boasts some excellent DJs and artists and has done so for the last 16 years. This year is no different for Blissfields as they’ve recruited world famous acts like Slamboree, Gold Panda and Dub Pistols to their already powerful roster.
6th-8th, Genres: Rap, Grime, Pop
Ever since its inception in 2005, Wireless Festival has always been about bringing the hottest MCs from around the globe to England for the weekend. Constantly pushing themselves, Wireless have really pulled out all the stops for 2018. This year they’ve gone even bigger than usual and recruited artists like J Cole, Post Malone, Migos, French Montana and British talent Wiley and J Hus to get Finsbury Park jumping around once more. Expect big things from Wireless as its acts are renowned for bringing out special guests.
15th, Genres: Indie, Rock, Alternative
One of London’s brightest new indie festivals, Citadel has rapidly made a name for itself in the two years that it has been around. The mainly indie based festival is set to make a killer return in 2018 and has recruited some huge names. Tame Impala is set to play on the day and we’re really looking forward to seeing some alternative talent in Victoria Park.
26th-29th, Genres: Indie, Pop, Dance
Set in rural Hertfordshire, Standon Calling brings together some big artists both old and new to this idyllic countryside village. This year they’ve recruited Paloma Faith and George Ezra to an already stellar line up. Expect big things from this festival – it’s one to watch out for and has welcomed the likes of Bastille, Faithless and Basement Jaxx in the past.
28th, Genres: Grime, Drum and Bass, House
Situated in The Digbeth Triangle, Birmingham, MADE Festival is all things British music festivals should be. MADE is a celebration of British musical talent and hosts an incredible line up for 2018. No details as of yet have been released regarding who will be playing at MADE, but you can expect it to be a good festival as it’s celebrating its fifth birthday. Expect a lot of skanking, reloads and moshing if you’re attending MADE – it’s going to be a big one.
18th-19th, Genres: Pop, Grime, Dance
In 1996 Virgin owner Richard Branson decided that he needed a break from being a billionaire, so decided to set up his own festival. Over two decades later and V Festival is still going strong, pulling all the punches it possibly can for this year. Previous musical guests have included the likes of Justin Bieber and Jay-Z, and while Virgin may have pulled out as a sponsor (a new name is yet to be announced), you can guarantee it will be a stellar festival.
23rd-26th, Genres: House, Drum and Bass, Techno
Over the past two decades, Creamfields has become a hub for all things dance music, with 2018 being no different. Going from strength to strength each year, Creamfields showcases DJs and artists whose aim is to do one thing: get the crowd jumping. The 2018 rendition of this iconic dance music festival sees artists like Carl Cox and the Chainsmokers take to the main stages, with other stages in the past seeing everything from Pendulum to Pete Tong. Just like every year since it started, Creamfields is definitely not one to miss.
Lost Village Festival
23rd-26th, Genres: House, Techno, Comedy
Lost Village Festival is a showcase of music designed to take you on a journey. Set out in an abandoned woodland, Lost Village Festival is designed to be an immersive atmosphere that sees you spending a weekend in mystery. Sounds cool right? Headliners across the weekend include Friendly Fires, Four Tet and Everything Everything. Food, comedy and music make up the three core parts of Lost Village Festival and it’s easy to see why it’s becoming such a popular weekend party.
Reading & Leeds
25th-27th, Genres: Rock, Alternative, Rap
Reading & Leeds have cemented themselves amongst festival folklore over nearly three decades, seeing everybody from New Order to 50 Cent grace the stages. Now in its 29th year, Reading & Leeds have truly managed to prove their longevity. The line ups are yet to be announced, but we’re sure the people behind the festivals will have some big hitters up their sleeves.
24th-26th, Genres: Pop, Rock, Indie
Located on Southsea Common, Portsmouth, Victorious Festival is all about celebrating pop and rock music from over three decades, and is a great weekend to see some bands that you wouldn’t normally see. The Prodigy are one of the biggest names for Victorious and are sure to put an amazing performance on. They’re joined by indie heroes The Libertines, Years and Years and British pop favourite Paloma Faith will also be gracing the stage for the weekend.
25th-26th, Genres: House, Drum and Bass, Techno
SouthWest4 have made a name for themselves in recent years for their big scale production on Clapham Common. SW4 have carried that big production mentality with them for the past few years, bringing that energy with them to this years line up. Much like Creamfields, SW4 boats an insane line up of dance hall of famers and heavyweights. Most notably this year, Oliver Heldens, Armin Van Buuren and Dizzee Rascal will be making a live appearance. SW4 is sure to give you all the electronic music satisfaction you’ll need on bank holiday weekend.
End of the Road
30th August – 2nd September, Genres: Indie, Rock, Alternative
Now in its twelfth year, End of the Road Festival in Dorset is all about booking bands that the owners and festival goers alike love. They’ve stayed true to themselves over this past 12 years, never compromising on bands, putting themselves second and the fans first. This year End of the Road is no different, signing up St Vincent and Vampire Weekend to perform. Expect a lot of singalongs and intimate moments at End of the Road.
2nd-5th, Genres: Pop, Indie, Dance
Sitting atop of the Lulworth Estate in Dorset, Bestival is one of a kind when it comes to its headliners. Having people like Stevie Wonder and Elton John headline it in the past, Bestival is renowned for pulling together both old artists and new to create a hedonistic festival – a nirvana for you indie kids. Bestival have not stopped with that mentality of festival line ups either this year, recruiting London Grammar and Grace Jones as two of the biggest headliners. Combine that with DJs like Rudimental and Bicep and you’ve got a real party on your hands.
9th-12th, Genres: House, Techno, Dance
Houghton Festival takes place in Norfolk and is a full celebration of art and music. The festival is only entering its second year, but you can guarantee it’s going to be a good one. Andrew Weatherall and Joy Orbison will be headliners, with a whole host of other names rounding off the line up such as Seth Troxler and Horse Meat Disco.
31st August- 2nd, Genres: Pop, Dance, Grime
Sundown Festival in Norwich is back with a bang for 2018 following on from its success over the past few years. Sundown have truly gone all out in the past, managing to get Giggs, Wiley, Solardo, Pendulum and a whole host of other insane artists to perform for them last year. Sundown is one of the Midlands’ best festivals and has some of the coolest stages for you to visit over the festival season like the Mystree Arena.
Festival No. 6
6th-9th, Genres: Indie, Alternative, Dance
Located throughout various venues in Portmeirion, Festival No. 6 is an indie lover’s paradise. It’s an intimate festival that pulls big names, and the various venues means that you’ll feel more as though you’re at an intimate gig rather than a festival. Punk legends The The are headliners, with the rest of the line up soon to be announced. Festival No. 6 is an alternative festival to watch out for this year.