Find out which British festivals are going ahead this year and plan accordingly, with our latest guide to summer.
Who doesn’t miss festivals and summers spent with good friends and good music? Now that everything is slowly returning to normal, many events are back on the cards. The UK has hundreds of festivals to choose from, covering genres from hip-hop to jazz and everything in between. With events in the woods, on the beach, and in the city, there’s really something for everyone.
Here are five UK festivals confirmed for this year:
If you want to escape from the mainland to a magical island atmosphere, with good music and good vibes, this festival is definitely for you. The Isle of Wight is located off Portsmouth’s coast, which can easily be reached from London and across the South East. The Festival lasts four days and attracts thousands of punters each year. It’s worth attending thanks to its wonderful atmosphere; picture sundown over the Main Stage while you’re serenaded by heavyweights such as Lionel Richie, Lewis Capaldi, James Arthur, and Snow Patrol. If you don’t fancy roughing it in the tent, be sure to check out their luxury glamping sites.
British Summer Time is a festival that I almost attended last year, which is why I had to put it on the list. Located in Hyde Park in London, the Festival attracts over 60,000 attendees from across the UK. The Festival takes place over two weekends in early July, hosting artists from all different genres. You’ll find something perfect for you. If you're not from London, BST Hyde Park provides the perfect opportunity to visit the capital and tour the city in your spare time.
We’ve already covered Reading, so it would be rude not to give its sister festival a shout out. Leeds Festival is an absolute must for everyone passionate about rock music. As one of the UK’s biggest festivals, with more than 100,000 attendees per year, it’s the perfect place to meet loads of new friends. With lots of mud, booze, and good music, it’s one of the most legitimate British festival experiences you can have. A staple on the festival circuit since 1999, Leeds has cultivated its unique style and vibe.
If you love unusual events, extraordinary scenery, and a mysterious vibe, this festival is made for you. This year's edition of The One In The Woods presents an opportunity to escape from the restrictions and anxiety of lockdown, with an itinerary that involves chilling among the trees, listening to drum ‘n’ bass and techno. Based in Liverpool, this event attracts thousands of visitors looking to connect with nature and experience upbeat electronic bangers.
This festival offers more than just music. At WOMAD, you can experience culture from all over the world, taste food from different regions, and chill with your favourite artists. You can interact closely with performers, and not just by lurking in the front rows and making a nuisance of yourself; WOMAD offers a unique experience where the performers cook their favourite regional dishes in front of the audience, while talking about their culture. It’s a great way to find out more about your favourite artists in a relaxed, intimate environment.
WOMAD is also a child-friendly event, so feel free to bring your children or younger siblings. It’s the perfect place to instil some festival vibes in them.
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