Music festivals have been around since the 18th Century in England and have continued to grow in popularity ever since. Festivals are the complete immersive experience usually lasting several days with goers camping on the site itself. With so many festivals to choose from, we’ve collated 7 of what we deem to be some of the best the UK has to offer…
WHEN: Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th September 2021
WHERE: Victoria Park, Warrington
LINE-UP HIGHLIGHTS: Gerry Cinnamon, Pale Waves, Sam Fender, The Snuts, Catfish & The Bottlemen, The Wombats, The Pigeon Detectives and Bloxx.
Spread across 3 stages, Neighbourhood Weekender combines reality with the ridiculous. Pop into The Neighbourhood Inn for a pint or visit The Corner Shop for a DJ session where sweets, crisps and treats will be thrown at you. Head to The Library for a silent disco but sing too loudly and you may be asked to leave… Watch out for the giant pigeons that wander the streets and be sure to plan ahead as the construction workers will cause delays.
For more information: https://nbhdweekender.com/
WHEN: Saturday 4th September 2021
WHERE: Morden Park, London, SM4
LINE-UP HIGHLIGHTS: Arrested Development, Basement Jaxx, Louie Vega, David Morales, DJ Spoony, Inner City and Mr G.
Known as the world’s friendliest party, this festival celebrates genres from US/Afro/Deep & Soulful House to Disco, Soul, UK Garage, RnB, Drum & Bass, Reggae and Hip Hop.
For more information: https://beautifulpeoplefestival.com/
WHEN: Friday 10th – Sunday 12th September 2021
WHERE: Glasgow Green, Glasgow
LINE-UP HIGHLIGHTS: Courteeners, Liam Gallagher, The Chemical Brothers, Snow Patrol, Primal Scream, Sam Fender, Blossoms, Becky Hill and Griff.
For more information: https://trnsmtfest.com/
Isle of Wight Festival
WHEN: Thursday 16th – Sunday 19th September 2021
WHERE: Seaclose Park, Newport
LINE-UP HIGHLIGHTS: Liam Gallagher, Tom Jones, You Me at Six, Snow Patrol, David Guetta, James Arthur, All Saints, Duran Duran, The Script, Scouting for Girls, Imelda May, Ella Henderson, Kaiser Chiefs and Razorlight.
This year’s theme is Peace, Love and Understanding and there’s even a Best Dressed Competition with the winner receiving an exclusive backstage tour and a champagne picnic. Dust off those rainbow tights and get creative with your outfits for this one!
For more information: https://isleofwightfestival.com/
WHEN: Saturday 25th September 2021
WHERE: Stanmer Park Local Nature Reserve
LINE-UP HIGHLIGHTS: Andy C, Wilkinson, Sonny Fodera and Sub Focus.
Celebrating their 5th anniversary, Boundary Festival is spread across 3 stages, with a 4th VIP stage introduced this year, and brings together the very best artists from drum & bass, electronic and house genres.
For more information: https://boundarybrighton.com/
EFG London Jazz Festival
WHEN: Friday 12th – Sunday 21st November 2021
WHERE: Multiple venues across London
LINE-UP HIGHLIGHTS: Dave Holland & John Scofield, Cleveland Watkiss & Django Bates, Shai Maestro and Avishai Cohen Trio & Nikki Yeoh’s Café Oran.
This festival is slightly different to the others on this list as it is a 10-day long schedule of performances across different venues throughout London. It’s the capital’s biggest pan-city music festival and widely acknowledged for delivering world-class artists and emerging stars.
For more information: https://efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk/
Love Supreme Jazz Festival
WHEN: Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd July 2022
WHERE: Glynde Place, East Sussex
The line-up for 2022 is yet to be announced, but previous artists include:
Anita Baker, The Roots, TLC, Sister Sledge, Gladys Knight, The Cinematic Orchestra, Jamie Cullum, Mahalia and Earth, Wind & Fire.
The Guardian says: “A festival where music comes first.”
It’s the largest outdoor jazz festival in the whole of Europe and has a world class artist line up from jazz, RnB, funk, soul and many many more. Located in one of the UK’s most beautiful National Parks, this is a festival to get in your diary for 2022!
For more information: https://lovesupremefestival.com/