Glastonbury might be MIA in 2018 but that doesn’t mean we’re going to be packing away our wellies. A summer without a festival? No thanks. Sure, Glasto is a big one, but no worries because there are tonnes of other festivals happening with all-star lineups. Grab your tent (and maybe a rain jacket… and your wellies) and live it up at the eight biggest music festivals in summer 2018.
9 – 10 June, Heaton Park, Manchester
Not a tent kind of gal? Parklife might be your jam. The no-camping site and killer line up is perfect if you’re after a one-day wonder. Grab your tickets to see The XX, Liam Gallagher, Lorde, A$AP Rocky, Skepta, Bonobo and so many other amazing acts that we’d need a whole book to list them.
Isle of Wight
21 – 24 June, Seaclose Park, Isle of Wight
Officially one of the sunniest places in the UK (so pack your sunnies!), Isle of Wight Festival is the closest you’ll get to holiday vibes without needing your passport. You know it’s a good one when it’s celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, so jump on the ferry to catch Kasabian, Rita Ora, Blossoms and The Killers.
12 – 15 July, Henham Park, Suffolk
Wanna go lake swimming, catch a live podcast and then go and watch the IRL queen that is Solange? Better book your tickets to Latitude. The Killers, Alt-J, Rag’n’Bone Man and Jessie Ware are all on the line up too. Plus there are some seriously amazing glamping options. No wonder it won a ‘best festival’ award last year!
13 – 14 July, Gunnersbury Park, London
Lovebox might just have the coolest line up out there. We’re talking Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover aka our current Hollywood bae), Skepta, SZA, N.E.R.D and Wu-Tang Clan. And if that’s not enough, you can head to the Chapel of Love(box) or Disco Golf for endless insta opportunities.
2 – 5 Aug, Lulworth Estate, Dorset
Bestival is also known as the most colourful show on earth and we’re here for it. If our festival Pinterest board came to life, it would basically be Bestival. The fancy dress themes always pave the way for out-of-this-world style and there’s the world’s biggest disco ball, the world’s biggest confetti canon and rainbow astronauts. Anything else? Oh, just M.I.A., Grace Jones, London Grammar, Chaka Khan and Django Django…
17 – 18 Aug, Hylands Park, Chelmsford
If you’re looking for a fresh festival to hit this summer, check our RiZE. 2018 is the festival’s debut but it’s already bagged Liam Gallagher, James Bay, Bastille and Years and Years. We’re tapping this as one to watch.
Leeds & Reading
24-26 Aug, Bramham Park, Leeds/ Richfield Avenue, Reading
One giant festival, two locations. Leeds and Reading festival is one of the biggest ones out there, so you’re guaranteed to see music’s biggest and brightest. Head to one of the seven (yep, seven) stages to see Kendrick Lamar, Kings of Leon, Dua Lipa, and Panic! At The Disco.
Festival No 6
6 – 9 September, Portmeirion, Wales
Summer’s not over ‘til you say it is, so keep the festival vibes flowing right through to September at Festival No 6. Held in Portmeirion – which is a pastel toned, Instagrammer’s dream – this festival can be whatever you want it to be. Chill out at the luxury spa, drink in the magic at the Saturday Night Spectacle or get hyped for all of the amazing musicians and bands, from Friendly Fires and Everything Everything to Hurts and Erol Alkan.