You can’t waste another minute if you’re to end up in a muddy field with your favourite tunes ringing in your ears this summer. It’s time to grab your mates, pick a music festival and finalise your plans, before you miss out altogether!
Unlike Glastonbury not all music festivals sell out in seconds. You can still find some festivals which promise cracking tunes, fun and mud galore, away from Somerset’s hallowed fields. From the country’s biggest gatherings to quirky events that fly under the radar, it’s not too late to grab genuine tickets and dance in the rain.
Latitude Festival 2016, 14th – 17th July 2016
Now this line-up has certainly delivered the goods! With The Maccabees, British Sea Power and The National on the bill, among heavy weight comedians like Al Murray and Josh Widdicome, it’s a mighty surprise that you can still grab weekend passed on See Tickets.
This year, the magical little corner of Suffolk boasts a sit-down restaurant, yoga and whirlpool baths. Or take a shower-beating dip in Henham Park’s lake for the first time in its 11 years.
Secret Garden Party, 21st – 24th July 2016
There are better kept ‘secrets’, but you won’t hear 32,000 music fans complaining! Pick up a weekend ticket for less than £200, descend on the landscaped gardens in Cambridge’s Mill Hill Field, and you’ll soon see why.
It’s a crazy quirky garden party on steroids, next to a river and a lake, with a ‘Gardener’s Guide to The Galaxy’ theme. Enrol at the Astronaut’s Survival School, before losing your mind to Primal Scream, Submotion Orchestra and The Temper Trap, among others.
Wildnerness Festival, 4th – 7th August 2016
Another event that does precisely what it says on the tin. Wilderness prides itself on combining art with nature. You won’t find another festival on a private nature reserve, with camping spots still available by the spring-fed lake! That’s for sure.
However, you will spot the likes of Robert Plant, and Glass Animals on the Main Stage, live theatre in deep in the oak forest, and debates on topics like ‘Has Boris Broken London?’ among yoga classes. If you’re after a purist music festival with a social conscience, you’ve found it.
Boardmasters 2016, 10th – 14th August 2016
Chase & Status, Catfish & The Bottlemen, and Deadmau5 are bringing the beats to Cornwall this year. But they’re not the main draw for Boardmasters. That’ll be the BMX and skating, or the local and professional surfers battling at sea for a hotly contested spot on the World Surf League tour.
The UK’s biggest surf extravaganza comes complete with intimate gigs on Fistral Beach and photography classes. Children under seven can go for free, but you grown-ups can still pick up day passes.
V Festival 2016, 20th – 21st August 2016
You can hear the fangirls crying for Justin Beiber already! If you’re a pop fan worth your salt, or partial to a little Kaiser Chiefs, Rita Ora, or Years & Years, then you’ll make your way to Chelmsford’s Hylands Park or Weston Park in South Staffordshire.
V Festival runs simultaneously at both places. So there are plenty of tickets left, just waiting to be snapped up by last-minute musos, like you. Grab two of your mates, and go VIP – bell tents are still going for a cool £2,100.
Leeds Festival & Reading Festival, 25th – 28th August 2016
Finished your exams? Time for your final rite of passage. Leeds Festival and Reading Festival mean double trouble for your August bank holiday. With Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fall Out Boy and other hard-core rock acts waiting to burst your ear drums, they’re pulling no punches.
Whatever you do, make your way to the smaller stages. Leeds lads Eagulls and Pulled Apart By Horses are on the up-and-up, so catch them before they’re big. It’s easy. See Tickets have Sunday passes and weekend tickets for the festival up north, and plenty of passes for Reading as well.
Creamfields 2016, 26th – 28th August 2016
Spend your Friday and Saturday nights in clubs, losing it to Calvin Harris, Martin Garrix or Fat Boy Slim? See them in the flesh while you still can! Creamfields is a mecca for fans like you, and it isn’t too late to pick up standard weekend passes, with or without camping.
A ‘vanity van’ is on hand to help you get dolled up, before you get down to DJ’s earth-shattering beats with 70,000 like-minded souls… or go crazy in the infamous fancy dress tent.
Once you’ve booked, run your eyes over this fool-proof festival survival guide, while your tickets wing their way over to you.