Festival season is nearly upon us and 2018 is a bit of a special one, it’s Glastonbury’s fallow year, BBC have changed up their Big Weekend for one year only and V Festival is (sadly) no more. Which of the big UK festivals should you be going to? Below we’ve got you covered with a handy little summary of what you can expect.
BBC’s The Biggest Weekend
25th – 28th May
£18.50 + fees per day
For one year only, the BBC have decided to expand their usual Radio 1’s Big Weekend into The Biggest Weekend spanning four countries, four days and four Radio stations. Radio 1 will be taking over Swansea, seeing the likes of Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Craig David, Niall Horan and more performing over the weekend. Radio 2 and 3 will be taking residence in Coventry with Billy Ocean, Paloma Faith, Jamie Cullum, The BBC Concert Orchestra and more, Radio 2 and 3 will also be in Perth with Amy Macdonald, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Nigel Kennedy and more, Belfast will be home of Radio 6 seeing the likes of Beck, Manic Street Preachers, Franz Ferdinand and others performing.
If you don’t have tickets for this one already, you may struggle. Swansea sold out in an instant, but you still have a chance for some single days for the rest.
We are FSTVL
25th – 27th May
£115 + fees for the weekend
Every single year this massive dance festival has grown bigger and bigger and 2018 is no exception. A recent winner of the ‘UK’s Best Dance Festival’ means that you’re in safe hands here. Over the weekend over 300 acts will be performing, including Andy C, Sigma, Gorgon City, Carl Cox, Sub Focus, Eric Prydz. With 30 arenas to choose from, you won’t run out of acts to see.
26th + 27th May
£95 + fees for both days
The North West has earned itself a new indie festival, and a pretty great one by the looks of things. Neighbourhood Weekender’s first year will see Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and The Courteneers as the main headliners, alongside Blossoms, Circa Waves, Jake Bugg, Kodaline and a bunch of others.
9th + 10th June
£109.50 + fees for the weekend
Parklife returns for it’s massive ninth year, bringing along absolutely huge names like Lorde, The xx, Liam Gallagher and N.E.R.D – one of the latter’s first UK festival appearances in a while. After a year that shook Manchester and the music world, Parklife is here bigger and better than ever. Sampha, A$AP Rocky, CHVRCHES, Giggs, Bonobo are all joining the above for this mega weekend, plus Jamie XX is doing a solo set- a rare occurrence not to be missed.
21st – 24th June
Isle of Wight, England
£209 + fees for the weekend
It’s the 50th anniversary of IoW Festival, meaning that this line up is absolutely huge. Depeche Mode, The Killers, Kasabian and Liam Gallagher are just a taste of what’s already announced. Camilla Cabello, James Bay, The Blossoms and loads more are going to in attendance. This is going to be a big one on the Island, festivals only turn 50 once.
29th June – 1st July + 6 and 8th July
£59.50 + fees per day, £260 for all five days
With a line up including CHVRCHES, Arctic Monkeys (their only UK date as of writing), The Killers, Liam Gallagher, Courteeners, Sterophonics and a who lot more, TRNSMT is hard to say no too. Make sure you choose the right weekend, you could end up seeing a whole line up you weren’t expecting to. There’s still a whole day’s worth of acts to be announced too, but it seems like it’s shaping up to be a massive one, especially with one of Arctic Monkey’s first performances back after almost five years off.
5th – 8th July
£133 + fees for the weekend
Combining action sport and music into one festival, Nass is set up to be one that you won’t forget. Nass fills your weekend with 7 stages full of huge names in dance music, as well as international skate and BMX competitions. Headliners include Dizzee Rascal, RUN DMC, Wilkinson, Andy C, Damien ‘Jr Gong’ Marley and more.
£160 + fees for the weekend
Wireless is back, back, back again with one of their biggest line ups to date. Londoner Stormzy will be headlining this festival held in his hometown, making it just a little bit of a special gig to see. He’ll be there alongside J. Cole, Post Malone, Migos, J Hus, Giggs, Cardi B and DJ Khaled ‘+ guests’, whatever that may mean. Although we can say for sure, it won’t be a disappointing weekend. Plus you might get to add Rihanna to that line up if she’s one of DJ Khaled’s guests, that’s a rather…wild thought.
12th – 15th July
£197.50 + fees for the weekend
The winner of ‘Best Major Festival’ at the UK Festival Awards 2017 has a lot to live up to. Latitude have managed to hit it out of the park with this line up. Not only will this summer’s favourite booking, The Killers, be playing, they’ll be alongside Solange and alt-J. The Vaccines, Jessie Ware, Rag’n’Bone Man, Wolf Alice and even Harry Hill will also be along, making this one of the most varied line ups we’ve seen in ages.
13th + 14th July
£115 + fees for both days
It seemed impossible to top both Frank Ocean and Solange, who both dominated last year’s line up, but they might have just done it. Childish Gambino will, to everyone’s dismay, be retiring from the music industry soon, likely making this one of his final performances, and quite possible his final UK performance. SZA will be making an appearance, along with one of N.E.R.D’s first UK festival date in a while. Skepta, Diplo, Vince Staples (and a hell of a lot more) round off this killer line up.
£160 + fees for the weekend
The winner of ‘Best Festival’ at the recent NME Awards, Bestival is not one to be missed. London Grammar, M.I.A, Grace Jones and Plan B will be headlining, and they’ll be joined by Mura Masa, First Aid Kit, Jorja Smith and almost countless others. You’ll surely not run out of things to do at Bestival, there’s something going on everywhere you see.
Reading and Leeds
Reading + Leeds, England
24th – 26th August
£205 + fees for the weekend
Every year Reading and Leeds are massive, and no one quite knows what the next year’s line up could be. 2018’s is impressive, with Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco and Kings of Leon headlining. Plus they’ve managed to get Dua Lipa as UK festival exclusive – not too shabby. Kate Nash, Skepta and The Wombats will also be around all weekend. Seems like it’ll be more than just a good time.