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Festival Picks: August 2017

Festival Picks: August 2017

Andrew Kemp | Features & Interviews

Summer’s running out, so make the most of it! Heading into the last month of sun before autumn comes and reminds us all why we complain about the UK weather, there’s no time like the present for squeezing in a bit of festival action. Here’s what’s on offer for summer’s last stand.

South West Four - SW4
26th-27th August
Clapham Common, London

One of London’s favourite metropolitan festivals, South West Four will bring big hitters like Pendulum, Tinie Tempah, Eric Prydz and Sigma to Clapham Common on the Saturday, with Deadmau5, Marco Carola and Knife Party among Sunday’s headliners. With after parties following at Electric Brixton, SW4 is offering a full weekend of exhilarating music.

(South West Four boasts some of the biggest mainstream dance acts going in 2017 - Photo: Graham Joy)

Sunfall Festival
Saturday 12th August
Brockwell Park, London

Already established as an outrageously cool festival after only one year in the business, Sunfall has the power to pull together The Black Madonna, Ben UFO, Helena Hauff, Madlib, Theo Parrish and more of the world’s most exciting DJs. Throw Shanti Celeste, Move D, Floating Points and Peggy Gou into the mix and things are looking silly - even before mentioning that Larry Heard aka Mr. Fingers will be debuting a first new album in 15 years.

elrow Town London Closing Ceremony
Sunday 20th August
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London

Idris Elba, Jamie Jones b2b Seth Troxler and more will close up elrow Town’s biggest ever UK show, so you can expect a popping party atmosphere from Barcelona’s favourite party animals.

(Catalan party makers elrow are known for their brightly coloured, inflatable-laden parties - Photo: elrow) 

Wilderness Festival
3rd-6th August
Cornbury Park, Chipping Norton

Fashion icon Grace Jones headlines in Oxfordshire, making Wilderness one of the most stylish festivals in the UK this year. Bonobo, Two Door Cinema Club, First Aid Kit and more will also be appearing.

(Wilderness Festival brings a range of excellent artists and a warm atmosphere to Cornbury Park - Photo: Wilderness Festival)

Depot in the Park
Saturday 5th August
The SSE Swalec Stadium

A delightful new addition to the festival circuit, Cardiff’s Depot in the Park brings The Sugarhill Gang, The Hackney Colliery Band and Greg Wilson to The SSE Swalec.

Madness Presents House of Common
Monday 28th August
Clapham Common, London

Ska legends bring back their August bank holiday festival for another year of fun at Clapham Common, this time featuring De La Soul, David Rodigan and Craig Charles.

(Madness frontman Suggs will lead from the front again this August Bank Holiday - Photo: Luke Dyson)

Dimensions Festival
31st August-3rd September
Fort Punta Christo, Croatia

Hailed by all who go as near enough the perfect dance music festival, Dimensions has it all. Perfect setting, unbelievable sound, the very finest bookings and a Croatian summer sun. Nina Kraviz, Nicky Siano, Hessle Audio, DynArec and Moderat are just a few names on the mammoth lineup.

Saturday 5th August
Lumb Lane, Keighley

Who says you need to leave Yorkshire to find the best DJs? Reach celebrates local talent by bringing Vibe Killers, Sizeup, Luke Pompey and more to Lumb Lane.

Reading Festival
25th-27th August
Richfield Avenue, Reading

Half of the UK’s biggest festival pairings, Reading welcomes Kasabian, Eminem and Muse as headliners this year.

Leeds Festival
25th-27th August
Bramham Park, Wetherby

… and so does Leeds Festival, Reading’s sister festival. The biggest names in rock, punk and mainstream dance will convene on Bramham Park.

(Leeds Festival is one of the country's largest and longest running music festivals - Photo: Tom Martin)

Creamfields Ibiza 2017
Saturday 5th August
Privilege, Ibiza

Creamfields returns to Ibiza with a knock-down cast of Mistajam, Don Diablo, High Contrast, Goldie, Steve Aoki and B.Traits. With further sets from Annie Mac and Charlie Sloth among others, it’s no less than expected from one of dance music’s goliath brands.

(You can expect an explosive affair at Privilege when Creamfields Ibiza gets underway - Photo: James Chapman)

Moondance Festival
Sunday 6th August
Trent Park, London

Trent Park will host house music from Promised Land ft. Terry Francis, X-Press 2 and Mr C, as well as jungle and old skool courtesy of LTJ Bukem among others. Garage, hard house, bass music and DnB also get plenty of representation.

Moovin Festival
25th-27th August
Etherow Country Park, Stockport

Its magical countryside location immediately marked Moovin out as a potentially wonderful weekend, and with Roy Ayers, Black Grape, Gilles Peterson and Roni Size on the lineup, that has pretty been confirmed. A laid back festival with top quality artists sounds alright to me.

(Gilles Peterson is one of many world-renowned artists on the Moovin Festival lineup - Photo: Herzog Promotion)

South East Dance Festival
Saturday 26th August
Garon Park, Southend-on-Sea

Hands up if you like old skool; DJ Luck & MC Neat, Artful Dodger, Ratpack and more will be catering to you at Garon Park.

Saturday 5th August
Braehead Arena, Renfrew

Glasgow gets treated to EDM, trance and the harder side of dance music thanks to Dvbbs, Timmy Trumpet, Andrew Rayel and a whole load more.

Main photo courtesy of South West Four

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