Festival season is finally underway! The snow has (hopefully) ceased in covering our grassy fields for the foreseeable and it’s time to seek some sun alongside some stellar soundtracks with our May Festival Picks. With celebrations of music, culture, food and more taking place all over the country, you’ll be spoilt for choice selecting your favoured festival outing. Of course, the weather in the UK is unpredictable, unreliable and sometimes downright disappointing, so if it’s the sun in particular you’re after, there’s even the option of going further afield as European beach destinations are also among the top offerings of May.
Lost & Found Festival
Thursday 3rd - Monday 7th May
St Paul’s Bay, Malta
When Radio One DJ and living electronic music encyclopedia Annie Mac is in charge of curating a festival, you know the lineup is going to be an unmissable. Boasting a performance from the woman herself, as well as the likes of The Black Madonna, Solardo, Stefflon Don, Denis Sulta, Peggy Gou, Mabel, J Hus, Hot Since 82, Not3s, Shy Fx, Mabel, Camelphat, Bicep and many many more, Lost & Found Festival brings a long list of stellar acts to the sunshine of St Paul’s Bay in Malta. More than your average festival though, with multi-venue stages including a rave at a castle and boat parties on the waves - Lost & Found is a completely unique holiday and festival rolled into one.
Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th May
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London
The famous, fully immersive stages are taking to London for their debut this spring in a two-day takeover of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, signalling the brand’s ten year anniversary. Saturday see acts like Leftfield Live, Sven Väth, Matador, Eats Everything, Dusky, Norman Jay and more take to the stage, while Sunday’s lineup contains stars like Rudimental, Noisia, TQD, Coki & Mala, Preditah b2b Bassboy and many more over the festival’s two impressively gigantic and 360 degree view stages.
Leeds Indie Food
Friday 18th - Saturday 26th May
Various Venues, Leeds
Food fans, rejoice! As the best of Leeds’ independent food community come together to create a two full weeks of eating, drinking and guaranteed good times. Ranging from workshops in making chocolate, to brewery tours and completely unique dining experiences, Leeds Indie Food festival has pretty much every base covered.
Friday 25th - Sunday 27th May
Globe Road, South Bank, Leeds
Bringing a lineup to Leeds that includes headliner and Mercury Music Prize winner Sampha, Brit nominee Loyle Carner and internationally renowned Unknown Mortal Orchestra, World Island offers a summer sizzler of a festival across three days in Leeds. Also featuring the likes of Badbadnotgood, Nightmares On Wax, Yellow Days, Jungle, Gilles Peterson, Ezra Collective, Alfa Mist, Jordan Rakei, Rina Sawayama, Nubya Garcia, Yazmin Lacey and many more.
Friday 25th - Sunday 27th May
Stella Maris, Umag, Croatia
Situated on the stunning coast of Umag in Croatia, this year’s Sea Star will be hosting new-romantic synth-pop duo Hurts as headliners, German DJ and producer Robin Schulz, English DJ trio Disciples, Ofenbach and so much more. If it’s sun you’re after with a sweet, sweet supporting soundtrack, Sea Star Festival might just be the best on offer for you.
Saturday 26th - Monday 28th May
Railway Road, Harrogate
If it’s food you fancy, StrEat Food and Family Fun Festival is exactly what it’s name suggests. With a vintage fairground theme, Harrogate’s West Yorkshire Showground will be transformed into a haven of food vendors, old era games and attractions with something on offer for the entire family.
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