It’s the beginning of the festival season and music fans will be getting excited about the summer months that are ahead, as this is the time the wellies, suncream, umbrellas and sunglasses all come out for a season of wonderful British festivals. Either that, or you get to leave your wellies and umbrellas at home as some will be travelling further afar to hear their favourite bands, DJs and more in slightly more appealing climates. Anyway, June is the first month that things really begin to kick off, so we’ve picked our favourite options for those who have yet to decide what to do and where to go.
Parklife Festival is curated by the same creative minds behind The Warehouse Project, which explains why the dance music programme at Heaton Park every year is so strong. Dance music is not the only thing on offer here though as huge live headliners take to the festival each year, with this years line up topping the last, a pattern we see every year. 6 stages compromising a wide variety of tunes means adventure, hedonism and a night at the Afterlife after parties are definitely on the cards, once you want even more.
Line Up: Nas, Disclosure, Rudimental, Ben Howard, George Ezra, Fatboy Slim, Grace Jones, Wu Tang Clan, Jessie Ware, Everything Everything, Tiga, Ten Walls, Crazy P, Ritchie Hawtin, Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler B2B Eats Everything, Maya Jane Coles, The Martinez Brothers, Adam Beyer, Wilkinson & More.
Field Day London
Field Day holds home at Victoria Park in London and spreads over the 6th and 7th of June with a great variety of bands and electronic music acts playing across both days. Aside from the music programme there are a ton of other things to get involved in, which include village green games, sideshows, a brass band section, even eating contests. Food and drink will be provided from a selection of London’s finest food markets and drink stalls.
Line Up: Caribou, Ride, Eagulls, Daniel Avery B2B Andre Weatherall, Gaz Coombes, Django Django, FKA Twigs, Justin Robertson, Mac DeMarco, Hudson Mohawke, John Talabot, Marcel Detmann B2B Ben Klock, Mumdance, Nina Kraviz, Run The Jewels, Spector, Todd Terje and The Olsens & More.
If you’re a fan of rock and metal, there really is no other festival in the UK fans look forward to as much the do Download Festival. Taking place at Donington Park, the spiritual home of rock, Download invites rock legends and modern day heroes to their 4 stages that will be rocking all day and evening long. There are also a huge number of attractions to see including Progress Wresting, and inflatable church, speed dating, club night in the Doghouse, comedy, a silent disco, a cinema, laser tag and a chance to play yourself on the Dogs Bed stage.
Line Up: Slipknot, Muse, KISS, Judas Priest, Faith No More, Mötley Crüe, Five Finger Death Punch, Marilyn Manson, Black Stone Cherry Enter Shikari, Slash, S Day To Remember, Lamb Of God, Fightstar, Yellowcard, Andrew W.K, Rise Against & More.
Made In Leeds Festival
Leeds is a hotbed for exciting electronic music, which is why the team behind bar Fibre have created Made In Leeds, a one day inner city festival taking place at The Tetley, just a 2 minute walk from the bar itself. Here you will see legendary music institutions like Back To Basics and The Warehouse hosting stages alongside other well-known brands in the city such as Insomnia, 2020 Vision and Federation. To compliment the music there will be a selection of thrill rides, Jaeger trucks and a VIP area for those who want to unlock a little more.
Line up: Claude VonStroke, Steve Lawler, Miguel Campbell, Tough Love, Ralph Lawson, Laura Jones, wAFF, Denney, James Barnsley, Arun Verone, Tom Zanetti, Ko Kane, Justin Robertson, System2, Frenchy, James Holroyd, Marc Leaf, Kag Katumba, Dale Castell.
Secret Solstice is a very unique music festival that takes place in the capital city of Iceland’s in unison with the summer solstice. As a result, Reykjavik’s Laugardalur (and the rest of the country) is blessed with 72 hours of sunlight, which is more than an excuse for a music festival, it is a calling. With the main stage welcoming international music stars and local favourites there is more than enough to treat any music fan, however to add even more to the equation, the ‘night time’ dance arena, which is constructed in the ice rink plays host to countless electronic greats who play until the wee hours of the morning. Boutique food stalls, art installations and on site shops provide further entertainment for an experience you won’t forget.
Line Up: Wu Tang Clan, FKA Twigs, Charles Bradley, The Wailers, Kelis, MØ, Alabama 3, Daniel Avery, Erol Alkan, Flight Facilities, TEED, Foreign Beggars, GusGus, Green Velvet, Guti, Heidi, KiNK, Miss Kittin, Moodymann, Nick Curly, Nightmares On Wax, Skream, Route 94, Wankelmut, Zero 7, Submotion Orchestra & More.
New Look Wireless 10th Anniversary
Wireless Festival is preparing to celebrate its 10th anniversary as one of the most exciting popular music festivals the country has to offer. As an extra special treat to celebrate the 10th year in business, Wireless are throwing the Wireless 10 event on Sunday the 28th of June ahead of the weekend long festival that will take place the following week in July. With a huge number of today’s hottest artists in the world of pop, R&B, dance and more set to appear at this one day event, Wireless will be warming up the main event in a fashion like no other.
Line Up: Drake, Rita Ora, Katy B, Chance The Rapper, Public Enemy, Kid Ink, Big Sean, Black Star, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, De La Soul, Jhene Aiko, G-Eazy, ILoveMakonnen.
Words by Josh Plews
Images courtesy of Parklife, Field Day, Download, Made In Leeds, Secret Solstice and Wireless.