The Big Festival List 2017

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NASS
8th – 10th July
£129 – Royal Bath & West Showgrounds, nr Bristol

Extreme sports, music, art and youth culture is top priorities for NASS Festival, the high octane event is brought to you by the guys behind Boardmasters and the Masked Ball. With around 15,000 lovers of music, skating and BMXing in attendance, you can enjoy all the competitions, live acts, graffiti battles, workshops and fairground rides without feeling too crowded. This year, the line up plays host to some huge names such as Pendulum, Method Man, Red Man, Giggs, Kano and Wiley. Whether it’s grime, dance, hip hop or drum and bass you want, there’s a lot on offer over the three day weekend. Other names not to miss are Loyle Carner, Noisia and High Contrast. Party hard or ride hard, you decide.

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MTV Crashes Plymouth
27th – 28th July
£27.50 – The Hoe, Plymouth

MTV Crashes is back! Taking over Plymouth Hoe for another sunny weekend in July, you can be treated to the likes of Sigma, Busted and Martin Garrix. With past acts including Little Mix, Rudimental and Example, MTV Crashes has been bringing pop music to a huge 20,000 fans from across the country since its debut in 2014. Local boys Antimatador even got the chance to play to the huge crowd.

Photography by Greenbeanz Photography

Photography by Greenbeanz Photography

Don’t miss out on the chart topping action hitting Britain’s Ocean City and enjoy live music located on the edge of the incredibly beautiful harbour of Plymouth Sound. Where you can enjoy massive live music acts at a fraction of the cost of regular tour gigs, this two day pop extravaganza is set to be the biggest one yet!

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Port Eliot Festival
27th – 30th July
£165 – St German’s, Cornwall

Reflecting the Eliot Estate’s eccentric nature, Port Eliot is easily one of the UK’s most magical festivals. An annual celebration of words, music, nature, food, fashion and fun, there is no end to the activities going on. From yoga classes to candle making workshops, from late night DJ sessions to stand up comedy, from fantastic food to silly science, Port Eliot aims to entertain, relax and charm you to come back year after year. Allow your ears to be charmed by Nick Lowe, The Comet is Coming and Andrew Weatherall, find yourself entertained by the comedian Tom Wrigglesworth and author Matt Haig, but most importantly, relax in the natural beauty of the River Lynher and its estuary. With intimate gigs held in a church, picnic spots under 300 year old trees, the setting of a twelfth century estate and with a laid back atmosphere, Port Eliot really is a highlight of the local festival scene.

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Boardmasters
9th – 13th August
£159 – Watergate Bay/Fistral Beach, Newquay

Another year, another huge line up, Boardmasters continues to bring massive musical acts to Newquay. Located over two sites, you can enjoy monolithic acts such as Two Door Cinema Club, Jamiroquai, Alt J, Flaming Lips and Stormzy, and that’s barely scratching the surface. However, Boardmasters isn’t all about the music, although it very easily could be. You can enjoy some sun and catch some of the professional surf competitions on Fistral Beach, or if tricks on wheels are more your thing, head to the Canna Ramp nearby where there’s professional and amateur skate and BMX jams. Boardmasters seems to have the whole package, with a ton of other activities to keep you busy in the down time. Grab some surf lessons, chill out with yoga, shop in the Surf Village, sink some sea food at the Wild Oyster Restaurant, unwind with intimate live music at the Beach Bar or pick up a pasty at the Keg and Pasty pub, you won’t be short of a good time down in Cornwall this summer.

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Beautiful Days
18th – 20th August
£135 – Escot Park, Devon

Hosted by Brighton boys The Levellers, Beautiful Days returns for its 15th year to bring you another incredible weekend of live music down to Devon. With such headliners as Paul Heaton and Jacquai Abbot, Frank Turner, The Sisters of Mercy and Public Service Broadcasting, Beautiful Days continues to sell out every year, without the need to sell out. With no corporate sponsorship or branding, its independent grass roots vibes brings 17,500 people together to enjoy theatre, comedy, art installations, live performances and an ample selection of local food and booze. On the Sunday of the festival, there’s a theme of Rock the Boat, where pirates, mermaids, sailors, fish and crustaceans alike are invited to get on board and finish off the weekend with a spectacular fireworks display as The Levellers close the main stage in the evening. Get your ticket quick!

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Sea Change Festival
25th – 26th August
£55 – Totnes, Cornwall

Totes plays host again this year to the new kid on the block, Sea Change Festival. The independent festival began last year, curated by town’s own Drift Record Shop. Film, literature and live music are all on the menu this August Bank Holiday weekend. With “100% fun guaranteed”, the line up includes Temples, Blanck Mass, Gold Panda and Hey Colossus playing in venues such as the 15th century St Mary’s Church and Totnes’ Civic Hall, a venue previously filled with noise made by The Cure, Blondie and The Fall in the past. As with any inner city festival, there is no camp site, but there is one nearby, and the town has a vibrant community with many happy to be host through Airbnb. If you’re planning on going and you’re a day early, get your RSVP in for an exclusive invitation only launch party at venue Unit 23 on the Thursday night. With more announcements to come, this festival keeps going from strength to strength.

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Looe Music Festival
29th September – 1st October
£99 – Looe, Cornwall

One of the latest local festivals of the year, Looe Music Festival makes the Cornish coastal town of Looe a hot spot for live music entertainment. Festival goers can expect over 90 bands across five stages, with headliners such as Scottish alt rockers The Jesus and Mary Chain and Manchester’s own Happy Mondays to get the party started. Another festival with no official campsite, however Looe offers a great selection of holiday accommodation, so you can choose from cottages, hotels, B&Bs, caravans, touring parks, guest houses or local campsites. There’s plenty to do within the town during the weekend too, with boat trips, fishing, the Adrenalin Quarry (think zip lines and giant swings), coastal paths and a museum, as well as feasting on local cuisine and visiting traditional Cornish pubs. A bit more of a grown up affair, but not missing any of the high energy fun you’d want from a festival. Why not finish your festival season by the seaside this year?

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Isle of Wight Festival
8th – 11th June
£195 – Seaclose Park, Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Festival is no stranger to huge line-ups, with past years boasting Fleetwood Mac, Blur, Faithless and The Who and it’s back again this year with more of the same. With headliners including David Guetta, Run DMC, Rod Stewart and Bastille, the fun doesn’t stop with the main stage. There’s also the Big Top, the Hard Rock Stage and the Kashmir Cafe all packed full of acts, where there’ll be other world class artists such as Clean Bandit, The Wytches and Wheatus to keep you busy on your way to the arena. Isle of Wight Festival is bright, fun and jam packed with things to do; with rides, hidden stages, the Intoxicated Tea Room, champagne lounges and a shisha bar, you can enjoy all your favourite ways to unwind with so much on offer. It can be a bit of a pain getting to the isle four miles off the coast of Hampshire, but if you book your ferry enough in advance you can save yourself a couple of quid too.

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Download Festival
9th – 11th June
£215 – Donington Park, nr Derby

Download Festival is the UK’s number one rock and metal festival, bringing some of the biggest names in the heavy music scene to the Midlands every year since 2003. The event is coming into its 15th year and with a successful French edition of the festival coming into its second year, Download continues to grow and deliver more head banging classics year after year. This time is no different with headliners System of a Down, Biffy Clyro and Aerosmith donning the main stage at Donington Park, ‘the spiritual home of rock’. With the Zippo stage hosting Slayer and Rob Zombie, and some exciting newcomers Idles and Yonaka on the Dogtooth stage, you’re spoilt for choice over the three rock fest. Make sure you visit Clashfinder to plan your weekend, since you won’t want to miss a thing(!).

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Glastonbury
21st – 25th June
Sold Out – Worthy Farm, Somerset

What can I say really? Who doesn’t know about Glastonbury? It’s the largest festival of its kind in the world and attracts over 135,000 people every year, relying almost entirely on volunteers, raising millions of pounds for charity by having a bloody great party in a field. Does that sum it up? This year, Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran will be taking on the main stage, but that doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface on this tremendous mecca for festival lovers all across the globe. With districts and fields that easily could be a festival in their own right, you can explore and experience giant fire breathing alien spiders in Arcadia, UV paint fights in The Common, circus acts in the Unfairground, chill with friends in old 80-tonne grain silos in The Forge or maybe find yourself in the Peace Garden to wind down after the antics are over.

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Gareth Bull Photography

2000 Trees
6th – 8th July
£110 – Upcote Farm, Cheltenham

2000 Trees is a unique, independent festival, delivering new and underground indie and rock acts to Upcote Farm in Cheltenham. With an intimate 5000 capacity, you can experience acts such as Slaves, Lower Than Atlantis and Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes up close and personally. It all began with a group of six friends who had grown tired of paying through the nose for festivals, so began their own value for money alternative to the big money events. Ten years later and 2000 Trees boasts five stages, a trader village and lots of locally produced food and booze. Although small, it packs a punch, bringing together a friendly atmosphere with a diverse, intense and exciting line up of acts for live music lovers.

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Latitude Festival
13th – 16th July
£205.50 – Henham Park, Suffolk

Set in some of the most beautiful natural scenery in Suffolk, Latitude Festival is one that is as much as fun as it is magical. Headliners include The 1975, Mumford and Sons and Fleet Foxes, but with acts like Placebo, Jack Garratt and Fatboy Slim hitting the BBC stage, it’s a packed weekend of live music, fun-filled activities and a setting to make it that much more special. With an 11 acre lake running through the site, of which you’re welcome to swim in throughout the weekend, you are surrounded by the thicket of trees, lit by sparkling fairy lights. In the Faraway Forest you’ll find art installations and hammocks to relax in, there are dance competitions held on the Waterfront and you can witness DIY artists on the beginning of their musicianship journeys in the Alcove. With several arenas, street theatre, live poetry, cabaret shows, DJ sessions and the open air Lavish Big Screen, there’s always something to catch your attention at Latitude Festival.

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Boomtown Fair
10th – 13th August
£202 – Matterley Estate, Hampshire

Boomtown Fair isn’t just any ordinary festival. With a narrative for every year’s event, following a fictional backstory to the history of a man made city, Boomtown is a mythical place of wonderment, theatre, escapism and community with breathtaking and intricate stages and streets just waiting to be discovered. From the gold mines of the Wild West and the dilapidation of OldTown, to the neon lights of DSTRKT 5 and latino beats of Barrio Loco, there is so much to do and explore on the streets of Boomtown. With ska legends The Specials, feisty female rapper M.I.A and hip hop behemoths Cypress Hill headlining this year, as well as hundreds of other bands, artists, DJs and acts also making their mark on the weekend, it’s guaranteed to be a weekend with a lot to offer. If that doesn’t keep you busy enough, each district offers its own entertainment featuring showgirls, arcades, a derelict nuclear facility, street parties, healing fields and pirates. Go forth to the city of Boomtown, make yourself at home.

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Green Man Festival
17th – 20th August
£180 – Brecon Beacons, Wales

Surrounded by miles and miles of mountains, forests, waterfalls and rivers, the Brecon Beacons plays a fitting host for the down to earth, friendly indie festival that is Green Man. Filling the air with sounds of alternative, rock, country, folk, indie, dance and americana, the event maintains an intimate atmosphere despite it’s 20,000 capacity. At this year’s festival, celebrating it’s 15th anniversary, the mountains will echo the sounds of PJ Harvey, Ryan Adams, Future Islands and the Shins, as well as Michael Kiwanuka, Kate Tempest and Sleaford Mods. If that’s not enough, there’s comedy, theatre, poetry, literature, film, workshops and activity tents stretched throughout the beautifully decorated areas of the site. Find interactive installations and solar powered stages in Einstein’s Garden, sip some bubbly in a hot tub at Nature Nuture, find some solace in the Cinedrome or step into Chai Wallahs where you can dance the night away. Green Man Festival is not one to be missed.

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Reading Festival Main Stage

Reading/Leeds Festival
25th – 27th August
£213 – Richfield Avenue/Bramham Park

Brought to you by Festival Republic, the huge Reading and Leeds Festivals play hosts to some of the biggest names in music simultaneously over two sites. One weekend, two locations, Richfield Avenue in Reading and Bramham Park in Leeds. They’re both steeped with history, notably Nirvana’s emotional last ever UK show at Reading in 1992 and Rage Against the Machine’s dramatic performance in Leeds in 2008. This year’s line up promises to bring more unforgettable moments with acts such as Eminem, Muse, Bastille, Liam Gallagher and Fatboy Slim. These festivals are all about the music, so buckle in for an exciting weekend of live music with genres ranging from DJs and cabaret, hip hop and rap, alternative and indie, as well as punk and metal. Running over eight stages, Reading and Leeds continue to grow year on year, and usually sells out. I’d recommend moving fast on this one!

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Sonny Malhotra Photography

End of the Road
31st August – 3rd September
£189 – Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset

Easing us into summer drawing to a close, End of the Road is the soft cushion for us to fall into before the harsh reality of winter sets in. Don’t worry, with a line up of Father John Misty, Mac Demarco and Bill Callahan, this alternative festival will help you forget your troubles, at least for one weekend. End of the Road has a unique intimate atmosphere, surrounded by woodland adding its magical feel. Recharge in the Healing Gardens, laugh yourself silly in the Comedy tent, dance the night away at the Disco Ship and catch your favourites at the Big Top. Bands and artists alike are encouraged to get involved with the End of the Road’s laid-back vibes, so with no VIP areas, don’t be surprised to see your favourite bands strolling around, along with with residential roaming peacocks. This underdog festival has grown from strength to strength since its humble beginnings in 2006. Over 10 years later, you can enjoy folk, americana, country, indie, blues and alternative music, at End of the Road, named last year as the UK’s Best Small Festival by NME.

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Bestival
7th – 10th September
£191 – Lulworth Estate, Dorset

Hosted by the Isle of Wight’s Robin Hill Country Park for thirteen years, Bestival decided that 2017 was the time for change. Now to be held at the Lulworth Estate on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, Bestival will have a new location, without forgetting all your favourite aspects of the festival behind on the Isle. Bridging the gap between major music festival and intimate boutique event, Bestival offers the best of both worlds. Being seen for the first time, treat yourself to the soothing grooves of the Ambient Forest, the beating heart of Bollywood in the Colour Field, eye popping magic with a vintage style at Caravanserai, as well as old favourites such as HMS Bestival being relocated to Love Bot Park. The Castle Stage is where all the big action is happening, with headliners such as The XX, A Tribute Called Quest, Pet Shop Boys and Justice breaking in the new territory this year. You could be fooled into thinking that Bestival is all about the music with the line up it’s produced for this year’s event, but you can also find on site an inflatable church, free haircuts, night parades, a cocktail bus, the world’s biggest bouncy castle, confetti cannon AND disco ball. What better way to end a huge fun filled festival season, than with a huge fun filled festival?

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