With Glastonbury today throwing open it’s hallowed gates, the immense jealousy really kicks in for those unlucky individuals who didn’t manage to get themselves one of the almost mythical tickets. Alas, do not let the green-eyed monster overcome you just yet. We have put together a selection of the UK’s best festival offerings this summer, to help you get over the Worthy Farm blues.
A new entry for this year, delve into the under-belly of Britain’s iconic dance music scene at this insatiably cool boutique festival. With a late license granted for sundown to sunrise partying, expect extended sets and copious spontaneous back-to-backs across the weekend. Couple these late nights with world-class sound systems thumping throughout, this one isn’t for the light hearted. LRR tip: if you’re planning on heading down, make sure you catch Nicholas Jaar’s set, which will be nothing short of a mind-bending, goosebump inducing journey through the deep and dark depths of House and Techno.
Once again taking over Victoria Park this summer, this East London staple covers the whole spectrum of dance music ranging from the likes of Annie Mac and Jamie XX, right up to international heavy weights Frank Ocean and Solange who are on headline duties. Its central location makes Lovebox a perfect option for party hungry city dwellers who want to satisfy their festival fix without getting down and dirty in the campsites.
After a slightly shaky 2016, Bestival is back with a vengeance in a brand new setting – the beautiful Lulworth Cove estate in Dorset. Learning from its mistakes, the festival has gone back to its roots promising a festival atmosphere full of family friendly, exuberant and over the top fun. Line-up wise, Bestival has it all, with headline sets from The XX and Pet Shop Boys, whilst the likes of David Rodigan rave it up in the Bollywood tent. In fact, a certain member of our team will be attending this one so if you see a rather tall, curly haired fella walking through the crowd, do come and say hello.
Hop into the Thames that runs behind our Twyford office and bob along for a couple of miles over the Bank Holiday weekend and you will find yourselves at the gates of one of Britain’s most famous festivals, Reading. A rite of passage for locals, this festival is a large scale music festival in its simplest form. Not bothering with extracurricular activities, such as art and theatre that can be found at the others in this guide, Reading is all about the music and with a bill topped by Eminem, Kasabian and Muse that is surely entertainment enough, right? Famed for mammoth sets and raucous crowds this epic beast is a must on the festival circuit.
So, there we have it, a rundown of some our favourite summer festivals. With a plethora of events taking place every summer, we hope this quick guide has helped whittle down the options to find one that might just tickle your fancy.