With festival season just around the corner, there is plenty to get excited about for the coming year. From the heaviest of hard rock and metal to relaxed indie and pop vibes, there truly is something for everyone in the next coming months. And it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg either, or even force you to camp in a muddy field if that just isn’t your thing.
Here’s a quick list of some festivals to keep an eye out for in England over the summer:
- Slam Dunk 27th – 29th May
Taking place across three venues in the UK during the Spring bank holiday weekend, Slam Dunk have a vast bunch of pop-punk, alternative and post-hardcore acts spanning across eight stages both indoors and outdoors; wellies aren’t a necessity here. The one day, 14+ festival is a steal at only £44, with two venues (Leeds and Hatfield) already sold out.
Acts Include: Enter Shikari, Bowling For Soup, Don Broco, Neck Deep, Tonight Alive, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Memphis May Fire.
- Wychwood 2nd – 4th June
Taking place at the renowned racecourse in Cheltenham, Wychwood is one of the most family friendly festivals on the list. There’s plenty to do, not just the regular dose of diverse music and live performances: with comedy, kids literature, workshops and plenty of awesome food throughout the weekend. It is definitely something to check out with plenty of local performers, all for only £140 for adult weekend passes and discounted entry for children and concessions.
Acts Include: Buzzcocks, The Levellers, Billy Bragg, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, The Strypes
- Download 9th – 11th June
Quite possibly one of the most prestigious rock and metal festival in the UK, Download festival takes place at the spiritual home of rock: Donington Park. This year it is the place to witness Aerosmith play the stage one last time, as well as NXT Superstars in action and cinema screening, it is well worth the considerable ticket price. This one is definitely in need for wellies in order to get the full experience and rock out for a full weekend.
Acts Include: System of a Down, Biffy Clyro, Aerosmith, A Day To Remember, Alter Bridge, Sum 41, Slayer, Prophets of Rage.
- Glastonbury 21st – 25th June
If you were one of the lucky ones to get your hands on Glastonbury tickets this year, then you’re sure to be in for a big treat. Foo Fighters lead the line-up, following their cancellation back in 2015 when Dave Grohl was undergoing surgery. The sold out, contemporary performing arts festival will be held once again at the Worthy Farm in Somerset, marking its final year before it takes a traditional ‘fallow year’ off in 2018.
Acts Include: Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran, Radiohead, Biffy Clyro, The XX, The National, Katy Perry, Royal Blood, Alt-J
- Grillstock 1st – 2nd July
Grillstock are known for their meat filled restaurants, but they also run a pretty good couple of days of music. They promise a full-blown weekend of meat, music and mayhem all at Bristol Harbourside, and what could be better than that?
Acts Include: The Darkness, The Pharcyde, Craig Charles, Funk & Soul Club, Hayseed Dixie
- 2000 Trees 6th – 8th July
The three-day extravaganza that is 2000 Trees Festival is set in the gorgeous Cotswold Hills and provides hours of exciting entertainment across a number of stages including new and upcoming local bands to the Gloucestershire area. With three day tickets being around £110, it is a reasonably priced festival with plenty of charm.
Acts Include: Nothing But Thieves, Lower Than Atlantis, Deaf Havana, Mallory Knox, Slaves, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
- Amplified 21st – 23rd July
If you’re looking for a relatively new festival that is packed to the brim with heavy metal and post-hardcore bands, then Amplified Rocks in Gloucestershire. It is the first year for Amplified and they already have some top groups on the line-up, from critically acclaimed bands to new up and coming local groups. All this for around £80 is a bargain.
Acts Include: Puddle of Mudd, Reef, Trapt, Krysthia, Unzucht, Milk Teeth, Evil Scarecrow, Acid Reign
- Y Not 27th – 30th July
The Peak District countryside holds host to a vast atmosphere of diverse indie, alternative and pop in one place. The festival has the capabilities to appeal to a wide audience: like a lesser known version of Glastonbury. Currently on their last sets of tickets at £114, the festival is incredibly popular and is bound to be a weekend to remember.
Acts Include: Stereophonics, Two Door Cinema Club, The Vaccines, Jake Bugg, Clean Bandit, Twin Atlantic, Frank Turner, Frank Turner & The Ratllesnakes
- Reading and Leeds 25th – 27th August
August bank holiday weekend holds host to Reading/Leeds festival: a popular weekend for sought-after pop, alternative, indie and electro. Appealing to a vast number of social groups, the festival pulls in masses of crowds year after year. Being around the £200 mark for the full weekend camping instalment, it may not be the cheapest, but it does prove to provide a little something for everyone.
Acts Include: Muse, Kasabian, Eminem, Bastille, Major Lazer, You Me At Six, Liam Gallagher
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