Summer is upon us in the UK –supposedly, and the first big music festival of the year has just concluded; the Isle of Wight Festival. Last year, the festival was ruined by torrential rain and whilst the early sessions were reasonably dry, the final day saw the heavy rain that is an essential element of UK music festivals. What would Glastonbury be without the mud, or Reading without rain!
For those of you that don’t mind a bit of squalor whilst enjoying your favourite bands, the big concerts of the year are still to come and we’ve chosen a selection of the ‘Don’t Miss’ occasions should you feel tempted!
Glastonbury 26th – 30th June
Coming up at the end of this month, this festival is the granddaddy of them all and regularly sells out well in advance of the occasion. This year is no exception and whilst you can get tickets on eBay, you’ll pay even more than the very expensive gate price. A festival ticket should be £205 but whatever you end up paying, it entitles you to such attractions as the Rolling Stones and the Arctic Monkeys. The line-up looks a little tame this year but it hasn’t stopped the ticket sales.
T in the Park 12th – 14th July at Kinross Scotland £205
For the same price you’ll get to contend with midges whilst watching your favourites. Said to have a better line up than Glastonbury- it features The Killers, Earth, Wind and Fire, Texas and Rihanna, it’s no wonder this is one of the most popular concert weekends in the UK calendar.
WOMAD 25th – 28th July Malmesbury Wiltshire
This is one of the biggest and best as well as a tried and tested formula. Few big names here though, instead you’ll be treated to an eclectic selection of world music with Arrested Development and Craig Charles being some of the only names you’ll recognise. Tickets will cost you £185.
V Festival 17th and 18th August Chelmsford Essex and Weston Park Staffordshire
£185 for tickets for V this year but well worth the money for the chance to see Beyonce, Stereophonics, Olly Murs and more. Lots of big names at this year’s event which is being held in dual venues with the stars flitting between each. It’s our top rated festival for the year and tickets are still available.
Reading Festival 23rd – 25th August Reading Berkshire
£202.50 will get you into Reading, another festival that’s renowned for rain and mud. A great line up this year including Green Day, Eminem and Fall Out Boy together with proximity to London makes this event very popular but you can still get tickets.
Bestival 5th – 8th September Arreton Isle of Wight
The island’s second festival of the year costs £190 and brings in some treasured artists to entertain you such as Fat Boy Slim and Elton John. It’s the last big festival of the year so if you’ve missed all the others, try to get to this one.
Finally, if it’s your first time at a festival, be prepared for delays, frustrations, mud, poor hygiene but overall great fun!