The Glass Guide to this summer’s UK Music Festivals

FESTIVAL season is fast approaching, and this summer will host a vast amount of great music across the country. In order to help you decide which festivals to go to, we’ve created a guide of the best musical events happening to suit everyone’s taste.



Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park
Hyde Park will come alive for 10 days, as part of Barclaycard’s British Summer Time. They are putting on 6 huge nights of music in addition to their 4 day open day for activities for families. Legend Stevie Wonder will be closing the festival, with support from Pharrell Williams.

Where: Hyde Park, London
When:  July 1-10
Who: Massive Attack, Patti Smith, Mumford & Sons, Florence + The Machine, Carole King, Take That, Stevie Wonder and many more.


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T in the Park
This major Scottish music festival will host the iconic Mancunian rock headliners The Stone Roses, along with other dance and pop acts.The lineup that guarantees a variety of music that can be enjoyed by anyone.

Where: Strathallan Castle, Perthshire, Scotland

When: July 8-10

Who: The Stone Roses, Calvin Harris, Disclosure, LCD Soundsystem, Faithless, Major Lazer and many more.


Latitude Festival 2012. Bon Iver 2012

Music, comedy, literature, film and poetry are only some of the things you can enjoy at Latitude. Expect secret sets, good food and a family friendly atmosphere. The festival site even has a lake which you can swim in!

Where: Henham Park, Suffolk
When: July 14-17
Who: New Order, Maccabees, The National, Courtney Barnett, Daughter, Michael Kiwanuka, Father John Misty and many more.


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Y Not Festival
Voted as the best medium sized festival by the UK festival award, Y Not Festival is the best place to catch the best emerging acts as well as seeing some old favorites. Catfish and the Bottlemen are one of the many indie bands who will be playing as well as the legendary Madness.

Where: Pikehall, Derbyshire
When: July 29-31
Who: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Editors, The Cribs, Catfish and the Bottlemen and many more.



The Boomtown fair is a fictional town that boasts fantastically decorated stages and an ongoing storyline that correlates to the festival’s theme. This is a festival for reggae, ska and punk lovers.

Where: Matterley Estate, Hampshire
When: August 11-14
Who: Madness, Asian Dub Foundation, The King Blues, Beans on Toast, The Slackers, The Skints and many more.


Green Man

Located in the heart of the Brecon Beacons national park, Green Man ensures a very relaxing weekend of music, with scenes of greenery and mountains. The festival can be described as a less hectic Glastonbury.

Where: Glanisk Park, Brecon Beacons, Wales
When: August 18-21
Who: Laura Marling, James Blake, Warpaint, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Slow Club, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and many more.


Reading Festival 2015. Photo by Jen O’Neill

Reading & Leeds

Reading festival is arguably the most rock ‘n’ roll event of the year, and this year’s bill celebrates three stadium sized rock bands. In addition to the whopping amount of guitar music, look out for Grime favorite, Boy Better Know who plays the main stage on Friday.

Where: Richfield Avenue, Reading/Bramham Park Yorkshire
When: August 26-28
Who: Foals, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Biffy Clyro, The Vaccines, Slaves, Eagles of Death Metal, Boy Better Know any many more.

End of the Road

Headliner Joanna Newsom has exclusively chosen to play End of the Road as her only UK festival date, which is only one of many treats at End of the Road. You can also enjoy food from around the globe with their special selection of international food stands.

Where: Larmer Tree Gardens, Salisbury
When: September 2-4
Who: Joanna Newsom, The Shins, Devendra Banhart, The Oh Sees, The Thurston Moore Group, Omar Souleyman and many more.


This year’s Bestival is themed ‘the future’, and rightly so with the strong lineup of electronic and dance music! With carefully themed stages, and the change to dress up in costume, Bestival will transform the Isle of White into the Isle of future for three days!

Where: Robin Hill country park, Isle of White
When: September 8-11
Who: The Cure, Hot Chip, Fatboy Slim, Years & Years, Skepta, Craig David’s TS5, Wolf Alice, The Human League and many more.

Liverpool Psych Fest

Pulling together the finest international psychedelic bands, Liverpool Psych Fest is the annual Mecca for fans of this genre. Situated in the heart of Liverpool, the festival will bring host new psych artists as well as cult bands.

Where: Various venues, Liverpool
When: September 23-24
Who: Super Furry Animals, The Horrors, Acid Mothers Temple, The Moonlandingz, The Wytches, Ulrika Spacek, Baba Naga and many more.

by Katrina Mirpuri

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