Music festival season is officially nearly here, and months of planning outfits and makeup looks will finally be worth it. But there are so many festivals to choose from, and even the biggies this year are hard to pick between. Here’s a guide to the top UK 2018 music festivals.
July 20-22, Oxfordshire
Truck Festival is going into its 20th year now but has kept it’s intimate, friendly vibe all the way through. With acts like George Ezra and Friendly Fires, it’s a great (and way less commercial) alternative to Glastonbury, where you can see top acts, for a far reduced price.
August 17-18, Chelmsford
Formerly V Festival, RiZE is the festival to go to if you love anything Top 40. Rita Ora and James Bay will make an appearance at the pop fest, which doesn’t look set to be much different to his predecessor, whilst headliners Liam Gallagher and Stereophonics bring an indie close to each of the two nights.
3. Leeds and Reading
August 24-26, Leeds/Reading
The line-up this year has disappointed many veterans of the festival but made younger generations very happy. A switch from indie and rock to grime and pop is increasingly happening each year- so if that sounds like your thing, this might be for you. Leeds and Reading are also one of the notoriously more fun festivals to go to, but with a change in audience, that could be open to change.
August 8-12, Newquay
If you dig the surf vibe and want an excuse to go for full beach babe hair, Boardmasters is a great music festival option. It is essentially sea-views, skate shows and a surfers paradise with a great soundtrack. Acts like Catfish and the Bottlemen, to more mainstream Years and Years and Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, will take the stage, so a great seaside weekend.
July 12-15, Southwold
A way more quirky festival, Latitude hosts a multitude of performers with different sounds. This year, Solange Knowles and Killers take to the stage, alongside Wolf Alice and Alt-J. Plus there’s a lake to swim in and, bizarrely, there are painted sheep too.
August 2-5, Dorset
Bestival has won countless awards and is definitely the most colourful festival around this summer. From crazy circus acts to artistic woodland, even without music, this boutique festival would be a great weekend. Expect to see London Grammer, M.I.A and Mura Masa on the stage, and expect to have a lot of fun away from the stage too.
August 23-26, Chesire
The North’s answer to DJ festivals comes in the form of Creamfields, a festival predominantly attracting younger generations. From Martin Garrix to Diplo, you will be expected to dance for the whole weekend- with very little exceptions. The bad thing? It overlaps with Leeds and Reading, so you can’t boogie at both. These 2018 music festivals will be events to remember.