Considering how disappointing the Reading Festival line up is this year many have wonder why they should spend a small fortune on going to a music festival this year. However don’t fret as here are ten fabulous festivals you maybe not have considered:
1) Truck Festival
When- 19th-22nd July
Where- Steventon, Oxfordshire
Price- from £110 for weekend
Go if- you want to find their new favourite indie band
Known as “the Godfather of the small festival scene”, Truck Festival is one of the UK’s longest running, having started in 1998, and most popular small festivals. So popular in fact that the organisers have decided to open a day earlier to maximise the experience. Headlining this year is Friendly Fires and George Ezra with upcoming bands Peace, Pale Waves, The Magic Gang and many more great acts further down the bill.
When- 9th-12th August
Where- Matterley Estate, Hampshire
Go if- you’ll looking for a surreal otherworldly experience
Boomtown is the ultimate music festival a dramatic flare. Each year the festival has a theme and this year due to its tenth anniversary it will be extra special (if that’s even possible). Chapter 10 is entitled ‘The Machine Cannot Be Stopped’, and with districts such as Old Town, Forest Parties, Bang Hai Towers and Paradise Heights this bizarre circus holds something for everyone. Although the full line up is yet to be announced with groove masters Gorillaz playing its bound to be a hoot.
3) End of the Road Festival
When- 30th-2nd September
Where- Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset
Go if- you enjoy the high-brow picturesque life
This gorgeous middle sized festival is perfect for music-lovers who want a chilled out weekend seeing their favourite bands without too much rumpus (well maybe a little bit). The festival has been running since 2005 and arguably this year has the best line up to date with Vampire Weekend, St. Vincent and John Cale. Not only is there fab tunes, but for you fans of the cult TV show there is a whole Twin Peaks section for you to dig into.
4) Isle of Wight Festival
When- 21st-24th June
Where- Fairlee Road, Newport
Go if- you want an all-star line-up
Get ready for the most mind blowing weekend of your life as with the Isle of Wight Festival’s 50th anniversary comes the biggest names in the music industry. With rock heroes such as Kasabian, Depeche Mode, Van Morrison, Nile Rodgers, Liam Gallagher, Blossoms and The Manic Street Preachers what more could you want?
5) Download Festival
When- 8th-10th June 2018
Where- Donington Park, Leicestershire,
Go if- you’re into the heavy stuff
Since its birth in 2003, Download has been the most popular British summer rock and heavy metal festival hosting the biggest bands in the genre and this year is no exception as with Guns N Roses, Ozzy Osbourne, Bullet for My Valentine, and Marilyn Manson headlining its gonna be a riot. For some what makes the Download experience unique is a visit to the Doghouse where the Circus of Horror performances and club nights take place among other shenanigans. Word of warning however- this festival may not be for you if you’re not into moshing until your head aches.
6) Wireless Festival
When- 6-8 July 2018
Where- Finsbury Park, London
Go if- you want to dance to urban pop all weekend long
Not surprisingly most of the tickets for Wireless are sold out but those of you who are really dedicated to the sesh and lucky enough may be able to snap one up from a friend or (shh) a ticket resale site. This year Wireless presents many fresh faces such as Post Malone, J. Cole, Stormzy, Migos, DJ Khaled, and Cardi B. Get ready to grab your sunnies and neon face paint.
7) TRNSMT Festival
When- 29th June- 1st July
Where- Glasgow Green, Glasgow, Scotland
Go if- you want to see some indie legends
Although TRNSMT may seem a bit of a trek away the line-up (for me it’s the best line up of any festival this year) totally makes it worth it. Not only are Blossoms, Interpol, Wolf Alice, The Killers, Liam Gallagher, Stereophonics, Queen, and Franz Ferdinand playing but the icons that are the Arctic Monkeys are making their triumphant return to the music scene after their 4 year hiatus. You’ll definitely want to be right on the barrier for this one.
8) Boardmasters Festival
When- 8th-12th August
Where- Watergate Bay, Newquay
Go if- you want a mix of pop and surf
The acclaimed Boardmasters once again turns the Cornish coast into a full on rave combining music and surfing as many have done for generations. Big names Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Chemical Brothers, and George Ezra headline the festival among other stand out bands. However this festival isn’t all about the tunes so hire a wetsuit and hit the waves.
9) Latitude Festival
When- 12th-15th July
Where- Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk
Go if- you want an art-filled experience
Looking for a combination Centre Parcs and a music festival? Look no further, Latitude offers a family-friendly experience alongside the great bands you want to hear. This year an assortment of areas are open that are bound to entertain so head to the lake for a swim, or check out the Cabaret Theatre or the sunrise area, and finish the day with a dance on the
waterfront. As well as all that you can look forward to music from The Killers, Solange, alt-J, The Vaccines, and Wolf Alice.
10) Y Not? Festival
When- 26th-29th July
Where- Pikehall, Derbyshire
Go if- you want bonkers fancy dress and late night tunes
Boy, has Y Not? Festival got a line up for you. The Libertines, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Jamiroquai, Manic Street Preachers, Kaiser Chiefs, and The Wombats all take the stage to ensure this weekend will be a cracking one to remember. Still not sure? As its name suggests- why not?