Why The UK Offers Some Of The Best Summer Festivals In The WORLD!

June 7, 2014
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There’s something for everyone!!

Straight off the bat; where else in the world can we see Dolly Parton and Metallica in the same place? Glastonbury 2014 will see both hit the stage in front of thousands – albeit on separate nights, a duet is not on the cards, but never say never.

Tickets for Glastonbury 2014 sold out in 16 minutes months ago and with Arcade Fire, Kasabian, Robert Plant, The 1975 and Kodaline (to name but a few) also appearing, the UK’s uber festival looks set to be outstanding.

Didn’t get tickets to Glasto? Fret not dear readers, for the UK has much, MUCH more to offer besides the big hitters. Bestival, Download, V Festival and T in the Park are persistent big sellers and if you’re not on the ball you’ll miss out. But take a look at what’s available elsewhere and you’re in for a delightful summer. What’s more, you have the perfect excuse to buy a whole new festival-themed wardrobe!

‘Boutique’ festivals are scattered all across the UK from the Welsh Mountains’ Beacons Festival – where you’ll find The Fall and Jon Hopkins alongside Charlie XCX and Cate Le Bon – to the intimate Loopallu Festival way up in the Highlands of Scotland.

Fans of metal who found Sonisphere’s £215 price tag a little steep can count on Bloodstock festival in August, where catching heavy legends Megadeth will set you back £137 .

Fancy a bit of pre-festival surf action? Then look no further than Boardmasters in Newquay, Cornwall, where you’ll be joined by Chase and Status, Bastille and Snoop Dogg.

Nostalgia goes hand-in-hand with British summertime cider pitchers at Hop Farm music festival this July. Ray Davies, The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson and Grace Jones will be headlining over the three nights, with Deacon Blue and Billy Ocean bringing back some classics.

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Just want to dance? Where better than the ultimate dance-fest Creamfields? Also worth a look is The Zoo Project at Donington Park where you’ll be greeted by Sasha and Groove Armada. Or, how about Coloursfest in Glasgow where Martin Garrix will be bringing EDM to the UK summertime experience?

Folk enthusiasts can delight at the vast array of musicians who flock to the Cambridge Folk Festival; including Van Morrison and Newton Faulkner. Whereas fans of classical – with a touch of 70’s disco – can take in the celebratory atmosphere at Proms In The Park in London with Earth Wind and Fire and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

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Don’t have the time or money for a weekend festival experience? Try a one day trip out to Lounge On The Farm in Kent where local beers and good food await accompanied by The Fun Lovin’ Criminals and The Subways.

The Eden Festival in Dumfries and Galloway or the Sunshine Festival in Worcestershire are great for families and Camp Bestival acts as the little brother to ‘Bestival’ supplying kids of all ages with their favourite acts, from Horrible Histories to Mr. Tumble. Meanwhile, Laura Mvula and Sophie Ellis-Bexter keep the entire family happy with their festival-perfect performances.

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Can’t manage an entire day’s worth of fun and music in the sun? Try visiting one of literally hundreds of pubs in the UK where on any given weekend night you’ll find a band playing in the garden. Try The Feathers Hotel, Ledbury, Herefordshire, where you’ll find local bands playing throughout the summer months alongside fine ales and wonderful food in the terraced garden.

Whatever festival or outdoor music experience you choose this summer in the UK, I can guarantee you’ll be smiling throughout (even if it rains!).

-Lucy Jenkins.

@LUCYJENKlNS

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