UK Music Festivals To Keep You Dancing In 2017

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If you’re anything like us, you’ll already be planning this year’s collection of festival wristbands. Off you’ll charge into the countryside, ready to spend your weekend bouncing around a muddy field to bands you love and bands whose one song you love. You’ll be wearing the standard uniform of shorts and wellies. You’ll loudly proclaim your undying love to your mates at least once a day. You’ll drink cider out of paper cups and eat burgers from fast food trucks, and stay up all night, and it’ll be great.

There are so many festivals in the UK now. Tiny one day techno fests in London, weekenders on the Isle of Wight, or a gathering the size of a small town in Somerset. Take your pick. We’ve put together a quick guide to the biggest and best music festivals taking place across the UK over the coming months.

So in date order, here’s your live music festival line-up for 2017 from July onwards.

July

British Summer Time

When: 6th-16th July 2017
Where:
Hyde Park, London
Type of music:  Various
Camping?: No – hotels near Hyde Park
Essential information:

These open-air mega gigs take over Hyde Park every July.

Headliners: Green Day, Justin Bieber, The Killers, Kings of Leon, Phil Collins and Tom Petty.

More info: Website and Twitter

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Summer Series at Somerset House

When: 6th-16th July 2017
Where:
Somerset House, London
Camping?: No – hotels nearby
Type of music:
Various
Essential information:

For a lot of Londoners, these always atmospheric nights have become a yearly must-do. Tickets usually sell out quickly, but to be honest, no matter who you get tickets to see, you’ll definitely have a good night.

Headliners: Goldfrapp, Damien Marley, Cinematic Orchestra

More info: Website and Twitter

Wireless

When: 6th – 8th July
Where:
Finsbury Park, London
Type of music: Various, Dance, Hip hop
Camping?: No – find hotels near Wireless festival
Essential information:

They sometimes like to spring a surprise headliner at this paean to urban music in London, which has firmly established itself on the busy capital summer scene.

Headliners: Chance The Rapper, Skepta

More info: Website and Twitter

Latitude

When: 13th – 16th July 2017
Where:
Henham Park, Suffolk
Type of music:  Various
Camping?: Yes
Essential information:

This family-friendly festival has a laidback country vibe and expect a decent headliner, with the likes of Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher leading the line ups in recent years.

Headliners: Mumford and Sons

More info: Website and Twitter

Lovebox

When: 14th – 15th July 2017
Where:
Victoria Park, London
Type of music: Urban
Camping? No – hotels near Victoria Park
Essential information:

It’s come a long way since its humble beginnings in an old strip joint in Soho in 2002. Now it’s a one day East London summer festival in the heart of Hackney.

Headliners: Solange, Frank Ocean.

More info: Website and Twitter

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival

Edinburgh Jazz Festival

Bandakadabra via The Edinburgh Jazz Festival

When: 14th – 23rd July 2017
Where:
Edinburgh
Type of music: Jazz & Blues
Camping?: No – Edinburgh hotel deals
Essential information:

Their free Mardi Gras party in Grassmarket is one of the most popular events in the Edinburgh events calendar.

Headliners: Matt Schofield Band, Connie Lush Band and Lisa Mills.

More info: Website and Twitter

BBC Proms

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When: 14th July – 9th September 2017
Where:
London – various locations including The Royal Albert Hall
Type of music: Classical
Camping?: No – hotels near the Royal Albert Hall
Essential information:

Rightly able to claim the title of world’s greatest classical music festival, this is a month of performances from global names.

Proms in the Park is the popular outdoor party to compliment the renowned Last Night.

More info: Website and Twitter

Citadel

When: 16th July 2017
Where:  
Victoria Park, London
Type of music: Various
Camping?: No
Essential information:

This new-ish one day festival takes over from Lovebox in Hackney and offers a chilled-out musical vibe to finish the weekend.

Headliners: The Foals

More info: Website and Twitter

Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF)

When: Thursday 20th July to Sunday 23rd July
Where: Liverpool
Type of music: Various (World)
Camping?: No – Find hotels in Liverpool
Essential information:

Don’t miss the free LIMF Summer Jam in historic Sefton Park, held across three days.

Headliners: Jax Jones, Gorgon City, Corrine Bailey Rae.

More info: Website and Twitter

Secret Garden Party

When:  Thursday, July 21 to Sunday, July 24
Where:
Mill Hill Field, Cambridgshire
Type of music: Indie, Dance
Camping?: Yes
Essential information:

This year’s festival will be its last. The alternative festival will be going out with a flourish in landscaped grounds near Huntingdon.

Headliners: Metronomy, Crystal Fighters.

More info: Website and Twitter

Nozstock The Hidden Valley

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Nozstock – credit Mike Hale

When: Friday 21st July to Sunday 23rd July
Where: Bromyard, Herefordshire
Type of music: Various
Camping?: Yes, Free
Essential information

This family-run festival has evolved over the years, and now it comes of age with its 18th birthday. Think a miniature version of Glastonbury, set on a working farm in the rolling hills of the Herefordshire countryside. You’ll hear pop, ska, folk, funk, soul, indie, drum and bass, psytrance, house and a whole lot more.

Headliners: Seasick Steve, Sugarhill Gang, Happy Mondays

More info: Website and Twitter

Camp Bestival

When:
Where:
Lulworth Castle, Dorset
Type of music: Various
Camping?: Yes
Essential information:

The theme for 2016 is outer space and organisers will be hoping you’re ready for blast off at this family-friendly even in July.

Headliners: Madness, Leftfield, Mark Ronson

More info: Website and Twitter

Port Eliot

When: Thursday, July 28 to, Sunday, July 28
Where: St Germans, Cornwall
Type of music:  Various
Camping?: Yes
Essential information

This is a real arts festival with literature, fashion, film, flowers and food given as much time as the music – and its a real celebrity hotspot.

When you’re not enjoying the music visit the oldest inhabited home on the country as well as Cornwall’s oldest church among the historic highlights of the venue.

Headliners: Noel Fielding, Ryley Walker Michael Chapman

More info: Website and Twitter

August

51st State Festival

51st State 2015 (c) Marc Sethi

51st State 2015 (c) Marc Sethi

When: Saturday, 5th August
Where: Trent Park, London
Type of music: House, Garage, Soul
Camping?: No
Essential information

Six stages of banging tunes made last years debut festival a sell out. Set in leafy grounds at the end of the Piccadilly Line near Cockfosters, also watch out for the after party which keeps things going well into the early hours.

Headliners: Masters At Work, Basement Jaxx, Wookie, 

More info: Website and Twitter

Wilderness

When: 3rd-6th August 2017
Where:
Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
Type of music: Various
Camping: Yes
Essential information:

Organisers like you to strike a balance between relaxing and revelry at this perfect parkland in Oxfordshire (only an hour from London).

Headliners: Two Door Cinema Club, Grace Jones, Bonobo

More info: Website and Twitter

Boardmasters

When: Wednesday, August 10 to Sunday, August 14
Where:
Newquay,  Cornwall
Type of music: Various
Camping: Yes
Essential information:

Music and surfing combine at this coastal festival, which takes place at the picturesque Watergate Bay and Fistral Beach.

Headliners:  Chase & Status, Deadmau5 and James Bay

More info: Website and Twitter

Green Man Festival

When: Thursday, August 18 to Sunday, August 21
Where:
 Brecon Beacons, Wales
Type of music: Indie
Camping: Yes
Essential information:

The hills are alive with the sound of music from sun up to sun down.

Headliners: Belle & Sebastian & James Blake

More info: Website and Twitter

V Festival

When: Saturday, August 20 to Sunday, August 21
Where:
Weston Park, Staffordshire and Hylands Park, Chelmsford
Type of music: Various
Camping: Yes
Essential information:

Come celebrate V Festival’s coming of age.

For its 21st birthday they’ve got a star-studded line-up across the dual locations.

Headliners: Justin Bieber & Rihanna

More info: Website and Twitter

Victorious Festival

Victorious 2015 (c) Matt Ankers

Victorious 2015 (c) Matt Ankers

When: August Bank Holiday Weekend, Saturday, August 27 to Sunday, August 28
Where: Portsmouth
Type of music: Indie, Pop
Camping?: No – find Portsmouth hotels
Essential information: 

The pretty Southsea seafront is the location for this increasingly popular festival which promises its best line-up ever to help your bank holiday go with a bang.

Headliners: Manic Street Preachers, Noe Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

More info: Website and Twitter

South West Four

SW4 main stage in 2016

When: 26th August – 27th August 2017 (Bank Holiday weekend)
Where:
Clapham Common, London

Type of music: Drum & Bass, House, Dance, Garage
Camping?: No – try these hotels near Clapham
Essential information:

SW4 2016 was the loudest yet. And this year, London’s biggest bank holiday dance music festival is back on Clapham Common with five arenas of electronic music. There’s definitely always a “let’s go mad it’s the end of summer” vibe to proceedings here. Saturday is currently sold out – but there are still tickets available for Sunday. Get to it.

Headliners: Pendulum (Saturday), Deadmau5 (Sunday)

More info: Website and Twitter

Reading Festival

Royal Blood. Photographer Jen O'Neill

Royal Blood. Photographer Jen O’Neill

When: 26th August – 27th August 2017 (Bank Holiday weekend)
Where:
Reading
Type of music: Rock, Indie, Metal
Camping? Yes – or stay in a hotel in Reading 
Essential information:

The older sibling to Leeds Festival have been a staple of the festival circuit for decades. The line-up alternates between the two venues over the weekend.

Headliners: Kasabian, Eminem, Muse

More info: Website and Twitter

Leeds Festival

Leeds Festival. The Foals. Image by Marc Sethi

Leeds Festival. The Foals. Image by Marc Sethi

When: 26th August – 27th August 2017 (Bank Holiday weekend)
Where:
Leeds
Type of music: Various
Camping? Yes – or stay in a Leeds hotel.
Essential information:

The first Leeds Festival took place in 1999 alongside its big brother, Reading, and they alternate the acts over the two days.

Headliners:  Muse, Eminem, Kasabian, HAIM.

More info: Website and Twitter

Creamfields

When: 24th August – 27th August 2017 (Bank Holiday weekend)
Where:
Daresbury near Warrington
Type of music: Dance, Electronic
Camping?:  Yes – here’s some more options: hotels near Creamfields
Essential information:

The UK’s most iconic dance festival is now bigger than before. Expect 4 days of complete raving mayhem alongside some of the biggest names in dance music.

Headliners: Above and Beyond, Andy C, Tiesto, Wilkinson

More info: Website and Twitter

September

Festival No. 6

When: Thursday 1st – Sunday 4
Where:
Portmeirion, Wales
Type of music: Various
Camping?: Yes
Essential information:

One of the smaller festivals, its unique coastal location at Portmeirion (famous as the location for cult-classic, The Prisoner) and ability to attract big names, has made it a big hit on the festival circuit.

Headliners: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Hot Chip, Bastille

More info: Website and Twitter

Bestival

When: 7th-10th September
Where:
Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight
Type of music: Various
Camping?:  Yes
Essential information:

This self-proclaimed boutique festival strives to bring progressive and new music to its audience in the leafy surroundings of Robin Hill on the Isle of Wight. There’s also activities like a torchlight procession and hot tubs.

Headliners: Bloc Party, The Flaming Lips, Mogwai

More info: Website and Twitter

OnBlackheath Festival

OnBlackheath

OnBlackheath

When: 9th – 10th September
Where: Blackheath, London
Type of music: Various
Camping?: No – find hotels near Blackheath
Essential information

This family-friendly festival on one of London’s finest open spaces now draws crowds of c30,000 over its two days.

Along with a stellar line-up, with a very strong 90s theme across the different stages, there will also be some cracking food and drink options to keep you fed and watered while you dance.

Headliners: Travis, The Libertines, De La Soul

More info: Website and Twitter

Hospitality in the Park

When: Saturday 23rd September 
Where:
Finsbury Park, London
Type of music: Drum ‘n’ bass
Camping?: No 
Essential information

The Global brand of drum ‘n’ bass brings jungle, DnB, Dub, Reggae and dubstep to North London for one day in September. Get ready to rave in the park.

Headliners: Roni Size, London Elektricity Big Band, Mala

More info: Website

The Social Festival

Date: 29th – 30th September 2017
Where: Kent County Showground, Maidstone
Camping: Yes

A boutique house and techno festival celebrates five years of raving in a field in Maidstone, while also bringing the summer to a close. There’s on-site camping, too.

Headliners: Acid Mondays, Carl Cox, Sasha & John Digweed

Website

Find somewhere to stay

We’ve got plenty of London hotels to choose from if your’re heading to the capital for one of the scores of festivals this summer.

If you out in the countryside but don’t feel like camping – remember to check our latest hotel deals near the festival sites for a less muddy option.

Tell us where you’re heading this summer

We’d love to know what festivals are on your summer hit list – let us know by leaving a comment below.

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  1. This is lovely!!! I’ve recently come across a new website with lots of European music festivals… It’s sort of a festival goer community to find other festival goers and join festival together. It’s called Lifekiy in case you already know :)

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