UK Music Festivals To Keep You Dancing In 2017

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If you’re anything like us, you’ll already be counting down the days until festival season. 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 February onwards.

February

Groove Cairngorm

When: 24th – 26th February 2017
Where:
Cairngorm Mountain in Aviemore, Perth, Scotland
Type of music: Dance
Camping?: Yes. Wigwams if you’re quick.
Essential information:

Deep in the Scottish Highlands, the UK’s first snow sports festival is getting ready to party. Get a mountain pass and join in with the skiing and boarding during the day, then head over to the Badaguish outdoor centre in the evening, where the apres-ski from big name DJs and performers will be going off from 6pm.

Headliners: Basement Jaxx, Mike Skinner, Blonde, The 2 Bears
Tickets: from £35
More info: Website and Twitter

March

Wee Dub Festival

When: 3rd – 5th March 2017
Where:
 Edinburgh Old Town
Type of music: Reggae, roots, dub, dancehall
Camping?: No, but here are some Edinburgh hotels.
Essential information:

For the last seven years, Wee Dub has been bringing a celebration of dub, reggae and soundsystem culture to Edinburgh Old Town. There are four sessions altogether, and each one brings a slightly different sound to Edinburgh’s underground clubs.

Headliners: Mad Professor, Macka B and band
Tickets: £33 – £40 for a full pass, or get tickets to individual sessions from £9
More info: Website and Twitter

May

The Great Escape

When: 18th – 20th May 2017
Where:
Brighton
Type of music: New music
Camping?: No – find Brighton hotels
Essential information:

See more than 450 new an up-and-coming bands at different venues across the city over a long-weekend.

Headliners: Rag ‘n’ Bone Man
More info: Website and Twitter

The Masked Ball

The Masked Ball

When: 26th – 28th May 2017
Where: Porthleven, Cornwall
Type of music: Dance
Camping?: Yes
Essential information:

This themed British festival, with a sea view from the cliff-side location, is now in its tenth year.

Headliners: TBC
Tickets: from £49

More info: Website and Twitter

We are FESTVL

When: 26th – 28th May (Bank Holiday weekend)
Where:
Damyn’s Hall, Upminster, London
Type of music: Dance
Camping?: No – browse Upminster hotels
Essential information:

Dance to more than 200 acts across multiple stages at this new-ish festival held at a working aerodrome.

They’re flying high after a sellout 2016.

Headliners: Carl Cox, Dizzee Rascal, Wilkinson
Tickets: from £59.50

More info: Website and Twitter

Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2017

When: 27th – 28th May 2017
Where:  Burton Constable Hall in Hull, East Yorkshire
Type of music: Various
Camping?:
Essential information:

This huge two-dayer is heading up north to the UK’s City of Culture in 2017. It’s a free event, and the 50,000 tickets will undoubtedly get snapped up pretty quickly. If you’re a Radio 1 listener and want to hear some of your playlist faves live, keep listening to find out how to nab tickets.

Headliners: Stormzy, Kings of Leon, Little Mix

Tickets: Admin fee of £8.50. To be announced in late March / early April.

More info: Website and Twitter

Love Saves The Day

Love Saves The Day

Love Saves The Day

When: May 27th – 28th May 2017
Where: Eastville Park, Bristol
Type of music: Underground, urban, dance
Camping?: No, here’s some Bristol hotels to try
Essential information

Having stared out as a one-dayer, this weekend festival may have grown but it retains its underground roots. There are eight stages of music.

Headliners: Fat Freddy’s Drop

Tickets: from £38.50

More info: Website and Twitter

June

Junction 2

When: 10th – 11th June 2017
Where:
Boston Manor Park, London
Type of music: Techno
Camping?: No
Essential information:

Expect stages hosted by Sonus, Drumcode and The Hydra, and they’ve found an unusual outdoor industrial space to host it.

Headliners: Adam Beyer, Ben Klock
Tickets: £39.50+BF

More info: Website and Twitter

Camden Rocks

When:  Saturday 3rd June 2017
Where:
Camden, London
Type of music: Rock
Camping?:  No – latest Camden hotel deals
Essential information:

This is the sort of festival Camden was made for. See more than 200 established acts and raw newcomers across 20 different venues in London’s most colourful neighbourhood.

Headliners: The Damned
Tickets: from £35

More info: Website and Twitter

Hampton Court Palace Festival

When: 8th – 24th June 2017
Where:
 Hampton Court Palace
Type of music: Various
Camping?: No – find hotels nearby
Essential information:

This festival has probably the most historically important backdrop of all, the Tudor Courtyard at Hampton Court Palace.

Rather than spending time in muddy fields you can have a pre-concert picnic in the East Front Gardens. Very civilised.

Headliners: James Morrison, Jules Holland, Rick Astley

More info: Website and Twitter

Isle of Wight Festival

When: 8th – 11th June 2017
Where:
Isle of Wight
Type of music: Various
Camping?:  Yes
Essential information:

One of the most famous festivals in the world, thanks to the 1970 “Woodstock-level” line-up (Jimi Hendrix, The Doors etc), the event took a 32-year-break before returning in 2002.

Now it’s part family-friendly music festival, part funfair.

Headliners: Run DMC, Arcade Fire, Rod Steward, David Guetta
Tickets: from £60

More info: Website and Twitter

Download

When: 9th – 11th June 2017
Where: 
Donington Park, Derby
Type of music: Rock, Metal
Camping?: Yes
Essential information:

Held in the centre of England (where the ley-lines of rock meet – according to organisers), this is the biggest rock festival in Britain, having started as a two-day event back in 2003.

Headliners: System of a Down, Biffy Clyro, Aerosmith

More info: Website and Twitter

Wildlife

When: 10th – 11th June 2017
Where:
Brighton City Airport, Brighton
Type of music: Dance, Urban, Indie
Camping?:  No – browse Brighton hotels
Essential information:

After making an award-winning debut in 2015, this festival on the south coast returns for a second weekend with a more varied line-up.

Headliners: Disclosure, Rudimental

More info: Website and Twitter

Parklife

Parklife

Parklife 2014 (c) Shane Webber & Maya Jane Coles

When: 10th – 11th June 2017
Where: Heaton Park, Manchester
Type of music: Various
Camping?: No – Find hotels near Parklife
Essential information:

This is one of Manchester’s biggest festivals, and it’s curated by some of the city’s major music promoters – expect a varied and diverse line-up for the weekender.

Headliners: TBC
Tickets: TBC

More info: Website and Twitter

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

When: Saturday 3rd June 2017
Where:
Victoria Park, London
Type of music: Indie
Camping?: No – hotels near Victoria Park
Essential information:

While you can’t camp here, this event has a festival feel, with plenty of stages, tents and entertainment to keep you busy over the weekend.

Headliners: Aphex Twin, Flying Lotus
Tickets: from £64.50

More info: Website and Twitter

Africa Oyé

When: TBC
Where:
Sefton Park, Liverpool
Type of music: African music
Camping?: No – hotels near Sefton Park
Essential information:

This is the UK’s largest free celebration of African music and culture.

More info: Website and Twitter

Glastonbury Festival 2017

When: 21st – 25th June 2017
Where: Glastonbury, Somerset
Type of music: Various
Camping?: Yes
Essential information:

If you haven’t got a ticket to the UK’s biggest festival, you’ll have to console yourself by watching the BBC’s live coverage. While tickets for 2017 have sold out, you might be able to grab one in the resale. Otherwise, stick a reminder in your diary for October when 2018 go on sale.

Headliners: TBC
Tickets: Resale will be in the Spring 2017

More info: Website and Twitter

July

British Summer Time

When: July
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

Summer Series at Somerset House with American Express®

When: July
Where:
Somerset House, London

Summer Series at Somerset House

Summer Series at Somerset House

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: TBA

More info: Website and Twitter

Wireless

When: TBC
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: TBA

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: TBA

More info: Website and Twitter

Lovebox

Lovebox

Fair at Lovebox. Image by Annie Mole via Flicker Creative Commons

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 two-day East London summer festival in the heart of Hackney.

Headliners: 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: 

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: TBC
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: TBC

More info: Website and Twitter

Suncebeat

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Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF)

When: Thursday, July 21 to Sunday, July 24
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: Sigma

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 theme is “The Gardeners Guide to The Galaxy”, and you can expect a varied line-up at this alternative festival in landscaped grounds near Huntingdon.

Headliners: Caribou, Air, Primal Scream

More info: Website and Twitter

Nozstock The Hidden Valley

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Nozstock – credit Mike Hale

When: Friday, July 22 to Sunday, July 24
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 to get you into the festival spirit.

Headliners: Already announced include Jurassic 5, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Foreign Beggars

More info: Website and Twitter

Camp Bestival

When: Thursday, July 28 to Sunday, July 31
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: Fatboy Slim, Tears for Fears and Jess Glynne

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, August 6
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: Kings of House, Soul II Soul, Artful Dodger

More info: Website and Twitter

Wilderness

When: Thursday, August 4 to Sunday, August 7
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: Robert Plant, The Flaming Lips

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

Sziget Festival

Sziget Festival

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 2015 (c) Matt Ankers

Victorious 2015 (c) Matt Ankers

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

When: August Bank Holiday Weekend: Saturday, August 27 to Sunday, August 28
Where:
Clapham Common, London

SW4 main stage in 2015

SW4 main stage in 2015

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

This bank holiday dance music festival on Clapham Common just gets bigger and better and expect further line-up announcements throughout the spring.

Headliners: Rudimental, Dizzee Rascal

More info: Website and Twitter

Reading Festival

When: August Bank Holiday Weekend: Friday, August 26 to Sunday, August 28
Where:
Reading

Royal Blood. Photographer Jen O'Neill

Royal Blood. Photographer Jen O’Neill

Type of music: Rock, Indie, Metal
Camping? Yes – or stay in a hotel in Reading 
Essential information:

The older sibling to Leeds Festival (No. 54) have been a staple of the festival circuit for decades.

The line-up alternates between the two venues over the weekend.

Headliners: Red Hot Chili Peppers and Foals

More info: Website and Twitter

Leeds Festival

When: August Bank Holiday Weekend: Friday, August 26 to Sunday, August 28
Where:
Leeds

Leeds Festival. The Foals. Image by Marc Sethi

Leeds Festival. The Foals. Image by Marc Sethi

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 (see no. 53), and they alternate the acts over the two days.

Headliners:  Red Hot Chili Peppers, Disclosure and Foals

More info: Website and Twitter

Night falls at Leeds Festival. Photographer Marc Sethi

Night falls at Leeds Festival. Photographer Marc Sethi

Creamfields

When: August Bank Holiday Weekend: Thursday, August 25 to Sunday, August 28
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, with a 4th day added for 2016.

Headliners: Alesso, Knife Party,  Calvin Harris, Armin Van Buuren, Martin Garrix

More info: Website and Twitter

September

Festival No. 6

When: Thursday, September 1 to Sunday, September 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: Thursday, September 8 to Sunday, September 11
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.

Festival co-Founder Rob Da Bank will be playing a special set.

Headliners: The Cure, Hot Chip, Major Lazer

More info: Website and Twitter

OnBlackheath Festival

OnBlackheath

OnBlackheath

When: Saturday, September 10 to Sunday, September 11
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: Belle & Sebastian, Primal Scream, James, Saint Etienne and Neneh Cherry

More info: Website and Twitter

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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