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Get dancing at these UK music festivals in September

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 August onwards. 


51st State Festival

51st State 2015 (c) Marc Sethi
51st State 2015 (c) Marc Sethi

When: Saturday, 5th AugustWhere: Trent Park, LondonType of music: House, Garage, SoulCamping?: NoEssential informationSix 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, WookieMore info: Website and Twitter


When: 3rd-6th August 2017Where: Cornbury Park, OxfordshireType of music: VariousCamping: YesEssential 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, BonoboMore info: Website and Twitter


When: Wednesday, August 10 to Sunday, August 14Where: Newquay,  CornwallType of music: VariousCamping: YesEssential 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 BayMore info: Website and Twitter

Green Man Festival

When: Thursday, August 18 to Sunday, August 21Where: Brecon Beacons, WalesType of music: IndieCamping: YesEssential information:The hills are alive with the sound of music from sun up to sun down.Headliners: PJ Harvey, Ryan Adams, Future IslandsMore info: Website and Twitter

V Festival

When: Saturday, August 20 to Sunday, August 21Where: Weston Park, Staffordshire and Hylands Park, ChelmsfordType of music: VariousCamping: YesEssential information:V Festival happens across two different parks, in two different areas of the country. It's the same line up split across both sites - so Northerners and Southerners have both got a chance to see crowd pleasers like Craig David and Stormzy.Headliners: Jay Z, Pink.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 28Where: PortsmouthType of music: Indie, PopCamping?: No - find Portsmouth hotelsEssential information: The pretty Southsea seafront is the location for this increasingly popular (and family friendly) festival on the south coast. You also get free entry to seafront attractions like Southsea Castle as part of the price.Headliners: Madness, Stereophonics, ElbowMore info: Website and Twitter

South West Four

SW4 main stage in 2016

When: 26th August - 27th August 2017 (Bank Holiday weekend)Where: Clapham Common, LondonType of music: Drum & Bass, House, Dance, GarageCamping?: No - try these hotels near ClaphamEssential 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, when Deadmau5 is bringing the Cube... Get on 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: ReadingType of music: Rock, Indie, MetalCamping? 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, MuseMore 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: LeedsType of music: VariousCamping? 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


When: 24th August - 27th August 2017 (Bank Holiday weekend)Where: Daresbury near WarringtonType of music: Dance, ElectronicCamping?:  Yes - here's some more options: hotels near CreamfieldsEssential 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, WilkinsonMore info: Website and Twitter


Festival No. 6

When: Thursday 1st - Sunday 4Where: Portmeirion, WalesType of music: VariousCamping?: YesEssential 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, BastilleMore info: Website and Twitter


When: 7th-10th SeptemberWhere: Lulworth Estate, DorsetType of music: VariousCamping?:  YesEssential information:This self-proclaimed boutique festival strives to bring progressive and new music to its audience on the Lulworth Estate in Dorset. There's also activities like a torchlight procession and hot tubs.Headliners: The XX, A Tribe Called Quest, Dizzee RascalMore info: Website and Twitter

OnBlackheath Festival


When: 9th - 10th SeptemberWhere: Blackheath, LondonType of music: VariousCamping?: No - find hotels near BlackheathEssential informationThis family-friendly festival on one of London's finest open spaces now draws crowds of 30,000 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 SoulMore info: Website and Twitter

Hospitality in the Park

When: Saturday 23rd September Where: Finsbury Park, LondonType of music: Drum 'n' bassCamping?: No Essential informationThe 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, MalaMore info: Website

The Social Festival

Date: 29th - 30th September 2017Where: Kent County Showground, MaidstoneCamping: 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


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.