It's festival season in the UK! Time to get out those sunnies, but don't forget your wellies too – who knows what the weather will bring this summer. Rain or shine, a festival experience is always a memorable one – read on for some of our faves, and for those not wanting to camp, we've got a selection of places to stay nearby too.
Taking place 26-30 June in Pilton and with The Killers, Stormzy, The Cure, George Ezra, Tame Impala, Kylie Minogue, Janelle Monáe and Miley Cyrus just a handful of the acts playing, this is the ultimate festival. Non-campers should check out Godney Arts House, a chic self-catering cottage sleeping 8.
Head to the Cotswolds for this grown-up foodie festival and enjoy Groove Armada, Robyn, Bombay Bicycle Club, Tom Odell, Caravan Palace, Tom Grennan, Eats Everything and Honey Dijon. And do not miss the orchestra on the Sunday – our highlight last year. It all takes place 1-4 August in Charlbury, and we recommend staying at The Old Stocks Inn, a stylish coaching Inn.
Four Tet, Father John Misty, IDLES, Sharon Van Etten, Broken Social Scene, Stereolab, Amadou & Mariam and Maribou State are playing at this 20,000 4-dayer in the Brecon Beacons over 15-18 August. We suggest The Felin Fach Griffin as a base, a fab gastropub with rooms.
End of the Road
Taking place 29 August to 1 September at Larmer Tree Gardens near Salisbury, Spiritualized, Beirut, Metronomy, Sleaford Mods, Courtney Barnett, Mitski, Jarvis Cocker and Let’s Eat Grandma will be playing at this extravaganza. To sleep? Check out home-from-home Howard's House.
With Ben UFO, Four Tet, Helena Hauff, Craig Richards, Floating Points, DJ Stingray, Hunee and Ricardo Villalobos playing at this festival in the Norfolk countryside over 8-11 August, those not wanting to pitch a tent should head to contemporary waterfront hotel Bank House.
Cornwall awaits this August (7-11), where Florence + The Machine, Foals, Dizzee Rascal, Jorja Smith, Wu-Tang Clan, The Wombats, Giggs and DJ EZ will take to the stage over the weekend. Why not treat yourself to a stay at Pentire Penthouse, a truly luxe pad.
Over 18-21 July, enjoy the likes of George Ezra, Snow patrol, Lana Del Rey, Underworld, Primal Scream, Slaves, Loyle Carner and Anna Calvi play in Southwold. And come evening, for those fancying a high-end camping experience, head to glampsite Ivy Grange where yurts and a romantic Shepherd's Hut awaits.
For a day festival in the capital, get over to east London and listen to the likes of Chance the Rapper, Solange, Four Tet, Brockhampton, Loyle Carner, H.E.R., Action Bronson and Kaytranada on 12 or 13 July – and when curfew hits, head to Artist Residence for a boutique place to stay.
**Image courtesy of Beacon Radio.