As we approach summer, the battle of the best festival line up is in full motion. With so much fresh talent emerging through the cracks and the pressure to reign-in the biggest headliners from the other side of the Atlantic to soundtrack the booze-filled nights of June,July and August, festival promoters are under immense pressure to top each other to produce a line up to demolish all others. Here are our top picks for the most glorious festivals the UK has to offer over the up-and-coming months:
Field Day (3rd June, London)
Kicking off the festival season is Victoria Park’s Field Day, a showcase of acts which are noticeably absent from competing summer line ups. Headlined by electronic music legend Aphex Twin and returning shoegaze icons Slowdive, the one day event also holds appearances from Death Grips, Abra, Run the Jewels and the always ecstatic PC Music featuring Hannah Diamond – this eclectic bunch of acts isn’t one to be slept on.
Other standouts include Flying Lotus, Loyle Carner, Nicolas Jarr, Fatima Yamaha and Lady Leshurr
Parklife (10th – 11th June, Manchester)
Parklife is the place for some of the best grime acts the UK has to offer, with the likes of Giggs, Wiley, Stormzy and AJ Tracey making appearances, not to mention Boy Better Know topping the bill on the Saturday evening. The Manchester two-day event is also showcasing some of the most promising names in the British dance scene currently, from Mura Masa to My Nu Leng.
Other standouts include Frank Ocean, A Tribe Called Quest, Little Dragon, Danny Brown, Bicep and Floating Points.
Wireless (7th – 9th July, London)
Skepta, Mercury Prize winner and the man who revitalise the UK music scene is headlining Wireless. Not a good enough reason to buy a ticket? How about Chance the Rapper, Travis Scott and The Weeknd? Finsbury Park is the location for everything rap and hip-pop this summer.
Other standouts include Rae Sremmurd, Young Thug, Dave, Lil Yaghty and Lil Uzi Vert
Bluedot (7th-9th July, Cheshire)
Described as an “intergalactic festival of music, science, arts, culture and the exploration of space”, Bluedot is by far the most unique spot on our list. Based in Cheshire, the event is within a deep space observatory, with the Lovell Telescope taking place in the backdrop of the park. If the obscure location isn’t intriguing enough, the line-up sure is – consisting of Alt-J, Warpaint and Pixies
Other standouts include Shura, Factory Floor, The Moonlandingz and Ezra Furman
Lovebox (14th – 15th July, London)
Victoria Park this July will be home to renowned talent within the contemporary music industry, with Solange and Frank Ocean making their only confirmed London appearance of this year. Also, mastermind producer and third of The xx, Jamie xx, will step away from the band who are undergoing an extensive international world tour to play one of his only UK solo sets of this year – this is most defiantly one you cannot miss
Other standouts include Kano, Kaytranada, Sampha, Ray BLK and Ricardo Villalobos
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