Jun 18, 2015

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Festivals: Our 2015 Guide To The Best UK Festivals This Summer!

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With Summer in full swing, we’re bringing you our annual festival guide for what we believe are this season’s finest events! So take in our lineup tips, ideas for extra fun activities and much more,
to help you put together your Summer plan!

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Glastonbury Festival
June 24th – 28th

A year on from Dolly’s storming performance on the Pyramid Stage, the question to ask is, can this year’s Glastonbury Festival top the last? Well there’s only one way to find out and the lucky few who have themselves a golden ticket to Worthy Farm next weekend will be as excited as we are to do so! Not a fan of Kanye? Chose one of the other many, many acts to enjoy during his slot! Are you a vegan, can’t go five minutes without fajitas or only eat lobster!? You’re covered mate. Prefer comedy to poetry, trapeze artists to yoga, or only get out of bed at 10pm for a full night of raving? No problemo. Everybody knows this is the finest five days of the year anywhere on the globe, and if they don’t, they’re wrong…just plain wrong! This Summer, the Eavis’ bash will welcome the likes of…

Alabama Shakes | James Bay | George Ezra | The Unthanks | Ben Howard | Frank Turner | SOAK | Sharon Van Etten | Father John Misty | Ryan Adams | Leon Bridges | The Staves | Death Cab For Cutie | Lianne La Havas | Stornoway | Donovan | Moulettes | Seth Lakeman | Bear’s Den |
Keston Cobblers Club | Thea Gilmore

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Barn On The Farm Festival
July 3rd – 5th

A fine little folky fest, this delightful Gloucestershire-based Summer affair has a blinder of a lineup, celebrating lots of great upcoming artists and thoroughly deserving their award for Best Independent Festival 2014. With great food, fancy hoedowns and a friendly atmosphere, this is ideal for a chilled out weekend. Music comes from…

The Staves | James Bay | Amber Run | Rhodes | Foy Vance | JP Cooper | Marcus Foster | Kimberley Anne | Billie Marten | Flo Morrissey | Charlotte OC | Seafret

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Latitude Festival
July 16th – 19th

Returning for its 10th anniversary, Latitude is once again greeted with the very best in what music, theatre and comedy has to offer, all the while retaining the extra elements that has made it one of the festivals of the summer. If the rainbow-coloured sheep aren’t enough to take your fancy, then the poetry and literary stages may tempt you. If a late-night hoe down in the faraway forest is not up your street, then a Guilty-Pleasures disco might be worth boogieing down to. Over the 10 years Latitude has been running, it has steadily built up a reputation for showcasing acts old and new, and introducing the world to the ‘next big things’. Some of the acts you can catch this year are…

Laura Marling | Lianne La Havas | Alt-J | Songhoy Blues | Jose Gonzales | Stornoway | Leon Bridges | Wild Beasts | Rozi Plain| SOAK | Warpaint | Wolf Alice | Seasick Steve | Timber Timbre | Marika Hackman | Rae Morris | C Duncan | Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

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Citadel Festival
July 19th

This brand new, one-day festival in London is looking to be an absolute belter, bringing an extra dash of Summer fun to Sunday July 19th! Taking place at Victoria Park, punters will have the opportunity to see the Sunday broadsheets brought to life by poets, politicians and comedians, grab a scrummy roast from Richard Turner and get involved in a classic folky ceilidh, plus loads more! You’ll also get the chance to see some sensational live acts, such as…

Ben Howard | Bombay Bicycle Club | Nick Mulvey | Anna Calvi | Leon Bridges | Bear’s Den | Rhodes | Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats | Tor Miller | Joe Pug

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Somersault Festival
July 23rd – 27th

Created by the team behind the award-winning Wilderness Festival and set in the gorgeous surroundings of North Devon, this fairly new event (this will be just its second year!) is boasting one of our favourite lineups of the Summer. More like a holiday than a festival, Somersault also offers surfing lessons, top-class comedy, pony trekking and campfire feasts cooked up by world-renowned chefs, amongst many other great activities…so you can’t go too wrong with this wonderful 5 days in Devon! Music acts this year include…

Laura Marling | Bombay Bicycle Club | Passenger | Angus & Julia Stone | The Staves | Rae Morris | Bear’s Den | The Shires | Lucy Rose | Flo Morrissey

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Cambridge Folk Festival
July 30th – August 2nd

Showcasing the very best in modern folk music, the Cambridge Folk Festival is as much a British institution as Glastonbury, celebrating its 51st year in 2015 with an array of musical talents both old, and new. Folk aficionados will be chomping at the bit to witness the latest storytellers, and to experience the tales of new troubadours, all whilst in the glorious setting of Cherry Hinton Hall. Acts to watch out for this year include…

Frank Turner | Keston Cobblers Club | Passenger | The Proclaimers | Joan Baez | The Unthanks | Peggy Seeger | Stornoway | Nick Mulvey | The Lone Bellow | The Willows | Joan Armatrading | Bella Hardy | Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker | Rozi Plain

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Wilderness Festival
August 6th – 9th

Set in the grounds of Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire, Wilderness is the only place in the UK this Summer where the public get a chance to see Bjork unleash her latest live show in support of her most recent record, Vunicura. For those wanting a break from seeing the alternative bands Wilderness has to offer, there are plenty of talks and debates to witness, making the festival a must-attend for those who want to experience both sides of what a festival has to offer. Music comes from…

Bjork | Ben Howard | Nils Frahm | Perfume Genius | The Wilderness Orchestra | Nick Mulvey | Rhodes | Benjamin Clementine | Roisin Murphy | Asgeir

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Green Man Festival
August 20th – 23rd

Set in the wonderful surroundings of the Brecon Beacons in Wales, Green Man Festival is now regarded as more than a boutique festival, capable of attracting the very best in both musical and comedic acts.  With a line-up that reads as an A-Z of Indie and Alternative superstars, the real gem of Green Man lies in its own beer festival, which houses over 99 varieties of real ale and cider for the public to enjoy. We suggest that whilst you make your way through the ales on offer, you might want to check out…

Super Furry Animals | St Vincent | Father John Misty | Courtney Barnett | The Staves | Calexico | Villagers | The Antlers | Matthew E White | The Leisure Society | Waxahatchee | Marika Hackman | Songhoy Blues | This Is The Kit | Strand Of Oaks | Ryley Walker | Cocos Lovers

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End Of The Road Festival
September 4th – 6th

Hailed as the curtain closer to the packed festival season in the UK, End of the Road is the last summer-blow out; the final chance to experience bands in what is left of the British heatwave. Held at Lamer Tree Gardens, this is the South of England’s chance to put on a party, and the organisers of End of the Road have gone so far as to build their own pubs and real ale taverns for the music-aficionado to sample the wares whilst relaxing and enjoying some of the very fine bands on offer, including….

Sufjan Stevens | Laura Marling | The Unthanks | Slow Club | The War On Drugs | My Morning Jacket | Ryley Walker | Marika Hackman | Stealing Sheep | Dawes | Eaves | Flo Morrissey