Thank Folk For That’s Festival Guide 2017

With Bushstock and the Isle Of Wight Festival kicking off Summer this weekend, we’re here to bring you our annual festival guide for what we believe to be the 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…

Beverley Folk Festival
16th – 18th June

Held at Beverley Racecourse, this wonderful folk festival has being going strong for over 30 years, and there’s certainly no let-up this time round. Alongside spoken word, dance, comedy and more, folk music is right at the heart of this event. This year’s lineup includes the legendary Eddi Reader, Bellowhead’s former frontman Jon Boden and the wonderful Lau. There’s also the likes of Martin & Eliza Carthy, Heidi Talbot and Jim Moray taking to the stage, who can be enjoyed whilst supping on real ale and quality organic food. This one’s coming up fast, but you can check out further info by heading to www.beverleyfestival.com

Glastonbury Festival
21st – 26th June

This small, barely known event returns, despite the lack of ticket sales and decent lineup…JOKES. Yes, it’s Glastonbury and it’s looking stunning as always. Our pick of the bunch? We’re looking at Laura Marling, Kris Kristofferson, The National, Whitney, Father John Misty, Angel Olsen, Nick Mulvey, Songhoy Blues, Justin Townes Earle, Jesca Hoop and bloody loads more. If this is your first time, all we will say is you’re in for one of the weeks of your life. Just promise us that you explore…from the Green Fields, to the The Woods, to the Unfairground and beyond. You’ll never see it all in one trip, but we strongly recommend you immerse yourself. And as the Eavis’ say, if in doubt…just wander! More deets over at www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

Barn On The Farm
29th June – 2nd July

Who doesn’t like a barn on a farm!? Well, it depends if there’s a bull in it, but down at Over Farm in Gloucester you will find a couple of absolute belters, including James Vincent McMorrow, Lucy Rose, Benjamin Booker and Flyte. This event seems to go from strength to strength, year on year and has to be one of the best smaller festivals of the calendar. And don’t forget to check out the intimate Thursday secret headliner, announced on the night! www.barnonthefarm.co.uk

Hyde Park British Summer Time
30th June – July 9th

The British Summer Time events kick off on June 30th this year, with what should be a stunning set from the legend that is Phil Collins. Our pick of the shows has to be the final night on July 9th though, with a headline set from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, plus support from Stevie Nicks, The Lumineers, The Head And The Heart and more. Not too shabby eh! There are still tickets left for almost all of the Hyde Park sets, including Kings Of Leon and Justin Beiber (whatever floats your boat!) and these can be found at www.bst-hydepark.com

Summer Series
6th – 16th July

Another series of fantastic gigs in London will be going down at Somerset House in July. Stand-outs include Norah Jones, Warpaint and the almighty Songhoy Blues. During the gigs, the courtyard bars will be offering a wide selection of drinks all evening, plus delicious street food from pop-up food stalls, including dishes from the acclaimed-chef Tom Aitkens. For tickets to these world-class shows, head to www.somersethouse.org.uk

Citadel
16th July

London again! Those lucky blighters. This time we’re at Citadel, held in Victoria Park on a Sunday afternoon. We’re super excited for this one, as we’ve been promised a very special set from headliners Foals, plus a stunning collection of artists that include Laura Marling, Michael Kiwanuka, Wild Beasts and A Blaze Of Feather. There’s plenty for the family too, with kids areas, storytelling, and sports for the littleun’s, and street food, pop-up bars and a Koppaberg Urban Forest for us big kids! For just over £50, this is set to be one the finest afternoons you’ll have this Summer, and you can grab your ticket and further info over at citadelfestival.com

Latitude Festival
13th – 16th July

The lovely Latitude returns this year, with their usual plethora of incredible music, comedy, theatre, poetry, wildlife, film, dance, cabaret and snacks n’ booze a plenty! It’s one of our all-time favourites and with the likes of Fleet Foxes, Mumford & Sons, Marika Hackman, Leon Bridges, Tinariwen and loads more hitting the stage, we’re in for a treat. Keep an eye out for some colourful sheep, party in the forest at night, dance at the waterfront and basically escape the humdrum of normal life in this beautiful part of the world. Head to www.latitudefestival.com for further info!

Cambridge Folk Festival
27th – 30th July

It’s not our annual guide without Cambridge Folk Festival! Now into their 53rd year, the guys at Cherry Hinton Hall welcome yet another sensational group of artists, guest curated by Jon Boden. On the list we have Frank Turner, Jake Bugg, Loudon Wainwright, Lisa Hannigan, Shirley Collins, Hayseed Dixie, Jake Isaac, Worry Dolls and loads more. There’s a couple of tickets left, but we suggest you grab them quick as they’ll be gone pretty sharpish. Get over to www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/folk-festival quick smart to get your order in!

Wilderness
3rd – 6th August

The beautiful Wilderness, set in the stunning grounds of Cornbury Park, sees a programme fit to bursting with goodies this year. Us folkies are set to enjoy the likes of First Aid Kit and Michael Kiwanuka, whilst Two Door Cinema Club, Bonobo and Toots & The Maytals are sure to keep us dancing through the night. In addition, the wonderful Laura Mvula is bringing her Sunday Of Nina Simone to the festival, along with the Wilderness Orchestra. This is set to be a truly special moment and one that should not be missed! Lucky punters can also enjoy An Evening With Ronnie Scotts, the travelling folk barn, Letters Live, discussions from the Tate, and even a spot if dinner from the incredible Angela Hartnett. To read more about this exciting weekend, visit www.wildernessfestival.com

Green Man Festival
17th – 20th August

Our personal favourite has always been Green Man, and we’re delighted to see that their 15th Anniversary will boast such an exciting range of talent this Summer. Ryan Adams, PJ Harvey and Future Islands headline, alongside the likes of Michael Kiwanuka, Conor Oberst, The Shins, Fionn Regan, Johnny Flynn, Timber Timbre, Hurrary For The Riff Raff, Angel Olsen and so much more. Lamb, science, cider, film, ale, comedy, theatre and a fuckload of falafel are all available to enjoy at this year’s sold out event, and expect a couple of surprises on the way too! We’ll see you there campers, but if you need any extra info, then www.greenman.net is your place to go

Towersey Festival
25th – 28th August

KT Tunstall, Foy Vance, Newton Faulkner, Jon Boden and Eliza Carthy all feature at Towersey’s annual bash this year, taking place in Oxfordshire’s rural heart. With a brand new dance house, ceilidhs all festival-round, lashings of ale and even a spot of fire-walking, this is set to be a little cracker, with folking good fun for people of all ages. More details can be found over at www.towerseyfestival.com

End Of The Road Festival
31st August – 3rd September

End Of The Road Festival returns to Larmer Tree Gardens once again this Summer, with another humdinger of a lineup. We’ve got Father John Misty, we’ve got Bill Callahan, we’ve got Band Of Horses. Oh, and don’t forget Slowdive, Real Estate, Alvvays, Courtney Marie Andrews, Shovels & Rope, and all the others! It’s an absolutely cracking list and we can’t wait to get stuck in. Comedy and literature comes from the likes of Adam Buxton, Robin Ince and Joe Lycett, whilst a trip to the Workshops and Healing Fields are sure to bring the chilled vibes. There will be plenty of food and drink on offer too, plus lots to keep the kids entertained. There’s plenty more to explore over at www.endoftheroadfestival.com

Festival No. 6
7th – 10th September

Surely one of the coolest places to have a festival, Portmeirion is Wales’ crack at an Italian seaside village. But on a September weekend each year, music-mad kids take to the streets to witness some glorious live music from some exceptional bands. This year, the likes of Mogwai, The Flaming Lips, Bloc Party, Wild Beasts, James Vincent McMorrow, Steve Mason and Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon are all on the list. Plus there’s fantastic comedy, DJ sets, arts, spoken word and interviews from some very exciting names! And be sure not to miss the 50th Celebration of Sgt Pepper and The Summer Of Love with the Bootleg Beatles and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It’s a festival like no other, in a place like no other! festivalnumber6.com

By The Sea
29th September – 1st October

Right at the end of Summer and on the cusp of Autumn, By The Sea have just announced the first headliners to take to their Margate Dreamland stage this year. The Libertines, Metronomy and Everything Everything are all going to be making their way to the seaside, and if these guys are anything to go by, we’re certain that the next announcement will be choc-full of more brilliant acts. Keep an eye out for further announcements, over at www.bytheseafestival.com