With both the Isle Of Wight Festival and Bushstock triumphantly kicking off the festival season this weekend, TFFT are 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…
Black Deer Festival
Eridge Park, Kent
Black Deer Festival returns with its second year this Summer, following 2018’s sensational debut. The organisers onnce again invite us to join them on a journey into the world of Americana & Country, and immerse in the ‘community, music, food and storytelling of a culture like no other’. Headliners this year come in the form of Band Of Horses, The Shires and John Butler Trio, alongside acts such as The Staves, Billy Bragg, Neko Case and Justin Townes Earle. Away from the music stages, punters will also be treated to an array of authentic americana-style meats, smokey whiskeys, bespoke custom motorcycle showcases, chef masterclasses and storytellings from cultural pioneers – sounds bloomin’ brilliant!
Worthy Farm, Pilton
Bit of an obvious this one eh! Glastonbury returns this year, with an extensive lineup of big-hitters set to grace Worthy Farm later this month. Looking further from headliners Stormzy, The Killers and The Cure, there is once again a lot to be excited about. Our selection includes Mavis Staples, Maggie Rogers, This Is The Kit, Sharon Van Etten, Cat Power, Michael Kiwanuka, The Shires, Jade Bird, Stella Donnelly and so much more! Away from the many stages, there’s another world to embrace and immerse in, from The Greenfields, to Shangri-La, to The Wood…as the say, ‘if in doubt, just wander!’ It’s going to be incredible no matter what, so if it’s your first time in particular, we hope you make the most of this hallowed ground, whatever the weather!
Barn On The Farm Festival
Over Farm, Gloucester
Barn On The Farm celebrate their 10th Anniversary this Summer and are suitably sold-out for this year’s event. Acts include Maggie Rogers, Jade Bird, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Sam Fender and Swim Deep, plus much more. Expect lots of cider, foodie treats and hopefully, plenty of fun in the sun!
Henham Park, Suffolk
Latitude Festival returns once again with a stellar lineup of music, comedy, arts and literature (plus loads of other good stuff!) Headliners include George Ezra, Snow Patrol and Lana Del Ray, but away from these three, one can enjoy a whole lotta love from the likes of Khruangbin, Anna Calvi, Cat Power, Jenny Lewis, Jonathan Wilson, Julia Jacklin and tons more. Then you’ve also got Katherine Ryan, Frank Skinner, Jason Manford, Tom Allen, Simon Armitage – and this is before all of the dance, theatre and family fun!
Gunnersbury Park, London
One of London’s top one day events returns to Gunnersbury Park this year, and sees another bunch of wonderful artists take to the stage. Alongside headliner Catfish & The Bottlemen, there’s Bear’s Den, Matt Corby, Tinariwen, Matthew & The Atlas, Banfi, and even a DJ set from the only and only Irvine Welsh. There’s also Sunday Papers Live, Sofar Sounds, Royal Albert Hall’s Jazz For Kids and even a Q&A with Andrew Kuh from the UK Space Agency! For just £40, this could very well be the best-priced day-out this Summer!
Larmer Tree Festival
Larmer Tree Gardens, Salisbury
Larmer Tree Festival returns with another sensational lineup this year, including Jack Savoretti, The Shires, BC Camplight, Jade Bird, The Wave Pictures, Gomez, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, plus many more! They’ve also got comedy from Josie Long, Nish Kumar, Ivo Graham, Stuart Goldsmith, as well as theatre, poetry, talks, workshops, the cinema and plenty for the kids!
Underneath The Stars
Cawthorne, South Yorkshire
This little lovely, set in the glorious Yorkshire fields, looks set to be a beautiful weekend for big and little kids. Music this year features performances from The Proclaimers, Billy Bragg, Kate Rusby, The Unthanks, Coco And The Butterfields, along with some additional fantastic acts and shows including an Audience with Ruth Jones. This is much more than just a music event, and is also incredibly family friendly – there are lots of activities and workshops for the little’uns!
Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
Wilderness Festival looks bloomin’ excellent this year, and most excitingly, sees the live return of the almighty Bombay Bicycle Club! Joining them on the musical side of things, there’s also Robyn, Tom Odell, Olafur Arnalds, Soak and Will Varley. Away from these, we have Ronnie Scotts live, Angela Hartnett’s Cafe Murano, ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris In Conversation and of course the brilliant Letters Live!
Cambridge Folk Festival
Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge
Cambridge Folk Festival is renowned for its unique atmosphere and its eclectic mix of music, the best traditional folk artists from the UK and Ireland rub shoulders with cutting edge contemporary acts, the finest American country, blues and roots artists, acclaimed singer songwriters, famous names and world music stars. Always a sensational weekend of folky goodness, it is set to host another beautiful lineup, with Calexico And Iron & Wine, Lucinda Williams and From Bamako To Birmingham (feat. Amadou & Mariam and Blind Boys Of Alabama) topping the bill. There’s plenty of other TFFT favourites too, including guest curator Nick Mulvey, Jose Gonzalez, The Unthanks, Gruff Rhys and many more. Yes please!
Green Man Festival
Brecon Beacons, Wales
Always TFFT’s favourite weekend of the year, the wonderful Green Man returns to the Welsh Black Mountains this Summer, with Father John Misty, Four Tet, Eels all headlining. What’s more, the likes of Sharon Van Etten, Amadou & Mariam, Car Seat Headrest, Julia Jacklin, Marika Hackman, EX:RE, Whitney, Big Thief, Aldous Harding all play! Comedy highlights come from Lloyd Langford, Kiri Pritchard-Mclean, Mike Bubbins and Angela Barnes, whilst Jarvis Cocker, Caitlin Moran and Richard Thompson are all in conversation in the Talking Shop. And don’t forget to visit the always fascinating Einstein’s Garden, whilst sampling some delicious Welsh produce and booze. It’s going to be another belter!
End Of The Road Festival
Larmer Tree Gardens, Salisbury
29th August-1st September
Beirut, Metronomy, Michael Kiwanuka, Courtney Barnett, Jarvis Cocker, Deerhunter, Parquet Courts, Cate Le Bon, Cass McCombs…the list of fantastic acts on this year’s EOTR lineup goes on! It’s an absolutely cracking list and we can’t wait to get stuck in. The comedy and literature lineup is soon to be announced and there’s lots more to be excited about in the coming months prior to this amazing weekend!
Moseley Folk & Arts Festival
Moseley Park, Birmingham
30th August-1st September
Moseley Folk Festival is held in Moseley Park, a stunning 11-acre woodland glade in the heart of Moseley Village. Although it’s just 2 miles from the centre of Birmingham it is a world away from city life. Showcasing unsigned acts right next to well established international artists, this year makes for a really exciting bill. The likes of Don McLean, Jake Bugg, Lucy Rose and Peggy Seeger play alongside the likes of Emily Mae Winters, Philippa Zawe and Rachel Croft. Happy days!
Manchester Folk Festival
Ok, October is a little late in the year, but as Mancunians, we’re stretching the festival season a little further to include this in our list! Manchester Folk Festival returns with HOME as its central hub, and Gorilla, The Ritz, YES, Manchester Central also hosting gigs throughout the fest. Celebrating the best of English folk and acoustic roots music, this is a truly-exciting urban festival and sees over 25 artists in a mix of intimate, large scale, indoor and outdoor venues. Highlights include Ferocious Dog, Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, Kate Rusby, The Unthanks and much more!