Five Best Summer Music Festivals
British summer time means barbecues in the park, rooftop sundowners and a general feeling of happiness. Add in some music festivals to the mix, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for an epic summer. From seaside concerts to weekend gigs in the countryside, here are our top five music festivals of 2015. Take your pick! Read our previous blog about how to survive a music festival.
1. Isle of Wight Festival
Dating back to the ‘60s, the Isle of Wight Festival started out as Europe’s equivalent to Woodstock, bringing Jimi Hendrix, The Doors and Joni Mitchell to the UK. This year (11 – 14 June) the line-up is varied and as always, legendary – with Fleetwood Mac performing alongside other big names like Prodigy, The Black Keys, Blur and Pharrell. Just two hours outside of London, all you need to do is get yourself to one of the four mainland ferry ports at Southampton, Portsmouth, Lymington or Southsea – where the fun will start with a short ferry trip towards the island. The festival is family-friendly, with free entry for children under 12. Check out all the ticket options here.
2. The Great Escape
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life for a blissful weekend of new music at the Great Escape in Brighton (14 – 16 May). Headlining this year are the ‘Hold On’ hit makers Alabama Shakes, who received three Grammy Awards in 2013 for their album Boys and Girls. Over 300 bands will be performing at more than 30 venues across the seaside town, which means you get to see new acts before they eventually go mainstream. A hipster’s dream!
3. Reading and Leeds Festival
With headline acts including Metallica, Mumford and Sons and The Libertines, this year’s Reading and Leeds Festival will once again be the ultimate in metal, rock and indie music. It’s happening during the August bank holiday weekend (28 – 30 August) – so you have plenty of time to get over your hangover before heading back to work. Have a look at the details here.
4. The Secret Garden Party
The Secret Garden Party is by far one of the most interesting festivals out there. This year’s theme is “Childish Things” and festival goers are encouraged to escape the grownup world, and go back to their childish roots with paint fights, dance offs and action camps. It’s happening from 23 – 26 July, and you can view their gallery to get a visual feel here. There will be a very limited number of re-sale tickets available for one day only on 14 May.
No festival list is complete with mentioning good old Glasto. It’s reached legendary status all over the world, and celebrities far and wide flock to the countryside come June 24th.
Join them to watch Foo Fighters, The Who, Florence and the Machine, George Ezra and Kanye West take the stage – promising to make this one of the most impressive and varied festival line ups this year.