BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T GET A GLASTONBURY TICKET, LET'S BE REAL
We don’t mean to be dramatic, but this is the time of year that EVERYTHING CHANGES. Spring has sprung, it's sunny AF, you've found yourself debating whether to swap your winter coat for a jacket, and you don't die of cold every time you go to sleep.
ALSO, the Glastonbury line-up was just announced.
These all mean one thing – it's time to get off your arse and finally book all those festivals you and your friends have been discussing at the pub for months.
We've picked out festivals to suit basically every preference, budget and mood. So, take your pick.
(Sidenote: If ya fancy jetting abroad for you festival fun, check out our European festival guide)
PART 1) Festivals for those who'd literally rather jump into the ocean and live there than camp
Camping isn’t for everyone. Even the most diehard of festival goers has had a tent-related nightmare. And dealing with the freezing cold, the million mile walks to the bathroom, and seeing someone LITERALLY SHIT at least once in the campsite is enough to put people off forever.
So why not go to a day festival instead?
UK day and non-camping festivals
When? Saturday 12 August 2017
Where? Brockwell Park, London
Ticket price: £50
Sunfall is a particular good'un cos you get both the festival and a night after party at a range of London locations. It's relatively new (started last year), but has already established itself as among coolest festivals to go to have a ticket for this summer. But if your vibe is more Ed Sheeran than sidestepping to house music in a bucket hat, maybs not one for you.
Line-up highlights: Ben UFO, Horse Meat Disco, The Black Madona, Gilles Peterson.
When? 14 – 15 July 2017
Where? Victoria Park, London
Ticket price: £69.50 - £127
Why go? SOLANGE KNOWLES IS THERE, what other reason could you POSSIBLY need? Lovebox takes place across two days in London, and features a very exciting mix of live performers and DJs.
Line-up highlights: SOLANGE, Frank Ocean, Jamie XX, Chase & Status, Jess Glynne
Where? Finsbury Park, London
When? 7 – 9 July 2017
Ticket price: £55 - £160 for weekend tickets
Why go? Chance the rapper, Fetty Wap, The Weeknd and Skepta all having a big old party together could not be more up our street – and we are SO up for Wireless this year.
Line-up highlights: See above plz
When? 10 – 11 June 2017
Where? Heaton Park, Manchester
Ticket price: £59.50 - £125
Why go? We actually mean it when we say there’s something for everyone on Parklife’s line-up, which spans pop, hip-hop, dance and indie. So, unless you’re a death metal gal, you good.
Line-up highlights: Frank Ocean, The 1975, Boy Better Know, Jess Glynne, Carl Cox
Wild Life Festival
When? 9th & 10th June, 2017
Where? Brighton City Airport, Brighton
Ticket price: £65 - £115.50
Why go? Any excuse to go to Brighton on a (hopefully) sunny weekend in June sits very well with us - add Stormzy, Fatboy Slim and Wiley into the mix and we're sold.
Line-up highlights: Fatboy Slim, Jess Glynne, Stormzy, Dizzee Rascal
PART 2) UK Weekend camping festivals
When? 19 & 20 August 2017
Where? Hylands Park, Essex & Weston Park, Shropshire
Ticket price: £189.00
Why go? If you're basic and proud (like us), V Festival will be your dream. And we don't mean to be dramatic, but it might have the best line-up we've seen ever in our lives.
BUSTED are there!
SO IS P!NK!
AND JAY BLOODY Z.
STORMZY, TOO, GUYS!!!!!!!
Line-up highlights: Aside from the aforementioned, Annie Mac, Clean Bandit, Craig David and Ellie Goulding.
When? 26th – 28th May 2017-03-30
Where? Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Aveley Road, Upminster
Ticket price: £67.50 - £189.50
Why go? We Are FSTVL is celebrating its 5th anniversary this year, so we’re betting it’s gonna be ‘uge. You have the option of going for the day or camping, and this year’s introducing BOUTIQUE CAMPING, which sounds fancy.
Line-up highlights: Carl Cox, Craig David TS5, Dizzee Rascal, Basement Jaxx
Where? Abbots Ripton, Cambridgeshire
When? 20 – 23 July 2017
Ticket price: £197
Why go? If you’re up for what could well be the BIGGEST party of your life, we recommend going to Secret Garden Party this year. We say this year, because it’ll be it will be its final ever, which means they’ll definitely be going out with a bang.
Line-up highlights: Metronomy, Crystal Fighters, Toots & The Maytals
When? 13 – 15 July
Where? Bygrave Woods, Hertfordshire
Ticket price: £40 - £99 for a weekend ticket
Why go? It’s been a weird and difficult year for a whole load of reasons we won’t go into rn, so a massive party in the woods is literally just what we need. Seriously – the pictures look almost fairytale-like, only with Red Stripe and Hawaiian shirts.
Line-up highlights: Todd Terje, Booka Shade, NAO, Floating Points
When? 7 – 10 September 2017
Where? Lulworth Estate, Dorset
Ticket price: £181
Why go? If ever there was a place to go to drown your sorrows summer’s over, Bestival is it. It’s moved from the Isle of Wight to Dorset, so those previously put off by the thought of queuing all day in the pouring rain to get on a ferry after having no sleep for days (may or may not be speaking from experience) will be ite now.
Line-up highlights: The XX, A Tribe Called Quest, Pet Shop Boys, Justice, Dizzee Rascal