Whether you're a festival newbie or a seasoned veteran, don't miss out on the 2017 festival season! Have you bought tickets yet? If you're trying to make your mind up on which to visit this year, take note of our highlights of the best festivals on offer in the North of England and Scotland in 2017.
Liverpool Sound City
Liverpool Waters, Clarence Dock
Thursday 25th May - Sunday 28th May 2017
An unrivalled festival of incredible live music and arts, capturing the essence of the city of Liverpool and reinforcing it as the cultural core of the UK. 2017 marks their 10th Birthday Celebration and will be headlined by Metronomy and The Kooks, with The Kills, Slaves, and very special guests The Cribs also announced, plus many more!
Virgin V Festival
Weston Park, Staffordshire
Saturday 19th August - Sunday 20th August 2017
Returning to Weston Park, Staffordshire once again between the 19–20 August with Jay Z and P!nk confirmed as this year's headliners. Other acts include Ellie Goulding, Stormzy, Craig David, Dizzee Rascal, Pete Tong, Jess Glynne and more!
Live At Leeds Festival
Various Leeds Venues, Leeds
Saturday 29th April 2017
Taking over venues across the city centre, Live At Leeds is once again set to be the definitive live music experience of the year - celebrating a city and culture that thrives on looking forward and embracing the now. Over 200 names will be playing throughout the day and night including Rag 'n' Bone Man, Slaves, Wild Beasts and more!
Live From Times Square
Times Square, Newcastle
Thursday 27th July - Sunday 6th August 2017
Taking place this summer across late July and early August, Live From Times Square brings electrifying live music to the heart of Newcastle. Featuring headline performances from Jake Bugg, James + special guests, Hacienda Classical and Manic Street Preachers.
Heaton Park, Manchester
Saturday 10th June - Sunday 11th June 2017
Manchester's Parklife Festival proudly represents a diverse line-up that spans pop, hip-hop, dance and indie. 2017 headliners include Manchester four-piece The 1975, globally acclaimed Frank Ocean and Grime's golden boys Boy Better Know.
Slam Dunk Festival North
Various Leeds Venues, Leeds
Sunday 28th May 2017
Offering an unparalleled display of pop-punk movers and shakers across 8 stages, Slam Dunk Festival celebrates all things alternative as it welcomes incredible one-off anniversary performances from headliners Enter Shikari, debut albums in full with American pop-rockers Cute Is What We Aim For and We The Kings, a special reunion performance from Madina Lake and the final-ever shows from We Are The Ocean.
Bramham Park, Leeds
Friday 25th August - Sunday 27th August
A showcase of the best in modern music with sets from over 200 incredible acts. Taking place from 25-27 August, Reading and Leeds will see unforgettable headline performances from rock titans Muse, rap god Eminem and brit rock juggernauts Kasabian.
The Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool
Sunday 30th April 2017
Following the success of #FestEvol16 last year, FestEvol Gardens returns for another bank holiday special on Sunday 30 April at the brand new location of the Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool Waters. With Wild Beasts, Pulled Apart By Horses, and more!
Hit The North
Various Newcastle Venues, Newcastle
Thursday 27th April - Friday 28th April 2017
A major new music festival for the UK's emerging artists is heading to Newcastle this April, in what has been billed as a stellar multi-venue event in the city centre. Hit the North will see 116 bands perform in 14 venues city wide on 27th and 28th April. English punk rock outfit Slaves are set to headline the festival.
Glasgow Green, Glasgow
Friday 7th July - Sunday 9th July 2017
As Scotland's T in the Park takes a break, its sister festival TRNSMT comes to Glasgow Green this summer, bringing with it headliners Radiohead, Kasabian and Biffy Clyro. Other names such as The 1975, Catfish and the Bottlemen and George Ezra are on the bill for the event, organised by the team behind T in the Park.
Drumlanrig Castle, Dumfriesshire
Friday 1st September - Saturday 2nd September 2017
After announcing a trio of Scottish heavyweights, in Frightened Rabbit, who will headline the Friday night, as well as Arab Strap and The Jesus & Mary Chain, it has been confirmed that Mercury Prize winning Dizzee Rascal will headline the Saturday night.
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