After months of grey days and cold weather, we're dreaming of dancing away in the sunshine at one of the many festivals on our wish list this year.
With so many to choose from, it can be tricky to decide which ones to book, so we've put together an A-Z guide of the best festivals coming up to help find the perfect one for you. Take a look and get booking!
When? 25 - 27 August 2023
Where? Alex James' Farm, The Cotswolds
Big Feastival returns this summer delivering the perfect mix of live music, critically acclaimed chefs, award-winning food, and an un-paralleled programme of family entertainment. The epic music line-up features Norweigan pop sensation Sigrid, British indie singer-songwriter Tom Grennan, and UK indie-rock icons Blossoms, plus so many more incredible artists like Melanie C, Rick Astley, The Vaccines, Faithless and more. This is a weekend tailored to the whole family, so book tickets now and make it a bank holiday weekend to remember!
When? 10 - 13 August 2023
Where? Catton Park, Derbyshire
The UK's ultimate heavy metal weekender is back this summer with what is undeniably an incredible weekend of music. Headlining the weekend will be Killswitch Engage, Meshuggah, and Megadeth, plus a whole range of bands like Hate, Royal Republic and so many more. This hottest metal weekender is edging closer and closer, and you will not want to miss it. Both weekend and day tickets are on sale now!
When? 20 - 23 July 2023
Where? Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire
The award winning festival that fuses music, science and cosmic culture at Cheshire's iconic Jodrell Bank Observatory will return in July with a phenomenal wave of artists like Roisin Murphy, Leftfield, Grace Jones and many more. This unique festival is on a mission to provide entertaining content for the whole family, with a mix of artists, speakers, scientists and performers which culminate in an event unlike any other. What are you waiting for? Book now.
When? 9 - 13 August 2023
Where? Newquay, Cornwall
Lorde, Liam Gallagher, Florence + The Machine, Little Simz, Ben Howard, Cypress Hill, Four Tet...the list goes on. Boardmasters' are gearing up for one of their biggest and best years yet with its epic line-up of over 120 acts and their hotly anticipated headliners all set to the stunning backdrop of the Cornish coast, dreamy. Weekend tickets are sold out, but you can still get a taste of this surf and beach lifestyle by grabbing a day ticket now!
When? 30 September 2023
Where? Stanmer Park, Brighton
Brighton's biggest electronic music festival is back in Stanmer Park, Brighton this September with an incredible line-up featuring Pendulum, Sub Focus, Kurupt FM, Hedex, Jyoty and so many more still to be announced! Tickets on sale now.
When? 26 - 28 May 2023
Where? Hylands Park, Chelmsford
Creamfields South has unleashed its incredible line-up, with some of the biggest names in dance music set to entertain Hylands Park in Chelmsford this May! You can expect exclusive sets from Calvin Harris, Swedish House Mafia, and Tiesto, alongside performances from iconic artists like Eric Prydz, Patrick Topping, Carl Cox, Nina Kraviz, Annie Mac, Fatboy Slim and so many more. If that sounds up your alley, then make sure you grab your tickets before they sell out!
Cross The Tracks
When? 28 May 2023
Where? Brockwell Park, Brixton, London
Cross The Tracks is returning to Brockwell Park this bank holiday May with some of the best names in jazz, funk and soul, including NxWorries (Anderson .Paak & Knxledge), Masego, Ezra Collective, Kelis, Alfa Mist, Gilles Peterson, Nightmares on Wax and so many more. Not only is this festival about music, it's about community, culture, family, history and creating a space for everyone to feel at home. With some of London's hottest street food vendors, local breweries, independent fashion boutique traders, workshops and more, you won't want to miss it.
When? 28 - 31 July 2023
Where? Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, North Yorkshire
Kick off your summer holidays right in the middle of the stunning North Yorkshire countryside, where Deer Shed is providing the best music and comedy for what is set to be a highlight in the festival calendar. You can catch artists The Comet Is Coming, Public Service Broadcasting, The Delgados, Gaz Coombes, The Big Moon, This Is The Kit, plus comedians Phil Wang, Bridget Christie and so many more. Don't forget there are plenty of workshops, science, cinema and sports to keep the whole family entertained.
When? 10 June 2023
Where? Colwick Park, Nottingham
With more than 60 live artists and DJs, global street food, cocktails, boat parties, fireworks, live street art and more, Detonate has reimagined itself for 2023 and you won't want to miss it. With an incredible line-up featuring Chase & Status, Sub Focus & Dimension, Shy FX, Interplanetary Criminal, Flowdan, Mall Grab and more, all set amongst the beautiful Colwick Park, this one is going to be a party to remember.
Dot to Dot
When? 27 - 28 May 2023
Where? Bristol & Nottingham
With a reputation for bringing the hottest new emerging artists to city-centre stages, the award-winning festival is set to return once again to Bristol and Nottingham on the 27th and 28th May with an incredible line up. You can catch the likes of Yard Act, Alvvays, Beka, Finn Foxell, Kofi Stone and many more in various venues across the city centre. Book your tickets now before it sells out!
When? 1 - 2 September 2023
Where? Clifton Downs, Bristol
After its impressive debut last year, FORWARDS returns to Bristol for two days of music and discussion, driven by its social initiatives to create positive change. It is a festival for forward thinkers, and welcomes a multitude of international music names to its stages for 2023. Headlining the weekend is electronic legend Aphex Twin, and neo-soul prioneer Erykah Badu, alongside many more names including Bonobo, Primal Scream, Arlo Parks, Leftfield, Goldie, Raye and more. Grab your tickets now!
When? 20 May 2023
Where? Kelham Island, Sheffield
Now into its third edition, Get Together has earnt a reputation as one of the best festivals for original and independent music, art, food and drink, and this year looks to be bolder and braver than ever before. Get Together will offer fans a chance to hear Friendly Fires' anthems like ‘Jump in The Pool’, ‘Paris’ and ‘Skeleton Boy’, alongside hits from the band’s back catalogue. They will be joined by over 40 other artists, including Dublin’s CMAT, Self Esteem and Confidence Man. Tickets on sale now!
When? 18 - 20 August 2023
Where? Hardwick Hall, Durham
Hardwick Festival is back this August bringing you a melting-pot of live music over multiple stages with star-studded acts from around the globe, dance areas to get lost in music, a children’s areas, silent disco, comedy tent and more! Set to headline are Hacienda Classical, The Kooks, and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, alongside other incredible artists and performers. Get your tickets now.
When? 4 -6 August 2023
Where? The Crix, Chelmsford
Hideaway Festival is back this year for a thrilling weekend of great music and good times! With stellar music from 4th – 6th August, Hideaway is Chelmsford’s brand-new family friendly boutique festival. Join the likes of Clean Bandit, Bastille, James Bay, Texas, Ella Henderson, Jake Bugg, Lucy Spraggan, Freya Ridings, and more! Tickets are on sale now.
When? 15 July 2023
Where? Alexandra Palace & Park, London
Returning to the stunning ground of Alexandra Palace & Park this summer is Kaleidoscope Festival and the line-up has just got a whole lot bigger! Hot Chip, George Fitzgerald, Gaz Coombes and Elvana: Elvis fronted Nirvana, are set to headline! Girls of the Internet, Antony Szmierek, and more will also perform, as well as appearances from well-known comedians like Joe Lycett, Nina Conti, and more.. Grab your tickets now.
When? 27 - 30 July 2023
Where? Lowther Deer Park, Lake District
Kendal Calling, the UK’s most picturesque festival is back in the Lake District this July with an astounding line-up. Join Kasabian, Royal Blood, Beabadoobee, Blossoms, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, plus many more for what is set to be a highlight of the summer. Tickets are on sale now!
When? 9 - 11 June 2023
Where? Kirtlington Park, Kidlington
This June, KITE Festival is set to bring together a formidable array of names from across the worlds of music, literature, politics, art, culture, and comedy over seven unique stages. Pretenders, Hot Chip, Suede, Dame Joan Collins, David Baddiel, Elizabeth Day, and more are already confirmed as part of this year’s exciting line-up. Don’t miss out!
When? 30 June - 2 July 2023
Where? Glynde Place, East Sussex
2023 is set to be Love Supreme’s biggest and best line-up to date with Brit Award, Mercury Prize and Ivor Novello-winning UK rapper Little Simz and the iconic Grace Jones headlining, plus performances from Emeli Sandé, Thundercat, Candi Staton, Gabriels and more! Don’t miss out, tickets on sale now.
Maiden Voyage Festival
When? 27 August 2023
Where? Lee Valley Showground, London
Coming to Lee Valley Showground, Maiden Voyage Festival is set to make it an August bank holiday to remember. Performances from AceMo, DJ Boring, CASisDEAD and loads more are set to take the stage this August for the day festival that’s sure to have you feeling the summer vibes. Tickets on sale now.
When? 6 - 9 July 2023
Where? Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset
Get set for a sizzling celebration of music, street art, skate and BMX at NASS festival! NASS returns to the Bath and West Showground, nr. Bristol, from 6-9 July with an epic line-up bringing together some of the world’s most exciting artists, including headliners; Chase & Status Live, hip-hop royalty Wu-Tang Clan and Mercury Prize winning Little Simz. They’ll be joined with performances from Anne-Marie, Shy FX, Easy Life, Greentea Peng, Example and over 50 more acts!
When? 27 - 28 May 2023
Where? Victoria Park, Warrington
Kicking off the summer with an amazing weekend of non stop live music across three stages, alongside local concessions and much more, Neighbourhood Weekender is a bank holiday celebration you won't want to miss. This year's line-up is headed up by the legendary PULP, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott and The Kooks, plus The Wombats, Self Esteem, Anne-Marie, Ocean Colour Scene, Sugababes and more. Not long to go, grab your tickets now!
When? 10 - 11 June 2023
Where? Heaton Park, Manchester
Parklife 2023 is here, ready to serve up THE line-up of the summer! Headlining the weekend will be the influential The 1975, Manchester's own Aitch, unstoppable rising star Fred again..., iconic trailblazers The Prodigy, Mercury-Prize winning Little Simz and hip-hop pioneers Wu Tang Clan + Nas. Plus there are plenty more unmissable acts at every turn including NxWorries (Anderson Paak. & Knxwledge), Skrillex, Becky Hill, Peggy Gou, Self Esteem, Nia Archives, Eliza Rose and so many more!
Riviera Food & Drink Festival
When? 26 - 29 May 2023
Where? Torre Abbey Meadows, Torquay
Celebrating the best of the Southwest, The English Riviera Food & Music Festival is a brand-new four-day food and music event, in the heart of Torbay, showcasing the region’s finest food, restaurants and chefs, alongside an amazing line-up of the UK’s best music acts. Featuring a line-up of the UK’s best music acts, Scouting for Girls, UB40, The Vamps, Razorlight, The Feeling, Rebecca Ferguson, The Overtones, Fleur East and Megan McKenna. Not to mention local talent too!
When? 27 - 30 July 2023
Where? Dinham House, Cornwall
Located on the banks of the Camel Estuary on the stunning Cornish coast, Rock Oyster is a 4-day festival and camping holiday taking place from 27-30 July 2023. A voyage of culinary discovery, there’s mouth-watering food from Michelin-starred chefs to creative kitchen wizards and a musical lineup from internationally acclaimed artists Nile Rodgers & Chic, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and more!
Slam Dunk Festival
When? 27 - 28 May 2023
Where? Hatfield Park, Hatfield & Temple Newsam, Leeds
The alternative day festival returns to Hatfield and Leeds in May 2023 boasting an impressive array of talent including headliners punk-rock royalty The Offspring and British rock legends Enter Shikari. A number of reunions and anniversary celebrations also take place with performances from Kids In Glass Houses and The Academy Is…as well as Yellowcard as they celebrate the 20th anniversary of their iconic album ‘Ocean Avenue’. Tickets are so close to selling out so be sure to grab yours before they’re gone!
Splendour In Nottingham
When? 22 - 23 July 2023
Where? Wollaton Park, Nottingham
This year marks the 15th birthday of Splendour, and they’re celebrating in style with headline performances from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Madness. These are the biggest acts to ever headline the festival so be sure to grab a ticket. Also performing over the weekend are Sugababes, The Kooks, The Vaccines, Everything Everything, DYLAN, The Coral, and more.
When? 1 - 3 September 2023
Where? Norfolk Showground, Norwich
After a completely sold out 2022 edition, Sundown Festival is back this year at Norfolk Showground with its biggest festival to date. Headliners Chase & Status are set to perform live and UK Drill prodigy Tion Wayne will be taking on the Sundown Main Stage. Also joining the party are Raye, Nathan Dawe, Hybrid Minds, Joel Corry, Mae Muller, French The Kid, K-Trap, Dimension, Sub Focus and so many more.
The Long Road
When? 25 - 27 August 2023
Where? Stanford Hall, Leicestershire
Returning to Leicestershire's stunning Stanford Hall for a highly anticipated fourth edition this summer, The Long Road festival is fast becoming the beloved home of Country and Americana music and culture in the UK. The three-day camping experience takes place 25th - 27th August 2023 and boasts an incredible line-up so far, including headliners Jon Pardi, Blackberry Smoke, alongside Tenille Townes, Eli Young Band, Margo Price and more.
When? 21 - 23 July 2023
Where? Hillsborough Park, Sheffield
Situated in Hillsborough Park, Sheffield, Tramlines makes it's triumphant return for 2023 with a stacked line-up featuring the likes of Richard Ashcroft, Courteeners, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, Blossoms, Kaiser Chiefs, DMA's, and more! Tickets are selling fast so be sure to grab a ticket and make it a summer to remember!
When? 21 - 23 July 2023
Where? Hill Farm, Oxfordshire
Truck Festival returns to Hill Farm in Oxfordshire and boasts a stacked line-up including Two Door Cinema Club, The Wombats, The Vaccines, Self Esteem and loads more. Also joining the festival on the comedy stage are Jonathan Pie, Seann Walsh, Emmanuel Sonubi and plenty more comedians perfect for tickling your funny bone.
When? 4 - 6 August 2023
Where? Valley Fest, Bristol
Valley Fest is perfect for first-time festival goers as well as families of all ages. Taking place alongside the glittering Chew Valley Lake with the rolling Mendip hills in the background, it’s only nine miles from Bristol and Bath. This year, The Kooks, Bananarama and Scouting For Girls take to the stage showcasing Bristol’s live music scene as well as fine local food producers, you can expect everything from charcuterie to cider, street food to sit-down feasts – all with plenty of Somerset style and sizzle.
We Out Here
When? 10 - 14 August 2023
Where? Wimborne St Giles, Dorset
The legendary Gilles Peterson is back again with another year of We Out Here festival, the festival that celebrates the elements of UK club culture, and the community that surrounds it. Joining the musical dots between soul, hip hop, house, afro, electronica, jazz and beyond, 2023's line-up includes Ezra Collective, Knucks, Nia Archives, Roisin Murphy, black midi, Nubya Garcia, Goldie and so many more. Set amongst the beautiful wooded parkland in Wimborne St Giles, Dorset, this is the perfect summer escape!
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