United Kingdom: Musikfestivals
The birthplace of the modern music festival. Glastonbury. Isle Of Wight Festival. Reading and Leeds Festival. Creamfields. Download Festival. All originated here, on home soil. All of which are legendary UK festivals.
Even stateside during the ‘Summer Of Love’, these festivals took place within stadiums or venues, resembling concerts more so that what we’d consider a traditional music festival (until Woodstock in ‘69 of course), whereas we were already pitching our tents, erecting stages in the middle of nowhere for a proper knees up.
The Isle Of Wight Festival ‘68 was the prototype, with 10,000 people flocking to a small farm on the remote island to see psychedelic purveyors Jefferson Airplane headline. From then on it grew exponentially, becoming the biggest counter-cultural event the world had seen with 600,000 festival-goers frequenting Afton Down in 1970, all hailing the performances of The Doors, The Who, and a little-known legend called Jimi Hendrix.
Then Glastonbury Festival arrived and took the reigns. Throughout the 90’s until now, Glastonbury has become the most globally renowned and celebrated music festival worldwide, cementing its illustrious reputation with countless career-defining performances over the years from artists like Radiohead, Oasis, Stevie Wonder, Pulp, and Beyonce.
Reading and Leeds Festivals fly the flag for rock and alternative music, Creamfields for dance and electronic music, Download Festival for heavy metal, and Wireless Festival for hip-hop and urban music.
Peak season for UK festivals extends from May to September, so throughout the British summer time.
Whether or not you’re looking to join the lineage of cultural pillars such as Glastonbury or Creamfields, or immerse yourself into the atmosphere and community of boutique festivals like Latitude or Wilderness, UK festivals are diverse and abundant so cater to music fans from all walks of life.