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Top 20 Music Festivals In The UK 2019


UK music festivals are renowned around the globe for their creativity and their clout in capturing the coolest acts around. They also form one of the most saturated music festival markets in the world.

We give you the ultimate lowdown on the best UK music festivals in 2019, including the almighty Glastonbury, Isle of Wight, Reading & Leeds, Download, Boomtown and Latitude.


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Glastonbury Festival

Festival lineup (2017): Foo Fighters, Radiohead, Ed Sheeran, The xx, alt-J, Boy Better Know, Solange, Major Lazer

The clear standout from this list, Glastonbury sets the bar when it comes to worldwide music festivals. It hosts the biggest names in music on its famous Pyramid Stage, but it's the other side of Glastonbury that really sets it apart. 

Take a stroll through Shangri-La – the festival's night time district – and you'll be thrown into a themed world full of immersive theatre and shenanigans, soundtracked by electronic music's finest and underground names. 

Or just up the path there's Arcadia, the sprawling spider-like, flame-throwing structure, open to only the most hardcore ravers, or the more cosier circus and cabaret field, where some of the country's best comedians come together with drag queens and trapeze magicians. 

When & where: 26-30 June 2019, Pilton

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Boomtown


Festival lineup (2018):
 Gorillaz, Die Antwoord, Limp Bizkit, Enter Shikari, Shy FX, Soul II Soul, Maribou State, Sleaford Mods

A boiling pot of vibrancy, theatre, fantasy, escapism and camaraderie, Boomtown Fair is a hub of diverse and non-commercialised musical movements whose roots stretch far and wide. Consisting of nine districts with a different emphasis, you may be chilling to some folk one minute, and then travelling at 180 BPM to some drum & bass the next.

When & where: 7-11 August 2019, Winchester

Boomtown 2019 Guide & Waiting List


Creamfields


Festival lineup (2018): Carl Cox, Eric Prydz, Tiësto, Armin van Buuren, Adam Beyer, Axwell ^ Ingrosso, Alesso, Major Lazer

Dance brand Cream has become a global superstar, taking its legendary parties across continents; and yet it all began as an offshoot from Liverpool's Cream nightclub.

Now in Daresbury, Creamfields attracts tens of thousands every year seeking to party to the finest names in dance, along with immense visuals, lighting and pyrotechnics. Joined by a devoted following, Creamfields continues to shape the dance scene as we know it.

When & where: 22-25 August 2019, Daresbury

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Lovebox


Festival lineup (2018): Childish Gambino, N.E.R.D, Skepta, SZA, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Annie Mac, Bonobo, Wu-Tang Clan

London’s beat lovers, freaks and hipsters convene for an annual party created by Groove Armada. A colourful mix of dance dons, rock gods, vintage markets, bespoke bars and fairground tides, Lovebox is a carousel of creativity.

When & where: July 2019, London

Lovebox 2019 Guide & Waiting List

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Bestival


Festival lineup (2018):
M.I.A., London Grammar, Silk City (Diplo & Mark Ronson), Grace Jones, Plan B, Chaka Khan, Mura Masa, First Aid Kit

The UK’s much lauded, award-winning boutique fiesta has as many forms of silliness and absurdity as it does musical performers – and there’s around 1,000 of them. With legendary late night mischief, pianos popping up in the woods, lit up lakesides, mass fancy dress, along with poetry, theatre, comedy and plenty more to discover, the only thing you’ll struggle with is fitting it all in.

When & where: August 2019, Lulworth Castle

Bestival 2019 Guide & Waiting List

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Camp Bestival


Festival lineup (2018): 
Rick Astley, Clean Bandit, Simple Minds, Basement Jaxx, Orbital, Shed Seven, Undertones, Declan McKenna

With all the playful nonsense of its naughty older sister event Bestival, Camp Bestival offers the same novelty of fancy dress and late night silliness, but with a twist: it’s completely family friendly. 

Taking place in a beautiful English castle, it has everything from medieval jousting to face painting with music, comedy and poets hand-picked by Rob da Bank. 

When & where: 25-28 July 2019, Lulworth Castle

Camp Bestival 2019 Guide & Waiting List

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Latitude Festival

Festival lineup (2018): The Killers, Solange, alt-J, The Vaccines, Wolf Alice, Rag'n'Bone Man, Jessie Ware, Belle & Sebastian

Taking over the idyllic English countryside, Latitude is, as its tagline proclaims, much more than just a music festival. With DJs hidden in the woods, colourful sheep roaming the tufty fields, opera on the lake, film debuts in its onsite cinema, clowns under canvas, actors treading the boards, local ales, dance troupes and a huge children’s area, there's something to keep whatever age entertained. Oh, and there’s a full programme of music too.

When & where: 18-21 July 2019, Southwold

Latitude Festival 2019 Guide & Waiting List


Boardmasters


Festival lineup (2018):
Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Chemical Brothers, George Ezra, Kano, Years & Years, Rag'n'Bone Man, Lilly Allen, Annie Mac

Hidden amongst the swell and sunshine of the south-west coast of England, Boardmasters mixes the best boarders in the world – whether they’re surfers or skaters – with BMX kings, and soundtracks the action with dance dons, folk stars, and pop favourites. 

With cliff-top sessions and surf shack shows, it's only a cocktail short of the best weekend of the year. Ready to make your Instagram followers jealous?

When & where: 7-11 August 2019, Newquay


Download Festival


Festival lineup (2018): Ozzy Osbourne, Avenged Sevenfold, Guns N' Roses, Bullet For My Valentine, Marilyn Manson, Black Stone Cherry, You Me At Six, Parkway Drive

Probably the most prestigious hard rock and heavy metal festival in the world, Download took over from the legendary Monsters of Rock Festival at Derby's Donington Park.

Its three days packed full of the biggest names from the 70s right up to the newest generation, and if the heavier end of the spectrum is your thing then Download will take a heck of a lot of beating.

When & where: 14-16 June 2019, Derby

Download Festival 2019 Guide & Waiting List


Houghton Festival


Festival lineup (2018): Ricardo Villalobos, Andrew Weatherall, Ben UFO, Helena Hauff, Craig Richards, Midland, Mr. Scruff, Seth Troxler

Few festivals – if any – make as remarkable an impression after only two editions as Houghton Festival has. Curated by British electronic music veteran Craig Richards and produced by another firm favourite Gottwood, the festival's first two events have won praise on basically all counts – lineup, scheduling, sound quality, location, atmosphere. Let's hope they can keep it up.  

When & where: August 2019, Houghton

Houghton Festival 2019 Guide & Waiting List


South West Four


Festival lineup (2018):
Marshmello, Chase & Status, Armin van Buuren, Dizzee Rascal, Craig David, Andy C, Galantis, Kungs

If London ever needed an extra club, South West Four is it. And what a club it is. Forget those tasteless, champagne with sparklers joints, this is an open-air party palace that sorts out the essentials first: music, music and more music.

A coming together of the EDM world, their understudies, and up-and-comings stars, the four stages of house, techno, minimal, trance and electronica will fill your ears for the evening, before you head out to one of the countless after parties.

When & where: 24-25 August 2019, London

South West Four 2019 Guide & Waiting List

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Green Man Festival


Festival lineup (2018): The War On Drugs, Fleet Foxes, John Grant, Grizzly Bear, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Dirty Projectors, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Black Angels

As far as festival locations go, Green Man Festival takes in the might of the UK’s landscape with its backdrop of the Brecon Beacons’ Black Mountains in Wales, and the folk-led lineup fits it perfectly.

Hidden in the hills are 1,500 performers to discover across the comedy, theatre and literary worlds, complimented by the host local ales and ciders on offer, and the various spas and therapies to nurse away those hangovers.

When & where: 15-18 August 2019, Brecon Beacons

Green Man Festival 2019 Guide & Waiting List


Isle of Wight Festival

Festival lineup (2018): Kasabian, Depeche Mode, The Killers, Liam Gallagher, Camila Cabello, Manic Street Preachers, Chase & Status, Nile Rodgers & Chic

The reincarnation of one of the UK’s first ever festivals continues to pull in the world’s biggest guitar slingers and the hottest craftsmen and women from pop and electronic genres. 

Born in 1968 and still rocking out strong 50 years later, IoW has lived through decades of musical and cultural change, always staying relevant and incredibly popular.

When & where: 13-16 June 2019, Isle of Wight

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Reading & Leeds Festivals


Festival lineup (2018):
Kendrick Lamar, Kings of Leon, Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, Travis Scott, Post Malone, Courteeners, Wolf Alice

Reading and Leeds are the type of riotous events that Bank Holidays are made for, providing a platform for rising and established indie bands, metal groups, next generation dance, hip hop and alternative pop acts. If they ain’t playing here, they ain’t worth seeing.

When & where: 23-25 August 2019, Reading & Leeds

Reading Festival 2019 Guide & Waiting List

Leeds Festival 2019 Guide & Waiting List


We Are FSTVL


Festival lineup (2018):
Andy C, Carl Cox, Eric Prydz, Marco Carola, DJ EZ, Seth Troxler, Loco Dice, Jamie Jones

With its Best Medium-Sized Festival prize still gleaming from its gantries, We Are FSTVL continues to go from strength to strength, with even more colour and more incredible EDM masters.

Try its 16 stages, 200 DJs, stylised stages and VIP arena with bubbling hot tubs, spa treatments, gourmet food and champagne bars for a weekend (and hangover) you’re unlikely to forget in a hurry.

When & where: 24-26 May 2019, London

We Are FSTVL 2019 Guide & Waiting List


RiZE Festival


Festival lineup (2018): Liam Gallagher, Stereophonics, Craig David, Years & Years, James Bay, Bastille, Rag'n'Bone Man, Plan B

Taking up the reigns from Virgin's V Festival, RiZE Festival jumps from classic indie and pop to urban and dance with bags full of energy and excitement.

After a thrilling debut in 2018, 2019 sees the festival return, looking to push on and take things to an even higher level.

When & where: August 2019, Chelmsford

RiZE Festival 2019 Guide & Waiting List


TRNSMT Festival


Festival lineup (2018): Arctic Monkeys, The Killers, Liam Gallagher, Stereophonics, Queen + Adam Lambert, The Script, Interpol, The Courteeners

Started as a replacement for T in the Park, the city centre event includes all the revelry of a traditional music festival, but also gives festival-goers the chance to explore the city's bars, restaurants, nightclubs and cultural attractions.

When & where: 12-14 July 2019, Glasgow

TRNSMT Festival 2019 Guide & Waiting List

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Parklife


Festival lineup (2018): The xx, Liam Gallagher, Skepta, N.E.R.D, Lorde, Bonobo, A$AP Rocky, Justice

Parklife Festival is one of the UK's most popular and famous weekend music festivals, laying on a programme of diverse and cutting-edge music inside Manchester's Heaton Park.

Curated by a number of the UK's most renowned clubbing brands, the weekender has rubber stamped its position at the very front of the country's dance music scene.

When & where: 8-9 June 2019, Manchester

Parklife Festival 2019 Guide & Waiting List


Wilderness Festival


Festival lineup (2018):
Chic & Nile Rodgers, Bastille, Jon Hopkins, Justice, Groove Armada, Kamasi Washington, !!! (Chk Chk Chk), Peggy Gou

If there’s one thing Britain’s festivals do brilliantly, it’s boutique bashes. One of the more posh and pretty gatherings in the event calendar, Oxfordshire’s Wilderness Festival is the type of place where you can watch a bona fide legend on the stage, enjoy a banquet feast, a science lecture, soak in a hot tub, and watch a one man performance of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

When & where: 1-4 August 2019, Charlbury

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Wireless Festival


Festival lineup (2018): J. Cole, Stormzy, DJ Khaled & Friends, Giggs, Big Sean, Rae Sremmurd, Migos, French Montana

Wireless is not quite bigger than hip-hop, but it's certainly getting that way. This supafly soiree is the best chance to see a line up of urban legends, leaning heavily on the side of rap, grime, hip-hop and R&B.

Pair that with fairground rides, chill out areas, bars and artists singing booths to keep days filled, and you'll begin to understand why this is the only UK date this pedigree of rap stars book in advance.

When & where: July 2019, London

Wireless Festival 2019 Guide & Waiting List


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