Top 10: Multi-Venue City Festivals in the UK 2020

Top 10: Multi-Venue City Festivals in the UK 2020

Every summer the UK becomes one of Europe's hottest destinations for festival goers. Immersing yourself in a muddy field for four days, however, has its ups and downs.

So for anyone who loves festivals but hates camping, now's your chance to escape the mud with our favourite multi-venue inner-city music festivals, letting you see countless bands within the confines of the city walls.

Dot To Dot


Festival Lineup (2019): Crystal Fighters, Jordan Rakel, Swim Deep, The Night Cafe, Dream Wife, The Orielles, Mini Mansions, Viagra Boya

The award-winning festival Dot To Dot is a day-long festival across three cities, starting in Manchester and then taking the full lineup on tour to Nottingham, and finally Bristol. The metropolitan festival started in 2005, and after a record attendance in 2018, will once again be taking advantage of the best venues in each city for another stellar lineup in 2019. 

Dot to Dot offers a range of established artists as well as unearthing the best newcomers, winning Best Festival for Emerging Talent in 2017 along with Best Multi Venue Festival.

When & Where: 24-26 May 2019, Manchester, Nottingham, Bristol

Dot To Dot Festival 2020 Guide


The Great Escape


Festival Lineup (2020): Jada, GoGo Penguin, SASSY 009, Do Nothing 

The Great Escape is held over three days in Brighton. It is well known for being the UK's top festival for newcomers with over 500 emerging artists from across the world. Taking place in over 30 venues in Brighton, TGE is one of the best places to discover new music.

Since 2018 Brighton beach has been added to the family of venues making The Great Escape Festival unique amongst its peers, while there will also be a huge programme of industry events alongside the gigs, including insightful panels, topical debates, keynote speeches and networking opportunities.

In addition, there's The Alternative Escape, with spotlight shows, secret gigs, club nights and more added to the other festivities during the weekend. 

When & Where: 13-16 May 2020, Brighton

The Great Escape 2020 Guide / Book The Great Escape 2020

Stag & Dagger


Festival Lineup: Rat Boy, Dream Wife, Goat Girl, Pip Blom, Heavy Rapids, Strange Bones, TVAM, The Ninth Wave

Stag and Dagger is Scotland's original multi-venue music festival. The one-day event takes place across Glasgow's inner city live music venues, all within walking distance from one another. 

The festival offers a wide range of music, running from 2pm until 3am, with your wristband gaining you access to over 50 of the hottest up-and-coming artists as well as more established names. With previous lineups including Ed Sheeran, Royal Blood, Warpaint and Mac Demarco, there is a good chance you may be watching a soon-to-be stadium filler.

When & Where: 5 May 2019, Glasgow 

Stag and Dagger

Live At Leeds


Festival Lineup: Aaron Smith, 404, ADMT, Black Honey, Dredge, Sundara Karma, Tom Grennan, Dream Wife, Ed The Dog

As the name suggests, Live At Leeds is based in Leeds City Centre. Taking place over the first May bank holiday the one-day festival's ethos has always been to celebrate over 200 of the best local upcoming bands alongside more established names.

The festival began in 2007 to mark the city's 800th birthday and has since won the UK festival award for Best Metropolitan Festival, and Best Festival For Emerging Talent.  

When & Where: 4 May 2019, Leeds  

Live At Leeds 2019 Guide 

Live At Leeds

Camden Rocks


Festival Lineup (2019): Frank Turner, Ash, Deaf Havana, Carl Barat, New Model Army, Wheatus, Rat Boy, The Pigeon Detectives

Camden Rocks takes over some of area's favourite venues, including the Electric Ballroom, Dingwalls, Underworld and The Hawley Arms, for a weekend of rock, indie, metal and punk.

Showcasing over 400 artists inside over 20 venues, Camden Rocks is one of London's most thriving indie festivals, giving music fans the chance to catch an upcoming band in an intimate pub setting, then stroll across the street to see some of the country's most established in one of the capital's most renowned music venues.

When & Where: 1-2 June 2019

Camden Rocks 2020 Guide & Waiting List

Handmade Festival


Festival Lineup: Black Honey, Blood Youth, Arcades, Can't Swim, Coast To Coast, Dream State, Do Nothing, Orchards

Handmade Festival takes place over May bank holiday across the city of Leicester. The festival's aim "is to find the best new and forward-thinking music, comedy, art, film, performance and photography, and bring it all together for one weekend. We wanted to create an arts festival the city could be proud of."

Handmade opened in 2013 and takes place across Leicester's independent live music venues and more unusual spaces transformed to accommodate its diverse programme, including the O2 Academy Leicester and the University of Leicester Students Union.

When & Where: 4-5 May 2019, Leicester


Visions Festival  


Festival Lineup: Otta, Squid, Steam Down, White Denim, Iceage, Demdike Stare, Naydeydey, Westerman

Visions Festival is a one-day celebration of music, arts, food, and culture. Taking place at the beginning of August the festival is played out across warehouse venues, independent music venues and outdoor spaces around Hackney.

Alongside its hotly curated lineup, there are also a variety of non-music events, such as The Visions Themed Dog Show, karaoke, craft beer markets, record fairs and more.

When & Where: 3 August 2019, Hackney 

Visions Festival 2019 Guide


Simple Things


Festival Lineup (2019): Dr. Rubinstein, Andrew Weatherall, Jayda G, Avalon Emerson  

Simple Things Festival is a multi-genre festival taking over Bristol City Centre for one day in October and is split across the cities most popular music venues, including Colston Hall, Lakota, The Island and The O2 Academy.

With a lineup that ranges from house and techno to punk and pop, Simple Things is committed to presenting boundary pushing sounds and performances from some of the best underground artists around.

When & Where: 19 October 2019, Bristol

Simple Things 2019 Guide

 Simple Things

Brixton Disco Festival


Festival Lineup (2019): Horse Meat Disco, Greg Wilson, Stevie Wonderland, Low Life (Bill Brewster & Frank Broughton), Everlyn 'Champagne' King, Joey Negro, Brixton Chamber orchestra 

Set in the heart of Brixton across venues surrounding around the iconic Windrush Square, Brixton Disco Festival is a multi-venue extravaganza. Celebrating over 40 years of disco music the festival is presented by Mi-Soul Radio. 

Some of disco's best-loved artists will be playing in venues such as Electric Brixton, Prince of Wales Rooftop & Club, The Ritzy Picturehouse and The Black Cultural Archives, while festival-goers will also be treated to a selection of film screenings, talks, art exhibitions, a record fair, and even a roller disco in the middle of Windrush Square. 

When & Where: 27 April 2019, Brixton

Brixton Disco Festival 2020 Guide & Waiting List


Baltic Weekender 


Festival Lineup (2019): Nina Kraviz, Maribou State, George FitzGerald, Alexis, ASOK, Ben Sims, Big Miz, Blasha & Allatt

Liverpool's Baltic Triangle comes alive between when Baltic Weekender takes over. After their debut festival in 2017, the festival has continued to showcase an impressive underground music lineup for over three years.

Nina Kraviz, Maribou State, George FitzGerald and more will be taking over the city's creative district in 2019, with a mega line up of house, techno, bass, and everything in-between.

When & Where: 31 May - 1 June 2019, Liverpool  

Baltic Weekender 2019 Guide & Waiting List

Baltic Weekender


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