It’s that exciting time of year again. But how to decide? Flick through our handily chronological list and see what tickles your fancy.
ISLE OF WIGHT
This hipster gathering in the heart of London’s Victoria Park has grown and grown since its inception in 2007, this year totes a bill including the nuanced electronic synths of James Blake, urethral tones of alternative icon PJ Harvey and grounded rhymes of grime reviver Skepta. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Field day is the home of the cutting edge and critically acclaimed. The festival for music lovers put together by those that know their stuff.
T IN THE PARK
DOWN TO THE WOODS
For those looking for a slice of wilderness this summer, where better than Green Man? Set within the natural beauty of the Brecon Beacons, the festival offers a variety of music, comedy and beyond. Boasting headline acts such as James Blake and Laura Marling, alongside Ezra Furman, Gengahr and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (to name but a few), a range of magical, creative, relaxed areas like the Walled Garden and the incredible Chai Wallah’s, Green Man has it all.
READING & LEEDS
Reading & Leeds is the only secondary school rite of passage that includes seeing the most popular new artists as well as those who have been iPod staples since the days when you bought music. Although fundamentally a ‘rock festival’, this year sees grime collective BBK on the main stage as well as the mysteriously titled “co-headliners” Biffy Clyro/Fall Out Boy, Disclosure/Foals and the return of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Bring bucket hats, hand sanitizer and roach card.