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UK festivals 2024: music events and line-ups this summer, from All Points East to Glastonbury

Lost Village emerged as one of highlights of the festival season  (Lost Village)
Lost Village emerged as one of highlights of the festival season (Lost Village)

Though balmy days spent watching bands in a muddy field might feel like a distant memory right now, looking ahead to festival season is a top-notch way to stave off the cold.

And major UK festivals are, finally, releasing their line-ups. In other words, it's a good time to start making summer plans.

The UK provides plenty of choice when it comes to festivals, with every type of music fan catered to across the country – whether you're a hardcore rocker or raver, or someone who fancies something more tranquil.

Stuck for where to begin? We've created a comprehensive guide to all of the top UK festivals on offer, regularly updated with artists and ticket prices to assist your eager hunt for your year's plans.

Here's our big guide to UK festivals in 2024:

Cro Cro Land

Over 40 bands, DJs and artists are on the bill for this well-priced weekender at Croydon’s Stanley Arts; it’s the second edition of the grassroots festival

When? April 13-14

Where? Stanley Arts, South Norwood

Who’s on the line-up? The Subways, Mattiel, She Drew The Gun, Berries, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, Desperate Journalist, Flat Party and more

Tickets: Weekend tickets from £30; crocroland.co.uk

Terminal V

One of Scotland’s biggest dance music festivals, Terminal V is a huge celebration of all things house and techno, hosted in picturesque Edinburgh and boasting big DJ talents across its line-up every year.

When? April 13-14

Where? The Royal Highland Centre + Showground, Edinburgh

Who’s on the line-up? Blawan, Ellen Allien, Fjaak, Franck, Hannah Laing, MRD, SNTS, Thelma, Basswell, BLK., La La, Malugi, Mark Blair and more.

Tickets: Weekend tickets from £139.95; terminalv.co.uk

Liverpool Sound City

This musical festival and industry conference showcases well-loved bands alongside workshops and keynote speeches. Self-described as the UK’s leading independent conference for new music, it puts particular focus on championing Northern creativity, though you can see class acts from all over the world here.

When: May 4-5

Where: Multiple venues, Liverpool

Who’s on the line-up: Caity Baser, The Snuts, Antony Szmierek, Brooke Combe, Flowerovlove, Seb Lowe, Corella, Viji, La La Hayden, Balancing Act, Cameron Hayes, G!rlband, Bandit, and more.

Tickets: From £39, soundcity.uk.com

The Great Escape

The Great Escape is a huge spectacle of new and rising artists, taking place annually in Brighton. It's the perfect festival for revellers eagerly looking for the next big music acts.

When? May 15-18

Where? Brighton Beach, Brighton and Hove

Who’s on the line-up? BabyMorocco, Cardinals, Darren Kiely, Eaves Wilder, Gia Ford, LVRA, No Windows, Aka Kelzz, Baby Said, Corridor and Picture Parlour are among the first fifty acts that have been announced so far.

Tickets: From £100 (full festival ticket); greatescapefestival.com

Shindig Festival

Marking the start of summer, Shindig Festival is celebrating its 10th birthday this year, and accordingly the festival is going back to its roots, bringing back many of the artists who have helped build it over the decade. Thanks to a collaboration with critically acclaimed music venue Chai Wallah, festival-goers can groove to some techno, house and drum and bass music, or enjoy a host of other events including a magical creatures-themed dress up, a comedy show and some spoken word poetry.

When: May 23-26

Where: Dillington Estate, Somerset

Who’s on the line-up: Groove Armada (DJ set), Brand New Heavies, Kurupt FM, Mad Professor ft General Levy & Sandra Cross, Congo Natty, Dub Pistols, A.SKillz, The Cuban Brothers, Kraak & Smaak and more.

Tickets: Weekend tickets from £200; shindigfestival.co.uk

We Are FSTVL

This London dance festival dependably pulls in a huge line-up of global DJs, and its 10th birthday celebrations are sure to be no exception.

When? May 24-26

Where? Upminster, London

Who’s on the line-up? Eric Prydz, Chase and Status, Gorgon City, Groove Armada, Hannah Wants, The Martinez Brothers, Groove Armada, Jamie Jones, Chels Sash, Jackmaster, Seb Zito, Joris Voorn and many more.

Tickets: £TBA, wearefstvl.com

Bearded Theory

Bearded Theory is a family-friendly festival hosted on the sprawling 250-acre Catton Park estate. Ringing in the 15th anniversary celebrations in 2024, the Derbyshire four-dayer is set to feature a line-up to scream and shout about.

When? May 23-26

Where? Catton Hall, Walton-on-Trent

Who’s on the line-up? Jane’s Addiction, Amyl and the Sniffers, Future Islands, Sleaford Mods, Orbital (DJ set), Bob Vylan, New Model Army, The Big Moon, Wargasm, Ferocious Dog, Punk Rock Factory, Marika Hackman, System 7 (live), 808 State, Bez’s Acid House, Utah Saints and many more.

Tickets: From £220; beardedtheory.co.uk

GALA

Peckham's stand-out dance festival returns for another packed year of beat-heavy fare.

When? May 24-26

Where? Peckham Rye Park, London

Who's on the line-up? Sherelle, Midland, Octo Octa b2b Eris Drew, Peach, Joy Orbison, Charisse C, Moxie, Loraine James, and a live performance from Novelist, among many other acts.

Tickets: From £39.50; thisisgala.co.uk

Wide Awake Festival

From the team behind legendary east London venues Moth Club and The Shacklewell Arms comes Wide Awake Festival, an independent one day celebration of music for “fans looking to discover something different”.

When: May 25

Where: Brockwell park, London

Who’s on the line-up: Slowdive, Young Fathers, Ben UFO, Sevdaliza, Yeule, Alice Glass, Eartheater, Hannah Diamond, Modeselektor, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and many more.

Tickets: From £64.50 (+ £6.45 booking fee); wideawakelondon.co.uk

Live At Leeds: In The Park

YORKSHIRE YORKSHIRE YORKSHIRE is the way this one day, five stage musical festival, introduces itself on its website. Launched in 2007 to celebrate Leeds's 800th birthday, Live At Leeds now sees people travelling from all across the country to enjoy its excellent selection of bands.

When: May 25

Where: Temple Newsam Park, Leeds

Who’s on the line-up: The Kooks, Declan McKenna, The Cribs, Future Islands, Melanie C, White Lies, Mystery Jets, The Slow Readers Club, Sprints, The Academic, The Mysterines, Vistas, Anthony Szmierak, Flowerovlove, Neive Ella, Cosmo Pyke, Matilda Mann, Michael Aldag, Somebody’s Child and more.

Tickets: From £62.50, liveatleeds.com

Love Saves The Day

Promising a 'bumper weekend of love and vibes to the city' Bristol’s biggest music festival returns, bringing a whole host of live drum and bass, dance and electronic acts across eight stages. Festival-goers will also get to experience “cinematic audio-visual excellence”, with a performance from dubstep and drum and bass staple Sub Focus.

When: May 25-26

Where: Ashton Court, Bristol

Who’s on the line-up: CamelPhat, The Streets, Rudimental, Sub Focus, Eliza Rose, Peach, Katy B, Eats Everything, Enny, Groove Armada (DJ set), Gorgon City and many more acts to be announced.

Tickets: From £67.64; lovesavestheday.org

Cross The Tracks

A one-day festival showcasing all things jazz, soul, R&B and hip-hop, featuring new talents and familiar faces across the day. Previous years have featured the likes of Kelis, Chaka Khan and NxWorries, and this summer’s edition is also shaping up to be a doozy.

When? May 26

Where? Brockwell Park, London

Who’s on the line-up? Erykah Badu, BADBADNOTGOOD, En Vogue, Eve, Madlib (DJ), Ama Lou, Jalen Ngonda, The Cavemen, Giles Peterson, Channel One, Thee Sacred Souls, Jalen Ngonda, Mansur Brown, Lady Wray, Iniko, Gilles Peterson, Romare Live, The Cavemen, Venna and many more.

Tickets: From £54.50; xthetracks.com

Forbidden Forest

Forbidden Forest is one for dance music fans who love to bask in the glory of nature – essentially a three-day rave in the forest. What could be better? The festival has grown in popularity, and the top talent on the line-up justifies the hype.

When? May 31-June 2

Where? Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire

Who’s on the line-up? Carl Cox, Ammara, Seth Troxler, Jamie Jones, Lazcru, Jess Bays, Holy Goof, Inja MC, Green Velvet, Dom Dolla, Dennis Cruz, Defected, Andy C and many more.

Tickets: From £75 (day tickets), £160 (weekend camping); forbidden-forest.co.uk

Wychwood Festival

Tonnes of great music, workshops, a children’s literature tent: Wychwood has the lot to make sure that every family member has their fill of fun over the May bank holiday.

When: May 31-June 2

Where: Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham

Who’s on the line-up: Texas, Ocean Colour Scene, Sister Sledge, The Feeling, Hoosiers, Stornoway, Peter Hook & The Light, Seasick Steve, The Futureheads, 32 Tens, Dub Catalyst, Pip Blom, Deadletter, CVC and many more.

Tickets: Adult weekend with camping from £159.50 (+ £8.00 booking fee), day tickets from £44.50 (without booking fee); wychwoodfestival.com

Mighty Hoopla

Around 30,000 people will descend on Lambeth's Brockwell Park for two days of back-to-back pop, incredible outfits and feel-good vibes.

When? June 1-2

Where? Brockwell Park, London

Who’s on the line-up? Nelly Furtado, Kim Petras, Jessie Ware, Rita Ora, Alison Goldfrapp, Eats Everything, En Vogue, Georgia, Maya Jane Coles, Cher Lloyd, Artful Dodger, Rebecca Black and many more.

Tickets: General Admission for Saturday costs from £79.50, Sunday costs £69.50 and for the weekend costs £129.50; mightyhoopla.com

AVA

One of Belfast’s hype-worthy festivals, AVA brings together a mix of mainstream and underground artists from across a wide spectrum of music styles, with line-ups getting bigger and bigger each year. Previous editions have seen the likes of Central Cee and BICEP performing across the two-dayer.

When? June 2-3

Where? Titanic Slipways, Belfast

Who’s on the line-up? Bicep, Chroma, Nia Archives, Barry Can't Swim, Kerri Chandler, Horsegiirl, Confidence Man, Effy, Narciss, Cromby, Bitter Babe, Sammy Virji and many more.

Tickets: Weekend tickets from £106; avafestival.com

Parklife

This annual two day dance, electronic and hip hop festival tends to pull in some massive names, and this year promises no different.

When: June 8-9

Where: Heaton Park, Manchester

Who’s on the line-up: Doja Cat, Disclosure, J Hus, Becky Hill, Kaytranada, Peggy Gou, Four Tet, Sugababes, Rudimental, Nia Archives, Digga D, Kenya Grace, Uncle Waffles, Sammy Virji, TSHA and many more.

Tickets: From £125; parklife.uk.com

Nocturne Live at Blenheim Palace

Nocturne Live offers five nights of shows under the stars, all against the backdrop of the majestic Blenheim Palace. Among others, they’re platforming the much-loved pop powerhouses Sugagbabes, along with the queen of funk, Chaka Khan.

When: June 12-16

Where: Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

Who’s on the line-up: Sugababes, Mel C, Shaznay Lewis, Chaka Khan, Sister Sledge, Crowded House (now sold out), Sheryl Crow (now sold out) and more to be announced.

Tickets: Standard tickets from £49.50; nocturnelive.com

Chaka Khan's Meltdown

This annual Southbank Centre takeover is back for another stellar year. Past editions have been curated by everyone from Grace Jones and Patti Smith to David Byrne and the late David Bowie; now, funk and disco icon Chaka Khan is in charge of 2024’s line-up.

When: June 14-23

Where: London’s Southbank Centre

Who’s on the line-up: Chaka Khan, Nu Civilisation Orchestra, Todrick Hall, Speakers Corner Quartet, Guildhall Orchestra, Incognito, Morcheeba, Rahsaan Patterson Balimaya Project and Tawiah.

Tickets: Southbank members pre-sale from 10am, March 13, with general sale starting at the same time on March 15.

Download

The annual rock festival returns to Donnington Park after putting on a spectacular show in 2023, which was headlined by Metallica, Bring Me the Horizon and Slipknot.

When? June 14-16

Where? Donington Park, Leicestershire

Who’s on the line-up? Queens of the Stone Age, Limp Bizkit, Fall Out Boy, Avenged Sevenfold, Royal Blood, The Offspring, Sum 41, Bowling For Soup, Tom Morello, Electric Callboy and many more.

Tickets: From £275 (weekend camping); downloadfestival.co.uk

Gottwood

Taking place in a magical North Wales forest, Gottwood is a mystical celebration of underground electronic music. Taking place over four days, the boutique festival has plenty of acts to offer, with breathtaking views and stages.

When? June 13-16

Where? Carreglwyd Estate, Anglesey

Who’s on the line-up? Crazy P Soundsystem, Malika, Ruf Dug, Sweet Mess (live), KT, Papa Nugs, Red Axes, Girls Don’t Sync, EL-B, OMAR, Cinthie, Dr Banana, Lulah Francs, Harry McCanna, Kepler, Neffa-T, Roza Terenzi, Mia Koden and more.

Tickets: £TBA; gottwood.co.uk

Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight Festival draws in over 50,000 punters each year for an island-bound weekend of music and escapades. All aboard the ferry!

When? June 20-23

Where? Seaclose Park, Isle of Wight

Who’s on the line-up? The Pretenders, Suede, Johnny Marr, S Club, Feeder, The Prodigy, Pet Shop Boys, Green Day, The Streets, Keane, Blossoms, Zara Laarson, Scouting for Girls, Nothing But Thieves , Jessie J, The Darkness, McFly, The Bootleg Beatles, Natalie Imbruglia, Beverley Knight and more.

Tickets: Weekend tickets from £270; isleofwightfestival.com

Glastonbury

The end of June marks the biggest festival of them all Glastonbury returns to Worthy Farm, for five days of practically everything you could ask for. Headliners always make a splash, but don't tie yourself to the Pyramid. There's something weird and wonderful happening in every corner of this ridiculously jam-packed festival. From brass bands covering heavy metal classics on a village fete-style bandstand to your two favourite DJs popping up for a surprise b2b in the tiniest of tents, there's something for everyone.

When? June 26-30

Where? Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset

Who’s on the line-up? TBC

Tickets: Tickets are now sold out. Find out more about the other (legal) ways of getting into the festival here; glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

Lytham Festival

From a one-night-only community Proms-style concert, Lytham Festival has expanded into an incredible five-day live music extravaganza that draws well over 100,000 visitors each summer.

When? July 3-7

Where? Lytham Green

Who’s on the line-up? Hozier, Courteeners, Shania Twain, Rag’N’Bone Man, The Kooks, Madness, Rick Astley, James, Johnny Marr, Brittany Howard, Lord Huron and more.

Tickets: From £61.60; lythamfestival.com

Love Supreme Jazz Festival

The three-day festival held annually every July returns to Glynde Place in East Sussex, bringing you the silky sounds of jazz, funk, soul and the blues with some celebrated music legends headlining.

When: July 5-7

Where: Glynde Palace, East Sussex

Who’s on the line-up: Chaka Khan (celebrating 50 years in music), Olivia Dean, Kool & The Gang, Joss Stone, Dionne Warwick, Sergio Mendes, Jordan Rakei, Mahalia, Black Pumas, Hiromi, Joss Stone, Noname and more.

Tickets: Day tickets from £79.20; general camping weekend tickets from £189.20; lovesupremefestival.com

Big Smoke Festival

There's not a lot we know about Skepta's inaugural Big Smoke Festival – yet. The British rapper shared details about the one-dayer across his social media on November 27, announcing that his headlining performance will be his only live UK show of 2024.

When? July 6

Where? Crystal Palace Park

Who’s on the line-up? Skepta, Más Tiempo, Uncle Waffles, The Streets, Mahalia, JME, Ossie, Kitty Amor, Jammer, The Mendez Brother, Syreeta, Laney K-Trap, Odumodublvck and more.

Tickets: £72.80; buy tickets here

The Recipe

This brand new, 15,000-capacity festival has sent social media into a frenzy. Not only does it have R&B star Jazmine Sullivan headlining, but it’s all-inclusive, meaning attendees can literally eat and drink and much as they want for the day. Sounds wild, and unlikely, but we’ve read and re-read the website and it really does say “unlimited access to all general admission food and drink options” while “responsible redemption terms will apply”. With amusement rides, a relax and pamper station, and food offerings from Breddos Tacos, Dirty Burger, Sweet Dee’s Jerk, and Cecconi’s announced so far, we expect tickets to go fast.

When? July 6

Where? Gunnersbury Park, London

Who’s on the line-up? Jazmine Sullivan, SiR, Alex Isley,

Tickets: Tickets go on sale on April 3; therecipefest.co.uk

Kew The Music

The annual week-long summer concert, held at the UNESCO World Heritage site in the picturesque grounds of Kew Gardens, is back, featuring live music from much-loved artists with open-air bars and street food stalls.

When: July 8-14

Where: Kew Gardens, Richmond

Who’s on the line-up: Mika, Ronan Keating, Passenger, JLS, Beverley Knight, Monty Don and Richard Ashcroft.

Tickets: From £70; kewthemusic.org

Junction 2

This two-day extravaganza, run by dance promoters LWE, finally returned to its spiritual home of Boston Manor Park in 2023, following issues with strikes and COVID, which led to the cancellation of earlier editions. After a successful comeback year, dance music fans can get ready for a boogie under the viaduct once more.

When? July (dates TBA)

Where? Boston Manor Park, London

Who’s on the line-up? Paul Kalkbrenner, Jeff Mills, Daniel Avery, VTSS, Honey Dijon, The Blessed Madonna, Richie Hawtin, LSDXOXO, KI/KI, Juliet Fox, DVS1 b2b DJ Nobu, Adam Beyer b2b Amelie Lens, Kessie, Salute, The Martinez Brothers and many more.

Tickets: From £71.25 + £7.00; junction2.london

In The Park

In The Park returns to Liverpool for a three-day extravaganza, taking over the city's picturesque Sefton Park. Hometown hero Jamie Webster is topping the bill for what will be a memorable Merseyside weekender.

When? July 12-14

Where? Sefton Park, Liverpool

Who’s on the line-up? Jamie Webster, Cream Classical and more.

Tickets: From £49.50; visitliverpool.com

Wireless

Undoubtedly the hip-hop link-up of the summer, Wireless festival brings the best and biggest names in the scene, encompassing Rap, R&B, Afrobeats and much more during its three-day tenure in Finsbury Park.

When? July 12-14

Where? Finsbury Park, London

Who’s on the line-up? Nicki Minaj, Ice Spice, Sean Paul, Future, 21 Savage, J Hus, Asake, Gunna, Doja Cat, Rema, Tyla, Digga D, Uncle Waffles, Vanessa Bling and more.

Tickets: From £95.60; wirelessfestival.co.uk

Also Festival

This celebration of music, comedy, and more returns for its 11th edition with a host of new speakers, performers and experiences. This year’s theme is Heavenly Bodies, an immersive experience promising to bring celestial magic.

When: July 12-14

Where: Park Farm, Compton Verney, Warwickshire

Who’s on the line-up: Adam Kay, Philippa Perry, Robin Ince, The Fontanas, Stornoway, Edie Bens, Jessic Winter and more.

Tickets: Weekend tickets from £137.50; also-festival.com

Beat-Herder

Since 2006 Beat-Herder has been hosting a diverse range of musical acts across breakbeat, dub, reggae, dubstep, techno, house, drum and bass. Celebrating its 17th year, the iconic festival promises an eclectic line-up of internationally acclaimed bands and world-renowned DJs.

When: July 18-21

Where: Lancashire

Who’s on the line-up: Leftfield, Orbital, Mungo’s Hi-Fi, Dub Pistols, Erol Alkan, Venbee, Crazy P, Sosa, Denis Sulta, High Contrast, LF System, Mella Dee, Porij and more.

Tickets: Three-day weekend tickets from £182.32; beatherder.co.uk

Secret Garden Party: Roots

Perhaps the festival season’s worst-kept secret, Secret Garden Party has kept revellers entranced with its left-field line-ups, combined with out-of-this-world stage productions, and of course, copious amounts of glitter. Now a festival circuit highlight, its loyal base is ready to go again in 2024, though this year they are, mysteriously, returning to their roots promising "fresh frivolity and new collectives".

When? July 25-28

Where? Abbots Ripon, Cambridgeshire

Who’s on the line-up? TBA

Tickets: £230; secretgardenparty.com

Tramlines

Sheffield’s biggest city-based music festival is always a popular one, thanks both to its stacked line-ups and decent value tickets.

When? July 26-28

Where? Hillsborough Park, Sheffield

Who’s on the line-up? Paolo Nutini, Jamie T, Snow Patrol, Bombay Bicycle Club, Soft Play, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Tom Grennan, Holly Humberstone, The Snuts, Annie Mac, The Human League, Example, Yard Act, Maximo Park and more.

Tickets: Weekend tickets from £130; tramlines.org.uk

Truck Festival

Oxfordshire’s Truck Festival was set up in 1998 by disgruntled festival goers the Bennett family (some of whom were members of Oxford rock band Goldrush) who wanted to make an independent, noncommercial alternative to the rest of the pack. Now, over 25 years later, they are still going strong with 50+ acts playing across four hopefully sun-soaked days.

When: July 26-28

Where: Hill Farm, Oxfordshire

Who’s on the line-up: Jamie T, Wet leg, The Streets, The Kooks, The Idles, Sea Girls, The Snuts, Katy B, Bob Vylan, Peace, Black Honey and Sundara Karma and many more.

Tickets: From £140; truckfestival.com

WOMAD

This festival prides itself on an international line-up, with previous editions featuring the likes of Abel Selacoe, Bombay Bicycle Club, Femi Kuti and the Positive Force and Mariza.

When? July 25-28

Where? Charlton Park, Wiltshire

Who’s on the line-up? Young Fathers, Sampa The Great, Alison Goldfrapp, Deerhoof, Bala Desejo, O., Sangjaru., Def MaMa Def,  Moonchild Sanelly and many more.

Tickets: Adult 4-day ticket from £260.00; womad.co.uk

Kendal Calling

This Lake District favourite returns with what’s expected to be its typical mix of crowd-pleasing headliners.

When? August 1-4

Where? Lowther Deer Park, Lake District

Who’s on the line-up? Young Fathers, Gogol, Bordello, Sampa The Great, Amadou & Mariam, Alison Goldfrapp, Baaba Maal, The Allergies, The Breath, Cerys Hafana, Deerhoof, Hirahi Afonso, London Afrobeat Collective, Moonchild Sanelly, Tarta Relena, Two Canoes, Witch and more.

Tickets: Weekend tickets from £179 (weekend camping); kendalcalling.co.uk

Valley Festival

Bristol’s Valley Fest brings together the two passions of its founder, Luke: organic farming and music. So running alongside its impressive music line-up, expect feasts and food-focused masterclasses, as well as workshops on everything from bikes to knitting.

When: August 1-4

Where: Chew Valley Lake, near Bristol

Who’s on the line-up: The Feeling, Skids, Tinie Tempah, Nubiyan Twist, Sister Sledge, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Doreen Doreen, Supalung, Emily Breeze, Phil Hartnoll (Orbital) DJ set, Mungo’s Hi Fi and many more.

Tickets: Day ticket from £69, weekend ticket £154.99, both without booking fee; valleyfest.co.uk

Wilderness

Escape into the wilderness at this four-day Oxfordshire extravaganza, providing a party like no other. It’s likely there will be plenty of big names littered across a packed line-up, with the likes of The Chemical Brothers and Honey Dijon featuring on last summer’s bill.

When? August 1-4

Where? Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire

Who’s on the line-up? Michael Kiwanuka, Faithless (live) Bicep presents Chroma, Jessie Ware, Barry Can’t Swim, Alison Goldfrapp, De La Soul, The Kelsey Brothers, Bjorn Again, Craig Charles, Ibibio Sound Machine, and many more.

Tickets: Weekend tickets from £220; wildernessfestival.com

51st Festival

A one-day festival celebrating the best in dance music, from classic acts and emerging artists.

When? August 3

Where? Copthall Playing Fields, Barnet, London

Who’s on the line-up? Louie Vega, David Morales, DJ Spen, Sol Brown, Billy Cocks, OMAR (live), General Levy (live), Terri Walker (live), Rampage, The Heatwave, Catz ‘N’ Dogz, Todd Terry, Shiloh, KRM, Angie B, Majestic, Kallaghan (live), Elisabeth Troy (live) and many more.

Tickets: From £45; 51stfestival.com

Boardmasters

Beginning its days as a UK surfers competition, this Newquay-based five-day beach bash has become one of the hottest tickets of the festival season.

When? August 7-11

Where? Newquay, Cornwall

Who’s on the line-up? Stormzy, Chase & Status, Becky Hill, Bicep, Chroma, Tom Odell, Nia Archives, Kenya Grace, Sam Fender, Katy B, Songer, Andy C, Katy B, Overmono, Kate Nash, Los Bitchos, Royel Otis, Bakar, Issey Cross, A.M.C & Phantom and more.

Tickets: From £259; boardmasters.com

Boomtown

With mega stage productions accompanying the thumping sounds of drum and bass and techno pumped out at this five-day extravaganza, this has to be one of the most surreal festivals in the calendar. Be sure to snap tickets up soon.

When? August 7-11

Where? Winchester, Hampshire

Who’s on the line-up? TBC

Tickets: Weekend tickets from £315, boomtownfair.co.uk

Houghton Festival

Crafted by London-based DJ Craig Richards, Houghton is a festival like no other, with its stunning stage designs and light displays offering a big draw for dance music fans. Past line-ups have been packed with the most exciting DJs on the scene.

When? August 8-11

Where? Houghton Hall, Norfolk

Who’s on the line-up? Adam Shelton, Surgeaon (live), Felix Dickinson, Steffi, Dr Banana, Sherelle, Alex Downey, Partok, James Massiah (live), Gigi FM, Horsemeat Disco, Move D, Mr Scruff, Anna Wall, OR:LA, Pangaea, Awkward Moments (live), Actress (live) and more.

Tickets: From £297.50; houghtonfestival.co.uk

We Out Here

We Out Here is broadcaster Gilles Peterson’s award-winning weekender, which is perhaps why the festival’s music is always on point. With a packed roster of live music acts as well as club DJs, plus a programme of family-friendly and wellness activities, the 2024 edition is set to continue its winning ways, following its recent move to Dorset.

When? August 15-18

Where? Wimborne St Giles, Dorset

Who’s on the line-up? Floating Points, André 3000, Mount Kimbie, Sampha, Mala, Mansur Brown, Yaya Bey, Mansur Brown, aja monet, Nana Benz du Togo, Moses Yoofee Trio, Lonnie Holley, aja monet, CASISDEAD, Thandii, Joy Orbison, Asha Puthli (all live) and more.

Tickets: From £199, weoutherefestival.com

Green Man

Green Man is one of the festival season’s top picks, spanning multiple genres, with a programme that covers everything from comedy to science. 2024’s edition sold out in what appears to be record time even before the line-up is announced, but keep an eye on the official resale site Fanticks just in case.

When? August 15-18

Where? Crickhowell, South Wales

Who’s on the line-up? Sampha, Big Thief, Jon Hopkins, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Arlo Parks, Ezra Collective, Mount Kimbie, Devendra Banhart, Nadine Shah, Fat White Family, Julia Holter, Omar Souleyman, Joy Orbinson, Max Cooper (live AV), John Maus, Bar Italia, Royel Otis, Metz, Lambrini Girls, Sherelle, Lime Garden, Hannah Holland and more.

Tickets: Sold out, but keep an eye on resales, greenman.net

Beautiful Days

This superb family-friendly rock and folk festival, which was founded by Brighton folk-rock band the Levellers in 2003, has been heralded for rejecting corporate sponsoring and branding, and for its large and imaginative children’s areas.

When: August 16-18

Where: Escot park, Devon

Who’s on the line-up: The Saw Doctors, Richard Ashcroft,the  Levellers, The Damned, New Model Army, Toyah & Robert, Fisherman’s Friends, This Is The Kit, System 7, Utah Saints, DJ Rap, King Kong Company and more.

Tickets: Adult weekend camping ticket from £190; beautifuldays.org

All Points East

All Points East takes over Victoria Park in east London for another year of day-festivals. Previous editions have showcased some of the biggest names in music across multiple genres.

When? Weekend August 16, 17, 18, August 23, 24

Where? Victoria Park, London

Who’s on the line-up?

August 16: Kaytranada, Victoria Monét, Thundercat, Lancey Foux, Channel Tres, Amaarae, Jyoty,

August 17: Loyle Carner, Nas, Ezra Collective, Sainté, Joe James, Enny, Navy Blue

August 18: Mitski, Beabadoobee, TV Girl, Ethel Cain, Arlo Parks, Sir Chloe, Wasia Project, Infinity Song

August 23: LCD Soundsystem, Jai Paul, Pixies, Floating Points, Jockstrap, Nation of Language, Sofia Kourtesis, Eyedress, Vagabon

August 25: The Postal Service & Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists, Phoenix, Gossip, Sleather-Kinney, Yo La Tengo, Teenage Fanclub,

Tickets: From £65, on sale now, allpointseastfestival.com

Shambala Festival

Spend four days over the Bank Holiday under the stars revelling in a wild experience of entertainment from cabaret and circus shows to over 200 music acts, interactive theatre, stand-up comedy and soul-stirring poetry.

When: August 22-25

Where: Secret Country Estate, Northamptonshire

Who’s on the line-up: TBA

Tickets: Adult tickets from £289 + £8.45 (booking fee); shambalafestival.org

Field Day

East London staple all-dayer Field Day has been a fixture of the city since 2007, and excluding a couple of years at other venues, it’s mostly taken place in Hackney’s Victoria Park. This year’s 17th edition will be headlined by French dance duo Justice.

When? August 24

Where? Victoria Park, Hackney

Who’s on the line-up? Justice, PinkPantheress, 2manydjs, Yves Tumor, Yaeji, Mura Masa (live), Romy (live), Brutalismus 3000, Bambii, Shygirl presents Club Shy, Skin on Skin & KETTAMA and more.

Tickets: Early bird tickets start from £50; fielddayfestivals.com

Lost Village

Described last year by the Standard as “baby Glastonbury” this Lincolnshire party is one of the UK’s standout boutique forest fests thanks to its immersive attention to detail. “Overall, Lost Village is best summed up by its tagline: “those on the outside will never understand.” You have to admit, it feels akin to the way people talk about the antics over at Worthy Farm each year,” we wrote in our review of last year’s edition.

When? August 22 -25 August

Where? Norton Disney, Lincolnshire

Who’s on the line-up? Maribou State (live), Floating Points, The Blessed Madonna, Jyoty, Folamour, Ben UFO, Fatima Yamaha (live), Job Jobse, Solomun, SG Lewis, Flight Facilities, Yaeji (live), Neil Frances (live), SBTRKT (live), Midland, Âme b2b TRIKK, Hudson Mohawke, HAAi, System Olympia, Sofia Kourtesis (live), Pangaea, Ross From Friends and Shanti Celeste b2b Peach and more.

Tickets: From £83.75; lostvillage.com

Creamfields

Always one of the biggest dance music festivals on the calendar, Creamfields is a sure-fire gathering of some of the best-known DJs on the world circuit - and this summer, they're unveiling a brand new 30,000 capacity indoor stage called APEX

When? August 22-25

Where? Daresbury, Cheshire

Who’s on the line-up? Calvin Harris, Jamie Jones, Sub Focus, Tiësto, Peggy Gou, Fatboy Slim, Dimension, Charlie Sparks, Barry Can’t Swim, Solomun, Pete Tong, Franky Wah, Eric Prydz, Charlotte de Witte and more.

Tickets: Sold out; creamfields.com

The Long Road

The Long Road transports you to the States with its BBQ food, Kentucky bourbon masterclasses, a Honky-tonk bar, and an exciting line-up of country music stars. Expect a “hot wing eating, hard liquor drinking and foot stomping community of music lovers,” says the festival.

When: August 23-25

Where: Stanford Hall, Leicestershire

Who’s on the line-up: Russell Dickerson, Flatland Cavalry, Wyatt Flores, American Aquarium, Chapel Hart, Red Clay Strays, Randall King, Colbie Caillat, Brittney Spencer, Andrew Combs, Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors, Kristian Bush, Sugarland, Pokey Lafarge and more.

Tickets: From £140, thelongroad.com

Big Feastival

Now in its 13th year, the Big Feastival returns on Bank Holiday, with a promise to deliver a blend of good music and good food from acclaimed chefs. The festival will be hosted by Blur bassist Alex James at his  rustic Cotswolds farm, where you will find an array of taste bud-tingling street food to satisfy every craving while you listen to this year’s incredible line-up of performers.

When: August 23-25

Where: Kingham, The Cotswolds

Who’s on the line-up: So far, Ella Henderson, Becky Hill, Snow Patrol, Cat Burns, Natasha Bedingfield, Kate Nash, Scouting for Girls, The Florentinas, The Cuban brothers, Jalen Ngonda, Cian Ducrot, CMAT, Joel Corry and more.

Tickets: Adult weekend tickets with camping from £198.95 (without booking fee); thebigfeastival.com

Rally

After a soggy but successful inaugural year at Southwark park in 2023, RALLY is back again; and though details of the bill are still under wraps, once again the general focus is on booking left-field choices and acts with underground or DIY credentials.

When? August 24

Where? Southwark Park, London

Who’s on the line-up? Mount Kimbie (live), Actress (live), Nilüfer Yanya, bar italia, Sorry, DJ Marcelle, Call Super and many more.

Tickets: The festival presale is open now, with a limited number of £30 tickets. General sale to follow; rallyrallyrally.co.uk

Body Movements

Returning for its fourth edition, the LGBTQ+-focused dance festival is bringing over 50 artists to the stage this year to its new playground in Southwark Park. Among the exciting line-up of performers to look forward to is the festival’s co-founder, Dublin DJ and producer Saoirse.

When: August 25

Where: Southwark Park

Who’s on the line-up: COBRAH (Live), Confidence Man,  Harry Gay, Or:la,  Peach, Pxssy Palace, Saoirse, Shanti Celeste, TAAHLIAH, and many more.

Tickets: Currently from £51.10; Student tickets from £28.40; bodymovements.co.uk

Reading and Leeds

A rite of passage for British festival-goers, these two festivals - which take place over the same weekend, and share a line-up - often feel like a sort of Spring Break style event for hedonistic school-leavers, and are always among the biggest on the UK calendar.

When? August 21-25

Where? Bramham Park, Wetherby (Leeds Festival), Little John’s Farm, Reading (Reading Festival)

Who’s on the line-up?

Reading:

Friday: Blink-182, Gerry Cinnamon, Spiritbox

Saturday: Fred Again.., Lana Del Rey, Raye, Digga D

Sunday: Liam Gallagher, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Skrillex

Leeds:

Friday: Liam Gallagher, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Skrillex

Saturday: Blink-182, Gerry Cinnamon, Spiritbox

Sunday: Fred Again.., Lana Del Rey, Raye, Digga D

Tickets: from £292 (weekend camping), readingandleedsfestival.com

Manchester Pride Festival

Manchester Pride Festival brings a “party as protest” ethos, and in the past, huge names in music have flocked to the city for the weekend. Even with the star power they attract (yes, Ariana Grande headlined!), the core message of equality is never lost.

When? August 23-26

Where? Canal Street, Manchester

Who’s on the line-up? TBA

Tickets: from £41, manchesterpride.com

Victorious

Down on the south coast, this Portsmouth festival consistently draws in some big names, covering rock, Britpop, indie rock, and more.

When? August 23-25

Where? Southsea, Portsmouth

Who’s on the line-up? Fatboy Slim, Snow Patrol, Biffy Clyro and Jamie T headline this year's festival. Wet Leg, Yard Act, Arlo Parks, Louis Tomlinson, and Holly Humberstone will also play.

Tickets: From £65 (day tickets), £180 (weekend camping); victoriousfestival.co.uk

Eastern Electrics

This dance music festival moved up to Lee Valley Showground for its 2022 edition, bringing some floor-filling DJs with it.

When? August 24

Where? Lee Valley Showground, London

Who’s on the line-up? Jamie Jones, Skream b2b Sosa, Barry Can’t Swim, The Martinez Brothers, Crazy P, Denis Sulta, Joseph Capriati, Seth Troxler, Kerri Chandler, Groove Armada (DJ set), Sven Väth, Âme (live), Bedouin and more.

Tickets: £TBA; easternelectrics.com

Forwards Festival

This inner-city music festival, which debuted last year, boasts three stages and some major international acts. As well as its music performances, Forwards hosts a discussion space, titled The Information, where creatives, writers and thinkers come together to speak about difficult issues such as food poverty and the black experience.

When? August 31 - September 1

Where? Clifton Downs, Bristol

Who’s on the line-up? Loyle Carner, Four Tet, Maribou State, Floating Points, Romy and Yussef Dayes are among the acts on Saturday’s bill, while Sunday features LCD Soundsystem, Jessie Ware, Yard Act, CMAT, Baxter Dury and more.

Tickets: From £55; forwardsbristol.co.uk

End of the Road

Another multi-disciplinary delight spanning the spectrum of music, comedy, literature, film and beyond, the festival is back for 2024 with a typically on-point line-up that sets it apart from the rest of the crowd.

When? August 29-September 1

Where? Larmer Tree Gardens, Salisbury

Who’s on the line-up? IDLES, Slowdive, Fever Ray, Bonnie Prince Billy, Yo La Tengo, Sleater-Kinney, Lankum, Baxter Dury, Jockstrap, CMAT, English Teacher, Sprints, NewDad, HotWax, Heaertworms, Gently Tender, and many more.

Tickets: Most tiers sold out, some Tier 4 tickets still on sale at £255; endoftheroadfestival.com

Mucky Weekender

This small but mighty festival, which is named after the Dub Pistols song, was set up by the band in 2019 as a way to connect with their fans. It’s been a blast ever since, with the Dub Pistols showcasing some of their favourite acts – headliners have included Mungo’s HiFi, The Selecter, Hollie Cook and The Hempolics. And with this year’s event titled The Mad Hatters Tea Party, it’s set to be more bonkers fun.

When? September 5-7

Where? Vicarage farm, Winchester

Who’s on the line-up? The Dualers, Dub Pistols, Dreadzone, Dutty Moonshine Big Band, Congo Natty, Marshall Jefferson, LTJ Bukem, Micky Finn, London Electricity, General Levy, Dynamite MC, Leeroy Thornhill, Dr Meaker, Beans On Toast and many more.

Tickets: Tier 2 tickets from £155; mucky-weekender.co.uk

Reminisce Festival

This feel-good nostalgia-fest, located near Liverpool, usually comes with a fun line-up of artists: last year, they hosted Vengaboys, Love Inc, and Boyzone and Westlife supergroup Boyzlife.

When? September 7

Where? Sherdley Park, St. Helens

Who’s on the line-up? TBA

Tickets: from £90, reminiscefestival.com

Maiden Voyage

A relatively new arrival on the London scene, Maiden Voyage is run by the same people who helm the Jazz Cafe in Camden. The venue’s focused eclecticism is matched on the festival’s line-up.

When? September 14

Where? London (site TBC)

Who’s on the line-up? Arca (live), Adonis, Lady Shaka, Young Marco, Tai Lokum, Hunee, James Newmarch, DJ Gigola, Bitter Babe and more.

Tickets: £TBA, maiden-voyage.co.uk