10 UK festivals to attend in 2018
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It may still be January, but festival season will be upon us before we know it.
For many students, the next few months will consist of relentlessly rallying up a group of friends for summer plans. Though travelling is usually the top choice for students when it comes to ways to fill up the valuable time away from university, going to festivals has got to be a close second.
We all like to do festivals in a different way, but whether you prefer to lose yourself or lose your dignity, here is a list of the ten most exciting festivals to grace the UK this summer.
Sound City, Liverpool
On its eleventh year, Liverpool’s Sound City really seems to come to full fruition. In previous years, the event has been located on the various docks on the Mersey waterfront, but this year brings something new to the table, in that the two-day festival will now be held in the city’s trendy Baltic Triangle region.
The district was last year voted Britain’s coolest place to live in The Times newspaper, beating Ancoats in Manchester and Glasgow’s West End to the top spot. Previous headliners include Catfish & the Bottlemen and The Kooks, with indie-pop cult icons Peace and Aussie three-piece, DMAs confirmed as top of the bill for 2018.
Community Festival, Finsbury Park
Claiming to ‘celebrate the best of new music’, London’s newcomer Community Festival has once again nailed a fantastic line-up. After a successful debut event last July, which saw them land Catfish & The Bottlemen and The Wombats as headliners, the festival’s organisers have set their sights on an even bigger bill, confirming their return to Finsbury Park in 2018.
With Two Door Cinema Club and You Me At Six already announced on this summer’s line-up, it is sure to be a mega event, and definitely one not to be missed by indie-rock music fans. At just £40 a ticket, and being easily accessible by the capital’s extensive public transport network, Community Festival ranks highly in value for money and convenience.
Download Festival, Derbyshire
Donington Park, Derbyshire has hosted one of the world’s biggest rock and metal festivals for fifteen years. Having lead the pack for so many years, Download Festival never seems to have any issues bringing in the big names, reflected in this year’s headliners Guns n’ Roses, Avenged Sevenfold and the Prince of darkness, Ozzy Osbourne, who tops the bill as a solo artist for the first time ever.
Historically, Boardmasters could arguably be seen as a festival serving a relatively niche market, as it combined live music with surfing and skateboarding competitions and performances. Fast forward 30 years and the Cornwall-based event hosts some of the biggest names in the music business, including previous appearances from Snoop Dogg, Calvin Harris and Faithless.
This year the festival welcomes The Chemical Brothers as the first headliners, with Annie Mac and Craig David also revealed in the first announcement. If the first few artists are anything to go by, 2018’s Boardmasters is set to be a real party.
Truck Festival, Oxfordshire
Deemed the “Godfather of small festivals” by The Guardian, Truck Festival prides itself on maintaining an independent, family-friendly vibe despite its recent growth onto the mainstream festival circuit. The organisers don’t shy away from going against the grains of the corporately owned, money-sucking festivals, instead relying on affordable food and drink, and an array of undiscovered bands to make the weekend a success.
Despite offering valuable stage time to upcoming musicians, the festival has managed to book some massive artists to fill the line-up, with previous years seeing Basement Jaxx, The Libertines and Twin Atlantic perform in Hill Farm. With its affordable ticket price, vibrant atmosphere and picturesque rural setting, this festival is a perfect stop for younger, first time festival-goers.
Wireless Festival, Finsbury Park
Having taken on many different monikers and locations in its twelve year history, Wireless Festival has announced its return to Finsbury Park on the 6th July – 8th July. The event hosts the biggest names in chart music, pop and grime, having welcomed acts like Jay-Z, Rihanna and Fergie in past years.
The festival brings crowds of over 100,000 people to London in the summer, including a wealth of famous faces, such as Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner, who have also made the trip across the Atlantic to experience the fun and energy of the weekend.
Kendal Calling, Lowther Deer Park
Set in the beautiful, rolling hills of the Lake District, Kendal Calling offers a stunning location to camp for a long weekend. Despite being a little out in the sticks, the event has proved itself more than worthy of travelling for, not only attracting big names in the mainstream music world, but hosting an abundance of quirkier, alternative tents too, appealing to a range of tastes.
One of the more unorthodox stages is the ‘Lost Eden’ arena, which hosts an immersive arts and culture experience, combining captivating light displays with atmospheric musical performances. Polished off with an on-site cinema, comedy tent and tiki-themed cocktail bar, the event offers something for all the family.
Lost Village, Lincolnshire
Lost Village is another recent emergent to grace the British alternative music festival club. Self-described as an “otherworldly experience”, the Lincolnshire based event offers the opportunity to party to the hottest independent DJs going, as well as a place to recharge your batteries in their designated ‘zen zones’.
As well as landing some hugely exciting artists from all the far reaches of the globe, creating music in genres covering electronica, funk, soul and ‘beyond’, the festival organisers curate some unbelievably unique venue spaces, including ‘the burial ground’ and ‘the abandoned chapel’, all located in a tranquil woodland setting.
Part of what makes Lost Village so special is that the festival has an ongoing storyline that develops year on year, performed by actors who play the role of the woodland’s inhabitants.
Festival No.6, Portmeirion
Located in the fairy-tale destination of Portmeirion, in Snowdonia, Festival No.6 came about from the idea of creating an ultimate escape from reality, from which everyone leaves refreshed and inspired. Festival-goers can choose to sleep in a tent, a tipi, a cottage or even a castle, as they head to the mountains for a weekend where they will be fully immersed in the idyllic Welsh countryside.
Aside from booking some huge musicians to perform, the event offers spoken word artists, hidden raves, yoga classes, cabaret, comedy and a luxury spa to top it all off. The festival takes glamping to the next level, providing a luxurious escape combined with all the buzz of a music event.
The first announcement revealed The The as 2018’s headliner, but it’s definitely one to watch, with Bloc Party, Rag n’ Bone Man and Bastille having appeared on the bill in recent years.
Godiva Festival, Coventry
The city of Coventry has been on a bit of a high since being crowned the UK’s City of Culture for 2021. Though this may be three years away, the award provides great opportunity for investment and development in the local economy, especially in both culture and tourism.
Godiva Festival goes a long way in ticking off those three things, as people from all over the UK flock to the West Midlands for the FREE three-day music festival, held in the War Memorial Park. Last year’s event brought in a record-breaking crowd, who turned up in their thousands to see a diverse line-up including the likes of The Darkness, Example, Kate Nash and AJ Tracey.
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Hosted on the first weekend of July, the festival also offers attendees a wide range of food and drink vendors, performances from the best upcoming comedians and a silent disco to finish off the evening.
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