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Festivals Guide 2013: UK


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FestivalsThere's a bigger array of quality music festivals to spend your hard earned cash on than ever before. The problem is with so many events to choose from where do you start? Let TNS point you in the right direction:


I’ll Be Your Mirror
4-5 May 

ATP’s little brother is back in the capital for a third year with Yeah Yeah Yeah’s and Grizzly Bear taking on booking duties. The likes of The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Field, The Walkman and Anika are set to rock Alexandra Palace.


All Tomorrow’s Parties
10-12 May, 21-23 June 

ATP is somewhat of a Mecca for those with more leftfield music tastes. Weird and wonderful sounds over two weekends at Butlin’s and curated by top bands! Sounds awesome doesn’t it? The first weekend for 2013 is hosted by TV On The Radio who bring a hip hop heavy line-up of De La Soul, Doom, EL-P and Shabazz Palaces. Weekend Two with Deerhunter at the helm sees the Breeders performing their classic Last Splash album in full with the likes of Black Lips, No Age and Atlas Sound also performing.


Dot to Dot
24-26 May 

This tri-city travelling festivals takes in numerous inner-city venues in Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham and has a penchant for eclectic line-ups and hosting bands just before they hit the big time (Florence and the Machine, The XX and Mumford and Sons). 


Field Day

25 May 

Eat Your Own Ears’ brilliant one-day shindig on Victoria Park returns for another year. Another eclectic array of bands forms one of the hippest line-ups of the year with the likes of Disclosure, Animal Collective, Everything Everything, Django Django, Palma Violets, Savages, Four Tet and Bat For Lashes taking to the stage.



31 May – 2 June 

Wychwood is a festival where nostalgia collides with the bizarre and cutting-edge. 2013 follows this formula with the likes of 2-Tone legends The Beat, electro-pop pioneers The Human League and proto-punk band Eddie & The Hot Rods playing alongside electro-swing band Caravan Palace, found-sound electronic duo Public Service Broadcasting and Cave Painting. 



7-9 June 

A rock festival on the banks of Lock Ness (see what they did there?), Rockness is set itself up as one of the must attend events in Scotland. It’s not skimping on the big names for 2013 with the first line-up announcement boasting Basement Jaxx, Madness, The Vaccines, Bombay Bicycle Club, Jessie Ware, Madness and Example.



8-9 June 

The Warehouse Project’s Manchester shindig returns for its fourth year. Parklife never fails to pull in one of the coolest line-ups of the summer and initial 2013 line-up announcements include Everything Everything, Netsky and Hudson Mohawke to whet you appetite. 



14-16 June 

Held at rock’s spiritual home Donington, Download never fails to deliver for metal and hard rock fans. 2013 brings another top line-up with Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein headlining. Elsewhere Queens of the Stone Age, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Stone Sour and Jimmy Eat World form just part of the most rockin’ festival line-up of the summer. 


Beach Break Live

20-24 June 

The UK’s only student music festival, at the beach! Beach Break Live has a line-up that always understands what are the biggest artists in studentland each year. 2012 saw Chase and Status, Dizzee Rascal, The Maccabees, Maverick Sabre and Ben Howard to name a few. This is the best student-only party of the year! 



26-30 June 

You don’t need to be told anything about Glastonbury, its Glastonbury – the biggest and, to many people, the best! They don’t even need to announce a line-up to sell out but you can expect an incredible list of bands across more stages than we can count.  



29-30 June 

One for new metal and hardcore, Ghostfest is all about riffs and anger. Bands already booked for this year’s mosh-inducement are The Devil Wears Prada, The Acacia Strain, Veil of Maya, Bury Your Dead and Departures. 


TBC in June 

Born from a renegade soundsystem at Glastonbury, Glade has become a place to go for underground blips and beeps from classic artists and the latest hot electronic properties.



5-7 July 

Small and independent, and on a farm, Blissfields still has line-ups that pack a punch. This year’s first announcement includes Mystery Jets, Bastille, The Other Tribe and Post War Years.


T in The Park

12-14 July 

Undoubtedly the biggest festival north of the border, T In The Park is Scotland’s top festival which brings all the big names. The headliners for 2013 are Mumford & Sons, Rihanna and The Killers with the likes of Emeli Sande, The Script, Azealia Banks and Alt-J propping up the line-up.



12-14 July 

A festival literally started by a bloke called Lee in his garden, and has grown to a 2,000 capacity event with an increasingly impressive line-up. It’s also non-profit, which can give fest-goers a nice warm glow inside. Last year boasted the likes of Mystery Jets, Bastille, Slow Club and Jakwob. 



18-21 July 

In its eight years Latitude has built up a strong reputation for the highest-class of music, arts and comedy in a magical setting. Nothing is announced yet but 2012 saw Paul Weller, Bon Iver, Elbow, Ben Howard, SBTRKT, The Horrors, Lana Del Rey and Alt-J all take to the stage.



19-20 July 

In the world of small festivals Truck is a bit of legend. Started in 1998 as a backlash against big festivals it has remained small (only 5,000 people) whilst attracting well-known names including The Temper Trap, Mystery Jest, Guillemots and Dog Is Dead in 2012.



19-21 July 

London’s flamboyant party on Victoria Park, Lovebox brings together iconic and new names if dance, hop hip and indie and combines it with parties from some of the capital’s best club nights.


Global Gathering

26-27 July 

There’s a reason Global Gathering was named Best Dance Event at the UK Festival Awards 2012 – it always has incredible dance line-ups!! Nothing has been revealed about this year’s beat-tastic event but in 2012 the likes of Tinie Tempah, Skrillex, Knife Party, Magnetic Man, Afrojack and Annie Mac got the place jumping. 



26-28 July 

The indie-pop Mecca, Indietracks is the twee-est event of the summer. If your idea of ‘indie’ is more Belle and Sebastian than the Libertines then this is the place for you. It’s like a village fete with jangly guitars.


Secret Garden Party

25-28 July 

There’s no party like Secret Garden Party, it’s like a trip down the rabbit-hole into a magical world that assaults the senses. Oh, the music is always pretty good too. SGP is like a rock n roll Narnia!


Lounge on the Farm

26-28 July 

This is a laid back, boutique festival on a farm that attracts surprisingly big names. You may have heard of some of their 2012 line-up – The Wombats, Emeli Sande, Jake Bugg, Chic, Bastille and Example all played.



26-28 July 

Based in and around an old Tudor farmhouse, Nozstock is a grand event nestled in the beautiful Herefordshire countryside. Last year The Futureheads, The Correspondents, Jake Bugg and The Proclaimers all played.



Wireless has a new home (the Olympic Park) to bring the biggest names in pop, urban and dance music to the capital.


Standon Calling
2-4 August

This little Hertfordshire shindig is back from another year. We don’t know who is playing this year yet, but 2012 has a brilliantly eclectic line-up featuring Beardyman, Death In Vegas, Fat Freddys Drop, !!! and Dub Pistols. 


Y Not
2-4 August

Voted the Best Small Festival at the UK Festival Awards Y Not is making a name for itself for great line-ups and an intimate atmosphere. In 2011, it also won the Best Toilets award which for anyone who has endured festivals toilets much be a big selling point!!!  


Bloodstock Open Air
8-11 August

If the summer sun leaves you wanting a bit of darkness, then Bloodstock is your kinda place. This is the metal-fans metal-festival and brings only the heaviest bands to the stage. If King Diamond, Lamb of God, Slayer, Anthrax, Municipal Waste or Devil Driver don’t satisfy the metaller within there’s really no hope for you! 


9-11 August

Back for a third year, Wilderness is a celebration of arts, and the outdoors, and is set in the exceptional landscape of Oxfordshire’s Cornbury Estate. Last year Wilco, Spiritualized, Lianna Le Havas and Cloud Control all joined in the celebrations. 


16-18 August

Beacons returns with another shining light of a line-up (see what we did there?) 2013 already holds the likes of Django Django, Moon Duo, Dutch Uncles, Eats Everything, Bondax and Esben & The Witch in store for festival-goers. 


V Festival
17-18 August

V Festival probably needs not introduction! Of late it has become a strange mix of nostalgia and chart-friendly acts – whatever the line-up this year you can expect the biggest names in both.


22-25 August

This fiercely independent event invites a diverse crowd of hedonists to groove to a eclectic line-up of interesting sounds. Last year had featuring the likes of UK hip hop legend Roots Manuva, funk group The Apples, Toddla T, Luke Vibert, and brilliant wrong-pop madness from Misty’s Big Adventure. There’s also a load of comedy, circus and cabaret acts to keep you entertained. 


23-25 August

Few festivals have the history and pedigree of Reading (and its sister event in Leeds) pulling in the biggest bands year on year.
2013 is already looking like a top year with a rare UK appearance from Eminem, Biffy Clyro, a returning Fall Out Boy, metal from System Of A Down and Mercury winners Alt-J featuring in the first announcements. The rest is likely to read like a who’s who of rock and indie with some quality dance and punk thrown in for good measure. As always it’s likely to be a top weekend.

23-25 August 

Creamfields has always been an event at the centre of the dance-universe and is set to tickle electro enthusiast’s taste buds again this year. 


End Of The Road
30 August – 1 September 

This one is the end of the road for the summer’s music festivals (well almost!) and is a real music lovers mecca with the likes of Sigur Ros, Belle and Sebastian and Palma Violets down to play this year.


5-8 September 

Rob Da Bank’s Isle of Wight party finishes up the summer in sublime fashion. With a nautical theme this year (get those costumes ready) it has another to-die-for array of bands including Snoop Dogg, M.I.A, The Flaming Lips, Wu Tang Clan, Jessie Ware and Disclosure (too name just a few!).


Festival No 6
13-15 September 

This is like no other! A festival in the magical seaside village of Portmeirion where they filmed the cult-classic The Prisoner! It certainly turned heads with its first event last year. Let’s see how long this remains the festival seasons best kept secret!

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