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Festival Guide 2018: the best festivals for pop music


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In the absense of Glastonbury, the festival known for showcasing the best contemporary pop artists, here are some alternatives to ensure 2018 will be a summer to remember. 



9th - 10th June

Where? Heaton Park, Manchester

Who? Lorde, N.E.R.D, Jessie Ware, Justice, Chvrches, Vince Staples, Everything Everything, Sigrid

Parklife is a renowned festival in Manchester, and unsurprisingly they are selling their final few tickets now. Don't be afraid to take the plunge though, as their diverse lineup will ensure you will have the best weekend. With Lorde set to perform, the stage will be alight with her powerful vocals and unique dance moves. 


Isle of Wight: Callum Baker

Isle of Wight Festival

21st -24th June

Where? Newport, Isle of Wight

Who? Kasabian, The Script, James Bay, Kodaline, Jessie J, Rita Ora, Chase & Status, Camila Cabello, Sigrid

The Isle of Wight Festival is one of the major openers for the UK festival season, but this year will be better than ever as they are celebrating their 50th anniversary. For those of you that are not local to the island, then the extra travel adds another layer of excitement and adventure to the trip. Plus, their lineup is bursting with names from the world of pop music. 


Ocean City Sounds

MTV Presents: Ocean City Sounds

26th - 27th July

Where? Plymouth, Devon

Who? Ella Eyre, Bastille, Professor Green, R3wire & Varski

A festival that might be a little kinder to your bank account is Ocean City Sounds. Aiming to top last year's MTV Crashes Plymouth, this two-day event has a small, but mighty lineup. The venue promises some stunning views of the natural harbor to accompany the fab music. 



2nd - 5th August

Where? Lulworth Estate, Dorset

Who? London Grammar, Rudimental, Mura Masa, M.I.A., Plan B

After the success of their relocation to the Dorset woodland last year, Bestival returns for an enchanting weekend in August. This boutique music festival will encapsulate you into their mad world as there are opportunities for fancy dress and to spend time in their famous Bollywood Tent. It is this festival's bizarre uniqueness that will make the weekend the most memorable of the summer. 



2nd - 5th August

Where? Hever, Kent

Who? Clean Bandit, Bastille, Rae Morris, Tom Grannan, Sub Focus, Declan McKenna, Hudson Taylor

One of the best pop lineups of the season, Neverworld ensures a crazy weekend full of beach parties, paint fights and even a bit of glitter wrestling. This festival originated in the back garden of Lee Denny's house when he was just 16, and that intimate vibe promises to be sustained. Labeled as the place where nobody has to grow up, this is the perfect festival to escape reality with.




8th - 12th August

Where? Newquay, Cornwall

Who? George Ezra, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Years & Years, Craig David, Danny Howard, MNEK, Rae Morris

The surfing and music festival is back for another year of beach craziness. Not only is this a hub of fab music, but has seaside activities for you to relish in whenever you want to take a break from the crowds; beach yoga, coasteering and SUP (stand-up paddle boarding) are just some of the sports on offer. 


RiZE Festival

17th - 18th August

Where? Hylands Park, Chelmsford

Who? Liam Gallagher, Stereophonics, Bastille, Craig David, James Bay, Years & Years, Rita Ora, Rag'N'Bone Man

With V Fest gone, RiZE Festival has seamlessly filled the void with their killer lineup, which brings together the biggest names in pop, dance and indie music. Headlining are the classic staples, Liam Gallagher and the Stereophonics, who are sure to bring each night to a perfect end. 



23rd - 26th August

Where? Daresbury, Cheshire

Who? The Chainsmokers, Sigma, Sigala, Major Lazor, Disciples, Rudimental, Martin Garrix, Galantis

Creamfields is a dance and pop music festival that will keep you dancing late into the night. The music is accompanied by fairground rides to have fun with, as well as there being plenty of glitter to fulfill your festival needs. 


Leeds Festival: Sarah Koury

Reading and Leeds

24th - 26th August

Where? Richfield Avenue, Reading & Bramham Park, Leeds

Who? Dua Lipa, Hudson Taylor, Sum 41, Sigrid, Kendrick Lamar, Post Malone, Fickle Friends, Kate Nash

While usually known for their rock and indie lineup, Reading and Leeds have sprinkled in some pop names to spice up their well-loved festival recipe. This beast of a festival is non-stop fun and you'll barely have a second to breathe between performances, so use your bank weekend wisely this summer, and join the hundreds of other music fanatics that will be by your side.

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31st August - 2nd September

Where? Norfolk Showground, Norwich

Who? Shawn Mendes, Clean Bandit, Sigma, Zara Larsson, Chase & Status

Sundown 2018 is set to be the biggest one to date, with the Early Bird tickets being sold in record time. Pop and dance gems will take to the stage in Norwich for the festival's sixth year, bringing the festival season to a close with a monumental bang. 


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