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Yay! It’s here, festival season is here! Our thoughts are turning to hot summer days filled with friends, cider and some bloody good tunes. For the next 6 months your Facebook and Twitter feeds are going to be full of photos and comments from Glastonbury, Reading and all the other festivals in between. In today’s world, festivals come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and formats. There are well over 1000 festivals happening this year in the UK alone. The first thing to decide is what you want from a festival. Whether you fancy spending a day in a park, a weekend in a field dancing round a burning effigy or if you just want to have a drink in the sun and catch up on a band or two, there are many formats to tickle any fancy. You could even brave a family friendly festival and bring the kids. Plenty of us are feeling jaded by the festival scene. We’ve seen the same bands year after year, often paying ever increasing prices for the privilege. It’s hardly surprising therefore, that more and more of us are turning towards the smaller boutique festivals.You can have just as much fun as at a bigger festival, and better yet… it won’t leave you bankrupt. Too young to hang up your wellies, but too old to bear the thought of camping in a field full of drunken kids? Maybe a medium-sized festival is the way to go this summer. With plenty of choice out there and some surprisingly awesome line-ups, you’d be daft to miss out on seeing at least one of them. We’ve done some research and put together a list of our favourite festivals and what could end up be yours. Festivals are now a firm part of our culture. They are something everyone should brave at least once. Just don’t forget your loo roll, sun cream and wellies. Have fun!

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“I have so many.. but, when Kanye West joined Jay Z on the stage at Isle of Wight 2010. I didn’t think the crowd could be any more excited, but this turned it up to 11!” John Giddings, Isle of Wight Festival organiser Leeds Festival 2012 I was on the front row to see The Cure play the most incredible show, performing the best tracks spanning their 33 year career. There’s no feeling like seeing such a legendary band so close. It was amazing. Sarah Lianne Carter Ed MacFarlane (Friendly Fires) joining Disclosure on stage at Leeds 2013, Danny Sheridan Crowd surfing to Enter Shikari at Download 2013, I had never crowd surfed across hundreds of people before and it wont be an experience I will forget easily. Although I did lose my phone during it. Sean Shore

Where to go this summer ranges from Dolly Parton to Chvrches, there is something for everyone at this definitive British festival. Headlined by Arcade Fire, Metallica and Kasabian.



Download is the UK’s biggest metal festival and this year you can expect to mosh along to Avenged Sevenfold, Aerosmith, Linkin Park and Fall out Boy to name a few.

Second only to Glastonbury in popularity and mainstream coverage, this year’s festival is once again proving to be the guitar band lovers first choice. Headliners are Blink-182, Artic Monkeys and the strange combination of Paramore and Queens of the Stone Age sharing a headline space for Friday’s Reading and Saturday’s Leeds.

When:13-15 June Where: Donnington Park, East Midlands

Isle Of Wight Festival When: 12-15 June Where: Seaclose Park

One of the oldest festivals on the list, The Isle of Wight Festival is gearing up to host one of its biggest events ever. Kings of Leon, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Biffy Clyro are the headliners to one of the most family friendly festivals in the British Isles.


When: 22-24 August Where: Richfield Avenue/ Bramham Park

When: 27-29 June


The UK’s biggest festival is back for another year on Michael Eavis’ farm. Tickets sold out in minutes, but if you’re lucky enough to be heading along you’re in for a real treat. With a line up that

OnBlackheath – the first ever festival set on the Picturesque Blackheath – celebrates its inception. As well as an eclectic music line-up featuring the likes

Where: Worthy Farm, Somerset


When: 13-14 September Where: Blackheath, South East London

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When: 11-13 July Where: Highams Hill Farm The festival dedicated to supporting the best local talent in the South East area has come a long way from its humble beginnings in its namesake’s back garden. Today, it’s evolved to fill out the Highams Hill Farm near Croydon. A mainstay on festival award short-lists for its always fantastic lineups. Previous bands have included pre-fame Bastille, London Grammar and Clean Bandit so who knows who you might discover at this year’s festivities.

of Massive Attack and Frank Turner (pictured), the festival will host an array of exciting attractions including a silent disco, street & fringe theatre, amazing street food, a Farmers Market, mixology demonstrations and drinks from award winning local brewers.

V Festival

who usually hate festivals. V is one of the most crowdpleasing music events in England. Justin Timberlake and The Killers are at this year’s fest and they are backed up by the likes of Ed Sheeran and Paolo Nutini. Also, check out one of the most popular comedy tents in the country where this year Adam Hills and Alan Carr will be headlining.

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British Summer Time

When: 16-17 August Where: Hylands Park/Weston Park

When: 11-13 July Where: Hyde Park, London

In what promises to be a truly spectacular event, BST has music to appeal to all genres. Friday is all about rock with Black Sabbath, (pictured) Faith No More and Soundgarden. Saturday has Neil Young



and Crazy Horse, while Sunday is a pop-tastic mixtape including Tom Jones, Boyzone and Backstreet Boys!

Lovebox Carry a small cheap camera around with you, there's so much crazy shit that goes on everywhere. Sean Shore Plan before you go to make sure you don't miss the bands you really want to see! Collette Hughes Neve opt for a one day ticket, because you’ll regret it! Nadene Chandler Take lots of wet wipes and a portable charger! Collette Cooper

When: 18-19 July Where: Victoria Park, East London

Lovebox is a medium sized festival with a mix of DJs, band and artist performances plus an array of stalls offering delicious food and drinks. 65,000 fans come for the variety of music styles including folk, hip hop, indie, disco-punk, rock and electronic. Best of all, you can head home to your comfy bed at the end of each day!

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When: 7-10 August Where: Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire

The Wilderness festival has gained a reputation as one of the most idyllic, eclectic and gloriously paradisiacal events on the festival calendar. Wilderness returns in 2014 at Cornbury Park nestled deep in the heart of Oxfordshire. Good music from the likes of Metronomy, Burt Bacharach

and London Grammar. Food from chef’s such as Simon Rogan, Angela Hartnett and Russell Norman. The night life has been taken care of by DJ’s like Greg Wilson, Futureboogie, Horse Meat Disco and Zero 7. Other attractions include a spa, Pilates and The Globe Shakespeare theatre company. At the risk of sounding cheesy, this festival might well have it all.

Kendal Calling

When: 1-3 August Where: Cumbria The winner of Best Medium Sized Festival 2013 is back for another year and you’ll be able to see your favourite musicians up close and on their eight intimate stages. Headliners are Suede, Frank Turner (this guy’s getting everywhere) and Example.


When: 7-10 August Where: Heslaker Farm Skipton

The Beacons Festival – in the picturesque Yorkshire dales – proudly promotes itself as a platform for emerging artists and musicians. This year Beacons adds the Argyle Stage in the Hunters Field for performance based art to go along with the Into

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End of the Road When: 29 – 31 August Where: Larmer Tree Gardens

The Flaming Lips and Wild Beasts are two of the most anticipated Headliners of the Summer. This year’s End of the Road will also include comedy from Jessica Delfino, Mark Watson, Simon Munnery and Knightmare Live, the comedy review of one of my favourite TV shows from the 90’s. Photo: J-Michelle

the Woods stage and the Space Between Arts Field. Acts include Daughter, Darkside, Action Bronson, The Fall and Jon Hopkins.

Outkast and Bruno Mars are your hosts for these evenings.


When: 4-6 July Where: Finsbury Park, London/ Perry Park, Birmingham

The urban festival in the middle of two of England’s largest metropolises. This year’s event promises to be the biggest one stage festival in the country. The line up is packed with the megastars of hip-hop, electro and R’n’B. Each night has a headliner and a special guest which could be a headliner at any other festival. Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Drake, Rudimental,

All Tomorrow’s Parties are dedicated to making this and all of its other festivals as pure and corporate free as they possibly can be, meaning this will be a festival that doesn’t plunder your wallet in order for you to have a good time.

Blissfields JabberWocky

When: 15-16 August Where: Excel Centre London

James Blake, winner of the 2013 Mercury Music Prize joins American indie rock group Neutral Milk Hotel as a headliner for the 2014 Jabberwocky festival. Festival promoter

When: 4-5 July Where: Vicarage Farm, Hampshire Previously listed by The Guardian as a “Top 50 Boutique” music festival, and The Telegraph in their Top 100 Festivals for that year, this 2014 edition certainly has a lot to live up to. But with a film festival, art installations and music from



2 Many DJ’s and Sleigh Bells I think they might be up to it.

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Stay with your friends

Spitalfields Summer Festival

Don’t lose them, you worry, and they worry. It’s almost impossible to find them again until you get back to the tent. But if you do...

Meet people Festivals are

made for meeting great new people. You may meet some people who will give you an experience you’ll never forget.

See your favourite bands

You’ve travel a hell of long way to see them, so don’t miss your favourite bands!

Have fun You’re going to

have the best time of your life here, so make it count.

FESTIVAL DON'Ts Don't get too drunk Yep,

I’m being boring here but speaking from personal experience, I got drunk, blind drunk, and lost my friends.

Don't be an arse It’s basic,

everyone is tired, hungry, and warn out, you’re not the only one, so work with who you’re with, don’t work against them.

a huge array of sausages, chilli eating contests and kids activities from Active Trowbridge and Wiltshire Scrapstore.

When: 5-21 June Where: Spitalfields Market

King of the Mountains Festival When: 4-6 July Where: Muker North Yorkshire

King of the Mountains Festival takes place alongside the British leg of the biggest bike race of the year. With music, comedy, Yorkshire food and ale, kids and family activities plus Tour De Cinema, camping, cycle and car parks as well as huge screens to watch all the action, King Of the Mountains is one of the best places to enjoy the Tour De France weekend. Check out the headliners Dry the River and the recently added Post War Glamour Girls.

The BB Music Fest

When: 2-3 August Where: Bradford Upon Avon

A one day Bangers, Beer and Music Fest with camping on a beautiful farm in the heart of the Wiltshire Countryside. Music from Bon Giovi, Bite the Buffalo, The Hammervilles and many more. Real ales, beers and food including including


For a mammoth two weeks the Spitalfields Summer Festival 2014 is one of the most eclectic festivals on the British calendar. Bringing the hidden gems of East London’s most creative endeavours to light, Spitalfields Summer Festival 2014 is teeming with music and art from one of the most diverse communities in the world. Look forward to acts ranging from classical choir, to medieval Celtic poetry, to experimental children’s projects.


When: 1-2 August Where: Gilcombe Farm

One of the most reasonable weekend festivals in the country, Farmfest has big names and small prices. The most inclusive festival in the guide, Farmfest has a crazy list of acts and activities with a line-up that includes the band that play music to public service broadcasting (imaginatively titled Public Service Broadcasting); reggae band Laid Blak and pure folk band Skinny Lister.


When: Throughout October Where: All across the North East of Englnad.

An event created by the humanitarian charity Oxfam, Oxjam is a unique festival that takes place in venues across the North East in cities such as Darlington, Newcastle and Leeds. They are still accepting submissions for bands who want to play and organisers who want to contribute so visit oxfam. for details.

Hop Farm

When: 4-6 July Where: Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, Kent

Hop Farm Music Festival 2014 will see a fantastic three day line up packed full of artists from the past and present. The music is always so much more laid back at Hop Farm and this year’s will be no exception. The legends that are Brian Wilson, Grace Jones and Ray Davis and his band will all be lulling you through the hazy summer days.

Nass Festival

When: 11-13 July Where: Bath & West Showground

The festival that combines adrenalin fuelled action sports with Hip Hop, Ska and Punk giants such as Cypress Hill, Reel Big Fish, The Bronx and Mistajam. Featuring competitions in Skating, BMX and Inline, as well as public courses, Nass is the festival that gets the blood pumping with music and mad skills.

Grand Medieval Joust

When: 21-22 June Where: Eltham Palace and Gardens

What would a festival list be without the obligatory Medieval Festival? Live as the peasantry did back then, cooking meat on an open fire and going to jousting contests, perhaps even train to become a knight and win a tournament yourself.

grandeur of the Tudor Palace – designed by Sir William Chambers in 1776 – are some of the most opulent surroundings music fans will be treated to this summer. This year’s pop royalty attending are Bastille, Kodaline and Franz Ferdinand.


When: 11-13 July Where: Llyn Peninsula

This unique festival now in it’s 14th year, is an established event on the wakeboarding circuit with contenders travelling from around the world to compete on the Llyn Peninsula, a haven for the sailing and surfing community on the North Wales coastline. Tom Odell, Frank Turner and John Newman to headline.


Summer Series Somerset House

When: 10 – 20 July Where: Somerset House, Strand, London

The stunning setting of Somerset House on London’s iconic Strand is one of the most unique in British festivals. The


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Camden Crawl When: 20-21 June Where: Camden.

The 2014 Camden Crawl festival takes place on the 20th and 21st of June in over twenty-five of the best bars and clubs Camden has to offer. Over these twenty-five venues more than 200 bands are playing . For a chance to win a pair of Camden Crawl tickets answer the simplest of questions. Where is the Camden Crawl held? email with your answers before Friday 13th June for a chance.


Festival Essentials Are you a total newbie to festivals? This ‘How To’ guide will become your survival guide to getting the best out of your first festival experience. The first thing anyone ever gets wrong about going to a festival is how much you need to take, remember you have to carry this, and I MEAN, all of it. My first festival was T in The Park and it was a nightmare travelling from Saltburn to Kinross with a suitcase, tent, chair, and sleeping bag. So keep it light.

A tent (duh):

A *waterproof* tent; twice me and my friend have made the mistake of not having a fully waterproof tent. Result; I got trenchfoot, my t-shirt got soaked and I had to share a tent with two very tall boys (one of them my current boyfriend). Hey, it’s not a bad way to aquire a boyfriend to be fair.


Sleeping bag/World's Smallest Pillow: Actually it doesn’t have to be small, just light and one you wouldn’t really mind leaving behind. They get muddy so it’s not worth taking them home, but completely worth taking one.

Hiker bag: You know

those massive bags you see bagpackers with? They are honestly the best way to get anything around, they’re heavy, especially if you over pack, but trailing a suitcase around is the

biggest nightmare in the world, especially when it gets knee deep in mud.

Clothes: When you see

the advertisements for festivals and people having clean clothes on, they look awesome and stylish - IT’S ALL A LIE! You will get muddy, you will get wet, you will be so run down you will not care about what you are wearing. And remember, you have to carry all of this stuff, so keep clothes to the essential. Which include...

Wellies: Wellies will

become your best friend during your time at the festival. I almost didn’t take any to T, but I’m so glad I did because the mud was mental.

everyone usually takes alcohol to a festival), PUT IT IN A PLASTIC BOTTLE. They don’t allow glass bottles and plastic is a lot lighter to carry.

need to take your kitchen sink, usually festivals will only let you make a small fire, so just go to Aldi’s and buy snacks. If you want hot food they sell it, it’s pricey but once you get there you genuinely won’t care. ‘Alcohol wise, (yes,


Water: This is more of an

essential for when you get there as they will have taps to access water, all you’ll need is an empty plastic bottle. You’re walking all day, your adrenaline is pumping when your favourite band comes on and you’re stuck in a hot, sweaty crowd. Unless you can wiggle your way to the front (which, because of my small stature, I often could) and get the water that is handed out to you, you will need your own bottle. Don’t dehydrate.

Dry Shampoo: For people with long hair. Yes girls, and some boys, people with long hair struggle greatly at festivals. Unless you want to walk around all day with wet hair then get yourself a bottle of dry shampoo, it works well, it’s not too expensive and it’s a godsend.

Snacks and alcohol: You don’t


Wipes: I don’t know if I

really have to explain this one, but do you really want to use the muddy toilet paper that is provided? If you’re lucky to find any! Use wipes, and they keep you clean at the same time!

Money: You never know

what’s going to happen, so it’s best to take some cash and your bankers card (they usually have onsite ATMs with huge queues).

Deodrant (it's a smelly place!) Electricals: Got the

new IPhone? Don’t take it. I bought a cheap £10 phone and used that all weekend - I didn’t need to charge it once whilst I was there, and I wasn’t scared of losing it.

Camera: Take a camera,

if you want, but be careful if it gets wet! No need for iPods, iPads or anything like that. You’re there to get away from that stuff! So have fun, stay safe, and enjoy one of the most amazing experiences of your life.



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