With the dawning of the glorious month of May comes the excitement and colour of festival season. So dig out your wellies, don your denim shorts and adjust your flower crown as we rundown the best music festivals for all ages…
BBC Music’s The Biggest Weekend festival 2018
Perth, Belfast, Swansea, Coventry
Previously known as One Weekend, then Radio 1’s Big Weekend, the travelling festival will now be known as, BBC Music’s The Biggest Weekend in 2018 and is set to showcase some of the biggest names in showbiz.
The line-up is impressive, and keeps on growing. Current highlights include Wolf Alice, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Liam Gallagher, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Florence + The Machine, Demi Lovato, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Beck, Manic Street Preachers, Snow Patrol, Niall Horan, Craig David, Ash, Franz Ferdinand and Jamie Cullum. Radio 1 controller Ben Cooper said, “It’s probably the biggest undertaking the BBC has ever done regarding live pop music.”
Isle of Wight Festival
June 21-24, 2018
The Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight Festival is likely to get a lot of attention this year, not simply because Glastonbury is off the calendar but also because the UK music festival is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018. The festival has a long history of awesome headliners, gaining popularity in the 60s and 70s when it played host to the likes of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and The Doors.
Highlights include Depeche Mode, The Killers, Kasabian, Liam Gallagher, The Script, Sigrid, Van Morrison, James Bay, Blossoms. Camila Cabello, Travis, Manic Street Preachers and Rita Ora.
The festival has been named Family Festival of the Year twice, with around 65,000 music fans set to descend on the small island, for the June weekend.
12-15 July 2018
Henham Park, Suffulk
Latitude has earned a reputation for being the bohemian festival, staying true to the original festival culture. With yoga classes, the option to swim in the lake and a healing area, all adding to the feel of a true escape from the modern world.
There’s a great line-up too, with The Killers, Belle and Sebastian, The Vaccines, Jessie Ware, Wolf Alice and Solange all heading to the Suffolk estate, in mid-July.
2-5 August 2018
Lulworth Castle, Dorset
Taking place at the beginning of August, Bestival takes advantage of the fact that festival season is in full swing and encourages revellers to really go to town on their fancy dress. It’s a big deal for Bestival festival goers and as a result takes the crown for being the most colourful and crazy as well as celebrating creativity, diversity and fun. There’s a different theme every year – this year will be ‘circus’ and will apparently feature a human cannonball act.
Highlights include Silk City (Mark Ronson and Diplo), M.I.A., London Grammar, Jorja Smith, Plan B, Grace Jones, Rae Morris and First Aid Kit.
Bestival recently moved from its long-term home on the Isle of Wight to join its little sister Camp Bestival (a family-friendly festival which has grown in popularity to also host big names) at Lulworth Castle, where it will once again take place in 2018.
Reading and Leeds Festivals 2018
24-26 August 2018
Little John’s Farm, Reading and Bramham Park, Leeds
Reading or Leeds Festivals are great as they offer something for everyone. Plus both have identical line-ups, meaning you only need to go to the one closest to you.
Highlights include Wolf Alice, Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, Kings of Leon, Dua Lipa, Sum 41, Mike Shinoda (of Linkin Park), Courteeners, Skepta, Travis Scott, The Kooks and The Vaccines.
Fall Out Boy said in a statement, “There are very few places that can illustrate the growth of our band from its beginning. However, Reading and Leeds is one of them. It is an honour to be able to headline a festival that we grew up playing and dreaming of that top spot.”
Worthy Farm, Somerset
Of course no festival list would be complete without the epic, Glastonbury Festival. However 2018 is a fallow year for the world famous event, allowing Worthy Farm’s fields to recover. But we’ve been assured that it will be back with a bang in 2019, and that headline acts, which have already been confirmed, will be well worth the wait!