2014 U.K. Festival Guide

2014 U.K. Festival Guide

England my England – QRO’s U.K. Festival Guide returns! Our North American Festival Guide is bigger than every for the eighth year in a row. Over the Northern Hemisphere winter, QRO went Down Under for a fifth year. And now we go back to where the mother tongue began, to take on the little country that oh-so-could, Great Britain! See last year’s U.K. Festival Guide

Updated continuously throughout the year with new acts, dates, festivals & coverage

 


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April & May

Hit the Deck

What: Hit the Deck
Where:
Bristol & Nottingham, England, U.K.
When:
April 19-20
Who: Brand New, Saves the Day, The Blackout, Kids In Glass Houses, Hawthorne Heights, A Plastic Rose, Memphis May Fire, Seahaven, The Summer Set, and more
Why: Hit the Deck with some emo in Bristol & Nottingham.
Web: www.hitthedeckfestival.com

 

Liverpool Sound City

What: Liverpool Sound City
Where:
Liverpool, England, U.K.
When:
May 1-3
Who: Gruff Rhys, Fuck Buttons, Kodaline, Clean Bandit, Albert Hammond Jr., The Kooks, Jon Hopkins, The Hold Steady, Jagwar Ma, The Neighbourhood, Tennis, Public Service Broadcasting, Blood Red Shoes, Factory Floor, 65daysofstatic, And So I Watch You From Afar, Ratking, Bad Rabbits, DZ Deathrays, PINS, Gambles, Big Ups, Bipolar Sunshine, Dolomite Minor, Jungle, Lanterns On the Lake, The Districts, The Wytches, We Were Evergreen, Wolf Alice, and more
Why: Venues across Liverpool try to find the next Beatles.
Web: www.liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk

 

Vantastival

What: Vantastival
Where:
Dundalk, Ireland
When:
May 2-4
Who: Fight Like Apes, Hothouse Flowers, The Hot Sprockets, Birds of Chicago, The Scenes, Duke Special, and more
Why: Have a Vantastival.  See much more in our photo gallery here
Web: www.vantastival.com

 

Live at Leeds

What: Live at Leeds
Where:
Leeds, England, U.K.
When:
May 2-5
Who: Albert Hammond Jr., The Neighbourhood, Los Campesinos!, The Hold Steady, Dum Dum Girls, Blood Red Shoes, I Like Trains, Fuck Buttons, Yuck, Tennis, Bipolar Sunshine, King Charles, Kodaline, Nina Nesbitt, Pulled Apart By Horses, Wolf Alice, Arc Iris, Big Ups, Cheatahs, Dolomite Minor, Gambles, Honeyblood, Lanterns On the Lake, The Wytches, We Were Evergreen, Clean Bandit, Palace, and many more
Why: Venues across Leeds are live.  See much more in our photo gallery here
Web: www.liveatleeds.com

 

The Great Escape

What: The Great Escape
Where:
Brighton, England, U.K.
When:
May 8-10
Who: Albert Hammond Jr., Little Dragon, The Subways, The Neighbourhood, Charli XCX, The Hold Steady, Phantogram, Tennis, Example, Wild Beasts, Kelis, Flux Pavilion, P.S. I Love You, TRUST, Pulled Apart By Horses, Future Islands, These New Puritans, Augustines, Bear Hands, Ratking, Team Me, Le1f, Dry the River, Hannah Georgas, Rah Rah, AgesAndAges, Kate Miller-Heidke, Panama Wedding, Young & Sick, Gambles, Arc Iris, Ásgeir, Honeyblood, Big Ups, The Districts, Cheerleader, Clean Bandit, Dolomite Minor, Jungle, Lake Street Dive, Tove Lo, We Were Evergreen, and more
Why: Get away from it all with the new music showcase that is The Great Escape.
Web: www.escapegreat.com

 

Dot to Dot

What: Dot to Dot
Where:
Manchester, Bristol & Nottingham, England, U.K.
When:
May 23-25
Who: Peace, The Midnight Beast, Drenge, Real Estate, Wolf Alice, The Pizza Underground, Caveman, We Were Evergreen, and more
Why: Manchester-to-Bristol-to-Nottingham – connect the Dot to Dot.  See more in our photo gallery from Nottingham here
Web:
www.dottodotfestival.co.uk

 

Threadfest

What: Threadfest
Where:
Bradford, England, U.K.
When: May 23-25
Who: Nisennenmondai, Dean McPhee, and more
Why: Follow the Thread for a third year.
Web:
www.bradfordthreadfest.com

 

BBC Radio One’s Big Weekend

What: BBC Radio One’s Big Weekend
Where:
Glasgow, Scotland, U.K.
When:
May 24-26
Who: Coldplay, Katy Perry, Tiësto, Calvin Harris, Paolo Nutini, Martin Garrix, Kasabian, Example, Kings of Leon, One Direction, Pete Tong, Clean Bandit, Sub Focus, Ed Sheeran, Tinie Tempah, Zane Lowe, Lorde, Pharrell Williams, Rita Ora, Annie Mac, Bombay Bicycle Club, London Grammar, B∆stille, The 1975, Sam Smith, Lily Allen, CHVRCHES, Twin Atlantic, Jake Bugg, Klaxons, The Kooks, Honeyblood, Royal Blood, and more
Why: The biggest free ticketed event in Europe, BBC Radio One’s Big Weekend this year heads to Glasgow.
Web:
www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/bigweekend

 

Slam Dunk

What: Slam Dunk
Where:
Leeds, Hatfield & Wolverhampton, England, U.K.
When:
May 24-26
Who: The All-American Rejects, Less Than Jake, We Are the In Crowd, Bury Tomorrow, Motion City Soundtrack, The Devil Wears Prada, Chiodos, I Am the Avalanche, and more
Why: Slam Dunk gets in the hoop in Leeds, Hatfield, and Wolverhampton.
Web:
www.slamdunkmusic.com

Wychwood

What: Wychwood
Where: Cheltenham, England, U.K.
When:
May 30 – June 1
Who: The Boomtown Rats, The Levellers, The Stranglers, Bad Manners, King Charles, Wolf Alice, and more
Why: Which way to Wychwood? See much more in our 2012 photo gallery here
Web:
www.wychwoodfestival.com

 

Camden Rocks

What: Camden Rocks
Where: London, England, U.K.
When:
May 31
Who: The Subways, Reverend & The Makers, Dinosaur Pile-Up, The Virginmarys, Sonic Boom Six, Turbowolf, Nine Black Alps, The Xcerts, Sam Duckworth, Exit Calm, Turbogeist, Dolomite Minor, and more
Why: Camden area of London rocks hard.
Web:
camdenrocksfestival.com

 

 


June

 

Wychwood

What: Wychwood
Where: Cheltenham, England, U.K.
When:
May 30 – June 1
Who: The Boomtown Rats, The Levellers, The Stranglers, Bad Manners, King Charles, Wolf Alice, and more
Why: Which way to Wychwood? See much more in our 2012 photo gallery here
Web:
www.wychwoodfestival.com

 

Lunar

What: Lunar
Where: Warwickshire, England, U.K.
When: June 6-8
Who: British Sea Power, The Polyphonic Spree, Donovan, Tim Burgess, Temples, Lanterns On the Lake, TOY, MONEY, Laura J Martin, and more
Why: Head outside of Birmingham to be Lunar.
Web: lunarfestival.co.uk

 

Field Day

What: Field Day
Where: London, England, U.K.
When: June 7-8
Who: Pixies, Metronomy, Thurston Moore, The Temper Trap, Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, Future Islands, Pond, Blood Orange, Warpaint, Danny Brown, Tim Burgess, SBTRKT, Simian Mobile Disco, Sky Ferreira, Temples, The Horrors, The Wytches, Omar Souleyman, Oneohtrix Point Never, Ghostpoet, Jagwar Ma, Jamie xx, Jessy Lanza, and more
Why: Victoria Park’s Field Day makes Hackney a whole lot more liveable – now two days!
Web: fielddayfestivals.com

 

Parklife Weekender

What: Parklife Weekender
Where: Manchester, England, U.K.
When: June 7-8
Who: Snoop Dogg, Foals, B∆stille, Rudimental, Disclosure, A$AP Rocky, London Grammar, SBTRKT, Flying Lotus, Warpaint, Sam Smith, Moderat, Public Enemy, Pusha T, Chromeo, Clean Bandit, Danny Brown, Gold Panda, Captain Murphy, Factory Floor, Bipolar Sunshine, Jessy Lanza, Zomby, and more
Why: Take the weekend and go to the park for this electronic festival. Parklife!
Web:
parklife.uk.com

 

Isle of Wight

What: Isle of Wight
Where: Isle of Wight, England, U.K.
When:
June 12-15
Who: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kings of Leon, Biffy Clyro, Suede, The Specials, Calvin Harris, Boy George, Travis, Fall Out Boy, Rudimental, The 1975, Inspiral Carpets, The Polyphonic Spree, The Horrors, Clean Bandit, The Waterboys, Tom Odell, Peace, The Pretty Reckless, The Selecter, Deap Vally, and more
Why: In 2002, the massive Isle of Wight Festival was revived for the first time since 1970 (when it out-drew Woodstock), and is one of the biggest today.
Web:
www.isleofwightfestival.com

 

Download

What: Download
Where: Donington, England, U.K.
When:
June 13-15
Who: Aerosmith, Linkin Park, Avenged Sevenfold, Rob Zombie, Fall Out Boy, The Offspring, Bring Me the Horizon, Bad Religion, Twisted Sister, The Pretty Reckless, Killswitch Engage, Volbeat, Flogging Molly, Seether, Skindred, Powerman 5000, Bowling For Soup, Joe Bonamassa, Buckcherry, Miss May I, Winger, twenty one pilots, Chevelle, Skid Row, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Used, Against Me!, Memphis May Fire, Radkey, New Politics, Reignwolf, and more
Why: Download the hard rock.
Web:
www.downloadfestival.co.uk

 

Meltdown

What: Meltdown
Where: London, England, U.K.
When:
June 13-22
Who: UNKLE, Chrissie Hynde, Mark Lanegan, Edwyn Collins, Neneh Cherry, Radkey, and more
Why: The Southbank Centre arts complex, which includes Royal Festival Hall, holds another season of concerts throughout the complex, chosen by this year’s curator, James Lavelle, a.k.a. UNKLE.
Web:
meltdown.southbankcentre.co.uk

 

Bushstock

What: Bushstock
Where: London, England, U.K.
When: June 14
Who: Alexi Murdoch, The Felice Brothers, Rubblebucket, Amber Run, Chlöe Howl, Luke Sital-Singh, Honeyblood, and more
Why: Events around Sheperd’s Bush in London.
Web: www.bushstock.co.uk

 

Camden Crawl

What: Camden Crawl
Where:
London, England, U.K.
When:
June 20-21
Who: of Montreal, Atari Teenage Riot, Au Revoir Simone, Shabazz Palaces, The Field, Yuck, Jeffrey Lewis & The Jrams, Dirty Beaches, Mimicking Birds, The KVB, and more
Why: If you can stay upright, or even if you can’t, make your way London.
Web: thecamdencrawl.com

 

Body & Soul

What: Body & Soul
Where:
Clonmellon, Ireland
When:
June 20-22
Who: Goldfrapp, Caribou, Darkside, John Grant, Gary Numan, of Montreal, Max Romeo, Buraka Som Sistema, Jon Hopkins, Mount Kimbie, Tom Vek, Shabazz Palaces, The Field, Nick Waterhouse, Jessy Lanza, September Girls, and more
Why: Bring your Body and Soul to Ballinlough Castle.
Web: bodyandsoul.ie

 

Glastonbury

What: Glastonbury
Where: Pilton, England, U.K.
When:
June 26-30
Who: Arcade Fire, Jack White, Kasabian, The Black Keys, Robert Plant, Dolly Parton, Lily Allen, Skrillex, James Blake, Interpol, Pixies, Massive Attack, Disclosure, Manic Street Preachers, Angel Haze, M.I.A., Bryan Ferry, Sam Smith, Lana Del Rey, Foster the People, Warpaint, Chromeo, CHVRCHES, Danny Brown, Phosphorescent, Jamie xx, Chance the Rapper, De La Soul, Goldfrapp, tUnE-yArDs, London Grammar, Rudimental, MGMT, Jurassic 5, Mogwai, Blondie, Paolo Nutini, Elbow, Jake Bugg, Ed Sheeran, The 1975, Bonobo, Kelis, Parquet Courts, The Wailers, Wilko Johnson, Jagwar Ma, Elbow, Metronomy, Midlake, Tinariwen, Little Dragon, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Four Tet, Kodaline, and more
Why: Coming in full-force this year, with five days, putting all other festivals to shame (on any continent), Glastonbury’s what the likes of Coachella & Bonnaroo wish they could be. U.K. still does festivals the best.
Web:
www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

 

Calling

What: Calling
Where: London, England, U.K.
When:
June 28-29
Who: Aerosmith, Stevie Wonder, Jack Johnson, Joe Bonamassa, Thunder, Paloma Faith, Richie Sambora, Michael Kiwanuka, The Jezabels, Radkey, and more
Why: Calling drops the ‘Hard Rock’ (but keeps the rawk) and moves from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to Clapham Common.
Web:
www.callingfestival.co.uk

 

Westport

What: Westport
Where: Westport, Ireland
When: June 28-29
Who: Bryan Adams, David Gray, Kool & The Gang, Sinead O’Connor, Bell X1, The Jim Jones Revue, The Selecter, Tinariwen, Little Green Cars, The Cast of Cheers, and more
Why: Head west to Ireland for Westport. See much more in our photo gallery here
Web:
www.westportfestival.com

 

 


July

British Summer Time

What: British Summer Time
Where: London, England, U.K.
When: July 3-13
Who: Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Arcade Fire, Black Sabbath, Tom Jones, The Libertines, McBusted, Tim Minchin, The National, Backstreet Boys, Soundgarden, The Pogues, Jake Bugg, Faith No More, Spiritualized, Wild Beasts, Tom Odell, Motörhead, Maxïmo Park, Future Islands, Half Moon Run, The Enemy, Lucy Rose, and more
Why: Enjoy British Summer Time in Hyde Park.
Web: www.bst-hydepark.com

Blissfields

What: Blissfields
Where: Winchester, England, U.K.
When: July 4-5
Who: Sleigh Bells, 2manydjs, Hercules & Love Affair, tUnE-yArDs, Dan Croll, Wolf Alice, Bipolar Sunshine, and more
Why: Head to Vicarage Farm in Winchester from some Bliss(fields).
Web: blissfields.co.uk

 

Godiva

What: Godiva
Where: Coventry, England, U.K.
When: July 4-6
Who: Happy Mondays, Buzzcocks, We Are Scientists, The Selecter, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Funeral For a Friend, and more
Why: Three-day free, ticketless, family-friendly festival with on some stuff that you want to see.
Web: www.godivafestival.co.uk

 

Wireless

What: Wireless
Where: London & Birmingham, England, U.K.
When: July 4-6
Who: Kanye West, Drake, Bruno Mars, Pharrell Williams, Outkast, Rudimental, Ellie Goulding, Tinie Tempah, Knife Party, Robin Thicke, Basement Jaxx, Wiz Khalifa, Azealia Banks, 2chainz, Pretty Lights, J. Cole, Iggy Azalea, Chance the Rapper, Giorgio Moroder, ScHoolboy Q, Salt-n-Pepa, B.o.B., Earl Sweatshirt, Clean Bandit, A Great Big World, YG, and more
Why: Finsbury Park in London and Perry Park in Birmingham welcomes a mostly mainstream, mostly dance, and many Americans for Wireless.
Web: www.wirelessfestival.co.uk

 

2000 Trees

What: 2000 Trees
Where: Gloucestershire, England, U.K.
When: July 10-12
Who: Band of Skulls, Frightened Rabbit, Blood Red Shoes, Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip, Public Service Broadcasting, The Bronx, Jamie Lenman, Wolf Alice, Tall Ships, Cerebral Ballzy, DZ Deathrays, Three Trapped Tigers, Johnny Foreigner, Dolomite Minor, and more
Why: A line-up studded with buzzing U.K. bands & more.
Web: www.twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk

 

T In the Park

What: T In the Park
Where: Kinross, Scotland, U.K.
When: July 11-13
Who: Arctic Monkeys, Calvin Harris, Biffy Clyro, Ed Sheeran, Paolo Nutini, Ellie Goulding, Pharrell Williams, Jack Bugg, Imagine Dragons, Elbow, Disclosure, Pixies, B∆stille, Rudimental, Ben Howard, Example, James, Steve Angello, Tinie Tempah, Franz Ferdinand, Bombay Bicycle Club, Alesso, Kaiser Chiefs, HAIM, London Grammar, The 1975, The Charlatans, Manic Street Preachers, Tame Impala, CHVRCHES, Kodaline, The Human League, Sam Smith, The Stranglers, Metronomy, Maxïmo Park, The Twilight Sad, We Are Scientists, Inspiral Carpets, Pretty Lights, twenty one pilots, Wolf Alice, and more
Why: T In the Park goes for big names British & not.
Web: www.tinthepark.com

 

Wakestock

What: Wakestock
Where: Abersoch, Wales, U.K.
When: July 11-13
Who: Tom Odell, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, John Newman, Razorlight, Clean Bandit, Levellers, Frightened Rabbit, A Plastic Rose, and more
Why: Have some water sports with your musical festivities.
Web: www.wakestock.co.uk

 

 

Electric Daisy Carnival London

What: Electric Daisy Carnival London
Where:
London, England, U.K.
When:
July 12-13
Who:
AVICII, Calvin Harris, Fatboy Slim, Steve Angello, Steve Aoki, Dmitri Vegas & Like Mike, Nicky Romero, Nervo, R3HAB, Laidback Luke, Paul Van Dyck, A Track, Destructo, Dillon Francis, Paul Oakenfold, and more
Why: America’s massive Electric Daisy Carnival comes across the pond.  See much more in our photo gallery of 2013 EDC NY here
Web:
electricdaisycarnival.co.uk

 

Latitude
What: Latitude
Where: Southwold, England, U.K.
When: July 17-20
Who: The Black Keys, Damon Albarn, Two Door Cinema Club, Editors, Tame Impala, Bombay Bicycle Club, Mogwai, Royksopp, Robyn, Lykke Li, HAIM, First Aid Kit, Crystal Fighters, Slowdive, Anna Calvi, James Vincent McMorrow, Clean Bandit, Julia Holter, Nils Frahm, James, Keli, Phosphorescent, Hall & Oates, The War On Drugs, Temples, Dawes, Cass McCombs, Eagulls, The Afghan Whigs, Billy Bragg, Conor Oberst, Parquet Courts, Jungle, Tinariwen, Damien Jurado, and more
Why: Suffolk’s Sunrise Coast welcomes another great line-up to Latitude. See much more in our 2011 photo gallery here
Web: www.latitudefestival.co.uk

 

Lovebox

What: Lovebox
Where: London, England, U.K.
When: July 18-19
Who: M.I.A., Nas, A$AP Rocky, Bonobo, Chase & Status, Crystal Fighters, Annie Mac, Katy B, Sub Focus, Moderat, The Horrors, Banks, Joey Bada$$, Mount Kimbie, Hercules & Love Affair, The Gaslamp Killer, and more
Why: Victoria Park holds a two-day Love(box)-in.
Web: www.lovebox.net

 

Truck

What: Truck
Where:
Steventon, England, U.K.
When:
July 18-19
Who: White Lies, The Cribs, Stornoway, Peace, Los Campesinos!, Gang of Four, Andrew W.K., Deap Vally, Swim Deep, Big Deal, The Twilight Sad, Blood Red Shoes, Dan Croll, Johnny Foreigner, The Wytches, Kevin Devine, Cerebral Ballzy, DZ Deathrays, and more
Why: Truck delivers the Anglo for its sixteenth year.Read & see much more in our 2013 recap here
Web:
truckfestival.com

 

Beat-Herder

What: Beat-Herder
Where: Lancashire, England, U.K.
When: July 18-20
Who: Happy Mondays, The Bloody Beetroots, 2manydjs, The Orb, Eats Everything, Gramatik, Jagwar Ma, Bipolar Sunshine, Wolf Alice, Elite Force, and more
Why: Beats are herded in Lancashire country. Read & see much more in our 2013 recap here
Web: www.beatherder.co.uk

 

Shakedown

What: Shakedown
Where: Brighton, England, U.K.
When: July 19
Who: Basement Jaxx, Zane Lowe, Duke Dumont, Groove Armada, and more
Why: U.K.’s party capitol welcomes a fourth year of Shakedown, this time in the hot summer.
Web: www.shakedown.co.uk

 

Splendour

What: Splendour
Where:
Nottingham, England, U.K.
When:
July 19
Who: Happy Mondays, Tom Odell, The Boomtown Rats, Reverend & The Makers, Ron Pope, The Beat, A Plastic Rose, and more
Why: Nottingham’s Wollaton Park holds a Splendid little festival.
Web:
www.splendourfestival.com

 

The Secret Garden Party

What: Secret Garden Party
Where:
Cambridge, England, U.K.
When:
July 24-27
Who:
Public Enemy, Morcheeba, Little Dragon, Big Gigantic, Hercules & Love Affair, Jagwar Ma, Alabama 3, Honeyblood, Deap Vally, Bipolar Sunshine, Clean Bandit, Wolf Alice, Palace, and more
Why: An estate, including Georgian farm house, hosts the unusual Secret Garden Party.
Web:
www.secretgardenparty.com

 

Deer Shed

What: Deer Shed
Where:
North Yorkshite, England, U.K.
When:
July 25-27
Who: Johnny Marr, British Sea Power, Stornoway, Steve Mason, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, TOY, Summer Camp, Slow Club, Cate Le Bon, Wolf Alice, We Were Evergreen, PAWS, PINS, Cheatahs, Post War Glamour Girls, and more
Why: A kid-friendly festival at Baldersby Park – whose theme this year is ‘Time Travel’.
Web:
www.deershedfestival.com

 

Indietracks

What: Indietracks
Where:
Ripley, England, U.K.
When: July 25-27
Who:
Gruff Rhys, Allo Darlin’, The Hidden Cameras, Dean Wareham, Joanna Gruesome, Sweet Baboo, Let’s Wrestle, and more
Why: Of course the English would combine a music festival with their love of trains – twice on the same weekend…
Web:
www.indietracks.co.uk

 

Tramlines

What: Tramlines
Where:
Sheffield, England, U.K.
When: July 25-27
Who:
BADBADNOTGOOD, Bo Ningen, Deap Vally, Esben & The Witch, Future of the Left, Gold Panda, Katy B, PINS, Post War Glamour Girls, Public Enemy, Rolo Tomassi, Sky Larkin, Slow Club, The Beat, The Cribs, The Gaslamp Killer, The Wedding Present, Three Trapped Tigers, ROY, Veronica Falls, We Were Evergreen, and more
Why: Of course the English would combine a music festival with their love of trains – twice on the same weekend… See more in our 2012 photo gallery here
Web:
www.tramlines.org.uk

 

Wickerman

What: Wickerman
Where:
Kirkcarswell, Scotland, U.K.
When:
July 26-27
Who: Dizzee Rascal, Del Amitri, Shed Seven, Alabama 3, Martha Reeves & The Vandelles, Alex Metric, The Beat, Augustines, The Zombies, Big Country, Skinny Lister, and more
Why:
While other festivals feast on imports, Wickerman is near 100% Made in the U.K.
Web:
www.thewickermanfestival.co.uk

 

Cambridge Folk

What: Cambridge Folk
Where: Cambridge, England, U.K.
When: July 31 – August 3
Who: Van Morrison, Sinead O’Connor, Rosanne Cash, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Richard Thompson, Loudon Wainwright III, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Peggy Seeger, Jason Isbell, North Mississippi Allstars, Sarah Jarosz, Skinny Lister, and more
Why: The U.K. has folk festivals, too – and a good one in Cambridge Folk.  Read much more in our recap here
Web: www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk

 

Camp Bestival

What: Camp Bestival
Where: Dorset, England, U.K.
When: July 31 – August 3
Who: Basement Jaxx, De La Soul, James, Johnny Marr, Sinead O’Connor, Laura Mvula, Steve Mason, Pop Will Eat Itself, The Skatalites, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, Peter Hook & The Light, The Wedding Present, Public Service Broadcasting, and more
Why: The “baby sister” of Bestival (see below), Camp Bestival hosts some older acts and some newer electronica at Lulworth Castle.
Web: www.campbestival.net

 

 


August

Cambridge Folk

What: Cambridge Folk
Where: Cambridge, England, U.K.
When: July 31 – August 3
Who: Van Morrison, Sinead O’Connor, Rosanne Cash, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Richard Thompson, Loudon Wainwright III, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Peggy Seeger, Jason Isbell, North Mississippi Allstars, Sarah Jarosz, Skinny Lister, and more
Why: The U.K. has folk festivals, too.
Web: www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk

 

Camp Bestival

What: Camp Bestival
Where: Dorset, England, U.K.
When: July 31 – August 3
Who: Basement Jaxx, De La Soul, James, Johnny Marr, Sinead O’Connor, Laura Mvula, Steve Mason, Pop Will Eat Itself, The Skatalites, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, Peter Hook & The Light, The Wedding Present, Public Service Broadcasting, and more
Why: The “baby sister” of Bestival (see below), Camp Bestival hosts some older acts and some newer electronica at Lulworth Castle.
Web: www.campbestival.net

 

Farm

What: Farm
Where: Somerset, England, U.K.
When: August 1-2
Who: Public Service Broadcasting, Melt Yourself Down, Skinny Lister, Beans on Toast, Ralph Lawson, and more
Why: How ya gonna keep ’em down on the Farm?
Web: farmfestival.co.uk

 

Kendal Calling

What: Kendal Calling
Where: Cumbria, England, U.K.
When: August 1-3
Who: Suede, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, De La Soul, Happy Mondays, Tom Odell, 2manydjs, Razorlight, Clean Bandit, Athlete, Frightened Rabbit, Reel Big Fish, The Heavy, Team Me, Admiral Fallow, Lanterns On the Lake, We Were Evergreen, and more
Why: The lake district is calling… See much more in our 2013 photo gallery here
Web: www.kendalcalling.com

 

Y Not

What: Y Not
Where: Derbyshire, England, U.K.
When: August 1-3
Who: White Lies, Dizzee Rascal, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, De La Soul, Razorlight, The Fratellis, Shed Seven, Palma Violets, British Sea Power, Reel Big Fish, Swim Deep, Andrew W.K., Yuck, Cerebral Ballzy, DZ Deathrays, Bipolar Sunshine, DZ Deathrays, The Wytches, Shlomo, and more
Why: Why not Y Not? Why not indeed…
Web: www.ynotfestivals.co.uk

 

Lounge On the Farm

What: Lounge On the Farm
Where: Canterbury, England, U.K.
When: August 2
Who: Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Peter Hook & The Light, and more
Why: Lounge On the Farm with Anglo acts telling Canterbury Tales.
Web: www.loungeonthefarm.co.uk

 

Visions

What: Visions
Where: London, England, U.K.
When:
August 2
Who: Andrew W.K., Poliça, Perfume Genius, Baths, Eagulls, Trust, Perfect Pussy, Jacco Gardner, Sean Nicholas Savage, and more
Why: See Visions.
Web:
visionsfestival.com

 

Beacons

What: Beacons
Where:
Skipton, England, U.K.
When: August 7-10
Who: Darkside, Daughter, Action Bronson, Jon Hopkins, The Fall, British Sea Power, Joan As Policewoman, Nightmares On Wax, Charli XCX, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, METZ, TOY, Eagulls, Cate Le Bon, Dam-Funk, Post War Glamour Girls, XXYYXX, 65daysofstatic, DZ Deathrays, The Wytches, Speedy Ortiz, MONEY, PINS, Cheatahs, and more
Why: Heslaker Farm shines like a Beacon. See much more in our photo gallery here
Web:
www.greetingsfrombeacons.com

 

Rebellion

What: Rebellion
Where: Blackpool, England, U.K.
When:
August 7-10
Who: The Dickies, The Selecter, Stiff Little Fingers, Killing Joke, Biohazard, U.K. Subs, Subhumans, NOFX, DOA, Agnostic Front, and more
Why: The punks (including ska-punks) come to Blackpool – but it’s the older bands who still do it best.
Web:
www.rebellionfestivals.com

 

Belladrum Tartan Heart

What: Belladrum Tartan Heart
Where: Inverness, Scotland, U.K.
When:
August 8-9
Who: Tom Jones, Razorlight, Frightened Rabbit, Billy Bragg, The Mekons, and more
Why: That’s pretty far north…
Web:
www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk

 

Lake Fest

What: Lake Fest
Where: Gloucestershire, England, U.K.
When:
August 8-10
Who: Shed Seven, Buzzcocks, Neville Staple, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, and more
Why: Have a Fest by the Lake.
Web:
lakefest.co.uk

 

Green Man

What: Green Man
Where:
Brecon Beacons, Wales, U.K.
When:
August 14-17
Who: Neutral Milk Hotel, Beirut, Caribou, Bill Callahan, The Waterboys, Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile, First Aid Kit, Daughter, Anna Calvi, Real Estate, Poliça, Kurt Vile, Neko Case, Panda Bear, Mac DeMarco, Augustines, Sun Kill Moon, TOY, Simian Mobile Disco, Jeffrey Lewis, I Break Horses, Hamilton Leithauser, I Break Horses, Lanterns On the Lake, Speedy Ortiz, Mutual Benefit, William Tyler, and more
Why: Head to Glanusk Park in Wales because Green Man is totally saving your life right now, bro.
Web:
www.greenman.net

 

Jabberwocky

What: Jabberwocky
Where:
London, England, U.K.
When:
August 15-16
Who: Neutral Milk Hotel, James Blake, Darkside, Caribou, Kurt Vile, Panda Bear, Liars, Thee Oh Sees, Sun Kil Moon, Pissed Jeans, Cloud Nothings, Chelsea Wolfe, I Break Horses, Amen Dunes, Perfect Pussy, Iceage, Speedy Ortiz, Yamantaka//Sonic Titan, METZ, Big Ups, and more
Why: All Tomorrow’s Parties might be no more, but ATP, Pitchfork, and Primavera Sound (QRO 2013 recap) have teamed up to bring the Jabberwocky.
Web:
www.atpfestival.com/events/jabberwocky2014.php

 

Beautiful Days

What: Beautiful Days
Where:
Devon, England, U.K.
When:
August 15-17
Who: Steve Earle & The Dukes, Seasick Steve, Levellers, Jimmy Cliff, Dead Kennedys, Seeed, Reverend & The Makers, Public Service Broadcasting, Tinariwen, and more
Why: What a Beautiful Day(s)…
Web:
www.beautifuldays.org

 

Belsonic

What: Belsonic
Where:
Belfast, Northern Ireand, U.K.
When:
August 15-22
Who: Queens of the Stone Age, Imagine Dragons, Example, Biffy Clyro, Kodaline, Tom Odell, and more
Why: Custom House Square in Belfast welcomes Belsonic in August.
Web:
www.belsonic.com

 

V

What: V Festival
Where:
Chelmsford & Staffordshire, England, U.K.
When:
August 16-17
Who: Justin Timberlake, The Killers, Ed Sheeran, Lily Allen, Paolo Nutini, Example, Elbow, B∆stille, Kaiser Chiefs, Rudimental, Alesso, Manic Street Preachers, Tom Odell, Train, Blondie, Sam Smith, Janelle Monae, Kodaline, The Human League, The Stranglers, The Wailers, Chic, and more
Why: The Virgin Group gives double your festival, in both Hylands Park & Weston Park, simultaneously, as artists play one park on Saturday, and the other on Sunday. See more in our Staffordshire 2012 photo gallery here
Web:
www.vfestival.com

 

Shambala

What: Shambala
Where:
Northamptonshire, England, U.K.
When:
August 21-24
Who: Mulatu Astake, Collie Buddz, Public Service Broadcasting, and more
Why: A varied & green line-up.
Web:
www.shambalafestival.org

 

LeedsWhat: Leeds
Where:
Leeds, England, U.K.
When:
August 22-24
Who: Queens of the Stone Age, Paramore, Blink-182, Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Jake Bugg, Disclosure, Bombay Bicycle Club, Imagine Dragons, SBTRKT, CHVRCHES, The 1975, Jimmy Eat World, Foster the People, A Day To Remember, Warpaint, Die Antwoord, Metronomy, The Hives, Temples, Peace, Cage the Elephant, Boys Noize, Danny Brown, Eagulls, Klaxons, The Neighbourhood, and more to be announced
Why: Indie meets mainstream at co-festivals Leeds & Reading (see below) with a stacked line-up. Read & see much more in our 2011 recap here
Web:
www.leedsfestival.com

 

Reading

What: Reading
Where:
Reading, England, U.K.
When: August 22-24
Who: Queens of the Stone Age, Paramore, Blink-182, Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Jake Bugg, Disclosure, Bombay Bicycle Club, Imagine Dragons, SBTRKT, CHVRCHES, The 1975, Jimmy Eat World, Foster the People, A Day To Remember, Warpaint, Die Antwoord, Metronomy, The Hives, Temples, Peace, Cage the Elephant, Boys Noize, Danny Brown, Eagulls, Klaxons, The Neighbourhood, and more
Why: Indie meets mainstream at co-festivals Leeds & Reading (see above) with a stacked line-up.
Web:
www.readingfestival.com

 

Greenbelt

What: Greenbelt
Where: Prestbury, England, U.K.
When:
August 22-25
Who: Sinead O’Connor, Stornoway, and more
Why: An arts, faith and justice festival.
Web:
www.greenbelt.org.uk

 

Bingley Music Live

What: Bingley Music Live
Where: Bradford, England, U.K.
When: August 29-31
Who: Pet Shop Boys, Shed Seven, Example, Gaz Coombes, The Strypes, The Selecter, Chloe Howl, Bipolar Sunshine, Catfish & The Bottelmen, and more
Why: The City of Bradford Council holds an affordable fest. Read & see much more in our recap here
Web: www.bingleymusiclive.com

 

Electric Picnic

What: Electric Picnic
Where: Stradbally, Ireland
When: August 29-31
Who: Beck, Outkast, Portishead, Pet Shop Boys, Foals, Paolo Nutini, Chic, Lily Allen, Blondie, St. Vincent, Simple Minds, Sinead O’Connor, Mogwai, James Vincent McMorrow, James Murphy, SBTRKT, London Grammar, Bombay Bicycle Club, The 1975, Slowdive, Wild Beasts, Metronomy, Kelis, The Stranglers, Hercules & Love Affair, Annie Mac, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Wailers, White Denim, Temples, Wolf Alice, The Orwells, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Benjamin Booker, and many more
Why: Ireland lights up thanks to Electric Picnic.
Web: www.electricpicnic.ie

 

End of the Road

What: End of the Road
Where: Salisbury, England, U.K.
When: August 29-31
Who: The Flaming Lips, Wild Beasts, St. Vincent, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Yo La Tengo, The Horrors, Gruff Rhys, White Denim, Richard Thompson, Tinariwen, Jenny Lewis, The Felice Brothers, tUnE-yArDs, Temples, British Sea Power, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Mark Kozelek, Cate Le Bon, Deer Tick, Juana Molina, Marissa Nadler, Woods, The Barr Brothers, Cold Specks, Eagulls, Black Lips, Arc Iris, Three Trapped Tigers, The Wytches, Lucius, Lonnie Holley, Wye Oak, The Districts, and more
Why: The end of August sees the End of the Road.
Web: www.endoftheroadfestival.com

 

Moseley Folk

What: Moseley Folk
Where: Birmingham, England, U.K.
When: August 29-31
Who: Richard Thompson, Johnny Marr, The Waterboys, Thurston Moore, The Felice Brothers, and more
Why: Folk & more comes to Moseley Park.
Web: www.moseleyfolk.co.uk

 

Jersey Live

What: Jersey Live
Where: Jersey, England, U.K.
When: August 30-31
Who: Ellie Goulding, Thomas Gandey, Redlight, Duke Dumont, Lucy Rose, Klaxons, Earth, Wind & Fire Experience, John Newman, and more
Why: U.K. music festivals come to the Channel’s Jersey Islands.
Web: www.jerseylive.org.uk

 

 


September

 

Bestival

What: Bestival
Where: Isle of Wight, England, U.K.
When: September 4-7
Who: Outkast, Foals, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Beck, Disclosure, Major Lazer, Busta Rhymes, Paloma Faith, Basement Jaxx, London Grammar, Sam Smith, Wild Beasts, Clean Bandit, Bonobo, Caribou, SBTRKT, CHVRCHES, Laura Mvula, La Roux, Skindred, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, Darkside, tUnE-yArDs, Temples, Peter Hook & The Light, Factory Floor, Jenny Lewis, Bipolar Sunshine, Reverend & The Makers, Cate Le Bon, Ezra Furman, The Wytches, Wolf Alice, Public Service Broadcasting, The Front Bottoms, Bad Rabbits, Tall Ships, and more
Why: The biggest truly indie festival is still the Bestival.  Read more in our preview here
Web: www.bestival.net

 

Festival No. 6

What: Festival No. 6
Where: Portmeiron, England, U.K.
When: September 5-7
Who: Beck, London Grammar, Bonobo, Neneh Cherry, Steve Mason, Temples, Los Campesinos!, and more
Why: The home of The Village from The Prisoner – including a real-life castle – welcomes Festival No. 6. But can you ever leave?…
Web: www.festivalnumber6.com

 

Long Division

What: Long Division
Where: Wakefield, England, U.K.
When: September 12-14
Who: The Cribs, The Wedding Present, Gruff Rhys, TOY, Summer Camp, I Like Trains, Frankie & The Heartstrings, Post War Glamour Girls, Islet, and more
Why: The best math out there.
Web: www.longdivisionfestival.co.uk

 

Southsea

What: Southsea
Where: Portsmouth, England, U.K.
When: September 14
Who: Fear of Men, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Laurel, Mazes, and more
Why: Venues across Portsmouth celebrate the Southsea.
Web: www.southseafest.com

 

Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia

What: Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia
Where: Liverpool, England, U.K.
When: September 26-27
Who: Goat, Woods, Allah-Las, Suuns, The Besnard Lakes, White Hills, Sleepy Sun, Wolf People, and more
Why: The birthplace of The Beatles welcomes psychedelia from around the world.
Web: www.liverpoolpsychfest.com

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