With Glastonbury having a year off to recuperate, the desperate search begins for a festival to fill the void. Here’s a selection of the best UK festivals not to miss this summer
Words Georgie Rutherford
The best UK festivals to check out now
A festival known for it’s fancy dress and with this year’s theme being circus you can expect as many forms of silliness and absurdity as you can musical performers. With legendary late night mischief, lit up lakesides, poetry and comedy shows, you’ll almost have too many options to choose from.
2nd – 5th August, Lulworth Castle, Dorset; bestival.net
Creamfields 2018 is set to be the biggest and best yet. After a 10-year hiatus, techno pioneer Carl Cox is making his live comeback with a huge headline set on the Friday. Sunday also includes a massive return to the festival for Eric Prydz as well as sets from Fatboy Slim and Tiesto. Enjoy your August bank holiday at this electronic extravaganza.
23rd-26thAugust, Daresbury, Cheshire; creamfields.com
Taking over the idyllic English countryside for another year, Latitude is much more than just a music festival. With an opera on the lake, film debuts in its onsite cinema, actors performing sketches, dance troupes and a huge children’s area, there’s something for people of every age. The music line-up is set to impress with headliners including The Killers, Alt-J and Solange Knowles.
12th-15th July, Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk; latitudefestival.com
Founded only a year ago, Houghton has raised the stakes when it comes to fresh new festivals. Curated by Craig Richards and produced by Gottwood, the festival is held in the middle of the Norfolk countryside and detached from the outside world. This spellbinding weekend includes a 24-hour music license making the festival like no other. With a huge, eclectic range of DJs and artists across the weekend, expect a world-class sound system as well as mesmeric lighting.
9th-12th August, Houghton Hall, Norfolk; houghtonfestival.co.uk
The name says it all. Set in the leafy green surroundings of Oxfordshire, you have so much on offer when it comes to activities. Go boating, fly fishing or wild swimming in the park’s lakes before drying off to enjoy some live music with a crisp cold beer in hand. Confirmed acts for 2018 include Bastille, Nile Rogers, Chic to name a few.
2nd-5th August, Oxfordshire, OX7 3DG; wildernessfestival.com
This flourishing festival’s crowd-pleasing lineup of jazz’s great and good is returning for another year. This gentrified camping weekend in the grounds of Glynde Place is attracting its biggest and youngest crowd ever. This festival has welcomed jazz legend Herbie Hancock last year and this year’s line up is equally impressive with headliners including Earth, Wind and Fire and Steve Winwood.
29th June-1st July, Glynde Place, East Sussex, BN8 6SX; lovesupremefestival.com
The festival formerly known as “V” is another top choice to replace Glastonbury as the biggest and best UK festival of 2018. Considering Jay-Z headlined V festival in 2017, making it his only European performance of the year, we can promise you won’t be disappointed.
17th-18th August, Hylands Park, Chelmsford, CM2 8WQ; rizefestival.co.uk
The Big Feastival
You can’t beat a festival that prioritises both food and music. Blur’s Alex James has kindly opened his home to those who wish to have a weekend of indulgence. Expect recipes and tips from tons of celebrity chefs as well as music from some of the greatest artists. Sounds like a dreamy combination to me.
24th-26th August, Kingham, Oxfordshire, OX7 6UJ; thebigfeastival.com
A festival so perfectly located that you can take a dip in the Cornish sea to fight off that hangover. Perfect for those who wish to surf in between sets, Boardmasters is inspired by the freedom, adventure and creativity of surfing and music. Expect parties that run late into the night and a stunning beach to recuperate on during the day. As the sun sets on Watergate Bay you can enjoy the sounds of headliners including Catfish and The Bottlemen and George Ezra.
8th-13th August, Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay, Cornwall, TR7; boardmasters.com
A female-led line-up has been announced for Cornbury Festival this year. Alanis Morissette will headline the Saturday which will also feature performances from Mavis Staples, Amy Macdonald, Nina Nesbitt and Pixie Lott. Cornbury Festival is a fantastic and truly unique festival designed to be family-friendly and commended as one of the safest festivals in the UK with activities for all ages.
13th-15th July, Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire, OX7 4AJ; cornburyfestival.com