It’s that time of the year when your clothes come off, the glitter comes out and you want to let (get loose) and dance!
You’ve seen everyone gloating on Instagram about Coachella, you’re annoyed you missed it and you convince yourself that travelling that far for a festival probably isn’t worth it. It is. But there’s always next year!
You don’t have to travel to Palm Springs (Beyonce, we're ready and waiting for you) to see some top music. Here are our top UK festival picks this year:
When & Where: 9 - 10th June, Manchester
Headliners: The xx, A$AP Rocky, Liam Gallagher, Skepta, N.E.R.D
Parklife Festival is one of the UK's most popular and famous weekend music festivals, laying on a programme of diverse and cutting-edge music inside Manchester's Heaton Park. Curated by a number of the UK's most renowned clubbing brands, the weekender has rubber stamped its position at the very front of the country's dance music scene.
WIRELESS FESTIVALWhen & Where: 6 - 8th July, London
Headliners: J. Cole, Stormzy, DJ Khaled & Friends
Wireless is not quite bigger than hip-hop, but it's certainly getting that way. This supafly soiree is the best chance to see a line-up of urban legends, leaning heavily on the side of rap, grime, hip-hop and R&B. Pair that with fairground rides, chill out areas, bars and artists singing booths to keep days filled, and you'll begin to understand why this is the only UK date this pedigree of rap stars book in advance.
When & Where: 13 - 14th July, London
Headliners: Childish Gambino, N.E.R.D, Skepta, SZA
London’s beat lovers, freaks and hipsters convene for an annual party created by Groove Armada. A colourful mix of dance dons, rock gods, vintage markets, bespoke bars and fairground rides, Lovebox is a carousel of creativity.
When & Where: 2 - 5th August, Oxfordshire
Headliners: Chic & Nile Rodgers, Bastille, Jon Hopkins
If there’s one thing Britain’s festivals do brilliantly, it’s boutique bashes. One of the more posh and pretty gatherings in the event calendar, Oxfordshire’s Wilderness Festival is the type of place where you can watch a bona fide legend on the stage, enjoy a banquet feast, a science lecture, soak in a hot tub, and watch a one man performance of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
South West Four
When & Where: 25 - 26th August, London
Headliners: Marshmello, Chase & Status, Armin van Buuren, DJ EZ
If London ever needed an extra club, South West Four is it. And what a club it is. Forget those tasteless, champagne with sparklers joints, this is an open-air party palace that sorts out the essentials first: music, music and more music. A coming together of the EDM world, their understudies, and up-and-comings stars, the four stages of house, techno, minimal, trance and electronica will fill your ears for the evening before you head out to one of the countless after parties.