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Your essential summer music festivals

Summer music festivals

Don’t worry if you didn’t get Glastonbury tickets – there are plenty more music festivals to enjoy this summer. Whether you’re into pop-up pop concerts, traditional fun in a field or boutique beats, there’s a festival for you. Here’s our pick of the best, from Scotland to the South.


Summer Time in Hyde Park

Fancy seeing Florence and the Machine, Mumford & Sons or Stevie Wonder in the centre of London?  Get yourself to Hyde Park for the British Summer Time series of concerts (1-10 July). There’s also a street-food market, free cinema screenings and daytime DJs to enjoy.

T in the Park

Rightly known as Scotland’s biggest music festival, the three-day extravaganza (7-10 July) has The Stone Roses, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Calvin Harris, Bastille, Red Hot Chili Peppers, James Bay and festival stalwarts Faithless on the main stage alone. Don’t miss the comedy, band-a-oke and pop-up performances too.


A dance weekender mixing classic acts like Major Lazer, LCD Soundsystem and George Clinton with a younger generation including Stormzy and Katie B (15-16 July). Fabric will be running their own stage at the main Victoria Park site for the first time, plus there’s a series of after-parties at clubs across London. Whistles at the ready!

Rewind Scotland

Whether you’ve just got into 80s tunes, or still have them on cassette, Rewind Scotland is ideal. The retro festival in Scone (22-24 July) brings classic acts such as Rick Astley, Adam Ant, Marc Almond and Toyah (almost) out of retirement. Dig out your hair crimpers and get ready to party.


You need to jump on another coach to get there, but Wilderness (4-7 August) is well worth it. Set in a nature reserve in Oxfordshire, you can listen to Robert Plant or The Flaming Lips, go wild swimming, sign up for yoga, or just enjoy some of the best food you’ve ever eaten – at a festival or not. The late-night woodland parties are legendary.

Belladrum Tartan Heart

Possibly the UK’s most northerly music festival, Belladrum Tartan Heart near Inverness (4-6 August) boasts Madness, Two Door Cinema Club and Super Furry Animals among the headliners. There are also ceilidhs, craft workshops and, err, cardboard tents to stay in! It’s a big hit with families if you’ve got little ones in tow.


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