Festival season is in full swing. Hills, dales and towns are alive with the sound of music, the smell of great food and thousands of fun-loving festival-goers. But with so many events to choose from, which are the ones that can’t be missed?
Take a look at our round up of the very best summer music festivals, as well as some recommendations for those looking for something a little bit different.
Festival-giant Glastonbury might be over, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of other festival options for lovers of all kinds of musical genres.
Indie and rock
2000trees is an award-winning festival that takes place among the rolling hills of the Cotswolds, from 9th – 11th July. It’s a refreshing music event for those who aren’t fans of larger festivals: home to an intimate, friendly atmosphere, local produce and plenty of eclectic indie bands. This year’s line-up includes Deaf Havana, Arcane Roots, Milk Teeth and Future of the Left, to name just a few!
Acoustic and folk
If you’re a fan of something slower-paced, acoustic and folk extravaganza Underneath the Stars Festival is the one for you. Taking place at Cannon Hall Farm near Barnsley, the festival is a celebration of great food, great music and great times. Stretching across the 24th, 25th and 26th July, visitors will be greeted by family activities, street food and local specialities, and music from the likes of Mary Chapin Carpenter, Molotov Jukebox and Electric Swing Circus.
Who doesn’t love a bit of 80s cheese? Rewind Festival is the home of nostalgia, and takes place in various locations: Scotland between 24th and 26th July, Cheshire between 7th and 9th August, and Henley-on-Thames between 21st and 23rd August. Grab a ticket this year and you’ll find Billy Ocean, Black Box and Joy Division’s Peter Hook getting people moving.
A bit of everything
If you’re a music-lover of eclectic taste, you won’t want to miss Y Not? Festival on 31st July – 2nd August. From hip hop to indie, pop-punk to dance, there is something for everyone: this year’s line-up includes Snoop Dogg, Basement Jaxx, Johnny Marr and Rae Morris! Did we mention there is a whole host of food and drink stalls to choose from, too?
Food festivals are a growing summer fixture, tempting foodies from all over the UK with promises of fantastic produce and unique tastes. There are plenty to choose from in 2015, but there is one in particular that is guaranteed to get your taste buds tingling.
International Cheese Awards
A great family weekend out, the International Cheese Awards takes place in Nantwich on 28th and 29th July. The biggest cheese show in the whole world, visitors will be greeted by a whopping 4,000 cheeses hailing from 24 different countries! From variations on cheddar incorporating everything from cracked black pepper to chilli, to international favourites such as halloumi, we dare you to try and resist the lure of the samples…
For green fingers
Want to head to a festival that differs from the norm? You’d be surprised just what has popped up to cater to eclectic tastes over the years…
Dig the City
Known as ‘Manchester’s summer garden festival’, Dig the City is a haven for anybody with green fingers and a love of the great outdoors. Stretching from King Street to Manchester Cathedral on 31st July, the festival turns the city into a veritable treasure trove of vintage fashion, good eats and urban gardens. Why not drop in at a pop-up picnic, take the kids to the Wild Rumpus or just take some time out of your busy day to relax among the abundant miniature gardens?
Creative-types don’t just have the Edinburgh Fringe Festival: art-focussed cultural festivals are a growing summer feature here in the UK, with one special frontrunner.
The Big Draw
Not only is it the world’s largest festival of its kind, but many of The Big Draw’s events are free of charge! Taking place on 1st October and inspiring events at museums, galleries and outdoor spaces across the country, it’s a fantastic way to indulge your own creative side and inspire youngsters.
Will you be heading to any of these fantastic festivals this summer, or are you hotfooting it to an event that didn’t make our list? Let us know!