4 Fantastic Festivals to enjoy this Summer
Summer is the festival season; cold beer, great music, huge queues for the toilet, what’s not to love? Festival season kicked off last weekend with Glastonbury, but that doesn’t mean you’ve missed out on the opportunity to spend the weekend dancing and getting muddy. We can’t guarantee a sunny summer, but what we can offer is a list of great festivals that are happening across the UK.
When & Where: 16th – 19th July, Suffolk
Latitude festival is celebrating its 10th birthday, and it’s clear that they’ve spared no effort in bringing an incredible line-up. With musical acts including ALT-J, Laura Marling, and Wales’ own Manic Street Preachers, there’s bound to be something for you to enjoy.
If music isn’t your thing, then there’s a wide-variety of other acts to keep you entertained all weekend long. Indeed, Latitude is definitely not just a festival for music-lovers, and whether you like the comedy stylings of Jason Manford, Alan Davies and Jon Richardson or you’d rather have your literary mind expanded with talks by Andrew Marr and Kate Mosse, you’ll find something to suit your tastes.
Reading & Leeds Festival
When & Where: 28th – 30th August, Reading and Leeds
Those of you who do happen to be musically inclined will, of course, want to attend either Reading or Leeds Festival this year (if you can split yourself in two, you’re more than welcome to go to both!). With headliners Mumford & Sons, Metallica & The Libertines, this year is going to be perfect whether you love classic rock, folk or indie music. The main stage is also going to see performances by Bastille, Bring Me the Horizon and The Maccabees, continuing Reading and Leeds Festival’s trend of giving the spotlight to a varied and wide-reaching range of musical performers. If you get tired of all the fantastic music on offer, there’s also a funfair! Just be sure not to drink too much before going on the waltzers!
Green Man Festival
When & Where: 20th – 23rd August, Brecon Beacons
Anyone who’s seen the Brecon Beacons, if only in photographs, will be able to attest to the beauty of this National Park, which is why it’s no surprise that the Brecon Beacons is home to Green Man festival. Now in its 12th year, Green Man is home to all things nature and love.
Housing a showcase of varied performances ranging from music (of course!) to film and theatre, there’s something for everyone. Green Man is the only place this summer where you’ll be able to see Hot Chip perform, watch an adaptation of Under Milk Wood by Welsh film company fFatti fFilms, take a yoga class and ride a Ferris wheel all in one afternoon!
When & Where: 10th – 13th September, Isle of Wight
If you’re inclined to dancing after a couple of drinks, the wide-range of DJs performing will allow you to show off your moves into the small hours of the night. If you’re looking for something else to do once you’ve danced your feet off, why not relax in a hot tub, or say hello to the Chuckle Brothers? You can always catch up on sleep when you get home! You could say we’re saving the Bestival for last! Following up from a great year in 2014, Bestival returns with the likes of Missy Elliott, Duran Duran, The Chemical Brothers, Skrillex and Little Dragon. Such a varied line-up means you’ll be able to indulge in your guilty pleasures; why not sing ‘Rio’ at the top of your lungs? Everybody else will be doing the same!
If you do go to a festival this summer, we’d love to see what you get up to, so feel free to tweet your best festival pictures to @CapProp. Have a fantastic summer!