If you saw my Facebook this week, you’ll know that, after several years of illness, I’m getting my gigging shoes back on with a trip to see The Corrs at Newmarket Nights next week. I’m so excited…the last gig I went to must have been Madonna back in 2012 and I haven’t seen The Corrs since 1999!
I’ve never been to a festival as such although most of the live music I’ve seen has been on an outdoor stage, but, though I’d love all the music and the atmosphere, even the travelling, I am a girl that loves home comforts and a proper bathroom when it comes to bedtime! Yes, I’ve made it to 46 years of age without going camping! 🙂
If I could afford the taxis and hotels, the one festival I would love to go to would be Rewind. Still an 80s girl at heart and the line-ups always seem fantastic and right up my alley.
But, I know from my Twitter feed that Summer’s just around the corner with many of you looking forward to attending a festival; a weekend away from the rat race – some without the kids, some with; that boho, summer feeling, sleeping under the stars at night – after maybe a cider or two.
With this in mind, here’s a line-up of some of the best UK summer festivals out there for this summer, whether you’re looking for a couple of fun-filled nights away for a hen or stag party or just want to get away from everything for a weekend and see some of your favourite artists perform live.
WE ARE FSTVL
Located in Upminster, London, WE ARE FSTVL boasts a line-up of some impressive names, including Craig David, Fatboy Slim, DJ Snake, Disciples and Sigma who are all headlining this year on the 28-29 May amongst many more. In the past few years, WE ARE FSTVL has become one of the UK’s leading dance festivals and attracts people from all over the country. With camping or external accommodation options available, don’t forget to pay a visit to www.charlesfordlondon.com to make sure you’ve got the most attractive, high quality luggage for your stay.
One of the UK’s most famous and long-standing festivals, V Festival is celebrating over twenty years of incredible performances from some of the world’s leading artists. A massive hit in the festival calendar which attracts thousands of visitors per year, V Fest is held over two days and in two different locations, with artists performing at each. This year, V Festival takes place on 19-21 Aug, and headlining is Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Faithless, Kaiser Chiefs, SIA, Tinie Tempah, Little Mix and many more. Camping options are also available.
Isle of Wight Festival
Held on the Isle of Wight in Seaclose Park, Newport, the Isle of Wight festival is one of the most popular UK festivals for those who want to get away for a good weekend. Held from 9-12 June, 2016’s line-up boasts some impressive names, with Status Quo, Faithless, Adam Lambert and The Stereophonics all preparing to take the stage. With the first Isle of Wight festival taking place in 1968 and being akin to Glastonbury in festival history, you can be sure that you’re in for an awesome time.
A firm favourite amongst rock and metal fans, this Festival is held at Derby’s Donington Park, with a line-up that includes some of the biggest names in the industry such as Black Sabbath, Megadeath, Iron Maiden and Rammstein. Described as ‘three days of axe wielding mayhem’, the festival has both outdoor and indoor stages and a chill-out area in the woods.
Last but not least, the mother of all festivals is one of the best-known in the world, attracting visitors from all over the globe. From the 22-26 June, the Somerset-based festival will see acts from huge artists such as MUSE and Coldplay, amongst many more. Whatever the weather, Glastonbury festival is one that should definitely be attended at least once in your lifetime.
Are you planning on attending any UK festivals this year? Tell me in the comments.