2015 Festival Guide - a round-up of UK, Ireland and International festivals
The summer 2015 festival season is now over, but fear not, autumn and winter have some great festivals in store!
All prices are exclusive of booking fees.
The Warehouse Project
The Warehouse Project (25th Sep - 31st Dec) in Greater Manchester with New Order, MK, Skrillex, Jamie XX, Duke Dumont, Leftfield, Major Lazer, A Certain Ratio, Four Tet, Jungle, Hannah Wants, DJ EZ, Mike Pickering, Andrew Weatherall, Joy Orbison, Skepta, Mark Ronson - DJ Set, Annie Mac, Erol Alkan, Bonobo, Scuba, Shadow Child, Kiasmos, Dixon, Heidi, Maceo Plex, Will Tramp!, Benji B, Marcel Dettmann, Julio Bashmore, Maya Jane Coles, Seth Troxler, Joris Voorn, Adam Beyer, Adrian Sherwood, Hudson Mohawke and a New Year's Eve Party plus loads more - tickets now
The Big Hullabaloo
The Big Hullabaloo (25th Sep - 29th Oct) takes over Richmond Park this autumn during the Rugby World Cup, featuring Frankie Boyle, Jason Manford, Marc Almond (with Heaven 17 and Roland Gift), Jonah Lomu, Ardal O'Hanlon, Danny Bhoy, Lloyd Langford, The Amazing Bubble Man, The Luna Cinema and more.
Allen Valleys Folk Festival
Blackburn Blues Festival
The Spree (9th - 17th Oct) returns to Paisley, with music and comedy from Idlewild, Horse, Bill Wells, Aidan John Moffat, Barbara Dickson, a rare performance from Khartoum Heroes (featuring King Creosote and Vic Galloway), Karen Matheson with Cara Dillon, James Grant, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Des McLean and more.
Twisterella (10th Oct) in Middlesbrough with Menace Beach, Sweet Baboo, Black Honey, Du Blonde, Happyness, Hyde & Beast, Prides, Jake Isaac, Sivu, Eliza and the Bear, Weird Shapes, That F**king Tank, Stanley Odd, Misty Miller, Woodenbox, Brontide, The Hosts and more - tickets available
Live Evil (16th - 18th Oct) returns to the Dome in Tufnell Park with Bulldozer, Tygers of Pan Tang, Mortuary Drape, Chaos UK, Stray, Battleaxe, Mindless Sinner, Nekromantheon, Atlantean Kodex, Helvetets Port, ZOM, Execration, Speedtrap, Flight, Dark Forest, Seven Sisters, Dungeon and one more. The Friday pre-festival gig features Vampire, Witching Hour, Gouge and Krossburst. Tickets available.
Liverpool Music Week
Liverpool Music Week (23rd - 31st Oct) with Deerhunter, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Josh T. Pearson, Gang of Four, Holly Herndon, Shura, Darkstar, Telegram, All We Are, Micachu and the Shapes, DMA'S, Pixx, All Tvvins, SOAK, Jam City, Outfit, Best Coast and more. Tickets available.
Simple Things Festival
Simple Things Festival (24th Oct) in venues around Bristol with Battles, Skepta, JME, Wire, Mike Skinner, Penguin Cafe, Factory Floor, Speedy Ortiz, Savages, The Soft Moon, Holly Herndon, Lone, Untold, Health, Vessels, Moxie, Oliver Wilde, Lower Dens, Liturgy and more. Tickets available.
London Folk and Roots Festival
London Folk and Roots Festival (30th Oct - 14th Nov) in London with The Fisherman's Friends, Cara Dillon, Fred's House, The Grahams, Sam Lee, The Young'uns [UK], Andy McKee, Kelly Oliver, Aoife O'Donovan - tickets on sale.
BluesFest (7th Nov) takes over London venues on Saturday 7th November, with the likes of Tom Jones, Van Morrison, the Dave Matthews Band, The Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jo Harman and many more. Tickets available.
The End Festival
The End Festival (12th - 21st Nov) returns to Crouch End and the surrounding area, featuring The Wave Pictures, Lowpines, The Fierce and the Dead, Arstidir, The Mae Trio, The Kindling, Ylja, Nadine Khouri, Annalie Wilson, The Oreilles and more. Tickets available.
London Jazz Festival
London Jazz Festival (13th - 21st Nov) in London with Cassandra Wilson, Manu Katché, Maria Schneider Orchestra, Kokomo, Kurt Elling, James Farm, Jarrod Lawson, Sons of Kemet, Abigail Washburn, Bela Fleck, Average White Band, Partisans, Britten Sinfonia, Ibrahim Maalouf, Cécile McLorin Salvant and more - on sale now.
Freeze Big Air
Freeze Big Air (14th Nov) Freeze is back in the Capital for one day only, with music from Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, plus many more bands to be announced. The day will also see team GB compete with riders and skiers from around the globe in the FIS Snowboard World Cup and the Freeze Big Air Ski Invitational. Tickets on sale now, costing £49.50 for adults, £29.50 for kids aged 8 to 15 and free for under-8s.
All Tomorrow's Parties
All Tomorrow's Parties (27th Nov) in Denbighshire at Pontins Prestatyn with Natalie Prass, Death, Loop, Blanck Mass, Holly Herndon, Jessica Pratt, OM, Iceage, Suuns, Max Richter, Micachu and the Shapes, The Notwist, Built To Spill, Young*Husband, Micah P Hinson, Viet Cong, Xylouris White, Courtney Barnett, Warm Soda, Dinos Chapman, Braids, Thee Oh Sees, Russell Haswell - on sale now
Mutations Festival (28th - 29th Nov) in Brighton, Sussex with Natalie Prass, Josh T. Pearson, OM, All Tvvins, METZ, Abi Wade, Willis Earl Beal, Blaenavon, Jane Weaver, John Talabot, Chelsea Wolfe, Blacklisters - tickets on sale now
Blackpool Rocks (19th Dec) returns to the Winter gardens with a line-up boasting Annie Mac, Duke Dumont, Blonde, Craig David, Shadow Child, Danny Howard, MistaJam, Lethal Bizzle and more. Tickets cost £42.50 - on sale now.
C2C: Country to Country
C2C: Country to Country (11th - 13th Mar 2016) returns to London, but over three days for 2016 instead of two. Weekend early-bird tickets on sale now.
Mutiny (28th - 29th May) returns to its birth-place of Portsmouth for 2016, after a brief flirtation with Chichester in 2015, an event which saw the likes of Knife Party, Nero, Hannah Wants, DJ EZ, Labrinth, Maverick Sabre and more. 2016 line-up to be announced.
Download (10th - 13th Jun) Donington will once again reverberate with the sounds of rock in 2016, with a line-up to be announced. 2015 featured Muse, Slipknot, KISS, Judas Priest, Faith No More, Motley Crue, Slash and many more. Tickets now on sale.
Rewind Scotland - the '80s Festival
Rewind Scotland - the '80s Festival (22nd - 24th Jul) in Perth and Kinross. 2015 featured OMD, Bananarama, Jimmy Somerville, Nik Kershaw, Sister Sledge, Kim Wilde, Altered Images, Toyah and more. The 2016 line-up is to be announced.
Rewind Festival North
Rewind Festival North (5th - 7th Aug) in Cheshire. 2015 featured Soul II Soul, The Boomtown Rats, The Human League, OMD, Kim Wilde, Belinda Carlisle, Jimmy Somerville and more. The 2016 line-up is to be announced.
Rewind South - The 80's Festival
Rewind South - The 80's Festival (19th - 21st Aug) in Oxfordshire. 2015 featured Billy Ocean, OMD, Kim Wilde, ABC, The Selecter, The Human League, Bananarama and more. The 2016 line-up is to be announced.
V Festival (20th - 21st Aug) returns to Staffordshire Weston Park and Chelmsford's Hylands Park in August with 2016 being its 21st birthday - "The Big One". 2015 featured Kasabian, Stereophonics, Calvin Harris, Sam Smith, The Charlatans, The Script, The Courteeners and more, so it remains to be seen whether the 21st birthday will better that! Tickets available.
Victorious Festival (27th - 28th Aug) Back for its fourth year, the Southsea festival will have to go some to improve on the 2015 line-up (arguably its best) which included Ray Davies, The Flaming Lips, Tinie Tempah, Basement Jaxx, Primal Scream, Super Furry Animals, Laura Mvula and more - a line-up to cause envy in many of the "bigger" festivals. Early-bird tickets are now on sale at discounted prices for a limited time.