2014 Festival Guide - a round-up of UK, Ireland and International festivals
The 2014 festival season is now well in full swing, with Glasto, Download, Isle of Wight, Wireless and Latitude now having taken place, but with many more big, small, boutique and everything in-between choices available to you - many with tickets still available. Feast your eyes below and grab tickets while you can.
All prices are exclusive of booking fees.
Flashback Festival (16th Aug and 13th Sep) in Worksop and Chelmsford. Worksop's Clumber Park (16th aug) will feature Billy Ocean, Kim Wilde, ABC, Jimmy Somerville, Midge Ure, Katrina and more. Chelmsford (13th Sep) features Billy Ocean, Heather Small, Marc Almond, ABC, Go West, Hue and Cry, From the Jam, T'Pau and Dr and the Medics.
Bingley Music Live
Electric Picnic (29th - 31st Aug) in Laois with Pet Shop Boys, Lily Allen, Simple Minds, Nile Rodgers, Outkast, Beck, Portishead, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Foals, Paolo Nutini, Chic, The Wailers, Jungle, Sohn, London Grammar, Laura Mvula, Annie Mac, Metronomy, The Stranglers, Temples, Omar Souleyman, White Denim, St. Vincent, Kaytranada, Flume, Bicep and more.
Rewind Festival North
Sundown Festival (30th & 31st Aug) Announced for the 2014 edition of Norwich's music festival are Ellie Goulding, Chase and Status, Tinie Tempah, John Newman, Clean Bandit, with many more. Tickets now sold out.
The Big Feastival
The Big Feastival (30th & 31st Aug) Once again, Jamie Oliver's celebration of food and music will return to Alex James' Oxfordshire Churchill Heath Farm. The 2014 line-up is to be announced. 2013 featured music from Basement Jaxx, KT Tunstall, Rizzle Kicks, The Feeling, Norman Jay and many more. Proceeds to The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation. Early bird tickets cost £60/ £50 for Saturday/ Sunday adult day tickets or £100 for a combined adult ticket.
Blackpool Illuminations Festival
Blackpool Illuminations Festival (29th - 31st Aug) the annual switch-on event stretches over three days for 2014, featuring a free night hosted by Rock FM on the Friday, Thriller Live in concert plus Chicago on the Saturday and Rebecca Ferguson, Atomic Kitten, Liberty X, 911, Damage on the Sunday.
Hell On Earth Tour
Bestival (4th - 7th Sep) The 2014 edition looks like a cracker, featuring recent additions Public Service Broadcasting, MNEK, Bonobo, Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip plus Outkast, Foals, Beck, Chic feat. Nile Rodgers as headliners plus Disclosure, Paloma Faith, Busta Rhymes, Major Lazer, London Grammar, Wild Beasts, Basement Jaxx, Sam Smith, Caribou, CHVRCHES, Laura Mvula, Candi Staton and more.
Festival No.6 (4th - 7th Sep) have added the final headliner, who are Pet Shop Boys, joining Beck and London Grammar plus Bonobo, Neneh Cherry, Steve Mason, Matha Reeves and the Vandellas, Temples, Peter Hook and the Light, Jon Hopkins, Jimi Goodwin, James Holden, The Undertones, Los Campesinos!, John Wizards, Cherry Ghost, Alexis Taylor, Julio Bashmore, Danny Krivit, Prosumer and more.
Long Division Festival
Long Division Festival (12th - 14th Sep) in Yorkshire with Gruff Rhys, Roddy Woomble, The Wedding Present, I Like Trains, The Cribs, Post War Glamour Girls, Gilmore and Roberts, The Membranes, Summer Camp, Frankie and the Heartstrings, Beans On Toast, TOY, Islet, Bleech and more
OnBlackheath (13th & 14th Sep) new for 2014, Blackheath in south east London will host Massive Attack, Frank Turner, Aloe Blacc, Imelda May, Young Fathers, Levellers, Athlete, Joe Goddard [Hot Chip] - DJ Set, Slow Club, Gilles Peterson, Radiophonic Workshop, Stealing Sheep, Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs, The Wytches, Kid Wave and more across the two days. Tickets cost £57.50 per day or £99 for both days.
BBC Proms in the Park
Good Times in the Park
Good Times in the Park (13th and 14th Sep) Brand new for 2014 and backed by Norman Jay's Good Times brand. Chaka Khan, Norman Jay, The Brand New Heavies, The Good Times Collective, Jazzie B, The Cuban Brothers, David Rodigan, Dub Pistols, Ms Dynamite, Goldie, Secretsundaze, Terry Farley and more confirmed. Tickets available, starting from £39.25 for early-bird day tickets, rising to £44.25 for second release and starting from £79.25 for second release weekend tickets.
BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park
Looe Music Festival
Looe Music Festival (19th - 21st Sep) in Cornwall with Squeeze, Frank Turner, The Brand New Heavies, The Selecter, Hayseed Dixie, The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Land of the Giants, Tankus the Henge, 3 Daft Monkeys and more.
Greenwich Comedy Festival
Greenwich Comedy Festival (24th - 28th Sep) in London with Milton Jones, Stewart Francis, Arthur Smith, Shappi Khorsandi, Stephen K Amos, Rich Hall, Ardal O'Hanlon, Felicity Ward, Terry Alderton, Craig Campbell, Doc Brown, Nina Conti, Carl Donnelly, David O'Doherty, Seann Walsh, Andrew Maxwell, Kerry Godliman, Mark Thomas, Aisling Bea, Ed Gamble, Cardinal Burns, Dan Atkinson and more.
Derby Folk Festival
Derby Folk Festival (3rd - 5th Oct) in Derbyshire with Kate Rusby, Steeleye Span, Martin Simpson, Show of Hands, Lucy Ward, The Carrivick Sisters, Dana and Susan Robinson, Coope, Boyes and Simpson, Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies, Merry Hell and more.
BluesFest (26th - 31st Oct) in London's Royal Albert Hall, featuring the recently-added Gregory Porter (27th Oct) plus Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Level 42, Robert Cray Band, Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames, Beth Hart, Marcus Bonfanti, Nell Bryden, Dr Feelgood, Jo Harman and more.
Liverpool Music Week
Liverpool Music Week (23rd Oct - 4th Nov) 2014 represents 10 years of Liverpool Music Week which takes place across multiple venues. Confirmed this year are Mogwai, Caribou, Wild Beasts, The War On Drugs, Evian Christ, Forest Swords, Patten, Mugstar, Clinic DJ Set and more. Tickets range from £16.50 to £25.
Nightmare Festival (1st Nov) across multiple Camden venues, with King Charles, The Algorithm, Night Engine, The Au Revoirs, Hero Fisher, Generation Graveyard, Crystal Seagulls, Attention Thieves, The Hype Theory, Tyler Mae, Freeze the Atlantic, Hawk Eyes, Max Raptor, Mr Shiraz, SYKES, Under the Influence and more. Tickets cost £20.
London Jazz Festival
London Jazz Festival (14th - 22nd Nov) will feature the has just added Marcus Miller, The Bad Plus, LAU and Ian Shaw, joining Branford Marsalis Quartet, Abdullah Ibrahim, John McLaughlin and 4th Dimension, Ibrahim Maalouf, Bill Frisell, Snarky Puppy, a special gig marking 75 years of Blue Note Records, starring Jason Moran, Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge, Lionel Loueke, Sam Amidon, Tomasz Stanko, Chucho Valdés, Dedication Orchestra and more.
C2C: Country to Country
C2C: Country to Country (7th & 8th Mar 2015) the 2014 events took place in both London and Dublin (for the first time), featuring Dixie Chicks, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts and more. Limited early bird tickets for the 2015 London events (line-up to be announced) are on sale now.
Ireby Festival (22nd - 23rd May 2015) in Cumbria with Cara Dillon, CoCo and the Butterfields, Annabelle Chvostek, Kathryn Roberts, Police Dog Hogan, Phillip Henry And Hannah Martin, Wilful Missing, Sean Lakeman and more to be announced.
Download (12th - 14th June 2015) back for another year is Donigton's annual rock festival, with earlybird tickets available at discount prices for a short while.
Love Supreme Jazz Festival
Love Supreme Jazz Festival (3rd - 5th Jul) Back in Lewes for another three days of jazz at Glynde Place with a line-up to be announced. Super Earlybird tickets are now on sale, costing £85/95 for adult non-camping/ camping options, with other options available.
Reading Festival (27th - 30th Aug 2015) with the 2015 festival a roaring success, featuring the likes of Blink-182, Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Paramore, Vampire Weekend, Jake Bugg, Bombay Bicycle Club, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and many more, the 2015 line-up is to be announced. Early-bird tickets now on sale.
Leeds Festival (27th - 30th Aug 2015) with the 2015 festival a roaring success, featuring the likes of Blink-182, Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Paramore, Vampire Weekend, Jake Bugg, Bombay Bicycle Club, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and many more, the 2015 line-up is to be announced. Early-bird tickets now on sale.