2015 Festival Guide - a round-up of UK, Ireland and International festivals
The 2015 festival season is now looking nice and plump with summer announcements now more-or-less complete for the big festivals and the autumn schedule coming along nicely - both in the UK and overseas.
All prices are exclusive of booking fees.
Darlington Comedy Festival
Darlington Comedy Festival (1st Jul - 2nd Aug) in Durham for a full month with Chris Ramsey, Alun Cochrane, Matt Forde, James Acaster, Daliso Chaponda, Patrick Monahan, Rob Rouse, Pete Firman, Stuart Goldsmith, Chris Martin [comedian], Hilarity Bites Comedy Club, Andrew Ryan, Tiernan Douieb - tickets available.
Grillstock Festival (11th Jul - 6th Sep) in Bristol with De La Soul, DJ Yoda, Goldie Lookin Chain, The Heavy and more. London with Fun Lovin' Criminals, Razorlight, The Cuban Brothers, Grandmaster Flash, Hayseed Dixie and more.
Island Beats (11th Jul - 29th Aug) New for 2015 and taking place at Thorpe Park in Surrey, with Friday and weekend dates featuring the likes of Ella Eyre, Conor Maynard, Stereo Kicks, Sigma, Wilkinson, The Vamps, Union J, DJ Fresh, Rizzle Kicks, Professor Green, Rixton and more. Tickets on sale now.
Kendal Calling (30th Jul - 2nd Aug) A strong line-up for 2015 has meant quick ticket sales! Confirmed are: Elbow, James, Snoop Dogg, Kaiser Chiefs, Ella Eyre, Kodaline, Public Service Broadcasting, Soul II Soul, Billy Bragg, Jez Kerr, The Vaccines, Nick Mulvey, Emmy the Great, Fuse ODG, Bipolar Sunshine, Kate Tempest and more. Limited tickets available.
Camp Bestival (30th Jul - 2nd Aug) Bestival's Dorset-based little brother is back for 2015, featuring Underworld, Kaiser Chiefs, Clean Bandit, Level 42, Bob Geldof, Ella Eyre, Buzzcocks, Alison Moyet, Soul II Soul, Ella Henderson, Cymande, Professor Green, 808 State, Eliza Carthy, Ciaran Lavery, Only The Young, George the-Poet, Slaves, Wretch 32, Kate Tempest, The Cuban Brothers, Dub Pistols, Kimberly Anne, SomaHigh and more. Tickets available.
Standon Calling (31st Jul - 2nd Aug) in Hertfordshire with Little Dragon, Basement Jaxx, The Dandy Warhols, The Horrors, Ella Eyre, DJ Yoda, Gilles Peterson, Roots Manuva, Rag N Bone Man, KWABS, All We Are, Lucy Spraggan, Bella Union, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, The Antlers, Gabby Young & Other Animals, Will and the People, The Thirst, Hercules and Love Affair, Revere, The Cuban Brothers, Prides, Saint Raymond, Bondax, Slaves, Lonelady, We Have Band and more.
Gentlemen of the Road
Gentlemen of the Road (31st Jul - 1st Aug) in the Scottish Highlands of Aviemore, the annual Mumford and Sons shindig will feature Primal Scream, Ben Howard, The Maccabees, Lianne La Havas, King Charles, Simian Mobile Disco - DJ Set, Jack Garratt, Honeyblood and more. Tickets on sale now.
Boardmasters Festival (5th - 9th Aug) in Cornwall with Faithless, De La Soul, Roni Size, The Darkness, Clean Bandit, Rudimental, Duke Dumont, Skream, Everything Everything, Seasick Steve, Reef, MNEK, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Bastille, DJ EZ, Nick Mulvey, Reprazent, Arrested Development and more - on sale now.
Magners Summer Nights
Magners Summer Nights (6th - 28th Aug) in Glasgow and Edinburgh with James, Echo and the Bunnymen, Joan Armatrading, The Flaming Lips, The Waterboys, Glasvegas, King Creosote, Roddy Frame, Ben Folds and more. Tickets on sale now, priced from £27.75 to £44.40.
Belladrum Festival (6th - 8th Aug) in Inverness with Kaiser Chiefs, Manic Street Preachers, The Proclaimers, The Stranglers, Stornoway, Eddi Reader, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Rival Sons, New Model Army, Hayseed Dixie, King Creosote, The Correspondents, Manran, Fatherson, Honeyblood, Keston Cobblers Club, John Langan Band, Rura, Dizraeli and the Small Gods, CoCo and the Butterfields and more.
Wilderness (6th - 9th Aug) in Oxfordshire with Björk, Ben Howard, Parliament, Funkadelic, George Clinton, Nils Frahm, Nick Mulvey, Roisin Murphy, Caravan Palace, Hercules and Love Affair and just added, Perfume Genius, Rhodes and more - on sale now.
Bloodstock (6th - 9th Aug) in Derbyshire with Rob Zombie, Overkill, Ensiferum, Within Temptation, Sepultura, Opeth, Cannibal Corpse, Belphegor, 1349, Orange Goblin and more. Early bird tickets cost £120 for the weekend.
Rebellion Festival (6th - 9th Aug) returns to Blackpool with The Boomtown Rats, The Damned, Sham 69 [Jimmy Pursey], Buzzcocks, Chelsea, Subhumans, The Rezillos, UK Subs, Misfits, Neville Staple, Sweet, Hugh Cornwell, The Business, Culture Shock, The Restarts, Special Duties, Menace, King Prawn, Citizen Fish, Ferocious Dog, Argy Bargy, Crashed Out, Gimp Fist, The Roughneck Riot, The Ramonas, Partisans, Drongos For Europe, Splodgenessabounds, The Relatives and more. Tickets cost £140 for the whole event.
Rewind Festival North
Rewind Festival North (7th - 9th Aug) in Cheshire with Bananarama, OMD, Heather Small, Soul II Soul, Howard Jones, The Human League, ABC, The Selecter, Imagination featuring Leee John, The Boomtown Rats, Leee John, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Belinda Carlisle, Kim Wilde, Wang Chung, Jimmy Somerville - tickets available.
Forgotten Fields (7th - 9th Aug) in Kent with Basement Jaxx, Super Furry Animals, Public Service Broadcasting, The Horrors, Razorlight, Levellers, British Sea Power, Riding the Low, Augustines, Beans On Toast, Hatcham Social, Keston Cobblers' Club, Too Many T's - tickets available.
Deadbolt Festival (8th Aug) in Greater Manchester with Napoleon, Leopards, Sworn to Oath, In Archives, High Hopes, Lock & Key, Crooks, Shields [hardcore], Heart of a Coward, Martyr Defiled, Carcer City - on sale now.
Brecon Jazz Festival
Brecon Jazz Festival (8th - 9th Aug) the Beacon (ouch!) of Welsh jazz festivals returns to Brecon with Martin Taylor, Courtney Pine, Sons of Kemet, Neil Cowley Trio, Julian Argüelles and more. Tickets available.
Visions Festival (8th Aug) returns for its third year, playing London venues with Camera Obscura, Holy F**k, Fat White Family, Blanck Mass, Jens Lekman, Hinds, Shamir, Son Lux, Peter Gordon, The Antlers, Ceremony, Girl Band, Merchandise, TOY, Peaking Lights, Gazelle Twin, Luke Abbott and more.
Glass Butter Beach
Glass Butter Beach (12th - 15th Aug) in Gwynedd with Kosheen, Everlast, Professor Green, Less Than Jake, Rag N Bone Man, Mallory Knox, Charlotte Campbell, Goldierocks, Bondax, Tim Lyall - tickets available now.
Hevy Fest (13th - 16th Aug) back for another three days of metal at Port Lymne in Kent with The Dillinger Escape Plan, Monuments, Vales, Grader, Up Diver, ((OHMS)), Collisions and more. Tickets available.
BoomTown Fair (13th - 16th Aug) has announced its first swathe of dance acts at Matterley Estate - DSTRKT 5 will host Squarepusher, Metalheadz, Noisia, Surgeon, Mr Scruff, Spor, Deekline, Luke Vibert and more - on sale now. Expect more announcements in the coming weeks!
Make a Scene Festival
Belsonic (15th - 26th Aug) in Antrim with Stereophonics, Paloma Faith, Rudimental, Duke Dumont, Bastille, All Time Low, Echosmith, Twenty One Pilots, Above & Beyond, The Coronas - tickets on sale now.
Meltdown Festival (17th - 30th Aug) in London with Frànçois and the Atlas Mountains, Young Marble Giants, Zun Zun Egui, Sunn O, Gob Squad, Bianca Casady, Benjamin Clementine, Anna Calvi, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Estrella Morente, Matthew Herbert - tickets now.
Green Man Festival
Green Man Festival (20th - 24th Aug) in Powys with Father John Misty, St. Vincent, Hot Chip, Mew, The Fall, Hookworms, The Staves, Sun Ra Arkestra, Calexico, Matthew E. White, Charles Bradley, Courtney Barnett, Shovels and Rope, Goat - on sale now.
V Festival (21st - 23rd Aug) in Essex and Staffordshire. The 2015 line-up includes the recently-announced Mark Ronson - DJ Set, Scouting for Girls, Aston Merrygold, Maverick Sabre, Tove Lo plus Calvin Harris, Stereophonics, Kasabian, Sam Smith, Paloma Faith, Tom Jones, The Script, Ella Eyre, George Ezra, Kodaline, Jessie Ware, Labrinth, Duke Dumont, Olly Murs, Ellie Goulding, Marina and the Diamonds, Imelda May, The Kooks, Grandmaster Flash, The Proclaimers, Hozier, Clean Bandit, Hannah Wants, Ella Henderson, Nero, Annie Mac, The Courteeners, Reverend and the Makers, Fuse ODG, Jess Glynne, CHVRCHES, Gregory Porter, Andy C and more. Comedy for 2015 comes from Frankie Boyle, Gary Delaney, Russell Kane, Shappi Khorsandi, Nick Helm and more.
Flashback Festival (21st - 22nd Aug) in Nottinghamshire's Clumber Park. The 2015 event is dubbed "'70s Vs '80s" with Sister Sledge, Boney M, The Real Thing, Hot Chocolate, Odyssey and more representing the '70s and The Human League, Marc Almond, Jason Donovan, Five Star, Toyah and The Doctor (from Dr and the Medics) representing the '80s. Tickets available.
Reading Festival (27th - 30th Aug) 2015 includes recently-announced alternative stage entertainment from George the-Poet, Wiley, Jackmaster, Novelist, Milton Jones, Rob Delaney, Russell Kane, Katherine Ryan and more. Headliners are The Libertines, Mumford and Sons and Metallica, plus Alexisonfire, Limp Bizkit, Frank Turner, Kendrick Lamar, The Wombats, Mastodon, Ash, All Time Low, Bring Me The Horizon, The Maccabees, Lethal Bizzle, Knife Party - all joining Bastille, Royal Blood, Deadmau5, Rebel Sound (Chase and Status + MC Rage, David Rodigan + Shy FX), Catfish and the Bottlemen, Years & Years, Wolf Alice, Hannah Wants, Jack Garratt and Pretty Vicious, joining Jamie T, Pierce the Veil, Run the Jewels, Manchester Orchestra,Simple Plan, Alvvays, Radkey, BANKS, Frnkiero, Ratking, The Menzingers, Gojira, The Bulletproof Bomb, My Nu Leng, Circa Waves, San Fermin, Darlia, Slaves and more.
Leeds Festival (27th - 30th Aug) 2015 includes recently-announced alternative stage entertainment from George the-Poet, Jaguar Skills, Wiley, Jackmaster, Novelist, Milton Jones, Rob Delaney, Russell Kane, Katherine Ryan and more. Headliners are The Libertines, Mumford and Sons and Metallica, plus Alexisonfire, Limp Bizkit, Frank Turner, Kendrick Lamar, The Wombats, Mastodon, Ash, All Time Low, Bring Me The Horizon, The Maccabees, Lethal Bizzle, Knife Party - all joining Bastille, Royal Blood, Deadmau5, Rebel Sound (Chase and Status + MC Rage, David Rodigan + Shy FX), Catfish and the Bottlemen, Years & Years, Wolf Alice, Hannah Wants, Jack Garratt and Pretty Vicious, joining Jamie T, Pierce the Veil, Run the Jewels, Manchester Orchestra,Simple Plan, Alvvays, Radkey, BANKS, Frnkiero, Ratking, The Menzingers, Gojira, The Bulletproof Bomb, My Nu Leng, Circa Waves, San Fermin, Darlia, Slaves and more.
Creamfields (28th - 30th Aug) returns once again to the Daresbury Estate in Warrington with a line-up sure to please (but yet to be announced). The 2014 event featured AVICII, Deadmau5, Calvin Harris, Armin van Buuren, Fatboy Slim, Steve Angello, Eric Prydz, Tiësto, Annie Mac, Alesso, Above & Beyond, Laidback Luke, Paul Van Dyk, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and more.
The Big Feastival
The Big Feastival (28th - 30th Aug) Early-bird tickets now available for next year's Big Feastival in Oxfordshire. The 2014 festival featured music from Fatboy Slim, Jamie Cullum, Kelis, Norman Jay, Stornoway, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, Jack Savoretti and more.
South West Four
South West Four (29th - 30th Aug) in London with Faithless, Fatboy Slim, Eric Prydz, Dubfire, Pete Tong, Hannah Wants, Gorgon City, Green Velvet, Fritz Kalkbrenner and more for the Saturday, with Skrillex, Sub Focus, John Digweed, Wilkinson, Marco Carola, Maya Jane Coles and more for the Sunday. Tickets on sale now.
Festival No.6 (3rd - 6th Sep) Back for its fourth year, Festival No. 6, set in the beautiful Portmeirion will feature Grace Jones, Everything Everything, Mark Ronson, Metronomy, Green Gartside, Hookworms, Jez Kerr, Dutch Uncles, David Gedge, Belle and Sebastian, James Bay, Badly Drawn Boy("The Hour of Bewilderbeast" anniversary set), Stornoway, King Creosote, 808 State, The Bohicas, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Ghostpoet, The 2 Bears, Andrew Weatherall, DJ Harvey, Rae Morris, Kate Tempest, Young Fathers, Optimo, The Orielles, Joe Duddell, frYars, Novella, Jane Weaver, Bicep, Grasscut, Emma Tricca and more.
Moseley Folk Festival
Moseley Folk Festival (4th - 6th Sep) in West Midlands with The Unthanks, Idlewild, The Monkees, Spiritualized, Gaz Coombes, Polyphonic Spree, Du Blonde, Goodnight Lenin, Dawes, Anna Calvi, John Smith - tickets available.
Weyfest (4th - 6th Sep) in Surrey with Level 42, Roachford, Paul Carrack, The Waterboys, Andy Fairweather Low, Mungo Jerry, The Quireboys, Deborah Bonham, The Christians, The Troggs, Honey Ryder, Nazareth, Ward Thomas, Leatherat - tickets available
Lindisfarne Festival (4th - 6th Sep) New for 2015 and staged at Northumberland's Holy Island, featuring Reverend and the Makers, Public Service Broadcasting, DJ Craig Charles, The Skints, DJ Yoda, Adamski, Frankie and the Heartstrings, Nadine Shah, Jackie Oates, Sean Taylor, Shields [Newcastle], JFB, Smoove and Turrell, The Lake Poets, The Baghdaddies, Johnny Dickinson and more. Tickets cost £50 for Saturday with camping or £78 for the whole weekend with camping.
Bingley Music Live
Bingley Music Live (4th - 6th Sep) the 2015 event will need to go some to trump 2014's line-up of Pet Shop Boys, Example, Shed Seven, MNEK, Gaz Coombes, Chloe Howl and more. Tickets now on sale.
Together The People
Together The People (5th - 6th Sep) near Brighton with Super Furry Animals, Public Service Broadcasting, Roots Manuva, Lucy Rose, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Ghostpoet, Brakes, George the-Poet, Lucy Spraggan, Dizraeli, The Xcerts, Scott Matthews and more. Tickets available.
Bestival (10th - 13th Sep) The massive 2015 line-up includes Chemical Brothers, Missy Elliot, Duran Duran, Underworld, The Jacksons, Level 42, Jamie XX, Duke Dumont, Flying Lotus, Norman Jay, Shura, Jungle, Gorgon City, Madlib, Future Islands, Tame Impala, Cymande, Roisin Murphy, Fat White Family, Wookie, Flight Facilities, POND [Aus], Benji B, Action Bronson, Rae Morris, Snap!, Kate Tempest, Boy Better Know, Todd Terje, Young Fathers, David Rodigan, Little Dragon, The Cuban Brothers, The Jungle Brothers, Jurassic 5, Arthur Brown, Sleaford Mods, Uncle Dugs, Slaves, Jackmaster, Guy Gerber, The Heatwave and many more!
OnBlackheath (12th - 13th Sep) returns to Blackheath Common in south east London for its second year with a line-up that includes Elbow, Madness, Manic Street Preachers, Kelis, Laura Mvula, Anna Calvi, Dynamo presents "House of Mystery" and more. Tickets on sale now
BBC Proms in the Park
and the recently-added Caro Emerald and The Mavericks, hosted by Terry Wogan.
Greenwich Comedy Festival
Greenwich Comedy Festival (16th - 20th Sep) back for another year of mirth and merriment, featuring Stephen K Amos, Richard Herring, Reginald D Hunter, David O'Doherty, Jerry Sadowitz, Mark Thomas, Henning Wehn, Mark Watson, Rich Hall, Ed Byrne, James Acaster, Felicity Ward, Kevin Eldon, Adam Buxton, Tom Stade, Tim Key, Holly Walsh, Seann Walsh, Andrew Maxwell, Paul Foot, Bridget Christie, Pete Firman, Aisling Bea, Ed Gamble, Ivo Graham, Sara Pascoe, John Robins, Elis James, Jarred Christmas and more.
Radio Times Festival
Radio Times Festival (24th - 27th Sep) in London with Sir David Attenborough, David Walliams, Peter Capaldi, Bruce Forsyth, Andrew Marr, Dom Joly, Tony Parsons, Omid Djalili, Annie Nightingale, Paul Hollywood, Russell Grant, Anthony Horowitz, Melvyn Bragg, Julian Clary, Mark Watson, Gyles Brandreth, Edith Bowman - tickets available
Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia
Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia (25th - 26th Sep) in Merseyside with Spiritualized, Menace Beach, Blanck Mass, Hookworms, Zun Zun Egui, Young Knives, Dengue Fever, Destruction Unit, Jacco Gardner, Jane Weaver, K-X-P, No Joy, Factory Floor, The Heads - tickets available.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ibiza Rocks (17th Jun - 16th Sep) to feature an opening party with Years and Years, a closing party with The Courteeners, a special 10th birhday event with The Libertines, plus gigs for Fatboy Slim, Clean Bandit, Jungle, Sigma and more.
Bilbao BBK Live
Bilbao BBK Live (9th - 11th Jul) Once again, Bilbao will resonate to the sound of music, which for 2015 - the 10th anniversary - will come from headliners Muse - currently working on their new album plus The Jesus & Mary Chain, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Counting Crows, Future Islands, The Cat Empire, Kodaline, Shaka Ponk, The Ting Tings and many more. Limited early-bird tickets cost £82 for the three days with camping or £76 without.
NOS Alive (9th - 11th Jul) in Lisbon - formerly known as "Optimus Alive", the 2015 event will feature Muse, Alt-J and many more. Tickets cost £44.50 for Thurs - Sat day tickets or £88 for three-day tickets.
Electric Elephant (9th Jul - 13th Jul) in Croatia has announced headliners The 2 Bears, DJ Harvey, Todd Terry plus Derrick Carter Does Disco, Lindstrom, David August, Bicep, Prins Thomas, A Guy Called Gerald, Gerd Janson, Prosumer, Horse Meat Disco, Beyond The Wizards Sleeve with Erol Alkan and Richard Norris, plus many more. Tickets available
Benicàssim (16th - 19th Jul) The major Barcelona music festival based in Benicasim is back. 2015 line-up to be announced shortly. Tickets available.
Super Bock Super Rock
Super Bock Super Rock (16th - 18th Jul) in Lisbon with Sting, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Florence and the Machine, Blur, FFS, The Vaccines, Bombay Bicycle Club, Crystal Fighters, dEUS, Milky Chance, SBTRKT and many more. Tickets available.