2014/15 Festival Guide - a round-up of UK, Ireland and International festivals
Recently updated: Bloodstock, Reading Festival and Leeds Festival, Field Day, Isle of Wight Festival, Acoustic Festival of Britain, Bilbao BBK Live, Celtic Connections, Liverpool SoundCity, North West Calling and more
The 2014 summer festival season is now at a close, but autumn still has a few outdoor festivals and winter heralds the move indoors until spring shows its face in 2015! Already, the overseas music festivals are the first out of the blocks with initial line-ups confirmed.
Feast your eyes below and grab tickets (including the many early-birds available for a limited time) while you can.
All prices are exclusive of booking fees.
Drill : Brighton
Drill : Brighton (4th - 7th Dec 2014) New for 2014 and featuring Wire, Swans, Savages, TOY, Courtney Barnett, The Wytches, Mono (Japan), East India Youth, Telegram, Gold Panda, Grumbling Fur, Samaris, Claudio Simonetti's Goblin Perform Suspiria, Ulrich Schnauss, The Physics House Band, God Damn, Damo Suzuki and more across multiple Brighton venues. Early bird tickets cost £60.
The Great British Folk Festival
The Great British Folk Festival (5th - 8th Dec) in Skegness with Bellowhead, Home Service, Martin Barre, Justin Currie, Eddi Reader, Steve Cradock, Gordon Giltrap, Merrymouth, The Full English, Bella Hardy, The Young 'Uns [UK], The Hut People and more
Planet Rockstock (5th - 7th Dec) in Bridgend for its third year, with the 2014 event boasting Glenn Hughes, The Treatment, Down 'n Outz, Michael Schenker, The Graveltones, Vandenbergs Moonkings, Touchstone, Magnum, Purson, Skam, Joanne Shaw Taylor and more.
C2C: Country to Country
C2C: Country to Country (7th & 8th Mar) to feature Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Brandy Clark, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert and Kip Moore in the UK at London's O2 Arena and Ireland at the Dublin's 3arena in March 2015. Tickets on sale now.
Resistanz Festival (3rd - 5th Apr 2015) The annual Industrial/ EBM festival will take place in Sheffield once again in April. Tickets now on sale.
Impericon Festival (4th May 2015) Early-bird tickets now on sale for Manchester's annual Impericon Festival. The 2015 line-up is to be announced, 2014 featured Bury Tomorrow, Terror, Deez Nuts, Stick To Your Guns, Breakdown Of Sanity and Demoraliser. Tickets cost £27 + fees.
The Great Escape
The Great Escape (14th - 16th May 2015) Brighton's annual multi-venue extravaganza will take over Brighton in May 2015, with a line-up to be confirmed soon. Tickets available.
Let's Rock the Moor
North West Calling
North West Calling (16th May) Back once again at Manchester's Ritz, the 2015 punk festival will include The Exploited, Angelic Upstarts, UK Subs, GBH, Dirt Box Disco, Chelsea, Control, Ed Banger & The Nosebleeds, Middle Finger Salute and Super Fast Girlie Show. Tickets cost £26.
Bearded Theory Festival
Bearded Theory Festival (21st - 24th May 2015) Dominates proceedings once again in Derbyshire this May. The 2014 festival featured Peter Hook & The Light, Oysterband, Fishbone, 3 Daft Monkeys, Membranes, King Prawn, Anti-Vigilante and more, Tickets now on sale.
Dot to Dot
Dot to Dot (22nd - 24th May) returns to Manchester, Bristol and Nottinghamshire this spring. Line-up announcement expected soon! Limited early-bird tickets cost £20.
Liverpool SoundCity (22nd - 24th May 2015) has announced a brand new location for 2015 - the historic Bramley Moore Dock. Headliners for 2015 include Belle and Sebastian with more to be announced. Day tickets, 3 day tickets and VIP tickets are available from £30 per day, £50 for 3 days and £45/ £65 for VIP day/ 3 day tickets.
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.
Camden Rocks (30th May) the annual all-dayer returns to Camden venues on 30th May. The 2014 festival featured The Subways, Reverend and the Makers, The Blackout, Ginger Wildheart, Hacktivist, Orange Goblin and more. The 205 line-up is to be announced. Limited early-bird tickets cost just £20.
Let's Rock Bristol
Let's Rock Bristol (5th - 7th Jun) in Bristol with From the Jam, Big Country, Howard Jones, Go West, ABC, The South, The Boomtown Rats, Rick Astley, Billy Ocean, Sister Sledge, Aswad, The Beat, Odyssey, The Real Thing, Chas and Dave, China Crisis, Nick Heyward, Dr and the Medics, Betty Boo, Roland Gift, Hot Chocolate, Jimmy Somerville, Five Star, Modern Romance plus more. Tickets on sale now.
Field Day (6th - 7th Jun) returns to London in June with the recently-reformed Ride, plus Caribou, Patti Smith (performing 'Horses'), DIIV, Outfit, Ducktails, Django Django, Chet Faker, Madlib, Kindness, Ten Walls, Owen Pallett, Clark , Nina Kraviz and more.Limited early-bird tickets cost £38.50 for Sunday tickets (Ride, Patti Smith, DIIV etc), £49.50 for Saturday tickets (Caribou, Django Django, Chet Faker etc) or £78 for both days.
Isle of Wight Festival
Isle of Wight Festival (11th - 14th Jun) The iconic festival returns with a 2015 line-up to be announced. 2014 featured Biffy Clyro, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kings Of Leon, Travis, Clean Bandit, The Specials, John Newman, Calvin Harris and more. Early-bird tickets now on sale.
Download (12th - 15th Jun) in Donington, Derbyshire with Muse, Slipknot, KISS, Judas Priest, Faith No More, Slash, Mötley Crüe, Marilyn Manson, Enter Shikari, A Day To Remember, Black Stone Cherry, Five Finger Death Punch and more to be announced. Tickets on sale now.
Acoustic Festival of Britain
Acoustic Festival of Britain (19th - 21st Jun) returns to Uttoxeter Racecourse in Staffordshire, featuring Big Country, Paul Carrack, Show of Hands, Moulettes, Nell Bryden, Adrian Nation. Tickets available.
Let's Rock Leeds
Glastonbury (24th - 28th Jun) Back once again and aiming to please fans young-and-old alike. Tickets for the 2015 event are now sold out, but there will be a small number of tickets available in the spring resale.
Love Supreme Jazz Festival
Love Supreme Jazz Festival (3rd - 5th Jul 2015) 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.
Let's Rock Exeter
Let's Rock Exeter! (4th Jul) in Devon with Bananarama, Nik Kershaw, Howard Jones, Go West, Midge Ure, ABC, Billy Ocean, The Real Thing, Nick Heyward, Dr and the Medics, Sonia, Five Star plus more. Tickets on sale now.
NASS Festival (10th - 12th Jul 2015) Bath will once again reverberate to the sounds of live bands and sports fans. 2014 featured Jon Hopkins, Joel Compass, Albert Hammond, Jr, Kelis, Ella Eyre, Example and more. Will 2015 trump that?
Let's Rock Southampton
Let's Rock Southampton! (11th Jul) in Hampshire with Heaven 17, Alexander O'Neal, Nik Kershaw, T'Pau, Midge Ure, Rick Astley, The Beat, Odyssey, Betty Boo, Samantha Fox, Hot Chocolate, Jimmy Somerville, Five Star, Boney M plus more. Tickets on sale now.
Latitude (16th - 19th Jul 2015) returns to Suffolk with a 2015 line-up TBC. 2014 featured Damon Albarn, Röyksopp & Robyn, Haim, Two Door Cinema Club, Billy Bragg, Booker T. Jones and more. Tickets now on sale
Wilderness (6th - 9th Aug 2015) 2014's festival in Oxfordshire featured London Grammar, Burt Bacharach, Metronomy, Sam Smith, Gregory Porter and more. Early bird tickets now available for the 2015 event.
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.
Reading Festival (27th - 30th Aug 2015) The line-up for 2015 includes Metallica, Jamie T, Pierce the Veil, Wilkinson, Refused, Run the Jewels, Manchester Orchestra and more. Tickets cost £205 for the weekend.
Leeds Festival (27th - 30th Aug 2015) The line-up for 2015 includes Metallica, Jamie T, Pierce the Veil, Wilkinson, Refused, Run the Jewels, Manchester Orchestra and more. Tickets cost £205 for the weekend.
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 2015) 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.
Bingley Music Live
Bingley Music Live (4th - 6th Sep 2015) 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.
Bestival (10th - 13th Sep 2015) Early bird tickets now available. The 2015 line-up is to be announced. 2014 featured Outkast, Chic, Foals, Beck, Disclosure, Basement Jaxx and more. From £180.
Primavera Sound (28th - 30th May) the Barcelona festival has opened its 2015 account with the announcement that the recently-reformed Ride will be on the line-up, playing their only Spanish date of 2015. Tickets cost €160 for the weekend.
NOS Primavera Sound
NOS Primavera Sound (4th - 6th Jun) in Porto, Portugal and formerly known as "Optimus Primavera Sound". The 2015 line-up is to be announced. 2014 featured Pixies, Neutral Milk Hotel, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Mogwai, John Grant, Pond, Slowdive, Dum Dum Girls, Kendrick Lamar, Darkside and more. Tier 2 early-bird tickets cost €90 for the weekend.
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 many more acts to be announced. 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.