2018 Festival Guide - a round-up of UK, Ireland and International festivals
Recently added or updated: Slam Dunk Festival, TRNSMT, Creamfields, Love Saves The Day, Download, APE Presents, Bearded Theory Festival, Ramblin' Man Fair, Forest Live, Barclaycard British Summer Time in Hyde Park, Stone Free Festival, Neighbourhood Festival, Live at Chelsea, All Points East, The Great Escape, Undercover Festival, Manchester Punk Festival and more
All prices are exclusive of booking fees.
For your convenience, we have also split our festival listings by size and type:
- Big Summer UK Festivals - the UK's biggest summer festivals
- Boutique Festivals
- Family-Friendly Festivals
- International Music Festivals
- 80s Festivals/ Tours
And also by genre:
Read on for the complete overview.
The Warehouse Project
The Warehouse Project (Dec until 1st Jan 2018) in Manchester's Warehouse Project sees-out the year in style with a number of shows until the closing party on 1st January. The New Year's Eve Party features Hannah Wants, Disciples, Bondax and more, with the NYD closing party featuring Bicep, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Daniel Avery, George Fitzgerald and many more. Other notable events include the Haçienda special on 30th December, featuring Danny Tenaglia, Todd Terry, Kevin Saunderson, A Guy Called Gerald, Peter Hook. The day before that sees the Kaluki special and Boxing Day sees Solardo, Skream and more in attendance.
Celtic Connections (21st Jan - 4th Feb) in Glasgow with Frank Turner, Shelby Lynne, Big Country, The Mavericks, Marnie, Le Vent du Nord, Charlie Straw, Mandolin Orange, Shawn Colvin, To Kill a King [UK], This Is The Kit, Trembling Bells, Sam Baker, Alessi's Ark, Michael McGoldrick, Manran, Doghouse Roses and more, priced from £10 to around £20.
C2C: Country to Country
C2C: Country to Country (9th - 11th Mar) taking place once again in London, Glasgow and Dublin, Country to Country will feature: Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Emmylou Harris, Tim McGraw, Kacey Musgraves, Kip Moore, Kelsea Ballerini, Margo Price, Old Dominion, Luke Combs and more across the three days. Tickets on sale now.
Wales Goes Pop!
Wales Goes Pop!(30th Mar - 1st Apr) in Cardiff over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Jeffrey Lewis and Los Bolts, Brix and the Extricated, Shonen Knife, Goat Girl, Sweet Baboo, Kero Kero Bonito and more. Weekend tickets cost £49, with day tickets on sale from January.
Undercover Festival (13th - 14th Apr) in Margate's Dreamland with Sham 69 [Jimmy Pursey], The Blockheads, Peter and the Test Tube Babies, XSLF, Roddy Radiation & The Skabilly Rebels, Eddie and the Hotrods, Sonic Boom Six, Kirk Brandon, Menace, Pussycat and the Dirty Johnsons, The Sex Pistols Experience and more.
Manchester Punk Festival
Manchester Punk Festival (19th - 21st Apr) in Manchester with Propagandhi, Wonk Unit, The Bennies, Mobina Galore, Darko, Antillectual, Svetlanas, Pizzatramp, Egos At The Door, Nervus, Wolfbeast Destroyer, Throwing Stuff, Captain Hotknives, Uniforms, Drones, Christmas, The Minor Discomfort Band, Forever Unclean, Natterers, Fresh, Regrethc, All Aboard!, Rotten Foxes, Incisions, The Lab Rats, Foxes Faux, Spoilers, Aerial Salad, Shankland and more.
Live at Leeds
Live at Leeds (5th May) in Yorkshire with The Horrors, Spring King, Circa Waves, Peace, British Sea Power, Anteros, Will Heard, Pale Waves, Tom Walker, Sam Fender, Lewis Capaldi, Blaenavon and more - tickets available.
The Great Escape
The Great Escape (17th - 19th May) in Brighton with the first fifty acts announced, including: Mansionair, Hunter and the Bear, The Orielles, Daniel OG, Joy Crookes, Promiseland [Aus], Dan Stock, Ten Tonnes, The Ninth Wave, Sam Fender, Jerry Williams, City Calm Down, King Nun, Aine Cahill and more.
Bearded Theory Festival
Bearded Theory Festival (24th - 27th May) in Derbyshire with Jimmy Cliff, Sleaford Mods, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Coral, Fun Lovin' Criminals, Sleeper, Lucy Spraggan, Ruts DC, Random Hand, UK Subs, Milburn, Show of Hands, Jesus Jones, Rews, Will Varley, The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican, Holy Moly And The Crackers, Jeramiah Ferrari, The Shimmer Band, The Everly Pregnant Brothers, Blue Rose Code, Millie Manders and many more to be announced. Tickets cost £115 for adult weekend camping, (£55 for teens, £28 for 11-and-unders, with under-5s going free).
All Points East
All Points East (25th May - 3rd Jun) Victoria Park will host the brand new festival, featuring The xx, LCD Soundsystem, Björk plus Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beck, Father John Misty, Flying Lotus, Phoenix, Lorde, Glass Animals, Richie Hawtin, Sampha, Popcaan, Lykke Li, Rex Orange County, Mashrou Leila, Dixon, Alexis Taylor, Sylvan Esso, George Fitzgerald and more across 10 dates. Tickets on sale now.
Neighbourhood Festival (26th and 27th May) in Cheshire with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, The Courteeners, Jake Bugg, Blossoms, Kodaline, Miles Kane, Editors, The Coral, Spring King, Circa Waves, The Pigeon Detectives, Reverend and the Makers, Starsailor, Tom Grennan, The Big Moon, DMA's, The Magic Gang, Sam Fender, Lewis Capaldi, Cabbage, Fickle Friends, Louis Berry, The Sherlocks and more. Tickets available, but selling fast!
Slam Dunk Festival
Slam Dunk Festival (26th - 28th May) - North, South and Midlands editions in Leeds, Hatfield and Birmingham, featuring Good Charlotte, Jimmy Eat World, Pvris, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, Taking Back Sunday, Sleeping with Sirens, State Champs, Thursday, Four Year Strong, Creeper, Every Time I Die, Real Friends, Knuckle Puck, Crown the Empire, Trash Boat and more. Tickets cost £49 for the day or £55 including the after-party.
Love Saves The Day
Love Saves The Day (26th - 27th May) in Bristol to feature headliners: Fatboy Slim (Saturday) and Sampha (Sunday), with hosts: Knee Deep in Sound, Artwork, Horse Meat Disco, Just Jack [club] and many more to be announced.
APE Presents (2nd/ 3rd Jun) in Victoria Park with The National, The War On Drugs, Future Islands, Warpaint, The Districts and more on Sat 2nd June. Sunday 3rd June to feature Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Patti Smith, St. Vincent, Courtney Barnett and more. Tickets from £59.95.
Acoustic Festival of Britain
Acoustic Festival of Britain (1st - 3rd Jun) in Staffordshire with Kosheen, Roddy Radiation, Chris Difford, Steve Harley, Ferocious Dog, Dan Walsh, The Urban Folk Quartet, Linda Lewis, The Outcast Band, Nick Welsh, Joe Broughton, Think Floyd and more - tickets available.
Forest Live (7th - 30th Jun) across UK forests, with Gary Barlow (Thetford and Delamere), The Script (Thetford and Westonbirt) and Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott with special guest Billy Bragg, playing Delamere, Thetford, Westonbirt Arboretum, Bedgebury Pinetum, Sherwood Pines, Dalby and Cannock Birches. Tickets from £33.50 - £47.50.
Download (8th - 10th Jun) in Derbyshire's Donington Park with head-liners: Guns N' Roses (Saturday), Avenged Sevenfold (Friday) and Ozzy Osbourne closing the festival on Sunday night, joined by Marilyn Manson, Body Count featuring Ice-T, Rise Against, Bullet for my Valentine, BABYMETAL, Neck Deep, Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria, Mayday Parade, Parkway Drive, Alexisonfire, The Hives, Dream State, In This Moment, Meshuggah, The Pink Slips, WSTR and more. Tickets available.
Live at Chelsea
Live at Chelsea (16th Jun) at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, with James Blunt and more to be announced. Tickets on sale now, from £35.
Stone Free Festival
Stone Free Festival (16th - 17th Jun) returns to the O2 Arena, featuring The Scorpions (headlining Saturday) with Megadeth and Yes (headlining Sunday) with Roger Hodgson, Joanne Shaw Taylor and many more to be announced. Tickets on sale now.
Love Supreme Festival
Love Supreme Festival (29th Jun - 1st Jul) back once again at Glynde Place in Lewes, East Sussex and on the back of a 2017 festival that boasted: The Jacksons, Gregory Porter, George Benson, Herbie Hancock, Kamasi Washington, BadBadNotGood, Corinne Bailey Rae and many more. 2018 line-up to be announced. Limited Super Early Bird tickets now on sale, from £119 for weekend camping with many other options available.
TRNSMT (29th Jun - 7th Jul) returns to Glasgow with Stereophonics (29th), Liam Gallagher (30th), plus The Courteeners, The Script, Jessie J, Wolf Alice, James Bay, Kodaline, J Hus, Krept & Konan, across various dates. Tickets available, costing just £59.50 per day.
Ramblin' Man Fair
Barclaycard British Summer Time in Hyde Park
Barclaycard British Summer Time in Hyde Park (Jun/ Jul) in London's Hyde Park with the recently-announced Eric Clapton playing Sunday 8th July with Santana, Steve Winwood and Gary Clark Jr. (Tickets on sale now). The festival also features Roger Waters playing a massive Us and Them gig on Friday 6th July, Michael Bublé playing Friday 13th July, Bruno Mars, Khalid and more on Saturday 14th July plus many more to be announced. Tickets available.
Community Festival (1st Jul) in London with The Vaccines, Two Door Cinema Club, You Me At Six, Circa Waves, Pale Waves, Tom Grennan, Sundara Karma, Rat Boy and more at Finsbury Park in North London. Tickets now.
Kew the Music
Kew the Music (11th - 15th Jul) in Kew Gardens has just added Boyzone and Steps, joining Gipsy Kings, Jools Holland and his Rhythm 'n Blues Orchestra and The Human League for 2018. Tickets on sale now.
Camp Bestival (26th - 29th Jul) in Dorset with Orbital, Simple Minds, Clean Bandit, Rick Astley, Shed Seven, Tokio Myers, DJ Billy Daniel Bunter, Huey Morgan, Fearne Cotton, Jane Weaver, Pop Will Eat Itself, The Skatalites, Jesus Jones, Stereo MCs, Declan McKenna, Doddleoddle, Jaguar Skills, The Cuban Brothers, Elvana and more. Tickets now available.
Rebellion Festival (2nd - 5th Aug) in Blackpool with Subhumans, Culture Shock [punk], The Defects, Newtown Neurotics, Los Fastidios, Citizen Fish, Paranoid Visions, Slice of Life, FILF, Svetlanas, Hands Off Gretel, Brassick, Wolf Bites Boy, A Heads, The Kut, Headstone Horrors, Revenge of the Psychotronic Man, Brassknuckle, No Thrills, Chaos 8, Turbulent Hearts, Face Up!, Manc Lads, Delinquents, Morgellons and more.
Bloodstock (9th - 12th Aug) returns to Catton Hall Park in Derbyshire with headliners Judas Priest, plus Nightwish, Gojira and more to be announced. Early-bird weekend tickets cost £125 for adults, £35 for kids (4 - 11), with other options available.
Creamfields (23rd - 26th Aug) in Cheshire with Carl Cox headlineing the Friday night and a massive cast of other stars to be announced across the bank holiday weekend. Tickets cost £69.50 for Saturday/ Sunday day-tickets, £139 for two day (non-camping), then £180, £200 or £220 for two three or four-night camping.
Festival No.6 (6th - 9th Sep) Portmeirion in North Wales will once again resonate to the sounds of sweet music, with The The being the first head-liners announced for 2018. Tickets on sale now.