2016 Festival Guide - a round-up of UK, Ireland and International festivals
Recently updated: Convergence, Isle of Wight Festival, Field Day, Download, Belladrum Festival, Bearded Theory Festival, Reading Festival, Leeds Festival, Slam Dunk Festival, Sounds of the City, Lovebox, Barclaycard British Summer Time in Hyde Park, Gate to Southwell Festival, C2C: Country to Country, Standon Calling, and more
The 2016 summer festival was a blast and with 2017 just around the corner you can do it all again, come the spring.
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The Warehouse Project
The Warehouse Project (23rd Sep - 1st Jan) in Greater Manchester with Fatboy Slim, Carl Craig, Skepta, Skream, Kenny Dope Gonzalez, Four Tet, Carl Cox, DJ Shadow, Disciples, Gorgon City, Hannah Wants, Green Velvet, Jeff Mills, Jon Hopkins, Moderat, DJ EZ, Andrew Weatherall, Richie Hawtin, DJ Marky [DnB], Plastician, Dubfire, Joy Orbison, Digital Mystikz, Laurent Garnier, Ninja Tune, MIA, Goldie, Bonobo, Autechre, Gilles Peterson and more, right up to the New Year.
Leicester Comedy Festival
Leicester Comedy Festival (10th - 26th Feb) featuring James Acaster, Joe Lycett, Mark Watson, Robin Ince, Kieran Hodgson, Dane Baptiste, Doug Segal, Iain Stirling, Matt Forde, Abi Roberts, Andy Askins, Tony Law, Holly Walsh, Carl Donnelly, Scott Capurro, Justin Moorhouse, Josh Howie, Andrew Lawrence, Simon Munnery, Steve Bugeja, Mark Simmons, Kate Lucas, Damian Clark, Fin Taylor, Bobby Mair, Angela Barnes, Adam Hess, John Kearns, Jen Brister, Ahir Shah, Tiffany Stevenson, Nathan Caton, Alfie Moore, John Robins, Hardeep Singh Kohli, Charlie Baker, Andrew Ryan and more.
C2C: Country to Country
C2C: Country to Country (10th - 12th Mar) returns once again to London, Dublin and Glasgow, playing the O2 Arena, 3Arena and SECC respectively with a line-up boasting: Zac Brown Band, Hunter Hayes, Jennifer Nettles, CAM, Brothers Osborne, Dan + Shay, Maren Morris, Chris Young [US], Darius Rucker, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Marty Stuart and more. Tickets on sale now.
Flamenco Festival London
Cardiff Punk Festival
Cardiff Punk Festival (1st Apr) in Glamorgan with Ruts DC, TV Smith, The Members, GBH, Angelic Upstarts, London Calling, Strawberry Blondes with more to come. Tickets available for this Tramshed-based festival.
Live at Leeds
Live at Leeds (29th Apr) featuring White Lies, Wild Beasts, Slaves, Jagwar Ma, The Pigeon Detectives, Let's Eat Grandma, Black Honey, The Magic Gang, JAWS, The Amazons, The Big Moon, Superfood, Teleman and more, across multiple Leeds venues.
Bearded Theory Festival
Bearded Theory Festival (25th - 28th May) The 2016 "Best Family Festival" UK Festival Awards-winner returns to Catton Hall Park in Derbyshire with Skunk Anansie, Slaves, The Selecter, Reverend and the Makers, Dreadzone, Goldblade, New Model Army, The Alarm, African Head Charge, Flight Brigade, The Sugarhill Gang and The Furious 5, Ferocious Dog, Jaya the Cat, Foy Vance, 3 Daft Monkeys and more. Weekend camping tickets available, costing £105 for adult, £55 for teenagers, £25 for children and free for 6-and-unders.
Slam Dunk Festival
Slam Dunk Festival (27th - 29th May) returns with North (Leeds), Midlands (Birmingham) and South (Hertfordshire) versions, featuring head-liner Enter Shikari celebrating 10 years of the album, "Take to the Skies", plus Don Broco, Bowling for Soup, We the Kings, Cute Is What We Aim For and more. Tickets on sale now.
Wychwood Festival (2nd - 4th Jun 2017) with a 2017 line-up to be announced. 2016 featured Peter Hook & The Light, Kate Rusby, From the Jam, Craig Charles, Matt Berry & The Maypoles and many more. Early-bird tickets now on sale, from £115 for adult weekend tickets, £100 for concessions, £55 for children (10 - 15 years) and other options available.
North West Calling
North West Calling (3rd Jun) in Manchester have already announced the line-up for 2017, which features The Toy Dolls, The Exploited, Angelic Upstarts, Peter and the Test Tube Babies, 999, The Outcasts, Fire Exit, Abrasive Wheels, Loaded 44 and more. Tickets cost £27.
Field Day (3rd) returns to Victoria Park in Hackney with Aphex Twin, Flying Lotus, Slowdive, Death Grips, Jon Hopkins, Moderat, Silver Apples, Julia Jacklin, Methyl Ethel, Whitney, mura masa, Kevin Morby, Forest Swords, King Sunny Adé, Marcel Dettmann, Nicolas Jaar, Omar Souleyman, HAELOS, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Flamingods, Nina Kraviz and more. Tickets available, costing £54.50 for second release tickets, rising to £59.50 once they've gone.
Isle of Wight Festival
Isle of Wight Festival (8th - 11th Jun) headliners: Arcade Fire (Saturday), Rod Stewart (Sunday) with many other artists to be announced. Tickets are now on sale, costing £175 for weekend tickets, £60 for Friday or £80 for Saturday/ Sunday day tickets.
Gate to Southwell Festival
Gate to Southwell Festival (8th - 11th Jun) Back for another year at Southwell Racecourse in Nottinghamshire, with a line-up boasting Kate Rusby, Jim Moray, Megson, Jon Boden, Chris Smither and more. Tickets available.
Download (9th - 11th Jun) in Derbyshire with head-liners System of a Down, Biffy Clyro and Aerosmith, plus the recently-formed Prophets of Rage (Chuck D/ RATM/ B-Real etc), Airbourne, Alter Bridge, Opeth, Mastodon, Coheed and Cambria, Sum 41, Five Finger Death Punch, AFI, Of Mice & Men, Fozzy, Rob Zombie, Sleeping with Sirens, Simple Plan, Every Time I Die, The Story So Far, Slayer, Motionless in White, The Dead Daisies, Pierce the Veil, Ministry, DevilDriver, Exodus, Good Charlotte, Knuckle Puck, Red Fang, Basement, Four Year Strong, WAKRAT (featuring Tim Commerford - Rage Against The Machine/ Audioslave), Clutch, The One Hundred, God Damn, ISSUES, Crown the Empire, Astroid Boys and more. Tickets available from £75 per day, £170 for the weekend.
Newark Festival (16th - 17th Jun) in Nottinghamshire with Ali Campbell's UB40, Level 42, The Wailers and more on '80s Saturday, plus Kazabian, Oasish, Stereotonics and more on Fake Friday. Tickets available.
Glastonbury (21st - 25th Jun) The mighty Glastonbury returns for 2017 with a line-up to be announced. 2016 featured Muse, Adele, Coldplay, Foals, Underworld, Beck, LCD Soundsystem, PJ Harvey, Jeff Lynne's ELO and many more. Tickets are now Sold Out, but note that there will be a limited number of tickets available as usual in the spring. Note: you can also gain access by volunteering as a steward for Oxfjam. More info: www.oxfam.org.uk/stewarding
Sounds of the City
Sounds of the City (30th Jun - 8th Jul) back for its second year, the Manchester festival will feature James, Richard Ashcroft, Levellers (with The Waterboys), Hacienda Classical (limited tickets), Blossoms (with The Coral) and more. Tickets on sale now.
Love Supreme Festival
Love Supreme Festival (30th Jun - 2nd Jul 2017) Returning to Lewes for more jazzy and soulful vibes in 2017, is Love Supreme with headliner George Benson and more to be anounced. Limited early-bird tickets now on sale.
Barclaycard British Summer Time in Hyde Park
Barclaycard British Summer Time in Hyde Park (30th Jun - 6th Jul) Phil Collins will play Hyde Park on Friday 30th June, with Green Day playing the following day as part of their Revolution Radio Tour. Kings Of Leon play Thursday 6th July with Pixies, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and more. Tickets on sale now. More acts to be announced.
T in the Park
T in the Park will be taking a break in 2017, after relocating to Strathalan from Balado in 2016. Read the official statement here: www.tinthepark.com
Lovebox (14th - 15th Jul) returns to Victoria Park in Hackney with the first head-liner announced as Frank Ocean, playing a London exclusive. Early-bird tickets are now on sale, costing £85 for both days or £54.50 for Friday, £49.50 for Saturday.
Standon Calling (27th - 30th Jul) in Hertfordshire. Back for another year, Standon Calling in 2016 featured Suede, Jess Glynne, Kelis, The Hives, Everything Everything, Ghostpoet and more. The line-up for 2017 is to be announced. Tickets on sale Wednesday 1st November 2017 at 9am.
Live From Times Square
Belladrum Festival (3rd - 5th Aug) the Tartan Heart festival of the Highlands will feature Franz Ferdinand, KT Tunstall, Sister Sledge and many more. Tickets available, costing £82 for Saturday, £117/ £142 for two/ three-day camping tickets. Free entry for 12-and-unders.
V Festival (18th - 20th Aug 2017) Chelmsford and Stafford sees the return of V Festival once again, after celebrating its 21st birthday in 2016 with Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Sia, David Guetta and more. The 2017 line-up is to be announced. An initial batch of early-birds is now sold out - general on-sale to come.
Reading Festival (25th - 27th Aug) features head-liners Muse, plus Bastille, Major Lazer, While She Sleeps, Architects, Danny Brown, At the Drive-In, Tory Lanez, Andy C, Glass Animals and more. Tickets available, costing £205 for the weekend.
Leeds Festival (25th - 27th Aug) features head-liners Muse, plus Bastille, Major Lazer, While She Sleeps, Architects, Danny Brown, At the Drive-In, Tory Lanez, Andy C, Glass Animals and more. Tickets available, costing £205 for the weekend.