2016 Festival Guide - a round-up of UK, Ireland and International festivals
Recently updated: Wychwood Festival, V Festival, Liverpool Music Week, Metropolis Festival, The Warehouse Project, Always The Sun, Afropunk Festival, Beautiful Days, Bingley Music Live, Benicàssim, Loopallu, Mirrors Festival, OnRoundhay and more
The 2016 summer festival season is now in full swing, with Glasto, Reading/ Leeds, V Festival, Isle of Wight, Wireless, T in the Park and more now behind us, but with many gems awaiting you for autumn and beyond. Book now to avoid disappointment!
All prices are exclusive of booking fees.
Festival No.6 (1st - 4th Sep) in Gwynedd with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Echo and the Bunnymen, Roisin Murphy, Hot Chip, Andrew Weatherall, Django Django, Roots Manuva, Frances, Aurora, Oscar, Blossoms, Gwenno, Oh Wonder, Optimo, J.P. Cooper - weekend tickets available
Moseley Folk Festival
Moseley Folk Festival (2nd - 4th Sep) in West Midlands with Levellers, Billy Bragg, The Coral, The Proclaimers, Sam Beam, Holly MacVe, Jacqui McShee's Pentangle, Oysterband, Galleon Blast, Songhoy Blues, Laura Gibson, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Treetop Flyers, Jesca Hoop, Steve Tilston, The Jayhawks, Dawn Landes, Phosphorescent - tickets available
Bingley Music Live
Bingley Music Live (2nd - 4th Sep) in Yorkshire with Tinie Tempah, Echo and the Bunnymen, Travis, We Are Scientists, Sigma, Bill Ryder-Jones, Black Grape, Barenaked Ladies, The Lightning Seeds, The Ordinary Boys, Hidden Charms, Clean Cut Kid - tickets on sale
Sundown Festival (2nd - 4th Sep) returns to Norfolk Showground with headliners Jason Derülo and Chase and Status, plus Jess Glynne, Kano, Dizzee Rascal, Years and Years, Krept & Konan, Wilkinson, Goldie, Fleur East, Jaguar Skills, David Rodigan, DJ Zinc, DJ S.K.T, My Nu Leng, DJ Redlight, Riva Starr and more. Tickets available.
The 1234 Festival
The 1234 Festival (3rd Sep) in London with The Cribs, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Spector, Gang of Four, Carl Barât and the Jackals, Telegram, Milk Teeth, D/R/U/G/S, Bo Ningen, The Wytches, PINS, TOY, No Joy, The Lucid Dream and more. Tickets cost £43.75.
Together the People
Together the People (3rd & 4th Sep) in Sussex with Brian Wilson (Pet Sounds), Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Peter Hook and the Light, Suede, Gaz Coombes, The Horrors, Turin Brakes, B. Dolan, M Ward, Songhoy Blues, Sage Francis, Natty, Chris T-T, Seratones, Skinny Living, Fickle Friends, Max Jury, Hiatus Kaiyote and many more music acts. Kids' entertainment takes the shape of Aliens Love Underpants and LazyTown Live!. Tickets available, costing £55 for Saturday tickets or £95 for the weekend.
Electric Picnic (4th Sep) in Laois, Ireland with an impressive festival-friendly line-up that includes Florence and the Machine, Manic Street Preachers, Grace Jones, Underworld, FKA Twigs, CHVRCHES, Jon Hopkins, Tame Impala etc..
Bestival (8th - 11th Sep) On the Isle of Wight, featuring recently-added
Wiz Khalifa and Sean Paul (Hip Hop Meets Dancehall Meets Uptown), plus Glass Animals and Crystal Fighters, joining Leftfield, DJ Billy Daniel Bunter, DJ Slipmatt, HONNE, Too Many T's, The Twilight Sad, DJ Zinc, Anne-Marie, Oh Wonder, Goldierocks plus The Cure, Major Lazer, Hot Chip, Wolf Alice, Ghostpoet, Animal Collective, The Human League, Ride, Bastille, Richie Hawtin, Wiley, Camo & Krooked, Hospitality and many more. Tickets available.
The Social (9th - 10th Sep) in Kent with John Digweed, Sasha, Carl Cox, Solomun, Andrew Weatherall, Dubfire, Laurent Garnier, Patrick Topping, Richy Ahmed, Hot Since 82, Paul Kalkbrenner, Nic Fanciulli, Eats Everything, Mark Fanciulli, Loco Dice, Guy Gerber - tickets available.
Lockdown Festival (9th - 11th Sep) New for 2016 and based at Powderham Castle in Exeter, Lockdown will feature Rudimental (DJ set), Tinie Tempah, Katy B, Netsky, Sigma, Wilkinson, Calyx & TeeBee, Krept & Konan, Sub Focus, Yungen, Shift K3y, Charlie Sloth, Loadstar, Noisia, DJ Friction, Andy C, Lisa Maffia, Rudimental - DJ set, Camo & Krooked, MC Romeo [So Solid Crew], DJ Luck and MC Neat and more. Tickets cost £45 for Saturday or Sunday, £80 for the whole weekend without camping (£110 with camping) and many other options.
Always The Sun
Always The Sun (10th - 11th Sep) in Guildford, Surrey with Turin Brakes, Spring King, Mystery Jets, Hugh Cornwell, Kagoule, Dub Pistols, The Amazons, The Big Moon and more at this family festival with arts, food and music.
BBC Proms in the Park
BBC Proms in the Park (10th Sep) in Hyde Park hosted by Michael Ball, with All Saints, Tim Minchin and the cast of Matilda the Musical, Juan Diego Florez, Sir James Galway, Royal Choral Society, The BBC Concert OrchestraThe Feeling and Rick Astley. Tickets cost £40.
BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park
OnRoundhay (17th Sep) new for 2016 at Roundhay Park in Leeds, featuring food and music from James, Primal Scream, Wolf Alice, Max Jury, The Haggis Horns and more. Tickets cost £45 for adults, or £100 for two adults and two children.
Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia
Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia (23rd & 24th Sep) in Liverpool venues, with Super Furry Animals, The Horrors, Silver Apples, Acid Mothers Temple, The Moonlandingz, La Luz, Eagulls, Dungen, Gwenno, The Wytches, Flamingods, Demdike Stare, The Lucid Dream and many more. Tickets cost £40 per day, early-birds now sold out.
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.
Afropunk Festival (24th Sep) For the first time in the UK, the festival takes place at Alexandra Palace in London with a line-up including: Grace Jones (replaces MIA) and Laura Mvula, Noisettes, MNEK, Loyle Carner, Lady Leshurr just added, joining SZA, Benjamin Booker, Word Sound Power (Akala, Dreadzone and Don Letts), Benjamin Booker}, GAIKA, Ho99o9, Purple Ferdinand, Cakes Da Killa, Vodun, Youth Man, Soulection, NTS Radio and more. Tickets available.
By The Sea Festival
By The Sea Festival (30th Sep - 1st Oct) takes over Dreamland in Margate once again with a line-up boasting Super Furry Animals, Wild Beasts, Jagwar Ma, Bill Ryder-Jones, Mystery Jets, Anna Meredith, Meilyr Jones, Ibibio Sound Machine, Joe Goddard [Hot Chip] - DJ Set and more. Tickets on sale now, from £67.50 (early-birds now sold out).
Loopallu (30th Sep - 1st Oct) in the West Highlands of Scotland with Feeder, The Wonder Stuff, Lucy Spraggan, The Selecter, Galleon Blast, Hunter and the Bear, Eliza and the Bear, Manran and more - tickets available.
Twisterella (8th Oct) in Yorkshire with Menace Beach, Sweet Baboo, Black Honey, Prides, Happyness, Jake Isaac, Sivu, Eliza and the Bear, Weird Shapes, That F**king Tank, Stanley Odd, Woodenbox, Brontide, The Hosts and more - tickets available.
Neighbourhood Festival (8th Oct) takes over Manchester venues for its launch, with Twin Atlantic, Lonely the Brave, Kate Nash, Ady Suleiman, All Tvvins, AIRWAYS, Anteros, BabeHeaven, Blaenavon, Cameron AG, Cabbage, Clean Cut Kid, False Advertising, FREAK, Fronteers, Girl Friend, Georgie, Grumble Bee, High Tyde, Hooton Tennis Club, INHEAVEN, jazz purple, Louis Berry, Matt Maltese, Pale waves, PROSE, Rhys Lewis , Rory Wynne, She Drew the Gun, The Amazons, The Rhythm Method, VANT, Will Joseph Cook, Wedding and more. Tickets on sale now from £30.
Punk Rock Pins And Pin-ups
Punk Rock Pins And Pin-ups (8th - 9th Oct) New for 2016, the event features music (punk, of course) and more across two days at Brooklyn Bowl in London with Cockney Rejects, Ruts DC, H2O [LA], Argy Bargy and more.
Liverpool Music Week
BluesFest (28th - 30th Oct) based at the O2 with Van Morrison with Jeff Beck, Bad Company with Richie Sambora and Orianthi, Bill Wyman's 80th Birthday with Mark Knopfler, Bob Geldof, Imelda May and Mick Hucknall, Walter Trout with The Temperance Movement plus JD & the Straight Shot. Tickets on sale now.
Mirrors Festival (29th Oct) in Hackney with Bat for Lashes, Bill Ryder-Jones, Cherry Glazerr, F*cked Up, Allah-Las, Swimming Tapes, Starling, Diarrhea Planet, Caro, Babeheaven and more. Tickets on sale now, from £25.
Metropolis Festival (3rd - 5th Nov) in Dublin with Grace Jones, DJ Shadow, Solomun, Moderat, Crystal Castles, The Sugarhill Gang, BadBadNotGood, Booka Shade, Girl Band and more. Tickets still available.
London Jazz Festival
London Jazz Festival (12th - 20th Nov) in London with recently-added the James 'Blood' Ulmer trio, Liberation Music Orchestra, Kandace Springs, Oddarrang with Slowly Rolling Camera, Fitkin Band, The Stuart Hall Project, Theo Croker, the Family Jazz All stars featuring Zoe Gilby. They join Joshua Redman/ Brad Mehldau duo, Jan Garbarek Group plus Trilok Gurtu, Wayne Shorter Quartet, The Bad Plus, Lizz Wright, Christian Scott, David Murray with Terri Lyne Carrington, Geri Allen as the MCA Power Trio, Chris Potter, with Lionel Loueke, Dave Holland and Eric Harland as Aziza, Tord Gustavsen and more. Tickets on sale now.
The Big Reunion Festival
The Big Reunion Festival (20th - 27th Nov) in Lincolnshire with Rudimental, Sigma, Hannah Wants, Devlin, Ms Dynamite, Sigala, Lethal Bizzle, DJ Redlight - two weekends, one line-up all under one roof at Butlins Skegness.
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. 2016 featured Miranda Lambert, Dwight Yoakam, Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood and many more. Tickets and line-up to be announced.
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.
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 - 4th Jun) returns to Victoria Park in Hackney with a line-up to be announced. 2016 featured PJ Harvey, James Blake, AIR, Roots Manuva, Beach House, Ben Watt Band feat. Bernard Butler and many more. Limited super early bird tickets cost £45 per day, £65 for the weekend.
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. 2016 featured Grace Jones, Burt Bacharach, Lianne La Havas, Caro Emerald, Kelis, Melody Gardot and many more. 2017 line-up to be announced. Super early-bird tickets now on sale.
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, but limited early-bird tickets are now available, priced £123 for the weekend or £147 with camping.
Benicàssim (17th Jul) in Benicasim with Muse, The 1975, Chemical Brothers, Disclosure, Kendrick Lamar, Biffy Clyro, Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Vaccines, Jamie XX, Skepta, Major Lazer, Soulwax, The Maccabees, Bloc Party, Band of Skulls, The Kills and many more - final call for tickets.
Outlook Festival (31st Aug - 4th Sep) the beats, breaks and bass return once again to Croatia's Fort Punta Christo with a 2016 line-up to be revealed in 2016. 2015 featured Madlib, Pete Rock, J Rocc, Moodymann, Toddla T, Loefah, Congo Natty, BadBadNotGood, Shy FX, Jurassic 5 and many more. Tickets on sale now.