Best Music Festivals

The Top 14 UK Music Festivals You Absolutely Must Attend

The UK is comprised of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Each region has its own unique culture, historic attractions, beautiful cities, and wonderful people.

However, it’s easy to think of the UK as being all about football (soccer), Guinness, rain, and mince pies. In reality, there’s a lot more to this wonderful part of the world than you’d think.

Plus, some of the very best music festivals in the world happen right in the UK. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that the UK has some of the very best dance, hip hop, and EDM scenes in the entire world.

So, if you’re traveling to the UK or already live there, take advantage of the vibrant music scene! Read our list of the best UK music festivals and make sure to add a few of them to the bucket list.

1. Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury Festival hosts musicians from a wide variety musical genres, and this is probably one of the most popular music festivals in England.

Glastonbury festival hosts a celebration of the beginning of summer during the summer solstice with international superstars. Just be prepared for weather of any kind (it is England, after all). You should checkout our official music festival packing list before prepping for this one!

With 200,000 people in attendance every year, this is undoubtedly one of the largest music festivals in the UK.

If you’re traveling near Somerset in summer, this festival is a must-attend event. Besides, you cannot miss the best headliners yet, including Taylor Swift and Paul McCartney for the 2020 Glastonbury Festival!

Glastonbury Festival 2020 Lineup: Paul McCartney, Lana del Ray, Taylor Swift, Diana Ross and so many more of the top names in music.

Glastonbury Festival 2020 Dates: June 24-28, 2020.

Location: Somerset, England.

Attendance: 200,000.

2020 Glastonbury Festival Ticket Prices: General Weekend 265 pounds.

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2. Boardmasters Festival

Boardmasters Festival is another English music festival. But, this festival isn’t just focused on the music. In fact, Boardmasters also focuses on environmental sustainability.

This festival has been focusing on environmental sustainability for the coast of England for forty years, while also encouraging you to learn about personal well-being through its many classes and workshops.

Be sure to catch a wave as well while at this festival, and truly experience all Cornwall has to offer! Boardmasters has a great community with a vibe like none other, despite being a much smaller festival than something like Glastonbury.

Boardmasters Festival 2020 Lineup: Skepta, Kings of Leon, The Kooks, Sam Fender, The 1975, Mabel and many more.

Boardmasters Festival 2020 Dates: August 5-9, 2020.

Location: Fistral Beach, Cornwall, England.

Attendance: 53,000.

2020 Boardmasters Festival Ticket Prices: Friday and Sunday Tier 2 General 1 Day 79 pounds, Friday Tier 1 General 1 Day 69 pounds, Saturday Tier 3 General 1 Day 84 pounds, General 3 Day 192 pounds.

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3. Parklife Festival

Parklife Festival in England is one of the top music festivals in the entirety of the UK. It features international and regional musicians of all genres, while promoting some of the best DJs in the entire world.

There are attractions for all to enjoy as well at Parklife, including rides, art installations, entertainers and other immersive experiences. This is one you absolutely have to see for yourself!

The Parklife festival lineup is always top-notch as well, and this is one of the most premier UK music festivals you can ever attend. If you’ve never visited Manchester, prioritize this one!

Parklife Festival 2020 Lineup: Tyler, the Creator, Khalid, Lewis Capaldi, Robyn, Fatboy Slim, Charli XCX, Mabel, Nina Kraviz, Annie Mac and more.

Parklife Festival 2020 Dates: June 13-14, 2020.

Location: Heaton Park, Manchester, England.

Attendance: 80,000.

2020 Parklife Festival Ticket Prices: General Weekend 125 pounds, Saturday and Sunday General 1 Day 69.50 pounds.

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4. South West Four

South West Four is a music festival that focused on celebrating the culture and community of London. The festival celebrates the genre of dance music of all forms to bring about the joyous feelings aforementioned.

The electronic dance music featured at South West Four includes some of the top names in the genre around the world, with techno, house, bass and grime music, among others, being represented.

Some of the best DJs in the world also attend South West Four each year, so this is a perfect festival for any EDM fan, basshead, or techno lover.

South West Four 2020 Lineup: Alesso, Armin Van Burren, Barely Legal, DJ Ez, Goldie, Idris Elba, Kink, Major Lazer, Vini Vici.

South West Four 2020 Dates: August 28-30, 2020.

Location: Clapham Common, London, England.

Attendance: 40,000.

2020 South West Four Ticket Prices: Saturday and Sunday General 1 Day 55 pounds, General Weekend 99 pounds.

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5. Y Not Festival

Y Not Festival is another festival that takes place in England. Though this festival is one of the smaller UK music festivals that goes on, it’s still incredibly high in quality.

Y Not takes place in Derbyshire. The genres highlighted at this festival include rock, indie, and pop music.

This festival has been around for fifteen years and continues to grow each year. There are great local alcohols and foods to try, golf to enjoy, comedy shows, and fun activities such as paint fights that go on during the festival.

Don’t let the size of this festival fool you, and come see it for yourself! Plus, if you’re a fan of camping music festivals, you definitely need to add Y Not festival to your list of things to try!

Y Not Festival 2020 Lineup: Royal Blood, Richard Ashcroft, Rag ‘n Bone Man, Annie Mac and many more.

Y Not Festival 2020 Dates: July 24-26, 2020.

Location: Pikehall, Derbyshire, England.

Attendance: 15,000

2020 Y Not Festival Ticket Prices: General Weekend with Camping 109.50 pounds.

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6. Nass Festival

Nass Festival focused on providing a stellar musical experience alongside a positive environment for the art and activities of the urban community.

Most of the music sets at Nass are electronic dance music with specialties in bass, grime, or house. However, you can still find a decent mix of rap and hip-hop at Nass festival, depending on the lineup.

There are also urban sport competitions to be seen at Nass, including sports such as skateboarding and BMX riding. You can also view street art displays and the beauty that comes along with them. Be sure to attend this exciting, exhilarating and must-see festival to not miss out on the action.

Nass Festival 2020 Lineup: Lily Allen, The Streets, Andy C, Annie Mac, Shy FX, Easy Life, Octavian and others.

Nass Festival 2020 Dates: July 9-12, 2020.

Location: Shepton Mallet, NR. Bristol, England.

Attendance: 15,000.

2020 Nass Festival Ticket Prices: General 4 Day with camping 168 pounds, General 3 Day with camping 148 pounds, General 1 Day 57.50 pounds.

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7. TRNSMT Festival

TRNSMT Festival takes place in Glasgow, the largest city in all of Scotland. TRNSMT festival is also one of the most popular music festivals in all of Scotland, with a world-class lineup despite the lack of history for this event.

This festival features some of the top international and regional names in rock and indie music. It is a relatively new festival as it has only been going on for three years.

There are also plenty of fun activities and restaurants to try in Glasgow. If you’ve never visited Scotland, use the TRNSMT festival as an excuse to book a flight!

TRNSMT Festival 2020 Lineup: Sam Fender, Joy Crookes, Jimmy Eat World, Georgia, Lewis Capaldi, Rita Ora and many more.

TRNSMT Festival 2020 Dates: July 10-12, 2020.

Location: Glasgow Green, Glasgow, Scotland.

Attendance: 50,000.

2020 TRNSMT Festival Ticket Prices: General 1 Day 62.50 pounds.

 

8. Download Festival

We are going back to England for another one of the best UK music festivals!

Download festival is also a rather large English music festival, although it’s no Glastonbury. However, I think it’s safe to say that Download festival is one of the best rock and metal festivals in the UK, if not the entire world.

The festival features some of the top international and up-and-coming names in the genre. There are five stages showcasing artists from every form of rock and metal.

Download festival also has campsites for amenities that feature fun activities such as bars, rides and a movie theater. Just be sure to get your tickets quick as Download Festival sells out quickly every year!

Download Festival 2020 Lineup: Kiss, Iron Maiden, System of a Down, Korn, Deftones, The Offspring, Killswitch Engage, Disturbed, Funeral for a Friend, Bowling for Soup.

Download Festival 2020 Dates: June 12-14, 2020.

Location: Donington Park, Derby, England.

Attendance: 110,000.

2020 Download Festival Ticket Prices: General Weekend 216 pounds.

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9. Latitude Festival

Latitude Festival is another UK music festival that takes place in England. Latitude portrays music from all genres, and it promotes a sense of community and kindness among all.

This is a festival on the must see list, as you can also view theater showings, art displays, comedy shows, poetry readings and dance shows.

All art forms are at the heart of this festival, but don’t let that fool you. The lineup at Latitude never fails to impress, so expect some top UK and international artists at this one!

Latitude Festival 2020 Lineup: Haim, Liam Gallagher, The Lumineers, Tove Lo, Snow Patrol, Charli XCX and many more

Latitude Festival 2020 Dates: July 16-19, 2020.

Location: Henham Park, Suffolk, England.

Attendance: 40,000.

2020 Latitude Festival Ticket Prices: General Weekend with camping 226.80 pounds, Friday and Sunday General 1 Day 84.50 pounds, Saturday General 1 Day 89.50 pounds.

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10. Wireless Festival

Wireless Festival is made for urban music, specifically focusing on hip-hop. Rock and pop may show up as well as this was a festival originally focused on these genres,. However, Wireless festival has undoubtedly transformed into a hip-hop masterpiece.

Garage and grime music is also showcased at this event, but again, it isn’t the focu. This is an environmentally friendly festival as well that aims to support the sustainability of urban lifestyles through green living. This is one of the largest festivals in the UK, and for those interested in urban music, so it is surely one you cannot miss.

Besides, just take a look at this star-studded 2020 lineup!

Wireless Festival 2020 Lineup: A$AP Rocky, Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug, Rico Nasty and many other top names in hip-hop.

Wireless Festival 2020 Dates: July 3-5, 2020.

Location: Finsbury Park, London, England.

Attendance: 135,000.

2020 Wireless Festival Ticket Prices: General 1 Day 72.50 pounds.

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11. Lovebox Festival.

Lovebox Festival is one of the hippest and most exciting festivals in all of London. It is centered on electronic dance music of all types and hip-hop, and again, the lineup at Lovebox is absolutely premium.

There are vibrant decorations and stages at this event, and the festival grounds are very well done.. There are also exciting attractions such as roller discos, body painting shows, and a wide variety of food and drink vendors. All in all, it’s a top-notch event.

This is one of the most exciting festivals and has been for the last eighteen years. Do not miss this party if you are in London this summer!

Lovebox Festival 2020 Lineup: Tyler, the Creator, Khalid, Robyn, Annie Mac, Fatboy Slim, Mabel, Charli XCX and many other top artists.

Lovebox Festival 2020 Dates: June 12-14, 2020.

Location: London, England.

Attendance: 25,000.

2020 Lovebox Festival Ticket Prices: General 1 Day 72.50 pounds, General 3 Day 155 pounds, Friday-Saturday or Friday and Sunday General 2 Day 125 pounds, Saturday-Sunday General 2 Day 130 pounds.

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12. Creamfields.

Creamfields is an electronic dance music festival in England, and I’d suggest putting this UK music festival at number one on your list if you love EDM and house music.

There are international and regional stars present at this festival that occurs in August during the bank holiday. There are stages dedicated to each type of EDM, including house, techno, bass and grime.

This is a go-to festival for EDM lovers, and tickets don’t last long. Be sure to get your tickets soon!

Creamfields 2020 Lineup: Afrojack, Alesso, Anna, Armin Van Buuren, Calvin Harris, The Chainsmokers, Deadmau5, Martin Garrix, Vini Vici and others.

Creamfields 2020 Dates: August 27-30, 2020.

Location: Darebury Estate, Cheshire, England.

Attendance: 70,000.

2020 Creamfields Ticket Prices: Friday and Saturday General 2 Day 150 pounds, Saturday and Sunday General 2 Day 175 pounds, General 3 Day 240 pounds, Friday General 1 Day 65 pounds, Saturday General 1 Day 85 pounds, Sunday General 1 Day 90 pounds.

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13. All Points East Festival

I know we’ve hammered London in this list of top UK music festivals, but it’s honestly hard to avoid. Besides, there’s no way All Points East could be left out of this list.

All Points East Festival is held over two weekends due to its enormous size. This is one of the few UK festivals that can rival Glastonbury in the insanity that occurs.

The event lasts a total of ten days, but offers community activities for four of the ten days for free. This is only the festival’s second year, but it proves to be one of the greatest in London. Come see it for yourself, and take some extra time to explore the history and cultural landmarks in the city.

All Points East Festival 2020 Lineup: Nadine Shah, Bombay Bicycle Club, Crumb, Massive Attack, Tame Impala, The Kooks, Traftwerk 3D and many more

All Points East Festival 2020 Dates: May 22-31, 2020.

Location: Victoria Park, London, England.

Attendance: 200,000.

2020 All Points East Festival Ticket Prices: Friday May 22 and Saturday May 30 General 1 Day 39.95 pounds, Friday May 29 and Saturday May 23 General 1 Day 65 pounds, Sunday May 24 General 1 Day 59.95 pounds.

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14. Gottwood Festival

It wouldn’t be a fair list of the best UK music festivals without mentioning Gottwood, and incredibly cool festival that also takes place in Wales.

Gottwood festival is smaller, and more intimate. However, the festival has been going on for more than 10 years, and it’s a stellar showing of bass and alternative music.

Plus, this is another awesome chance camp at a music festival. If you’re in Wales, I definitely recommended adding Gottwood to your list!

Gottwood Festival 2020 Lineup: A-Future, Alec Falconer, Anna Wall, Young Marco, Dave Harvey, Cinthie, and dozens of other local and up-and-coming artists.

Gottwood 2020 Dates: June 11-15.

Location: Carreglwyd Estate, Wales.

Attendance: 5,000 to 10,000.

2020 Gottwood ticket prices: 100-180 pounds depending on if you snag early-bird tickets or not.

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Final Thoughts

If you’ve never been to the UK, you might not realize that there’s a vibrant music and arts scene to explore and indulge in.

Festivals are no exception to this. In fact, while this is a list of the top UK music festivals, many of these events probably rival music festivals in the United States or Europe. Between the beautiful event grounds and world-class lineups, it isn’t hard to see why.

Be sure to attend at least one of these festivals this year if you can make it. Best of luck. We hope that your next music festival experience is the experience of a lifetime.

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