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Music Festivals 2016

Wondering what music festivals to visit this summer? Well don’t worry because unCOVered bloggers Naomi & Ryan have you covered!

You’ll know of the major music festivals such as V Festival, Reading, Leeds, Download and Glastonbury, but we’ve provided an alternative guide of music festivals that will suit all tastes of music.

Lovebox Festival
Dates:
15th – 16th July 2016
Location: Victoria Park, London
Website/Tickets: http://loveboxfestival.com/
Artists/Bands Perfoming: Major Lazer, LCD Soundsystem, Jungle, Stormzy, Kano, Katy B & more

Created as annual party for the beat makers at its inception by Groove Armada, Lovebox has evolved into a major festival in the middle of London. With probably the most diverse collective of artists on offering each year, Lovebox is the type of festival that brings its attendees back year upon year.

SouthWestFour
Dates:
27th & 28th August 2016
Location:
Clapham Common, London
Website/Tickets:
http://www.southwestfour.com/
Artists/Bands Perfoming:
Rudimental, The Chemical Brothers, Dizzee Rascal, Knife Party & more

Hosted in Central London, SouthWestFour has grown dramatically over the past few years and this year the lineup is bursting with some amazing house, drum and bass and dubstep groups and artists such as Rudimental, Nero, Knife Party and many more.

Red Bull Culture Clash
Date: Friday 17 June
Location:
O2 Arena, London
Website/Tickets:
http://www.redbull.com/uk/en/music/stories/1331770583815/red-bull-culture-clash-tickets-rules-history-faq
Artists/Bands Perfoming:
Wiz Khalifa & Taylor Gang, Mixpak, UKG All Stars & Eskimo Dance

This year the legendary Red Bull Culture Clash returns to London. You may be thinking what is a Culture Clash? Well a Culture Clash consists of 4 teams, 4 different sounds & 4 different rounds. Whichever team can get the crowd to scream and shout the loudest at the end essentially wins the clash. In 2014 Rebel Sound consisting of Shy FX, Chase & Status and David Rodigan won the Culture Clash and this year we have the likes of Wiz Khalifa & Taylor Gang from America representing the rap genre, Mixpak consisting of Popcaan and other artists representing the Dancehall genre, UKG All Stars representing the genre of old school garage with a lineup including So Solid Crew, DJ Luck & MC Neat and Oxide and Neutrino. Finally representing the grime scene and genre is Eskimo Dance including Wiley, Chipmunk, P Money with special guests expected to be the likes of Kano & Stormzy. This is one not to be missed!

Boomtown Fair
Dates: 11th – 14th August 2016
Location:
Winchester, Hampshire
Website/Tickets: 
http://www.boomtownfair.co.uk/home
Artists/Bands Perfoming:
Fun Lovin Criminals, Asian Dub Foundations, Bad Manners & more

The Winchester based festival is a quirky fictional town with different districts offering varying acts. With street theatre, circus and many other forms of entertainment, boredom or downtime is an impossibility at the ole’ Boomtown.

Wireless Festival
Dates: 8th – 10th July 2016
Location:
Finsbury Park, London
Website/Tickets:
http://wirelessfestival.co.uk/
Artists/Bands Perfoming: 
Calvin Harris, Chase & Status, Future, J.Cole, Boy Better Know & more

Wireless is probably one of the biggest urban festivals in the world. Some of the biggest names including Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Kanye and Drake have all headlined Wireless but almost more exciting has been the up-and-coming artists they have managed to secure each year for what will probably be many of their first major appearances in the UK.

Bestival – Isle of Wight
Dates: 8th – 11th September 2016
Location:
Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight
Website/Tickets:
http://www.bestival.net/
Artists/Bands Perfoming:
Major Lazer, Wiley, Fatboy Slim, Skepta, Damian Marley & more

Isle of Wight festival is best known festival on the island over the Solent. But Bestival is grown from being defined as a ‘medium sized festival’ to a ‘major festival’ and their diverse selection of musicians and attire suggestion attracts the crowds.

MTV Crashes – Plymouth
Dates:
28th – 29th July 2016
Location:
Plymouth, Devon
Website/Tickets:
http://www.mtv.co.uk/mtv-crashes-plymouth
Artists/Bands Perfoming:
Example, Jess Glynne, Rudimental, Afrojack, Sub Focus & More

From the pioneers of music television, even if now they care more about drunk Geordies and being ‘catfished’, MTV bring Crashes. Usually a nod to the UK chart-toppers that year, Crashes seems to bring out the best of the acts performing. Read our review of MTV Crashes Coventry.

T In The Park
Dates: 7th – 10th July 2016
Location:
Strathallan Castle, Scotland
Website/Tickets:
http://www.tinthepark.com/
Artists/Bands Perfoming: 
Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Disclosure, Faithless, The Stone Roses & more

Running since 1994, T in the Park now attracts more than a quarter of a million attendees at a festival which has increased a day since it started. With fair rides and an array of the UK’s best, T in the Park is definitely one to say you’ve been to.

NASS Festival – Bath
Dates: 8th – 10th July
Location:
Royal Bath & West Showground, Somerset
Website/Tickets:
http://www.nassfestival.com/
Artists/Bands Perfoming:
Knife Party, Stormzy, Andy C, Netsky, Jurassic – 5, Wilkinson & more

So when the music isn’t enough, NASS festival brings you more. BMXing, skateboarding, inline skating and a whole bunch of fairground rides for those who hate getting dizzy and are prone to nausea. Daredevil athletes and arm-flaling ravers are summoned to Somerset in July.

 

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