Spring is on the way and that can only mean one thing: it’s time to start getting excited for summer. Arguably the best memories of summer are made spending time with your mates, and there’s no better place to do that than at a music festival. Here’s our hitlist of festivals that should be on your radar this year.
Location: Leeds, Hatfield, Birmingham
Date: 26, 27 and 28 May
Price: from £49
For the pop punk, emo, metal and ska fans out there, Slam Dunk Festival is the perfect festival for you. Being May bank holiday, it isn’t really summer, but it can be a good way to kick it off. Slam Dunk is a metropolitan day festival where you don’t have to worry about getting muddy in a field. With venues spanning the North, South and the Midlands, no matter which CU campus you are at you’re only a short journey away.
Location: Lowther Deer Park, Cumbria
Date: 26 – 29 July
Nestled in the gorgeous Lake District, Kendal Calling features an eclectic mix of acts spread across tons of stages. 2018 sees acts such as Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Libertines and Run DMC playing alongside some of the UK’s hottest up and coming indie acts such as The Sherlocks, The Amazons, and Marsicans. Selling out year on year, you have to act fast to get tickets for this one.
Location: The Venue, Selby
Date: 27 – 29 April
Price: from £5 – £40
Spanning 3 days in April, Pop Punk Pile Up is a cheaper alternative to the bigger, more well-known festivals. Hosted at The Venue in Selby, this festival features some big acts alongside smaller up and coming bands. Expect to see Mallory Knox, Room 94, Blood Youth, Grumble Bee and The King Blues. With full weekend tickets at only £36.65, it’s time to don the red plaid, get the pizzas ready and get yourself to Selby.
Location: Pikehall, Derbyshire
Date: 26 – 29 July
Price: from £114.50
Y Not Festival has a very similar headline line up to Kendal Calling, so if you can’t make that one Y Not this one? Located in Derbyshire, it features 14 stages showcasing talent big and small. At only £114.50 for a 3 day ticket, Y Not is cheaper than Kendal Calling so is perfect for those on a budget.
Location: Hillsborough Park
Date: 20 – 23 July
Price: from £69
If camping isn’t your thing and your days of emo fringes and teen angst are over, Tramlines is a good alternative to Slam Dunk. Previously spread across some of Sheffield’s top music venues, Tramlines is now situated in its new home at Hillsborough Park. The move means you get the full festival experience along with a mix of food, drink and comedy, all just a 15 minute taxi ride from everything Sheffield City Centre has to offer.
Location: Upcote Farm
Date: 12 – 14 July
Price: from £60
For over 10 years now, 2000trees has showcased some of the best artists from the indie, rock, and alternative scenes. The rolling hills of the Cotswolds are the perfect backdrop to massive arena sell out artists rubbing shoulders with the hottest up and coming artists on the scene. This year sees the massive Enter Shikari headlining main stage, with a wealth of supports from the likes of Creeper, Touché Amoré, and Boston Manor. Taking place from Thursday – Saturday, you get a whole Sunday to make your way back home/recover before the new week.
From Boomtown and Bestival to Latitude and Lovebox, there’s something going on all summer. Each festival offers a different line up and a different experience. No matter who you are, what music you like and what your budget is, there’s something out there for you.