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Grab the wet wipes, pack the tent and don't, what ever you do, forget the wellies- it's festival season! Whether you've secured your tickets, or still firmly in the hint to find a few elusive ones that have gone begging, check out our definitive guide to the very best festivals going on right here in the UK during the Summer months.

Isle of White Festival

When? June 13-16 Where?Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight Who's playing? The Stone Roses, Bon Jovi, The Killers, Paul Weller Fabled for being more than just a festival, the Isle of Wight festival brings about that holiday feeling. This year see's some classic cult headliners to match up to the festivals fringey feel, as well as the return of the Boomtown Rats, who will perform their first show since 1986. Apart from some great performances on stage, the Isle of Wight festival also features a few added extras, like champagne gardens, hot tubs and cabaret shows.

Glastonbury Festival

When? June 26-30 Where? Worthy Farm, Somerset Who's playing? EVERYONE- but if you want something more specific: The Rolling Stones, The Arctic Monkeys, Mumford & Sons etc… The absolute daddy of all music festivals, Glastonbury has set the standard for every other festival else to match, constantly attracting only the best acts and always selling out of tickets. After having a year out, it's back again. If you've got tickets, then be incredibly grateful-they're harder to come by than a pot of gold.

T in the park

When? July 11-14 Where? Strathclyde Country Park, North Lanarkshire, Scotland Who's playing? Rihanna, Alt J, Jake Bugg, The Killers, The Script The only music festival worth travelling across the border for, T in the park celebrates it's 20th anniversary this year, and includes some alternative artists that you might not expect to grace the Scottish stage, including Snoop Dogg (or is it Snoop Lion now? Whatever.)

Wireless festival

When? July 12-14 Where? Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London Who's playing? Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Calvin Harris, Rita Ora Moving from its original home in London's Hyde Park to the freshly abandoned Olympic Park, this year's Wireless Festival see's the return of 2010 headline act Jay-Z. Ticket's are still available for all day's, but Sunday will see JT and Jay-Z perform together, so if you want to see some kind of super duper Sunday show, get on the ticket line sharpish.


When? July 18-21 Where? Henham park, Southwold, Suffolk Who's playing? Bloc Party, Foals, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Hot Chip One of a handful of festivals with a proper cult feel, Latitude is one for the hipsters, young and old, with attractions like an indie disco in the forest, as well as live stand up comedians including Sean Lock and Eddie Izzard.

V Festival

When? August 17-18 Where? Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, South Staffordshire Who's playing? Beyonce, Kings of Leon, Basement Jaxx, Olly Murrs Perhaps the UK's most commercial music festival, this dual site bonanza is the modern day equivalent to sitting on your sofa and watching Top of the Pop's in the 90's. It'll have a bit of everything for everyone, making it perfect if there's a group of you with a few different musical tastes.

Reading and Leeds Festival

When? August 23-25 Where? Richfield Avenue, Reading and Bramham park, Wetherby Who's playing? Eminem, Green Day, Biffy Clyro, Chase and Status One of the oldest and most original festivals, Reading and Leeds concentrates on nothing but great acts and great music. This year sees Eminem return to the stage, and with 150,000 people expected, you're going to finding yourself in a Willy Wonka situation if you haven't already grabbed yourself some tickets.


When? August 23-25 Where? Daresbury, Chesire Who's playing? Prodigy, Aviici, David Guetta, Paul Van Dyk Ibiza and Cheshire collide, and the consequences are absolutely pumping, with out and out dance festival Creamfields. This year see's an edgy headline act in the shape of the Prodigy. Expect a lot of screaming, late night raving and a massive headache the next morning.

Ryan J Gray


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