Let the Music Play: Britain’s Best Music Festivals
As far as things to do in London are concerned - summer is the season of music festivals. While the legendary Glastonbury festival, which takes place annually come rain, shine or muddy hippies, has unfortunately been cancelled this year due to, wait for it, a lack of portaloos and police (thank you London Olympics 2012), there are still plenty of other fun-filled festivals to attend around the country. Here are our top five picks for the best music festivals in the UK this year:
T in the Park
Dates: July 6 to July 8, 2012
Location: Balado, Kinross-shire, Scotland
Line Up: Snow Patrol, The Stone Roses, Florence and the Machine, Tinie Tempah and more
Why Go: After Glastonbury, T in the Park is probably the next best thing to get your indie and rock fix. There are nine stages in the arena (plus four in the campsite) and 180 acts, not to mention a huge fairground, a Ceilidh tent and Fancy Dress Friday.
Dates: September 6 to September 9, 2012
Location: Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight
Line Up: Stevie Wonder, New Order, The XX, Sigur Ros, 2ManyDJs, Hot Chip, Bat For Lashes and much more.
Why Go: Set in a beautiful country park on the Isle of Wight, Bestival is the perfect end to the summer festival season. Aside from the fact that the legendary Stevie Wonder is headlining, we also like the sound of the new boutique campsite experience The Wild Copse, the Bollywood Cocktail bar, a Wishing Tree Stage, a Roller Disco and a “Wildlife” theme dress code. And if you can’t wait until September for Bestival fun and games, there’s also Camp Bestival, Bestival’s little sister and a more family friendly version from July 26 to 29, held at Lulworth Castle in Dorset.
Everyone has heard of the weird and wonderful Secret Garden Party (the giant fancy dress playground for adults), but unfortunately, it’s already sold out this year. Don’t get too disheartened as the Glade Festival sounds equally wacky and fun.
Dates: June 14 to June 17, 2012
Location: Houghton Hall, Norfolk
Line Up: Sven Vath, Stanton Warriers, Dub Pistols, Foreign Beggars, Andy C and more
Why Go: If you like electronic music, this is the perfect psychedelic adventure in the English countryside. Highlights include the Pyro-mid (a burning pyramid, literally), the Meteor Stage in the woods which is hidden in a thirty foot deep crater with trees around its edges and bass bins at its core.
Dates: July to August (various dates)
Location: St. Austell, Cornwall
Line Up: Plan B, Chase and Status plus Labrinth, Blink 182, Example plus Devlin
Why Go: If you like music festivals but don’t want to deal with mud, dodgy food and camping then check out one of the one day festivals set in the amazing Eden Project in Cornwall. As the world’s largest glass-domed “global garden,” dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World, an Eden Session is sure to be a festival experience like no other.
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