The Ultimate 2018 UK Festival Guide

Don your best denim, dust off your bumbags and reach for the glitter as festival season is just a few weeks away.

With the big daddy of UK festivals, Glastonbury taking a fallow year, it’s time to shine the spotlight on all the incredible UK festivals taking place in 2018.

We’ve rounded up the full line-up of festivals to make deciding which to attend just that little bit easier.

Download Festival
When: 8th-10th June
Where: Donington Park, Derbyshire
LINE-UP HIGHLIGHTS: avenged sevenfold, ozzy osbourne, marilyn manson, guns n’ roses, you me at six, black stone cherry

Download Festival, the world’s premier rock event, has announced some of the biggest rock acts in the world including Marilyn Manson, Parkway Drive, Rise Against, Body Count and more. The three-day festival takes place 8-10 June 2018 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire.

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wHEN: 9th-10th June
wHERE: Heaton Park, Manchester

Manchester’s leading music festival Parklife will celebrate its ninth edition in 2018 and returns to Heaton Park on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June. A festival that truly embodies the impassioned spirit of Manchester, each edition has sold out year on year and boasts a huge line-up that includes Liam Gallagher, Lorde, N*E*R*D, Skepta and many more. Themed around Hollywood movies, this year’s A-list VIP offering boasts exclusive parties, secret performances plus free phone charging and luxury bathrooms too!

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Southport Weekender Festival
WHEN: 9th June
WHERE: Finsbury Park, London

Known as ‘the world’s friendliest party’, Southport Weekender is curated by a team of music lovers that have ensured the brand’s legacy has spanned over 30 years. This year, the party will return to Finsbury Park for the festival’s sophomore edition in London, offering a one-day extravaganza of house, soul, R&B, garage and disco that features performances from Sister Sledge featuring Kathy Sledge, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Soul II Soul and many more.

Brand new for 2018, the festival is currently offering partygoers the chance to purchase VVIP backstage tickets which are access all areas so you can meet your favourite DJs!

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Isle of Wight Festival
WHEN: 21st – 24th June

Celebrating 50 years since the start f the legendary event, Isle Of Wight Festival 2018 will be held from June 21 – 24 June.

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TRNSMT Festival
When: 29th June -1st July and 6th – 7th July
Where: Glasgow
Line-up highights: stereophonics, the script, liam gallagher, krept x konan, james bay, arctic monkeys, queen + adam lambert, the killers

This truly award-winning line-up, with a mighty 72 BRITs, Grammy Awards, Ivor Novello and Mercury Music Prize award nominations bestowed to the artists on the bill, is unyielding in its quest to provide the greatest experience of the summer for music fans.

Glasgow Green will play host to this truly metropolitan, non-camping festival, which stages global superstars alongside the very best of local talent. Glasgow, the UNESCO City of Music and cultural and artistic hub, will provide the backdrop as TRNSMT interrupts Glasgow’s summer air with an electrifying celebration of music, bringing people together to enjoy the acts they already love, discover the new, and undergo life-affirming experiences.

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WIN A Pair of Weekend Tickets to TexFest

When: 29th June – 1st July
Where: Market Harborough showground
line-up highlights: example + dj wire, fuse odg, lewis watson, dj nick grimshaw, the hoosiers, the fratellis

TexFest is a 3 day music festival that will welcome a host of chart-topping acts in the setting of the Leicestershire countryside.

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Community Festival
When: 1st July
Where: London
Line-up highlights: two door cinema club, the vaccines, you me at six, tom grennan

Community Festival is an all-day rock and indie festival in London. After a thrilling debut in 2017, the festival has confirmed it will be returning to the capital Finsbury Park on Sunday 1 July 2018.

Looking to mix well-known names with underground talent, Community is a sunshine celebration of all things indie in the UK capital, and will showcase sets from Two Door Cinema Club, The Vaccines, You Me At Six and many more in the summer sun

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inversions Festival
When: 3rd – 14th July
Where: London
Line-up highlights: angie stone, jimmy cliff, leroy hutson, lala hathaway

Innervisions is a brand new festival of Soul, Jazz, Blues, Funk, Reggae, Hip Hop, Latin and World music featuring some of the finest global performers in their field. The festival will be held in some of London’s premier arts and music venues for 12 hot summer nights from Tuesday 3rd through to Saturday 14thJuly 2018.

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NASS Festival
When: 5th – 8th July
Where: Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallett

As the UK’s exclusive action sports and music event, NASS is the only festival you can enjoy your favourite live and DJ acts before watching the best international skateboarders and BMXers compete. Acts like Dizzee Rascal, Run DMC and Sigma top the eclectic music bill this year. Offering luxury tipi and yurt glamping options, this 4 day festival is the perfect Summer blowout for those who like to experience more than just the music.

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blackpool festival
When: 6th-8th July
Where: Blackpool Tower Headland

Line up highlights: Faithless, Example & DJ Wire, Roger Sanchez, Paul Oakenfold, Judge Jules

Brand new and all-encompassing Blackpool Festival is set to take at the iconic Tower Festival Headland on the world-famous promenade. The lineup features a mouthwatering mix of contemporary house and tech house stars alongside legendary world class spinners.

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Wireless Festival
When: 6th-8th July
Where: Finsbury Park, London
line-up highlights: j.cole, stormzy, dj khaled, wiley, giggs, mist

The highlight of the summer calendar, Wireless Festival, is returning to London’s Finsbury Park from the 6th – 8th July 2018 to bring together a host of home-grown and internationally renowned artists. The three-day urban music event will see headline performances from global superstars J. Cole, Stormzy and DJ Khaled and Friends, and many more of the biggest names in hip-hop, grime and rap music.

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barclaycard presents british summer time
when: 6th – 14th July
where: hYDE pARK, lONDON
line-up highlights: the cure, bruno mars, eric clapton

Now in its 6th year, British Summer Time Hyde Park takes place in the UK’s capital every summer. With incredible headliners including Taylor Swift, Stevie Wonder, The Who, Carole King, Rolling Stones, Lionel Richie, Blur, Take That, Libertines, Kylie Minogue, Phil Collins, Greenday, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Justin Bieber, Barclayard presents British Summer Time has proved itself to be the best music event in the capital. That accolade is set to continue with 2018 headliners including Roger Waters, The Cure, Eric Clapton, Michael Bublé and Bruno Mars.

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back of beyond festival
When: 7th July
Where: Frogmore Hill, Hertfordshire
line-up highlights: faithless, latmun, altern8, sandy rivera

Back of Beyond is a brand new and exciting one-day dance music festival coming to the Hertfordshire countryside on July 7th 2018 from an experienced events company and respected selection of promoters. 

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When: 13th – 15th July
Where: Marlay Park, Southwold
line-up highlights: j.cole, travis scott, solange, migos, diplo, tyler the creator, cardi b, giggs

Longitude returns to Marlay Park this summer from Friday July 13th to Sunday July 15th  featuring J. Cole, Travis Scott, Solange, Post Malone, Diplo, Anderson .Paak, Migos, Tyler The Creator, Sampha, Khalid, Cardi B and many more.

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When: 12th – 15th July
Where: Henham Park, Suffolk
line-up highlights: the killers, solange, alt-j, the vaccines, jessie ware, wolf alice

Recently awarded Best Major Festival by UK Festival Awards, Latitude returns with an all-new look for 2018 – a refreshed programme and emboldened vision retaining everything you loved about the festival, but also moving in an exciting new direction that looks to the future. 

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When: 13th – 15th July
Where: Cotswolds, Oxfordshire
line-up highlights: alanis morissette, squeeze, ub40, amy macdonald, pixie lott, nina nesbitt

Like the best of England, The Cornbury Music Festival is civilised, charming and irresistible – a homespun melting pot where music-lovers share pies and a glass of champagne with superstars, toffs, rockers, crooners, Morris dancers, farmers, urbanites, fashionistas, gourmet chefs and little old ladies who make exceptional cakes.

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When: 15th July
Where: Gunnersbury Park, London
Line-up highlights: tame impala, chvrches, hawkwind, into the ark

Citadel is an all-day indie music festival in London, an inclusive, laid-back affair, laying on a lineup of music, comedy, theatre and debates, as well as a variety of fun and games.

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When: 20th – 22nd July
Where: Sheffield
Line-up highlights: noel gallagher’s high flying birds, jake bugg, stereophonics, clean bandit, blossoms

This special installment of Tramlines comes with more festival-style entertainment than ever over four stages including a comedy lineup, pop up cinema, family area, and a brand new Leadmill Stage. The whole of Sheffield will be in party mode when they come together for this momentous version of Tramlines.

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Splendour Festival
When: 21st July
Where: Wollaton Park, Nottingham
line-up highlights: paloma faith, the charlatons, ady suleiman, nina smith, embrace

An epic line up of music legends has been added to the special 10th birthday bash of Splendour, with The Charlatans joining headliner Paloma Faith on the Main Stage and The Stranglers headlining the Confetti Stage at the all-day summer music festival at Wollaton Park, Nottingham on Saturday 21 July.

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Y Not Festival
When: 26th – 29th July
Where: Pikehall, Derbyshire
line-up highlights: the libertines, jamiroquai, the wombats, razorlight, kurupt fm, fickle friends

For one weekend a year, the stunning Peak District countryside becomes home to Y Not Festival. Since 2005 when it began life as an overspilling house party in the deepest, darkest Derbyshire; there has been steady, organic growth.

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Kendal Calling
When: 26th – 29th July
Where: Lowther Deer Park, Lake District
line-up highlights: run dmc, the libertines, bugzy malone, declan mckenna, tom grennan

An award-winning, innovative, independent festival based in the Lake District.

With big main stage acts each year, a huge dance tent, and a plethora of small and interesting stages hosted in quirky tents, it’s a great chance to see both big and up and coming artists in a truly gorgeous setting.

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Standon Calling
When: 26th – 29th july
Where: hertfordshire
line-up highlights: paloma faith, george ezra, goldfrapp, tokio myers, little simz

Standon Calling is a boutique music festival set in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside. Celebrating its thirteenth year in 2018, the festival has come a long way since its birthday garden party beginnings. We know how to put on a festival and we are very proud of our wonderful audience who come back year after year. If you haven’t experienced Standon Calling, get ready to have a lot of fun among the friendliest festival crowd in the land.

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Made Festival
When: 28th July
Where: Perry Park, Birmingham

Line up highlights: Dizzee Rascal, Yxng Bane, Not3s, Kurupt FM, DJ EZ

Following 4 years of consecutively sold out events, MADE Festival returns with its most impressive line up to date. The West Midlands’ largest and best loved music will bring a bigger, more diverse celebration of music and modern street culture to Birmingham’s Perry Park.

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Wilderness Festival
When: 2nd-5th August
Where: cornbury park, Oxfordshire
line-up highlights: bastille, nile rodgers & chic, mahalia, waze & odyssey

Wilderness Festival is the multi-award winning 4-day festival of live music, theatre, arts and the outdoors.

Looking to strike a balance between ‘relaxation and revelry’, Wilderness is all about escapism and creative freedom, and is evident across its site: think a eclectic musical lineup, immersive games, woodland theatre, a lakeside spa, paddle yoga, workshops and an endless programme of thought-provoking talks and debates.

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When: 2nd – 5th August
Where: Lulworth Estate, Dorset
line-up highlights: london grammar, craig charles, jorja smith, m.o.a, grace jones, plan b

Behold the most audacious performers to ever have graced Bestival’s green fields. From UK festival exclusive headliners, soul divas and sonic heroes to the ‘must see’ acts of 2018, these are the sights and sounds that will define four days of mind-altering music and circus trickery on over 20 stages and micro-venues in eight unique arenas, at the most colourful show on Earth, now in the heart of the summer, on the Lulworth Estate, Dorset.

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51st State Festival
When: 4th August
Where: London
Line-up highlights: dj luck & mc neat, trevor nelson mbe. stylo g, the heatwave.

51st State Festival celebrates the roots of House music pulling together the threads of this hugely influential sound, exploring classic and tech house, garage, disco, soul, dub, dancehall and more. Led by pioneers from Chicago, New York and beyond, the 51st State Festival programme is truly transatlantic, joining the dots between the US, the UK and the Caribbean.

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When: 8th-12th August
Where: Newquay, Cornwall
Line-up highlights: catfish and the bottlemen, the chemical brothers, george ezra, kano, years & years

Boardmasters Festival returns to Watergate Bay and Fistral Beach from Wednesday 8 August to Sunday 12 August 2018. As always all music and camping activities will be held at the Watergate Bay site, and all surfing, skate, BMX, shopping and beach activites will be held at our Fistral Beach site, near the town centre.

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when: 9th-12th August
where: Hampshire
Line-up highlights: Gorillaz, Die Antwoord, Enter Shikari, Limp Bizkit, Lady Leshurr

A world of unity, creativity & freedom, Boomtown Fair is a four day festival set in the Matterley bowl in Hampshire, UK on the second weekend of August. Now heading into its 10th chapter, Boomtown fuses a diverse line-up of underground and global music with boundary pushing immersive art, theatre and performance coming together as a living, breathing, fictitious city.

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Green Man Festival
WHEN: 16th-19th August
wHERE: Breacon Beacons

Nestled within the majestic Brecon Beacons, the Settlement is your opportunity to explore miles and miles of mountains, forests, waterfalls and rivers. Camp with Green Man for a whole week from 13th August to discover the verdant beauty of the Welsh surroundings…

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Rize Festival
WHEN: 17th – 18th August
WHERE: Hylands Park, Chelmsford

Celebrating its very first year RiZE Festival brings together an exciting mix of the very best music from classic indie, pop, urban, dance and new upcoming talent across four stages. Hylands Park has a history of hosting world class events and this new local festival promises to bring an incredible weekend of live music plus a huge hub of the best food and drink on the festival circuit.

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When: 23rd – 26th August
Where: Daresbury
line-up highlights: annie mac, carl cox, diplo, eric prydz presents holo, fatboy slim, major lazer, pete tong

With 21 years at the forefront of electronic music festivals, there are very few that quite compare to the behemoth that is Creamfields. For the 2018 edition, the festival once again unleashes a stellar line-up that is mind-blowing in depth and breadth, with artists from across the full-spectrum of dance music set to make the trip to the fields of Cheshire for another 4-day extravaganza that looks set to be bigger than ever.

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When: 23rd – 26th August
Where: Northamptonshire
Line-up highlights: lowkey, solana, my baby, dj krust, honeyfeet, groovelator

From funk to soul, disco to reggae and drum & bass to jazz – each year Shambala brings you a unique soundtrack that you won’t find elsewhere, handpicked to perfectly compliments the vibe, atmosphere and rhythm of your weekend.

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When: 24th-26th August
Where: southsea seafront,  Portsmouth
Line-up highlights: The libertines, paul weller, paloma faith, the prodigy, years & years

Victorious, the UK’s biggest metropolitan festival is a day festival located on the picturesque Southsea Seafront. The festival takes place over August Bank Holiday Weekend.

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Reading & Leeds
When: 24th-26th August
Where: Reading & Leeds
line-up highlights: fall out boy, post malone, wolf alice, travis scott, kings of leon, skepta

Reading and Leeds is the world’s oldest popular music festival.Taking place simultaneously over the August Bank Holiday, the two festivals boasts the same line-up across both sites.

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SW4 Festival
WHEN: 25th – 26th August
WhERE: Clapham Common, London
line-up highlights: marshmello, chase & status, DJ EZ, armand van helden, lethal bizzle

Set to return to London’s Clapham Common this August bank holiday weekend (25th – 26th Aug), South West Four is the last hurrah of the Summer with a roster of superstar DJs to soundtrack your day on the Common and dance the night away to in style, and all in the easily accessible London zone 2. Chase & Status, Craig David, Basement Jaxx and Dizzee Rascal will bring the noise to the capital’s longest running electronic music festival pulling out all the stops for this special milestone year with a series of exclusive performances and chart topping artists.

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Electric Picnic

When: 31st August – 2nd September
Where: stradbally hall, co. laois,, ireland

line-up highlights: kendrick lamar, massive attack, n*e*r*d, dua lipa, ben howard, george ezra, chvrches

An unforgettable weekend filled with music, comedy, theatre, fun, laughter and much more.

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Festival No.6
When: 6th-9th September
Where: Portmeirion, Wales
line-up highlights: friendly fires, jessie ware, hurts, franz ferdinand, django django

Festival No.6 is the UK’s most unique experience. A multi award-winning music, arts and culture festival, located in the magical coastal home of Portmeirion, with an eclectic mix of iconic and the best new artists. The  main stage is a Mediterranean-inspired, Grade II-listed fantasy village, surrounded by estuary, mountains and woodlands. During the festival, the village and surrounding woodlands come alive as a unique series of surreal and inspiring venues.

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Mint Festival
when: 22nd September
where: Leeds
line-up highlights: TBA

One of the nation’s best-loved dance music events, Mint Festival, has announced details of the next event, which will return on Saturday 22nd September 2018.

With arenas from system, Knee Deep in Sound, Bitch and others, this year the Mint Festival line up boasted Loco Dice, Seth Troxler, Eats Everything and Hannah Wants, with every year collaring together a brilliant ensemble of the leading names in house, techno, bass music and much more.

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