Festival season is fast approaching and there’s a whole lot going that you most definitely don’t want to miss. From the biggest festivals everyone’s already got their tickets for to those hidden gems, slightly more quirky and alternative, worry not because we’ve got you covered. There’s something for everyone here: camping and glamping, affordable and bank breaking, indie and mainstream.
So what are you waiting for? Grab your wellies, your raincoats and a whole lot of glitter for this Summer’s best festivals. Here’s Eilidh Akilade’s guide to Summer ‘18.
Knockengorroch, Dumfries & Galloway, May 24-27
This festival with its dreamy fairytale vibe is hilariously out of place, nestled between mountains and rivers in south west Scotland.
Knockengorroch offers a family friendly festival – a perfect opportunity to release your inner child – with music ranging from folk to rock.
Peculiar in the best of ways, Knockengorroch is an explosion of colour and creativity with abstract art and performances in every corner.
Trust me, you’ll find yourself in garishly bright clothes, sitting around a campfire with new best friends from last night’s ceilidh – aka complete strangers – and completely let go of normality.
PROS: Didn’t you read the last bit?
CONS: You might make too many friends.
TICKETS: Too many options to count.
Radio 1’s Biggest Weekend, Perth, Belfast, Coventry & Swansea, May 25-28
The Beeb have gone nuclear this Spring by taking their annual free bash and multiplying it by four. Then adding on ticket prices.
Depending on your musical taste/location/motivation you could be enjoying anything from Radio 2-friendly jazz favourite Jamie Cullum to alternative rock heroes Wolf Alice to all-conquering singer-songwriter Ed Sheran over the course of the festival.
With over 175,000 tickets available across the sites in Perth, Coventry, Belfast and Swansea, there truly is something for everyone here.
PROS: The sheer mind-boggling variety on offer.
CONS: It’s not free this year. Damn you, BBC controller.
TICKETS: That’s a tricky one. It all depends on which site you’re heading to and how long you’re staying. To be safe, check out the BBC website.
TRNSMT, Glasgow Green, June 29-July 1 and July 6-8
Now in its second year, TRNSMT has Liam Gallagher, Stereophonics and The Killers headlining for your aural pleasure.
I’d buy a ticket just to hear ‘Mr Brightside’ live. If you’re a festival newbie then this non-camping one’s a great place to start: no mud clogged tents, no hangovers worsened by a cold sleeping bag and you can shower before getting sweaty all over again the next day. And remember Scottish rain is guaranteed to cool you down in any mosh pit.
PROS: City centre setting great for access, accommodation, etc.
CONS: No camping option so get yourself sorted on AirBnB NOW if you’re planning to stay the weekend.
TICKETS: Range from £59.50 for day pass to £409 for five-day VIP access.
Tiree Music Festival, Crossapol, Tiree, July11-16
This one requires a bit of a pilgrimage – a four hour ferry to be precise so pack seasickness tablets – but the location on the Isle of Tiree in the Hebrides is most definitely worth it.
For folk music lovers this festival is perfect with the biggest names in that genre – this time around Skipinnish, Skerryvore and Hannah Rarity are among those pulling in the punters.
Not only does a ticket to Tiree offer the best of folk but also the best of Scotland as it’s acclaimed as the ‘Hawaii of the North’. Yes, think white sand beaches, blue skies, the lot.
Due to its somewhat isolated location this is set to give you that social media break you need.
PROS: Stunning backdrop showcases the best of Scotland.
CONS: The best of Scotland usually comes with rain attached.
TICKETS: Free if you’re under eight. Otherwise from £60.
Lovebox, Brockwell Park, London, July 13-14
This non-camping music and arts festival is filled with unique, fresh, exciting acts. Skepta, Childish Gambino and N.E.R.D top the bill this year.
Bursting with colour and excitement, this one’s going to be perfect for that Summer Instagram theme you’ve been lusting over.
If you want to feel cooler than you actually are, grab some sparkles and a bunch of friends and find yourself in a park transformed into a carefree yet edgy haven.
PROS: No one’s judging you here – anything goes.
CONS: You might feel too ‘normal’ at times. Don’t worry, you’ll get over it and you’ll emerge a better person.
TICKETS: From around £45 for day ticket.
Reading & Leeds, August 24-26
With Glastonbury taking a holiday this year, Reading and Leeds is where it’s at.
These twin festivals are the place to be for the year’s biggest acts. Think crop tops and shorts and hanging out with a bunch of friends, rolling out of a tent each morning and forgetting all your troubles. Kendrick Lamar, Kings of Leon, Fallout Boy and Panic! at the Disco headline this year. Oh and it’s in England so you’ve got less of a chance of catching hypothermia.
PROS: Twin sites means you get to pick your party.
CONS: Twin sites means you have a decision to make. It’s Reading, right? No, Leeds. No, wait…
TICKETS: From £69.50 for day ticket to £205 for weekend pass.