Top UK Music Festivals 2014
The UK has one of the strongest music scenes in the world, with a particular impressive festival scene. Whether you are 5 or 50 there is something on offer for everyone. Many festivals now include tents featuring theatre, comedy, workshops and childrens’ entertainment but music is at the heart of the best festivals. Line-ups for big events are very competitive, meaning that year upon year, there are big name stars lining up to entertain you all year round. Here is a rundown of the best UK music festivals.
Glastonbury is now behind us but do not fret, there are still plenty of big name festivals lined up throughout the rest of the year. Now in its 10th year, Green Man Festival (14th-17th August) is a grass roots festival set in the breathtaking Black Mountains. The festival prides itself on the most important part of any festival – music. First Aid Kit, Caribou and The Waterboys are just some of the names on this years’ line up. It also prides itself on good quality food and an excellent range of real ale tents. Reading and Leeds Festival ( 22nd-24th August) is a favourite for fans of rock and alternative music and see the likes of Jake Bugg, Bombay Bicycle Club take to the stage. For those wanting a more quirky festival, Bestival brings the Isle of Wight to life on 4-7th September, with big name acts such as Foals, Outkast and Beck.
Festivals Great for Couples
If a wild weekend with friends is not what you are looking for this year, you don’t need to rule out a weekend away at a festival as there are lots of laid back festivals, ideal for a romantic weekend away. Think sitting around a campfire, holding hands and looking up at the stars, whilst listening to great music. Wilderness Festival (7th-10th August) is set in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside and definitely has a romantic feel, for all the lovers out there. Laid back music, theatre, excellent banquets, dancing under the stars and fabulous glamping style tents will make you both swoon. One Love Festival (15-17th August) has an ethos of peace, love and justice that it promotes through its reggae, dub and ska music. The festival is very chilled and a great place to meet like-minded people who want to spread a little love and understanding.
Family Friendly Festivals
For those who are longing for the days when you were child free and could enjoy an indulgent weekend away at a festival, why not take the plunge and visit one of the many child friendly events the UK has to offer. The Cambridge Folk Festival ( 31st July-3rd August) is a very cool place to take your children. With laid back music for all of the family plus music workshops for all of the family, you can enjoy true festival spirit without all the fuss of traditional children’s entertainment. Just So Festival ( 15-17th August) is another superb choice. Set up in 2009 to create a space where families can play, learn, dance and create together, the festival is definitely one that inspires one to be as fun and free as possible. Camp Bestival (31st July- 3rd August) also guarantees a fun filled, dance loaded, fancy dress themed weekend that will delight the whole family. This festival is most definitely about the music too, with De La Soul, Basement Jaxx and James the headline acts this year.
Something a Little Different
With more and more festivals appearing on the calendar there is something out there for everybody, especially those who like the more quirky things in life. The Secret Garden Party (24th-27th July) is a fun and friendly festival set in the heart of Cambridgeshire. Take part in a giant paint fight or maybe in a spot of mud wrestling! With a giant pirate ship in the middle of the lake, you can hop on board for some pirate-technic fun. Public Enemy, Little Dragon and Morcheeba are just some of the headline acts this year, with lots of great stages for unsigned acts and up and coming alternative musicians. Shambhala (22nd-24th August) is also a great choice if you are looking for something a little more alternative. With think tanks, innovative theater, promotion of sustainability and lots of creative fun this festival can certainly not be labelled run of the mill. Festival Number 6 (5-7th September) is another cool choice amongst the trendsetters of the world. With great art and culture as well as literature workshops, this festival is not all about music, but does have some big name acts lining up to perform at its Portmeirion venue.
One Day Festivals
If a weekend of camping and portable toilets make your shriek with fear, then a one day festival is just the thing for you. If you are young and free, V Festival (16th-17th August) is a popular 2 day event where you can either camp or just buy day tickets. You may still have to put up with a little mud but at least you can go home to a nice hot shower. For something a lot more chilled out and appealing for an older audience, Farm Festival is a truly independent event set up as an alternative to celebrity driven large scale festivals. All acts are emerging artists, seeking support from music lovers in the laid back farms of Somerset. Dance fans will love Creamfields ( 22nd-24th August), a hedonistic festival that will have you dancing until the wee hours. You can buy tickets for the whole weekend but one day tickets are very popular.
Whatever festival you choose, you are bound to hear great music, make great friends and are sure to dance the weekend away.