The UK is set to have another big year for music with a number of artists topping the headline acts for various festivals in the UK and around the world.
In January, Wireless shook the table with their best line-up in the last few years since its move to north London’s Finsbury Park. With all three days of the festival sold out – I’ve decided to put a list of festivals in the UK and around Europe for you to check out this summer.
Wireless Festival, 6-8th July – Finsbury Park, London, United Kingdom
WELP! Let’s start with the festival that had Twitter in meltdown due to tickets going on-sale in early January, leaving hundreds of people disappointed after all three days selling out so soon. The line-up includes J.Cole, Partynextdoor, Wretch 32, Bas, Migos, J Hus, Playboi Carti, Lil Uzi Vert, Giggs and don’t even get me started on DJ Khaled and who his friends could be…
Find out more: https://www.wirelessfestival.co.uk
Parklife Festival, 9-10th June – Heaton Park, Manchester, United Kingdom
Manchester’s, Parklife Festival, is back this summer, with an impressive line-up it is easily one of the best festivals around this year. The line-up includes N*E*R*D, The Internet, IAMDDB, Skepta, Earl Sweatshirt, Casisdead and whole lot of other artists that will tickle ya fancy.
Find out more: https://parklife.uk.com/
Longitude Festival, 13-15th July – Marlay Park, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Fancy a trip to Dublin? This might tip you over the edge. Longitude Festival’s line-up was revealed earlier this month and it is definitely one of the best this year. Expect to see J.Cole, Migos, Travis Scott, Sampha, Solange, Tyler the Creator, Anderson.Paak, J Hus, The Internet, Kali Uchis…do I need to say anymore?
Find out more: http://www.longitude.ie/
Reading and Leeds Festival, 24-26th August, Reading and Leeds, United Kingdom
Fans of one the biggest music festivals weren’t happy with the line-up this year. Notable acts such as The Arctic Monkeys were missing and their headline acts just weren’t cutting it! Alas, there’s still a few acts on the line-up that I would go for – Kendrick Lamar and Brockhampton. Just wouldn’t expect it on a rock festival’s line-up…that’s all *shrugs*
Sonar, 14-16th June – Barcelona, Spain
Let’s go international! Why not turn your short break into an amazing festival experience at Sonar? This festival combines music, creativity and technology into one space. You can see Black Coffee, Gorillaz, Little Simz, Bonobo, Preditah and Joe Kay from Soulection.
Find out more: https://sonar.es/en/2018
Bestival, 2-5th August – Lulworth Estate, Dorset, United Kingdom
Bestival is a mystical and quirky festival which is located in the woods of Dorset’s Lulworth Estate. This is a camping festival, so if you like getting mucky and the outdoors – this one may be for you! With an amazing line-up expect to see Chaka Khan, Graces Jones, Thundercat, Jorja Smith, Kelela, Kojo Funds, Ghetts and more.
Find out more: http://www.bestival.net
Fresh Island Festival, 10-12th July – Zrće, Novalja, Croatia
Croatia is known for its famous beach festivals and this year you can do just that at Fresh Island festival. Enjoy stunning views of Zrće beach, the sun and some good music. Your summer turn up is here, complete with Lil Pump, Goldlink and J Hus.
Find out more: https://www.fresh-island.org/
Appelsap Festival, 11th August – Flevopark, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Take a trip to Dam kids and enjoy the sounds of the best in R&B, hip-hop and electronic music this summer. The line-up has been amazing over the last couple of years and is definitely on my list of festivals to attend.
Find out more: http://appelsap.net/
South West Four Festival, 25-26th August – Clapham Common, London, United Kingdom
Like electronic and dance? This may be one to add to your list this summer. Held in Clapham Common, South West Four (often abbreviated to SW4) is one of the biggest electronic and dance festivals in London – expect to see Dizzee Rascal, Craig David, Nadia Rose and Armand Van Helden to take the stage.
Find out more: https://www.southwestfour.com/
We Are FSTVL, 25-27th May – Upminster, London, United Kingdom
Where’s my raving crew? Yes, another dance and electronic festival to top the list. With this year’s line featuring the legend DJ EZ, Mistajam, Yxng Bane, Sub Focus and Hardy Caprio – this one could be fun.
Find out more: http://www.wearefstvl.com/
Field Day Festival, 1-2nd June – Brockwell Park, London, United Kingdom
Did you know Erykah Badu was headlining a festival in London this summer? Nah you didn’t and neither did I…Well she is. You can find the neo-soul Queen headlining Field Day along with Thundercat, Jordan Rakei, NAO, Masego, Kurupt FM and more! This is definitely one to add to my list.
Find out more: http://fielddayfestivals.com/
I’ll be updating the list when festivals announce more acts and I’m also looking to feature a few more. Keep posted!
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