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Summer is well underway, with almost two months still to go, and with the weather as good as it has been, the upcoming festivals could well turn out to be some of the best ever. With that in mind, here are a few of the best to look forward to in August, whatever your taste in music.
Compact, trendy and with a great range of dance and indie, Bestival is billed as a boutique festival. It’s always a huge amount of fun, with themed days and fancy dress always popular. Big acts include everyone from London Grammar and Silk City to Rudimental and Faithless.
Rapidly becoming one of the country’s most impressive festivals, Boomtown sold out at the very start of 2018. The name isn’t just for show - the organisers have gone out of their way to make an amazing temporary town, complete with all manner of themed districts. The lineup is pretty diverse, with lots of electronica, rap, and indie on the poster. Gorillaz, Die Antwoord and Limp Bizkit are the biggest acts at this year’s festival.
Britain’s biggest dance festival is back for 2018 with a truly incredible lineup. It simply can’t be missed if dancing, raving and partying is your thing. Fat Boy Slim, Faithless, Tiesto, Annie Mac, Chase and Status and Faithless are just a few of the big names. Even Idris Elba is on the bill.
The sister festivals of Reading and Leeds are among the UK’s best known festivals, and are now also two of the largest. If you’re looking for a good mix of mainstream pop and rock, then either of these make a great choice. Fall Out Boy, Kendrick Lamar and Kings of Leon are headlining this year, with breakout stars like Dua Lipa also on the bill.
B.O.A. is held at the posh stately home of Catton Hall in Derbyshire, which certainly isn’t what you’d expect from a festival of some of the world’s heaviest music. Heavy metal legends Judas Priest, hot on the heels of their top-5 album earlier this year, are the biggest act on the lineup, with Nightwish and Gojira in headline slots too.
And if you’re lucky enough to have tickets to one of the above, here are six of our biggest festival dos and don’ts: