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Dot Dot’s July UK Festival Review

Dot Dot’s July UK Festival Review

Festival season is now well underway, with some of the country’s biggest parties, such as Download, already behind us. Though some festivals have been shifted slightly because of the World Cup, July promises to be an action-packed month, with plenty to choose from no matter your taste. Tickets might be hard to come by for some of them, but where there’s a will there’s a way!

British Summer Time, Hyde Park (6-8 July, 13-15 July)

Spanning two weekends, BST in Hyde Park is now in its sixth year, and brings an eclectic mix of bands, with some huge names on the list. There are six headliners in total over the six days, and they’re confirmed to be Roger Waters, The Cure, Eric Clapton, Michael Bublé, Bruno Mars and Paul Simon, with a host of supports. It’s a great choice for those looking for a laid back festival with a summers atmosphere and a decent range of acts.

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Latitude Festival, Suffolk (12-15 July)

Latitude is a sprawling festival that offers not only music, but film, theatre, dance and more. If you’ve got kids or you’re after something to do with younger relatives, then this is a good option, because there really is something for everyone. The big names include the Killers, Solange, alt-J and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, but there are late night DJs and all sorts of other musical acts to look forward to. 

TRNSMT,Glasgow (29 June - 1 July, 6-8 July)

Ultra-trendy, TRNSMT replaces T in the Park as Scotland’s big festival. Held for the first time last year, it was awarded ‘Best New Festival at the UK Festival Awards. This year features some heavy hitters, particularly if you’re into indie and rock. The names include Stereophonics, Liam Gallagher, Arctic Monkeys, the Killers, and Queen + Adam Lambert. It’s arguably one of the best line-ups of the whole summer, let alone July. :

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What to Take

Of course the other question is, what do you take to one of these festivals? Don’t pack enough and it’s not going to be fun, but pack too much and you might struggle with the trek across fields – not to mention the risk of taking out a few car wing mirrors and fellow festival goers on the way to camp! Rather not risk it? Here’s some recommended essentials…

  • Your ticket (the rest is pretty useless without this!)
  • ID
  • Cash and cards (run a quick budget and carry what you need)
  • Clothing – layers are best (sure, you checked the weather, but this is the UK)
  • Phone, plus charger and batteries (power banks are ideal)
  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Tent
  • Bin bags (any kind of disposable bag will do)
  • Toiletries (wipes are a godsend)
  • Bottle opener (multi-functional is ideal for unexpected corks)
  • Spoon, fork, knife (‘it’s like ten thousand spoons’ - never a truer song lyric from Alanis)
  • Food (think easy to prep, but nutritious – you’ll need your energy)
  • Cooking equipment (nothing like a bacon butty to start the day)
  • Ear plugs (make those few precious hours count at least)

And there you have it! Pick a festival for July, grab the essentials, and take advantage of what looks like a decent summer.

Did we miss anything? Let us know by sharing your tips!

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