Worldwide music festival guide • UK

Plan a musical odyssey with Time Out’s global guide to music festivals – the best line-ups, sonic fields and destination fests in the UK and around the world

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Glastonbury, the UK’s iconic festival (featuring an iconic UK downpour)

Glastonbury, the UK’s iconic festival (featuring an iconic UK downpour)

Britain has some of the best music festivals on the planet. From druids and dance stages at Glastonbury to sunny beats at Bestival – held on a quaint hill on the picturesque Isle of Wight – festivals in the UK are a national habit. And they’re varied, inventive and often downright groundbreaking. Whether you're after global music, chart-topping hip hop, indie or proper old-fashioned rock and roll, you'll find it here. Britain's festival scene can be hard to navigate – not least because there are so many of them. Not sure where to begin? Never fear – start your sonic journey to the UK with Time Out's guide to the UK's finest festivals...  

  • Womad - rocking (from) all over the world

    Womad

    Thu July 24-Sun July 27
    Wiltshire, UK Charlton Park

    Airileke • Arrested Development • Fat Freddy's Drop • Alice Russell
    The World of Music, Arts and Dance festival, or Womad, brings together the finest international acts to span the continents: a cultural pick-and-mix event that'd leave an ethical candyshop in awe.

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  • Jabberwocky

    Fri Aug 15-Sat Aug 16
    London, UK ExCeL Centre

    Neutral Milk Hotel • James Blake • Caribou • Darkside • Liars…
    ATP, Pitchfork and Primavera Sound have joined forces to put on Jabberwocky, a new two-day indie festival with a stellar line-up that could well be one of the highlights of the London summer.

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  • Leeds Festival

    Fri Aug 22-Mon Aug 25
    Leeds, UK Bramham Park

    Arctic Monkeys • Boys Noize, Bondax • Queens Of The Stone Age • Metronomy…

    This long-lived festival fave, which takes place in both Reading and Leeds over the August bank holiday, remains one of the most popular and resolutely music-focused rock festivals in the country.

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  • Reading Festival

    Fri Aug 22-Sun Aug 24
    Reading, UK Richfield Avenue

    Arctic Monkeys • Boys Noize, Bondax • Queens Of The Stone Age • Metronomy…
    Beloved of music fans across the land, this festival is pretty much a rite of passage for the UK’s indie kids – but its appeal is wide-ranging. It takes place in both Leeds and Reading – double the fun.

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  • Bestival

    Thu Sep 4-Sun Sep 7
    Isle of Wight, UK Robin Hill

    Chic with Nile Rodgers • Outkast • Beck • Disclosure • Busta Rhymes …

    Making the most of Bestival's location on the Isle of Wight, this year's theme is 'Desert Island Disco' – which, from what we can tell, means Club Tropicana all weekend long (but without the free drinks).

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