Don’t believe the naysayers: it’s boom time for UK festivals. Every summer brings a new crop of innovative summer music festivals to join the long-established big beasts of festival season. So no matter what you’re looking for – rock ’n’ roll headliners, folk festivals, boutique festival frolics, house and techno bangers – there’s something for you happening in a field this summer. Here’s our round-up of the very biggest and best UK music festivals taking place in 2017. See you down the front! RECOMMENDED: More incredible music festivals
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Last time the British public were asked to make a decision about Europe, 48.1 percent of us got pretty pissed off. This week, we get to try again, thanks to BBC Two’s ‘Eurovision: You Decide’. Six hopeful acts will be performing live from Hammersmith’s Eventim Apollo, after which the public’s votes will be added to an expert panel’s scores and we’ll have a Eurovision hopeful primed for battle in Kiev in May. Host Mel Giedroyc – who’s such a big Eurovision fan that she calls it ‘Eurovisj’ – tells us why it’s time for everyone to get involved. You also hosted ‘Eurovision: You Decide’ last year. Why should people come along on the night?‘Honestly, the atmosphere in the room will be incredible. It’s going to be stuffed to the gunnels with Eurovision fans, all buzzing and up for a good time. As I’m telling you about it now, all my hairs are standing on end – on various parts of my body. It’s just a lovely event and we blimmin’ need those in this day and age.’ But will it actually help us pick a decent song?‘You know, I trust the public. I also think it’s good to be transparent about it and basically pass the buck. If it all goes tits up, we can just say, “The public decided, it’s their fault!”’ The UK’s had a rough time at Eurovision lately. Is Brexit the final nail in the coffin?‘It’s really difficult to say. At this point, Theresa May really sounds like she means business with her swift and hard Brexit, but who knows where we’ll be in May? Maybe other countries will feel so
You lucky Londoner: you don’t need a tent or even a pair of wellies to get the full music festival experience this summer. You’ve got some of the world’s biggest acts and a whole world of fun a tube ride away, thanks to these incredible music festivals in London during 2017. Buy your tickets today and forget about going away, because after a long day of sun and debauchery there’s nothing better than a warm shower and your own bed. RECOMMENDED: More incredible music festivals
Find a summer festival in the UK or London in July 2017 with our handy music festivals calendar. This is prime time for summer parties, with plenty of choice whether you like your festival action in the city or the countryside. Hit London heavyweights Lovebox and British Summer Time or go for rural bliss at Secret Garden Party or Womad. Just remember to hold back enough energy for upcoming summer festivals in August and September. RECOMMENDED: More UK and London music festivals
June’s here, so make sure you’ve got your summer music festival tickets booked and ready to go. June 2017 is a big month for UK and London festivals, with events like Glastonbury, Field Day and metal mecca Download all jostling for position on the summer festival circuit. But if you’re still undecided there are heaps more upcoming summer music festivals in store for July, August and September. RECOMMENDED: More UK and London music festivals