Music festivals calendar: August

With the likes of Wilderness and South West Four pitching up, the music will be as hot as the weather this month

Warm cider, live music and anxious weather-watching: the summer festival season has become a British tradition. To help you plan a fab summer we’ve rounded up this year’s biggest and best UK festivals in one handy calendar. Whether you’re after a city weekender or fields full of fun, our 2015 festivals calendar has all the dates you need for your diary this festival summer.

This page will be updated as more events and line-ups are confirmed.

Music festivals taking place in August 2015

Eastern Electrics

Critics' choice

Line-up includes Jamie Jones, Skream, Floorplan, tINI, Steve Lawler, DJ EZ, Lil Louis, Guti and Richy Ahmed.

Returning to the grand grounds of Hertfordshire's Hatfield House for the second year, premier dance festival Eastern Electrics has grown into an even bigger beast for 2015: the capacity of the one-day event has expanded to 12,000 people, plus the organisers have added an eighth stage and a 'ravey woodlands' area, which will no doubt delight the party-hungry hordes.

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Hatfield House Saturday August 1 2015

Forgotten Fields

Critics' choice

Line-up includes Basement Jaxx, Super Furry Animals, The Levellers, De La Soul, Public Service Broadcasting, The Horrors, Augustines and British Sea Power.

A new festival down south by the people behind Kendal Calling up north, Forgotten Fields brings a trio of British headliners to a deer park just outside Tunbridge Wells. Capacity is only 4,000, so this’ll be an intimate affair by festival standards – prepare to bump into the same people over and over again throughout the weekend.

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Eridge Park Friday August 7 2015 - Sunday August 9 2015


Critics' choice

Line-up includes Björk, Ben Howard, George Clinton And Parliament/Funkadelic, Roisin Murphy, Nick Mulvey, Nils Frahm, Hercules And Love Affair, Benjamin Clementine and Ibibio Sound Machine.

The ever-magical August getaway returns for its fifth year in Oxfordshire, with a top-notch music line-up. But Wilderness isn't just about great sounds: from outdoor theatre to talks and debates, horse riding to yurt-building, a lakeside spa and even long table banquets with leading chefs, this is much more than a music festival.

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Cornbury Park Thursday August 6 2015 - Sunday August 9 2015

Boomtown Fair

Critics' choice

Line-up includes Flogging Molly, Gogol Bordello, Matisyahu, Alborosie, Amadou & Mariam, Squarepusher and Caravan Palace.

While other festivals are happy with a couple of tents and a main stage, Boomtown goes the whole hog and transforms the Matterly Bowl estate in southeast England into an entire town just for the weekend. As well a dizzying number of stages, there are banqueting, craft and healing areas and mutated 'art vehicles'.

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Matterley Bowl Thursday August 13 2015 - Sunday August 16 2015

V Festival, Chelmsford

Line-up includes Calvin Harris, Kasabian, Stereophonics, Sam Smith, The Script, Olly Murs, Ellie Goulding, Hozier, Courteeners and Paloma Faith.

This mainstream-friendly dual-venue festival always draws a truly staggering array of the most popular names in rock and pop, thanks to a budget that appears to be bottomless. There's also the Glee Club Comedy Tent for laffs. No, it's not the most boutique of events out there this summer, but if you're after big acts and a party atmosphere then it's hard to do much better.

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Hylands Park Saturday August 22 2015 - Sunday August 23 2015
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