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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.

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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


Line-up includes Faithless, Rudimental, Bastille, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Clean Bandit, The Darkness, De La Soul, Duke Dumont, Everything Everything and Nick Mulvey.

Two-day surfing and skateboarding showcase with a solid line-up of hip hop, drum and bass, punk, rock and UK bass vibes, located on the cliff overlooking Watergate Bay. Headliners include Rudimental and Faithless and there are plenty of other beat-throwers, tune-spinners and guitar-pluckers on hand. Totally gnarly, dude.

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Watergate Bay Friday August 7 2015 - Sunday August 9 2015


Line-up includes AR Kane, Charles Hayward, Spectres, Emma Tricca, Necro Deathmort, Trembling Bells, Trash Kit.

This super-leftfield three-day festival in rural Oxfordshire is about much more than music: various weird goings-on around the festival site include lock-up performance art, a maze and zine workshops. That's not to say the music isn't worth a listen, though: ranging from doom metal and improvised rock to ambient dubstep explorations via creepy psychedelia, the line-up is still under wraps, but last year's roster included the likes of Joanna Gruesome and Esben and the Witch, so expect more delightful weirdness this year.

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Braziers Park Friday August 7 2015 - Sunday August 9 2015
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