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

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'Tis the season to sip warm cider and enjoy live music in a field. Yes, festival season is upon us and to help you plan your summer we've rounded-up all of this year's offerings in one seriously handy calendar. Whether you're after a week-long getaway or whether you're after inspiration for one of the upcoming long weekends, our 2014 festivals calendar has all the dates you need for your diary this summer.

Music festivals in August 2014: our picks


The best of the rest this August

End Of The Road

Line-up includes The Flaming Lips, Wild Beasts, Gene Clark No Other Band, The Horrors, John Grant, Yo La Tengo, Richard Thompson, Gruff Rhys, Tinariwen, British Sea Power, White Denim, Connan Mockasin, John Cooper Clarke, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit, The BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Drenge, Mark Kozelek, Cate Le Bon, Sweet Baboo, Perfume Genius, Alexis Tayloe, All We Are, The Barr Brothers, Peggy Sue, Three Trapped Tigets, The Wave Pictures.

What's the deal? It may plough a fairly narrow stylistic furrow but End of the Road's indie, Americana and psych/alt.rock line-up is, once again, one of the best of this year's season. It's an example of the current breed of festivals that knows its niche well and sticks to it, with big names from their chosen field including the always-enjoyable adventures of The Flaming Lips, innovative and intellectual indie ponderers Wild Beasts and retro electronic geniuses the BBC Radiophonic Workshop among the many treats. You'll do well to find a more musically substantial, relaxing and environmentally-friendly festival.

  1. Larmer Tree Gardens Tollard Royal, SP5 5PT
  2. Until Mon Sep 1
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Field Maneuvers

Line-up includes Move D, Wookie, Tama Sumo, Lakuti, Elgato, Brackles, Huntleys & Palmers Audio Club Showcase, Ghettospheric, Cornerstone Soundsystem, Yeah, Maybe, Sammy String, The Local Group, Joe Watkins, plus more TBA.

What's the deal? Now in its second year, this three-day party celebrates underground electronic music, with a roster made-up largely of talented, rising UK DJs and a few heroic names in the mix as well. The location is secret at the moment (a 'riverside location 60 minutes outside of London' is all you're getting) and the organisers' desire to keep the vibe intimate and friendly seems to remain, but those who do get one of the 500 tickets will be able to enjoy banging house, deep disco, pumping techno and dancefloor bombs of all shapes and sizes, as well as funk, soul and hip hop. It's all there and begging to be boogied to. This is one field trip you'll be glad you didn't skive.


Want more? Find more music festivals this year

September

This summer's festival season concludes with the likes of Bestival and Reload Festival

Further ahead

Summer may have come to an end, but that doesn't mean the party's over. Check out festivals taking place this autumn


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