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Music festivals calendar: August

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

This August 2016 find a summer festival with our comprehensive music festival calendar. August is a big month in festival season so whether you’re looking for a banging dance music festival, a boutique event or huge pop acts, pick from our list of the best UK and London festivals in August. With everything from Wilderness to Reading Festival on offer, you’re guaranteed to find something to suit your tastes. And if not, there’s always September

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UK music festivals in August 2016

Leeds Festival

The Northern sister in the rock festival family

Not for the fainthearted, Reading’s Yorkshire counterpart has a hard-earned reputation for torrential downpours and mud fights. But rain never dampens the spirits of the scores of tipsy teenagers gracing Bramham Park. Leeds and Reading put music first and provide a totally twee-free festival experience – no immersive theatre or gourmet cuisine in sight – much to the joy of the screaming crowds. Pro tip: leave the white skinny jeans at home.

Line­-up includes: Foals, Disclosure, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The 1975, Eagles of Death Metal, Boy Better Know, Slaves, Hinds.

Bramham Park, Leeds. August 26–28.

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The Big Feastival

Want your rock ’n’ roll with roquefort?

Everyone’s favourite cheese pedlar and former Blur bassist Alex James once again teams up with celebrity chef/business overlord Jamie Oliver for a family-­friendly Cotswolds weekender. Fans of musical and actual gluttony can come together to enjoy cooking demos, markets, restaurant pop­-ups and a bit of rock ’n’ roll for good measure. The marriage between music and food offers revellers the chance to get working on their dad bod and show it off on the dancefloor at the same time.

Line­-up includes: TBA.

Alex James’s Farm, Kingham, The Cotswolds. August 26–28.

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The Glastonbury of dance music – remember your wellies

Every year the Creamfields line­-up groans with heavyweight dance acts. The camping festival – expanded this year to four days – is an annual exploration that sees dance music fans up and down the country worship at the altar of DJ demi­gods, underground spin­masters and slinky house producers. With so much to two-­step to, you'd be forgiven for sloping back to the campsite and grabbing a warm beer to help you make it through to curfew on Sunday.

Line­-up includes: Calvin Harris, Tiestö, Avicii, Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Jack Ü, Dimitri Vegas/Like Mike, Hardwell, Above & Beyond.

Daresbury, Cheshire. August 25–28.

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Victorious Festival

A budget weekender by the sea

If you can’t make it out to sunnier climes this summer, why not head down to Southsea seafront for Victorious? This seaside city festival has a laid-back mix of big name pop and rock acts, a family-friendly atmosphere and a rock-bottom ticket price.

Line-up includes: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds,
Manic Street Preachers, Mark Ronson, Will Young, The Coral, Levellers, Echo And The Bunnymen, Jack Savoretti.

Castle Field, Portsmouth. August 27-28.

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Reading Festival

A rocking festival stalwart for hardcore music fans

The August Bank Holiday weekend may be a breath of fresh air for many, but for Reading festival­goers it's overshadowed by the sound of exam results being ripped from their packets. No sooner than the tears of joy/sadness have dried up, flocks of teenagers are swilling warm cider in celebration at one of these twinned festivals. Reading and Leeds offer a winning combination of indie and rock favourites (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and some of their new­blood heirs (Slaves). After seeing the first wave of acts, it doesn’t look like they’ve done much for the gender imbalance.

Line­-up includes: Foals, Disclosure, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The 1975, Eagles of Death Metal, Boy Better Know, Slaves, Hinds.

Richfield Avenue, Reading. August 26–28.

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London music festivals in August 2016

South West Four


The mighty SW4 – Clapham Common’s bank holiday dance music explosion – returns for another weekend of big drops, club anthems and arms in the air. If you’re longing for big beats but can’t afford Ibiza and are loath to spend the last days of summer in a dark room, head to SW4 for your fix of big-room house, EDM, electro, techno and trance, as well as other genres creeping in from all angles. The names that SW4 pulls in include some of the biggest DJs and live dance acts on the planet – including block-rocking heroes The Chemical Brothers, the first headliners announced – which is probably why it has a marked tendency to sell out well ahead of time.

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Clapham Common , Clapham Until Sunday August 28 2016

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Music festival competitions

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By: Time Out London Music


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