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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

The Big Feastival

Line-up includes Paloma Faith, Grandmaster Flash, Ella Eyre, Cuban Brothers, Norman Jay MBE and Groove Armada DJs.

Is food the new rock 'n' roll? Alex James of Blur seems to think so, if his interest in making cheese is anything to go by. Organised by James and ever-chirpy TV chef Jamie Oliver, this family friendly event mixes up foodie fanaticism and music.

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Sunday August 30 2015

Creamfields

Line-up includes The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, Tiësto, Avicii, Armin Van Buuren, Paul Oakenfold, Sub Focus and Skream.

Definitely the most prolific and voluminous dance music festival in the UK, this three-day event sees stadium DJs mix it up with cooler underground spin-masters. Expect a relentless mix of radio-friendly house anthems, fist-pumping trance, stadium techno and a hint of gut-renching dubstep.

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Daresbury Estate, London Sunday August 30 2015

Shambala

Line-up includes Ibibio Sound Machine, Melt Yourself Down, High Contrast, Dizraeli & The Small Gods, By The Rivers, Afrikan Boy, DJ Food, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba and Eska.

The hedonistic hippie paradise returns. The venue is currently secret, but we do know that it's a country estate in Northamptonshire. Whatever the location, make sure you open your chakras wide and prepare for them to be stuffed full of debauched, arty weirdness, while you witness most of London's graphic designers and accountants run amok in squirrel masks and hemp loincloths.

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Sunday August 30 2015

Leeds Festival

Critics' choice

Line-up includes Metallica, Mumford & Sons, Royal Blood, Deadmau5, Bastille, Jamie T, Years & Years, Wilkinson, Catfish And The Bottlemen and Run The Jewels.

The Northern leg of the bank holiday double-festival favourite, Leeds is younger than its sister in Reading but just as popular, messy and music-centric. You won't find any cute arts and crafts tents here, and rock is always at the top of the bill – though the festival's dance and hip hop tents have taken off recently too.

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Bramham Park, London Sunday August 30 2015

Reading Festival

Critics' choice

Line-up includes Metallica, Mumford & Sons, Royal Blood, Deadmau5, Bastille, Jamie T, Years & Years, Wilkinson, Catfish And The Bottlemen and Run The Jewels.

This long-lived festival fave, which takes place in both Reading and Leeds over the August bank holiday, remains one of the most popular and music-focused rock festivals in the country. Lacking any of the more cutesy elements of modern fests (gourmet cuisine, immersive theatre experiences etc), rawk is always the order of the day – though the festival's dance tents have blossomed in recent years.

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Richfield Avenue, Reading, London Sunday August 30 2015
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