Music festivals calendar: July

The capital comes to life this month as Lovebox and Wireless bring the party to London's parks

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 July 2015


Line-up includes The Horrors, John Grant, Simian Mobile Disco, Public Service Broadcasting, Glass Animals and Grandmaster Flash.

Despite being in its fifteenth successful year, this tiny festival remains a fiercely independent and small affair, with plenty of emerging talent on the bill and a ticket price that won't scare your wallet into sealing itself up.

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Vicarage Farm Friday July 3 2015 - Saturday July 4 2015

Love Supreme Jazz Festival

Line-up includes Van Morrison, Chaka Khan, Hugh Masakela, The Bad Plus, Submotion Orchestra, Candi Staton, Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion and Gogo Penguin.

Get your jazz, funk, blues and soul fix in the grounds of an Elizabethan manor house at this genteel weekender in the lush Sussex countryside. Jazz is the main player here, but there's usually plenty more accomplished fusions courtesy of a great cast of established and upcoming talents.

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Glynde Place Friday July 3 2015 - Sunday July 5 2015


Critics' choice

Line-up includes Drake, Avicii, David Guetta, Nicki Minaj, Mary J Blige, Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Stromae, Labrinth, Jessie J, Clean Bandit, Duke Dumont, Joey Bada$$, Fuse ODG, Childish Gambino, Gorgon City and Grandmaster Flash.

For the second year running, Finsbury Park plays host to an eyepopping line-up of hip hop, R&B and dance music royalty. Drake’s the big Friday headliner, making up for his no-show at last year’s festival, while EDM dons Avicii and Guetta take on Saturday and Sunday nights respectively.

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Finsbury Park Friday July 3 2015 - Sunday July 5 2015

High Definition

Critics' choice

Line-up includes Luciano, Appolonia, Tensnake, Sigma, Art Department, Goldie, Miguel Campbell, DJ EZ, Oneman and Breach.

This solid dance event, now in its second year in Tunbridge Wells, offers prime beats from cutting-edge names covering house, techno, disco and some deeper, darker dance territories.

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Eridge Park Saturday July 4 2015 - Sunday July 5 2015

T In The Park

Line-up includes Kasabian, David Guetta, Sam Smith, Avicii, The Libertines, The Script, Noel Gallagher, The Prodigy, Stereophonics, Rudimental and Fatboy Slim.

Scotland's biggest outdoor festival returns, marking 22 years of great live music (and just as many years of red-skinned Brits lying half-naked and drunk in a park). As ever, they're laying on a great mix of big name rock, pop and dance acts.

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Balado Park Friday July 10 2015 - Sunday July 12 2015
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Bobbi E

   The Sugar Grove Corn Boil in Sugar Grove, Illinois opens at 4 pm on Friday, July 25th and runs through Sunday, July 27th.  Admission is free.  It is a community festival featuring bands, a carnival, food vendors, craft fair, entertainment for children, bingo and much more.  Fireworks are on Saturday night.  

Bands are as follows:   

     On Friday, July 25, the Duke Band performs at 6 pm followed by Red Woody at 7:30 pm and Libido Funk Circus at 9:30 pm.

     On Saturday, July 26, Generations performs at 3:30 pm followed by Humphrey & McKeown at 5 pm, Rockstar Rodeo at 6:30 pm and Lounge Puppets at 8:30 pm.

On Sunday, July 27, 4th Point performs at 1:30 pm followed by Citizen Way at 3 pm and Mikeschair at 4 pm.

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Ginnie Smith
Ginnie Smith

Actually, looking again, it a shame that the festival list is not more exhaustive. It is much too limited to the big commercial outfits. What about the local ones? Is there more information on the way? TIME OUT used to be famous for its listings - what is happening? Who took it over? It makes it far less authoritative, and far less interesting. Just another tourist mag in fact.

Ginnie Smith
Ginnie Smith

Pretty good, but what about the LOVE SUPREME festival near Brighton July 5th-7th? Admittedly it is new this year! Features Terence Blanchard, Chic with Niles Rodger, Esmeralda Spalding, Melanie Gardot, etc. (Jazz and soul)