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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Venue says: Live music every Friday night from 7.30pm - a variety of performances on the calendar from smooth jazz to rootsy blues and folk.
Imagine a local restaurant transported by the Tardis into Mayfair. Truc Vert is no central London sophisticate, what with the deli products on wooden shelves and the Sam Smith’s beer on the menu (Heineken was offered when we asked if there was anything else). The jazz duo may have been too loud as well, but when it came to the food it was hard to find any gripes. From a menu heavy with French influences, plus the occasional Asian slant, an onion soup was creamier than the standard, with subtle flavouring, and packed with meltingly soft onions. Another starter – sautéed squid, with stir-fried beansprouts, mangetout, pak choi, egg noodle salad and harissa dressing – was a great combination, the squid soft and fresh, the harissa adding just the right warmth. Swordfish steak with niçoise salad and coriander chilli struck a similarly fresh, fusion note, while artichoke and ricotta tortellini were dense, unctuous and deeply flavoured. Only a lemon and cinnamon custard missed the mark; it was fine, but not the luxurious pudding that suits being served in a tiny portion. But that’s not much to complain about. On the whole, this was winning food.