Find a summer festival in the UK or London in July 2016 with our handy music festivals calendar. This is prime time for summer parties, with plenty of choice whether you like your festival action in the city or the countryside. Hit London heavyweights Lovebox and British Summer Time or go for rural bliss at Secret Garden Party or Womad. Just remember to hold back enough energy for more summer festivals in August and September.
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UK music festivals in July 2016
Dizzee Rascal and Everything Everything head up this ‘house party’ themed small festival Blissfields started life as a oneoff party in 2001, so it’s fitting that this year’s theme is a saladbowlpunch, headintheloostyle house party. Organisers promise a journey from ‘the soul basement of Animal House to a gunging at Noel Edmonds’ – sounds great, as long as we don’t have to help clean up after. Acts run from pop and rap to indie and D&B, and tickets nudge just over the very reasonable £100 mark: bonkers.
Line-up includes: Dizzee Rascal, Everything Everything, Roni Size & Dynamite MC, Sundara Karma, Jones Dub Pistols, Molotov Jukebox, Beans On Toast.
Vicarage Farm, Winchester. July 1–2.
A hedonistic wooded wonderland in the Cambridgeshire countryside
Nestled in plush green surroundings, Secret Garden Party is the undisputed home of hippy hedonism on the UK festival scene. ‘Spectacular’ comes as standard: bands, DJs and artists are tucked into every playable space around the site including treehouses, islands, and yurts. SGP is known for being a woodland fairytale, but this year’s theme: ‘The Gardener’s Guide To The Galaxy’ will give the site a galactic twist (with the usual mudwrestling rings and theatre workshops thrown in for good measure). Secret Garden Party is perfect for any weekend warriors wanting to indulge every whim of their folkloric fantasies. Not that you’ll remember most of it.
Line-up includes: Primal Scream, Lissie, Maribou State, Rae Morris, plus more TBA.
Mill Hill Field, Cambridgeshire. July 21–24.
The Stone Roses headline at one of Scotland’s crowning glories (sorry Irn Bru)
Scotland’s biggest outdoor festival returns for its 22 year, and its second in its new home at Strathallan. T in The Park has become a rite of passage for new acts and a site for glorious returns by major rock outfits. The Stone Roses will be leading this year’s lineup, standing shoulder to shoulder with more bigname dance acts and charttopping pop and rock artists. Great if you love warm beer and chanting crowds, bad if you fancy a civilised weekend.
Line-up includes: The Stone Roses, Disclosure, The 1975, The Courteeners.
Strathallan Castle, Perthshire, Scotland. July 8–10.
Engage your brain and your funny bone at this laidback music and arts festival
Latitude is back for its eleventh instalment of adventurous pop and alt rock in an idyllic setting. We’ve come to expect a stellar lineup including worldclass comedians, poets and theatre as well as thoughtprovoking debates. Latitude is family friendly and full of brain food, but there’s more to it than just indie and chin scratching. DJs are hidden in the woods after hours, colourful sheep roam through the fields, dance troupes parade around the site and ale lovers won’t be short of fuel.
Line-up includes: TBA
Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk. July 14–17.
All four corners of the globe descend on Wiltshire
‘If it ain't broke, don't fix it’ may as well be Womad’s official motto. Founded in 1980 with the help of Peter Gabriel, Womad is more popular than ever, filling Charlton Park every year with creativity and culture from all over the world. There are always a couple of household names headlining but the festival’s true joy lies in its hidden gems: the latenight drum circles, bustling market, full orchestras, and theatrical stage shows. It’s a kaleidoscopic feast for the senses: great value for well under two hundred quid.
Line-up includes: TBA
Charlton Park, Wiltshire. July 28–31.
Family friendly festival with Fatboy Slim, Jess Glynne, Tears for Fears and a full line- up that isn’t child’s play
Bestival’s betterbehaved little sister gives Rob da Bank’s finetuned brand of madness a familyfriendly twist. There are loads of cool things for kids to do and plenty for adults too, including posh food, talks and theatre. This year the camp will be taken over by a galactic theme, so prepare for cosmic adventure.
Line-up includes: Fatboy Slim, Jess Glynne, Tears For Fears, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Katy B, Squeeze, Arrested Development, Bananarama.
Lulworth Castle, Dorset. July 28–31.
The boundlessly energetic EDM away day returns to Milton Keynes
This pumpedup, multicoloured US export books massive lineups bursting at the seams with the biggest DJs in the world, as well as smaller needtoknow support acts. EDC is a bigbudget neon dreamscape for the dayglo EDM generation, with aerial displays, dancers, and carnival rides helping to make Milton Keynes a temporary homefromhome for brosteppers and drop junkies from across the country.
Line-up includes: TBA
Milton Keynes Bowl, Milton Keynes. July 9.
London music festivals in July 2016
The mighty Florence + The Machine headline the BST gig series in Hyde Park, promising a blinder of a show under the London summer sky. Big-league support acts include Jamie XX, Blood Orange and – we’re stupidly excited for this one – Kendrick Lamar, playing his first London date since 2015’s incredible ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ album. Huge, basically.Read more
The multiplatinum man band are now reduced to a three-piece, but staff shortages won't stop Gary Barlow OBE, Howard Donald and Mark Owen from tugging at Hyde Park’s heartstrings (and earning a fair whack too) as they headline a huge date as part of the British Summer Time festival.Read more
This new one-day festival comes from the teams behind ace London nightspots Phonox, The Nest and XOYO, plus equally ace Croatian festivals Dimensions and Outlook, and it comes in two legs: a day of raving in Brockwell Park, followed by eight eclectic afterparties across south London with no extra tickets needed. We haven't got a clue who's playing yet, but considering who's involved, you can bet that there'll be a stonking line-up of DJ innovators and perhaps even some live acts thrown in. Watch this space!Read more
Consistently one of the finest festivals in London, catering for cool kids and party monsters, Lovebox packs as much fun into two days as many festivals manage in three. The big news this year – and it’s huge – is the return to action of James Murphy’s boundary-trampling dance crew LCD Soundsystem. They’re coming over to play their only London set on Saturday night at Lovebox, having reunited earlier this year. The Friday headliners are Major Lazer, dropping electro-dancehall rave bombs all over the park.Read more
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