It’s May and the summer music festival season is just around the corner, so get your spring 2016 festival hat on with our comprehensive calendar of some of this month’s biggest and best UK and London festivals. Choose from Brighton’s The Great Escape or keep it local with We Are FSTVL. And if you want to be really organised, check out upcoming festivals in June, July, August and September with our full 2016 festival calendar.
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UK music festivals in May 2016
A dance-focused rural retreat for all the family
After a few successful years up north, Alfresco moves to Tunbridge Wells this summer. There’s a line-up of cool DJs and live acts for the parents plus plenty for kids, including a rock ’n’ roller disco and DJing lessons.
Line-up includes: Ivan Smagghe, Ed Mahon, Don Letts, Vox Low, The Emperor Machine, Kate Boss.
Colebrook Lakes, Royal Tunbridge Wells. May 27-29.Read more
Bestival spins off into a new twin-city festival
Bestival mastermind Rob Da Bank has turned his sights to the mainland with his new no-camping venture Common People. Taking place in Southampton and Oxford in one weekend, it features a few Bestival-sized headliners alongside tons of grime, hip hop, and dance outfits. Street food, boutique bars and bouncy castles are sprinkled around site for good measure. Cheap as chips and no need for a ferry ride.
Line-up includes: Duran Duran, Public Enemy, Primal
Scream, Katy B, Soul II Soul, Jamie Lawson, Chas & Dave, DJ Zinc.
South Park, Oxford and Southampton Common, Southampton. May 28-29.Read more
Switch off and drink smoothies at the Innocent weekender
For the second year running, London smoothie-mongers Innocent have put together this getting-away-from-it-all weekender in an unspecified forest in Kent. Although there’ll be no phones allowed, no wifi and no electricity (it’s all solar- or man-powered), it’s hardly going to be a primitive experience: there’ll be yurts aplenty, live music, DJs and cabaret, an open-air spa and gourmet food – plus, we assume, all the smoothie you can drink. Best of all, tickets are just £15.
Line-up includes: DJ Yoda, Lazy Habits, Lucy Rose, Jake Isaac, Mr Motivator, Andreya Triana, Mamas Gun.Read more
London music festivals in May 2016
Over the last three years WAF has established itself as one of the big guns among the new generation of dance festivals. Returning to London (well, Essex, but it’s on the tube) for two more days this summer, it boasts another heavyweight line-up of globe-conquering DJs, hot rising talents and respected undergrounders.Read more
Win tickets to your favourite festivals
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