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Music festivals calendar: May

This year’s festival season kicks off with some top-notch springtime parties

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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.

This page will be updated as more events and line-ups are confirmed.

Music festivals taking place in May 2015

The Masked Ball

Line-up includes Bonobo (DJ), Simian Mobile Disco (DJ), Norman Jay, Andrew Weatherhall and Horse Meat Disco.

Started in 2007, The Masked Ball is a biannual event hidden away in rural Conrwall in the grounds of a huge, coastal guest house. The crowd are a boutiquey bunch and as cool as you like, and the DJ-centric line-up leans towards disco, house and funk, with sets by London's own beatmaster general Andrew Weatherall and the dependably brilliant Horse Meat Disco as definite highlights. Don't forget your masquerade fancy dress.

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Beacon Crag Saturday May 2 2015 - Sunday May 3 2015

The Great Escape

Critics' choice

For Londoners unfamiliar with The Great Escape: it's the UK's answer to South By South West, but a lot smaller and taking place in genteel and slightly seedy Brighton rather than Austin, Texas. The music takes place at various bars, clubs, halls and other temporary venues across the city, and although it's a key event for music industry types to 'network' (read: drink more than usual), for everyone else it's basically a good excuse to catch loads of cool upcoming bands and DJs.

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Various Brighton venues Thursday May 14 2015 - Saturday May 16 2015


Line-up includes The Men They Couldn't Hang, Goldblade, King Kurt, The Urban Voodoo Machine and Ruts DC.

Old punks and regulars on the crusty circuit gather in celebration of the late, great Clash man Joe Strummer’s life with much of this not-for-profit festival's money going to Joe’s various favoured charities. Folk-punk veterans The Men They Couln't Hang take the stage in 2015, with a set from John Robb's punk soulsters Goldblade too.

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Manchester Rugby Club Friday May 22 2015 - Sunday May 24 2015

Love Saves The Day

Line-up includes Jessie Ware, Azealia Banks, Four Tet, Gorgon City, Skepta, Grandmaster Flash, Floating Points, Crazy P, Daniel Avery and Erol Alkan.

Bristol's carefully curated event of ecclectic electronics returns for a fourth year, looking stronger than ever. The city's immense heritage for electronic music gives the festival a good grounding, and pretty much any genre you care to name is well-repped.

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Castle Park Sat May 23 - Sun May 24

Wychwood Festival

Line-up includes UB40, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, The Proclaimers, Lucy Rose, Ghostpoet and The Wonder Stuff.

Wychwood is three nights of family-friendly festival fun in the lush green Gloucestershire countryside, with plenty to keep both adults and little 'uns amused. You can also entertain yourself at one of the 100+ workshops, comedy shows (Mitch Benn and Michael Legge), a mini-real ale festival, or even take the kids to a children's literary festival.

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Cheltenham Racecourse Friday May 29 2015 - Sunday May 31 2015
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