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Music festivals calendar: September

This summer’s festival season concludes with Bestival, Festival No 6 and more biggies

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 September 2015

Field Maneuvers

Line-up includes Josey Rebelle, Throwing Shade, Steevio & Suzybee, Nick Craddock, Tasha, Kemback, Optimo, Marcellus Pittman and Blawan.

Now in its third year, this three-day party celebrates underground electronic music with a line-up of talented, rising UK DJs (plus a few established heroes). The location is secret again (a 'riverside location 60 minutes outside of London' is all you're getting) and the organisers' desire to keep the vibe intimate and friendly seems to remain: the capacity is still only a few hundred.

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A secret location, London Friday September 4 2015 - Saturday September 5 2015

Festival No 6

Critics' choice

Line-up includes Grace Jones, Belle and Sebastian, Kate Tempest, Ghost Poet, The Two Bears, Andrew Weatherall, Stornoway, Young Fathers and Rae Morris.

The incredible, surreal Mediterranean-style seaside resort of Portmeirion hosts the fourth outing of what's becoming one of the top alternative festivals in the country. There's always a fantastic selection of acts (indie guitar-twiddlers, arty rock types, underground DJs and more) and a strong focus on arts, poetry, spoken word, readings and other cultural tidbits at this blissful escape from reality.

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Portmeirion, London Thursday September 3 2015 - Sunday September 6 2015

One Love Festival

Critics' choice

Line-up includes Mykal Rose, Third World, The Twinkle Brothers, Little Roy, The Maytones, Mad Professor and Stone Love Meets Saxon Sound.

Demonstrating that Bob Marley's legacy goes way beyond the shisha-strewn reggae bars of Southeast Asia, One Love Festival is a celebration of all things reggae and dub, created in honour of the great man's famous 1978 One Love concert. It takes place over three days at an airfield not far from London, with camping or single day tickets available, and good vibes, soulful tunes and low-frequency basslines aplenty.

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Croft Farm, London Friday September 4 2015 - Sunday September 6 2015

Sundown Festival

Line-up includes Rudimental, Ella Henderson, Sigma Live, Jess Glynne, Fuse ODG, Tinie Tempah, Nero, Labrinth, Wretch 32 and Maverick Sabre.

Previously known as 'Norfolk Spectacular', this urban pop-leaning fest in East Anglia is a teenage daydream, with Radio 1-friendly acts like Tinie Tempah, Wretch 32 and Ella Henderson all working it hard, whilst undisputed festival slayers Rudimental take Saturday evening by the scruff of the neck. Look out for site-based afterparties held from 11pm-1am too.

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Norfolk Showground, London Friday September 4 2015 - Sunday September 6 2015

End Of The Road

Line-up includes Sufjan Stevens, Tame Impala, The War on Drugs, Future Islands and Django Django.

It may plough a fairly narrow stylistic furrow but End of the Road's indie, Americana and psych/alt rock line-up is usually one of the best of the festival season. It's an example of the current breed of festivals that knows its niche well and sticks to it, with big names from their chosen field among the many treats. You'll do well to find a more musically substantial, relaxing and environmentally-friendly festival.

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Larmer Tree Gardens, London Friday September 4 2015 - Sunday September 6 2015
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