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Music festivals calendar: September

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

September is the last hurrah for the London and UK summer festival season, but before the summer ends there’s time for a few more big events: Bestival hits the Isle of Wight and London welcomes OnBlackheath. Check out what else September 2016 has to offer with our comprehensive festival calendar.

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UK music festivals in September 2016

In the Woods

The secret woodland get-together celebrates its tenth birthday

Despite growing year on year, In The Woods maintains
its independent spirit. The line-up is always kept secret until the weekend itself, but illustrious alumni include Laura Marling, Drenge, Jack Garratt, Soak and Kate Tempest. It takes place in a secret woodland a stone’s throw (read: one-hour train ride) from
the capital. It’s only be a one-day festival, but overnight camping is included in the modest ticket price.

Line-up includes
: It’s a secret!

Secret Location, near London. September 2-3.

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End of the Road

Round off the summer with some great folk and indie acts

Indie lovers and alt-folk obsessives take note: End of The Road is the place for you. The line-up is usually one of the best thought-out of the season: you may not have heard of all the acts right now, but come summer they’ll have you grooving. You’ll be hard pushed to find a more relaxing, scenic festival with such a deep knowledge of its chosen field.

Line-up includes: Joanna Newsom, Animal Collective,
Bat For Lashes, Cat Power, Devendra Banhart, Goat, Thee Oh Sees, Steve Mason.

Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset. September 2-4.

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Festival No 6

A cultured party in the eccentric village of Portmeirion

Now in its fourth year, Festival No 6 invites weekend warriors to get absorbed in the surreal Mediterranean-style seaside resort of Portmeirion, made famous by the TV show ‘The Prisoner’. The festival lives up to its unusual setting with an equal focus on music, arts, poetry, spoken word, and other cultural tidbits. It’s decidedly family-friendly, and flower garlands and dress-up fun are strongly encouraged.

Line-up includes: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Super Furry Animals, Hot Chip, Bastille, Aurora, Broken Social Scene, Lucy Rose, Django Django.

Portmeirion, Wales. September 1-4.

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Big names make a habit of leading the charge of Rob da Bank’s band of misfits

Isle of Wight’s more colourful festival offers the best party vibe this side of Glastonbury. Tacked onto the tail end of the festival season, Bestival promises four days of live music and premier­league DJs, plus lots of fancy dress thanks to their yearly changing theme (this year it’s ‘the future’). Revellers can also enjoy some anarchic fun at the carnival of small stages, or visit the inflatable church for a quickie festival marriage (not legally binding, gladly).

Line­-up includes: The Cure, Major Lazer, Hot Chip, Animal Collective, Bastille, Skepta, Wolf Alice, Years & Years.

Newport, Isle of Wight. September 8–11.

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London music festivals in September 2016


Critics' choice

It was a hotspot for highwaymen, a suburban oasis for wildlife, a dumping ground for rubble after World War II, and home to England’s first golf course. There’s plenty of history on Blackheath, but it wasn’t until 2014 that this expanse of common ground in south-east London hosted its first festival. OnBlackheath returns this weekend for a second year, once again bringing together the worlds of music and food for some end-of-the-season festival action. As well as a few safe bets in the headline slots, the side stages (booked in past years by Gilles Peterson and Heavenly Recordings) always offer some interesting musical diversions. But there’s plenty to do above and beyond the live acts: craft beer from the local Meantime Brewing Company, a food village where you can see pro cooks in action, and family fun of all varieties. Check back soon for news of the full OnBlackheath line-up.

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Blackheath , Blackheath Saturday September 10 2016 - Sunday September 11 2016

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By: Time Out London Music