Music festivals calendar: September

This summer's festival season concludes with a blinder of a bash at Bestival



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'Tis the season to sip warm cider and enjoy live music in a field. Yes, festival season is upon us and to help you plan your summer we've rounded-up all of this year's offerings in one seriously handy calendar. Whether you're after a week-long getaway or whether you're after inspiration for one of the upcoming long weekends, our 2014 festivals calendar has all the dates you need for your diary this summer.

Music festivals taking place in September 2014

Louise Roberts


  • Critics choice

Line-up includes Chic with Nile Rodgers, Outkast, Foals, Beck, Disclosure, Major Lazer, Skream, Busta Rhymes, London Grammar, Paloma Faith, Basement Jaxx, Derrick Carter, Candi Staton, Sam Smith, Wild Beasts, Clean Bandit, Caribou, Sven Väth, Eats Everything, Boys Noize, 1-800 Dinosaur, Chvrches, Laura Mvula, Annie Mac, Route 94, Bicep, Chase & Status, Krystal Klear, Dusky + more.

What's the deal? The festival with the best party vibe this side of Glastonbury returns for four glorious days of live music and premier-league DJs. Making the most of Bestival's location on the Isle of Wight, this year's theme is 'Desert Island Disco' – which, from what we can tell, means Club Tropicana all weekend long (but without the free drinks). We're hoping for some tiki-style fancy dress from headliners Beck (Thursday), Outkast (Friday) and Foals (Saturday), but most of all from disco don himself Nile Rodgers, performing with the ever-funky Chic to finish the festival with a glittery bang on the Sunday night.

  1. Robin Hill Country Park
  2. Thu Sep 4 - Sun Sep 7
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Festival No 6

  • Critics choice

Line-up includes Beck, London Grammar, Neneh Cherry/RocketNumberNine, Bonobo, Martha And The Vandellas, Julio Bashmore, Steve Mason, James Holden, Andrew Weatherall, Danny Krivit, Temples, Jimi Goodwin, John Wizards, The BBC Radiophonic Workshop, East India Youth, Alexis Taylor, Michael Mayer, Justin Robertson, Ewan Pearson, Prosumer, Ashley Beedle, Awesome Tapes From Africa.

What's the deal? This Welsh festival held at an incredible Mediterranean-style seaside resort of Portmeirion returns for its third outing, having quickly established itself as one of the top dogs as far as alternative festys go.The big news is that ever-eclectic songwriter Beck will be headlining, supporting the release of his impressive 'Morning Phase' album, but other exciting prospects are hotly tipped alt pop band London Grammar, 'Buffalo Stance' master Neneh Cherry, Motown legends Martha And The Vandellas, and a fantastic selection of other acts, covering indie guitar-twiddlers, arty-rock types and underground DJs playing anything from house to bass to disco. There's also a big focus on arts, poetry, spoken word, readings and other cultural tidbits at this blissful escape from reality.

  1. Portmeirion
  2. Fri Sep 5 - Mon Sep 8
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Reload Festival

Line-up includes Kool & the Gang, Soul II Soul, ABC, The Human League, Billy Ocean, Sister Sledge, Rick Astley, Hot Chocolate, Jason Donovan, Aswad, Heaven 17, Imagination, Go West, Five Star, Bjorn Again, The Real Thing.

What's the deal? If you're craving long-lost '80s and '90s pop icons at your festival, look no further than Norfolk's family friendly Reload Festival. You can hear Jason Donovan (without Kylie, sadly), Rick Astley and Sister Sledge, alongside some more heavyweight acts in funk legends Kool & the Gang and seminal synth-poppers The Human League. The perfect festival if you want to wallow in musical nostalgia.

  1. Norfolk Showground Dereham Road, NR5 0TT
  2. Fri Sep 5 - Sun Sep 7
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The Woolley Festival

Line-up includes Courtney Pine, Hidden Orchestra, Dreadzone, Chas & Dave, Jesus Jones, Yes Sir Boss, The Aristocrats, 3 Daft Monkeys, Martin Simpson, Joe Driscoll and Seckou Kouyate, World Government, Funkinsteins, Malaprop, Billy in the Lowground.

What's the deal? An easygoing, family friendly festival set in Bradford on Avon, offering an accessible mix of rock, pop, jazz, dance and some non-musical pursuits, including arts, crafts and workshops on pole dancing and stone carving.

  1. Merkins Farm
  2. Fri Sep 5 - Sun Sep 7
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The Zoo Project Festival UK

Line-up includes Groove Armada, Steve Lawler, James Zabelia, Shy FX, Mr Scruff, Mala, DJ Falcon, Ben UFO, Midland, Special Request, A Guy Called Gerald, Nightmares on Wax, Craig Richards, James Priestley, Giles Smith, John Talabot, T.Williams, Maribou State, Drew Hill. Phaeleh. Benjamin Damage, Pedestrian.

What's the deal? The organisers say that The Zoo Project Festival – based on an event started in Ibiza years ago – is all about 'immersive, expressive and experimental music and culture'. We say: given the excellent line-up of beat-slinging DJs across any genre of dance music you care to name, expect a crowd up for a rave and just as up for running around the huge forest setting, getting into the zoo theme with gusto. As well as a top-class selection of artists, festival-goers can also enjoy circus acts, mermaids and 'gentlemen chimps', obviously. Don't be shy when it comes to wild fancy dress and animal-themed costumes.

  1. Donington Park Castle Donington, Derby, DE74 2RP
  2. Fri Sep 12 - Sun Sep 14
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