The best UK rock festivals 2012

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Our pick of this year's top music festivals for rock fans in the UK

Find the very best rock festivals as recommended by Time Out's music team. 2012 is a bumper year, with The Stone Roses playing T In The Park, Pearl Jam at the Isle of Wight, Metallica gracing the Download stage and many more. With so much on offer use our guide below to find the perfect festival for you, and buy tickets too.


The best rock festivals in the UK

  • ATP: Curated by Jeff Mangum

    Until Sun Mar 11, Butlins Minehead

    Jeff Mangum, Joanna Newsom, The Magnetic Fields + more.

    Neutral Milk Hotel's Mangum brings his acoustic guitar to town. He was supposed to curate ATP in Dec 2011, but had to reschedule to 'unfortunate and unforseen circumstances', so hopefully it'll run smoothly this year. View festival information

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  • Download

    Jun 8-9, Donington Park

    The Prodigy, Metallica, Black Sabbath + more

    There might be more metal festivals now than ever before but this is still the UK's premier gig for the heavy stuff, drawing in every kind of hard-riffing band, whether it's rock behemoths or the latest thrash, screamo and emo acts. View festival information

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  • Rockness

    Jun 8-10, Loch Ness

    Mumford & Sons, deadmau5, Biffy Clyro + more

    Lakeside festival – where an added lure is the myth of Nessie lurking beneath the water – mixes it up well and good this year... View festival information

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  • Isle Of Wight

    Until Sun Jun 24, Seaclose Park

    Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band + more

    This three-day festival on the isle boasts some of the biggest names (and wrinkles) in rock...View festival information

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  • Sonisphere

    Jul 6-8, Knebworth House

    The travelling metal/hard-rock festival returns. The lineup is yet to be announced, so keep your eyes peeled to www.timeout.com/festivals for news of confirmed acts as it comes in. View festival information

  • T In The Park

    Jul 6-8, Balado Park

    The Stone Roses

    Scotland's finest outdoor festival has announced just one headliner to date, but it's a biggie. The reunited kings of indie dance, led by the Monkey Man himself, return, thrilling the devoted – whose youth was soundtracked by the Roses' peerless first album – and doubtless disgusting purists who reckon history should be left well alone. View festival information

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  • Standon Calling

    Aug 3-5, Standon

    What started out as a big party in the organiser's parent's massive back garden has become a terrific boutique festival with themed fancy dress and more charm than you'd imagine... View festival information

  • Bloodstock

    Aug 10-12, Catton Hall

    Behemoth, Sepultura, Alice Cooper + more

    he world's premier death metallers converge on Derbyshire for a properly heavy and satanic metal fest that's louder and more extreme than Download and Sonisphere put together. View festival information

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  • Reading Festival

    Aug 24-26, Richfield Avenue, Reading

    This long-lived festival fave, which takes place in both Reading and Leeds over the August bank holiday remains one of the most popular three-day rock and pop festivals of the summer. View festival information

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  • V Festival

    Aug 18-19, Hylands Park, Chelmsford

    The original dual-venue festival continues to draw in lots of big name exclusives to Weston and Hylands Parks and, thanks to a budget that appears to be bottomless, a truly staggering array of the most popular and glitzy names in rock and pop. View festival information

  • ATP: Curated by The National

    Dec 7-9, Butlins Minehead

    The National, Kronos Quartet, The Antlers + more

    Brooklyn-based, Ohio emigres TN, imparting darkly compelling yet admirably unmelodramatic personal tales from their 2010 album 'High Violet' and hopefully previewing new material... View festival information

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