Summer is coming, and that means the festival season is here. To gear you up for five months of fun, sun and mud, we’ve put together your ultimate music festival guide for 2017. If you’re looking for musical mayhem in a field this summer, we’ve got you covered.
Check out the best UK music festivals using our music festival calendar, or stay right here in the city with our big list of London music festivals. You can win festival tickets on our competitions page and discover the best new bands on this summer’s festival circuit. See you down the front!
Plan your festival summer
Find music festivals by month
Find a summer festival in the UK or London in July 2017 with our handy music festivals calendar. This is prime time for summer parties, with plenty of choice whether you like your festival action in the city or the countryside. Hit London heavyweights Lovebox and British Summer Time or go for rural bliss at Secret Garden Party or Womad.
This August 2017 find a summer festival with our comprehensive music festival calendar. August is a big month in festival season so whether you’re looking for a banging dance music festival, a boutique event or huge pop acts, pick from our list of the best UK and London festivals in August. With everything from Wilderness to Reading Festival on offer, you’re guaranteed to find something to suit your tastes.
Festival news and features
The Grafton, a prominent Kentish Town booze-fixture for decades, had a 2013 makeover that made it a gastro-fixture as well. Since then the food has gone through several changes: in-house for a while, visiting Southern-style barbecue (uninspiring) for a while, then salt beef from the heavenly Bell & Brisket for not nearly long enough. The food policy has reverted to made-on-the-premises. And we hope this is a permanent decision, because The Grafton is currently dishing out some of the best food in Kentish Town. The menu changes regularly, but certain star dishes seem to be on all the time. Steak, expertly cooked and using exceptionally good beef, comes in three sizes ranging in price from £9 for 225g to £16 for 300g – a clever policy, since people have varying appetites for unadorned red meat. Soup is also a regular and is justly popular. A small plate of ‘tempura broccoli’ (£4.80) was as fine a piece of deep-frying as we’ve come across anywhere in London. Heritage carrot salad (served in two sizes, £6 or a main course for £8) featured a very tasty cardamom-accented dressing. And best of all was a dish of braised short ribs (£14) with carrots and carrot purée. Short ribs are everywhere at the moment, but this version – beautifully tender and with accompaniments simultaneously sharp and soothing – could rub shoulders with the best of them. Drink prices are easy on the wallet, with wines on tap and by the glass at prices that make some other gastropubs look greedy. The real a
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