Music festivals calendar: August

With the Wilderness and South West Four music festivals pitching up in August, the music will be as hot as the weather this month

This August 2018 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. And if not, there’s always September

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UK music festivals in August 2018

Bestival

Bestival

New time, new(ish) location, same party vibe

Bestival had an absolute stinker of it last year. Having relocated from its original Isle of Wight home to the picturesque Lulworth Cove, what should have been a celebration turned into a total apocalyptic washout. That might be why Rob da Bank and co have decided to bring things forward to early August, but either way we’re hoping the festival’s usual hedonistic party vibes will make a welcome return. With a focus on fancy dress, late-night partying and all manner of quirky extras (you can even get faux-married in a wedding tent), Bestival’s spirit may be down but it’s not out.

Line­-up includes MIA, Silk City (Diplo and Mark Ronson), London Grammar, Grace Jones, Plan B, Chaka Khan, Thundercat, Jimmy Cliff. 

Lulworth Estate, Dorset. Aug 2-5. £172.

Wilderness

Wilderness

Escapist hedonism for grown­-ups – kids also welcome

It would be easy to write off Wilderness as a posh playground, but the reality is much more magical. The thoughtfully programmed roster of acts from around the world has grown in calibre and breadth year-on-year, with Björk headlining in 2015. But it’s the awe-­inspiring performance art, debates and mouth­watering feasts that have firmly positioned Wilderness as a carnival for the senses, and much more than just a music festival. Just be aware that few of the luxurious activities are included in the basic ticket price, and add­-ons can quickly add up.

Line-­up includes Nile Rodgers & Chic, Bastille, Jon Hopkins, Kamasi Washington, Baxter Dury. 

Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire. Aug 2-5. From £179.50.

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Boomtown

Boomtown

The temporary town pops back up for another carnival weekend

This annual shindig is a pop-­up cathedral short of being a full­-blown city. Every year the Matterley Bowl estate becomes a magical town full of hypnotic basslines and mind­bending installations. Music ranges from the underground to outer space – with a few big-name (but still very much alternative) acts and DJs – plus the roster of activities (which has matured in recent years), including banqueting, craft and healing areas as well as Boomtown’s traditional mutated ‘art vehicles’. After dark, the hordes of party-heads come out to soak up enough beats, dub, ska and reggae to see them through until daybreak.

Line­-up includes Gorillaz, Die Antwood, Limp Bizkit, Jimmy Cliff, Lady Leshurr, Foreign Beggars, Amadou & Mariam.

Matterley Estate, Hampshire. Aug 9-12. Sold out.

Cropredy

Cropredy

Fairport Convention’s folky bash takes over the village

The 38th annual Cropredy is headlined – as ever – by folk veterans Fairport Convention, who also curate the line-up. Keeping things cosy, there’s just one stage, although there’s also a ‘fringe’ taking place at pubs in the Oxfordshire village. 

Line-up includes Fairport Convention, Brian Wilson presents Pet Sounds, The Levellers, Oysterband, Kate Rusby, Afro Celt Sound System. 

Cropredy, Oxfordshire. Aug 9-11. £135 (weekend), £120 (two-day), £75 (one-day). 

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Green Man

Green Man

Tasteful indie for civilised folk, with added scenic plus-points

Too old for Reading and Leeds but still want to get a bit squiffy in a field this August? Well, look no further than Green Man: the thinking person’s weekender of choice, complete with a line up plucked straight out of a BBC 6Music wet dream. Set in the lush surrounds of the Brecon Beacons, this one’s as much a treat for the eyes as it is for the ears. And while Green Man definitely falls on the calmer end of the festie spectrum, you can still merrily chug on box wine into the wee small hours.

Line-­up includes The War on Drugs, Fleet Foxes, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, John Grant, Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors, Anna Calvi, Cate Le Bon.

Brecon Beacons, Wales. Aug 16-19. £180.

RiZE Festival

RiZE Festival

V Festival is dead! Long live RiZE!

After 21 years in the game, V Festival finally closed its doors for the final time last year. Now, from its ashes, rises er... RiZE – a confusingly-punctuated newbie to fill the pop/rock-shaped hole (in Chelmsford, at least). Continuing V’s policy of booking basically anyone famous, regardless of their demographic or genre, RiZE has nabbed an undoubtedly big albeit slightly random selection for its inaugural year. But hey, if you wanna watch both the Manics and Rita Ora while slurping on a Blue WKD, then you go Glen Coco.

Line-­up includes Liam Gallagher, Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers, James Bay, Bastille, Rita Ora, Craig David’s TS5, Years & Years, Circa Waves.

Hylands Park, Chelmsford. Aug 17-18. £165 (camping), £115 (ticket only) £59.50 (day).

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Lost Village

Lost Village

Get back to nature with this fest in the woods

This small but perfectly formed dance festival in the woods outside Lincoln offers more than just tons of excellent DJs and live acts. There’ll be high-quality street food, craft beer, cocktails, comedy and a ‘lake of tranquillity’, where you zen the heck out after all the dancing. Plus you’ve got a wild woodland setting to roam around in.

Line-up includes DJ Harvey, Four Tet, The Black Madonna, Friendly Fires, Everything Everything, Ben UFO, Helena Hauff, Gilles Peterson, Eclair Fifi, Move D.

Lincolnshire. Aug 23-26. From £150.

Reading Festival

Reading Festival

Former rock mainstay takes a genre-diverse new turn

For decades now, Reading and Leeds have been the UK’s flag-bearing rock weekender. A rite of passage for GCSE students popping their festival cherry, its booking policy has always been largely that if it ain’t got six strings, it don’t count. Recently, however, it’s started broadening those genre horizons. And this year, proving once and for all that the tastes of the youth truly are a-changing, the bank holiday event is a smorgasbord of grime, hip hop, pop and dance. From Brockhampton to Dua Lipa to the coronation of King Kendrick, Reading’s had a thoroughly modern makeover.

Line­-up includes Kendrick Lamar, Kings of Leon, Fall Out Boy, The Vaccines, Skepta, Dua Lipa, Wolf Alice, Post Malone, Travis Scott, Panic! At The Disco, Brockhampton.

Richfield Avenue, Reading. Aug 24-26. £205 (weekend) £69.50 (day).

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Leeds Festival

Leeds Festival

The Northern leg of the legendary weekender

While the booking policy at this year’s Reading and Leeds might have thrown some curveballs at the usually trad rock event, rest assured that the vibe at Bramham Park will remain as familiar as ever. Like a PG13 version of Lord of the Flies, only with more mud and blue vodka slushies, Leeds Festival continues to be a reliably no-nonsense affair: sod the artisan food stalls, here you get burgers and chips, one type of lager and an absolutely enormous amount of music. A festival with its priorities in the right place, albeit with a shedload of tipsy teenagers shoved in there too.

Line­-up includes Kendrick Lamar, Kings of Leon, Fall Out Boy, The Vaccines, Skepta, Dua Lipa, Wolf Alice, Post Malone, Travis Scott, Panic! At The Disco, Brockhampton.

Bramham Park, Leeds. Aug 24-26. £205 (weekend) £69.50 (day).

End of the Road

End of the Road

Uber-credible picks from indie’s weirder corners 

Landing in the sacred crossover point between namedrop-friendly muso faves and bands that are actually, y’know, fun, Dorset season-closer End of the Road has been excelling itself on the line-up front in recent years. From high-shine leftfield pop to grizzled post-punk, they’ve got all the bases covered. Add to that a solid programme of arts and literature, plus an increasing nod to late-night larks, and you’ve got a veritable playground for the more discerning 20-something.

Line­-up includes Vampire Weekend, St Vincent, Feist, Ezra Furman, Fat White Family, John Cale, Yo La Tengo, Oh Sees, Ariel Pink, Idles.

Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset. Aug 30-Sep 2. £195.

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London music festivals in August 2018

51st State Festival

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This is one for the old school house heads. Returning for a fourth year in Trent Park – a country house estate in Cockfosters – this one-day festival honours all the wonderful varieties of house music across multiple stages hosted by top soundsystems and club nights. The organisers have also said that they’re improving the site, going bigger on the production values and bringing in more street food traders.

Line-up includes Masters at Work, Derrick May, Todd Terry, Body & Soul, Dimitri from Paris, John Morales. 

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Trent Park , Oakwood Saturday August 4 2018

Eastern Electrics

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Premier dance festival Eastern Electrics returns to Morden Park in 2018 for some more southern-shaped electrics. The event moved there in 2017 after a few years in rural Hertfordshire, but managed to retain its multiple stages and world-class DJ roster. This year’s line-up should be just as enticing, judging by the stage partner announcements so far: Skream, Eats Everything, Ministry of Sound, Defected and Tropical Tea Party will all be hosting stages. Watch this space for the artist line-up, which should be just as stellar. Last year’s event also featured non-musical shenanigans, such as a fairground, pillow fights and cabaret, so expect similar eccentric fun this time around.

Line-up includes Jamie Jones, Patrick Topping, Claude Von Stroke, Eats Everything, Skream.

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Morden Park , Lower Morden Saturday August 4 2018 - Sunday August 5 2018
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Art’s House Festival

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Ever-inventive DJ Artwork takes his Art’s House party – which began in his own home, a good few years ago – to the next level, by making a whole darn one-day festival out of it. Taking place between Bow and Stratford, Arthur has only invited one guest – and that is the saintly DJ Harvey. And, of course, there will also be street food, good booze and various entertainment. If anyone knows how to throw a party, it’s Artwork.

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Three Mills Island , Stratford Saturday August 11 2018

Elrow Town

Last year, clubbing outfit Elrow made a weekend of it in London, unleashing the full power of their day-glo, glitter-cannon, super-fun approach to raving on the capital. Elrow Town returns this year, and one day is already sold out, so get in quick for Sunday tickets. Embrace your inner child and raid the fancy dress box; the theme this year is ‘Psychedelic Trip’. Better pack your shades too: even if the sun isn’t shining, this is going to be BRIGHT. 

Line-up includes Fat Boy Slim, Paul Kalkbrenner, Richy Ahmed, Steve Lawler. 

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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park , Stratford Saturday August 18 2018 - Sunday August 19 2018
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South West Four

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The mighty SW4 – Clapham Common’s bank holiday dance music explosion – returns for another weekend of big drops, club anthems and arms in the air. If you’re longing for superstar DJs but can’t afford Ibiza and are loath to spend the last days of summer in a dark room, head to SW4 for your fix of big-room house, EDM, electro, techno and trance, as well as other genres creeping in from all angles. As ever, the line-up is teeming with globe-conquering names, the first few of which to be announced include Armin Van Buren, Dizzee Rascal, Marshmello, Chase & Status, Craig David, Andy C... Watch this space, there’ll be plenty more to come. Fair warning: tickets usually sell out ahead of time, so get in there quick if you want in.

Line-up includes Armin Van Buuren, Dizzee Rascal, DJ EZ, My Nu Leng, Marshmello, Chase & Status, Craig David, Nadia Rose, Andy C.

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Clapham Common , Clapham Saturday August 25 2018 - Sunday August 26 2018

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CAMPFIRE CONVENTION, AUGUST 12-14th: New social enterprise by Big Chill founder, Pete Lawrence, in the grounds of The Bridge Inn, Michaelchurch Ecsley, Hereford. 

Keynote Speaker BRIAN ENO, DJ GREG WILSON.