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. Just remember to hold back enough energy for upcoming summer festivals in August and September.
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UK music festivals in July 2017
A mini-festival on a farm
Blissfields started life as a oneoff party in 2001, and has snowballed into a pretty comprehensive three-day fest. Acts run from pop and rap to indie and D&B, and tickets hovver just under the very reasonable £100 mark: bonkers. FYI, this year's theme is 'the bizarre'.
Line-up includes: Metronomy, Lady Leshurr, Sundara Karma, Bonzai.
Vicarage Farm, Winchester. July 1-2. £95 (weekend).
The organisers first dreamt this festival into reality aged only 19 with an ambition for a hierachy-less vibe. Five years on and there's still a ban on VIP areas and a brilliantly open approach to programming that has previously drawn Tom Misch, Loyle Carner and Ezra Collective. Expect jam sessions, improv and interactive amongst fields and forest near Brighton. Oh, and there's a miniature railway. Line-up TBA. Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum, Lewes. £65-£85.
This predominantly DJ-focused festival is bringing it's non-stop party vibe back for the eighth year. Based just outside London this party in the woods is an easy one to get to.
Line up includes: Todd Terje, Booka Shade, Floating Points, Mano Le Tough, Sadar Bahar
Bygrave Woods, Hertfordshire. July 13-15. £90-£125 (weekend)
Secret Garden Party
A hedonistic wooded wonderland in the Cambridgeshire countryside
Nestled in plush green surroundings, Secret Garden Party is the undisputed home of hippy hedonism on the UK festival scene. ‘Spectacular’ comes as standard: bands, DJs and artists are tucked into every playable space around the site including treehouses, floating islands and yurts. SGP is known for being a woodland fairytale, but this year’s theme – a tongue-in-cheek celebration of all things celebrity – should see SGP's always up-for-it dressers take things to new heights of tacky and LOL.
Line-up includes: Metronomy, Toots & The Maytals, Honne, Jagwar Ma, Akala, Rejjie Snow, Ray BLK, Let's Eat Grandma.
Abbots Ripton, Cambridgeshire. July 20-23. £102-£197.
Engage your brain and your funny bone at this laidback music and arts festival
Latitude is back for its eleventh instalment of adventurous pop and alt rock in an idyllic setting. We’ve come to expect a stellar lineup including worldclass comedians, poets and theatre as well as thoughtprovoking debates. Latitude is family friendly and full of brain food, but there’s more to it than just indie and chin scratching. DJs are hidden in the woods after hours, colourful sheep roam through the fields, dance troupes parade around the site and ale lovers won’t be short of fuel.
Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk. July 13-16. £197 (weekend).
A small fest with a big line-up for a reasonable price
Petrolheads take note: if you’re after monster trucks, you’re out of luck. Nestled in the Oxfordshire countryside, this intimate festival couldn’t be further away from the world of ten-foot tyres (unless they’re on tractors).
Hill Farm, Oxfordshire. July 21-23.
All four corners of the globe descend on Wiltshire
‘If it ain't broke, don't fix it’ may as well be Womad’s official motto. Founded in 1980 with the help of Peter Gabriel, Womad is more popular than ever, filling Charlton Park every year with creativity and culture from all over the world. There are always a couple of household names headlining but the festival’s true joy lies in its hidden gems: the latenight drum circles, bustling market, full orchestras, and theatrical stage shows. It’s a kaleidoscopic feast for the senses: great value for well under two hundred quid.
Line-up includes: TBA.
Charlton Park, Wiltshire. July 27-30. £210 (four days), £175 (three days).
A family-friendly festival that isn’t child’s play
Bestival’s better behaved little sister gives Rob da Bank’s finetuned brand of madness a family-friendly twist. There are loads of cool things for kids to do and plenty for adults too, including posh food, talks and theatre. This year the camp theme is: pop stars and rock stars. So prepare for a sea of pre-pubescent Ziggy's this summer!
Line-up includes: Mark Ronson, All Saints, Leftfield, School of Rock – The Musical, Skream.
Lulworth Castle, Dorset. July 27-30. £197 (adult), £125 (17-13 year olds), £98.75 (12-10 year olds), £45 (9-5 year olds), £15 (4 and under).
A music-focused festival nestled in the Lake District
Kendal Calling has sold out for 2017. The festival has quickly grown from humble beginnings into a destination fest for big pop, rock and indie outfits. Music is the mainstay, but if you’re after some boutique touches there are dance classes, real ale and a late-night cinema.
Line-up includes: Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers, Brian Wilson, Tinie Tempah, Jake Bugg, Mike Skinner, Loyle Carner
Lowther Deer Park, Lake District. July 27-30.
London music festivals in July 2017
Veteran punksters Green Day are the latest act to join the stellar list of British Summer Time festival headliners. Despite almost three decades in music they are still riding high on speed-driven rock, blistering ballads and are a real force to be reckoned with live. Need further proof? The band recently scored yet another US number one with new album 'Revolution Radio'.
Biebs' renaissance in the last few years has opened up his fans beyond the tween market meaning this won't simply be a tween scream-fest but a waltz through JB's recent monster hits. However, the blonde bombshell does have a rollercoaster ride with fame so here's hoping he's on good form. Support comes from Martin Garrix, Tove Lo, Anne-Marie.
Seven albums in and the Kings continue to serve up epic rock that simply belong in arenas, stadiums and massive parks. If you've only been listening to them through headphones on the tube it's time to enjoy 'Use Somebody', 'Sex On Fire', 'Wait For Me', 'The Bucket' and 'Supersoaker' in all their glory. Support comes from The Pixies and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats.
In many ways this something of a homecoming gig for Petty and his heartbreaking gang as they first came to the UK 40 years ago and were instantly feted by people hooked on their unadulterated country rock.They rarely play live now so it's a huge coup that support comes from wildly influential Fleetwood Mac member – and friend to the band – Stevie Nicks.
Finsbury Park plays host to a number of festivals over the summer months, but only Wireless promises the biggest international chart-smashing acts. In recent years it’s ramped up its roster of rap, hip hop, and R&B acts, and upgraded the atmosphere with fairground rides and street food, becoming a favourite post-exam blowout for city-dwelling students. It’s not a sprawling countryside fest, but it’s as close as you’ll get in Zone 2.
Line-up includes: The Weeknd, Skepta, Nas, Chance The Rapper, Wiley, Sean Paul, Ray Smerrurd, Section Boyz, Dave, Stefflon Don.
Built in 1901 as the display hall for the German company Bechstein Pianos, the Wigmore Hall was seized as enemy property in WWI and sold at auction for a fraction of its value. These days, boasting perfect acoustics, art nouveau decor and an excellent basement restaurant, the 'Wiggy' is one of the world's top chamber music venues and currently hosts around 400 events a year. Programming leans on the classical and Romantic periods. The Monday lunchtime recitals, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, are excellent value, as are the Sunday morning coffee concerts. Musical luminaries who have performed at the Wigmore Hall include Sergey Prokofiev, Shura Cherkassky, Paul Hindemith, Andrés Segovia, Benjamin Britten and Francis Poulenc. Tours of the auditorium, with its famous Art Nouveau mural, and other parts of the building take place during the Open House London event in September.
Venue says: “Wigmore Lates is back this summer with £5 tickets for under-35s. Book now for late-night concerts followed by live Jazz in the Wigmore Bar.”