June’s here, so make sure you’ve got your summer music festival tickets booked and ready to go. June 2017 is a big month for UK and London festivals, with events like Glastonbury, Field Day and metal mecca Download all jostling for position on the summer festival circuit. But if you’re still undecided there are heaps more upcoming summer music festivals in store for July, August and September.
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UK music festivals in June 2017
Disclosure and Rudimental curate a line-up of their famous friends
Brighton City Airport isn’t the lush green space the festival’s earthy name might suggest, but don’t let that stop you going wild at the third annual fest courtesy of the lads from Disclosure and Rudimental.
Line-up includes: Fatboy Slim, Jess Glynne, Eric Prydz, George Ezra, Rag'n'Bone Man, Elrow's Sombodromo de Brasil.
Brighton City Airport, Brighton. June 9-10.
See cool DJs and avant-garde art at this ace festival in a Welsh forest
Hidden away in the lush Welsh woodlands, this boutique dance effort continues to go from strength-to-strength. Now in year eight, it continues to offer a stellar mix of DJs and artists for anyone who likes their beats and bass to be strictly alternative. Get ready to roam through the forest and dance long into the night, accompanied by a delightfully eclectic soundtrack (anything from deep house to disco to Afrobeat to electronica). Those who want a little luxury can even shell out for boutique camping.
Line-up includes: Erol Alkan, Horse Meat Disco, Levon Vincent, The Black Madonna, Matthew Herbert, Helena Hauff.
Anglesey, Wales. June 8-11. £165 (weekend).
Rock behemoths, gather.
The UK’s undisputed number one metal festival, Download always promises a stellar lineup that doesn’t get lost in the noise. Every band with a heavy riff makes the journey each year, including many thrash, crust, screamo and emo outfits. Dedicated headbangers better warm up to avoid whiplash. This year’s decadespanning headline acts include the mighty System of a Down, Biffy Clyro and Aerosmith.
Line-up includes: System of a Down, Biffy Clyro, Aerosmith, Prophets of Rage, AFI, Alter Bridge.
Donnington Park, Donnington. June 9-11. £75 (day), £205 (weekend).
Huge headliners at one of the UK’s biggest rock festivals
A distant descendant of the enormous festival which brought around 600,000 people (almost six times the island's population) to the Isle of Wight in 1970, nowadays the IOW Festival is a firm favourite in the UK calendar. It’s a fourday, familyfriendly, music-focused affair with the booking muscle to attract big acts, meaning there really is something here for everyone.
Line-up includes: Arcade Fire, Rod Stewart, David Guetta, Run DMC, George Ezra, Bastille, Jack Savoretti.
Newport, Isle of Wight. June 8-11. £80 (day), £195 (weekend).
Big names are destined for Heaton Park in Manchester
No, it’s not a Blur fanfestival (we have enough of those already, see: The Big Feastival), Parklife is Manchester’s flagship dance music hub presented by dance music behemoths and local megapromoters Warehouse Project. In recent years Parklife has expanded its horizons from dance to incorporate indie rock, hip hop, and alternative acts. If you’re looking to make your money go further, Parklife promises a diverse lineup for those on a budget. Finally: what better place is there to dance all day than the city that gave the world the Hacienda?
Line-up: Frank Ocean, 1975, Boy Better Know, A Tribe Called Quest, Sampha, Carl Cox
Heaton Park, Manchester. June 10-11. £59.50 (day), £99.50 (weekend)
As you might well guess from the name, this Amsterdam-based dance festival has a hippy edge to it. Set in the vast Sloterpark, the line-up is strictly beat-based, but those into their European house and techno will be in heaven here. As well as the pounding 4/4, there’ll be street theatre, games and plenty of organic food to fuel all that twirling and grooving.
Line-up includes: Joran Van Pol, Cuartero, O/V/R, Hollen, Alex Niggemann, Edu Imbernon.
Cambridge may not be the first place that comes to mind for hosting a grime, festival, but this independent one-dayer has continually knocked it out of the park since launching in 2014, doubling in size every year. Now with a capacity of 10,000, over 40 acts covering grime, garage, house and dancehall will tear it up across three stages. The line-up is already impressive, and there are still three big headliners to be announced. Considering that they’ve bagged the likes of Skepta, Kano, Rodigan and Nelly in previous years, we should be in for a treat.
Line-up includes: AJ Tracey, J Hus, Dimitri From Paris, Mike Skinner, Gentlemen’s Dub Club, Logan Sama, So Solid Crew, P Money, Artful Dodger.
Musical legends, mud, and more mud at the UK’s biggest music festival
For the final time before its fallow year, the big daddy of the UK festival scene is back. The legendary site at Worthy Farm will boast a population bigger than Reykjavik, with all eyes pointed at the Pyramid Stage. As ever Emily Eavis (head honcho and daughter of the festival’s founder Michael) remains tightlipped about who will be leading proceedings, but after Kanye’s ‘meh’inducing performance, we’re hoping for better. But face it, if you haven’t already bagged yourself a ticket for this year (complete with mugshot) then it’s not likely you’re getting in this time around. Put your wellies down and get your game plan together for next time.
Worthy Farm, Somerset. June 21-25. Sold Out.
Still going strong in its twelfth year, fun and friendly rave Beat-Herder keeps on providing punters with good times and solid tunes across breaks, electro, reggae, house, dub, hip hop and more. Set in Lancashire’s picturesque Ribble Valley, the festival features a ton of stages, with comedy, performance and art taking place alongside the music.
Line-up includes: Sleaford Mods, Trentemøller, David Rodigan, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Factory Floor, Adrian Sherwood, Faithless, Jackmaster, The Sugarhill Gang, Jon Hopkins.
No prizes for guessing where most of the action happens at this intimate, independent festival. Yep, we’re talking barns on a farm, plus a bigger main stage. The music is an easygoing mix of indie, acoustic, blues and genteel rock, supplied mostly by smaller-name bands and singer-songwriters, but with a couple of bigger draws – particularly headliner Tom Odell. The vibe is chilled and merry, and there’ll be local food and booze to keep the party going.
Line-up includes: Tom Odell, Lucy Rose, Benjamin Francis-Leftwich, Amber Run, Sundara Karma, The Beach, Liv Dawson.
London music festivals in June 2017
Over the last decade Field Day has slowly become one of London’s very best music festivals, with a consistently excellent booking policy covering the world’s finest alternative acts. The festival is more streamlined for 2017, pouring all the programming into one day – the Saturday. Aphex Twin has already been announced as the headliner, playing his first live show in the UK in almost a decade. The bill regularly incorporates everything from weird pop and indie up-and-comers to underground dance producers and folk musicians. Book now: it usually sells out.
Line-up includes: Aphex Twin, Run The Jewels, Arab Strap, Death Grips, Flamingods, Nicolas Jaar, Nina Kraviz, Slowdive, Mura Masa, Abra, Clams Casino, Lasy Leshurr, Thee Oh Sees
Calling all techno heads: this newish festival returns for 2017 to push your party buttons, hard. Junction 2 is a meeting of some pretty serious minds (London Warehouse Events, The Hydra and Adam Beyer’s Drumcode label) and takes place in Boston Manor Park in Zone 4, which has never been used for a festival before. The initial line-up includes Tale Of Us, Planetary Assault Systems and a live set from Recondite – check back soon for more names. This year Sonus Festival will bring their Croatian know-how as hosts of the main stage this year plus a new fifth stage has been announced to focus on new talent. And if you're left wanting more at the end of the festival - don't worry, there's an afterparty over in East London.
You don't need to be a soft rock aficianado to adore Phil Collins' ability to crack out a winning tune. Big Philly will kick off British Summer Time 2017 by firing through his canon of hits including 'Another Day In Paradise', 'Easy Lover', 'Against All Odds', 'A Groovy Kind of Love'. Just imagine the groundswell of emotion as 'In The Air Tonight' plays out across Hyde Park. Take a lighter.