September is the last hurrah for the London and UK summer festival season, but before the summer ends there’s time for a few more big events: Bestival and End of The Road hit Dorset while Wales welcomes End of the Road. Check out what else September 2017 has to offer with our comprehensive festival calendar.
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UK music festivals in September 2017
Keeping that Bob Marley flame alive in the London suburbs, One Love Festival is a celebration of all things reggae and dub in honour of the great man's famous 1978 One Love concert. This year it takes place over three days at a new site in leafy Tunbridge Wells. Camping and single day tickets are available and good vibes, soulful tunes and low-frequency basslines abound. The 2017 line-up includes King Tubby Sound System, Derrick Morgan, Channel One Sound System.
End of the Road
Round off the summer with some great folk and indie acts
Indie lovers and alt-folk obsessives take note: End of The Road is the place for you. The line-up is usually one of the best thought-out of the season: you may not have heard of all the acts right now, but come summer they’ll have you grooving. You’ll be hard pushed to find a more relaxing, scenic festival with such a deep knowledge of its chosen field.
Line-up includes: Father John Misty, Mac DeMarco, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Foxygen, Deerhoof, Let's Eat Grandma
Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset. August 31-3. £179 (weekend)
Festival No 6
A cultured party in the eccentric village of Portmeirion
Now in its fourth year, Festival No 6 invites weekend warriors to get absorbed in the surreal Mediterranean-style seaside resort of Portmeirion, made famous by the TV show ‘The Prisoner’. The festival lives up to its unusual setting with an equal focus on music, arts, poetry, spoken word, and other cultural tidbits. It’s decidedly family-friendly, and flower garlands and dress-up fun are strongly encouraged.
Line-up includes: Flaming Lips, Mogwai, Bloc Party, Rag’n’Bone Man, The Cinematic Orchestra, Wild Beasts, Laura Mvula.
Portmeirion, Wales. September 7-10. £190 (weekend).
Big names make a habit of leading the charge of Rob da Bank’s band of misfits
The big news for this year is that the annual trips on the Isle of Wight ferry are no more – say goodbye to the island, say hello to Dorset! Bestival is moving to the mainland this year (to the very beautiful site of Camp Bestival, in fact). Tacked onto the tail end of the festival season, Bestival will still offer four days of live music and premierleague DJs, plus lots of fancy dress thanks to their yearly changing theme. This year's theme is 'colour'. Punters can also enjoy some anarchic fun at the carnival of small stages, or visit the inflatable church for a quickie festival marriage (not legally binding, gladly).
Line-up includes: The xx, A Tribe Called Quest, Dizzee Rascal, Pet Shop Boys, Jamie T, DJ Shadow, Rag'n'Bone Man, Soul II Soul, Annie Mac, Ray BLK, Toddla T, Nadia Rose, Andy C.
Lulworth Cove, Dorset. September 7-10.
Thousand Island is a new self-contained music venue and late, late night club, in what used to be Upstairs at The Garage on Highbury Corner. Following a recent refurb, The Garage – a live music venue that’s been hosting major gigs since 1993 – is now hosting up-and-coming artists, as well as club nights in its intimate, upstairs space (with added mirrorballs on the ceiling). And it's within easy reach of Highbury & Islington station for when you need to stagger home on the night tube.