From the latest house DJs to world-conquering techno producers, British music festivals are a great way to catch the biggest and best dance music acts around. Here's our pick of the greatest UK dance music festivals, so you don't miss out on your very own summer of rave. Sorted.
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The best UK dance music festivals
This May gathering has a big focus on street food and craft beer alongside the DJ-driven artists line-up – beats and eats, as it were. For 2018 it’s moving from Brockwell Park, but still staying very much in south London, relocating a short hop away in Peckham Rye Park. The musical roster is still under wraps, but stage hosts this year include Rhythm Section and Horse Meat Disco. In terms of the food, there’ll be plenty to sink your teeth into as well as oodles of luscious craft beer.
Line-up includes Derrick Carter, Midland, Horse Meat Disco, Mr Scruff, Greg Wilson, Norman Jay MBE.
Calling all techno heads: this emerging festival returns for 2018 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 this one. Once again, Sonus Festival will bring their Croatian know-how as hosts of the main stage, and if you get technoed out at any point, there’s actually a bit of nature to explore amongst the towering industrial backdrop.
Line-up includes Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, Nina Kraviz, Joy Orbison, Tale Of Us, Len Faki.
Welsh woodland dance fest goes from strength to strength
Now in year nine, this boutique festival 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 Andrew Weatherall, Axel Boman, DMX Krew, Jackmaster, Margaret Dygas, Paul Woolford, Mr Scruff.
Carreglwyd Estate, Wales. Jun 7-10. From £165 (weekend).
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.
Line-up includes Jamie Jones, Patrick Topping, Claude Von Stroke, Eats Everything, Skream.
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, Todd Terry, Body & Soul, Dimitri From Paris, Soul Clap, Lee Foss.
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 Buuren, 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.