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The best UK festivals

We’ve cherry-picked this year’s best UK festivals – find your favourite and get out there this summer

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By James Manning and Alexandra Gerrity |
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Don’t believe the naysayers: it’s boom time for UK festivals. Every summer brings a new crop of innovative summer music festivals to join the long-established big beasts of festival season. So no matter what you’re looking for – rock ’n’ roll headliners, folk festivals, boutique festival frolics, house and techno bangers – there’s something for you happening in a field this summer. Here’s our round-up of the very biggest and best UK music festivals taking place in 2017. See you down the front!

 

The UK's best festivals

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Download Festival

Rock behemoths, gather. 

The UK’s undisputed number one metal festival, Download always promises a stellar line-­up 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 had better warm up to avoid whiplash.

Line­-up includes Kiss, Iron Maiden, System of a Down, Deftones, Korn, The Offspring, Gojira, Disturbed

Donington Park, Donington. June 12-14.

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