The Exposed Festival Guide 2017

You’ve made it! Through all those cold days and early nights, all those dead-eyed 9-5 grinds, all that time spent dreaming of dancing around fields in yer wellies; it’s sure been a long time coming, but good times are on the horizon – FESTIVAL SEASON IS BACK, BABY!

We’ve rounded up some of the best events across the UK and stuck the info into our annual festival guide, all to give you tips on where’s good to let off steam this summer. Plus, if that wasn’t enough, we’ve got loads of ticket giveaways if owt takes your fancy – so what are you waiting for? Get planning!

Round ‘Ere

Where: Various Sheffield Locations
When: 21-23 July
Headliners: Libertines, All Saints, Primal Scream, Kano
Who Else: Lady Leshurr, Twin Atlantic, We are Scientists, Jerry Williams, Goat Girl, Cattle and Cane, The Wharves
£££: Full festival ticket £42
It just wouldn’t be Sheffield summer time without the return of Tramlines Festival, which has again pulled together an enticing mix of huge international names and the finest of the local crop for the biggest party of the year. This year’s genre-bending line-up has been widely touted as one of the best yet, with iconic names such as The Libertines, Primal Scream, All Saints and Kano headlining the bill. The 73 acts will be spread across three stages – The Ponderosa Main Stage, Devonshire Green and The Folk Forest – and that’s before we even get on to the incredible after-party line-up featuring the likes of Bugzy Malone, Gilles Peterson and Mike Skinner. Absolute fire.

Mosborough Festival
Where: Don Valley Bowl
When: 3 June
Headliners: Cast, Lightning Seeds, From the Jam
Who Else: Sweet Little Machine, Missing Andy, Boy on a Dolphin, Antarctic Monkeys, The Dualers, The Courtesans
£££: £20
Mosborough Festival may have upgraded to a larger venue in Don Valley Bowl, and they may have announced some huge names through the likes of The Lightning Seeds, Cast and ex- Jam guitarist Bruce Foxton, but one thing remains the same: the commitment to great value and a family-friendly environment. With day tickets costing a mere £20, 11-15 years olds at £6 and under-10s getting in for free, you’d be hard pushed to find better worth.

Where: Sheffield Road, Dronfield
Cliffe Park on Callywhite Lane
When: 5 August
Headliners: Dreadzone, Willie and the Bandits, The Harringtons, Gonzo
£££: £14
Marking its 18th year by featuring a line-up of 18 different bands and artists, Dronfest is a day of brilliant live music put together for great causes (£85,000 raised for supported charities so far) and offers activities for the whole family to enjoy. Acts include dance/dub outfit Dreadzone, roots band Willie and The Bandits and up-and-coming indie outfit The Harringtons.

YNot Festival
Where: Pikehall Farm, Peak District
When: 27-30 July
Headliners: Stereophonics, Two Door Cinema Club, The Vaccines, Maximo Park
£££: £114.50 full weekend pass (Only Tier 5 remaining)
Consistently delivering one of the strongest line-ups in the north of England, this big ol’ party in the Peak District returns for its 11th year – and what a belter of a genre-busting line-up it’s brought along with it! The headliners are once again huge, but scrolling down the line-up, from Lethal Bizzle to Feeder, Jake Bugg to Jaguar Skills, there’s something for everyone to get excited about.

Where: Various Sheffield Locations
When: 9-14 June
£££: Prices range from free events to specific event passes to a full weekend pass. Check website for details.
Doc/Fest again brings a full programme of the world’s best and most inspiring documentary films to the city. The six day event is the UK’s premier documentary festival, which also showcases various interactive and virtual reality projects, talks & sessions with high profile speakers and various social events to enjoy throughout the week. A brief overview of this year’s offering sees world premieres of Daisy Asquith’s Queerama, Anna Ridler’s WikiLeaks: A Love Story and Ayse Toprak’s Mr Gay Syria. Talks and sessions announced so far include Ian Hislop discussing the power of satire in a post-truth world with Jolyon Rubenstein, while the alternate realities will premiere a VR experience called Future Aleppo. Head to the website for the full programme

Sheff Food Fest
Where: Across Sheffield
When: 27-29 May
£££: FREE
The city’s largest – and tastiest – free to attend event is back! Spreading across the Peace Gardens, Winter Gardens, Millennium Square, Town Hall Square and Fargate, there will be huge range of street food vendors, activities, chef demos and talks, plus DJs and a well-stocked festival bar to take you into the evening. Get more info HERE and HERE!

Where: The Great Oak, Mosborough
When: 30-31 July
£££: Free
Oakstock returns to the British Oak bringing you more live music, beer, BBQ and the ultimate summer festival atmosphere. Wood-fired pizzas and an array of other tasty treats washed down with a huge range of craft from around the globe, including a selection of beers from True North Brew Co themselves –  what could be better? The event, which will again be raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, promises a range of music for everyone to keep the dancing going; whether that’s live sets from the likes of local favourites The Ruby Blues and Risky heroes to late-night DJs.

Eroica Britannia
Where: Friden Grange – Peak District National Park
When: 16-18 June
£££: Day Pass £20; 3-Day Weekend Pass £30 (Under-12s go free)
Dress to impress at this award-winning three-day boutique festival dedicated to family fun, glorious vintage, food, drink and cycling. The ‘world’s most handsome bike ride’ takes an exciting – if not quite gruelling – tour of the picturesque peak district; while over on the festival side of things, Sheffield new wave legends ABC and Norman Jay MBE take to the stage.

Where: Bakewell Showground
When: 18-20 August
£££: FREE
If there’s one thing better than craft beer, it’s craft beer accompanied by some gorgeous scenery in the summer sunshine. Presented by Thornbridge Brewery, Peakender 2017 will be celebrating its 4th year in a new location: the iconic Bakewell Showground. As always, there will be a wide selection of beer from some of the best craft breweries in the UK, as well as live music (lineup to be announced soon), a host of family-friendly activities and plenty of locally-sourced food on-hand over the weekend. Head to to see the various camping options available.

Music in the Gardens
Where: Botanical Gardens
When: 29 June-2 July
Headliners: The Zombies, The Bootleg Beatles, 10CC, Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra
Who Else: John Reilly, Bootleggers, Alvarez Kings
£££: Starting from £22 for day passes
The Rotary Club of Sheffield is at it again and has put together another fundraising garden party to remember. Music in the Gardens was originally a one-day event and has grown into a four-day festival bringing together a wide range of music, ranging from world-renowned acts to tribute bands to full orchestra collaborations.

Off the Shelf Festival
Where: Various Sheffield locations
When: TBC
£££: TBC
Off the Shelf is one of the biggest festivals in the north with a programme of over 200 events celebrating words, conversations and ideas. Join authors, poets, journalists, scientists, artists, musicians and philosophers to hear it as it happens this autumn. Off the Shelf – it makes you think.

Sheffield Film and Comic Con
Where: Motorpoint Arena
When:12-14 June
£££: Standard entry£8
The annual two day film and TV event returns to the Motorpoint Arena this year. The full line-up is yet to be announced, but fans can start getting excited with the likes Mark Rolston (Aliens, Star Trek), Jenette Goldstein (Aliens, Terminator 2) and Wendy Padbury (Doctor Who) already announced. As per usual, cosplay will be a huge part of the event, as well as a video game zone and stalls featuring both new and vintage merchandise.

No Bounds
Where: Hope Works
When: 9 June
£££: £15-30 day/night/combi tickets

This 18-hour session of music, art, technology and dancing is the first edition of Hope Works’ new festival, the second of which will take place this October. Boasting Nina Kraviz – who will also be doing an exclusive Q&  during the daytime session – as headliner, the event is spread across multiple venues and connected by a free shuttle bus. From live coding, electro-acoustic installations, poetry exhibitions and modular synth workshops, to live performances from breakthrough artists like Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Helena Hauff, this unique extravaganza is offering a new and exciting experience for Sheffield at a very reasonable price.


Where: Heaton Park, Manchester
When: June 10-11
Headliners: The 1975, Frank Ocean, Boy Better Know, A Tribe Called Quest, London Grammar, Fatboy Slim, Zara Larsson, Carl Cox, Two Door Cinema Club
£££: £99.50 (weekend)
The Warehouse Project is back with the biggest music festival in Manchester. With a stage catering for pretty much every taste, this two-day party presents some of the UK’s finest artists and the world’s most celebrated live acts and DJs. The event has grown in popularity over the past few years, meaning a change to a larger location and the welcoming of world-class headliners. If two days wasn’t enough, Parklife host a series of wild after-parties that will test the willpower of any self-acclaimed raver.

Slam Dunk Festival Leeds
Where: Varied venues, Leeds
When: May 28
Headliners: Enter Shikari, Don Broco, Bowling For Soup, Neck Deep, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Deaf Havana
£££: From £44
The touring pop punk, ska punk, metal and alt rock festival returns with a mighty host of bands set to knock your socks off. Starting off in Birmingham, then heading north to Leeds before swinging back down south to Hertfordshire, the travelling festival brings the noise across the country. This year main headliner Enter Shikari take to the stage for the 10-year anniversary of seminal album Take Me To The Skies.

Bluedot Festival
Where: Jodrell Bank Observatory, Macclesfield
When: July 7-9
Headliners: Alt-J, Orbital, Pixies, Soulwax, Goldfrapp, Warpaint, Hawkwind
£££: From £159
An intergalactic festival of music, science, arts, culture and space exploration, Bluedot with OVO Energy is an award-winning festival of discovery set in the the grounds of a deep space observatory. Overlooked by the iconic Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank, the event combines a stellar line-up of music with a ground-breaking programme of live science experiments, expert talks and immersive artworks.

Where: Baldersby Park, North Yorkshire
When: July 21-23
Headliners: Teenage Fanclub, Kate Tempest, The Divine Comedy
£££: From £10
According to reviews, this might just be the best family festival in the UK. Featuring music, comedy, sports, cinema and a lot more – there’s something here for all ages and a friendly atmosphere to soak up. Headliners include spoken-word poetry from Kate Tempest and melodic alt-rockers Teenage Fanclub, while the comedy stage features the likes of John Shuttleworth and Bec Hill (all comedy is PG). Naturally, plenty of interactive events are also on offer for the youngsters – from BMXing and quidditch to making workshops and virtual reality experiences.

Cocoon In The Park
Where: Leeds Temple Newsam, Leeds
When: July 8
Headliners: Sven Vath, Adam Beyer, Joseph Capriati, Richy Ahmed
£££: From £44
One day, one night, one stage. Returning for an incredible 9th year and with an impressive array of house, techno and dance headliners announced, Cocoon in the Park pioneers itself as the best dance music festival on the calendar. Originating from Space Ibiza’s internationally-renowned ‘Cocoon’ night, the festival is set to blow punters away once again.


Where: Town Hall, Leeds
When: May 28
Headliners: Floating Points (solo live), Yussef Kamaal, BADBADNOTGOOD, Submotion Orchestra & more
£££: £39.50
Leeds based live music promoters SUPER Friendz present the inaugural launch of their day festival, featuring a line up of cutting edge jazz and soul. Highlights include two of the biggest breakthrough acts of last year, Yussef Kamaal and BADBADNOTGOOD, whose album IV was named BBC 6 Music’s Album of the year. Floating Points also debuts his new solo live show. There’s also two after parties with DJs Jessy Lanza and Makeness on ’til late, free with a daytime ticket.

Tartan Heart
Where: Belladrum Estate, Beauly
When: August 3-5
Headliners: Franz Ferdinand, The Pretenders, Sister Sledge, KT Tunstall
Who Else: Birdy, Feeder, Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes, Honeyblood
£££: Full Weekend Ticket £142
Home-grown in the Highlands, this year’s Tartan Heart Festival is another stonker – featuring Sheff’s-own Milburn and Slow Club on the bill. Taking place amongst the picturesque backdrop of Belladrum Estate, it’s widely recognised as one of Scotland’s finest festival offerings.

Where: Clarence Dock, Liverpool
When: May 25-28
Headliners: The Human League, Metronomy, The Kooks, John Cale
£££: From £38.50
It’s the tenth anniversary of Liverpool’s Sound City and they’ve expanded it to over four days. The award-winning metropolitan festival has gone all out to mark the occasion, with some huge headliners scheduled to play. Sheffield’s-own The Human League join Metronomy, The Cribs and The Kooks on the main stage, while John Cale and some special guests will perform The Velvet Underground and Nico in its entirety. Alongside the music there will also be a wide programme of art and dance events – head to the site for full info.


Where: Camber Sands, East Sussex
When: May 12-15
Headliners: George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, The Sugarhill Gang / Hot 8 Brass Band / Mr Scruff
£££: From £145
After the success of its first year, Soundcrash are back with the Funk & Soul Weekender. Serving up the best in funk, soul, hip-hop and brassy beats, it’s a weekend of great vibes and serious talent. The event aims to be a wide-ranging, experience and you’ll find music isn’t the only feature; many games and activities will take place over the weekend – hip-hop go karting, disco yoga, Northern Soul dance classes and tons more.

Where: Brighton
When: May 18-20
Who’s playing: Slaves, Rag ‘n Bone Man, The Moonlandingz
£££: From £32
The festival for the best in new music is back, now showcasing 450 artists across 30+ venues. Set amongst the picturesque seaside setting of Brighton and Hove, genres range from indie/alternative to hip-hop and grime and everything in-between. With spotlight shows from Slaves and Rag n’ Bone Man, plus secret gigs and special club nights each night, this long weekend is always a huge party.

Where: Matterley Estate, Hampshire
When: August 10 -13
Headliners: The Specials, M.I.A, Cypress Hill
£££: From £177
The small city of wonderment, theatre, escapism and community is back for its 9th year – featuring a range of artists from Ziggy Marley to Reel Big Fish. Discover Boomtown’s eleven districts, all filled with their own immersive themes and characters, as you work your way through the broad line-up. There’s no need to hitch up in a muddy field either, as there are many special ‘Boomtique’ camping options available.

Where: Hyde Park, London
When: June 30-July 9
Headliners: Phil Collins, Green Day, Justin Bieber, Kings of Leon, The Killers, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.
£££: From £72.40
Now in its fifth year, British Summer Time at Hyde Park has become a staple of the London summer season – annually playing host to some of the biggest acts in the world, from Taylor Swift to The Rolling Stones. This year it welcomes Tom Petty & The Hearbreakers’ 40th anniversary show and the biggest ever solo performance of the legendary Phil Collins. With other headline acts including a range of artists from Justin Bieber to the Kings of Leon, BTS continues to provide a genre spanning mix to suit many different tastes and ages.

Where: Vicarage Farm, Woodmancott
When: July 6-8
Headliners: Metronomy, The Cinematic Orchestra, DJ Yoda
£££: From £20
Fantasy theme festival Blissfields is bringing another weekend of music and concept to Hampshire. Break through to the other side as your idea of perception is warped and creatures from the other realm mingle amongst festival-goers. This festival features six stages and a weird and wonderful line-up including electro-pop outfit Metronomy, grime queen Lady Leshurr and a Stranger Things-inspired set from DJ Yoda. And with artisan food stalls, craft traders and various interactive events, there’s more to this event than just the music.

Detonate Festival
Where: Colwick Country Park, Nottingham
When: June 9-10
Headliners: Chase & Status, Kano, Sigma, Wiley, Groove Armada, Stormzy, Patrick Topping, Bugsy Malone, Shy FX
£££: From £44.60
Bringing another mammoth bash to 12,000 partygoers in the middle of Nottingham’s oldest country park, Detonate has over 85 of the hottest across drum‘n’bass, grime, house and techno. Set amongst the striking woodland and lakes of Colwick Country Park, don’t be fooled by the festivals serene setting, Detonate promises another bass-fuelled extravaganza.

Festival No 6
Where: Portmeirion, Wales
When: September 7-10
Headliners: The Flaming Lips, Bloc Party, Mogwai, Wild Beasts, Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, Goldie, Irvine Welsh
£££: From £140
A bespoke banquet of music, arts and entertainment, Festival No.6 provides a 24-hour soundtrack worthy of a weekend without musical boundaries, selected by a unified team of some of the UK’s most respected independent promoters and purveyors of the art of the party. Expect massive main stage moments to intimate gigs from a wondrous, but not obvious, cast of artists, troubadours and cult players.

Lost Village
Where: Lincolnshire
When: August 24-27
Headliners: Dixon, Nina Kraviz, Dusky, Jackmaster, Bicep, Ben UFO, Midland, Maribou State
£££: From £130
An otherworldly experience in an abandoned woodland village, filled with all manner of unusual beings. Much more than just a music festival, Lost Village is a world of experiences. There’s global street food, comedy in the Lost Theatre, wood-fired hot tubs, yoga by the Lake of Tranquility, tribal banquets with Michelin-starred chefs and much, much more. An exploration into ‘the land of the missing’ and inspired by a fascination with abandoned places and Stephen King novels, Lost Village engulfs festival-goers in a unique and immersive experience – one that will have you questioning reality at every turn. One minute you’re dancing to disco under a canopy of leaves, the next you’re face-to-face with one of the village’s native inhabitants.

Where: Henham Park, Suffolk
When: July 13-16
Headliners: The 1975, Mumford & Sons, Fleet Foxes
£££: £77.50
Theatre, poetry, live music – and you can even go for a relaxing swim in a lake! Latitude is back and promises to be as vibrant as ever, especially with acts like Placebo and Fat Boy Slim on the bill this year. The comedy stage is also packed out with some of the finest comedic talent about, including Simon Amstell, Seann Walsh and Dara Ó Briain; while the Music & Film Arena features discussions, new documentaries and performances from the likes of Benjamin Zephaniah and Imelda May. Plus, with woodland art installations and free roaming pink sheep, there’s plenty more for festival-goers to take in…


Where: Worthy Farm, Somerset
When: June 24-28
Headliners: Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran
Who else: The XX, The National, Biffy Clyro, Royal Blood, Katy Perry, Boy Better Know
The daddy of all music festivals returns. Glastonbury is the biggy. Like, it’s actually massive. From the ginormous Pyramid stage to the peaceful tranquillity of the Green Fields, Glasto literally has everything. Talk politics in the Leftfield arena, get a massage in the Healing Fields, or watch a spectacular headline set on the Pyramid stage. Get weird in Shangri-La, be blown away by Arcadia (seriously, don’t get too close) and watch the sunset on Park Hill. There are too many incredible acts to list, but we’ve had a good bash above.

Where: Daresbury,Cheshire
When: August 24-27
Headliners: Tiesto, Martin Garrix, Alesso, Paul Van Dyk, Eric Prydz
£££: From £175
The iconic dance festival is now in its 20th year, and to celebrate there are some welxome surprises on the bill. Deadmau5 and Eric Prydz are collaborating on an exclusive live show, while dance music heavyweights Above & Beyond are also set to perform. In total, there will be over 30 stages and in excess of over 300 music acts from across the world performing across the weekend.

Where: Bramham Park, Leeds
When: August 28-30
Headliners: Eminem, Muse, Kasabian
Who else: Liam Gallagher, Major Lazer, Two Door Cinema Club, Fatboy Slim
The biggest festival up north, Leeds Fest returns to Bramham Bark for the August bank holiday weekend – and once again the wide-ranging line-up is just about as big as it gets! A huge announcement this year sees rap royalty Eminem take over the main stage on the Sunday, while two of the biggest UK rock bands around, Muse and Kasabian, headline the Friday and Saturday night respectively. Liam Gallagher is also set to provide a swaggering live performance filled with Oasis classics and new material, while the festival’s five other stages – NME, Radio 1 Dance, The Pit, 1Xtra and Festival Republic – are again awash with red hot talent. Head to the website for a full lowdown.

Where: Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire
When: August 19-20
Headliners: P!nk, Jay Z, Rudimental, Craig David
£££: From £89
If Virgin can fly people into space they can surely put on a great festival too. As always, the line-up is made up by the biggest mainstream acts the planet (including Jay Z playing the UK for the first time since 2013). Likewise, this year’s comedy line-up features 22 brilliant comedians. Enjoy.

Where: Seaclose Park, Newport
When: June 8-11
Headliners: David Guetta / RUN DMC, Arcade Fire, Rod Stewart
£££: From £60
Kicking off the UK festival season as per, Isle of Wight is back with another stonking line-up. This year hip-hop trailblazers RUN DMC share a bill with rock and roll royalty Rod Stewart in another diverse and exciting line-up. Atmospheric indie giants Arcade Fire also play their only UK festival date this year, while David Guetta brings the party anthems on the opening night.

Where: Donnington Park, Derby
When: June 9-11
Headliners: System of a Down, Biffy Clyro, Aerosmith
£££: From £34.70
It’s the UK’s most popular summer rock festival. Now going into its 15th year, Download is still as loud as ever, with System of a Down opening proceedings and rock legends Aerosmith closing on the Sunday. This year will also see the live return of AFI and the WWE NXT Live following its success last year. Plus there’ll be a Friday Fancy dress theme this year, and they’ve added the brand new Avalanche stage for the best in current alt-rock and post-hardcore sounds.


Where: Gothenburg and Stockholm, Sweden
When: June 2nd-3rd and 9th-10th
Headliners: Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Justin Bieber
Who Else: Deadmau5, Eric Prydz, Steve Angello, Tiësto, Zara Larsson, Axwell /\ Ingrosso, David Guetta, Steve Aoki
£££: £118 full weekend
Summerburst is Scandinavia’s premier contemporary music festival. It’s a two-day music extravaganza welcoming music lovers from all over the world. With a focus on electronic dance music, it’s an event for those who love house music, massive productions and crazy fireworks. 2017 marks their seventh year in Stockholm and sixth in Gothenburg. They have spared no expense this year to bring us some world class acts.

Where: Barcelona, Spain and Porto, Portugal
When: May 31st – June 4th and June 8th – 10th
Headliners: Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Frank Ocean, The XX
Who else: Aphex Twin, Grace Jones, Slayer, Solange, Van Morrison, Skepta, Glass Animals, Mac DeMarco
£££: £95 full festival
The nature of this festival and the wide range of bands represented have made Primavera Sound a meeting point for artists and spectators from all generations.

Where: Benicàssim, Spain
When: July 13th – 16th
Headliners: The Weeknd, Foals, Deadmau5, Los Planetas, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kasabian
Who else: Stormzy, Bonobo, Courteeners, Biffy Clyro, Crystal Fighters, Years & Years, Peter Doherty
£££: £130 full festival
Benicassim has a reputation as being among the best on the international festival circuit. It focuses mainly on pop, rock and electronica artists, as well as having other elements including short films, fashion shows and art.

Where: Tisno, Croatia
When: June 28th – July 5th 2017
Headliners: Axel Boman, Craig Richards, Ben UFO, Black Madonna
Who Else: Midland, Prosumer, Tony Humphries, Studio Barnhus, Gerd Janson, Heidi, Job Jobse
£££: from £20
Open to music-lovers aged 18 and over, Love International offers a taste just about every genre of music. Whether you visit the beach stage, the main stage, an acoustic sunrise session, or a stint of funk out on the terrace, this festival promises a week of sun and seriously good music.

Where: Novi Sad, Serbia
When: July 5th – 9th 2017
Headliners: Liam Gallagher, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Jason Derulo, The Killers
Who Else: Roisin Murphy, Years & Years, Hardwell, Dixon, Foreign Beggars
£££: £89
This budget festival is open to anyone from 5 years upwards, and sees some seriously big names taking to the stage.



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