Exposed Festival Guide 2016
Sick of the freezing cold weather? Fed up of that 9-5 grind? Uni studies getting you down? Don’t worry, loyal readers – the festival season is nearly upon us! This is THE definitive guide to the best festivals this summer. With over 50 events celebrating food, music, art and theatre, kick back and feast upon our beastly list of local, national and international weekend-long parties. If that ain’t enough for you, you greedy sods, we’ve got a load of competition tickets to give away – for nowt! Just head here, and enter as many as you like. Winners will be picked a week before the event. LET’S ‘AVE IT!
WHERE: Various Sheffield locations
WHEN: July 22nd–24th
HEADLINERS: Kelis, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Dizzee Rascal, Jurassic 5
WHO ELSE: Blessa, The Crookes, Field Music, Gaz Coombes, Hinds, Scream, Sundara Karma, george clinton parliament funkadelic
£££: Full festival ticket is £42
Sheffield’s biggest festival returns this year with its best line-up to date. Now in its eighth year, Tramlines continues to grow at an exceptional rate – continually bringing incredible talent to the city year after year. Not only are headliners Jurassic 5, Kelis and Catfish and The Bottlemen huge draws during festival season, but the festival’s unique and eclectic line-up includes a number of international and local artists who will play a whole heap of venues across the city. If the acts on the main stage are not to your fancy, night tickets are also on sale. Once the headliners have finished, you can party into the night with Skream, Toddla T and Goldie. Tickets are priced at a generous £42 for a weekend ticket; however day only weekend tickets are available from £32. www.tramlines.org.uk
WHERE: The British Oak, Mosborough
WHEN: July 1st-2nd
Oakstock 2015 raised a lot of money for Macmillan Cancer Support and a great time was had by all. So what about this year? Well, let’s do it all again! Oakstock returns to the British Oak this July – beer, BBQ, hog roast and live bands – plus it’s free entry. The first line up announcement is The Storm Trees, with many more to come soon. Keep your eye on their Facebook page for updates.
Sheffield Food Festival
WHERE: Across Sheffield
WHEN: May 28th-30th
The spring bank holiday weekend will see the city centre taken over by stalls, showcases and sumptuous smells from some of the region’s finest eateries. Venues include the Millennium Square, Town Hall Square and the Peace Gardens – all of which will be packed with everything from delicatessens, bakers, street food stands, workshops and food demonstrations. Whether it’s tucking into some of your favourite grub or trying out something new, there’s something at the Sheffield Food Festival for everybody and best of all – it’s FREE!
WHERE: Bakewell, Derbyshire
WHEN: June 17th-19th
Bikes, beers and burgers – join thousands of revellers at Eroica Britannia festival in Bakewell for three days of family friendly fun. At just £20 a ticket, take in the Graze food festival or the annual bike ride on June 19th. A highlight of the weekend, the bike ride takes a tour of the picturesque Peak District – made even better by being completed on pre-1987 bikes and in vintage and traditional clothing. In its third year, the Eroica Britannia festival is a truly unique event that is becoming more and more popular by the year.
WHERE: Various Sheffield locations
WHEN: June 10th-15th
£££: Individual events from £8.50/£6 concessions (some free – check website!)
A staple event of the summer in Sheffield, Doc/Fest brings a full programme of the world’s best and most inspiring films to the city. Director of ‘Bowling for Columbine’ and ‘Fahrenheit 911’, Academy Award winner Michael Moore will open the 23rd Doc/Fest on Friday 10th June at the City Hall. Before a Q+A with the audience, Michael Moore’s latest documentary, a politically driven comedy called ‘Where To Invade Next’, will premiere at the venue for the first time in the UK.
Elsewhere, UK TV star and all round national treasure Joanna Lumley will be making an appearance at the Crucible Theatre. Joanna will be talking about her ‘Trans-Siberian Adventure’ and ‘Nile’ documentaries as well as her glittering career in the TV and film industry. Head to the website for various tickets and passes. The full festival listings go live on May 5th. sheffdocfest.com
WHERE: Hillsborough Park
WHEN: July 9th-10th
Hills Fest is an ambitious project from the Hillsborough community, conceived by Cupola Gallery, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. As it is a free event it relies entirely on donations to realise its full potential – a blend of spoken word, film, live music, art and interactive creative activities. Head to the website for more info and to help build this community event into something special.
Mosborough Music Festival
WHERE: Westfield Crescent, Mosborough, Sheffield
WHEN: June 3rd-4th
HEADLINERS: Reverend and the Makers, Bongo and the Soul Jar, Space
WHO ELSE: The SSS, Dirty Sterling, Bang Bang Romeo, Complete Madness, Red Faces, Marquis Drive
£££: £7.50 friday, £20 saturday
A celebration of the local music scene, MMF Founder Steve Cowens last year pledged to freeze ticket prices for the festival and to make food and drink affordable for the punters. Steve kept to his word and produced a stellar line-up for only £20 on the main day Saturday. With music also available on the Friday, head to the website for full info on varying ticket prices including camping options and childrens entry. The festival is in support of local charities Roundabout and Help For Heroes.
Off the Shelf festival of words
WHERE: Various Sheffield locations
WHEN: October 8th–29th
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 hear it as it happens in Sheffield this autumn. Off the Shelf – it makes you think.
Sheffield Vegan Festival
WHERE: Cutlers Hall
WHEN: July 23rd
The Vegan Festival comes to Sheffield for the very first time in July. Situated in the picturesque Cutler’s Hall in the city centre, the festival will host a variety of vegan-friendly food traders as well as clothes and charity stalls. There will also be a number of speakers at the event, aiming to educate and entertain.
Sheffield Film and Comic Con
WHERE: Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield
WHEN: August 13th-14th
£££: £8 per day
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 announcement of Simon Fisher Becker and Katy Manning of Dr Who fame. Cosplay will feature at the event as usual, as well as a video game zone and stalls featuring new and vintage merchandise and toys.
Music in the Gardens
WHERE: Botanical Gardens, Sheffield
WHEN: June 30th-July 3rd
HEADLINERS: James, UB40, The Feeling
£££: From £44
Launched by the Rotary Club of Sheffield 12 years ago, Music In The Gardens was originally a night of jazz music and fundraising. The one day event has since grown into a weekend of music featuring some top names from the music industry whilst raising tons of money for local charities. Manchester indie gods James will be kicking things off on Thursday night, with UB40 bringing the red, red wine on Saturday night.
Festival of the Mind
WHERE: Various Sheffield locations
WHEN: September 14th–25th
The 11-day festival returns for the third time this year, presenting a variety of events across the city, with award winning comedian and local lad Christopher Green hosting the festival. Bringing together university academics and professionals from the city’s cultural creative and digital industries; events, talks and workshops will bring their research to life in innovative and interesting ways. The festival is an opportunity for academics, artists and the public to share ideas, learn from each other and promote the city’s vibrancy. The main venue will be the pop up ‘Spiegeltent’ on Barkers Pool, with other events taking place in the Millennium Gallery and Winter Gardens.
The Tuesday Club Summer Carnival
WHERE: The Foundry
WHEN: June 7th
HEADLINERS: Wiley, Preditah, Elf Kid, Kenny Ken, Cause & Affect, KOG & the Zongo Brigade
£££: £12-14 adv
The TTC Summer Carnival is back and bigger than ever! 11 hours of music across 5 venues at Sheffield Students Union. The line-up this year features ‘Godfather of Grime’ Wiley; Boy Better Know affiliate Preditah; up-and-coming grime MC Elf Kid; jungle legend Kenny Ken; UK Bass House duo Cause & Affect and Sheffield Afrobeat outfit KOG & The Zongo Brigade! The day kicks off at 5pm in the Bar One & Interval Gardens and runs until 4am in The Foundry. Non-students welcome!
WHERE: Hagglers Corner
WHEN: May 29th
HEADLINERS: Crooked Chiefs, Rotherham African Drummers, The Maitree Express, Pamuzinda, Seby Ntege, Sutoriteraz
£££: From £10
After launching in Sheffield a couple of years ago Afrofest returns May bank holiday, bringing a slice of African culture to the Steel City. A number of stalls selling a variety of African food and drink will keep you going throughout the day whilst a whole host of live world music and dance acts will be on hand to entertain. With children’s activities, workshops, rides and more, this is a family-friendly day at the heart of the Sheffield community. sheffieldafrofest.org
WHERE: Baldersby Park, Top Cliffe, North Yorkshire
WHEN: July 22nd-24th
HEADLINERS: Richard Hawley, Everything Everything, Beth Orton
WHO ELSE: Anna Calvi, Rae Morris, Field Music, Eagulls, Lusts, Mt. Wolf, Misty Miller, Post War Glamour Girls, Thomas Truax
Our very own Richard Hawley headlines the 7th Deer Shed festival of music, arts and science. Over a weekend in July, the festival not only offers a fantastic line-up on its music stages, but a few special extras planned around a chosen theme. This year, the theme is ‘Making a Movie’ – and there will be a host of activities on the site, including storytelling and acting workshops.
Y Not Festival
WHERE: Peak District
WHEN: July 29th–July 31st
HEADLINERS: Editors, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Madness, The Coral
WHO ELSE: Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Hives, The Cribs, Everything Everything, Rat Boy, Blossoms, The Sherlocks, Eagulls
For its 10th birthday last year, Y Not celebrated a decade by partying with Snoop Dogg. This year they have pulled out another great line-up with Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds topping the bill. The line-up reads like a who’s who in English guitar music – with future festival headliners Catfish and the Bottlemen on before Noel and Ska legends Madness closing the festival on Sunday night.
The Great Peak Weekender
WHERE: Peak District
WHEN: July 1st-3rd
Sun, stunning views and beers – all for free! What could go wrong?* The Great Peak Weekender is all about taking in the picturesque scenery of the Peak District, whilst supping on a pint or two of Thornbridge ale. Live music and local foods will be in place for a weekend of mild-mannered fun.
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Underneath The Stars
WHERE: Cannon Hall, Open Farm, Barnsley
WHEN: July 22nd–24th
HEADLINER: Kate Rusby
WHO ELSE: Vieux Farka Toure, Declan O’Rourke, King Zepha, Olivia Chaney, Blue Rose Code, Talisk
£££: From £130
A fairly new addition to the local festival family, Underneath The Stars is now in its third year of running. The fest offers two stages of music, and a number stalls and activities – including handmade craft workshops, storytelling and a street theatre. A real ale bar and award-winning street food will be on hand for refreshments.
WHERE: Sheffield Road (behind Sheffield FC), Dronfield, S18 2GD
WHEN: Saturday August 6th
HEADLINERS: Ferocious Dog, Dodgy
WHO ELSE: Main Stage: Max Restaino, Jackson, Brooklin, Johnny & The Moondogs, Liberty Ship, Mark Mathews’ Late Night Players, Ryan Taylor Octofunk, Junkyard Dog. Acoustic Stage: Rachael Webster, James Taplin, Like Ice Like Fire, Martin Black, Julia McInally, Dead Man’s Uke, Nigel Parsons, Liam Walker, Paul Fletcher.
£££: £8 – £12 adv
“The Music Festival with a Big Heart. Great Bands. Great Causes.” Now a staple of the local festival season, Dronfest is a day of family fun and live music from the best that Derbyshire and Sheffield has to offer. Dronfest has always prided itself on the quality of the music it provides, at a fair and reasonable price, with all proceeds donated to local charities and groups. This year’s event will be raising funds for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Chesterfield Royal Macmillan Cancer Centre, St John Ambulance, The Lee Bonsall Memorial Fund and Dronfield Cardio Club, along with donations made to several other smaller local groups and charities. There’s plenty on offer for the whole family throughout the day, just check their website for further details.
UP THE ROAD
Slam Dunk Festival
WHERE: Leeds City Centre, Birmingham The NEC, Hatfield Forum
WHEN: May 28th (Leeds) May 29th (Birmingham) May 30th (Hatfield, Hertfordshire)
HEADLINERS: Panic! At The Disco, Of Mice & Men
WHO ELSE: New Found Glory, Young Guns, Mayday Parade, Moose Blood, Northlane, The King Blues, King Prawn, Cancer Bats, Norma Jean, Rob Lynch
Touring festival Slam Dunk celebrates their 10th birthday with over 50 acts playing across seven stages. Tickets for all afterparty events are available for an extra £4 on top of the price of the festival ticket. Each day is headlined by Panic! At the Disco, with American pop punk band New Found Glory ripping it up beforehand. If that is not to your fancy, there are six other stages with rip-roaring sets expected from Of Mice & Men, Cancer Bats and Roam, to name but a few.
WHERE: Heaton Park, Manchester
WHEN: June 11th-12th
HEADLINERS: The Chemical Brothers, Major Lazer
WHO ELSE: Ice Cube, Jamie XX, Bastille, Wolf Alice, Busta Ryhmes, Jack Garratt, Sketpa, Blossoms, Lethal Bizzle, De La Soul
Before becoming the biggest festival in Manchester, Parklife used to be known as ‘Mad Ferret’, taking place in the student suburb of Fallowfield. After changing the festival name to Parklife Weekender in 2010, the two day bash has come on leaps and bounds over recent years. So much so, that they had to move from Platt Fields to the much larger Heaton Park in 2013. Parklife has established a unique blend of indie music, international hip hop acts and the best that dance music has to offer.
WHERE: Colwick Country Park, Nottingham
WHEN: June 4th
HEADLINERS: Stormzy, Chase and Status, Craig David
WHO ELSE: Noisia, David Rodigan, Shy FX, Giggs, Redlight, Big Narstie, DJ Hype, Novelist
Nottingham’s biggest dance music festival returns for a huge one day line-up this June. Catch dance veterans alongside up-and-comers and current stars. Whether it’s Craig David with some of the best UK garage tunes, Stormzy with the hottest of grime sets or jungle legends Shy FX – this year’s Detonate is set to absolutely go off!
Cocoon in the Park
WHERE: Temple Newsam, Leeds
WHEN: July 9th
HEADLINERS: Sven Väth, Martinez Brothers
WHO ELSE: Green Velvet, Eats Everything, Patrick Topping, Enzo Siragusa b2b Rossko, Annie Errez
Now in its eight year, Cocoon in the Park is back once again with a pioneer of dance music as headliner. Sven Väth has been present at every Cocoon since its inception, closing the festival with his standard masterclass of techno music. That’s all well and good, but it’s the location of Cocoon that propels it to one of the best dance events on the festival calendar. Temple Newsam House looks down onto a field of thousands of ravers, creating the perfect setting for an all-day party in the park.
WHERE: Dalby Forest, Yorkshire. Sherwood Pines, East Midlands
WHEN: June 23rd–26th
HEADLINERS: Paul Heaton, Guy Garvey, Kaiser Chiefs, John Newman, Jake Bugg
WHO ELSE: James Bay, UB40, Rudimental, Simply Red
£££: From £35 a night
Organised by the Forestry Commission, Forest Live have been bringing fans of popular music to the tranquillity of the woods for 15 years. Over one million fans have attended Forest Live over the years, raising money for protecting the UK’s most beautiful forests. With huge names announced for this summer, fans are guaranteed a special night in the sticks.
WHERE: Southampton Common and South Park Oxford
WHEN: May 28th–29th
HEADLINERS: Duran Duran, Primal Scream, Craig David
WHO ELSE: Katy B, Public Enemy, Gaz Coombes, The Sugarhill Gang, Soul 2 Soul, Jamie Lawson, Chas & Dave
Bestival boss Rob Da Bank has curated a stellar line-up for the second birthday of Common People. The festival is split between Southampton and Oxford, with a big feature of the weekend being the Uncommon Stage. The principle idea of this particular stage is so that festival punters can check out the local up-and -oming talent. Curator of the Southampton line-up is Ricky Bates from the famous Joiners’ venue; meanwhile Nightshift magazine will be producing a line-up of Oxford’s best local artists.
WHERE: Henham Park, Suffolk
WHEN: July 14th–17th
HEADLINERS: The Maccabees, The National, New Order
WHO ELSE: Father John Misty, Beirut, Chvrches, The Lumineers, Chet Faker, Daughter, John Grant, Courtney Barnett, Roots Manuva
The biggest of the family-friendly festivals, Latitude is a weekend of culture, comedy and music. The picturesque setting and huge programme of poetry, spoken word and theatre make this festival one of the most popular on the calendar. Swimming in the lake, sampling the local ale or dancing around the woods with the late night DJs – Latitude is for everyone.
South West Four
WHERE: Clapham Common, London
WHEN: August 27th–28th
HEADLINERS: Rudimental, The Chemical Brothers
WHO ELSE: Dizzee Rascal, Above and Beyond, Carl Cox, Paul Kalkbrenner, Jamie Jones, Joseph Capriati, Flux Pavilion, DJ EZ, Nero, Netsky
SW4’s line up this year makes this festival one of the places to be over the August bank holiday. Up against stiff competition in the form of the Reading festival, SW4 offers a sound alternative in the form of dance music legends Carl Cox and Above and Beyond – with the Chemical Brothers taking you on a sonic-psychedelic journey on the Sunday night.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
WHERE: Various Edinburgh locations
WHEN: August 5th–29th
HEADLINERS: Stuart Lee, Mark Watson, Stephen K Amos, Katy Brand
As arts festivals go, they don’t come any bigger than this. The Edinburgh Fringe, the largest arts festival in existence, takes over the Scottish capital for three weeks of spoken word, comedy, theatre and music. Last year, the festival saw over 50,000 performances – the largest in its 60 year history.
WHERE: Otterspool Prom, Liverpool
WHEN: September 3rd–4th
HEADLINERS: Jason Derulo, Olly Murs
WHO ELSE: Busted, Tinie Tempah, Labrinth, Craig David, The Vamps, Fleur East, Krept & Konan, Ella Henderson
The vibrant city of Liverpool will be hosting some of the biggest stars in chart music for this year’s Fusion Festival. Working closely with Capital FM, Fusion have brought Olly Murs and Busted to the line-up, and no other than US mega star Jason Derulo. The festival works in conjunction with youth charity The Prince’s Trust – so get down to Otterspool Promenade for a good cause!
The Big Feastival
WHERE: Alex James’ Farm, The Cotswolds
WHEN: August 26th–28th
HEADLINERS: Mark Ronson (DJ Set), Tinie Tempah, Kaiser Chiefs
WHO ELSE: Roisin Murphy, Ella Henderson, Toots & The Maytals, Reef, Foxes, DJ Fresh, Stereo MCs, The Proclaimers
£££: From £145
If those dastardly Mancunians hadn’t taken it, Parklife would have been a great name for a festival on Alex James’ farm. That said, The Big Feastival is just as appropriate for a weekend that includes a Kaiser Chiefs headline performance and the Blur bassists’ cheese club. As well as a great line-up of music, this festival puts just as much effort into its food stalls as it does the chart-topping artists on the main stage. Jamie Oliver, Tom Kerridge and Great British Bake Off’s Nadiya Hussain will be on site showing off their culinary skills.
End of the Road
WHERE: Larmer Tree Gardens, Wiltshire
WHEN: September 2nd–4th
HEADLINERS: Joanna Newsom, Cat Power, Animal Collective, Bat For Lashes
WHO ELSE: Savages, Teenage Fanclub, Local Natives, Goat, Bill Ryder-Jones, Field Music
Winner of the ‘Best Small Festival’ award at the NME Awards this year, End of the Road has steadily grown into a popular family festival. Those lucky enough to be attending this year will be looking forward to seeing some big names amongst the intimate and tranquil surroundings of Larmer Tree Gardens.
WHERE: Vicarage Farm, Hampshire
WHEN: July 1st–2nd
HEADLINERS: Dizzee Rascal, Everything Everything
WHO ELSE: Shy FX, Swim Deep, Spring King, Sundara Karma, Serial Killaz, Dub Pistols, Frances
The festival where it doesn’t rain – seriously! Blissfields began a while back as a way of celebrating music at a festival that wasn’t commercially driven. Family-friendly and charitable, this year Blissfields is back with one of its best line-ups yet. They’re also putting on one of their most commanding art installations ever – “Our House” – a full sized hingedopen house – sitting in the main arena for you to explore its rooms and hidden treasures, creating an interactive festival site like never before.
Electric Daisy Carnival
WHERE: Milton Keynes Bowl
WHEN: July 9th
ON THE BILL: Eric Prydz, Oliver Heldens, Avicii, Paul Van Dyk, Pendulum, Sigma, Goldie MBE, DJ EZ, Duke Dumont,
£££: from £50
Featuring some of the biggest names on the dance music circuit, Electric Daisy Carnival incorporates huge installations, jaw-dropping production, pyrotechnics, costumed performers and more to make this one of the most immersive festivals in the country. New for this year is the Crystal Village Stage housing cascading waterfalls, a fog-breathing dragon, lasers, flames and co2 cannons. uk.electricdaisycarnival.com
Leeds Indie Food
WHERE: Various Leeds locations
WHEN: May 12th-30th
£££: Various ticketed events (Festival Passport £10)
A celebration of independent food and drink, Leeds Indie Food Fest consists of a whopping 130 events across the city in 19 days. Some events are free, some you will need to buy a ticket to in advance/on the door; however the best way to enjoy it to the max is to get your hands on a Festival Passport. This will provide everything from discounts to freebies, priority booking and the chance to win prizes. Head to the website for the full range of people involved and available offers.
THE BIG ONES
WHERE: Worthy Farm, Somerset
WHEN: June 22nd– 26th
HEADLINERS: Muse, Adele, Coldplay
WHO ELSE: Jeff Lynne’s ELO, LCD Soundsystem, Foals, Underworld, Ellie Goulding, Last Shadow Puppets, Guy Garvey, Skepta, Art Garfunkel, The Syrian National Orchestra, PJ Harvey, ZZ Top
This festival really doesn’t need an introduction. What’s that? You want one anyway? Fine! 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 Acardia (seriously, don’t get too close) and watch the sunset on Park Hill. The fact that all 130,000 tickets sold out in record time before a single act was announced speaks volumes about the Glastonbury experience.
WHERE: Richfield Avenue/Bramham Park
WHEN: August 26th–28th
HEADLINERS: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foals, Disclosure, Biffy Clyro, Fall Out Boy
WHO ELSE: Imagine Dragons, The 1975, The Vaccines, Courteeners, Boy Better Know, Maximo Park, Haim, Slaves, A$ap Rocky, Travi$ Scott, Nothing But Thieves, Fetty Wap
This is a first for Reading and Leeds, with no less than five headliners confirmed.In Chili Peppers, they have the huge veteran rock band. The festival’s favourite sons, Biffy Clyro, make their triumphant return after their headline slot three years ago. After being touted as potential headliners for years by festival organiser Melvin Benn, Foals make their return to the scene with a co-headline slot alongside Fall Out Boy. Also on the bill are local heroes The Sherlocks, Pulled Apart by Horses and Frank Turner, who returns to the fest for his 10th year on the trot! This year, A$ap Rocky and Fetty Wap will add a flavour of mainstream hip-hop to the bank holiday weekend bash.
www.readingfestival.com / www.leedsfestival.com
Isle Of Wight
WHERE: Seaclose Park, Isle of Wight
WHEN: June 9th–12th
HEADLINERS: The Who, Stereophonics, Queen + Adam Lambert, Faithless
WHO ELSE: Blossoms, Cast, Gabrielle, Feeder, Ocean Colour Scene, Iggy Pop, The Kills, Reverend and the Makers, Richard Ashcroft, Turin Brakes, Reef, Status Quo
The Isle of Wight’s festival roots lay firmly in the garden of classic rock and 2016 is no exception. The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen are among the legendary acts to have graced the stage in the festival’s past, as well as The Who – appearing at what is their only UK festival this year. Queen with Adam Lambert are also a festival exclusive for Isle of Wight – making the line-up a Who’s Who (geddit?) of classic rock bands.
T in the Park
WHERE: Strathallan Castle, Perthshire, Scotland
WHEN: July 8th–10th
HEADLINERS: The Stone Roses, Calvin Harris, Red Hot Chili Peppers
WHO ELSE: Disclosure, LCD Soundsystem, Bastille, The 1975, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Last Shadow Puppets, Jamie XX, Travis, Kaiser Chiefs, Major Lazer, Jake Bugg, Craig David
£££: From £194
‘The Glastonbury of the north’ continues to challenge the real deal itself. Whilst Worthy Farm is an almost biblical experience, T in The Park produces stunning line-ups year after year. Last year was like a history lesson in post-‘80s British guitar music with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Kasabian, The Libertines and Stereophonics on the bill. This year, The Stone Roses second-coming (or is it the fourth now?) and Red Hot Chili Peppers will be making the headlines, whilst Faithless and LCD Soundsystem will be representing the best of the rest.
Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park
WHERE: Hyde Park, London
WHEN: July 1st–10th
HEADLINERS: Massive Attack, Florence & The Machine, Carole King, Mumford & Sons, Take That, Stevie Wonder
WHO ELSE: Olly Murs, Ella Eyre, Jamie Lawson, Alabama Shakes, Wolf Alice, Mystery Jets, Warpaint, Patti Smith, Kendrick Lamar, Jamie XX, Cat Power,
Six massive acts over two weekends, British Summer Time at Hyde Park is back with another incredible line-up. Drawing in the world’s biggest artists in recent years, Florence & The Machine and Stevie Wonder are just two of the names confirmed for this year’s series of concerts in London’s Hyde Park. Legends Neil Young, The Rolling Stones and Black Sabbath have all performed in past years playing seamlessly alongside the current day crop of headliners, making this one of the biggest genre and generation-spanning festivals on the circuit.
WHERE: Donnington Park, Derbyshire
WHEN: June 10th–12th
HEADLINERS: Rammstein, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden
WHO ELSE: Korn, Killswitch Engine, Deftones, Megadeath, Nightwish, disturbed, Alien Ant Farm, All Time Low
Legendary rock band Black Sabbath return to Download this summer after a four year absence. The Birmingham band are rumoured to be recording their headline set for their final live album, and with fellow icons Iron Maiden and Rammstein headlining too, fans of heavy rock are certainly in for a special weekend. WWE’s touring TV show NXT has announced that they will be appearing on site in a purpose-built wrestling ring – where else will you find Rammstein and wrestlers in the same arena?
WHERE: Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight
WHEN: September 8th–11th
HEADLINERS: The Cure, Major Lazer, Hot Chip
WHO ELSE: Animal Collective, Hinds, Section Boys, Clean Cut Kid, Bicep, The Human League, Jagwar Ma, Kano, Skepta, Wolf Alice
Rob Da Bank’s Bestival has come on leaps and bounds over the last few years. Launching in 2004, Bestival is now one of the biggest festivals in the UK. Their success is attributed not just to their great line-ups and headliners, but their themed fancy dress, secret stages and unique areas. Whether it’s watching The Cure on the main stage or chilling out in the Ambient Forest, Bestival regularly delivers a true and unique festival experience.
WHERE: Hylands Park, Chelmsford/ Weston Park, Staffordshire
WHEN: August 20th–21st
HEADLINERS: Justin Bieber, Rihanna
WHO ELSE: David Guetta, Sia, Little Mix, Jess Glynne, Rita Ora, Example, Katy B, Eric Prydz, Annie Mac
£££: From £165
The UK’s number one chart music festival is bringing Rihanna and Justin Bieber to the UK this August for their 21st birthday party. In terms of chart hits, you don’t get much bigger than these two. With the likes of Sia, David Guetta and Rita Ora on the line-up, V have pulled out all the stops once again, producing the chart music line-up of the year.
WHERE: Daresbury Estate, Cheshire
WHEN: August 25th–28th
HEADLINERS: Armin Van Buuren, Avicii, Calvin Harris, Tiesto, Jamie Jones
WHO ELSE: The Martinez, Chase & Status, Above & Beyond, Robin Schulz, Pete Tong, Hot Since 82
£££: From £175
What? You’re just going to have a “chilled one” at home over the August bank holiday? Nonsense! Pack your finest raving outfit (don’t forget the bucket hat… never forget the bucket hat) and make your way to Creamfields. 70,000 people on a huge patch of land in Cheshire partying with Armin Van Buuren and Avicii – you’d be mad not to go.
WHERE: Finsbury Park, London
WHEN: July 8th–10th
HEADLINERS: Chase & Status, J. Cole, Calvin Harris, Boy Better Know
WHO ELSE: The 1975, Kygo, Future, Craig David, Krept & Konan, Bugzy Malone, Newham Generals
There was some noise on social media about this year’s Wireless line-up, but there are some of the business’ most exciting names on the bill – Calvin Harris, Boy Better Know, Kygo, Future, Craig David and many, many more. If Finsbury Park had a roof, it would certainly be dismantled and torn to pieces over this weekend.
WHEN: August 31st–September 4th
ON THE BILL: Damien Marley, Stormzy, Goldie, High Contrast, Kano, Section Boyz, Akala, London Elektricity
How else would you see out the summer? A week in the picturesque site of Outlook, ten miles from Pula surrounded by the best that dance music has to offer. Beach parties, boat parties and bass music – it is well worth the pilgrimage from the UK.
WHERE: Pula, Croatia
WHEN: August 25th–28th
ON THE BILL: Massive Attack, Ben Klock, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Richie Hawtin, Ben UFO, Mala
Taking place a week before Outlook festival and on the same site, Dimensions takes on the spectacular views and beach parties with a house and techno twist. The opening concert has become a highlight in recent years. This year, Massive Attack kick the festival off in the stunning Pula amphitheatre.
WHERE: Barcelona, Spain
WHEN: June 16th–18th
HEADLINERS: New Order, John Grant, Fatboy Slim
WHO ELSE: Flume, Four Tet, Kerri Chandler, James Blake The Martinez Brothers, DJ EZ, Jackmaster, New Order, Stormzy, Skepta
Experience Sonar by day, and if you’ve not had your fill, jump on one of the festival’s shuttle buses to SonarPark and party into the night with some of the finest DJs on the circuit. Aside from the live bands and DJs, there will be multimedia art showcases and loads of live entertainment for you to feast on whilst taking in the beautiful city of Barcelona.
Festival Internacional De Benicassim
WHERE: Benicassim, Spain
WHEN: July 14th–17th
HEADLINERS: Major Lazer, The Chemical Brothers, Muse, Kendrick Lamar
WHO ELSE: Biffy Clyro, Skepta, Disclosure, The 1975, Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Maccabees, Bloc Party
If you thought that a festival near a beach and a waterpark with a line-up as big as this one wasn’t good enough, Benicassim have introduced the south beach dance stage for this year’s event. Let The Chemical Brothers blow your mind then party afterwards on the beach with a cocktail by the pool. www.fiberfib.com
Rock AM Ring
WHERE: Mendig, Germany
WHEN: June 3rd–5th
HEADLINERS: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath, Volbeat
WHO ELSE: Tenacious D, Korn, Deftones, Biffy Clyro, Bullet For My Valentine, Panic! At the Disco, We Are Scientists, Rudimental
Every year in the Eifel mountains of Germany, 80,000 people make their way to the Mendig airfield and lose their shit to some of the world’s biggest rock bands. Green Day, Foo Fighters, Metallica and Linkin Park are just some of the massive names that have headlined in the past, and this year Rock am Ring are rolling out the red carpet for the Chilis, the Sabbath and Tenacious D.
Kappa Futur Festival
WHERE: Torino, Italy
WHEN: July 9th–10th
ON THE BILL: Carl Cox, Kerri Chandler, Ben Klock, Nastia, Sven Väth, Kim Ann Foxman, Chris Liebing
One of Italy’s biggest festivals is back for another weekend of skanking and fist pumping. Nearly 50,000 ravers will descend onto the Parco Dora industrial park in Torino. For only £40 a pop, you’re getting an authentic outdoor rave experience with some of the biggest names in house and techno, Carl Cox, Kerri Chandler and Sven Väth to name but a few!
WHERE: Garden Resort, Tisno, Croatia
WHEN: july 28th–august 1st
ON THE BILL: Ben Klock, Sven Väth, Octave One, Dave Clarke, Ben UFO, Marcel Dettmann, Robert Hood, Nina Kraviz, Steve Rachmad
Making its debut on the Croatian festival scene, Movement will take its maiden voyage to sunny Tisno. Ben Klock and Sven Väth will be on hand to provide the vibes in the tranquil surroundings of the Garden Resort.
WHERE: Eindhoven, Amsterdam
WHEN: July 9th
HEADLINERS: Carl Cox, Danny Tenaglia, Busy P, Route 94, Mr Oizo
Extrema began organising parties in Holland back in 1992. In 1995, they began celebrating underground rave music and 21 years later, are still going strong with their annual day event. Set on the Aquabest Beach in Eindhoven, Extrema is a 12-hour house music bash and one of the biggest one-day events on the Holland festival calendar.
Get your hands on selected tickets from the Exposed Festival Guide 2016 by heading here.