Each year the decision of what festivals to attend is a hard one. We’ve been lucky enough to visit most of the UKs best and biggest festivals and this year we’ve whittled them down to our favourite ten. Let us know which ones you plan on attending or shout us on Twitter if we’ve messed your favourite from our list!
Strawberries & Creem – Cambridge – 15th June
Since its origins only a few years ago Strawberries and Creem festival has consistently upped its game with increasingly mind-blowing line-ups. The epitome of ‘summer vibes’, Strawberries and Creem takes place in the idyllic surroundings of Cambridge. This year’s lineup promises to be their best with headline acts of Ms Dynamite, Stefflon Don and Sean Kingston and other highlights including Darkzy, Flava D and Young T & Bugsey. For us we’re most looking forward to Snoochie Shy’s set which will bound to have us skanking out and bussing 1-2 gun fingers.
Lineup + More Info: https://www.strawberriesandcreem.com/
South West Four – London – 24th, 25th August
When it comes to UK Dance festivals SW4 is up there with the best and this year its lienup brings an increasing level of musical diversity. With Big Zu, Chip and My Nu Leng already announced to be appearing over the weekend Grime fans should definitely have this festival on their radar. From Tinie Tempah to Wiley to Plan B the lineup is not devoid of MASSIVE talent either. Missing this festival would mean missing Wretch 32’s performance something we DEFINITELY do not recommend doing!
Lineup + More Info: https://www.southwestfour.com/
Parklife – Manchester – 8th, 9th June
Name a festival with bigger yearly lineups than Parklife…we’re still waiting? This year’s lineup followed the trend of dropping our jaws upon launch and with worldwide stars like Dave being added since the initial release we haven’t quite picked our jaw off the floor. Cardi B, Migos, Khalid, Mark Ronson, Solange, Earl Sweatshirt all ridiculously big US stars and that doesn’t even brush the surface. In terms of UK talent its untouchable, Fredo, Annie Mac, Chase and Status, AJ Tracey, Octavian, Stefflon Don, David Rodigan, The streets – need we go on? The lineup for Parklife speaks for itself so we’re just going to leave this one here. Parklife we commend you!
Lineup + More Info: https://parklife.uk.com/
Reading and Leeds – 23rd, 24th, 25th August
Reading an Leeds is a festival that covers so SO many genres and does each of them credit with a vast lineup spanning across three days. It’s one of those festival were you will always have someone to watch from start to finish each day regardless of your personal music taste. With artists helpfully spread between cohesive sounding stages it is a festival whose structure and organisation is untouchable. Whether you’re interested in the headlining bands or acts or not there WILL be something for you. The BBC Radio 1xtra stage is a standout for us, with Dappy, Octavian and Not3s headlining and a lineup packed with UK Urban talent such as Headie One, Aitch and Kenny Allstar best believe both the Reading and Leeds sites will once again be turned into moshpit central for the August bank holiday weekend.
Lineup + More Info: https://www.readingfestival.com/
If you’re a fan of higher BPM music, especially the sounds coming out of Bristol, then NASS festival is unmissable. In Bristol talent alone you have OH91, Jay0117, L U C Y, Sir Hiss, Dimpson, Joker, Basher and quite a few more. A unique festival which incorporates Skate, BMX and street art into it’s setup NASS has consistently proved itself to be one of the best festivals in the UK outside of London. With Giggs set to headline and Novelist, D Double E , President T, Sox and Devilman all on the lineup we will be sure to be treated to authentic grime sounds. Rude Kid has also curated an embedded lineup featuring some of his friends including Sir Spyro, Jaykae, Devlin and Stormzy’s official DJ, DJ Tiiny. Butterz has also done the same bringing P Money, Footsie and Swindle to Bristol for what’s set to be an unforgettable weekend of raving.
Lineup + More Info: https://www.nassfestival.com/
Made Festival – Birmingham – 27th July
A forever evolving but always consistently sick festival, Made will this year make its return to Perry Park for another day of madness. Big names from the scene like Lethal Bizzle and Hardy Caprio stand proud on the Made stage lineup with the offering in general coming across like a massive celebration of UK Music. The claim of being “West Midlands’ most impressive electronic music festival” definitely stands true and after this years event they may have to update that claim to being the UK’s best.
Lineup + More Info: http://made-festival.co.uk/
Boardmasters – Cornwall – 9th, 10th, 11th August
What screams summer festival more than Boardmasters. Beachside views, the Cornwall coast and an absolutely insane music offering. With the Friday boasting two of our personal all time favourite acts, Giggs and DJ EZ, we cannot wait to see the energy the crowd brings to their performances. Other highlights include Dizzee Rascal, Lady Leshurr, Darkzy and Bugzy Malone so even if you’re travelling with friends more interested in the Florence + The Machines of the lineup there is definitely still something there for you. Soak in the sun and get yourself to Cornwall for this one!
Lineup + More Info: https://www.boardmasters.com/
Lovebox – London – 12th, 13th July
Lovebox festival really does bring the best out of the artists performing on their lineup. The staging and equipment at the disposal of the artists is probably the reason behind this, with Skepta notably and undisputedly having his best UK festival performance at the site last year. This year’s iteration will be no different with the only man to win a Grammy from a mixtape, Chance the Rapper, headlining. Lovebox’s lineup always look drastically different to other festivals within the same years showing the effort they go through to curate something special year in and year out. Our fans will be happy to see acts like slowthai, Suspect and Tion Wayne already announced and partners like I-D, Noisey, Places + Faces and Highsnobeity really do cement Lovebox as the most artistically aware offering of every festival season.
Lineup + More Info: https://loveboxfestival.com/
Wireless Festival – London – 5th, 6th, 7th July
Ignoring the vast array of US talent Wireless festival is still home to many UK artists. Treated as a pinnacle moment in any UK artists career, performing at Wireless has become an honour for many. This year Fredo, Bugzy Malone, Headie One, One Acen, IAMDDB, NSG, B Young, Stefflon Don and many MANY more will get their opportunity to show the Finsbury Park crowds what they’ve got. For us we cannot write this piece without mentioning the slot being reserved in the memory of Cadet. Wireless festival was a key part in the story of his musical career and for those unable to get tickets to the ‘Rated Legend’ memorial show earlier this year, this reserved slot will give a lot of people, including ourselves, a chance to pay their respects surrounded by others who were impacted by his life. RIP Cadet.
Lineup + More Info: https://www.wirelessfestival.co.uk/
Love Saves the Day – Bristol – 25th, 26th May
A festival we attend yearly and hold in high regard is LSTD festival. Each year it marks the start of our summer and does so with a bang! Returning to Eastville Park LSTD brings with them a lineup that tops anything they’ve done before. With headliners Lily Allen and Chase & Status leading each days lineups, you know each day will finish on a soaring high. We cant possibly comment on every single act that has us gassed but if we had to pick three we’d go for Special Guest Octavian, Ray BLK and Shy FX. All three mentioned have a distinctly unique sound and their artistry is something a lot of other artists can learn from. We’re expecting big things from LSTD this year so come down and catch us rapping along from the crowd with Little Simz and bussing gun fingers to Lady Leshurr.
Lineup + More Info: https://www.lovesavestheday.org/