Think we can all agree that festivals are the best.
The sun (no cynicism please) music, waaaAaAaAavy garms and attractive, fun-loving people everywhere. Everything you need to have the best few days of your year.
The whole toilet situation isn’t ideal, but you’ll allow it for a weekend…
The issue, nowadays, is that with festivals growing in popularity over the past decade, there’s too much choice. As well as the classic British Summer staples of Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, you now have festivals for all sorts. With only so much uni holiday/annual leave, how do you decide?!
Here at CLiKD, we’ve tried to make it easy for you. We’ve picked our most recommended festivals for more or less each weekend between the end of July and early September. Your best weekend of the year awaits!
Camp Bestival: 26th-29th July
Camp Bestival is well known for being the best family festival in the country. Taking place at Lulworth Castle in Dorset, the fortress is a focal point of the site and provides a beautiful backdrop for the festival.
The headliners and main acts this year will not let you down… or desert you… yeah, Rick Astley is headlining; along with Simple Minds, Clean Bandit and Orbital, you’ll be spoilt for choice sonically.
However, as previously mentioned, Camp Bestival isn’t really about the big musical acts. It’s also definitely less rowdy than its sister festival, Bestival. Hosting a range of activities, including arts and crafts areas for families, there’s also loads of theatre and stand up, including Sean Lock this year.
Eastern Electrics – 4th-5th August
After leaving its previous setting of Hatfield House, Eastern Electrics has moved on to bigger and better things at Morden Park.
A festival famous for its consistently great dance and urban music, this year is no different. It’s spectacular stages, including the wild Switchyard, are putting on some fantastic sets as per.
Top of the bill for Saturday includes; Jamie Jones, Eats Everything and Skream. Sunday features the best of UK hip hop with Ghetts and AJ Tracey, as well as the iconic reggae DJ David Rodigan.
Boomtown – 9th-12th August
Boomtown, over its lifespan, has become one of the largest independent festivals in the UK. Its insane rise is based hugely on its manic reputation, as well its genuine commitment to quality.
Celebrating its 10th birthday this year under the title of “The Machine Cannot Be Stopped”, expect A LOT. More stages, more pyrotechnics, more light shows, more music. More Everything!
As far as the music goes, Boomtown prides itself on its eclectic taste. This year, catch everything from Goriliaz to Limp Bizkit and a range of incredible DJ’s, including Idris Elba!
I’m sure most will be aware that Boomtown is way more than just the music though. It’s essentially a unique little world that you have to see to believe.
SW4 – 25th – 26th August
Some festivals (if not most) now look to promote musical diversity and exploration.
SW4 is not one of those festivals. It knows what it’s good at and it sticks to it. In this case, dance music.
Found in the heart of South West London’s plush Clapham Common, the festival couldn’t be further from the areas standard ambience.
Known as being a somewhat rowdy festival, SW4 is meant for the most enthusiastic of bass heads among us. Especially the case when this year you have the likes of Chase & Status, DJ EZ Wilkinson and Dizzy Rascal.
End of the Road – 30th august – 2nd September
Undeniably one of the hidden gems of the UK scene, Larmer Tree Gardens’ End of the Road festival is a must for proper musos. Featuring some of the top picks year in year out, EotR is the pick of the bunch in that regard.
This year headliners include indie heavyweights Vampire Weekend, St. Vincent and Feist. The line-up caters for a pretty wide berth of styles with folk, electronica and post-punk artists also taking a lot of prime spots on stages.
The festival also maintains its brand of slightly more high end creativity by being slightly more artisanal and covering the site in art installations.
Essentially, if you’ve read Pitchfork or ever used Pinterest, this is your festival.
Outlook Festival – 5th-9th September
Yeah, so we said “UK festivals” right? We also said “Top 5” so win some, ya lose some.
Here, you’re definitely winning some.
Outlook is one of the premier festivals on the continent. It’s also put on at a time where uni hasn’t quite started yet AND you avoid all the late Summer family holiday season. Ideal.
If partying in an amphitheatre in Croatia to Wiley and Bonobo isn’t enough for you, then there’s the boat parties. If you get seasick, then there’s the new Tunnel Party. If you get claustrophobic, then you can go back to the beach. Outlook has it all.
Now, pick the festival(s) of your choice and run free! Just remember to drink responsibly and suntan lotion is your friend!
By Lucas Galley Greenwood