Festivals To Beat the No-Glastonbury Blues
Just last week the line-up for Reading and Leeds festival was announced, and by now avid music fans will know in what direction they are leaning towards when it comes to picking a summer festival destination. With Glastonbury taking the year off, we thought we would use our knowledge of the events industry to run through the outdoor crowd-pleasers that are always guaranteed to be sources of memorable moments and iconic performances.
1) BBC Music’s The Biggest Weekend Festival (25-28 May)
Stepping up to the void left by Glastonbury, BBC music have super-sized the ‘Big Weekend’ with a UK-wide festival that will take over numerous UK cities, including Swansea, Perth, Coventry and Belfast. Featuring Beck, Billy Ocean, Franz Ferdinand, and current chart-topping superstars Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, there looks to be something for most music fans to get excited about. The new 2018 format also means that with multiple locations, it will likely be a lot easier for lucky ticket-holders to travel to their chosen destination. The event will enjoy widespread digital coverage but if you’d like to be part of the crowd, check out https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/efj3v2
2) Creamfields (23-26 August)
The UK’s premier dance music festival and one of the biggest draws of genre fans to the UK during the summer months, Creamfields always promises stunning visuals alongside its top-level dance music artists (this year including Eric Prydz and Carl Cox). The event is known for putting on a show and the tunes are complemented with creative, dazzling lighting and AV displays all throughout the weekend. Not one to be missed if you enjoy the dance genre and are looking for the ultimate night out! Read more about Creamfields here: https://www.creamfields.com/
3) Download (8-10 June)
Download is the yearly go-to festival for rock fans, this year having Guns N’ Roses, Avenged Sevenfold and Ozzy Osbourne headline their main Marshall stage. No matter the weather, the crew at Download always manage to give their audience an incredible show. In the past they have faced down torrential rain, thick flowing mud and even gale force winds to make sure that the Download crowd are blown away not just by the bands, but by all of the special effects and atmosphere as well. You can learn more here: https://downloadfestival.co.uk/lineup/#poster
4) The Isle of Wight Festival (21-24 June)
Another contender for Glastonbury’s replacement during its hiatus, this summer island festival has been touted as family-friendly and also features a wide variety of artists that satisfy the tastes of an eclectic mix of ticketholders. This year the event celebrates its 50th anniversary with The Killers, Kasabian, Liam Gallagher, Van Morrison and Depeche Mode completing the bill. Expect a weekend of fun in the sun organised by some of the best in the business. Read more at http://isleofwightfestival.com/default.aspx
5) Wireless Festival (6-8 July)
Taking place in Finsburuy Park (London), Wireless is to rap and grime ans what Download is to rock. Expect to see Post Malone, Stormzy, DJ Khaled and friends and many more in this 3 day tribute to urban music. Past years have seen pyrotechnics, fireworks and mind-blowing lighting installations and 2018 looks set to be no different. Visit the Wireless festival website to check out the bill and book your tickets. www.wirelessfestival.co.uk/
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