Get ready to party in style at one of the best UK music festivals 2015. From paint fights at Secret Garden Party to feasting at Wilderness, we round up the best summer music festivals.
Wilderness Festival 6-9 August 2015
Set around a blissful lake in the rolling Oxfordshire hills, this chilled out festival is perfect for long lazy days hanging out in the sun, eating fabulous food and then getting ready for a proper party come sundown.
Forget dodgy burgers and old Chinese food, Wilderness has got festival feasting locked down, with the Angela Hartnett, Nuno Mendes, Scott Hallworth, Hix and Morro all cooking up a storm.
This year Bjork will be performing one of her knock out sets, as well as electro legends Roisin Murphy and Hercules & Love Affair. And down in the beautifully decorated Hidden Valley (our highlight from last years festival) Tom Middleton, Felix Dickinson and DJ Harvey will be working the crowd until the early hours for a proper forest rave.
Wilderness Festival, Cornbury Park Oxfordshire – weekend tickets from £175
Bestival 10-13 September
See out the summer in style at Bestival on the Isle of Wight. This dance themed festival is an epic party and this year they have pulled out all the stops with The Chemical Brothers, Underworld, FKA Twigs and Duke Dumont blasting out the sounds of the summer.
The party starts at The Port where HMS Bestival belts out the most incredible electro. Enjoy lights, lasers and lots of love, then wander into the Ambient Forest to find The Amphitheatre, where you can catch comedy acts, plays and founder Rob De Bank interviewing Howard Marks – Mr Nice.
Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight – weekend tickets £195
Lovebox Festival 17-18 July
Head to Hackney for a massive blow out in Victoria Park as Rudimental, Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill and Hot Chip take to the stage at this years Love Box. You don’t get the full 24-hour festival experience, but Lovebox is back to back big dance acts, with everyone from dance legends Groove Armada to Shy FX, Little Dragon and 2manydjs, all on hand to make sure you have a suitable festival frenzy.
All that dancing is hungry work, so get ready to dine on Anna Mae’s mac-cheese, Smokestak’s epic pulled pork or a mighty burger from Bleecker St. Burgers. And if you ‘ve managed to bag a VIP pass, tuck into dinner at Dalston’s BIRD restaurant or enjoy Japanese robata at Kurobuta.
And if that’s not enough, watch out for the Lovebox after parties at Village Underground, The Laundry, Shapes and Oval Space. Tickets from £10
Lovebox Festival, Victoria Park London – tickets from £35
Festival No.6 3-6 September
Get ready to explore the extraordinary village of Portmeirion with one hell of a sound track at Festival No.6. Built as the set for the TV show The Prisoner, Portmeirion looks like an Italian village set in the Welsh Countryside overlooking the Irish Sea.
Disco diva Grace Jones will be delighting the crowds, as well as Mark Ronson and electro rockers Metronomy. And get ready for a few laughs at the comedy tent, as Ed Gamble and Josie Long take to the stage.
When you’re suitable starving, feast on one of Voodoo Rays epic New York style pizzas or tuck into a proper pie from Higgidy. For those looking for something a little fancier, book a space at Dinner at Clough’s and dine in style at a long table over looking the fabulous River Dwyryd estury.
Festival No.6, Portmeirion Wales – weekend tickets £185 + BF (£10)
The Secret Garden Party 23-26 July
Get your finest outfit on and get ready to party at this incredible four-day festival in Cambridgeshire. This year the theme is Childish Things, so Gardeners will be treated to the ultimate grown up playground.
From forest raves to hedonistic hippie water slides, the fun at SGP is endless, and like Glastonbury the best stuff happens away from the main stages. Get ready for an epic paint fight on Saturday, cool off in the lake and if you need a little pampering head to The Sanctuary, where you can enjoy a facial, hot tub and a bloody Mary to get you back in the mood.
Don’t peak too early as the music is 24 hours. Hit up The Pagoda for a day rave by the lake and then head down to The Drop for a late night party SGP style.
The Secret Garden Party, Mill Hill Field, Abbots Ripton – weekend tickets from £175
End of the Road 4-6 September
In a labyrinth of fairy lit woodlands, this stunning little festival in North Dorset is one of the best boutique festivals in the UK. Rooted in old school Americana, End of the Road boats a cracking line up, including art rockers Django Django, Laura Marling and Saint Etienne.
Get involved with the weird and wonderful activities taking place over the weekend, from rounders to human jukeboxes. Chill out, watch a movie and catch a comedy show, before you head back to the main stage for more music.
End of the Road, Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset – weekend tickets from £195
Blissfields 2-4 July 2015
The festival circuit’s best-kept secret, Blissfields, is back in Hampshire for its fifteenth party. This year, the festival welcomes indie rockers The Horrors plus Ghostpoet, John Grant and electronic duo Simian Mobile Disco.
Explore Blissfields’ “four-dimensional world” of installations, pamper yourself at Field of Bliss Spa and sample the best street food such as Luardos’ legendary burritos.
Suitably blissed out return to your glampsite before heading out for the evening starting with sundowners at the Blisscotheque. Then hunt out the Hidden Hedge for some late-night raving in the forest featuring international DJs, burlesque dancers and trapeze artists. Sheer Bliss.
Blissfields Festival, Vicarage Farm Hampshire – tickets from £80
Words Paul Dunn
Field Day 6-7 June
Kicking off the summer with an incredible line up, Field Day is the first of the summer festivals. Electro producer Hudson Mohawke, FKA twigs and Django Django will be taking to the stages. And 2014 Mercury nominees Jungle will be hosting their very own DJ bandstand with a host of their favourite artists.
Get stuck into the Village Games including the duck and spoon race and then head over to Street Feast for a mega meal of Busan BBQ’s Korean and Luardos burritos.
Field Day, Victoria Park London – weekend tickets from £93
And for something completely different
Fancy guaranteed sun and lower ticket prices then head to one of Europe’s coolest festivals. We love the boats and banging beach parties at The Garden Festival in Croatia, 1-8 July tickets from £120. Or if you want to tick off the bands head to Sziget Festival in Budapest where you can see Florence and the Machine, Kasabian and Robbie Williams, 10-17 August, Tickets from €219.
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