Grab tickets to these festivals before it’s too late…
Still haven’t got round to booking a festival this summer? Or want to book another to add to your packed schedule? Don’t panic, while most of the big names have sold out there are still a load of British festivals with last-release tickets remaining. We’ve picked our favourites out of the bunch here at Spice UK, so rally your friends together, pick the line-ups and festival vibes that get you most excited, and start booking!
Dates: 8-11 September | Location: Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight | Price: Weekend Ticket: £180 Student | Headliners: The Cure, Wiz Khalifa, Major Lazer, Hot Chip
This late August blowout is the perfect way to end summer 2016 with a bang. As a dance and electro haven, sprinkled with high names from R&B and pop, Bestival prides itself on being a good old party for the masses. If you’re a fan of dance music then this may be the festival for you, with huge DJ’s such as Hot Chip, Diplo, Carlo Cox and the legend that is Fatboy Slim, this is a non-stop rave of style and substance.
Being on the beautiful Isle of Wight, it’s obviously a bit of a treck to get there, but with one of the most diverse line-ups any British festival has to offer, it certainly warrants the £20 or so ferry fare.
Tickets are still available here and currently stand at £190 for the full weekend with early bird, and £180 if you’re a student with a valid NUS student card. There are also monthly payment plans to spread the payments over the course of the summer, so there’s no excuse not to end your summer on an almighy high.
Dates: 28-31 July | Location: Kendal, Lake District | Price: £135 + booking fee | Headliners: Rudimental, Madness, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
If you’ve already got a busy schedule of festivals lined up for the summer, or want something a little cheaper, Kendal Calling is an affordable four-day festival set in the beautiful surroundings of the Lake District.
The performances are massively diverse this year, perfect if you have a group of friends with very different tastes. From the Hospitality and Eton Messy takeovers for the ravers amongst us, to the melodic rock of The Amazons and Everything Everything, Kendal Calling prides itself on catering for everyone. Of course, headliners Madness and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds can’t be missed.
With comedy such as 8 Out of 10 Cats’ Jason Manford, independent clothes and food stalls and even a cinema, the perfect balance of music and culture means that you can really tailor your festival experience to make it a perfect weekend escape.
Dates: 11-14 August | Location: Near Winchester, Hampshire | Price: £170 + booking fee | Headliners: Damian Marley, Levellers, Leftfield, Fat Freddy’s Drop
This pop-up town is about immersing yourself in the story of the festival as much as it is the music, with 9 sprawling city districts each with a distinct feel. The story of Boomtown has developed year on year, with this year’s focus on revolution looking to be the most exciting.
The festival celebrates all musical genres, from ska and punk to jungle and garage, and is a platform for many British underground artists. Although the line-up features big names such as punk heroes The Levellers and dub king Damian Marley, the beauty of Boomtown is finding new artists and sounds across the 100 (yes, 100!) stages across the town.
Arguably Boomtown put more effort into the visual backdrop that accompanies the music than any other festival, creating magical spaces such as the Psychadelic Forest, The Rave Yard, Sewage Works and the main stage, The Town Centre. And when these become quiet, smaller raves spring up across the festival, it’s truly a city that never sleeps.
Secret Garden Party
Dates: 21-24 July | Location: Abbott’s Ripton, Cambridgeshire | Price: £180 + booking fee | Headliners: Caribou, Air, Maribou State, Hot Since 82, The Temper Trap
This not-so-secret festival is growing year on year, and 2016’s science fiction theme will be an interesting contrast to the idyllic Cambridgeshire countryside that surrounds the ‘garden’.
The line-up is refreshingly different to other British festivals this summer, with many featuring the same headlining acts. The euphoric sounds of Milky Chance, Shura and Maribou State offer an alternative to the constant, inescapable heavy basslines of other festivals, giving Secret Garden Party a really authentic feel.
If you have a little extra money to spend, the festival offers boutique add-ons such as access to the hot tubs and saunas or a stay in showman caravans, and there’s poetry, art and comedy for the more civilised amongst us. But let’s not take the party out of the name, the beautifully decorated stages make the perfect setting for the ‘gardeners’ to dance the night away.
Dates: 2-4 September | Location: Norfolk Showground, Norwich | Price: Weekend & Camping Ticket, £110 + booking fee | Headliners: Chase & Status, Jason Derulo, Years & Years, Kano, Jess Glyne
A small but perfectly formed festival, this year sees the addition of a third stage at Sundown, making space for more music yet keeping the festival small enough to keep its friendly feel.
The music is charts-orientated, so if you’d rather sing along to Jason Derulo and Fleur East than be stuck in a sweaty rave dungeon, then Sundown’s main stage is for you. That’s not to say the line-up is restricted to pop acts, it includes DJs who are dominating clubs across the country, from underground favourites My Nu Leng and Flava D to euphoric house master Danny Howard, who headlines the opening and closing parties. For grime lovers, Kano and Dizzee Rascal are not to be missed.
This year Sundown have included additional perks for campers, like early access, a pop-up off licence, fairground rides and the option of a quiet camping zone, and for only £110 (+ booking fee) the festival remains excellent value for money.
Prices correct at time of publishing.