UK Festival Guide 2017
It’s approaching that time of year again, where thousands migrate en masse to various corners of the country for a weekend of music, debauchery, and (hopefully, although this is Britain) sun. As festival season is upon us, we thought we’d give you a roundup of some of this summer’s finest, straying away from behemoths like Reading and Leeds and Glastonbury.
Green Man, set in the idyllic rolling hills of the Brecon Beacons, offers an eclectic mix of music over three days across multiple stages. Headlined by Future Islands, Ryan Adams and PJ Harvey, and with other acts in the lineup including Kate Tempest, Angel Olsen, British Sea Power and The Shins, Green Man is sure to please.
Despite not even having announced their full lineup yet, Suffolk’s Latitude fest already boasts a strong roster that includes The 1975, Mumford & Sons, Glass Animals, Placebo and Jack Garratt, along with a packed-out comedy stage as an alternative to the weekend’s music.
In the middle of the Cotswolds nestles 2000 Trees, a three-day festival of rock and indie music. The lineup includes the likes of Slaves, Nothing But Thieves, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, Deaf Havana, Honeyblood and The Front Bottoms, along with plenty of other lesser known artists for you to fall in love with.
Afropunk, is a festival set in the heart of London, self-described as two days of “live music and good vibes”, with its US counterpart hailed as “the most multicultural festival in the US”. With a diverse lineup including Lianne La Havas, Nao, Jme, Danny Brown and Willow Smith, it’s not one to miss.
This Must Be The Place is a two-day weekender split across Belgrave Music Hall and Headrow House, two quirky and oh-so-Instagram-friendly venues in Leeds city centre. The Saturday is headlined by Alvvays, who are joined by Beach Fossils, Sorry, Our Girl and Chest Pains, and the Sunday features Parquet Courts, Ulrika Spacek, Cowtown, Menace Beach and Drahla, along with many more to be announced across the weekend.
EOTR describes itself as “not about any particular style of music” and prides itself on a unique, relaxed and friendly atmosphere, along with its strong environmental initiatives. It’s located in the beautiful Larmer Tree Gardens in Dorset, and this year’s lineup is an eclectic mix, including Father John Misty, Mac Demarco, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Slowdive, Marika Hackman and Real Estate, alongside comedy, film and literature performances.
TRNSMT is a newly born Scottish festival, risen from the ashes of T in the Park as it takes a year out. Perhaps this year’s artists aren’t the most original choices with Radiohead, Kasabian and Biffy Clyro at the helm, (your standard headline acts for recent times) but there’s surely something there to please everyone.
Beatherder, a festival in Lancashire’s Ribble Valley, boasts a varied, compelling lineup, ranging from Crystal Fighters to Kelis to Faithless, with a plethora of other artists in between. It’s worth noting that every year Beatherder has a fancy dress theme – this year, it’s just the letter D.