Festivals have become some of the biggest things in the world right now and with Summer well on its way (we know we keep saying this and we’re still waiting), it seems like you should be gearing up for a festival … whether your big, small, whimsical, serious, happy or anything in between, there’s something for you and we’ve rounded up the very best …
For the Colourful Personality: Holi Festival.
This festival is quite simply the most colourful thing you’ll see in London … ever. Between the weekend of the 28th & 29th of June masses of crowds gather together in white clothing to then propel bags of coloured sand/paint at each other – the end result being very messy, but absolutely care-free, joyful, and beautiful.
For the One-Day type of guy/gal: Lounge on The Farm
Though quite an unknown festival outside of its region (Kent), Lounge on the Farm has been impacting the south quite heavily for the past few years. With acts such as Emeli Sande, The Streets, and Ellie Goulding taking to the stage, this is by no means a little festival. This year, they have downsized to bring you an exquisite one-day experience, however, they’ve still secured Fun Lovin’ Criminals and The Subways as their main headliners!!
For the chilled out vibe: V Festival
One of the big boys now, with V Festival most definitely being for the more chilled out individual. With Justin Timberlake and The Killers offering their services on 16th and 17th August, this is most definitely one for the type who loves to sit down with their sunnies, chill out to some incredible live acts, and bask in the ensuing sunshine that will keep them and their friends in a glorious daze.
For the hippie: Glastonbury
Known for being the hippie festival for quite some time now, Glastonbury has not and probably won’t ever change. Glastonbury is known for being on a whole other level of chilled with everyone being your best friend for the weekend. This year, headline acts are Metallica, Kasabian, and Arcade Fire, and with Britain’s biggest festival selling out in a number of minutes (as always) you’ll find it hard to get into here now, but goodness you’re lucky if you’re gonna be!!
For the hardcore head: Reading/Leeds
Reading and Leeds festivals aren’t for the faint hearted. Usually caped in mud and loud noises this festival is beyond fun for those who love a bit of mayhem. Queens of the Stone Age, Paramore, Blink 182, and Arctic Monkeys are amongst the names surrounding this festival, although they’ve definitely not left out the big and badass names for other festival-goers alike. This one is for something a little rougher and rowdier,but most definitely does not skimp on the fun.
For the Nostalgic type: Barclaycard’s British Summer Time
Although not many dates have been added to this summer long concert list, British Summertime has become known for its attractiveness to the nostalgic types. People who want to look back, listen, and remember the good old days. Last year saw greats such as The Rolling Stones, and Ray Davies take to the stage, whilst this year McBusted and Neil Young & Crazy horse have been signed up so far – make sure to keep up to date with this truly brilliant experience!!
For the Urban songster/songstress: Wireless Festival
A much more urban approach comes in the form of Wireless Festival on 4th-6th July. Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Rudimental, OutKast, Bruno Mars and Drake fill up the headline acts and the follow-ups are nothing to be sniffed at in the urban arena. Names such as Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake have previously been on the register and this huge festival sees no signs of slowing down if you like your rap, hip-hop, or urban beats.
For the Heavier hunter: Download Festival
Held between the 13th and 15th June, this heavy festival is to be headlined by none other than Avenged Sevenfold, Linkin Park, and Aerosmith. With such big names, it’s no wonder that heavier music fans flock to go to this huge festival in the height of the English Summer. There’s plenty to rave about, and plenty to do, but most of all you’re there for the rock!
For the Jetsetter: Benicassim Festival
Finally, the jetsetter holiday festival, Benicassim. Benicassim is based in Spain and holds host to one of the vastest festival sights you may ever see. With headliners such as Kasabian, Paul Weller, Lily Allen, and Paolo Nutini, the dates for this relatively cheap festival have to be saved in the more adventurous type’s diary – 17th to the 20th July for anyone who would like to know by the way.
So that rounds us up. The sun is sure to be out on these days and festivals are a great way to feel free, live life, and be happy!