I am a huge, huge festival lover. Come summer you can expect me to have tickets to at least two… maybe even three festivals. I love the atmosphere, the music, the kind of dirty feeling that you haven’t showered in two days but it’s OK because no one else has either, I love the smell of people cooking on a stove in the morning, I love how warm it is in the tent when you wake up in the morning, the dew on the grass when you step out of it, I love people screaming and cheering as their favourite bands come on stage, I love ducking out the way of a flying beer bottle because of the slight chance there may be piss inside of it, i love the small bands that get their time, i love the big bands because they know what the crowd wants. I love everything about them. Here’s the one’s you should get your ass to this summer – not all will cost you an arm and a leg either.
The Artsy One – Latitude (& Longitude Festival)
Line-Up 2016: to be announced soon
Line Up 2015: Hozier, Alt-J, Chemical Brothers, The Vaccines, James Blake etc.
Latitude is not my favourite festival. Mainly because there is a huge age range mix which means you don’t really get that crazy, everyone is drunk and laughing vibe which is one of my favourite things about a festival besides the music. Latitude is full of families and young people too – some people bring their kids and even newborns which is odd. But anyway. Latitude has something for everyone, not only does it have amazing music it also has a literature tent that features amazing writers such as Jon Ronson (The Psychopath Test) and Emma Bates (Everyday Sexism), a comedy tent, theatre, charity/ organisational booths such as Greenpeace, inspirational speakers such as Vivienne Westwood and more! The landscape at Latitude is the most beautiful of any festival I’ve ever visited it’s hidden inside a beautiful forest that has cute cafe’s and teepee’s for you to relax in. You definitely get the biggest range for your money here.
Best for the Budget: Y Not Festival
Line-Up 2016: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Hives, Madness, Circa Waves etc.
One of my favourite festivals for certain is YNot festival. It’s only a short drive from my house as it is held near Buxton which is a major bonus plus it costs next to nothing. At just over £100 it is by far the cheapest camping full weekend festival I have ever been to in my life. The line up is surprisingly good for such a small festival and the food trucks are of course on par. This is where I discovered Bastille before they were big so I’d definitely recommend checking out the smaller stages. This year’s line up is absolutely incredible so don’t miss out – we can have brekkie together! This place has also been voted the Best Toilets award out of all UK festivals several times if that swings anything for you.
Parklife Festival: The Best if you Hate Camping
£95 Sat & Sun
Line-Up 2016: Ice Cube (no really we like to have a laugh up North), Bastille, Years & Years, Chse & Status, Sigma, Wolf Alice, Diplo, Jamie XX, Major Lazer, Annie Mac, Hannah Wants etc.
It’s presented by Warehouse Project so you know that it’s going to be lit. Parklife has been nothing but good fun for me, I really like it because it acts as a warm up festival for all the rest of them. It’s at the start of June and it’s no camping so it’s a great kick start to summer. The line-up is always impressive on both the Saturday and the Sunday. However, I’ve only ever bought tickets for the Saturday day but last year the guy on the gate thought my ticket was a weekend pass so he gave me a band that got me in on Sunday too – bonus! Parklife may have a bad rep because it does attract a lot of idiots who are on drugs/ trying to sell drugs. It’s fairly obvious who they are, just avoid them it really isn’t too hard. They’re thinking of introducing a no under 18’s policy to keep GCSE kids from coming in and messing up their exams which I personally think is a good idea. If you’re big on house/club music definitely get here!
The Best – T in the Park
£205 Thurs – Mon
Line Up Announced so far (full line up coming soon): The Stone Roses, Disclosure, The 1975, Courteeners etc.
Line Up 2015: Kasabian, David Guetta, Sam Smith, Avicii, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Alt-J, George Ezra, Paloma Faith, Catfish & the Bottlemen etc.
I’ve been to T in the Park three times now and all I can say is that it’s an incredible laugh and tremendous fun. It’s by far my favourite festival I’ve ever been to. The line-up is great with a HUGE rage of artists, there are usually some great indie headliners but amazing tent DJ’s for example, last year I saw Fat Boy Slim, Hannah Wants and Alt-J and Noel Gallagher. Scottish people are also so sociable and love to drink meaning they are fabulous fun. T in the Park recently moved site and 2015 was the first year at their new site, it was really disappointing but they had 20 years to make the previous site amazing and it was. I hope to return to T in the Park in a couple of years when they figure out how best to use the space. But don’t let that put you off its great fun and you can also pay a little extra to have a shower every day. Bliss!