Festival guide 2014: Glastonbury, Reading, Bestival - everything you need to know
From when and where to who's playing and how much the tickets cost
Friday 11 April 2014
As Coachella kicks off in California this weekend, thoughts are turning to balmy summer days filled with friends, cider and some damn good tunes.
There are well over 1000 festivals happening annually, and that’s just in the UK.
Our most famous extravaganza is Glastonbury in Somerset, with Reading and Leeds, Bestival and T in the Park all attracting hoardes of merry punters keen to escape the 9-5 slog for a weekend of revelry.
A diverse range of events cater to all tastes, from mainstream pop and rock to folk, jazz, dance, metal and classical, meaning there's every chance of finding an event to suit you.
Headline acts this year include Arctic Monkeys and Blink 182 (Reading and Leeds), Justin Timberlake and The Killers (V), Calvin Harris and Avicii (Creamfields), Arcade Fire (Glastonbury), Two Door Cinema Club (Latitude), The Prodigy (Global Gathering), Frank Turner (Standon Calling), Marilyn Manson (Alt Fest) and OutKast (Bestival).
The music festival phenomenon began in the 1960s following the success of America's Woodstock. The Isle of Wight Festival was one of the first, while Reading began as the National Jazz and Blues Festival and Glastonbury started life as the Pilton Pop, Blues and Folk Festival.
Festivals are now embedded in our culture and everyone should brave the somewhat invitable mud at least once. Just don't forget your loo roll and wellies.
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