The last-minute guide to festivals in 2013

view gallery VIEW GALLERY

Our guide to the biggest and best festivals still to come this summer

When you're sitting through exam season, being stuck in academia can seem like a terrible life decision. Yet come summertime, it suddenly gets a whole lot better: four months of bliss, peppered with the odd holiday, drinking sessions and, if we're lucky, a spot of good weather.

Having rinsed yourself clean of revision, and waved adios to your digs for the summer, it'll be back to the nest for a few months of r&r, with very little to do besides the occasional pub jaunt, or half-heartedly applying for summer jobs. On seriously empty days, you might even agree to keep the parents happy by accompanying them on the once-a-year family day out (you love it really). 

It's become a ritual to top off your summer on the UK's festival circuit, traipsing up and down the country in search of the best musicians, DJs and fancy dress themes. It means getting down and dirty with mother nature and spending long weekends in a flimsy tent with wet wipes for hygiene and warm cider for nourishment.

So in case you haven't had chance to finalise your festival plans, we're here to help with the 411 on the best weekends of the summer. 

Eden Sessions

Line-up: The xx, Sigur Ros, Kaiser Chiefs, Jessie J
When: Various dates throughout June and July
Where: Eden Project, Cornwall
Price: individual concerts are £35

http://www.edenproject.com/sessions/

Uber-chill, these summer sessions held at the Eden Project offer something for the more zen characters among us. A stellar line-up including The XX, Sigur Ros and Kaiser Chiefs all head down to Cornwall for various dates throughout the summer, along with Eddie Izzard. Peppered throughout June and July, these individual events act as great mini festivals. 

Beach Break Live

Line-up: Jake Bugg, AlunaGeorge, Devlin, Foreign Beggars, Lulu James
When: 20 — 24th June
Where: Pembrey Country Park
Price: weekend ticket £104, day tickets £20

http://www.beachbreaklive.com/

Sold as the festival for students, which is better than it sounds. We promise. With a decent line-up featuring Jake Bugg, AlunaGeorge, Lulu James and Foreign Beggars, there’s plenty to impress, along with an extensive list of DJs. Oh, and did we mention it’s on the beach? So don’t forget your swimmers.

Glastonbury

Line-up: The Rolling Stones, Mumford And Sons, The XX, Primal Scream
When: 26th June — 1st July
Where: Worthy Farm, Shepton Mallett
Price: tickets sold out

http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/

The grandfather of all festivals, Glastonbury is the most the most legendary event of all on the UK’s summer music calendar. Synonymous with mud, wellies and celebrity sightings, this year’s line-up brings some golden oldies to the forefront: The Rolling Stones and Primal Scream take centre stage, alongside Arctic Monkeys, The XX, Mumford & Sons and Dizzee Rascal. So, the hype lives on.

Somerset House Series

Line-up: Basement Jaxx, Tom Odell, Jessie Ware, Of Monsters And Men
When: 11 — 21st July
Where: Somerset House, London (nearest tube: Temple)
Price: individual concerts are £27.50

http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/music/summer-series-2013

Ever the place to welcome culture, Somerset House opens its doors in July to the music crowd, who will flock to see the likes of Jessie Ware, Tom Odell and Basement Jaxx. With its eclectic line-up, the summer series runs as a 10-day-long festival. Tickets for each act are sold separately, so choose wisely.

T In The Park

Line-up: Rihanna, Mumford & Sons, Kendrick Lamar, Emeli Sande
When: 12 — 14th July
Where: Balado Airfield, Milnathort, Kinross, Scotland
Price: weekend tickets £194, day tickets from £75

http://www.tinthepark.com/home.aspx

Scotland’s summer party in the park returns, bringing with it a mish-mash of headliners, to ensure there’s something for everyone. From Rihanna to Mumford & Sons, and Kendrick Lamar to Emeli Sande, prepare to spend the weekend running from stage to stage. Plus, if you’re into your B-list pop acts, there’s something for you too: James Arthur, Little Mix and Ke$ha have all just been added to the line-up.

Wireless

Line-up: Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Frank Ocean, Snoop Dogg
When: 12 — 14th July
Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Price: weekend tickets £190, day tickets £75

http://www.wirelessfestival.co.uk/

Bringing some of the biggest names in music to the capital, Wireless festival has some chart-heavy headliners, with Justin Timberlake leading on Friday, and Jay-Z taking centre-stage on Saturday. Held at the Queen Elizabeth Olympia Park, it’s a camp-free festival, so leave your tent and noodles at home. If you’re struggling to decide which day to go, both Justin and Jay-Z will be ripping it up in a “Legends of the Summer” event on the Sunday. Problem solved.

Latitude

Line-up: Bloc Party, Hot Chip, alt-j, Foals
When: 18 — 21st July
Where: Henham Park, Suffolk
Price: weekend tickets £190, day tickets £84.50

http://www.latitudefestival.com/

At Latitude, culture matters. It isn’t just about the music (or boozing) — poetry, dance, drama and comedy are all equally important, so literates and bards, this is easily the one for you. There’s Eddie Izzard and Dylan Moran, and Caroline Anne Duffy and Daniel Kitson. And, music-wise, you’ve got Bloc Party, Hot Chip, Kraftwerk, and Foals. Sited in Suffolk, you can expect a busy weekend.

Lovebox

Line-up: Rudimental, Azealia Banks, Goldfrapp, Plan B, Lianne La Havas
When: 19 — 21st July
Where: Victoria Park, London
Price: weekend tickets £108, day tickets from £60.50

http://mamacolive.com/lovebox/

London’s Lovebox returns to London's Victoria Park this year with an impressive line-up, led by Hot Chip, Rudimental, Azealia Banks, Annie Mac and Plan B to name but a few, alongside a selection of off-the-beat acts. The festival, curated by Groove Armada, has been frequented by dance music devotees since 2002. Filling a long weekend (except sleeps that are at home), expect three memorable days of music, cirque, cabaret, and entertainment.

Electric Daisy Carnival

Line-up: Tiësto, Avicii, Fake Blood, Flux Pavilion
When: 20 — 21st July
Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London
Price: £72.50

http://electricdaisycarnival.co.uk/

America arrives in London by way of the Electric Daisy Carnival. As lively as it sounds, EDM is a worldwide brand, uniting the very best in electro-trance music. This year, it brings an extensive list of DJs and trance superstars to the capital for its European debut, including Dutch trance-god TIesto and master DJ Steve Angello. Are we ready for it? Expect pyrotechnics, colour, lights and crushing sound systems, as energetic adolescents dripping in day-glo take to the Olympic Park. It will be crazy.

Secret Garden Party

Line-up: Regina Spektor, Bastille, Django Django, 2MANYDJS
When: 25 — 28th July
Where: Grange Farm, Abbots Ripton
Price: weekend tickets from £142.50

http://www.secretgardenparty.com/

The secret is out. This overgrown garden party has become one of the most talked-about events on the festival circuit. One where band t-shirts and frayed denim shorts don’t cut it, The Secret Garden Party has a dress code that dictates feathers, glitters, gems, and jewels — so go hard or go home. Full of exuberance and energy, it calls itself 'a four-day party like no other'. This year’s theme is 'superstition', while headline sets come from Soulwax, Bastille and Regina Spektor. Elsewhere there’s art installations, kitschy workshops, and, of course,boutique camping.

Global Gathering

Line-up: Plan B, Disclosure, Rita Ora, Example
When: 26 — 27th July
Where: Long Marston Airfield, Stratford Upon Avon
Price: weekend tickets £120

http://www.globalgathering.com/

Global Gathering celebrates its 13 birthday this year, making it one of the oldest dance festivals in the UK. With a line-up spanning the dance and electronic music spectrum, expect all kinds of techno, house, dubstep, disco, and so forth, along with some popular mainstream names — Plan B, Rita Ora and Disclosure.

Wilderness

Line-up: Empire Of The Sun, Noah And The Whale, Matt Corby, Tom Odell
When: 9 — 11th August
Where: Cornbury Park, Charlbury
Price: weekend tickets £146

http://www.wildernessfestival.com/

From the people that bring you Secret Garden Party, this four-day festival unites music, theatre, dining and contemporary arts, in the beautiful setting of Cornbury Park. Following last year’s debut on the festival circuit, Wilderness is back, with Empire Of The Sun as the exclusive headline act, along with Noah And The Whale, Tom Odell, Ghostpoet and Matt Corby. As well as music, you can expect all sorts: spa sessions, crafts, wild runs, live theatre, and so forth. Heck, there’s even horse riding. Voted as one of the best festivals in 2012, it’s all about the outdoors. There’s woodlands, lakes and meadows, so pitch your tent, light a fire, and somebody dig out the marshmallows.

V Festival

Line-up: Beyoncé, Kings of Leon, Stereophonics, The Script, Calvin Harris
When: 17 — 18th August
Where: Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex and Weston Park, Weston-under-Lizard, Staffordshire
Price: weekend tickets £185, day tickets £89
http://www.vfestival.com/

Hats off to V Fest for booking Beyoncé as their headline act this year. Offering a selection of sounds, ticket holders also get to enjoy the likes of Kings of Leon, Stereophonics, Calvin Harris and The Script, to namedrop a few from a lengthy line-up. If you’re a Virgin customer, don’t forget to enquire as to receiving any perks from your loyalty.

Creamfields

Line-up: The Prodigy, David Guetta, Duke Dumont, Afrojack
When: 23 — 25th August
Where: Daresbury, Cheshire
Price: weekend tickets £140, day tickets £75

http://www.creamfields.com/

One of the most celebrated festivals in the North West, this dance festival attracts some of the biggest names in the ‘biz. This year will see The Prodigy, David Guetta, and Duke Dumont pleasing the crowd, along with a long line-up of DJs.

Leeds and Reading

Line-up: Eminem, Biffy Clyro, System of a Down, Green Day
When: 23 — 25th August
Where: Richfield Avenue, Reading, and Bramham Park, near Leeds
Price: weekend tickets £202, day tickets £90

http://www.leedsfestival.com/

Now a classic on the UK festival circuit, Leeds and Reading vow to focus fully on the music. Attracting rock fans from around the country, this year’s line-up features Eminem, Biffy Clyro, Green Day and System Of A Down, so weekend campers can expect to hit it hard. Spanning the August bank holiday weekend, there’s also some softer acts for the lesser metal-heads among us. Phoenix, Haim and Bastille have all been added to the mix. Camping is popular, but there are day tickets available, too.

South West Four

Line-up: Carl Craig, Afrojack, Knife Party, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
When: 24— 25th August
Where: Clapham Common, London
Price: day tickets from £50, weekend tickets £97.50

http://www.southwestfour.com/

SW4 is a two-day festival that takes place on Clapham Common, bringing together the best DJs and electronic acts. Bigger than ever this year, the event celebrates its tenth anniversary — so expect some big celebrations. This year’s line up includes Armin van Buuren, Knife Party, Afrojack, TEED, and Laidback Luke. Both day tickets and weekend tickets are available, and though the official event wraps up at 10pm each day, obligatory afterparties carry on well in to the wee hours.

Shambala

Line-up: Roots Manuva, Toddla T, Shackleton, Courtney Pine
When: 22 — 26th August
Where: Near Market Harbourough, Northamptonshire
Price: weekend ticket £129

http://www.shambalafestival.org/

As the country’s leading green and free-thinking event, Shambala returns as the UK’s answer to the Burning Man festival. Set across the four days of the August bank holiday weekend, over 200 music acts will take to the 12 stages, along with cabaret, comedy, talks and debates — all housed in beautifully decorated venues. The line-up for this year includes performances from Roots Manuva, Shackleton, Toddla T, and legendary folk singer Billy Bragg.

End Of The Road

Line-up: Sigur Rós, Belle And Sebastian, Frightened Rabbit, Warpaint
When: 30th August — 1st September
Where: Larner Tree Gardens, North Dorset
Price: weekend tickets from £140

http://www.endoftheroadfestival.com/

As one of the UK’s more folky festivals, End of the Road returns to Wiltshire at the end of the summer. Alongside Sigur Rós and Belle and Sebastian, look forward to seeing Nashville’s girl-of-the-minute Caitlin Rose, as well as the likes of Warpaint and Dinsosaur Jr (plus plenty of acts that you’ll then be adding to your iTunes). Hire a Yurt and kick back in luxury.

Bestival

Line-up: Elton John, Snoop Dogg, M.I.A, The Flaming Lips
When: 5 —8th September
Where: Robin Hill Country Park, London
Price: weekend tickets from £180

http://2013.bestival.net/

Another festival to look back to yesteryear for its headline acts, Bestival brings the one and only Sir Elton John to the centre stage. Expect guests young and old, as other big acts include Snoop Dogg, MIA, Franz Ferdinand, and Fatboy Slim. As the original boutique festival, Bestival has grown and grown, and is easily one of the most popular on the UK circuit.

Festival No. 6

Line up: James Blake, Manic Street Preachers, Everything Everything, Mount Kimbie,
When: 13 — 15th September
Where: Portmerion
Price: weekend tickets £170

http://www.festivalnumber6.com/

If you haven’t been to Portmerion, this is the perfect excuse. An amazing place in its own right, the Italian village that was the setting of cult ‘60s show The Prisoner now plays host to Festival No. 6. Wrapping up the festival circuit, No. 6 comes mid-way through September, so you’ve still got plenty of time to plan. Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, this year’s line-up is impressive, pulling in James Blake, Everything Everything, Mount Kimbie, and I Am Kloot. Best yet, Manic Street Preachers are there for a rare festival performance.

Arts and Entertainment
Benedict Cumberbatch has refused to deny his involvement in the upcoming new Star Wars film
filmBenedict Cumberbatch reignites those Star Wars rumours
News
Russell Brand has written a book of political analysis called Revolution
peopleFilm star says he is 'not interested in making money anymore'
News
newsMcKamey Manor says 'there is no escape until the tour is completed'
News
people

Britain First criticised for using actress's memory to draw attention to their 'hate-filled home page'

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
JK Rowling is releasing a new Harry Potter story about Dolores Umbridge
booksChristmas comes early for wizard fans
News
news

Emergency call 'started off dumb, but got pretty serious'

News
news
Arts and Entertainment
On The Apprentice, “serious” left the room many moons ago and yet still we watch
tv

Greatest mystery about the hit BBC1 show is how it continues to be made at all, writes Grace Dent

Voices
Hunted: A stag lies dead on Jura, where David Cameron holidays and has himself stalked deer
voicesThe Scotland I know is becoming a playground for the rich
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
filmsOculus Rift offers breathtakingly realistic simulation of zero gravity
Sport
footballAccording to revelations from Sergio Aguero's new biography
Life and Style
tech

News
people'When I see people who look totally different, it brings me back to that time in my life'
Arts and Entertainment
A scene from David Ayer's 'Fury'
film

"History is violent," says the US Army tank commander Don "Wardaddy" Collier

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Student

Nursery Nurse

£7 - £8 per hour: Randstad Education Leeds: Nursery Nurse Leeds November start...

EBD LSA required - Vale of Glamorgan

£60 - £65 per day + plus free travel scheme: Randstad Education Cardiff: The J...

EBD Teacher - Food Technology Specialist

£100 - £181 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: The JobTo plan and deliver all ...

Learning Support Assistant

£50 - £60 per day + plus free travel scheme: Randstad Education Cardiff: The J...

Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker