The 20 best UK music festivals for 2019, from All Points East to Glastonbury

From boutique festivals to family-friendly affairs, city events and camping in the countryside, we've got you covered this summer

Roisin O'Connor
Music Correspondent
Sunday 26 May 2019 12:00
Comments
Lighting up the summer: fireworks at Boomtown’s Sector 6 stage
Lighting up the summer: fireworks at Boomtown’s Sector 6 stage

Festival season is almost upon us, and this year, there’s more competition than ever between events taking place across the UK.

Glastonbury returns from its traditional fallow year and is sure to be a highlight, with headliners Stormzy, The Cure and The Killers barely scratching the surface of the festival’s staggering lineup.

All Points East is back after its inaugural event last year, along with staples Green Man, Download, Lovebox and End of the Road. There are a few brand new festivals, too, like The Ends festival in Croydon, with headliners Nas, Wizkid and Damian Marley.

But a great lineup or good location isn’t really enough for the discerning music fan anymore. Festival food has essentially become an industry itself, while things like children’s entertainment and specialist events are becoming more important than ever.

We’ve gone through every festival taking place in the UK this year and picked our top 20, from boutique family affairs such as Standon Calling to genre-specific events like Download, Creamfields and 2000Trees.

Click through the gallery to see our top 20 UK music festivals, below:

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged in