Music Festivals 2015: From Glastonbury to Reading, our guide to the big festivals

T in the Park, Isle of White and V Festival also featured

Festival-goers soak up the atmosphere at Glastonbury
Festival-goers soak up the atmosphere at Glastonbury

Glastonbury 24-29 June

Worthy Farm, Somerset

The music: Pop, rock, indie, EDM

The line-up: This year's line-up is as impressive as ever, with the likes of the Foo Fighters, Florence and the Machine, Suede, Mary J Blige and The Who… even Kanye West will be there (hopefully the stage will be big enough for both him and his ego).

Who goes there: Glastonbury attracts a genuinely broad range of people. It's arguably also the festival that attracts the most celebs, from the likes of Stella McCartney to Nicholas Grimshaw, often sporting some dodgy festi fashion… remember Lily Allen's watermelon shorts last year?

Survival kit: An absolute must is a map of the site or a photographic memory – failure to bring either of these will result in the loss of you or one of your friends among this town-like festival. Bring spare wellies if possible. Welly-boot theft is rife at Glastonbury.

The price: £220 (plus a £5 booking fee).

V Festival 22-23 August

Weston Park, Shropshire; Hylands Park, Chelmsford

The music: Pop and indie

The line-up: This year marks the 20th anniversary of the double-site V Festival, which is back with its usual line-up of pop favourites and sing-along-friendly indie tunes. Rock stalwarts and headliners Kasabian are joined by Sam Smith, while DJ Calvin Harris and Welsh festival veterans Stereophonics take to the stage onthe other night. Also, check out indie crooners Hozier and James Bay.

Who goes there: Tends to attract a large under-age crowd celebrating exam results. Expect coloured Hunter wellies, neon face paints and ubiquitous selfie-sticks.

Survival kit: Fake tan, ear plugs, spare tent pegs.

The price: £189 (plus £10.95 booking fee).

Lead singer Tom Meighan of British band Kasabian performs at the Pyramid Stage of the Glastonbury 2014, now headling V Festival 2015

Reading and Leeds 28-30 August

Richfield Avenue, Reading; Branham Park, Leeds

The music: Rock, metal and hip-hop

The line-up: Reading and Leeds festivals might be even more of a sausage fest this year, after the announced line-up turned out to be only 9 per cent female. Reading and Leeds are welcoming back long-standing members of the boys club The Libertines, along with fellow headliners Metallica and a post-banjos set from Mumford & Sons. Look out for the festival's fairground and a cinema, open from midnight Friday to Sunday inside the 1Xtra Tent.

Who goes there: Bill Bailey, Caroline Flack and Billie Piper have all been papped there in past years.

Survival kit: A beer koozie (an insulator sleeve for cans) and something to hide the smell of beer-splattered hair.

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The price: £213. A car-park pass is an additional £10 and a Wednesday early-entry pass will set you back an extra £20.

A general view as Enter Shikari performs live on the Main Stage on Day Two during the Reading Festival 2012

Download 12-14 June

Donington Park, Derby

The music: Rock

The line-up: As the UK's largest metal festival Download continues to attract big names, this year including Muse, Slipknot, Kiss and Marilyn Manson.

Who goes there: Fifteen years on from the first ever Download (35 if you include its forerunner, Monsters of Rock), and the festival still attract a loyal rocker crowd.

Survival kit: A mariachi mask, for the on-site wrestling matches, and breath mints, for the speed-dating sessions. Don't get the two mixed up.

The price: £215 (plus a £10 booking fee).

Slipknot fans at Download Festival in 2005

T in the Park 10-12 July

Strathallan Castle, Perthshire

The music: Dance, pop and indie

The line-up: T in the Park is moving to a new venue this year, a fact which has caused controversy as local groups fear for the effect on wildlife, especially for the ospreys nesting nearby; as a protected species, it is illegal to disturb them during breeding season. However, Scotland's biggest festival is still set to go ahead with headliners Kasabian, David Guetta and AVICII, alongside earnest pop-rock band The Script and electronica behemoths The Prodigy.

Who goes there: Hearty revellers and hardcore ravers who want all-night dancing.

Survival kit: A swimming costume for the communal showers.

The price: To camp for a weekend costs £194, and with an additional early-bird entrance on the Thursday expect to pay £205. For both plus access to the VIP area, you'll be parting with £335.

David Guetta set to headline T in the Park

Isle of Wight Festival 11-14 June

Seaclose Park, Isle of Wight

The music: Pop, rock, dance

The line-up: Fleetwood Mac, Blur, The Black Keys, The Prodigy, Pharrell Williams, Paolo Nutini, Courteeners and Groove Armada.

Who goes there: Outdoorsy types, undaunted by the prospect of mud and flooding.

Fleetwood Mac to headline the Isle of White Festival this year

Look out for: An area called Life's a Beach – adorned with sand sculptures and palm trees, hosting fire shows and other live acts.

Survival kit: Wellies are a must but then so are sunglasses.

The price: Adult weekend camping £208.20 (including booking fee); student weekend camping £192.20 (including booking fee); teen weekend camping £155.20 (including booking fee); weekend car park ticket £15.

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