Best day festivals 2015: From Wireless featuring Drake to Taylor Swift at British Summer Time

All the fun of the festival without having to camp out.

Emily Jupp,Daisy Wyatt,Simon Rice
Monday 18 May 2015 13:10 BST
Festival-goers soak up the atmosphere at Glastonbury 2014
Festival-goers soak up the atmosphere at Glastonbury 2014

How the Light Gets In 21-31 May

Hay-on-Wye, Wales

A philosophy festival with a big dollop of music thrown in. The high-calibre music line-up includes Rae Morris, Lianne la Havas and Mike Skinner. New this year is also a day dedicated to poetry, with the singer-songwriter Labi Siffre, who wrote "Something Inside So Strong", Michael Horovitz and other spoken-word artists.

The price: £28-£44.

Sound City 22-24 May

Bramley-Moore Dock, Liverpool

The Vaccines, The Flaming Lips and Belle and Sebastian headline. Buzzy bands Spector, The Cribs and Peace will also play sets. Sunday at Sound City will see a warehouse party hosted by Fat White Family, known for their provocative and scummy on-stage antics.

The price: Three-day festival wristbands are £65 and single-day tickets are £35.

Field Day 6-7 June

Victoria Park, London

Now hailed as one of London's best festivals for its eclectic bill. "Folktronica" artist Caribou and shoegaze heroes Ride are headlining alongside FKA twigs, but no doubt the highlight of the weekend will be punk legend Patti Smith performing the whole of her classic album Horses.

The price: Saturday £54.50; Sunday £38; weekend £83.

FKA Twigs performs during Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, Illinois.

The Big Noise Festival 13 June

The Coronet, London

A mixed bag of bands, DJs, comedians and artists join forces in support of The Big Issue Foundation. The line-up this year features Gypsy/punk/ska/Greek/reggae/jazz band Hallouminati and DJ Yoda with Balkan music group the Trans-Siberian March Band. Go and expand your mind.

The price: £16.50 including booking fee.

British Summer Time 18-27 June

Hyde Park, London

The festival is split into five separate events, which span a nine-day period of festivities. Florence Welch and Liam Gallagher have been known to attend, as has Cherie Blair. The line-up includes Blur performing songs from their first album in 12 years, The Magic Whip (20 June), The Who supported by Paul Weller (26 June) and Taylor Swift (27 June).

The price: Varies depending on day: £53-£59.50 (plus £7.40 service charge).

British band Blur perform live in 2013

Wireless 3-5 July

Finsbury Park, London

This is pop music for a young and trend-conscious crowd. The line-up includes Jessie J, Nicki Minaj, A$AP Rocky, Mary J Blige, Charli XCX, Jess Glynne, Labrinth, Drake, Wretch 32 and Fuse ODG. There's an extra day on the Wireless bill this year. Wireless 10 celebrates the 10-year anniversary of Wireless on 28 June, with acts from the past decade including Rita Ora, De la Soul and Katy B.

The price: £209.50 for three days; £68.75 for one day; Wireless 10 £76.45.

Tramlines 24-26 July

Various locations, Sheffield city centre

After attracting 35,000 people back in 2009, the festival has grown considerably, and recently won best metropolitan festival at the UK Festival awards. The festival takes place across 70 venues and four main stages in the city centre, including the Leadmill and the O2 Academy. At this year's event you can catch Wu Tang Clan, The Charlatans, Basement Jaxx, The Buzzcocks, Kate Tempest, Ghostpoet, Billy Bragg, Slaves, Mike Skinner, Marika Hackman and The Sugar Hill Gang. Tramlines is very eco-friendly and seeks to reduce its carbon footprint as each year goes by.

The price: £33 (including booking fee); under-12s free.

Wu-Tang Clan's Method Man performs on day three of Coachella

On Blackheath 12-13 September

Blackheath, London

Kelis, Elbow, Manic Street Preachers, Anna Calvi, Madness and Laura Mvula will all rock up to Blackheath for this family-friendly daytime event. There'll be a playground area with plenty of games and child-friendly entertainment.

The price: Adults from £45; 13- to 16-year-olds from £25; under-12s free.

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