Music Festivals 2015: Your guide to more than the music, from Latitude to Bestival

Go for the music, stay for the singalong Kate Bush drag performance in a tent at 3am.

Emily Jupp,Daisy Wyatt,Simon Rice
Wednesday 08 July 2015 11:52
Festival-goers enjoy a fairground ride at Secret Garden Party 2014
Festival-goers enjoy a fairground ride at Secret Garden Party 2014

Latitude 16-10 July

Henham Park, Suffolk

The music: Rock, indie, psychedelic

The line-up: Headliners are Alt-J, Portishead and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. Other notable acts include Caribou, James Blake, Manic Street Preachers, Seasick Steve, The Vaccines and Wolf Alice. Comedians performing include Jason Manford, Rob Delaney and Jack Dee.

Who goes there: Alexa Chung, Laura Whitmore, Richard Ayoade have all attended in past years.

Survival kit: Latitude Festival does not allow alcohol to be brought on site. To avoid standing in queues and missing your favourite band remember to bring a backpack and a Platypus hydration container to fill with whatever liquid you may choose.

Look out for: The red and green sheep that graze on site.

The price: Weekend ticket £200.50 (includes camping). There are also family camping sites available for the same price.

Wilderness 6-9 August

Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire

The music: Experimental and folk

The line-up: Björk, Ben Howard, Róisín Murphy, Benjamin Clementine.

Survival kit: Green People's organic sunblock, and hand sanitiser if you intend to take the hands-on deer butchery class.

Who goes there: A previous Wilderness played host to Mark Carney, head of the Bank of England. This year, perhaps local MP David Cameron will be hanging out by the shisha tent.

Perhaps PM David Cameron will be down at Wilderness this year?

Look out for: Learn the art of the ukulele with the I Got Uke Babe master class, beginners welcome and ukuleles provided. If you fancy something different, get stuck into taxidermy, where you can learn how to skin, prepare, preserve and mount your own animal.

The price: An adult camping weekend is £165.99 a head.

End of the Road 4-6 September

Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset

The music: A broad range of indie, pop, rock, alternative, psychedelic

The line-up: Sufjan Stevens, Tame Impala, The War on Drugs, Laura Marling, Alvvays. Marking the end of festival season, End of the Road always has a hedonistic blow-out feel about it but if it's relaxation you're after, there are plenty of opportunities in the "healing" area to soothe the soul. The festival has areas dedicated to film, comedy and literature.

Survival kit: Bring baggy pants or leggings for the early-morning workouts.

Look out for: The Bear Tavern, which hosts a real ale festival.

The price: £19

Secret Garden Party, Grange Farm, Abbots Ripton

Secret Garden Party 23-26 July

Abbots Ripton, Cambridgeshire

The music: Rock, world, electronica, reggae, folk, dance, house, alternative

The lineup: SGP's USP is offering weird and wonderful "happenings" more than specifically the music but it's still a very strong line-up, including Kate Tempest, Public Service Broadcasting, Roots Manuva and Palma Violets.

Who goes there: Prince Harry was spotted there last year

Survival kit: This year's theme is Childish Things, so elaborate and wacky fancy dress is essential. Also something you don't mind getting messy, ready for the "Sunday Explosion" of paint. A bin bag is recommended to pick up litter in order to claim back the Litter Bond fee of £10, which has been added to every ticket this year.

Look out for: Parades, art tents, theatres, boat rides, treasure hunts, bands in trees, open-mic stages, participatory games and a firework display on Saturday night.

The price: £190.50 tickets for adults.

Festival-goers enjoy a fairground ride at Secret Garden Party 2014

Bestival 10-13 September

Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight

The music: Pop, electronic, dance, house, alternative

Who goes there: Kate Moss and Kelly Osbourne are fans.

The line-up: The Jacksons will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Jackson 5 at Bestival. Other than that the line-up for this year includes The Chemical Brothers, Ella Eyre, Rudimental, Skrillex, Hannah Wants and Mark Ronson.

Survival kit: This year's theme is Bestival's Summer of Love, so whack out your boldest and brightest hippie outfits.

Festival goers arrive for Bestival 2013 at Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight

Look out for: Films in the forest.

The price: Adult weekend camping £205 (including booking fee).

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