If you are filled with despair at the thought of Glastonbury being cancelled and cannot raise your head above the duvet to look for alternative festivals to attend, it’s time to man up! There are plenty of summer events for music fans this year to take the sting out of the cancelled Glastonbury notice. If you want to get down and dirty we have a back to basics event for you, if you if fancy sunnier climes with the beach as a back drop then check out what we’ve suggested below. All ticket prices and availability correct at time of writing.
Isle of Wight Festival; June 21-24
Thank goodness the Isle of Wight Festival is still on! The Isle of Wight enjoys more hours of sunshine a year than any other resort in the UK so why not plan a little mini break while you are there? Now in its 14th year, this year’s acts include Bruce Springsteen & The E Street band, Pearl Jam, Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, and Elbow. Tickets are still available for £190 for a camping ticket and £160 for a non-camping ticket (camping and campervan tickets have sold out). For more information please visit the isleofwightfestival.com website.
London 2012 Festival; London; June 21-September 9
If you don’t fancy standing in a field surrounded by swaying music fans, check out this festival. It starts on Midsummer’s Day and ends on the last day on the Paralympics, complementing this summer’s sporting events with concerts, comedy, exhibitions and outdoor events. More than 12,000 events are taking part across the UK during the 12-week programme and 10 million free tickets are available (as well as some for a fee). You can watch a parade in Birmingham (June 22) with influences from Rio and the Caribbean, take in Damon Albarn’s opera Doctor Dee in London (June 25-July 7), or watch fireworks to a thumping soundtrack in the Lake District (June 21). For more information please visit the festival.london2012.com website.
Green Man; Brecon Beacons, Wales; August 17-19
First held in Wales in 2003 with only 300 music fans in attendance, this event has grown and grown over the past few years and this years acts include Van Morrison, Michael Kiwanuka and Mr Scruff. There’s also a literature tent and comedy acts – all set against the backdrop of the Glanusk Park Estate in the beautiful Brecon Beacons. Adult weekend tickets are on sale for £145, student tickets are £125 and children’s tickets (age 5-12) are £5. For more information please visit the greenman.net website.
Hop Farm; Kent; June 29-July 1
A real ‘back to basics’ festival is this one. It’s designed to be “about the punter and the music” with no sponsorship or branding, and no VIPs. This year’s acts include Bob Dylan, Ray Davies, Suede and Primal Scream, and there’s a comedy stage too. Weekend tickets cost £162, day tickets cost £65 and teenager day tickets cost £32 (although under 16s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian). For more information please visit the hopfarmfestival.com website.
Electric Picnic; Stradbally, Co Laois; August 31-September 2
Stradbally Hall is based around 50 miles from Dublin and set in a beautiful 500 acre estate. This event features acts such as The Killers, Elbow, The Cure, Hot Chip and The Maccabees and there is also an art trail, a comedy tent and a spoken word area. At the time of writing tickets cost around £185 (€230) for a weekend ticket with camping and around £80 (€99.50) for Sunday day tickets. For more information please visit the electricpicnic.ie website.