Seasoned festival goers will already have registered for their Glastonbury tickets by now, but if you have left it too late and are wondering what else is on offer this summer, check out our monthly guide of the best festival action this year. Whether it’s indie bands, rock artists, 90’s classic acts or old school cheese, there’s something for everyone.
FIELD DAY – Victoria Park, London – 25th May
Type of festival – INDIE & ALTERNATIVE
Who’s playing: Animal Collective, Bat for Lashes, Everything Everything, Django Django, Four Tet, Kurt Vile and more.
You’ll find this festival in Victoria Park, East London, and it’s a real day out for grown up kids who loved childhood days spent at village fetes, but with an indie vibe included. You get a great hippie feel in a cool setting with indie bands combined with a sack race and a tug-of-war.
Official website: fielddayfestivals.com
ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL – Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight – 13-16 June
Type of festival – ROCK
Who’s playing: The Stone Roses, The Killers, Bon Jovi, Blondie, Example, Paul Weller, Emeli Sande & much more
Held over four days, rock lovers have been heading to this island for years now and for good reason, the acts. This year, as well as the music, you can enjoy the Champagne Garden, Bohemian Woods, there’s a treasure hunt and a vintage tea room, a live cabaret, a real beach, hot tubs, and a sauna.
Official website: isleofwightfestival.com
HAMPTON COURT PALACE FESTIVAL – Hampton Court Palace, South West London – 13-24 June
Type of festival – EASY LISTENING
Who’s playing: Cliff Richard, Joe Bonamassa & Beth Hart, Jools Holland, Imelda May, Russell Watson
As you would expect from the classy surroundings, this is a slightly more highbrow affair and you won’t be expected to rough it. You can even buy picnic hampers on site. Bring your own blanket or deckchair!
Official website: hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com
BARCLAYCARD PRESENTS BRITISH SUMMERTIME – Hyde Park, London – 5-6 July
Type of festival – OLD SCHOOL ROCK
Who’s playing: Rolling Stones, Bon Jovie, The Vaccines, The Temper Trap
Love anthemic rock? You’ll be singing along to all of the acts playing at this festival I’m sure. Bon Jovi are headlining alongside the Rolling Stones, with Bush and the Kaiser Chiefs supporting,
Official website: bst-hydepark.com
T IN THE PARK – Strathclyde Country Park, North Lanarkshire – 11–14 July 2013
Type of festival – MODERN CHART ACTS
Who’s playing: Mumford & Sons, Rihanna, Killers, Emeli Sandé, Script, Two Door Cinema Club, Alt-J, Paloma Faith, Jake Bugg, Monsters and Men and more.
This is the 20th anniversary of the T in the Park this year, and Scotland’s biggest music festival are celebrating with some of the world’s biggest music chart acts, including The Killers, Rihanna, Snoop Dogg and Mumford & Sons.
Official website: tinthepark.com
V FESTIVAL – Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, South Staffordshire – 17 & 18 August
Type of festival – MOR R’n’B
Who’s playing: Beyonce, Kings of Leon, Stereophonics, Emeli Sande, Basement Jaxx, Olly Murs and more
Located at two different sites over one weekend, Hylands Park in Chelmsford and Weston Park in South Staffordshire, the main attraction is surely Beyonce, who is following on from her highly successful appearance at Glastonbury last year and her Mrs Carter 2013 tour.
Official website: vfestival.com
READING FESTIVAL – Richfield Avenue, Reading – 23-25 Aug
Type of festival – ROCK
Who’s playing: Eminem, Green Day, Biffy Clyro, Chase and Status and more
One of my favourite festivals, it always delivers the hottest musical acts on the planet, now twinned with Leeds, there’ll be a combined attendance of some 150,000 revellers over the course of the weekend.
Official website: readingfestival.com
BESTIVAL – Robin Hill County Park, Isle of Wight – 5-8 September
Type of festival – SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
Who’s playing: Elton John, Snoop Dogg, The Knife, M.I.A., Bombay Bicycle Club, the Roots, Franz Ferdinand and more
Described as more of an event than a festival, this year the great Sir Elton is gracing the festival and for those who want more of an alternative to the usual rock events, this is a great place to be.
Official website: bestival.net