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The UK’s Top Summer Music Festivals

Get your tent ready and cross your fingers for sunshine; summer means music festivals, and 2013 promises some fantastic live events. Here is our festival finder, outlining what you can expect from some of the UK’s top summer festivals.


Wed 16th to Sun 20th June
GlastonburyThe biggest and, for many, the best: Glastonbury is back. After a break last summer, this most well-known of British music festivals returns in 2013 with what will no doubt be another huge line-up consisting of pretty much everyone you’ve ever heard of, and plenty more besides. (The rumour mill has it that Prince will be one of the stars performing at this year’s festival.) From its beginnings as a small-scale, folk-based festival, Glastonbury has become a major music event, able to make and break the careers of up and coming artists and generating as much media coverage as the rest of the festivals combined. Opinions are divided as to whether, in becoming such a large-scale event, the festival has lost some of its charm, but there can be no doubt as to its popularity with music fans: with the line-up yet to be announced, this year’s Glastonbury festival has already sold out.

T in the Park

12th to 14th July
t-in-the-parkNow enjoying its 20th year, T in the Park has long been recognised as the major music festival in Scotland. It attracts famous stars from the UK, the US and elsewhere and was recently crowned Pollstar’s ‘International Music Festival of the Year’ at a prestigious ceremony in LA. This year’s line-up is typical of the festivals populist approach to rock, pop and dance, and so far includes Mumford & Sons, Rihanna and The Killers, while Richie Hawtin and Laurent Garnier are due to play in the dance tent.


Thu 18th to Sun 21st July
Latitude FestivalSince starting in 2006, Latitude has succeeded in offering festival-goers something a little more diverse and cross-disciplinary. As well as at least three stages of major music artists in the indie/alternative vein, Latitude also boasts stages devoted to comedy, theatre & dance, spoken word and even cabaret. Artists so far booked to appear at this year’s event, which will be held in Southwold, Suffolk, include Kraftwerk, Bloc Party, The National Theatre of Wales, Dylan Moran and Germaine Greer.

Cambridge Folk Festival

25th to 28th July
Cambridge FestivalAs one of the most famous and longest-running folk festivals in the world, Cambridge attracts the highest calibre of folk music artists on the circuit. Emphasising the breadth and diversity of music that the word ‘folk’ can encompass, the line-up typically consists of country, blues, jazz, world and cajun artists as well as those from a traditional British and Irish folk background. This year’s line-up is set to feature The Levellers, KT Tunstall, Willy Mason and The Monster Ceilidh Band.


Fri 23rd to Sun 25th August
CreamfieldsSince the legendary Liverpool club night launched its own  summer music festival in the late nineties, Creamfields has become an international phenomenon, with events held across Europe and Latin America. The British event has been held in the Cheshire countryside for the last few years, and continues to attract a diverse crowd of dance music fans from across the country. This year’s line-up boasts the Prodigy’s only festival appearance this year as well as David Guetta and Groove Armada.

These are just a few of the music festivals that will be happening in the UK this summer. Other major events include the Reading and Leeds festivals, Global Gathering, Bestival and plenty more. Whatever your tastes, there is some corner of a muddy field with your name on it.

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