Festival season is approaching and for a country that has unpredictable weather at best, there are a huge selection of music festivals getting ready for a weekend of noise in all corners of the UK, with every genre of music you could possibly think of and more being represented. If you are planning on going to a festival this summer, we have a fantastic collection of clothing which will help you prepare for the weekend. From t-shirts and shorts to wellies and waterproof jackets, we have everything you need. Whatever the festival, whatever the weather.
With that in mind, we have picked some of the stand-out festivals taking place in 2019, based on the artists performing, the experience, the uniqueness and the sheer magnitude of the festival.
When: 22 – 25 Aug
What to Expect: EDM. House. Pyrotechnics.
Still the biggest festival of its kind in the UK, 70,000 people will travel to Creamfields where over 300 artists will be covering the wide spectrum of electronic music. Calvin Harris, The Chemical Brothers and Martin Garrix are just some of the many internationally renowned artists taking to the main stage, however arguably the biggest attraction will be Swedish House Mafia, who will be performing their only UK show at Creamfields.
9 British Summer Time
When: 5 – 7 July
Where: Hyde Park
What to Expect: Legends. Icons. Nostalgia.
Festivals aren’t just a young person’s game and British Summer Time reflects this. Returning to Hyde Park, British Summer Time will welcome some of the biggest icons in music. Pop legend Celine Dion, the iconic Stevie Wonder and the timeless Barbra Streisand will be rolling back the years as they will all undoubtedly put on an unforgettable show for those in attendance.
When: 26 – 28 July
What to Expect: Indie. Drum & Bass. Farm Smells.
Truck remains one of the most popular small festivals in the UK and organisers want to keep it that way. Held on a farm which functions as normal for every other weekend in the year, the festival is kept deliberately small, manageable and inclusive. The 5,000 in attendance will be seeing some huge names though, with Slaves, Wolf Alice, Foals and Two Door Cinema Club headlining across the four days.
7 Y Not Festival
When: 25 – 28 July
What to Expect: Indie. Rock. Paint Fights.
Y Not Festival has come a long way since it was essentially started by accident in 2005. Originally named Big Gin Festival, around 120 people attended the inaugural festival which was only ever meant to be a house party. Not even 15 years later, and after many grass roots and best small festival awards, 35,000 people will be attending Y Not. Located in the Peak District, spectacular countryside views will be accompanying headliners Foals, Elbow and Two Door Cinema Club.
6 Download Festival
When: 14 – 16 June
Where: Donington Park
What to Expect: Rock. Heavy Metal. Mosh Pits.
Download is arguably the world’s most famous and iconic festival of its kind, but there is no doubt that it is the biggest rock and metal festival in the UK. Around 100,000 metalheads will descend on Donington Park where, as usual, a range of rock genres will be performing on Download’s five stages across the weekend. The 80’s, 90’s and 00’s will all be represented by this year’s headliners, Def Leppard, Tool and Slipknot.
When: 7 – 11 August
What to Expect: Multi-Genre. Alternative. Pop-up Cities.
Boomtown is a truly unique festival. Divided into pop-up cities and districts, all of which are home to a range of different genres, around 60,000 people will be immersing themselves in the creative and bizarre world that is Boomtown. You will find an array of artists in each district, with the biggest names in the 11th Chapter of Boomtown being Ms Lauryn Hill, The Streets and super group Prophets of Rage.
4 Wireless Festival
When: 5 – 7 July
Where: Finsbury Park
What to Expect: Hip-Hop. Grime. No Swearing.
An enormous, star-studded line up which is topped by Cardi B, A$AP Rocky and Travis Scott ensured that the 135,000 tickets for Wireless sold out in just a matter of hours. It could be the last time the festival is held at Finsbury Park though. The local council only agreed to Wireless returning provided the artists performing don’t swear, don’t wear “offensive” clothing and finish before 10pm. Let’s see how that works out.
3 Reading & Leeds Festival
When: 23 – 25 August
Where: Reading. Or Leeds
What to Expect: Indie. Hip-Hop. Variety.
Ask any regular festival-goer where their love of festivals began and many of them will tell you Reading or Leeds Festival. Sharing the same line-ups for almost two decades now, artists alternate between Reading and Leeds festivals across the weekend to create a monumental weekend for those up north and down south. Both festivals will host around 90,000 people, where a packed and diverse line-up will be topped by Foo Fighters, Post Malone and The 1975.
2 Isle of Wight Festival
When: 13 – 16 June
Where: well…Isle of Wight
What to Expect: Rock. Indie. Peace and Love.
No festival in the UK has a history quite like the Isle of Wight Festival. After attracting huge numbers in just the third instalment in 1970, new laws meant that we wouldn’t see the festival return until 2002. Since then, the festival has gone from strength to strength. Celebrating 50 years since the summer of 1969, headlining the iconic main stage at the Isle of Wight festival this year will be Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, George Ezra and Biffy Clyro.
When: 26 – 30 June
What to Expect: Anything. Everything. An Unforgettable Experience.
The most iconic festival in the UK and probably the world, Glastonbury returns in 2019 after a traditional break in 2018. The festival goes far beyond the fabled Pyramid Stage, it even goes far beyond music, with all kinds of performing arts being celebrated across the huge Worthy Farm. The music is of course the main attraction though, and you be assured that more genres that you knew existed will be represented and embraced. With initial ticket sales selling out in just 32 minutes, The Cure, The Killers and Stormzy have been given the honoured responsibility of headlining Glastonbury 2019.