Your guide to this summer's music festivals
Music festivals are the highlight of the calendar for a lot of young people (myself included), and 2016 is knocking it out of the park on that front with loads of strong line-ups left, right and centre. Whether you like alt rock, indie, pop-punk, dance, grime, pop or anything else, there will be a festival in the UK to suit you.
I’m personally massively into the rock scene, and so I’m eyeing up Slam Dunk, Download and Reading/Leeds, although there are some great smaller ones this year too, such as Camden Rocks. Slam Dunk, for example, are celebrating their tenth year at the end of May, and they’ve pulled out old favourites like Panic! At The Disco and New Found Glory, to go alongside bigger bands of the last few years like Mallory Knox and As It Is. Whether you like emo or metal, pop-punk or pop-rock, you’ll find it represented by bands from all over the world at their North, South and Midlands dates. It’s also great for people who don’t like camping, as each date is an all-dayer complete with an after party. Perfect.
Download in June has the likes of Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath – older bands who’ve become synonymous with the festival – and other huge names like Deftones and Rammstein. Of course, if you’re like me and prefer your rock a little poppier, bands like Don Broco and All Time Low have got you covered.
Reading and Leeds might be rivals, but every year on the August Bank Holiday, both of them have the same bands as each other with equally amazing atmospheres (I know this, because I’ve been to both). This is a really eclectic festival which is perfect for students with different tastes to one another. Foals, Biffy Clyro, Fall Out Boy and Red Hot Chili Peppers will all top the bill, but there are appearances planned for everyone from Chvrches to The Wombats, and Krept and Konan to A$AP Rocky. What’s not to love?
Other huge festivals this year will include V Festival (with Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Sia and David Guetta), and T In The Park (with The Stone Roses, Calvin Harris, and Chase & Status). There’s also Boardmasters, Nass, and many more.
Of course, you can’t mention British festivals without touching on Glastonbury. It’s a pilgrimage I feel everyone should make at least once, but I’ve yet to go. One day! This year, you can see Muse, Adele, Coldplay and plenty more – but I’ve heard the surreal experience of being there is enough to draw you in regardless!
Every single British festival has a place in the hearts of music fans all over the world. We really are so lucky to have access to them, so close together. Remember, if you’re going to a festival, stay safe, be responsible and don’t do anything too silly. Most importantly, have fun!
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