Festival Play-off

Festival Play-off


Ambience: London’s hipster hotspot Victoria Park throws open its gates for a blend of hip-hop, indie, grime and pop. Fancy yourself as a lyrical genius? Try your hand at hip-hop karaoke, poetry slams and beatboxing battles.

Tunes: Recently reformed American rockers LCD Soundsystem will hit the mainstage for their first UK festival performance since regrouping earlier this year. They’ll be joined by EDM royalty Major Lazer promising two days of hard-hitting party starters.

What to wear: Bling chains, in your face neon and leopard print leotards.

15-16 July


Ambience: With a lineup of immersive theatre performances, stand-up comics and colourful roaming sheep (yes, really), it's easy to forget that Latitude also has an extensive programme of pop and alt-rock lined up on its Suffolk site.

Tunes: Electro-pop from Chvrches, a chilled out set from Father John Misty and DJs spinning decks in the woods - Latitude has a little something for everyone.

What to wear: Tasseled kimonos, floaty skirts and friendship bracelets.  

14-17 July

kendal calling

Ambience: Nestled in the Lake District Kendal Calling has grown from low-key gathering to indie music destination. But it's still a boutique affair with gourmet food stalls, art installations and wellbeing spot, aptly named 'Garden of Eden'.

Tunes:  Expect appearances from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and The Charlatans and Madness will be on hand to offer up their quirky ska sounds.

What to wear: feathery headgear, tie-dye tees and colourful wellies.

28-31 July 


Ambience: Cider swigging teens and their parents head to Reading (separately of course) to immerse themselves in music from established indie and rock veterans as well as their rising counterparts.

Tunes: Armed with a new album, Biffy Clyro tops the bill along with Oxford rockers Foals and the high-octane Red Hot Chilli Peppers. They’re joined by fresh-faced talent from Boy Better Know, Slaves and Hinds.

What to wear: Dr Martens, skinny jeans and a khaki parka to stave off the inevitable chill.

26-28 August 


Ambience: Boardmasters brings together the best surfers and skaters from across the globe to the sunny south-west coast. Its cliff-top music sessions, surf shack shows and beach bar make for a totally Instagrammable weekend.

Tunes: Catfish and the Bottlemen will set the daytime soundtrack while electro connoisseurs Chase and Status will take the party into the early hours.

What to wear: Wetsuit, Havaianas and obligatory sunnies.

10-14 August 


Festival Survival Kit

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  • Words: Rebecca Parker