Headliners: Arcade Fire, Rod Stewart, David Guetta & Run DMC
The reincarnation of one of the UK’s first-ever festivals continues to pull in the world’s biggest guitar slingers and the hottest craftsman and woman from pop and electronic genres. This year the event has managed to bag a UK festival exclusive with headliners Fleetwood Mac, along with The Prodigy, The Black Keys and Pharrell Williams.
Headliners: System of a Down, Biffy Clyro, Aerosmith
Probably the most prestigious hard rock and heavy metal festival in the world, Download took over from the legendary Monsters of Rock Festival at Derby's Donington Park. It's three days packed full of the biggest names from the 70s right up to the newest generation, and if the heavier end of the spectrum is your thing then Download will take a heck of a lot of beating.
Headliners: Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran
It may be one of the UK’s oldest festivals, but Glastonbury Festival still kicks stronger than even the youngest of pretenders. In a world of its own, those who enter can expect massive artists, but it's not unusual for some to go the whole week without passing by the infamous Pyramid Stage, and that's because of the immense amount of circus and theatre shows, 24-hour shenanigans, the best food stalls, secret acts and contagious hippydom you'll never shed. It really is one of a kind.
Headliners: Chance the Rapper, Skepta, The Weeknd
Wireless is not quite bigger than hip-hop, but it's certainly getting that way. This supafly soiree is the best chance to see a line up of urban legends, leaning heavily on the side of rap, hip hop and R&B. Pair that with fairground rides, chill out areas, bars and artists singing booths to keep days filled, and you'll begin to understand why this is the only UK date these type of urban stars book in advance.
Headliners: The 1975, Mumford & Sons, Fleet Foxes
Taking over the idyllic English countryside, Latitude is, as its tagline proclaims, much more than just a music festival. With DJs hidden in the woods, colourful sheep roaming the tufty fields, opera on the lake, film debuts in its onsite cinema, clowns under canvas, actors treading the boards, local ales, dance troupes and a huge children’s area, there's something to keep whatever age entertained. Oh, and there’s a full programme of music too.
Lovebox, Victoria Park, East London: 14-15 Jul 2017
Headliners: Frank Ocean, Chase & Status, Jamie xx, Jess Glynne
London’s beat lovers, freaks and hipsters convene for an annual party created by Groove Armada. A colourful mix of dance dons, rock gods, vintage markets, bespoke bars and fairground tides, Lovebox is a carousel of creativity.
Headliners: Crystal Fighters, Metronomy, Toots and the Maytals
A 100 acre toy box, Secret Garden Party is set within a landscaped garden bordering a river and lake in Cambridgeshire, and is absolutely bursting with eclectic abundance. Take a dip inside and you could easily pull out a paint fight, a mud wrestle, a dance offs or a debate - it really is that random, but that's why we love it.
Wilderness Festival, Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire: 3-6 Aug 2017
Headliners: Two Door Cinema Club, Grace Jones, Bonobo
If there’s one thing Britain’s festivals do brilliantly, it’s boutique bashes. One of the more posh and pretty gatherings in the event calendar, Oxfordshire’s Wilderness Festival is the type of place where you can watch a bona fide legend on the stage, enjoy a banquet feast, a science lecture, soak in a hot tub, and watch a one man performance of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Headliners: PJ Harvey, Ryan Adams, Future Islands
As far as festival locations go, Green Man Festival takes in the might of the UK’s landscape with its backdrop of the Brecon Beacons’ Black Mountains in Wales, and the folk-led line-up fits it perfectly. Hidden in the hills are 1,500 performers to discover across the comedy, theatre and literary worlds, complimented by the host local ales and ciders on offer, and the various spas and therapies to nurse away those hangovers.
Headliners: Kasabian, Eminem, Muse
Reading Festival is the type of riotous event that Bank Holiday Mondays are made for, providing a platform for rising and established indie acts, metal groups, next generation dance, hip hop and alternative pop bands. If they ain’t playing here, they ain’t worth seeing.
Shambala, Secret Country Estate, Northamptonshire: 24-27 Aug 2017
Headliners: 65daysofstatic, Clap! Clap!, Barely Legal
Described as 'heartfelt, purposeful hedonism' Shambala is a four day indulgence of perfectly blended creativity and participation, where revellers can feast upon circus acts, stand-up comedy, debates, and interactive theatre in a selection of beautifully decorated venues. Pioneering, intimate and truly innovative, Shambala is a place to play, revitalise, and make lots of new friends.
Headliners: Pendulum, deadmau5, Eric Prydz
If London ever needed an extra club, South West Four is it. And what a club it is. Forget those tasteless, champagne with sparklers joints, this is an open-air party palace that sorts out the essentials first: music, music and more music. A coming together of the EDM world, their understudies, and up-and-comings stars, the four stages of house, techno, minimal, trance and electronica will fill your ears for the evening, before you head out to one of the countless after parties.