In this edition of The Bucket List, we’re taking it across the pond. Like the US, festivals in England are abundant these days and this list will help you navigate the crowded scene. From classic rock to EDM, there’s something for every music fan. But when it comes to doing it big, these festivals get it right. So before you apply for a passport and buy a ticket, take a look at our picks for five essential UK music festivals.
ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL
This four-day affair at Seaclose Park, Newport is widely known as the first major festival in the UK summer calendar each year. Located just two hours from London, this historic event provides the perfect escape. With a history that begins in 1968, Isle of Wight has featured a who’s who of legendary acts including Queen, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Iggy Pop, Adam Ant and many more. This year, Arcade Fire will play Saturday night and Rod Stewart will close the festival Sunday. We’re keeping our eyes peeled for more line-up announcements. Stay tuned!
When: June 8-11, 2017 Where: Isle of Wight, England Website: www.isleofwightfestival.com
Established in 1970, Glastonbury is considered by many as the mother of all festivals. Taking place in Somerset, every year the farm transforms into a utopia that features the best in music, dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret, and other arts. So far, Radiohead is set to headline the iconic Pyramid Stage in 2017, and as the new festival season nears, eager fans are speculating who else could make their way into next year’s lineup. To no surprise, Glastonbury is already completely sold out. If you missed your chance, you could still land tickets. The returns go on sale this spring.
When: June 21-25, 2017 Where: Somerset, England Website: www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk
V Festival takes place at Hylands Park in Chelmsford and Weston Park in South Staffordshire. Known for featuring some of the biggest names in music, recent years have featured performances by Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Sia, and the list goes on. Founded by Virgin Media mogul Richard Branson, this unique festival began in 1996 with the goal of having artists simultaneously performing at two outdoor festival sites over the weekend so that fans in both the northern and southern regions can get the V Festival experience.
When: August 19-20, 2017 Where: Chelmsford, England / South Staffordshire, England Website: www.vfestival.com
Located in the heart of the Cheshire countryside, between the cities of Liverpool & Manchester, is the home of Creamfields, a three-day music experience that has consistently featured one of the UK’s strongest EDM lineups year after year. The festival began in 1998 and has been staged in 18 countries worldwide since its inception, with new destinations being added in 2017. If you’re a fan of events like Tomorrowland or Ultra Europe, then Creamfields is a must for your Summer calendar.
When: August 24-27, 2017 Where: Daresbury, England Website: www.creamfields.com
Beginning in 2004, Bestival was founded by respected DJ and producer Rob Da Bank with a focus on creating a boutique music festival experience while supporting social and environmental awareness. In the years since, it has grown to become one of the region’s top destinations, and was recognized as the “Best Major Festival” at the 2015 UK Festival Awards. No lineup announcements for this festival yet, but previous performances include Major Lazer, Mura Masa, and Wiz Khalifa.
When: September 7-10, 2017 Where: Isle of Wight, England Website: www.bestival.net