Next weekend, May’s long-awaited late bank holiday, lands for the unofficial beginning of the festival season. Love Saves The Day, London’s We Are FSTVL, All Points East, Slam Dunk, Riverside and many more draw the curtain on another summer of sounds, and here we take a look at what the rest of the season offers.
When: 7th-11th August
Who: Lauryn Hill, Prophets of Rage, The Streets
Easily and comfortably the recipient of our Best Festival of the year award, Boomtown Fair is the best festival in the country. Renowned for its extravagant appreciation of all art forms, music is such a small part of the all-encompassing celebration of culture, freedom and art.
Split up into nine different ‘districts’, each more elaborate than the last, Boomtown’s fields and stages each carry a theme, aura, vibe and execution. With each district or stage also featuring its own intricately curated lineup to fit the vibe, each part of the festival is a completely new experience in itself.
Junction 2 Festival
Where: Boston Manor Park, London
When: Friday 7th – Saturday 8th June
Who: Bicep, Maceo Plex, Richie Hawtin, Daphni, DJ Koze
Debuting back in 2016 through a collaboration between LWE and Adam Beyer’s Drumcode imprint, Junction 2 began life as a one-day electronic festival, expanding to two days for its 2019 edition.
In its short history, Junction 2 has become famous for its high production values and powerful soundsystems, and this year welcomes in the likes of Bicep, Daphni, Gilles Peterson, Richie Hawtin, Hunee and Amelie Lens.
When: 1st-2nd June
Where: Glastonbury, South West
Who: The Killers, The Cure, Stormzy, Kylie Minogue
After a ‘fallow year’ to give the residents and wildlife a year off from the battering it receives every June, Glastonbury makes a long-awaited triumphant return to the fold this summer.
The Killers, The Cure and Stormzy headline, with Kylie Minogue taking the coveted Sunday afternoon ‘legends’ slot. Tame Impala, Wu-Tang Clan, The Chemical Brothers and The Streets are among our highlights, with Janet Jackson, Liam Gallagher and Janelle Monae also stopping by the South West.
Love Saves The Day
When: 25th-26th May
Who: Lily Allen, Chase & Status, Maribou State, David Rodigan, Bonobo
One of the West Country’s best-loved festivals, Love Saves The Day is an incredible two-day metropolitan festival in Bristol. It’s a fest that’s continued to stay true to its message of love and appreciation of each other and the culture, with a very real community felt from the offset.
Scooping up our non-camping, day festival of the year award for its 2018 edition, this year’s line-up is undoubtedly the biggest in its history. Acts of Lily Allen and Chase & Status‘ calibre headline, with tomorrow’s talent (Little Simz, Slowthai, Octavian) playing alongside the industry’s finest DJs (Peggy Gou, Goldie, Sub Focus, Bonobo).
When: 13th-14th July
Who: Solange, Chance The Rapper, 2 Chainz, Giggs, J Hus
While certain preferences scream out for camping across a festival, city-based non-camping events are also a very attractive alternative. Taking place at Victoria Park on the 13th and 14th of July, Lovebox boasts one of the most complete and diverse lineups of 2018.
Split across two days, expect headline outings from the likes of Chance The Rapper and Solange, with rare outings from Brockhampton, Cypress Hill and J Hus, the latter of which a UK festival exclusive.
When: 8th-11th August
Who: Four Tet, Floating Points, Calibre, Seth Troxler
‘A celebration of art and music in the Norfolk countryside’ orchestrated and curated by Craig Richards, Houghton Festival has fast-become one of the country’s quiet champions of electronic music.
This year boasts an all-encompassing offering of electronica, from house and techno to disco, drum and bass to rave, IDM to ambient. Four Tet, Seth Troxler and Floating Points are perhaps the biggest names on this year’s line-up, alongside other highlights in Helena Hauff, Randall, Midland, Palms Trax and DRS.
When: 31st August
Who: Lauryn Hill, Grace Jones, Loyle Carner
After Massive Attack kicked off proceedings with an all-new Bristol event back in 2016, The Downs Festival has since hosted the likes of Noel Gallagher, Elbow, Skepta, Paul Weller and Orbital.
Returning for its fourth edition this August, the Queen of hip-hop, Lauryn Hill headlines in Bristol for the very first time, with fellow queen of her craft Grace Jones in support. Loyle Carner, IDLES, The High Contrast Band and Crazy P are among the other highlights on what could be the line-up of the summer.
Hospitality In The Park
When: 21st September
Where: Finsbury Park, London
Who: Camo & Krooked, S.P.Y, Kings of the Rollers, DJ Marky
The closest thing the UK has to Czech Republic’s Let It Roll or Belgium’s Rampage, Hospitality In The Park is an entire festival dedicated to drum and bass. Organised, orchestrated and envisioned by the legendary dnb label Hospital under its Hospitality brand, expect DJ sets and live performances from some of the world’s most influential figures of dnb, jungle, breakbeat and more.
Besides headline outings from the likes of Kings of The Rollers and LTJ Bukem, highlights include some exclusive back to back sets from S.P.Y, Skeptical + Break, Ed Solo, Serial Killerz + Benny Page, and Lenzman + LSB with DRS on the mic.