Arguing with mates over which festivals to attend can be a daunting task. With so many fantastic music festivals this year, Victoria Wheeler gives you a run down on three of the UK’s not-so-famous, yet highly rated festivals that are definitely worth exploring instead of your usual, overpriced music events.
Boardmasters | If only every festival could be situated in such a place
Running from 8–12 August 2018 in Newquay, Cornwall, Boardmasters encompasses the adventurous holiday vibes that you can get at Primavera (Barcelona) or Lost and Found (Malta) but with the comforts of the Big Green Bus transporting you rather than a Ryanair flight. ‘Boardies’ combines everything you’d love about Cornwall, surfing festivals on Fistral Beach, morning yoga at Watergate Bay (even sea-side cocktail bars), and of course, music.
This year’s line-up is shaping up to be an eclectic mix of all genres ranging from house music to singer-songwriter to soul. Boardmasters will be a crowd-pleaser for big groups of friends with diverse tastes. Catfish and the Bottlemen, George Ezra and The Chemical Brothers will be headlining the seaside festival this year, alongside other well-known acts such as Calvin Harris, Years & Years, Rag‘n’Bone Man and Annie Mac.
With weekend tickets starting from £154 (and a deposit system available), don’t miss your chance to dance on the sand to your favourite music. Transport yourself out of England while still being within our boarders.
Wireless | A festival to agree on
Wireless Festival’s recent move to Finsbury Park, London has truly solidified its genre and place in the UK festival scene. The 6–8 July will be a weekend to put in the calendars for Grime and R’n’B fans.
Though there is no camping available at Wireless, its location in our capital city means you can easily find yourself a hotel nearby. This year sees a combination of new and established artists with talents such as J-Cole, Post Malone, Stormzy and Mabel performing next to up-and-coming Ramz, SmokePurpp and Belly Squad.
The festival has gone above and beyond to reign as the festival with the best of the best for R’n’B fans. But the ticket price doesn’t reflect this in the slightest, with prices starting at only £160 for a three-day weekend and single day tickets starting at £52. Due to the amazing breakthrough of this festival and such brilliant line-up, tickets are selling quickly, so don’t delay!
TRNSMT | Not just a T in the Park replacement
Since the end of T in the Park in 2017 and the lack of hope for its return, festival fans have been craving another Scottish party to replace the old faithful. Running over two weekends (29 June-8 July), TRNSMT excels past being a ‘replacement’. Already it has been named as the new frontrunner of Scottish festivals.
As a non-camping event some festival goers may be turned off; however, the headliners are more than enough to change anyone’s mind. This year Arctic Monkeys make their return to the music scene on the Sunday, Liam Gallagher will perform alongside J Hus and Wolf Alice on the Saturday and many more unmissable acts span across the five-day festival.
Situated at Glasgow Green Park, it’s the perfect backdrop to watch your favourite artists and if the weather is feeling kind it’ll be a treat. Alternatively, you could convince yourself that the Scottish mud all up your legs is a revitalising body masque. Tickets range from £59 for the day to £290 for all five days; considering the number of headliners per day, the whole package is well worth the price.
The UK hosts some of the world’s most famous festivals and continues to bring in millions of tourists every year. If you can’t afford to travel abroad this summer, fear not! Take advantage of the amazing opportunities literally sitting on your doorstop. With many old school acts returning to the scene in 2018 it would be impossible not to find a festival to suit everyone’s needs.
Words by Victoria Wheeler
Featured image credit Anthony Delanoix
Victoria Wheeler is an English and Philosophy student currently studying at Bath Spa University. With a journalistic past of music reviews on her blog of over 500 followers, Victoria has experience in both live performance and album reports. Her opinion upon journalism follows that any idea should be an idea shared and hopes to extend her experience to political writing to challenge her skills and become a more rounded writer.