Liverpool Sound City, 2nd – 4th May
Kicking off the festival season in the UK, Liverpool Sound City delivers with the fantastic schedule it has lined up. Liverpool Sound City is the largest city centre music and arts festival in the UK, playing host to 360 artists in over 25 venues across Liverpool’s city centre. The hottest emerging bands can be caught at this festival along with screen-printed poster exhibitions, film screenings, photography showcases, interactive performance art and the ‘John Peel World Cup’ 5 a-side football tournament. Sound City also heads an internationally renowned conference that brings together the movers and shakers of the music, creative and digital industries. This year’s acts include Noah and the Whale, The Walkmen, AlunaGeorge and Everything Everything.
Love Saves the Day, 25th May, Bristol
Returning for its second year, Love Saves the Day celebrates the very finest in credible electronic music and unites international acts with the best of Bristol’s thriving local scene. Confirmed acts include Bicep, Bonobo, Joy Orbison, Mr Scruff, Seth Troxler and Shy FX.
Evolution, 26th – 27th May, Newcastle
Evolution is the north east’s biggest cultural event with an audience of 25,000 music lovers attending this festival each day to see some of the biggest names in music. Paloma Faith, The Vaccines, Jake Bugg, Ellie Goulding and Rudimental are just some of the acts set to play this year.
Tickets: £29.50 day tickets | £39.50 weekend tickets
High Definition, 29th June, Essex
For a small electronic festival, the cutting edge production across all stages and arenas ensures that High Definition Festival is remembered for its extravagant visual and sonic showpiece. The festival’s in-house production team, Light Design Ltd, will be illuminating the Essex skyline this summer with hundreds of meters of LED screen panels, full-colour laser systems, pyrotechnics, hundreds of moving lights, as well as the force of high-end sound systems. Against this visual spectacle, some of the biggest names in dance music will be performing such as Labrinth, Katy B, Ms Dynamite, Dot Rotten, plus many more.
Open’er, 3rd – 6th July, Poland
As Poland’s biggest festival, Open’er is also one of Europe’s best. With all areas catered to from great music acts, to art, to fashion and theatre, Open’er’s packed schedule has earned the festival its reputation for being the best value for money event on the continent at just £113 for a five day ticket with camping included. Confirmed acts for 2013 include Blur, the Arctic Monkeys, Rihanna, Tame Impala and Disclosure.
Kendal Calling, 26th – 28th July, Lake District
This is the festival for those looking for an intimate set-up. Located in the beautiful scenic surroundings of Lowther Park Deer Farm in the Lake District, Kendal Calling is an award-winning (named ‘Best Small Festival’ of 2010 and 2011), innovative and independent festival featuring pioneering contemporary music and art alongside traditional rural entertainment, including a real ale festival. Confirmed artists for 2013 include Primal Scream, Basement Jaxx, Mr Scruff and Bondax.
Standard Weekend Camping Ticket: £122.50
Off, 2nd – 4th August, Poland
The alternative music festival Off has been running since 2006. This year, alongside its independent art and culture events, Off is pleased to announce that My Bloody Valentine will be performing at the festival this year.
Standard 4 day ticket (including campsite entry): £45
Reading and Leeds, 23rd – 26th August
With a combined audience attendance of over 190,000 for these two festivals, Reading and Leeds are huge. Back in August, they will be bringing the world’s biggest bands as well as some new stages to cater for the surge in electronica and hip hop. Acts that have so far been confirmed include Eminem, Biffy Clyro, Foals, Alt-J and Sub Focus.
Live from Jodrell Bank, 6 – 7th July |31st August | 1st September, Cheshire
Taking place at Cheshire’s Jodrell Bank Observatory, the line-up of acts beam their projections onto the observatory’s iconic 76m telescope, the third biggest in the world. This festival brings together science and music – there are science workshops, lectures and experiments during the day with incredible bands playing at night; Sigur Ros and The Australian Pink Floyd Show have both been confirmed to play. Along with its unique location, this multi award winning festival (named ‘Best Outdoor Event’ in 2011) is like no other.
Shakedown, 28th September, Brighton
Shakedown is the last of the many festivals going on in the summer over the UK and offers you a final chance to dance in the open air to the sounds of some of the biggest names in contemporary music. Headliners this year include Rizzle Kicks, Labrinth and Maverick Sabre. Following its 2012 success where it trebled its audience and attracted 20,000 music fans to the South Coast, Shakedown is set to be the perfect way to round off what looks to be an impressive festival season.
Tickets: £45 (+booking fee)
Words: Kitty Lungley
Illustration: Black Eyed Jack