The sun is shining, the days are getting longer and the air is feeling (a little) warmer. It’s almost that time of year again where sleep becomes a distant memory and where shoes, inhibitions and personal hygiene get thrown out of the window. That’s right, festival season is fast approaching and we could not be happier about it. We have already brought you our essential festival guide for May and June, so it’s time to feast your eyes on July. From dance festivals on Croatian sands and indie-knees-up’s t’up North, we’ve got it all under control.
When: Aug 1st-3rd What: For one weekend a year the picturesque peak District countryside becomes home to Y Not Festival, the ‘small, fresh and loud’ festival with a line up which includes the likes of Razorlight, Newton Faulkner, Reel Big Fish, Ella Eyre and Spindle Introducing favourite, Amber Run. Having grown organically from what was once an overspilling house party in deepest, darkest, Derbyshire, the festival is still run by the same small team of passionate enthusiasts it was all those years ago. £€$: Weekend ticket £88.95.
When: Aug 2nd What: A firm mainstay on the London summer festival agenda, if you’re not looking to stray too far from the capital Eastern Electrics is only a twenty two minute train from Kings Cross – so this is the party for you. With music from 11am to 10pm, the line up includes Art Department, Kerri Chandler, Maxi Soundsystem, Mano Le Tough, Route 94 and Waifs & Strays amongst many more dance and house aficionados. And if the eleven hour non stop rave doesn’t fill your appetite, there are plenty of afte rparties back in London so you can carry on dancing into the wee hours. £€$: Day ticket £49.50.
When: Aug 1st – 3rd What: With a ‘Lost in Latin America’ theme for 2014, Standon Calling returns with another stellar line up which includes the likes of chart toppers Clean Bandit, feisty femme-pop artist Ella Eyre, fun-time entertainers The Cuban Brothers, Frank Turner and his band, The Sleeping Souls’ and local girl Charli XCX. Aside from the music there will be the Saturday carnival, as ever, with prizes being award to the best costumes, a swimming-pool area and even a dog show! £€$: Weekend ticket £120.
When: Aug 1st – 3rd What: Born from a group of music lovers who felt that the fields of the Lake District were in need of a festival, what was once a small gathering is now a full-blown music extravaganza. Playing host to the likes of Suede, Example, Happy Mondays, Tom Odell, Razorlight, Clean Bandit, Ella Eyre, Gorgon City and Shadow Child, the line up is eclectic offering something for everyone. And if the music isn’t enough, last year everyone got together to break a World Record for the largest gathering of Supermen in one place – which World Record can we break this year? £€$: Weekend ticket £120
When: Aug 7th-10th What: Entering its 6th edition, this weird, wonderful and mad world is comprised of 9 districts which evolve around the Heart of the City and is filled with theatrics and colourful characters. The ecclectic selection includes NOFX, The Cat Empire, Shaggy, Ms Dynamite, The Wailers and Stanton Warriors. £$: 4 day ticket £110-150
When: Aug 7th- 10th What: More than just a festival, Beacons is a platform for ideas, art and creativity. Whether you catch a glimpse of the roaming performance, absorb the installation art across the site, enjoy a cocktail at the Typically Tropical Cocktails Bar or sample some Yorkshire craft beer – there’s plenty to do at Beacons. And when it comes to the music you can pick from the likes of Daughter, Jon Hopkins, Dixon, Jackmaster, Joy Orbison and Spindle Introducing favourite East India Youth. £€$: Four day ticket £99.50.
When: Aug 14th-16th What: Belgium’s three day festival started life as a small, local music event before becoming one of Europe’s biggest outdoor alternative music festivals recognised around the world. Selecting a musical line-up with an alternative fringe, this year Clean Bandit, Disclosure, Editors, The Kooks, Kelela, MO, Outkast and Kwabs will be making an appearance amongst others. This year we recommend watching Die Antwoord’s performance for something weird, wonderful and truly bizarre. £€$: Weekend ticket €175
When: Aug 14th-17th What: Located in Wales’ Black Mountains, near Crickhowell in the Brecon Beacons to be precise, Green Man is an intimate festival is in arguably the most beautiful festival site in the UK. Refreshingly independent, the event is organised by Fiona and her family, who love nothing better than to welcome new and returning Green Man family members to enjoy music, poetry, comedy, art and sceience alike. This year we recommend going to see Caribou, Daughter, The War On Drugs, Mac Demarco, The 2 Bears, Simian Mobile Disco and Spindle Introducing favourites RX Y and East India Youth. £€$: Weekend ticket £159
When: Aug 16th-17th What: Renowned for it’s knock out line ups, V returns this year with another stellar offering. With Justin Timberlake, Ed Sheeran, The Killers, Lily Allen, Bastille, Manic Street Preachers, Blondie, Rudimental, Axwell & Ingrosso and Spindle Introducing favourite Foxes, on the bill there is something for the whole family whatever their musical preference. £€$: Weekend ticket £189
When: Aug 15th-16th What: As brand new two-day festival for London presented by Pitchfork, Primavera Sound & ATP, we have high expectations for Jabberwocky. A welcome addition to the London summer calendar, Jaberwocky offers a great chance to see those acts you rarely see programmed at other UK festivals, plus it’s to be held in an indoor London venue – perfect for the British ‘summer’. Spindle recommends catching a set from James Blake, Amen Dunes, Caribou and Cloud Nothings. £€$: Weekend ticket £38.50
READING & LEEDS
When: Aug 22nd-24th What: A festival institution, whether you’re sixteen or sixty, Reading & Leeds have that all-round appeal. Offering a line up which includes all time favourites like Arctic Monkeys and Courteeners, the nostalgic youthful sounds of Blink 182, the newer sounds of Disclousure and CHVRCHES along with chilled vibes from Bombay Bicycle Club – the line-up is second to none. Reading & Leeds are the fail-safe option for an unforgettable August Bank Holiday Weekend. £€$: Weekend ticket £213
When: Aug 22nd-24th What: AnotherBank Holiday weekend extravaganza, Creamfields hosts all of the biggest and best names in dance and house music. From Afrojack, Steve Aoki, Armin Van Buuren and Steve Angelo to George Fitzgerald, Hot Since 82, Justin Martin and Route 94, it’s easier to askt the question: ‘Who isn’t there?’. But bewars, if you’re looking for something other than beats and burger vans, you won’t find it at Creamfields! £€$: Three day ticket £185
SOUTH WEST 4 (SW4)
When: Aug 23rd-24th What: Located on Clapham Common, SW4 is our Bank Holiday festival of choice, no the line up might not be as big as Creamfields, but it’s got all of our favourites and a much better vibe. This year including Claude Vonstroke, Eats Everything, Maceo Plex, Maya Jane Coles, Shadow Child, Seth Troxler, Jamie Jones, Loco Dice and Marco Carola, why get the train to Liverpool when the party is on your doorstep? £€$: Weekend ticket £102.50/£52.50 per day.
When: Aug 28th-31st What: Another festival on the Croatian sands, Dimensions is a five day and five night extravaganza of sun, sea, boat parties and of course music on the sun sparkled Adriatic coast. From Warpaint, Kwabs and Caribou to Jon Hopkins, Nina Kraviz, Ben Klock and Kelela – there is something to listen to whilst soaking up the rays by day and most certainly something to dance to until the sun comes up. If you are a Croatian festival virgin, Dimensions is the perfect way to pop that cherry. £€$: Full ticket £140.
When: Aug 29th-31What: If you fancy taking a trip to Ireland this summer, then Electric Picnic is calling your name. With a line up which boasts the likes of Portishead, Foals, Lily Allen, London Grammar, Metronomy, Bicep and FKA Twigs, Electric Picnic is a go-to for guaranteed fun. Set among the ancient trees on the lawns of Stradbally Hall you’ll also find an oasis of literary readings, political debate, performance poetry, science experiments, inspiring talks, news quizzes, public conversations. And if that hasn’t sold it, this year Outkast are on the bill – it would be rude not to wouldn’t it? £€$: Weekend ticket €194.50 (or 174.50 if you can prove you’ve been before).
Words: Brooke McCord