Music Festival Guide: Festivals to bookmark for Summer 2016

The UK is fortunate enough to be rich in summer music festivals. The number of dance festivals taking place in the UK has exploded over the last few years. Whether you are looking for a day of fun or a whole solid weekend of dancing to the beats of the best DJs in the world, we’ve got the best festivals lined up for you to get yourself in a state over.

1. Gottwood Festival

When: Thursday, 9 June – Sunday, 12 June 2016

Where: Anglesey, Wales

Tickets: From £140

Main Attractions:  Andrew Weatherall, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Maribou State, Move D, Crazy P (live), Joy Orbison, John Talabot, Daniel Avery, Hunee, Mr G (live), Prosumer, Shackleton (live), Craig Richards b2b Ben UFO, Subb-an, Tama Sumo, Jane Fitz and Optimo.


2. Farr Festival 2016

When: Thursay, 14 Jul – Sunday, 17 Jul 2016

Where: Bygrave Wood, Hertfordshire

Tickets: From £90

Main Attractions: John Talabot, Gilles Peterson, Ben UFO x Joy Orbison x Midland,  Move D, Jeremy Underground, Max Cooper, Helena Hauff, Paranoid London (live), Andrew Weatherall & Sean Johnston, Optimo (Espacio), Detroit Swindle Hunee, Palms Trax, Job Jobse, Moomin, FunkinEven, Jasper James B2B Harri (Sub Club), Mike Dunn, Young Marco, Evan Baggs, Ben Pearce and Maurice Fulton.


3. Lost Village Festival 2016

When: Friday, 27 May  to Monday, 30 May 2016

Where: Secret Location, Lincolnshire

Tickets: From £139

Main Attractions: Fatboy Slim, Ben Klock, DJ Koze, Mano Le Tough, Eats Everything, Ben UFO, Floating Points, Joy Orbison, Roman Flügel, Jackmaster, Heidi, John Talabot, The Magician, Bicep, Mind Against, Midland, Bondax, Huxley, Ben Pearce, Leon Vynehall, Gerd Janson, Maribou State, Robag Wruhme, Dan Ghenacia, Tom Trago, Catz N Dogz, Greg Wilson, Special Request, Artwork, Jeremy Underground, Jaymo & Andy George, Doorly,Maxxi Soundsystem, PBR Streetgang, Palms Trax, Youandewan, Norman Jay(MBE), Craig Charles, Jasper James, Horse Meat Disco, Dan Shake, Theo Kottis,Mella Dee, Après, Hugo Massien, Walker & Royce, Zeké Africa, Applebum, Donnie Propa, Craig Duranti, Henrik Schwarz, KiNK, Âme, Tom Misch, Fatima Yamaha, and Crazy P.


4. Shambala Festival

When: Thursday 25th – Sunday 28th August 2016

Where: Country Estate – TBC, Northamptonshire

Tickets: From £170 for the weekend

Line Up: Ngawang Lodup, Blick Bassy, Swindle, Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band, Jah9 & The Dub TreatmentBenny Page, Chimpo, Jus Now, Krafty Kuts, Romare, Nightmares on Wax, LTJ Bukem, 47Soul, The Cocoon, Guts, Werkha, and Monki.


5. Bluedot Festival

When: Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th July 2016

Where: Jodrell Bank Observatory in Macclesfield

Tickets: From £129 for the weekend

Line Up: Jean-Michel Jarre, Underworld, Caribou, DJ Shadow, Everything Everything, Floating Points, Public Service Broadcasting, George Fitzgerald, Steve Mason, Ben UFO, BBC R4’s The Infinite Monkey Cage w/ Brian Cox & Robin Ince. 

Scientists: Tim O’Brien, Helen Keen, Pete Lawrence, and Matt Taylor.


6. Latitude Festival


Where: Henham Park, Beccles, Suffolk

Tickets: From £205 for the weekend

Line Up: The Maccabees, The National, New Order, Beirut, CHVRCHES, M83, Father John Misty, John Grant, The Lumineers, Courtney Barnett, Daughter, Chet Faker, British Sea Power, Squeeze, Laura Mvula, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Michael Kiwanuka, Sturgill Simpson, Alif, Grimes, Of Monsters and Men, Miike Snow, Frightened Rabbit, Half Moon Run, MO, Christine and the Queens, Polica, Lapsley, Roots Manuva, Perfume Genius, Oh Wonder, Jamie Woon, Rat Boy, AURORA, Mura Masa, Lucius, Pantha du Prince, Black Mountain, Anna Meredith, Blanck Mass, Bob Moses, Cloves, Drones Club, Hayden James, Highasakite, Holly Macve, Kelly Lee Owens, Lambert, Little Green Cars, Marlon Williams, Money, ProtoMartyr, Suuns, Weaves, Jungle, David Rodigan, Mike Skinner, Murkage and Tonga.


7. Womad 2016

When: Thursday 28th – Sunday 31st July 2016

Where: Charlton Park , Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 9DG

Tickets: £175

Line Up: George Clinton And Funkadelic/Parliament, Baaba Maal, and Ibrahim Maalouf top the first acts announced. Also confirmed are Grit Orchestra, Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band, Sidestepper, Baloji, Desert Slide, Hot 8 Brass Band, Aziza Brahim, This Is The Kit, Muzykanci, Afriquoi, Ethno Trio Troitsa, Tetish, The East Pointers, Blick Bassy, Dom La Nena, Moh! Kouyate, and Lula Pena, John Grant, Roots Manuva, Charles Bradley, Ana Tijoux, Asiq Nargile, Broadway Sounds, Chouk Bwa Libete, Cuncordu e Tenore de Orosei, Hanoi Masters, Heartbeat, Hindi Zahra, La Mambanegra, Lura, Mercedes Peon, N’Diale, Sons of Kemet, MC Soom T, Wiyaala, and Xaos.


8. Love Saves The Day 2016

When: Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 May 2016

Where: Castle Park, Bristol

Tickets: From £39.50 per day or £69.50 for the weekend

Line Up: Hot Chip, Dizzee Rascal, Everything Everything, Stormzy, Roni Size & DJ Krust, Chase & Status (DJ Set),Hudson Mohawke, Ben Klock, Chinese Man, David Rodigan, The Martinez Brothers, Shy FX, Nightmares on Wax, Shura, Disciples, Joy Orbison, Section Boyz, The Hot 8 Brass Band, MNEK, Clean Cut Kid, Maribou State, Skream,Redlight, Goldie, Mura Masa, High Contrast, Dimension, Rustie, Roman Flugel, Paranoid London, Jasper James, Loyle Carner, My Nu Leng, Flava D, Barely Legal, Ivy Lab, SG Lewis, DJ Luck & MC Neat, Motor City Drum Ensemble, The Artful Dodger, L-Vis 1990, Young Marco and Mad Professor.


9. Field Day

When:  Saturday, 11 – Sunday, 12 Jun 2016

Where:  Victoria Park, London

Tickets: £54.50 for a day ticket

Main Attractions: Daphni, DJ Koze, Dusky, Floating Points, Formation, Four Tet, Gold Panda, Greco Roman Soundsystem, Holly Herndon, Jackmaster B2B Gerd Janson, James Blake, John Grant, Junior Boys, Kelela, Kimmo Pohjonen, Kink, Little Simz, Loyle Carner, Mabel, Matz, Mbongwana Star, Meilyr Jones, Metz, Mind Enterprises, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Molly Nilsson, Moon Duo, Mount Kimbie, Mura Masa, Mystery Jets, NAO, Nimmo, Novelist,Orchestra Baobab, Optimo, Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band, Parquet Courts, PJ Harvey, Plastician, Roman Flugel, Roots Manuva, Skepta, Sleaford Mods, Slimzee, SOAK, Special Request, Steve Mason, Tale of Us, and Tourist.


10. The Social

When: Friday, 9 – Saturday, 10 September 2016

Where: Kent County Show Ground, Detling Hill, Maidstone

Tickets: From £35.50

Main Attractions: No acts confirmed for 2016 yet. Previous years acts include Die Vogel, Dubfire, DJ Koze, DJ Tennis, Hot Since 82, Jackmaster, Jamie Jones, Joris Voorn b2b Nic Fanciulli, Joy Orbison, Mark Fanciulli, Marco Carola, Monika Kruse, Paco Osuna, Richie Ahmed, Richie Hawtin, Rob Cockerton, Rodhad, Sasha, Seth Troxler, Solomun and Tom Trago.


11. Eastern Electrics Festival 2016

When: 6th August 2016

Where: Hatfield House, Hatfield

Tickets: From £34.50

Main Attractions: 

Seth Troxler, Martinez Brothers, Eats Everything, Hot Since 82, Richy Ahmed, Darius Syrossian, Skream, Boddika, Derrick Carter, Grain (Artwork), Waifs & Strays, Groove Armada, Waze & Odyssey, Kolsch, Breach, Felix Dickinson, and Robert James.

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