UK music festivals every music fanatic should put in their diary!

It might only be the second week of February, but after all that rain and cold weather we have been experiencing, many of us music fans will be looking forward to summer UK music festivals.

Here are some dates to UK music festivals which are taking place this summer and reasons why every festival goer should put the dates in their diaries:

Reading and Leeds Festivals

When: August 24-26 2018

Venues: Richfield Avenue, Reading and Bramham Park, Leeds

Reading & Leeds lineup: The Reading & Leeds Festival lineup for 2018 has not been announced yet.

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Last Year’s Reading and Leeds festivals witnessed former Black Sabbath frontman, Ozzy Osborne, Avenged Sevenfold and Guns N’ Roses take to the stage.

Previous bands that have headlined  the world’s oldest festival include; The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, The Kinks, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, The Who, Cream, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Genesis, Iron Maiden, The Jam, The Police, Status Quo, The Pogues, Blur, Pulp, Muse, The Cure, Radiohead, The Libertines, Arctic Monkeys, Biffy Clyro and Oasis.

American top names such as Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Metallica, Guns n’ Roses, Eminem, Nirvana, Hole, Foo Fighters, Blink-182, The Strokes, Green Day and Red Hot Chili Peppers have also headlined the festivals.

Download Festival

Download festival is known as the most prestigious hard rock and heavy metal festival in the world, Download took over from the legendary Monsters of Rock Festival at Derby’s Donington Park.

Its three days packed with the most prominent names from the 70s right up to the newest generation.

When and where: 8-10 June 2018, Derby

Festicket Guide / Book Download Festival 2018

Isle of Wight

The very first Isle of Wight festival saw 600,000 descend upon the island in 1970, with a line up that included Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, The Who and Joni Mitchell.

This summer the festival will welcome Depeche Mode, The Killers, Kasabian, and Liam Gallagher who will perform alongside The Script, Van Morrison, James Bay, Blossoms and more.

Venue: Newport, Isle of Wight

When: 21st -24th June

Tickets: TicketmasterViagogo

Headline acts: Depeche Mode, The Killers, Kasabian, Liam Gallagher


Bestival moved from its usual Isle of Wight home to Dorset last year, and this year festival-goers can enjoy a circus theme.

The 3-day festival will play host to musicians from across the globe, and headline performances from M.I.A, and London Grammar, with Friday’s headliner still to be announced.

They’ll be joined by disco legends Grace Jones and Chaka Khan, and favourites such as Mura Musa and Jorja Smith.

Venue: Lulworth Estate, Dorset

When: 2-5 August 2018

Tickets: Ticketline

Headline Acts: M.I.A, London Grammar, Grace Jones and Chaka Khan


The Boardmasters is Cornwall’s biggest music festival which has attracted some big names over the years and this year also looks this way.

They’ve just announced the Chemical Brothers as the first headline act. Also joining the party will be 90s singer Craig David, Irish DJ and television presenter, Annie Mac and English rock band, The Horrors.

Venue: 8-12 August 2018, Newquay Cornwall

Will you be booking tickets to UK music festivals this year? Have you previously been to any of these festivals? Let us know in the comment section below or over on our social media channels. If you have a story to tell, please email


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