Now the clocks have gone forwards and (fingers crossed) the warmer evenings are on the way, it signals one thing: festival season is almost upon us. With some of the biggest names in the world of music descending on the UK in the coming months, Champions Music & Entertainment have created a rundown of the best festivals available this year.
Isle of Wight Festival
Where: Isle of Wight
When: 8-11 June
Who: David Guetta, Bastille, Rod Stewart
Since returning in 2002 after a 32-year hiatus, the Isle of Wight festival has established itself as one of the most popular festivals on the circuit. With legendary acts including Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and David Bowie having all graced the stage over the years and the festival offers music lovers the chance to see famous artists and stars of the future perform.
As well as fantastic music, the festival also offers a variety of accommodation options so if don’t want to go down the traditional camping route there is boutique camping on offer with visitors able to stay in everything from tipis to VIP canavs’ complete with their own kitchen!
Where: Donnington Park, Derby
When: 9-11 June
Who: Biffy Clyro, Aerosmith
If you prefer your music more on the heavy metal side then Download Festival is the one for you. The largest festival of its genre in the UK and famous worldwide, Download has been going since 2003 and has increased in popularity year on year.
With some of the biggest names in rock and heavy metal including Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and Metallica having performed at the festival over the years the event has become a haven for diehard fans. With the famous Download Dog mascot roaming amongst the crowds the three-day event provides something for everyone from throwbacks from the past to fresh material from the present day all on offer.
When: 21-25 June
Who: Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Radiohead
No festival season in the UK would be complete without Glastonbury, still going strong 46 years after its inception it still attracts the biggest names in the industry with over 135,000 people attending the 2016 edition.
With Glastonbury much more than just a music festival, over the course of the five days theatre shows, circus performers and delicious food stalls are all on offer. The famous Pyramid Stage has welcomed some of the biggest acts in history over the last four decades and whoever steps onto it in 2017 is sure to put on an unforgettable show. So if you want to see the very best music has to offer, dig out those wellies!
When: 24-27 August
Who: The Chainsmokers, deadmau5, Martin Garrix
It’s hard to believe that this staple of the UK festival scene began as an offshoot to the Liverpool nightclub Creams in 1998. Now based the Cheshire countryside over the August bank holiday weekend, it sees thousands of revellers descend on its fields every year.
Now with international editions in four different continents this year Creamfields has once again produced an extremely impressive line-up. With stunning pyrotechnics and visuals to go alongside the music Creamfields may not be the biggest but they are certainly one of the best.
Reading & Leeds festival
Where: Reading & Leeds
When: 25-27 August
Who: Eminem, Kasabian, Muse
The origins of this festival can be traced back as far as the 1950s and is unique in the sense that they both take place simultaneously and feature the same line-ups. With Reading being the senior of the two it also holds the honour of being the oldest music festival in the world.
Thousands of people descend on the festivals every year to witness the very best acts on offer in the rock, indie, metal and alternative genres. With rap star Eminem, back in 2017 to headline for a third time, this year’s event is sure to be bigger than ever with more than 150,000 people anticipated to attend the two festivals.
If you can’t make it to any festivals this summer, Champions Music & Entertainment has a whole host of exceptional solo artists, bands and tribute acts who you can book for any event you are putting on. For booking information call us on +44 1509 85 29 27 or send us a message via our online form and a member of the team will be more than happy to help.