Has a case of the post-Glastonbury blues kicked in? Or did you miss out on all the action entirely? Worry not, the sun doesn’t set on the festival season for months, yet. Here, we round up the hottest musical gatherings still to come.
If you’re gutted to miss Metallica at Glastonbury this weekend, then fret no more – the thundering LA rockers storm quaintest Hertfordshire in two Sundays’ time. Brit metal legends Iron Maiden headline Saturday night while rave-punks The Prodigy and nu-metalheads Limp Bizkit tackle Friday. If you pull a muscle headbanging to that lot, take refuge in the comedy tent with Pat Cahill and Andrew O’Neill. £170-£215 (weekend), £55-£75 (day). Hertfordshire, Jul4-6.
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Latitude isn’t just about the music – this family-friendly four-dayer is also a heavyweight champion for comedy, cabaret, dance, literature and theatre. As well as big-hitters like Swedish pop princess Lykke Li, the multi- talented Damon Albarn and blues rockers The Black Keys, check out former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen, ballet from Sadler’s Wells and stoic former ‘Buzzcocks’ presenter Simon Amstell. £187.50 (weekend), £84.50 (day). Southwold, Jul 17-20.
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The last festival to pitch up amid Victoria Park’s vast greenery this season is the party-centric Lovebox. MIA will top things off with her new, India-inspired lightshow, alongside Nas, who’ll perform the entirety of his classic debut LP, ‘Illmatic’, which came out 20 years ago. Plus garage don DJ EZ, house heroine Kiesza and more to keep your dancing shoes busy. £70 (weekend), £45 (day). Victoria Park, Jul 18-19.
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4. Secret Garden Party
SGP have prepared the hottest soundtrack for their four-day frolic in a forest. Cambridge electro-popsters Clean Bandit join the dancetronic Swedes Little Dragon and raucous hip hop legends Public Enemy. As usual, there’s a theme, and you’ll be expected to go all out on your costume.Thisyearit’s‘YellowBrick Road’, so we suggest Elton John in ruby platforms. There are only a few weekend tickets left, so you’d better be quick, because there’s no place like SGP. £130-£175 (weekend). Cambridgeshire, Jul 24-27.
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Spread over this impeccably preened festival’s 1,000-acre site is a lakeside spa, archery lessons, fly fishing and horse riding to get stuck into before feasting at the community banquet. Not to mention the stellar live acts, including electro-pop charmers Metronomy, legendary crooner Burt Bacharach and rapid risers London Grammar, plus soul-jazz vocalist Gregory Porter and fresh young talent in the shape of Sam Smith. Talk about being spoilt for choice! £143.50 (weekend). Oxfordshire, Aug 7-10.
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If ’avin’ it larrrge is what you wantfromclubbing,dive into the Creamfields crowds this bank holiday weekend. There you’ll find likeminded – or just fuzzy- minded – folk to get sweaty with. Psych yourself up for 72 hours of fist-pumping EDM from big-name DJs and modish new talent. If you’re pining for your pillow come Sunday night, radio-friendly ’80s lad Calvin Harris will keep your energy level up. Until then, there’s Euro house don Avicii to fit in, along with slick D&B producer Sub Focus, wonky-haired dubstepper Skream and Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac. £160-£180 (weekend), £80-£85 (day). Cheshire, Aug 22-24.
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7. South West Four
Whether you’ve got a hankering for house or a taste for trance, SW4 has got more club-flavoured talent than you can shake a glowstick at. Over the bank holiday weekend you can catch techno-infused electro producerDeadmau5,trancetrio Above & Beyond, German techno diety Loco Dice Prydz, Mercury winner James Blake and many more. £99-£125 (weekend), £52.50-£65 (day). Clapham Common, Aug 23-24.
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8. In The Woods
Shhh! ITW don’t reveal the location of this little gem in the Kent countryside until you buy a ticket. And the line-up? Forget about it! Yet it sells out within days every year, because the artists are consistently excellent. Previous acts have included Alt-J, Ghostpoet and AlunaGeorge, and it’s not just the musical talent that keeps the punters happy. The woods are enchantingly decorated and sprinkled with art installations and literary readings. It’s sold out but on July 11 return tickets go back on sale on the website. Grab a piece of the magic. £95 (weekend). Kent, Aug 29-30.
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You’ve got two options to bring the festival season to a banging close: Festival No 6 or Bestival, the latter boasting costumed revelry to the theme of ‘Desert Island Disco’. So don a Diana Ross afro, grab a glitter ball and party like it’s 1979 with hip-thrusting Chic & Nile Rodgers. Or get jiggy with Outkast, whose single ‘Hey Ya’ was voted Time Out’s Number One party tune. Oxford math- rockers Foals will be inspiring angular dance moves on Saturday, while Beck is the opening day headliner. £196 (weekend). Isle of Wight, Sep 4-7.
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10. Festival No 6
This higgledy-piggledy North Wales village was the setting of ’60s cult TV show ‘The Prisoner’. Now it’s open to those seeking a quart of quirk with their carousing. Musically you’ll find festival faves London Grammar, Motown superstar Martha Reeves and dark-wave dance duo Pet Shop Boys. But No 6 is also about the alternative, like a kids’ carnival, human chess and a coffee morning with Charlatans frontman TimBurgess, bringing his own brand of coffee and his Totes Amazeballs breakfast cereal. £160-£175 (weekend). Portmeirion, Sep 5-7.
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Looking for more festivals this summer? Check out our music festival calendar.
By Danielle Goldstein