With new festivals cropping up year on year, it can be hard to know where to start. To make life that little bit easier, we’ve brought together our picks of this year’s most promising festivals into one comprehensive guide. We’ve started the search at home with our round up of the best of the bunch in the UK, including options ranging across the country – from the capital to Cheshire to Norfolk – throughout the summer months. Take your pick as we enter the season of music, campsites, and sticky nights for another year.
Feature image by Carolina Faruolo (Field Day).
Field Day (London, 3rd June 2017)
Field Day sits comfortably at the top of London’s array of day festivals thanks above all to its impeccable line-up year after year. The masters of eclecticism, last year’s instalment saw everyone from James Blake to Nao to Tale of Us take to the stage, and this year is no let down. Aphex Twin and Nicolas Jaar both promise to be special performances, while ones to watch out for across the rest of the day include Loyle Carner, Flying Lotus, and Run The Jewels. For something a little darker, look no further than Marcel Dettmann, Âme or Nina Kraviz.
Beat-Herder (Ribble Valley, Lancashire, 14th – 16th July 2017)
Beat-Herder might not be known by the masses yet, but that’s actually what gives it its unadulterated charm. That said, the festival has come a long way since its beginnings as a free party in the Northern Moors twelve years ago, this year hosting the likes of Kelis and Sleaford Mods alongside a range of electronic music acts including Skream, Jackmaster, and Max Cooper. Beyond the music, the festival site is a treat in itself with its turrets and underground tunnels – the perfect backdrop to a weekend of music.
Lovebox (London, 14th – 15th July 2017)
Not the only festival to take over London’s Victoria Park, Lovebox too boasts a mixed line-up balanced to suit virtually everyone. Friday day tickets were soon snapped up when the power combination of Frank Ocean, Solange, Sampha, Kaytranada and Jamie xx were announced as performers. However, Saturday is not to be missed either, with DJs such as Ricardo Villalobos, Jamie Jones, Dixon, and Kölsch coming out in full swing to keep the party going. If you missed out on the Friday day tickets, rest assured there are still some weekend tickets left.
Secret Garden Party (Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, 20th – 23rd July 2017)
Set in a beautiful pocket of Cambridgeshire, Secret Garden Party goes all out for in terms of creating the full festival experience. Everything is as fantastically OTT as you could imagine, from the theme (this year’s being “Sweet dreams”, a tongue-in-cheek nod to “fame, celebrity, and a media that obsesses over both”) to the shamelessly weird and wonderful decoration. And let’s not forget the roster, which features Metronomy, Honne, Tom Misch, Soul Clap, and Jackmaster. Don’t miss the opportunity to dive headfirst into the SGP madness while you can – this will be the festival’s final year.
Houghton (King’s Lynn, Norfolk, 11th – 13th August 2017)
The only brand-new festival in our guide, Houghton got tongues wagging as soon as it was announced last year. Its founder, internationally renowned DJ Craig Richards, has personally invited some of the most exciting names in electronic music to perform throughout the stunning grounds of Houghton Hall, which will be adorned with artwork and sculptures. Along with Jaar and Villalobos, the weekend will feature sets from Seth Troxler, Roman Flügel, Ben UFO, Margaret Dygas, and a live performance from Floating Points, marking a strong entry onto the festival circuit.
Creamfields (Daresbury, Cheshire, 24th – 28th August 2017)
Creamfields boasts one of the most widespread collection of DJs out there, offering a choice between heavyweight techno, popular house and everything in between. Celebrating its twentieth edition this year, the festival has rounded up an impressive number of the best known DJs in the game, among them Drumcode boss Adam Beyer, Sven Väth, Joris Voorn, Seth Troxler, The Black Madonna, Eric Prydz, The Martinez Brothers, plus a UK exclusive of Richie Hawtin’s new audiovisual performance, CLOSE. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg…