Festival Guide 2016

Whatever your tastes there is something wonderful awaiting you this year in our comprehensive UK festival guide! From Alternative to Indie to Electro to Punk there is something for everyone to get excited about this year ...

April 16th - Record Store Day - Nationwide

With exclusive releases on the day and live music all over the place this one is absolutely a date for your diaries!  Our local event will be at Southsea's Pie & Vinyl well worth a journey if you have yet to discover this little gem. Come down for a great day of music, vinyl and all the pies you could ever want. Now confirmed with Band of Skulls! Record Store Day has so many participating venues UK-wide celebrating independent record shops with all the excitement of exclusives and musical discoveries old and new. Check out your local store here: www.recordstoreday.co.uk/participating-stores

May 19th-21st - The Great Escape - Brighton

Featured Artists: Blossoms, Dilly Dally

2015 proved to be something of a seminal year for Stockport five-piece Blossoms who are hotly tipped for 2016. Canada's Dilly Dally hit our best of 2015 list for their heavy and melodic style. Exeter trio Muncie Girls, London's Vant and Tigercub head up our recommendations of acts to check out across this vastly diverse festival. www.greatescapefestival.com


June 10th - 12th - Download - Donington Park

Featured Artists: Black Sabbath, NOFX, Deftones, Gutterdammerung

Great for all your Rock / Metal needs, the mighty Sabbath, NOFX, Deftones and Gutterdammerung "The Loudest Silent Movie Ever Made" and many more will descend on Donington Park this summer. www.downloadfestival.co.uk

June 9th - 12th - IOW - Isle Of Wight

Featured Artists: Faithless, Buzzcocks, Iggy Pop, The Kills, The Who

June 11th-12th - Field Day - Victoria Park, London

Featured Artists: PJ Harvey, John Grant, Beach House, The Thurston Moore Band, Fickle Friends, Parquet Courts, Girl Band

With a new album on the way PJ Harvey as ever is a sure must see artist, we also love Girl Band, check out their video "Paul" here to get a taste for the amazing energy they bring:


June 18th - 19th - Stone Free Fest  - 02 Arena, London

Featured Artists:The Darkness, Alice Cooper, Therapy?


July 1st - BST Hyde Park - London

Featured Artists: Massive Attack, Patti Smith, Young Fathers, Ghostpoet, TV On The Radio, Warpaint

Massive Attack recently released the Ritual Spririt EP and completed a sold out tour of the UK and Europe. The show will see the band bring a new and provocative audio-visual live show to Hyde Park, designed by Robert Del Naja and longtime visual collaborators United Visual Artists. 

Alun Mainwaring, Head of Events at The Royal Parks, said: “The line-up for 2016 just keeps on getting better. Having a huge group like Massive Attack kick off this year’s event is a fitting start to what promises to be another unforgettable 10 days of entertainment at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park. The success of this event is so important to us as it raises vital funds which go back into conserving and enhancing this iconic park for all to enjoy.” 
Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park hits its fourth year in 2016, firmly established as the essential London summer event. 

July 7th - 9th - 2000 Trees - Cheltenham

Featured Artists: Beasts, Kagoule


July 28th-30th - Kendal Calling - Lake District

Featured Artists: We Are Scientists, The Hives, The Darkness, Ash


August 4th - 7th - Wilderness - Oxfordshire

The Wilderness Main Stage is an eclectic beast. It’s played host to some of the greatest artists of all time over the years, spanning the genres and the decades of a huge and multi-talented range of luminaries. From Bjork to Rodriguez, Daniel Johnston to Joan As Policewoman, George Clinton to Metronomy, it’s a space where the good people of Wilderness come together to enjoy that most magical and meaningful of experiences: communal musical love.

Featured Artists: Robert Plant, The Flaming Lips, Goldie


August 10th - 14th - Boardmasters - Cornwall www.boardmasters.co.uk

Featured Artists: Deadmau5, James bay, Kaiser Chiefs, Primal Scream, Mystery Jets, Ratboy, Blossoms

Established in 1981, Boardmasters is a 5-day event situated across two stunning locations in Cornwall - the surfing mecca of the UK, Fistral Beach where Boardmasters famous International Surf Competitions take place and arguably the most stunning location in the country to watch live music, Watergate Bay.

August 11th - 13th - Boomtown - Winchester, Hampshire

Featured Artists: Fun Lovin' Criminals, Levellers, Sonic Boom Six


August 18th - 21st - Greenman - Wales

Featured Artists: White Denim, Belle & Sebastian


August 26th - 28th - Reading / Leeds

Featured Artists: Slaves, Crossfaith, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, 


August 27th - 28th - Victourious - Portsmouth, Hampshire www.victoriousfestival.co.uk

Featured Artists: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Manic Street Preachers, Ash, Echo & The Bunnymen

Already nominated and shortlisted for ‘best major festival’ and ‘best family festival’ IN THE UK FESTIVAL AWARDS Victorious 2016 is shaping up nicely for the August Bank Holiday weekend.


September 8th - 11th - Bestival - Isle of Wight

Featured Artists: The Cure, Fatboy Slim, Animal Collective, Ghostpoet, Wolf Alice

October 7th - 9th - Rockaway Beach - Butlins, Bognor Regis www.rockawaybeach.co.uk

A boutique indoor music festival held over three days. Truly unique, this exciting UK festival focuses only on the best emerging, breakthrough and established alternative artists. Winner of our "Best Boutique Festival" for 2015.

Featured Artists: Suede, Saint Etienne, Luna, Black Honey, Kagoule

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November 11th - 14th - Shiiine On Weekender - Butlins, Minehead

Shiiine On Weekender is a celebration of Indie and Dance from the late 80s, 90s and beyond. Bringing you the artists that soundtracked the golden period in popular culture when clubbers and gig goers came together in what seemed like a glorious decade long party. Over this epic three night weekender, there will also be pool parties, film screenings, amazing DJ sets and a chance to check out the best new bands on the Cooking Soup New Act Stage.

Featured Artists: Echo & The Bunnymen, Marion, Balck Grape, The Bluetones, Echobelly, The Wonderstuff