UK festival season plays a vital role in nurturing the growth of each scene within the EDM stratosphere. From ambient boutique stages, to arena-sized tents and loud production — festivals are the best way to discover new sounds and dance all summer long.
With festival season fast approaching; it’s time you plan your next rave, cover yourself in glitter and add one of these festivals to your summer dairy.
We Are FSTVL
Best Essex festival
Celebrating it’s 5th anniversary this May bank holiday, We Are FSTVL welcomes DJs Carl Cox, Basement Jaxx and more for their bank holiday weekender, not forgetting grime acts Wiley, Giggs and Dizzee Rascal. For the very first time, FSTVL introduces camping along with boutique camping options, enlisting the help of Pop Up Hotel, Tangerine Fields and Morning Gloryville.
Best Northern festival
What started as a small electronic festival, underground sounds stay at the heart of Parklife. Stages hosted by The Warehouse Project, Kaluki and Ape & Metropolis welcome headline DJ sets from Wilkinson, Jamie Jones and Carl Cox. The theme for elrow at Parklife this year is Far West. Other unmissable dance acts include Joe Goddard, Dusky and Floating Points.
South West Four
Best London festival
As South West Four takes a leap into its fourteenth year, the biggest event in London’s clubbing calendar now represents an August Bank Holiday weekend ritual for electronic music enthusiasts from all over the world. SW4 mixes state of the art production with increased sound levels, featuring sets from Sigma, Duke Dumont, Mistajam and a live show from Pendulum.
Best for big production
Awarded ‘Best Major Festival’ at the 2016 UK Festival Awards, Creamfields brings together the biggest DJs around the world for a huge rave in Liverpool. Head to Creamfields for your fix of big-room house, EDM, electro, techno and trance. This year Creamfields pulls in some of the biggest DJs and live dance acts on the planet such as Eric Prydz, Hardwell, Galantis, The Black Madonna, Diplo and deadmau5.
Love Saves The Day
Bristol’s Love Saves The Day is the only UK festival to feature the Arcadia Afterburner stage, which features Riccardo Villalobos, Craig Richards, Peverlist, Hodge, SAORSIE on the Saturday, with a more D&B, Jungle and Grime lineup on the Sunday, featuring the likes of DJ Hype, Hazard, D*Minds, Friction and Randall. Heading up the festival’s main stage is Mura Masa, Nao, Shy FX & more.
Celebrated as Birmingham’s largest music event, MADE Festival returns to the Digbeth Triangle on Saturday 29th July to showcase a selection of the best in live and electronic talent as well as some of the city’s most exciting and inventive street art, street food and venue spaces. The line up this year includes Chase & Status (DJ set), Chris Lorenzo, Sub Focus and Gorgon City.
Best genre variety
It’s a brand-new era, so prepare for the truly immersive experience of Bestival 2017. Announcing four incredible headliners and a huge bill of amazing music, Bestival’s move to Dorset brings a new chapter of light and sound, exploring the wonders of Colour in a mission to increase the peace. This year’s eclectic line up offers a satisfying dance bill featuring The xx, Andy C, Annie Mac, Dusky, Barely Legal, Jackmaster and Toddla T to name a few.
Lost Village has become a favourite for those longing for a weekend that combines an unrivalled programme of music, arts, food & drink, encompassed within an otherworldly theatrical experience. Acts include Moderat, De La Soul, Dixon, Nina Kraviz, Loyle Carner, The Black Madonna, Hot Chip, Jeremy Underground, Jackmaster, Nightmares on Wax, Bicep, and Greg Wilson.