Which Summer Festivals Not to Miss

Summer Festival

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Looking for a great weekend and can’t afford to fly to America for Coachella? Fret not, we have some of the best music festivals right here in the UK during summer! With great line-ups that cater to every ear, here are some that cannot be missed!

V festival, one of my personal favourites, is held annually at both Hylands Park in Chelmsford as well as at Weston Park in South Staffordshire. Sponsored by Virgin Media, the festival has continuously brought in popular names such as Coldplay, Maroon 5 and even Beyonce in 2013. Originally starting out with a line-up focused on rock bands – Fun Lovin’ Criminals and Daft Punk for instance – the festival gradually increased its music scope and the audience it was catering to. From the works of bands such as Stereolab to Snow Patrol, it is evident that the festival has grown larger each year, luring even more headliners. This year on the 22nd and 23rd of August, V festival has promised Sam Smith, Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, Kodaline and many more artistes that make me very excited indeed. Tickets, retailing at £89, can be found on both on Ticketmaster and their official website.

Reading festival, held from the 28th – 30th of August, offers genres that are seen to be rather alternative and less generic with its taste in music. With artists playing at Little John’s Farm on Richfield Avenue in Central Reading, the huge ground lets festival go-ers set up camp (or caravan) while ensuring there is sufficient space for different concert stages and areas. This year, the festival has significantly lesser headliners and a smaller line-up, with more prominent names such as Mumford and Sons, Bastille and Pierce the Veil leading the crowd. Looking at this year’s line-up for me was a disappointment, especially having seen that last year’s line-up featured bands such as Imagine Dragons, Arctic Monkeys and Matt Healy’s 1975! Despite this, I still think the Reading Festival is a must go and if you’re still not convinced, check out their website for both information and tickets! Also, one thing I like about the festival is the opportunity to be a volunteer, which of course means free music for the entire period you roam the free grounds of Reading. Good music and the possibility of meeting bands? Check!

Held at Henham Park in Southwold Suffolk, the Latitude festival is not just for music junkies but also tailors to the art and comedy lovers! A festival that merges both the arts and music, Latitude’s 4-day event (16th to 19th July 2015) ensures that everyone has quality time. This is so especially with an area dedicated to yoga and even a supermarket, so that nobody gets hungry! With music acts such as Alt-J, Jose Gonzalez and Laura Marling performing at different areas of the festival ground, and comedy acts like Jason Manford or Zoe Lyons, it is no wonder that the event spreads out over a longer weekend than the other 2 festivals. Years and Years, a band that supported Clean Bandit recently in our very own university’s Great Hall, would also be making an appearance. Likewise with the Reading Festival, volunteers are also welcome! Make your summer worthwhile with fantastic music acts and no summer will ever be the same again!

Tanya Tan

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