Summer is rapidly approaching. How do we know? Most will say because of the calendars and (maybe on a good day) less rain, but others will notice a rise in the sales of disposable barbecues, glitter, and thigh-high wellington boots…that’s right, festival season is upon us!
If you’re an organised student, then you might have already booked music festival tickets with friends and flatmates in order to bag a bargain and plan your summer effectively. However, if you’ve got a bit of spare cash (or fancy dipping into your overdraft last-minute) and want to enjoy your summer to the fullest, then we’ve scoped out our top 3 festivals that are worth the money.
Possibly the most well-known festival on this list. Dance music has consistently risen from strength to strength in recent years. It’s grown in popularity from streaming services, clubs, and radio stations alike. Creamfields first began in 1998 as a branch off from Liverpool’s Cream nightclub, and has arguably been one of the annual highlight of dance music celebrations. The 2018 line up boasts acts such as Duke Dumont, Patrick Topping, The Chainsmokers, Disciples, Green Velvet and Solardo, as well as well-known classics Annie Mac, Steve Angello, Eric Prydz, and Danny Howard to name a few.
When: August bank holiday weekend
Where: Daresbury, Chesire
2. RiZE FESTIVAL
Formally known as ‘V Festival’ until its end in 2017, RiZE Festival is pegged by critics to replace Glastonbury as the best UK festival of 2018. RiZE is one of the greatest all-round music festivals; catering to every music taste and age range possible. A few of this year’s headliner highlights include Bastille, Craig David, Liam Gallagher, Manic Street Preachers, Plan B, Rita Ora, and Stereophonics. Definitely enough choice to please even the biggest and most diverse group of friends. Not only this, but the festival only runs over two days. This means you can prioritise seeing your favourite acts and still get back home quickly for a well deserved shower!
When: 17th-18th August 2018
Where: Hylands Park, Chelmsford
3. LOVEBOX FESTIVAL
LoveBox, founded in 2002 by DJs Groove Armada, pays homage to genres such as grime, hip hop and electronic music. The festival is an offshoot of a club night of the same name, hosted at 93 Feet East in London. Festival goers love the fact that it’s based in urban London, but also incorporates features from countryside festivals such as Secret Garden Party; so if you and your friends can’t decide on a location, this venue may be perfect for you! 2018’s headliners include Skepta, Childish Gambino, N.E.R.D., Shy FX, Mabel, Diplo, and Muru Masa among other major names. The festival also expands to reach fashionistas with vintage boutique stalls, and thrill seekers with classic fairground rides.
Where: Gunnersbury Park, London
When: 13th-14th July 2018