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With festival season coming up and the infamous Glastonbury taking a year off, we felt it was a good time to share with you our selection of highly recommended festivals you should get down to this year! There’s one for everyone.

The Big One


Bestival in many people’s eyes is the big summer finale, the festival season homecoming if you will. Jumping on the ferry with hundreds of your fellow festival fanatics there is a real buzz from the moment you embark to Lulworth estate in Dorset. The buzz only amplifies upon arrival as the Lulworth Castle Estate grows ever nearer and the bass begins to hit your core.

Expect beautiful harmonies of Jorja Smith, a roof–bouncing Rudimental DJ set and a chilled reggae vibe from David Rodigan; there is something for anyone and everyone. Along with some of the best light and firework displays to grace any UK Festival, Bestival really does provide one of the best festival experiences going.

2nd August – 5th August
Lulworth Castle Estate, Dorset



The Crazy One


Boomtown is possibly the closest thing you will experience to visiting another galaxy. A different level of crazy. The festival is made up of several districts built across Hampshire’s sprawling hills. There is something weird and wonderful around every corner with vibrantly coloured actors setting the scene throughout the festival site.
One minute you are at food stand, lining your stomach before the big night ahead. The next you are in the middle of a pop-up show that has seemingly come out of nowhere, leading the way in organizing the mosh pit readying yourself for the chaos that is about to commence once that beat drops. The music and acts are rather varied; ska, folk, gypsy, reggae, world, punk, jazz, blue-grass, jungle, drum and bass and techno are just a few of the genres that make the long weekend so niche. As long as you are up for a wonder and adventure you will find something right up your street at Boomtown.

9th August –12th August
Hampshire Hills, Winchester



The R&B / Hip Hop One


Wireless. The event that everyman and his dog seem to go to, especially if you live in or around London. At Wireless you will be guaranteed to see the hottest artists, from the national treasure that is Stormzy to the worldwide superstar DJ Khaled, not to mention other acts who are more often than not big household names.
The atmosphere, street food, music, and fashion all have a huge part to play in ensuring that everyone is feeling the vibe. It usually falls during the period where the sun decides to say hello (touch wood), which is always a bonus. Cider in hand, prepare to join the thousands of people belting out J. Cole’s lyrics word for word. Finsbury Park becomes a theatre of exuberance for the weekend, a place where the words ‘too much glitter’ should never leave one’s mouth. The annoying ringing in your ears post-festival will be well worth it looking back on your time at Wireless for years to come.

6th July – 8th July
Finsbury Park, London



The Quirky One
Festival No. 6

Festival No.6

Brace yourself everyone for a day of Music, Arts, Culture, Comedy, Theatre, Workshops and much more! Set in the picturesque location of Portmerion in Wales, the location is certainly a refreshing change to the usual mud and dirt of the usual UK festival, as the famous multi-coloured architecture sits as a beautiful backdrop. Joining the line up for this years Festival Number 6 is, Indie-Pop Legends, Franz Ferdinand, and Friendly Fires, back with new material after a hiatus and art rockers Everything Everything and Django Django. There’s also Ride, Anna Calvi and exclusive performance from Manchester Camerata Orchestra performing Motown and Northern Soul. So be prepared, kick back relax and enjoy the show.

Portmerion, Wales
6th-9th September



The Heavy One
Download Festival


For all you Metalheads and Rockers out there, the lineup for this years Download Festival is killer. Avenged Sevenfold Friday, Guns N’ Roses Saturday, and the Prince of Darkness himself Ozzy Osbourne on Sunday. Get on your fabourite cargo shorts and band TShirts and prepare yourselves for a plethora of mud, moshpits and Metal.

8th-10th June
Donington Park, Leicestershire



The Family One
Campo Sancho

Campo Sancho

If you’re after a family-friendly festival filled with oodles of dancing, Campo Sancho is for you! Based in the heart of the Hertfordshire countryside, this festival promises a weekend of carnival inspired dance entertainment for both for adults and their young ones to enjoy. The event is hosted by Sancho Panza, who are well known for hosting wild boat parties and carnival events year on year. This years line up includes a plentiful selection of renowned dance music acts such as disco/house extraordinaire Ron Basejam (of Crazy P fame), a live set from afrobeat artist Dele Sosimi and much more. Children’s activities are also endless, from arts and crafts to circus events. This is one you definitely don’t want to miss.

27th- 29th July
Walkern, East Hertfordshire



The Escapist One
Lost Village Festival

Lost Village

Based in the midst of a wistfully secluded forest area in East Lincolnshire, Lost Village Festival promises mysterious shadowed woodlands and glistening with fairy lights throughout. Although still in its early beginnings, the boutique festival has expanded incredibly fast into a fully established event selling out year on year. The unique stages reflect the areas surroundings perfectly, shaped as ancient chapels and rustic cabins. Headliners this year include Friendly Fires, Four Tet and Everything Everything catering to an even wider crowd, however they definitely still drop some absolute dance gems such as Dixon, Ben UFO and The Black Madonna. There are even tribal banquets and a tranquil spa you can visit next to the water. For anyone looking for an escape from reality and a trip into the unknown, this festival is for you.

23-26th August
Swinderby, Lincolnshire



The Beginners One
Reading and Leeds Festival

Reading and Leeds

It hardly needs saying that this joint-location festival boasts an extensive array of previous headliners, Reading and Leeds has been one of the longest standing festivals in the UK. The rock festival has branched into R&B, Rap and Dance music genres in recent years; cementing itself as the clear front runner in allowing youngsters the opportunity to be set free with their mates for possibly the first time in their lives! Many of us here at Angell have fond memories of our first festival experience at both Reading and Leeds. If you’re looking to branch into the world of festivals with a group of your pals, it’s definitely a fun place to start. This years headliners include Kendrick Lamar, Kings of Leon and Fall Out Boy alongside the Silent Disco Tent and the Relentless Stage that go on into the early hours. Grab yourself a Pac-A-Mac, a tent and a crate of booze – and you’re good to go!

26th-28th August
Bramham Park, Leeds



The Spiritual One
Unearthed Festival


Unearthed is a festival for those who have a more spiritual take on life, looking to unearth something hidden within. To all you animal lovers, you will be pleased to hear that all food stalls at Unearthed are either vegan or vegetarian. People from all walks of life travel to Unearthed to experience togetherness; there is something very appealing about singing and dancing with strangers, and listening and being listened to someone you would be unlikely to cross paths with in your everyday life – a beautiful eye-opening experience. The line up is jam packed with poets, musicians, talkers and much more, so if you are worried about how to make time pass don’t worry, you are more likely to struggle fitting everything in on the daily agenda! For something refreshingly original Unearthed is the place to be this summer.

29th June – 1st July
Yurt Field, Cerbid Pembrokshire