Best of the Festivals

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It might not feel like it, but apparently summer is coming, and with it comes the need to spend a significant amount of time in a field with a cider. With so many festivals appearing on the scene, it’s going to be difficult to decide how to fill that Glastonbury void this year. Here’s just a few of the best ones out there, each sure to give you your fair share of drink, sunburn and dancing.

Best for … all the arts

Everything about Latitude embodies the carefree, creative festival spirit. Whilst loads of festivals try to include other forms of entertainment, Latitude has the best of it all, in a fantastic woodland setting. This year music includes Bon Iver, Laura Marling and Ben Howard, and big comedy names in Jack Dee and Tim Minchin. With a literary, poetry and caberet arenas too, this is so much more than just lots of bands and lots of beer.

Latitude

12th-15th July

Southwold

Suffolk

www.latitudefestival.co.uk

Best for… price

Truck festival started small and stuck that way, providing a fantastic festival atmosphere for just £70. It has a really friendly feel, with food provided by the local rotary club, so is guaranteed to be cheap, wholesome and a bit like your Mum's cooking, but without the judgement for your all day drinking. The mainstage is on, you guessed it, a truck, and will be graced by the likes of Temper Trap and Mystery Jets this year. Other stages include the Barn, which is similarly literal and even has the authentic smells you’d expect, so make sure to be on the cider before visiting that one..

Truck

20th-21st July

Steventon

Oxford

www.truckfestival.com

Best for…staying up all night

Glade is an alternative dance festival that has a license until 8am, ensuring that there is not a quiet moment for the duration of the weekend. With a massive number of stages and a line up including Foreign Beggars, Rusko and Pretty Lights, and there’s also psychedelic art installations, a 30ft deep ‘crater’ stage and the badger disco in the middle of the woods, to keep you very much occupied in the early hours.

Glade

14th-17th June

Houghton Hall

Norfolk

www.gladefestival.com

Best for… sun

Benicassim festival has the incredible, diverse acts of the biggest UK festivals without the inevitable rain and cold. This year the headline acts are Florence and the Machine, Bob Dylan, The Stone Roses and David Guetta. With 8 days of camping near a fantastic beach and 4 days and nights of music, this has to be one of the best festivals in Europe. Combining holiday and festival atmosphere in this way is bound to be almost dangerously good…

Benicassim

12-15th July

Castellón

Spain

www.fiberfib.com

Best for… avoiding the mud

Dot to Dot is a festival that breaks all of the festival rules, but does it very well. Ignoring tents and fields, it covers three cities, 16 venues and does not include camping, unless you fancy the pavement. It prides itself on unveiling bands such as the XX, Florence and the Machine and Mumford and Sons, so you’re guaranteed to witness some up and coming talent, even if you don’t know who it is yet. The line up includes The Drums and Pulled Apart By Horses, so if you already know some of the bands, you’re treated to a pretty intimate show in one of the tiny venues.

Dot to Dot

2nd-4th June

Bristol, Nottingham, Manchester

www.dottodotfestival.co.uk



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