Summer isn’t summer without a festival or two in my mind, and whether it’s camping in a sweaty tent or dancing in the rain in your wellies, you know you’re always going to have a good time. I’ve managed to get to two London festivals so far (Field Day and Lovebox — both a whole lot of fun!) but I’ve got two more weekenders to tick off before we call it a day and settle back into autumn and any kind of responsibilities.
Yes, this has already been the very best summer since the history of time (THANK YOU BRITISH WEATHER!) but there’s still plenty of time to squeeze in a few extra festival memories... Because the best weekends are spent dancing your socks off, day drinking, waking up with no agenda, eating all the delicious street food, swimming in lakes, and generally soaking up the good time vibes, here’s my pick of the very best festivals that still have tickets left to book this summer...
I’m like to think of myself as a bit of a Wilderness veteran as this year is going to be our fourth year on the trot. We cannot get enough! Go for Nile Rodgers, the late night dancing in the valley, the epic foodie line up, the midnight mac and cheese, the waking up to Breakfast Club bacon sandwiches, the yoga and the trail runs (if you're up early enough!) and of course, the swimming in the river — the perfect way to shake off your hangover. Wilderness is yes, boujee, and everything you’re going to eat is going to be delicious, but the camping and the queuing for the Portaloos is what brings it back down to earth. I can’t wait and I cannot recommend it more.
3-6TH AUGUST; WEEKEND TICKETS £190
This year is going to be my first time at Flow Festival and my first ever trip to Helsinki — I’m looking forward to exploring the city! I’ve heard great things about Flow; it’s held in a disused power station, draped in fairy lights, and is said to be one of the very coolest Nordic festivals — and if it’s anything like Gothenburg’s Way Out West, I know that means a good time! The eclectic line up includes Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar, Bonobo, Lauryn Hill, Patti Smith, Mura Masa and Peggy Gou, plus there’s crazy light design, art installations, diverse and delicious food and drink offerings, and a real sustainability push too.
10-12TH AUGUST; WEEKEND TICKETS £150
One for the foodies, Big Feastival looks like a right good time, held over August bank holiday weekend on Alex James’ farm in The Cotswolds. Yes, there’s music (Clean Bandit, Craig David, Basement Jaxx, Tom Odell) plus fairground rides and a load of family fun, but as the name suggests, it’s mainly all about the food. You’ve got street food stalls aplenty, pop-up restaurants, supper clubs, cooking school sessions and Q&A table talks. If I wasn’t in the Lakes camping over August Bank Holiday weekend, I’d be here in the Cotswolds for sure.
24-26TH AUGUST; DAY TICKETS £84.50; WEEKEND TICKETS WITH CAMPING £189
Ah, the whimsical wonderful one! Even though it rained senseless when we did Festival No. 6 two years back, it was an absolute blast and we loved it. The colour, the quaintness, the beauty of Italian-inspired Portmerion, the whimsicalness of a music festival being staged in and around a town. There’s theatrics, there’s activities, there’s wellness and healing, a woodland run, a yoga brunch, and blissful wood-fired hot tubs. It’s the last year before they take a break for a while so forth and live the craziness…
6-9TH SEPTEMBER; WEEKEND TICKETS £180
Growing more and more into the mainstream since it started back in 2006, End Of The Road Festival is one for indie music fans, and a great one to see out the season with. This year’s line up includes Vampire Weekend, St Vincent, Feist, Yo La Tengo and plenty more, plus there’s comedy, live podcasts, film screenings, healing workshops, and plenty of other weird and wonderful activities to get involved in and try something new. Set in the ethereal woodlands of Larmer Tree Gardens, there’s a real ‘get in touch with nature’ kind of vibe.
30TH AUG-2ND SEPT; WEEKEND TICKETS £195
A lot of the awesome house and electronic music festivals that come at the end of the summer like Dekmental Selectors and Lost Village are completely sold out already, but Atlas Electronic still has its last wave of tickets live so if you're into it, act fast. It's a desert-based music and culture festival, set in Villa Janna, 25 minutes outside of Marrakech and I haven't been but I TOTALLY WANT TO. This year's line up is epic, full of electronic music's big names like John Talabot, Jamie xx, Ben UFO and Pearson Sound, alongside Africa's up-and-coming talent, uniquely bringing global sounds together, along with workshops and rituals that delve into Moroccan arts and culture. It's on-site desert camping so prepare for a hot one...
30TH AUG-3RD SEPT; WEEKEND TICKETS (FINAL WAVE) £141