The UK has some of the best-known music festivals in the world. The creativity in these events, as well as their clout when it comes to capturing the most amazing acts is what makes them truly stand out. The wide range of festivals focus all music genres in order to cater for the many different tastes of the festival goers.
The festivals promise excellent music, amazing production and an overall out of this world experience. Choosing a festival to attend is not easy and as much as line-up and cost are some of the major factors that you should consider, these music festivals usually try to competitively out-do it each with the production, food, and drinks. If you are wondering which are the best music festivals in the UK currently, below is a review of our top 5 UK Music Festivals to visit in 2018.
Back of Beyond Festival
Back of Beyond is a one-day EDM festival which will be taking place in the lush and cool English countryside of Frogmore Hill, Hertfordshire. The event which is scheduled for July 7th 2018 will have performances on seven stages. Headlining this debut edition will be the Faithless’ DJ set. You will also be treated with great music from Detlef, Latmun, Bontan, Nick Curly and Josh Butler among others.
This festival will start at midday and run until 2 am and festival goers should be prepared to enjoy the best of house music, electronica, rave and tech for 14 hours straight. Camping tickets are available with the VIP tickets already sold out.
Wilkestock Festival will be celebrating eleven years in August with Fratellis as the headlining act. Other performers include Gold Key, Strange Bones, Fizzy Blood, The Scruff, Defences, Blushes and Idle Frets among others. The compact festival will have five different stages that are just a few steps from each other. You can lounge on the sofas while grabbing a drink or just chill in a bean-bag and listen to the amazing music array of deep house music, pop, electronica, indie rock, etc. Camping tickets for Wilkestock Festival available and you can book one from Wilkestock’s official website.
For music fans there are plenty of historical venues, museums and hotspots to see first-hand while you’re on holiday in the UK. Even if you’re a full time resident you might not realise all the musical offerings tucked away in cities across the country. Here are a few of our favourite highlights.
The Hard Rock Cafe, London
Hard Rock Cafes are now in many major cities around the world, offering a great dining experience and a tour of musical history all rolled into one. There are collections of memorabilia relating to iconic musicians in each branch around and world, and London’s is no exception. The pieces on display include Madonna’s expired credit card, an extravagant coat owned by Elvis Presley, and iconic “War is over!” postcards from John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
British Music Experience, Liverpool
Although you can’t actually visit the BME at the time of writing, it’s due to be re-opened later in 2016 at its new home in the Cunard Building in Liverpool. Until 2014 it occupied The O2 in London, showcasing the history of popular music in the UK over the past century. The exhibit is made up of different galleries representing periods of time, dividing according to when significant changes in the music scene took place. High-tech interactive exhibits and an extensive collection of records, instruments, outfits and other items make this a must-see.
Festivals are now more popular than ever with new smaller sites setting up locally, and with the new festivals come new festival goers. Undaunted by the thought of camping, not showering, and the party style behaviour that many display at festivals, thousands of people head off each year to experience some of the best popular music that the world has to offer.
Mostly these festivals take place over a weekend so people camp in tents in nearby fields so that they can be at the front of the queue for the headline acts. There are also other activities at many festivals such as fair ground rides and stalls selling food and mementos. Because they are such big events, people dress up and the festival scene has developed its own fashion led by the many celebrities that attend.