Festival Season 2018

Festival goers watching a concert


The UK festival season is globally known for its variety in music and bands, therefore, we at Hopewiser feel it is only necessary that we provide you with another one of our guides to help you plan your summer and find the perfect festival for you. Whilst such popular festivals as Glastonbury are taking a break this year (we believe it is to allow the land to recover in time for next year), there are still many more for you to choose from. With the season well underway you won’t want to miss out on the remaining events over the coming few months, so stay tuned!


Leeds – 24th-26th August


One of the most well-known UK festivals is of course Leeds. For those who are lovers of rock, alternative, and dance, then this is the festival for you. Set in the usual Bramham Park, Leeds festival-goers can look forward to appearances from the Kings of Leon, Kendrick Lamar, The Kooks, and the Courteeners. That’s just to name a few! Don’t forget to pack your wellies though because a likely British rain shower could easily turn the ground into a mud bath!


Muddy festival ground


For those who are not able or willing to make the journey that far up North, then fear not because Reading festival (also 24th-26th August) promises an identical lineup set in the grounds of Little John’s Farm. StubHub believe that these festivals are likely to be in even higher demand this year due to the absence of Glastonbury, so if you are heading to either of these festivals this summer then be sure to expect lots of crowds.


Bestival – 2nd-5th August


Slightly earlier on the agenda is the Indie and Dance themed, Bestival. A slightly more boutique fiesta than many other UK festivals, even the name Bestival echoes tones of mystique and enchantment. And with such features as “late night mischief”, lit up lakesides, and fancy dress galore, we can safely say that our sentiments were correct.


Attendees can expect to see such acts as London Grammar, M.I.A., and Grace Jones, who are headlining over the four day period. Set in the grounds of the 17th Century Lulworth Castle, this long weekend is set to be filled with plenty of music and activities, so if you have a ticket for this marvellous event then lucky you!


Did you know that Bestival is a three-time winner of the “Best Major Festival” award? This is in addition to four “Best Medium-Sized Festival” awards from the earlier days. We think this is quite an achievement seeing as Bestival has only been running since 2004, making it one of the babies of the festival group in comparison to the likes of Leeds and Glastonbury.


Creamfields – 23rd-26th August


Next on our list is a slightly more local jaunt, which is ideal for any North-Westerners who are looking to spend August bank holiday not too far away from home. It is of course, Creamfields. Whilst the festival is now set in the Cheshire village of Daresbury, the global brand of Cream has soared throughout the years and has taken its dance parties across the continents. This is remarkable, especially taking into account their rather humble beginnings in Liverpool’s Cream nightclub.


Attracting tens of thousands each year, Creamfields fans can look forward to an array of dance legends such as Dutch record producer and remixer, Armin Van Buuren, and Swedish DJ, Eric Prydz. This really is a festival not to be missed. Fingers crossed for good weather! Who remembers Creamfields 2012? The weather was so bad that the final day of music was cancelled. How annoying.


Happy festival goers


Wireless – 6th-8th July


Last on our list today but first to take place out of our top picks, is London’s Wireless Festival. Located in Finsbury Park, the genre of this forthcoming weekend is R&B, hip-hop, rap, and grime. Does this sound like your sort of thing? If so, the best is yet to come! Headlining the event are DJ Khaled & Friends, J. Cole, and of course the renowned grime and hip-hop artist, Stormzy.


In addition to the impressive lineup, this festival boasts a concoction of chill-out areas, fairground rides, and artists singing booths that will eliminate any possibility of boredom. In fact, according to Festicket, this is the only UK festival that Wireless’ headliners book in advance. It must be good then!


Whether you’re attending one of our top-picks this summer, or you’re heading for one more tailored to your own music taste, then we hope that you have a fantastic time! Don’t forget, Hopewiser will ensure that you are prepared for your chosen festival (or three), especially if you’re heading to one for the first time or somewhere that’s unfamiliar to you. Make sure you download our free and easy-to-use app, Proximity, which you can use to find your nearest transport and leisure facilities.


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