The Best Festivals To Go To In The UK

My brother has just got back from partying in a muddy field in Leeds somewhere – well that’s what I imagine when I think of a festival. I’ve never been to one myself and I’m not sure whether I could handle the camping/not being clean/open to the elements kind of vibe that most festivals entail.

Festival crowd

If I do go to one of these festivals, I’d probably have to do glamping because this girl loves comfort and clean clothes too much. Finding festivals as a first timer might be a little overwhelming because there’s just so many of them that have been spawned off the back of the Leeds/Reading gigs. UK Summer Music Maps are a great way of visually seeing what festivals are available where and when.  So which ones are the most popular?


It’s a five day event that’s seen some of the world’s most popular pop and rock artists perform on it’s stages. This is probably one of the most popular festivals, with being televised heavily and getting plenty of news coverage. It’s now attended by over 175,000 people and interestingly it has a ‘fallow year‘ which is done every five years to give the land, the organisers and local population a break!

Bestival – Isle of Wight

A four day boutique musical festival that’s now moved away from the Isle of Wight and has a new home in Dorset. One of the later festivals, Bestival takes place between 7th-10th September and has some well-known and not so well-known artists that play over the four days. It’s definitely one full of colour and and vibrancy. 


Lovebox takes places over two days in July and takes place in East London’s Victoria Park. It celebrates British and International music talent, dance and the arts. There were some incredible artists that performed over the two days and some included Solange,  Frank Ocean, Rag N Bone Man and Jess Glynne to name but a few.

Festival crowds

Reading & Leeds

The Reading and Leeds festival is a pair of annual rock music festivals that take place at the end of August. With the likes of Eminem, Kasabian and Muse, I was very jealous that my brother got to see these artists play!


This festival is definitely more for those who are first timers and may not like the intense festival environment and love more chilled vibe tunes. It’s probably one of the few chilled out events that also allows families to come along to enjoy.


Download is the rock festival of all rock festivals and one that I’d probably love because my dad brought me up on rock and I thank him every day for it. With previous lineups including Areosmith, Linkin Park and Iron Maiden it’s the perfect festival for those who love to rock.

With so many festivals to choose from, it’s nice to see so much diversity and variety to suit everyone’s preferences. And if you’re travelling by car, make sure to check out Go Girl Car Insurance to avoid any nasty surprises that won’t stop you from having fun at one of these festivals!

*Disclaimer – This is a collaborative post with Go Girl Insurance. All words are my own.

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