Boardmasters
Newquay, Cornwall
Wed 9 – Sun 13 Aug

If there is one thing that can make a good festival great, it’s the addition of the lovely location of the seaside! Cornwall based festival, Boardmasters, is back again this year to bring its annual dose of music and camping fun to Watergate Bay.

This festival is unique in the fact that the regular festival goodness is held at one location, then a load of exciting beach activities including surfing, skating and sunset music performances are held at the nearby location of Fistral Beach. This is the beach where it all began back in 1981, with the festival transforming it into a vibrant and spirited place, where festival goers can watch crazy surfing competitions or relax by the Beach Bar with some sizzling food from the Beach Bar barbecue. There’s even yoga on the beach if you are feeling a more relaxed and nourishing experience, what could be more ideal?

Some big names are coming to the coast this year including Two Door Cinema Club, Alt-J, Stormzy, Slaves and loads more to keep all music lovers satisfied. If you’re not into any of that, why not head down to the Keg and Pasty for, of course, a pint and a Cornish pasty?

Boardmasters - Stormzy

Shambala
Secret Country Estate, Northamptonshire
Thu 24 – Sun 27 Aug

This intimate four-day festival brings a creative and diverse twist to British festivals. Shambala is a place for all ages and really is like no other. The festival has over 200 various musical acts, as well as inspirational talks and debates this year involving topics of privilege, feminism and activism. With so many colourful stages to explore on your journey from the old shack of Madame Bayou to the Botanical Disco, there will be many more light-hearted events taking place – not to mention circus and theatre performances, drag bingo, cabaret and even instrument making.

Shambala is not only well-known for being described as a “legendary party”, but is committed to being an environmentally-friendly festival, having won the European Festival Awards’ ‘Green Operations’ award in 2016. Not only this, but in the past five years they have reduced the on-site carbon footprint of the festival by 81 percent! Shambala also provides food with strict ethics around sourcing produce, now supplying an entirely vegetarian menu.

Big on going green and so much more than just the music, you’d be mad to miss out on Shambala!

shambala - Barely legal

Bestival
Lulworth Castle, Dorset
Thu 7 – Sun 10 Sep

The award-winning boutique festival is back again this year – but in a new location. Having been based on the Isle of Wight since its inception, Bestival will now be located in the enchanting countryside of Lulworth Estate in Dorset. Despite the change in location, its original wonderland of destinations such as the Ambient Forest, Bollywood and HMS Bestival will all be there as well as some exciting new areas too. Bestival plans to bring just as much flamboyancy and its immersive atmosphere as any other year.

Bestival’s divine sprinkle of magic is the product of music specialist Rob da Bank along with wife Josie, who both had a vision to create their idea of the modern-day festival. It’s Rob’s job to ensure the line-up is even more extensive each year, while Josie is the woman responsible for creating the captivating atmosphere. Together their work is one that seems to pull festival attendees back year after year.

Along with fantastic acts like The XX, Rag’n’Bone Man, Lucy Rose and old favourites Pet Shop Boys performing on various stages throughout the weekend, this festival ticks off everything you could want from a festival. Plus, as part of their green initiative, if you cycle to the festival they’ll give you a free ticket…. so get training!

Bestival - Pet Shop Boys Credit Pelle Crépin

End of the Road
Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset
Thu 31 August – Sun 3 Sept

2017 brings us another year of End of the Road festival, the festival created by two determined friends with a shared dream and love of music. EOTR has never been about what’s ‘hot’, but rather which bands excite the organisers – however, great songwriting has always been a key value. This festival claims to be serious about its sounds, with talents such as Mac DeMarco, Father John Misty and The Jesus & Mary Chain performing over the weekend.

This beautiful woodland festival will also be hosting some popular comedy acts like BAFTA nominees Cardinal Burns and a podcast from Adam Buxton, who will be joined by a host of comedy guests.

Alongside their authentic take on how festivals and music should be, what adds to EOTR’s charm is its cinema, showing old favourites like the quirky Twin Peaks, as well as the film that stole everybody’s heart last year – Moonlight. There will also be some literature to feast your senses on, including story readings, meetings with writers and singer/songwriters, and even life drawing sessions for those wanting to harvest their creativity here. This quaint festival is sure to give you an experience to leave you longing for more.

Father John Misty

Wilderness
Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
Thu 3 – Sun 6 Aug

Enter the realm of the wild and be at one with nature. It’s just what it says on the tin, and that’s where you’ll be – in the Wilderness. This dreamy but wild weekend is arguably more of an outdoor retreat than a festival, set by a lake for those wanting a daytime swim in the sunshine or even a cheeky skinny dip in the moonlight, as well as Tai Chi and spiritual workshops for those wanting to get in touch with their inner Zen. If you’re more of an adrenaline junkie, Wilderness will more than satisfy your needs with archery sessions, fly-fishing and even a chance to gather your own fresh and local food.

The main stage have teamed up with BBC music this year to present some impressive names such as Grace Jones, Bonobo and Louis Berry. In the soulful amphitheatre, The Valley, eclectic DJs will be taking the stage including Eats Everything, Artwork and Jackmaster.

This colourful wonderland of a festival will transport you to another dimension and help you simultaneously relax and party. Enter with an open mind and you’re guaranteed an unforgettable experience.

Grace Jones

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