There are few things Britain does better than the summer festival. As our country has access to some of the best rain in Europe, we lead the way in our stern view on variety and we certainly have a surplus of drunk kids to ruin your evening.

Well you don’t need to bother driving three hundred miles to see the same old bands on a piece of wasteland that’s masquerading as a puddle. There are plenty of festivals a short hop away that are featuring the best in new and alternative music.

HIGH DEFINITION
Sat 5 July

High Definition returns for a fourth year, this time in the idyllic surroundings of Eridge Park, near Tunbridge Wells. A mere 45 minutes from both London and Brighton, the new location is the best possible, and certainly most scenic, venue yet for High Definition.
Joining techno LEGEND Carl Cox on Sat 5 July are George Fitzgerald, Gorgon City, Hannah Wants, Joy Orbison, Ray Keith, MC Eksman, MC IC3, MistaJam, Ms Dynamite, Ratpack, Roska, Shy FX, The Martinez Brothers, Will Saul and DJ Zinc, plus the mysterious Route 94. If you know anything about dance music, you’ll know that’s an incredible line-up!
http://highdefinitionfestival.com/

REDFEST
Fri 25 – Sun 26 July

Since 2007 Redfest has been welcoming festival fans from across the UK and Europe, and championing some of the best up and coming British music talent for eight years now.
Now Redfest returns on Sat 25 – Sun 26 July, with it’s finest line-up yet. Peace, Skindred, Toy and MOBO winners Krept & Konan are the big hitters here. There’re also appearances from Hudson Taylor, The Skints, Lauren Aquilina, Jim Lockey and the Solemn Sun, and George Barnett.
This two day music festival features performances across three stages, and plays host to a diverse mix of rock, indie, pop, acoustic and DJ/dance acts. It also has late bars, camping, good food and drink, market stalls and a vintage fun fair. Staunchly independent, Redfest gives you an opportunity to discover some of the best up and coming local and national acts, in the heart of Surrey’s beautiful countryside.
www.redfest.co.uk

LOVE SUPREME
Thurs 4 – Sat 6 July

Described as “a Woodstock for British Jazz”, Love Supreme returns again for another quality packed year. Drawing artists from the mainstream to the cutting edge of contemporary jazz music, this festival is truly unique.
Set against the stunning backdrop of Glynde Place, Love Supreme is the UK’s only major green field jazz festival. Taking place on Fri 4 – 6 July, it offers a roster like no other. Jamie Cullum, Laura Mvula, Incognito, Natalie Williams’ Soul Family, De La Soul, Imelda May, Gregory Porter, Soul II Soul, Courtney Pine, Curtis Stigers, Alice Russell and The Earth Wind & Fire Experience featuring five time Grammy award winner Al McKay, are just a few names on the stellar line-up.
Coming in at £125 for a weekend’s camping in the most picturesque surroundings of any festival in the country, this is a must for any serious jazz head!
lovesupremefestival.com.

LATITUDE
Thurs 17 – Sun 20 July

Mixing comedy, DJs, theatre, film, spoken world and live music, Latitude festival is the award-winning mother of all arts events. Set in idyllic countryside near Southwold, on Thu 17 – Sun 20 July, the mainstream meets the esoteric head-on, in a world class line-up of artists.
Acts include: The Black Keys, Two Door Cinema Club, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, Damon Albarn, Bombay Bicycle Club, Booker T. Jonesm Chrissie Hynde, Royksopp & Robyn, Jungle, Clean Bandit, The War On Drugs, East India Youth, MNEK, The Fat White Family, Woman’s Hour, Boogaloo Stu, Milton Jones, Al Murray, Jeremy Hardy, Doc Brown, Cardinal Burns, Sara Pascoe, Rob Beckett, Romesh Ranganathan, Club Sol, The Noise Next Door, Mark Thomas, English National Ballet, Festival Of The Spoken Nerd and Beardyman. Phew! If you aren’t excited by that list, then seek professional help.
http://www.latitudefestival.com/