NOZSTOCK THE HIDDEN VALLEY
FRI 22 – SUN 24 JULY
ROWDEN PADDOCKS, HEREFORDSHIRE
Now in its 18th year, Nozstock makes a home in the rolling hills of a beautiful working farm. As the farm’s barns and outbuildings get converted into arenas, the affair has a home-grown feel. Evolving from a gathering of 50 friends, there’s a unique charm and energy to this intimate musical odyssey unlike anything else. Artists include Jurassic 5, Imelda May, Foreign Beggars, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Jaguar Skills, My Nu Leng, Friction and Goldie, making it a playground for all tastes. This year’s theme is ‘Wonders of the Ancient World’, so expect wild fancy dress displays and breath-taking decor.
THURS 28 – SUN 31 JULY
CHARLTON PARK, WILTSHIRE
No festival guide is complete without the mighty World of Music, Arts and Dance event. George Clinton, Baaba Maal and Ibrahim Maalouf head up a roster of the biggest stars in world music. Still the most eclectic and far-reaching music event on the scene, this weekend boasts acts as diverse as Afriquoi, Blick Bassy, Dom La Nena, The East Pointers, Ethno-Trio Troitsa, Lula Pena, Moh! Kouyaté, Muzykanci and Tetish. Besides the music are art exhibitions, installations, family entertainment at the World of Kids, relaxation at the World of Wellbeing, and sumptuous food (including from the artists themselves) at the one-and-only Taste The World stage, all rolled in to the only event that can truly call itself The World’s Festival.
FRI 29 – SUN 31 JULY
One of the best-value, three-day festivals there is, the picturesque village of Standon will be rocking to the sounds of Suede, Jess Glynne, Kelis and The Hives this year. It’s a three-day party with musical icons and breakthrough acts. There’s also a swimming pool, themed fancy dress, an on-site nightclub with a 5am licence, bars that never seem to close, roaming interactive theatre productions and much more. Other highlights include Everything Everything, Ghostpoet, Anna Calvi, Blossoms, The Thurston Moore Group, Swim Deep, Theo Parrish and Goldie, all just 45 minutes north of London!
FRI 29 – SUN 31 JULY
MILDENHALL STADIUM, SUFFOLK
Undoubtedly the best-named event of the summer, the UK’s only dedicated hip-hop festival is getting ready for its fifth year. Their line-up of rap and grime heavyweights includes Pharoahe Monch, RA the Rugged Man, A-F-R-O, Da$H, Task Force, D Double E, Phi Life Cypher, Blade, Logan Sama, Dirty Dike, Jam Baxter and Ocean Wisdom. So get prepared for plenty of shout outs, legends of the UK and US scenes and fresh newcomers. There’ll also be street wear stalls, exclusive merchandise, vinyl on sale, a colourful site covered with graffiti and a tonne of friendly faces. There’ll also be choice soul, funk, reggae, future beats, garage, jungle, D‘n’B and more… This is going to be huge.
THURS 4 – SUN 7 AUG
Set in a stunning site on a wooded estate in an area of outstanding natural beauty, this truly green gathering features over 100 live bands, DJs and spoken word acts on five intimate solar-powered stages. Music to catch includes 3 Daft Monkeys, The Ukrainians, Kangaroo Moon, Seize The Day, Echo Town, Little Sparrow, Neil Pike, Pagan Love Cult and Dohnut. Traditional crafts, campaign stalls, sustainability skill-shares and a magical kids’ area make for four days of inspiration and relaxation. A festival beyond hedonism where you can party, then wake up the next day and work out how to put your world right with your new mates from the night before. This is the place to feel at one with nature and each other.
THURS 11 – SUN 14 AUG 2016
MATTERLEY ESTATE, HAMPSHIRE
Set over 100 stages, across nine immersive districts, this one is all about big production values. In only seven years it’s become one of the top ten largest festivals in the UK and the only independent one of this magnitude. Madness, Leftfield, Asian Dub Foundation, Beans on Toast, Beardyman, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, The Correspondents, Professor Elemental, Sonic Boom Six, Talco, Benny Page Vs Ed Solo, The King Blues, Zed Bias, Dynamite MC, Foreign Beggars, MJ Cole, Newham Generals, Special Request, Craig Charles, Derrick Carter, Derrick May and Shades Of Rhythm. With a soundtrack of ska, folk, gypsy, reggae, world, punk, pirate, disco, electro-swing, jazz, blue-grass, breaks, bass, jungle and techno, this is an entire musical world to lose yourself in.
SAT 13 – SUN 14 AUG
FIRLE PLACE, EAST SUSSEX
A beautiful brocante fair located in the quintessentially English South Downs, Firle Vintage Fair is a celebration of the beauty and antiquities of the past. Featuring a host of cherry-picked vintage and antique stalls, including; French brocante, haberdashery and fashion, country interiors and gardenalia. The weekend’s live entertainment includes a Lost Bohemia fashion catwalk, swing jazz bands, solo artists Noelle and the Spitfire Sisters, plus Charleston and Lindy Hop troupes and the Vintastic DJ. There’ll also be workshops, artisan food and beverages with iced sloe gins from Gin & Bear It and a Champagne bar on the lawns, plus original 1880 Victoriana fair-rides and croquet games to have a whirl on. It’s a trip to yesteryear in the most beautiful of settings.
THURS 25 – SUN 28 AUG
The daddy of all dance festivals and adored by ‘DJ bingo’ players everywhere, this is the most popular outdoor electronic music festival in the world. So brace yourself for some show-stopping sets from Tiësto, Eric Prydz, Calvin Harris, Hardwell, Annie Mac, Duke Dumont, Axwell & Ingrosso, Danny Howard, Pete Tong, DJ EZ and Mistajam. We’ll know there’ll also be a few people saying a tearful farewell, as the final UK performance of Swedish stadium house supremo Avicii. Consistently delivering world-class line-ups and unbeatable atmosphere, Creamfields mixes together genre-breaking pioneers from across the DJ and live music spectrum staged across a spectacular site in Cheshire.