The essential guide to UK music festivals in 2017

Roz Buehrlen

Posted on July 02 2017

Feastival season
The essential guide to UK music festivals in 2017

With the sun shining, this summer of festivals looks sure to be incredible. If you’re heading to a festival for a weekend of sunburn and San Miguel, read our essential guide to discover the best acts, entertainment and food.



Glastonbury may be over but is the Magnum Classic of music festivals - aka the biggest and the best. From the world’s most famous musicians to the global food market, Glastonbury is a 24-hour festival experience.





What We Watched: 

Hot off the heels of releasing her second album Melodrama, Lorde brought her special kind of magic to the Other Stage. Stormzy took a break from political campaigning to play on the Saturday, with Ed Sheeran closing the Pyramid Stage on the Sunday.




What we Scoffed:

 To get the tastebuds back into gear after a night of partying, there’s nothing better than the Buddha Bowl. These curry aficionados are normally located at Whitecross Street Market in London’s Barbican. Healthy doses of Massaman curry with soya chunks and plenty of freshly steamed greens are sure to banish even the toughest of hangovers.



If you’ve got kids, Bestival is definitely the festival for you. Stars of children’s TV like Dick and Dom and Mister Maker are the real draws here, but there’s plenty of evening activity to keep you sane. Pet Shop Boys and Madness will be playing this year, as well as All Saints who will be bringing back the nineties spirit. Fresh from their eight-night residency at the o2 Brixton Academy, headliners the xx are Bestival’s biggest draw.


What to Eat:

Butchies is a street food business that was founded by Garrett and Emer Fitzgerald three years ago. They set out to create the best fried chicken sandwich that London had ever seen. Needless to see they succeeded. After a day of dancing and drinking, there’s nothing better than a Butchies burger.




Latitude is more than just a music festival. The event offers vast array of comedians, DJs and fun to enjoy in between sunbathing and sipping on cold beverages. To make things even better, there’s a separate campsite for families, meaning that screaming toddlers are unlikely to feature in your festival experience!



What to Watch: 

Music superstars The 1975 will be kicking things off on the Friday, with Fleet Foxes closing things out on the Sunday evening. If comedy is more your thing, don’t miss Simon Amstell, Katherine Ryan and Richard Herring.



What to Eat:

Latitude tends to keep things local with its very own Village Shop, selling the very best produce that Suffolk has to offer. There’s also a global food court featuring Indian, African and Japanese cuisine.



Maui Waui

A hidden secret but not for too long. There are loads of festivals to keep you occupied all summer but cool hunters are loving the Maui Waui festival right now.



From The Dread Zone to the Urban Voodoo Machine it offers a stack of music, arts and performance. It must be something in the Suffolk air!



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