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Main stage at the festival Source:Tom Bamber

Glastonbury festival

Main stage at the festival

Tom Bamber

No one does music festivals like we do. Every year, millions of music lovers travel across the UK armed with tents, sunscreen and wellies for an unforgettable time with some of the world’s biggest pop acts. Want a piece of the action? Here’s our guide to the must-do British festivals.

When you think about British music festivals, we bet the first name that pops into your head is Glastonbury . Glasto is the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world, and the highlight of the festival season. The likes of Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder, Coldplay and Jay-Z have graced the iconic Pyramid Stage in recent years, but if the biggest names in music don’t take your fancy, there are plenty more areas to choose from, including the Dance Village, Bourbon Street, Acoustic Field and Kidzfield.

V Festival and the Isle of Wight Festival are always popular choices on the festival circuit. And it’s no wonder, with acts like Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon and Florence and the Machine flocking to play them. In Scotland, T In The Park is the event of the year, drawing crowds of 85,000 people and stellar line-ups that include the likes of Lady Gaga and The Stone Roses.

If rock and indie are more your thing, don’t miss the Reading and Leeds Festivals. The festivals run simultaneously over the same weekend, with acts like Guns N’ Roses and Muse shuttling back and forth between the two sites.

And for something a little different, check out our boutique festivals. Bestival on the Isle of Wight is a weekend of fancy dress, eclectic music (think Pendulum, Bjork, The Prodigy, Dizzee Rascal), and one of the most unusual campsite experiences on the festival scene. There’s even an inflatable church where you can get married! If that’s got you in the mood for an unusual festival experience, don’t miss The Secret Garden Party and The Big Chill .

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