Every year, millions flock to various cities or stretches of countryside to attend Britain’s eclectic set of music festivals. From the biggest names from the worlds of pop and dance music to rock, punk, jazz and everything in between, celebrate the UK's great music culture by booking a trip and experiencing the thrill of a British summer music festival in 2020 for yourself!
Welcoming some of the biggest names in dance music to Upminster in East London, We Are FSTVL has surged in popularity in recent years. Expect 2020 to be no different with Camelphat, Carl Cox, Armand Van Helden and Jamie Jones all on the bill, as well as a host of other big name artists.
The Isle of Wight Festival is one of the biggest festivals in the world, literally; the 1970 festival is acknowledged as the biggest music event of all time with up to 700,000 people in attendance. Since its revival in 2002 numbers may not have reached those levels, however it remains a popular fixture on the calendar, thanks to its annual mix of classic rock and contemporary indie. Lionel Ritchie, Lewis Capaldi, Snow Patrol and the Chemical Brothers are headlining in 2020, alongside a UK festival exclusive performance from Duran Duran.
Hosted at Donington Park in Leicestershire, Download is the spiritual successor to legendary rock festivals like Monsters of Rock and Ozzfest. 2020 will see monsters of rock and metal including Kiss, Iron Maiden and System of a Down take to the main stage for headline sets.
The UK’s biggest festival celebrates its 50th anniversary in June, with 135,000 people heading to Worthy Farm, Somerset, for Glastonbury. Known for its diverse mix of performing arts and music, this year’s festival will see Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift take to the iconic Pyramid Stage.
Since launching in 2005, Wireless has been a major platform for rap and R&B music in the UK. Now spread across three days in London’s Finsbury Park, Wireless always delivers a huge bill of cutting-edge talent from across the globe. Cardi B and Travis Scott are among the performers already confirmed for 2020.
Created as a replacement for long-time Scottish festival T in the Park, TRNSMT hosts an exciting line-up of music across two stages. With a firm focus on showcasing the latest in British indie and rock, TRNSMT has rapidly grown into Glasgow’s biggest event of the summer. Catch Liam Gallagher, the Courteeners and Lewis Capaldi over the three days, alongside a host of up-and-coming talent.
British Summer Time in Hyde Park is really a series of small music festivals, spread out across two weekends in July. With huge headliners from a variety of genres (2020 will see Little Mix and Taylor Swift sandwiching a UK exclusive from rockers Pearl Jam), it’s an ideal excuse to book a weekend break to London.
Latitude Festival aims to be more than a music festival, with stages dedicated to comedy, spoken word and theatre. Of course, music is still an important feature at the festival, with four stages dedicated to various indie and alternative acts, like Haim, Liam Gallagher and Keane in 2020.
Named after Sheffield’s tram network, Tramlines is an independent music festival that celebrates creativity within the city. The line-up is curated and organised by a panel of Sheffield-based venue owners and promoters, ensuring the festival continues to showcase exciting local and national talent.
A unique mix of music and surfing, Boardmasters has been an annual highlight for two completely separate communities since 2005. The 2019 festival was headlined by Florence + The Machine, while every year features qualifiers of the World Surf League Competitions at the renowned Fistral Beach.
An independent music festival offering a feast of indie and alternative music in the heart of the Brecon Beacons, in Wales, Green Man Festival has something for everyone. From art and literature to comedy, science and more, expect a host of activities for people of all ages set against a backdrop of breath-taking countryside.
Regarded as one of the leading dance music festivals on the planet, Creamfields has expanded rapidly since debuting as a one-day event in 1998. Now spanning four days in August, Creamfields showcases talent from the worlds of house, techno, drum and bass, electronic dance, trance music and more. Trance maestro Armin van Buuren is already confirmed for 2020, as is Pendulum’s new TRINITY show.
Set in secluded woodland near the Lincolnshire village of Norton Disney, the Lost Village Festival includes an array of music, food, art and comedy, where every corner has something new to unearth. Expect to hear everything from electronic and indie, to soul and beyond as you embark on a journey of discovery.