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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 (2018 saw Bruno Mars, Eric Clapton and The Cure all headline different days), 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 The Killers and Solange in 2018.
Named after Sheffield’s tram network, Tramlines is an independent music festival that celebrates creativity within the city. The lineup 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.
Regarded as one of the leading dance music festivals in the world, Creamfields has expanded rapidly since debuting as a one-day event in 1998. Now spanning four days in August, Creamfields showcases talent from across the globe, such as 2019 headliners Deadmau5 and Swedish House Mafia.
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.
Hosted at Donington Park in Leicestershire, Download is the spiritual successor to legendary rock festivals like Monsters of Rock and Ozzfest. 2019 will see Def Leppard, Slipknot and Tool take to the main stage for headline sets, while Slayer will also appear for their last UK show.