The pre-festival panic shop, the themed bars, the sneaking booze tactics, the potential downpour, the stunning live music and the realisation that you may never be quite clean again; festivals, there ain't nothin' quite like them. But what does the UK have to offer? Well...... other than the best that is? From hidden nooks in the woods, and jaunts by the seaside, to music atop the hill and pyrotechnics that get you pumping, we've come up with a list of the best festivals in the UK......
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Secret Kent Location: September 1st-2nd - Info & Tickets
Taking place in a secret woodland in Kent, In The Woods is an intimate, chilled and homegrown festival which has previously played host to the likes of Alt-J, Lianne La Havas and Jack Garratt. From the art strewn woodland paths to the giant midnight bonfire, it’s a collision of art and nature that needs to be experienced to be believed.
The Gibberd Garden, Essex: June 30th - July 2nd - Info & Tickets
It's quirky, secret and in a world of its own; Curious Yellow has got to be the most mysterious festivals out there. Held in a sculpture garden on the border of Hertfordshire, the festival never reveals its line-up, instead promising a weekend in the wilderness full of installation art, acoustic unplugged sets and a rave-like atmosphere. When you're not listening to DJs and live bands, you can wander the gorgeous setting which has a mini-moat, castle and lots of beautiful sculptures.
Wildfire Adventure Camp
Knock Mill Lane, Kent: 16th, 17th and 18th June 2017 - Info & Tickets
A festival with a difference, Wildfire Adventure Camp is pretty much unlike any other event in the UK. Not only now boasting the title of 'Best Small Festival' at the UK Festival Awards in 2016, and 'Best New Festival' at the AIF Awards, they're coming at you with DJs and dancing alongside a roster of activities such as wild game cooking, extreme water slides, circus aerial, ancient sword fighting (insert breather here), wild dodgeball and SO MUCH MORE.
Winchester: August 10th-13th - Info & Tickets
A metropolis of miscreants and mischief, Boomtown is like an acid trip without the comedown thanks to stunning artistic production, diverse and themed streets, camping, performers and music to boot. Not bogged down by the one genre, music spans across them all at Boomtown, echoing their anything and everything goes stance in a world that's quite unlike any other festival that you've seen in the UK.
One Love Festival
Tunbridge Wells, Kent: September 1st-3rd - Info & Tickets
A festival in heart pumping homage to everyone's beloved roots and reggae raver, Bob Marley, One Love Festival is the ultimate testament of peace and love to all. Hailing itself as 'multi-cultural multi-ethical, free trade and environmentally-friendly', One Love is one of the friendliest and best festivals in the UK, with a top roots and dub roster to boot.
Secret Garden Party
Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon: July 20th-23rd - Info & Tickets
Let's be honest, if there's one place to start when it comes to describing Secret Garden Party, the word incredible should just about cover it. A foray into glitter, art, creativity, freedom and fun, Secret Garden Party is a UK festival unto its own. From partying on a pirate ship and discovering hidden woodland themed bars, to a sunflower field stroll and live music, Secret Garden Party is the perfect place to unleash your inner sprite. 2017 is billed as their final year and promises a huge final hooray with Metronomy, Crystal Fighters and Toots & The Maytals all headlining.
Isle of Wight Festival
Isle of Wight, June 8th-11th - Info & Tickets
Now that Bestival has leapt from the island over to Dorset, the Isle of Wight Festival is on its lonesome for 2017. Don't think its no fun though, having been around since 1968, the festival was one of the first big British ones. The event relaunched in 2002 and today features a whole host of big names; this year's line-up includes David Guetta, Arcade Fire and Rod Stewart, along with entertainment such as hot tubs, saunas, disco yoga and rockaoke.
Birmingham, Midlands: July 29th - Info & Tickets
Taking the festival brigade to Birmingham, the Midlands are here to provide one of the top 10 festivals in the UK courtesy of MADE. Found at the heralded Digbeth Triangle, MADE isn't just a top DJ showcase in an industrial and urban setting, there's street artists, designers, visual creativity, musicians and street food to boot. Not to mention that the line-up is on point - this year Chase & Status are headlining.
Brecon Beacons, Wales: August 17th-20th - Info & Tickets
Scoot on over to the green hills of Wales, as Green Man knocks on the door of some of the best festivals that the UK has to offer. A menagerie of green going-ons mixed with musical prowess, Green Man is not only a homage to humble folk and indie acts, Beacons babes (all 20,000 of them) can indulge in other-worldly sets, themed garden parties and more.
Lulworth Estate, Dorset: September 7th-10th - Info & Tickets
Early morning raves, themed attire, burlesque events, Mexican wrestling, art classes, dancing, DJs, live music and more. Bestival isn't just one of the top 10 festivals in the UK, it's a happening, and a god given right. One of the most colourful festivals on the UK roster, Bestival not only promises name musical talent, antics and events mean that getting your money's worth just isn't a problem. Join it for 2017 as it leaves the Isle of Wight and heads to Dorset for a line-up that includes The XX and Pet Shop Boys.