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Summer Music Festivals 2024 preview – UK



Our third and final festival preview focuses on those events happening around the UK

End Of The Road festival (Photo: Gem Harris)

End Of The Road festival (Photo: Gem Harris)

From established names and beloved favourites to emerging, up and coming events, in terms of outdoor music events taking place in the UK this year we’re pretty sure there’s something for everyone (European and London events have been covered in our previous overviews). We’ve rounded up 14 events worthy of your attention below and most still have tickets available – it’s still not too late to commit to spending time among nature appreciating some excellent live acts.

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End Of The Road

EOTR has successfully grown its identity and maintained its purpose ever since first appearing back in 2006 and returns once again with a line up that incorporates some big names alongside its usual astute selection of emerging artists. Those appearing at the top of the bill include Slowdive, Bonnie Prince Billy, Fever Ray, Idles, Yo La Tengo, Richard Hawley and Sleater-Kinney. Earlier in the day, make a note to look out for the likes of Altın Gün, Mdou Moctar, English Teacher, Jess Williamson and Clarissa Connelly. A memorable experience is guaranteed.

End Of The Road takes place at Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset from 29 August to 1 September 2024. More information can be found here.

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Green Man

Green Man is now firmly established as one of the best UK festivals and this year’s event sold out in record time. Taking place amid the scenic greenery of Wales’ Brecon Beacons, this year it welcomes the likes of Big Thief, Sampha, Jon Hopkins, Sleaford Mods, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Explosions In The Sky, Nadine Shah, Arlo Parks and Julia Holter. Musical, personal and spiritual rejuvenation awaits.

Green Man takes place at Glanusk Park, Wales, from 15-18 August 2024. More information can be found here.

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WOMAD festival (Photo: Garry Jones)

WOMAD festival (Photo: Garry Jones)

WOMAD

WOMAD prides itself on offering a truly global range of sounds that you don’t get at other festivals. The headliners may provide a degree of familiarity (Young Fathers, Amadou & Mariam, Gogol Bordello, Baaba Maal, Sampha The Great and Alison Goldfrapp) but one of the festival’s real joys is finding (or stumbling across) those acts that aren’t really on the popular radar. Some names to look out for this year include Tanzanian duo The Zawose Queens, Senegalese rapper Defmaa Maadef, the boundary crossing styles of Qawwali Flamenco, modern classical composer John Metcalfe, the Zhungdra music of Bhutan Balladeers, Welsh triple harpist Cerys Hafana and the future ghetto funk of Africa Express collaborator Moonchild Sanelly.

WOMAD takes place at Charlton Park, Wiltshire from 25-28 July 2024. More information can be found here.

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Supersonic

Supersonic is marking its 21st anniversary this year and returns to Birmingham with another adventurous, boundary-pushing selection of artists. Bonnie Prince Billy, Gazelle Twin, Emma Ruth Rundle, Mary Lattimore and Brìghde Chaimbeul are all listed to appear and there’s a wealth of new, exciting acts just waiting to be discovered. If you want a festival experience that is a bit more experimental, leftfield and musically off the beaten track then a trip up to the Midlands should be on your radar.

Supersonic takes place at XOYO, Birmingham from 30 August to 1 September 2024. More information can be found here.

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Black Deer festival (Photo: Lindsay Melbourne)

Black Deer festival (Photo: Lindsay Melbourne)

Black Deer

Black Deer brands itself as the UK’s festival of Americana and this year it welcomes the likes of Sheryl Crow, Rufus Wainwright, Joe Bonamassa, Seasick Steve, Courtney Barnett, BC Camplight, The Delines and Rosanne Cash to its home in Kent. They’re complemented by other names from the musical worlds of roots and folk, including many that are closer to home in Turin Brakes, The Staves, Villagers and Bess Atwell. It’ll all no doubt be an authentic and fulfilling weekend.

Black Deer takes place at Eridge Park, Kent from 14-16 June 2024. More information can be found here.

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Cambridge Folk Festival

Cambridge Folk Festival celebrates the significant milestone of its 60th anniversary this year and once again offers a line up that sees legendary names appear alongside contemporary artists for what should be an outstanding weekend. Robert Plant will be presenting Saving Grace featuring Suzi Dian and there’s an exclusive UK festival appearance from Transatlantic Sessions. Other names include Aoife O’Donovan, Katherine Priddy, Jerry Douglas, Nitin Sawhney, Oysterband, Peggy Seeger, Raghu Dixit and Butler, Blake & Grant (the trio featuring former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler and Teenage Fanclub songwriter Norman Blake). The event continues to showcase the evolution of folk music in authoritative style.

Cambridge Folk Festival takes place at Cherry Hinton Hall Park, Cambridge from 25-28 July 2024. More information can be found here.

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Boardmasters festival (Photo: Darina Stoda)

Boardmasters festival (Photo: Darina Stoda)

Boardmasters

It’s getting harder for festivals to offer a unique musical experience these days but it feels like Boardmasters has done that this year, securing Stormzy, Sam Fender and Chase & Status as their headliners. They’ll be playing alongside Courtneers, Declan McKenna, Overmono, Kate Nash and Los Bitchos for what should be five epic days of music, surf and beach scenes on the Cornish coast.

Boardmasters takes place at Watergate Bay and Fistral Beach, Cornwall from 7-11 August 2024. More information can be found here.

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Glastonbury

No UK festival preview would be complete without mention of Glastonbury and this year’s line up is as sprawling as ever with headline slots from Dua Lipa, Coldplay, SZA and Shania Twain and notable appearances elsewhere from the likes of PJ Harvey, LCD Soundsystem, Little Simz, Janelle Monáe, Cyndi Lauper and The National. Tickets are sold out naturally but you’ll be able to follow on television and radio (while experiencing significant FOMO, naturally).

Glastonbury takes place at Pilton Farm, Somerset from 26-30 June 2024. More information can be found here.

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Wilderness festival (Photo: James Bridle)

Wilderness festival (Photo: James Bridle)

Wilderness

A “shimmering four-day party like no other” is promised by the organisers of Wilderness who return to Oxfordshire. Like many events it’s a multi-discipline affair with the musical dimension being represented by the likes of Michael Kiwanuka, Jessie Ware, Faithless, Bicep, De La Soul and Alison Goldfrapp with many more names on the bill. A wholesome yet hedonistic weekend is there for the taking.

Wilderness takes place at Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire from 1-4 August 2024. More information can be found here.

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On The Mount at Wasing

The centrepiece to this new event at Wasing Estate in Berkshire is the night to commemorate the solstice celebrations of the longest day of the year, namely 20th June. Nick Mulvey and Rodrigo y Gabriela will headline for what should be a suitably cosmic evening with an additional emphasis on wellbeing and mindfulness. In addition to the solstice celebrations there are planned shows by Paolo Nutini, Crowded House, Jungle, and Underworld.

On The Mount At Wasing takes place at Wasing Estate, Berkshire from 17-29 June 2024. More information can be found here.

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Reading festival (Photo: Luke Dyson)

Reading festival (Photo: Luke Dyson)

Reading & Leeds

The longstanding dual-site event continues to exert its presence over the UK festival scene with performances lined up from Lana Del Rey, Liam Gallagher, Blink-182, Fred Again.., Catfish & The Bottlemen and Gerry Cinnamon and several more. It’ll be another coming of age, rite of passage type weekend for many.

Reading & Leeds Festival takes place at Richfield Avenue, Reading and Bramham Park, Leeds from 22-25 August 2024. More information can be found here for Reading and here for Leeds.

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Beautiful Days

Beautiful Days is the Levellers’ proudly independent annual family music festival and for their 21st year they welcome another packed line up to their six stages that includes Richard Ashcroft, The Saw Doctors, Richard Hawley, This Is The Kit, Pop Will Eat Itself, Inspiral Carpets, Badly Drawn Boy, Utah Saints, and of course not forgetting the Levellers themselves. An uplifting weekend in Devon awaits.

Beautiful Days takes place at Escot Park, Devon from 16-18 August 2024. More information can be found here.

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Dreamland Margate (Photo: Dreamland Margate)

Dreamland Margate (Photo: Dreamland Margate)

Dreamland Margate

Dreamland Margate once again opens its doors to welcome music fans and this year sees it offer its biggest line up of shows yet. Elbow, Rudimental, Idles, Madness, Simple Minds, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Jess Glynne, Billy Bragg and Suede & Manic Street Preachers will all be performing. Throw in rides, attractions, themed days and film screenings and it promises to be another heady, fun-filled couple of months on the south coast.

Dreamland Margate takes place at Margate, Kent from 7 June to 8 September 2024. More information can be found here.

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Download

Download once again offers a weekend of all things rock and metal with a line up that mixes the old and new. Headliners include Queens Of The Stone Age, Fallout Boy and Avenged Sevenfold and there’s also appearances from the likes of Pantera, The Offspring, Limp Bizkit, Royal Blood and Bad Omens.

Download takes place at Donington Park, Derby from 14-16 June 2024. More information can be found here.


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