If getting down in the mud for a music festival isn’t stereotypically your thing, then this is definitely the festival for you! Upon entry you’re whisked away to a magical weekend in the Oxfordshire countryside combining world class music, food and entertainment across three days.
With it’s own swimming lake and even a spa there’s something for the more glamorous individual as well as an entire kids area dedicated to making sure the little ones have just as much fun as the grown-ups. If that wasn’t all there’s also an entire programme of secret events that you might be lucky enough to stumble across.
Held on the first weekend of August every year, this is a festival like no other and certainly one not to be missed!
Now everything about this festival is a quintessential ‘messy British festival’. Forget your flower crowns, tassels and instagram influencers from sunny Coachella this is a festival that is solely about the *music*. With upwards of six stages and hundreds of bands playing across the August bank holiday weekend this is one of the best festivals you can go with friends to just let your hair down and have fun.
Of course I couldn’t possibly make this list without mentioning Glastonbury. Considered the festival that started all British festivals it certainly lives up to its name today. With some of the biggest names in music gracing its stages to a host of a-list celebs walking round in the mud, you never really know who’ll you bump into or what will happen. But you always guarantee a good time at this festival, just be quick to grab tickets as soon as they’re released as they often sell out in minutes year after year!
In my opinion this is such a quietly understated festival, located just outside of Newquay in Cornwall is combines two of my greatest loves; music and surfing. With its own international surfing competition over the same weekend as the music festival itself, with more indie bands descending on a cliff top than anywhere else in the world.
If you’re looking for a festival with all the ‘prestige’ of those like Reading and Glastonbury with the luxury of Wilderness and other boutique festivals then this is definitely the festival for you.
With festival season right around the corner I thought I’d sit down and tell you all about some of my particular favourites!