Guide to UK’s summer music festivals 2018

What better way to celebrate and wind down from a gruelling year of academia, than a good old UK music festival? Although the lure of many of Europe’s biggest and best festivals can be too much for some to refuse, there are all sorts of great festivals available right here in Blighty for you to enjoy.

Although the British weather can sometimes put some off from sleeping in a field for days on end whilst sampling some of the best music contemporary and classic artists has to offer, it looks like we’re set for a scorcher.

The Almero Student Mansions team has therefore put this feature together, in which we profile the best UK summer music festivals for 2018. With no Glastonbury this year as the site regenerates, many may be scratching their heads when searching for a replacement. But fear not, as we are on hand with a guide to the best.

The great thing about all of these events is that they cover a diverse range of genres and musical styles, meaning there is something for everyone to enjoy whilst you forget about your studies for a few months and relax with your friends.

BlueDot Festival

Our first pick when looking for the best summer festivals UK wide, is definitely BlueDot. This festival is simply perfect for students due to the fact it fuses science and learning with beer and music, what more could an intellectual need!?

Nestled beautifully in the Cheshire countryside, just next to the Jodrell Bank Observatory, this is a family friendly festival that has so much to do throughout the day. From talks by famous scientists to workshops detailing some of the fascinating discoveries made at the observatory every year, there is all sorts to sink your teeth into and work up a thirst.

In terms of music, the line-up isn’t too shabby either. The likes of Elbow have graced the stage before and this year you can look forward to Future Islands, The Flaming Lips and none other than dance royalty The Chemical Brothers heading up proceedings.

Jodrell Bank is lit up in all manner of colour at night too, making it quite a spectacle and one that we can’t recommend enough when looking for the ultimate summer music festival. Ideal if you are studying in the north west of the country.

Isle of Wight Festival

You don’t get any brownie points for guessing where this festival is located I’m afraid, you guessed right. This is actually one of the oldest UK festivals going and the only one that Jimi Hendrix actually played at during his career. Save that one for your next pub quiz!

Many deem this UK music festival a Europe’s answer to Woodstock such is its reputation for putting on the finest acts and with a backdrop that is quintessentially British. There isn’t just music available either, as you can enjoy a range of film, comedy and family-based fun.

This is the 50th anniversary of the Isle of Wight Festival too, so you can expect the organisers to put on quite a party.

This is also a World Cup friendly festival for any sports lovers out there, they have reserved a field just for this so if England do defy the odds and get past the group stages, you will be able to enjoy the rest of the journey with a beer in hand before you head to see some of the great acts they have in store.

Some of the headliners at this festival include Depeche Mode, Liam Gallagher, The Killers and Kasabian so you can see the rock theme of this summer festival but don’t fear, as there are all sorts of other genres available too. You can keep up to date with all the latest announcements by following their Twitter account, here.

Lovebox Festival

Finally, in our guide to UK music festivals is a great event held in the capital between 13th and 14th July, so you will need to get your skates on if you fancy getting involved. Lovebox is held in Gunnersbury Park and has built up a great reputation over the last few years for putting on some of the greatest acts from around the world and also its vibrant atmosphere.

You can enjoy the latest in hip hop, indie, pop and with it being held in London, there is of course a tantalising grime line-up too. When it comes to summer festivals the UK can be proud of, Lovebox is seen as a rising star and the likes of Childish Gambino, N.E.R.D, Skepta and SZA show that the organisers are continuing to put their money where their mouths are.

With this festival being held in the city centre, it isn’t really ideal for the camping experience but the plus side to this is that you can sleep in a cosy bed and have a hot shower every morning, which is a great win when you’re suffering a bit from a long night’s drinking and dancing.

Book Your Summer UK Festival 

These are our top three UK summer festivals, but there are many more you may want to check out and get booked in around your final exams and coursework. You can research online and some you may want to look into are:

  • Parklife Festival, Manchester

  • Bestival, Dorset

  • We Are FSTVL, Upminster

  • British Summer Time, London

  • Wilderness, Oxfordshire

  • Citadel, London

We hope you enjoy whichever festival you choose and be sure to come back to the Almero blog soon for more student advice pieces just like this one!