InStyle Does Festivals: Your Guide To The Best Summer Ever

InStyle Does Festivals: Your Guide To The Best Summer Ever

From secret woodland raves at Latitude to long table banquets at Festival Number 6 and lakeside swimming at Wilderness here's our roundup of the best UK summer festivals...

Field Day 

Where? Victoria Park, East London

Acts... James Blake, Mystery Jets, Skepta, Formation and PJ Harvey, this is the festival where there is literally an act to please everyones' ears. 

The Scene... For the third year running, Streetfeast headline the 'food stage.' Carb load with mac and cheese from Anna Maes and sticky ribs from Smokestak. There's also field games and a brass band. 

 

Lovebox

When? 15th-18th July

Where? Victoria Park, East London

Acts... 

Major Lazer. LCD Soundsystem, Katy B and Diplo. If you want to dance all day, this festival is for you.

The scene…
There's fancy dress workshops from Tallulah Minxy, parkour and freerunning displays from ROAR movement plus a 70's themed roller disco. The food is less festival more gourmet with pop ups from Patty & Bun, Bubbledogs, DF Mexico and Bagel Boy. 

 

Latitude

When? 14th-17th July

Where? Henham Park in Southwold

Acts...
Mixing classics with newbies, Latitude definitely has something for everyone. This year The Maccabees headline alongside The National and New Order. Meanwhile, Radio 1's Hue Stephens curates The Lake Stage with the best of new talent including Billie Marten and Clean Cut Kid. 

The scene...
It's not just all about the music with comedy from Russell Howard and David O'Doherty, poerty readings from Hollie McNish plus cabaret perferormances. If you just want to dance yourself head to the woods for a hedonistic revelry that lasts until sunrise.

 

Secret Garden Party

 

When? 21st-23rd July

Where? Set in a 220 acre landscaped garden, bordering a river and lake in Cambridgeshire

Acts...
With over 14 stages of music SGP is the place to enjoy your favourite acts plus the place to be to spot new music. Jake Bugg, London Grammar and Lily Allen all got their big break here. This year the lineup includes Caribou, Air and Primal Scream. 

The scene…
This year's theme is 'The Gardeners Guide To The Galaxy' and organisers say  to expect  to 'Explore the world of Science Fiction and imagine a new garden out of the old.'  Think giant installations on the lake, a massive dance arena and plenty of glitter.

 

Wilderness

When? 4th-7th August

Where? Bordering a lake in Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire

Acts...
The Flaming Lips, Lianne Le Havas, Goldie and Robert Plant are just a few acts to headline the main stage. As it's by the same creators of SGP you can expect plenty of up and coming acts too. 

The scene...
From gardening workshops to opera performances, firewalking ceremonies and wild swimming in the lake, Wilderness is definitely diverse. Foodies are set to be spoiled with long table banquets from Raymond Blanc and Angelea Harnett. There's plenty of talks and debates including one  from authour and columnist Zoe Williams who will be rousing a call to arms for us all to play our part in creating a more equal society. Plus don't miss the Saturday Night Spectacle which wraps up the weekend with one hell of a bang.

 

Festival Number 6

Where? Portmerion, Wales.

When? 3rd –6th September

Acts...

Hot Chip, Bastille, and Noel Gallagher all perform against the magical backdrop of Portmerion, with the the sea, mountains and forests are our perimeter fences

The scene...
Festivals don't get more picturesque than Portemerion, and the organisers really showcase its beauty with many acts permorming in the  magical Gwyllt Woods or alongise the River Dwywrd estuary. There's performances from award-winning authors, poets, actors, filmmakers and artists such as Andrew Weatherall, Julian Cope, Gavin Turk and Harry Leslie Smith. The food is also pretty special with festival food stalls focusing on local and organic produce like Pembrokeshire lobster rolls from Cafe Mor and Bagel Boy's 'Naughty Boy' with chicken and bacon smothered in Somerset cheddar. 

 

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