Top 10 Music Festivals

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Stuck on which festival to go to this summer? Our guide to the Top 10 Music Festivals will help you decide which one's right for you!

Isle of Wight Festival

The festival for the younger generation, showcasing acts from all types of genres including pop, rock, indie, hip hop, folk, electro and drum and base. There really is something for everyone!

Where? Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight

When? 13th - 16th June 2013

Who? The Stone Roses, The Killers, Bon Jovi, The Script, Rizzle Kicks, Ellie Goulding, Ben Howard, Bloc Party and many more.

How much? £180

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The world’s largest greenfield festival, which offers a variety of contemporary arts and promises a surreal and enlightening weekend filled with spontaneity and real festival spirit!

Where? Glastonbury, Somerset, England

When? 26th - 30th June 2013

Who? Ben Howard, Arctic Monkeys, Professor Green, The Vaccines, The Rolling Stones, Mumford & Sons, Two Door Cinema Club and many more.

How much? £205 (In order to attend the festival you need to register beforehand. The 2013 tickets are now sold out - so make sure that you don’t miss the registration deadline for Glastonbury 2014, which will no doubt include yet another awesome line up!)

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The electronic festival that will take you to a magical and extraordinary place with its futuristic vibe and aesthetically astounding location.

Where? Boom, Belgium

When? 26th – 28th July 2013

Who? Tiësto, Armin Van Buuren, Arty, Axwell, Steve Akoi and many more.

How much?  €182.50 (Tomorrowland tickets for 2013 are now sold out so make sure that you are ready for the 2014 ticket release because the tickets sold out in just one second this year!)

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The Spanish multi-genre festival, which has a predominantly rock line up this year. The amazing thing about this festival is that you can spend all day relaxing at the beach - so as well as getting a wild festival experience, you’re also getting a beach holiday! It’s perfect if you dislike rain and wellies as dry weather is pretty much guaranteed!

Where? Benicassim, Valencia, Spain 

When? 18th - 21st July 2013

Who? Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, The Killers, Rizzle Kicks, Kaiser Chiefs, Dizzee Rascal and many more. 

How much? £150

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The metal, alternative and rock festival for people who enjoy heavy music and huge parties! With its big-name line up this year, it is one festival that should not be missed.

Where? Donington Park, Derbyshire

When? 14th – 16th June 2013

Who? Slipknot, Iron Maiden, Rammstein, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Bullet for my Valentine, Queens of the Stone Age, Motörhead and many more.

How much? £195

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Targeted at young adults, Reading is offering a range of music genres this year! Usually an indie music festival, 2013 sees one of the biggest rappers on the planet headlining… it seems that they have changed direction and are appealing to a wider audience. The Reading line up this year really has exceeded all expectations!

Where? Little John's Farm, Richfield Avenue, Reading

When? 23rd – 25th August 2013

Who? Eminem, Green Day, Biffy Clyro, Fall Out Boy, Brand New, System of a Down, Chase and Status, The Lumineers, New Found Glory and many more. 

How much? £202.50

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The Dutch music festival featuring pop, rock, dance, metal, urban and indie acts. Lowlands has a lot more to offer including comedy and theatre performances, making this festival stand out from the crowd!

Where? Evenemententerrein, Walibi World, Biddinghuizen, The Netherlands

When? 16th – 18th August 2013

Who? Band of Horses, Bat for Lashes, Biffy Clyro, Bullet for my Valentine, Daughter, Editors, Slayer and many more. 

How much? €185 (Lowlands 2013 tickets are now sold out - so if this sounds like your kind of festival then make sure you’re online for the 2014 ticket release. Tickets are usually released in early February.)

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Global Gathering

A festival for all electronic and dance music lovers. Experience adrenaline filled nights that are out of this world and nightlife as you've never seen it before!

Where? Campden Road, Stratford Upon Avon

When? 26th – 27th July 2013

Who? Plan B, Rudimental, Ferry Corsten, Example, Katy B, Rita Ora, Wiley and many more.

How much? £120

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The festival that is home to all of the ravers out there. It is filled with sports such as skating and BMXing and packed with a shedload of big music names. So whether you’re watching the world class skaters or partying at the main stage, you’re guaranteed to have the time of your life.

Where? Bath and West Showground, Somerset

When? 11th - 13th July 2013

Who? Katy B, Nas, Hadouken, Monsta, Kids in Glass Houses, We are the Ocean, Loadstar, Andy C and many more. 

How much? £89

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Bestival covers a wide range of music genres and is considered more alternative and diverse than other festivals. Think “hippy” vibe and you’re halfway there. Bestival is well known for its fancy dress themed days (usually the Saturday of the festival). Unlike most commercialised festivals, Bestival offers a variety of free entertainment throughout the day, so there will never be a dull moment!

Where? Robin Hill Country Park, Newport, Isle of Wight

When? 5th – 8th September 2013

Who? Elton John, Snoop Dogg, Fatboy Slim, Franz Ferdinand, Bombay Bicycle Club, Disclosure, DJ Fresh and many more. 

How much? £190

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Written by: Bryony Whitlock


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