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Top festivals to go to 2016

5 festivals you should have in you diary

It finally looks like summer has arrived and ’tis the season for festivals.

But with such a wide variety available which ones should you get tickets for? With probably 2 or more of your must see’s playing at everyone festival it can be hard to choose. Here’s our round up of the top 5 that are left for the year.

1. Boom Town Fair

11-14 August

Winchester

Headliners: Madness, Damian Marley

If you want your festival to be a bit mad and draw a vibrant crowd, BoomTown is it. Consisting of nine districts with a different genre at each, you are sure to find something to suit your mood. Notorious for drawing in a huge drum and bass following its almost a pilgrimage for DnB fans.

 

2. South West Four

27-28 August

Clapham Common, South West London

Headliners: Rudimental, Chemical Brothers, Knife Party

With a huge turn up from the EDM world South West Four brings the best of house, techno, minimal, trance and electronica. Based in South West London its incredibly easy to get to, you’d be a fool to drive. Massive open air shows in the day and after parties galore into the night, why would you need to sleep?

 

3. Boardmasters

10-14 August

Newquay, Cornwall

Headliners: Deadmau5, Chase & Status, Catfish and the Bottlemen

The ultimate surf and skate festival. Situated on Fistral Beach & Watergate Bay it boasts a huge line up of the best boarders in the world – whether they are surfers or skaters. The kings of folk, dance, hip hop, whatever really, play the soundtrack. A more chilled vibe than most festivals and if the weather is right its like no other. We adore it so its certainly in our diary’s.

 

4. Bestival

8-11 September

Newport, Isle of Wight

Headliners: The Cure, Major Lazer, Hot Chip

It’s won more awards than years its been going, the clue is in the name….itsss Bestival and its certainly one that should be on your bucket list. Each year Robert John Gorham (or Rob da Bank to most) manages to wrangle massive names that you will rarely see perform, let alone in front of thousands on the Isle of Wight. But its not just about the music, collective fancy dress themes, great food and such attractions as ‘The worlds largest bouncy castle’ ensures there is plenty of fun to be had.

 

5. Reading and Leeds

26-28 August

Little John’s Farm & Bramham Park

Headliners: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foals, Disclosure 

This is the classic festival. For most it will be there first and for many its been the one they go every year. The lineup might be the same in the north and the south but trust us, that’s where the similarities end. Depending on where your located will probably dictate where you go but both have there own culture and atmosphere and you should certainly attend both at least once. It began life in Leeds as a jazz festival and then transformed into primarily being a rock festival. Now in 2016 they have Disclosure as a headliner. You’ll find Everything from metal to folk, hip hop to comedy, all bases are firmly covered.

So there are plenty of festivals throughout the UK to left to attend but if you have any suggestions feel free to comment below.

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