Not going to Glasto? You had to be pretty quick off the mark to score a ticket to this legendary festival. Thankfully, there are now plenty of alternatives that offer just as much opportunity to escape for a weekend of well-known headliners, beer and original entertainment. So if you’re still deciding on your plans for the summer, check out our pick of the 5 best summer festivals with tickets available now.
1. Wireless Festival, London, 3-5 July 2015
Best for: A festival atmosphere without the hassle of camping (plus the best of urban and dance music).
Who’s playing? From Drake and Rita Ora to Mary J Blige and Ms Dynamite, Wireless Festival 2015 features some of the best urban and dance artists around.
Why you should go? It’s one of the only chances you’ll get to see rapper Drake perform in the UK this year. Plus you don’t have the faff of having to set up camp before you hit the main stage.
2. T In The Park, Perthshire, 10-12 July 2015
Best for: Die-hard music fans of every genre.
Who’s playing? This year’s musical mix of artists sees Kasabian, David Guetta, The Script, Stereophonics and Paloma Faith taking to one of the many stages over the weekend.
Why you should go? With six areas dedicated to music, there’s no room for complaint from your mate who’s a bit of a muso. You’ll also be one of the first to experience T In The Park in its spectacular new home of Strathallan Castle. And did we mention there’s a big wheel? Just saying.
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3. Latitude Festival, Suffolk, 16-19 July 2015
Best for: Culture and watching musical idols from every decade.
Who’s playing? This year’s line-up includes Manic Street Preachers, The Vaccines, Wolf Alice and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.
Why you should go? It’s not all about the music. With a comedy tent, evening caberet and pop-up restaurant from London eatery Blixen, there’s plenty to drag you away from the campsite. Rain or shine, you may even be tempted to take a dip in the lake so remember to pack your swimming shorts.
4. Wilderness Festival, Oxfordshire, 6-9 August 2015
Best for: Food, banquets and parties.
Who’s playing? With Bjork headlining the Friday evening and Ben Howard playing on the Sunday, this year’s line-up is looking pretty hot. DJ Harvey is also making an appearance in The Hidden Valley.
Why you should go? Even if you’re not a huge fan of Bjork, watching the Icelandic artist could be interesting. There’s also an entire area called The Dining Room, which plays host to pop-ups from some of the hippest food places in the UK. Forget the standard festival fodder, this is your chance to munch on top quality burger and chips.
5. Bestival Festival, Isle of Wight, 10-13 September 2015
Best for: Dancefloors, dance music, hot tubs and a weekend adventure.
Who’s playing? Dance fans rejoice as The Chemical Brothers, Duran Duran, Underworld, Mark Ronson and more are all signed up to play at Bestival.
Why you should go? See above. If you want a weekend of dance music, entertainment and spectacular shows, then head to Bestival. Feeling adventurous? The festival is offering off-site activities such at sea kayaking and paddle boarding for those who want to show off their prowess with a paddle. Round-off the festival season by heading to Bestival 2015.
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