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July was an action-packed month for festivals, with Latitude and T-in-the-Park the most standout affairs. Suffolk-based Latitude saw the mighty Kraftwerk flex their electro pecs with minimalistic beats and keyboard hits. T-in the Park saw the Killers and Mumford and Sons rock the Scottish highlands, with Rihanna providing the necessary pop support.
August is likely to be an even bigger month, with Reading and Leeds Festivals providing equal portions of rock and roll. This year hip hop legend Eminem will grace the stage, reminding us of the amazing career he has enjoyed since hitting the scene with ‘My Name is’.
Green Day will provide some 90s American-rock nostalgia, with their hits “Basket Case” and “When September Rains”, followed by the newer Scottish rock outfit Biffy Clyro. Supporting headliners include metal heads System of a Down, Nine Inch Nails, Chase and Status, Deftones and Foals.
Reading and Leeds will both take place from 23-25 August, with weekend camping tickets £202 plus booking fee.
Wilderness takes place near Oxford from 8-11 August in a beautiful country setting, providing an older audience with a quirky and eclectic mix of attractions, including Rodriguez, Empire of the Sun and Noah & The Whale.
The programme includes long table banquets, gourmet gastronomy and a cookery school, not a burger van or overflowing portaloo in sight! Wilderness takes place from 8-11 August with weekend tickets available at £146.50.
For tubthumping dance floor action, South West Four combines Ibiza DJs with a hard partying London crowd; make sure you pack your plastic shades and Manumission t-shirt. This year headliners include Example, Knife Party, Groove Armada, Eric Prydz, Sven Vath and Eric Morillo. Weekend and Saturday tickets are sold out, but you can still nab a Sunday 25th August entry for £52.50.
V Festival takes place from 17-18th August across two sites, Hylands Park in Chelmsford and Weston Park, Western-under-Lizard. This year’s poptastic event includes the usual appearances by Stereophonics, Kings of Leon and The Vaccines, together with Beyonce, The Script, Beady Eye and Jessie J. If the sun is shining this usually has a cracking atmosphere, weekend tickets cost £185.
Elsewhere Camp Bestival provides a warm up to September’s Bestival, from 1-4th August in Dorset, providing a wonderful weekend for young families. This beautiful festival includes appearances from The Levellers, DJ Fresh and Richard Hawley, together with live comedy, theatre and shows. Tickets are £190 for the whole weekend.
For electronica, check out Eastern Electrics at Knebworth House from August 2-5. This heavyweight line-up includes Kerri Chandler, Josh Wink, Moderat and Seth Trozier, providing a wealth of cutting edge house and techno.
Creamfields will also take place near Warrington from 23-25 August, including massive dance acts such as The Prodigy, Tiesto, David Guetta, Groove Armada and Paul Van Dyk.
Metal and goth-rock festival, Bloodstock, will include Slayer, Anthrax, Dying Fetus and 3 Inches of Blood; Y Not Festival provides a more indie feel with The Horrors, The Cribs, Mystery Jets and The Enemy. Elsewhere Boomtown Fair provides ska, reggae and dub, with Foreign Beggars, Lee Scratch Perry and Calyx and Teebee. For 80s nostalgia, head to Rewind, which includes The B-52s, Chesney Hawkes and Belinda Carlise.
Remember that festivals can create dangerous levels of sound without some simple precautions; noise can rise up to 120dB, deemed safe for less than five minutes, particularly if you stand close to the stage.
Make sure you invest in a set of festival earplugs, allowing you to enjoy the music without risking damage to your hearing in the long term.