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The Ultimate Festival Guide: 2018

The Ultimate Festival Guide: 2018

Festival season is fast approaching, and with no glasto this year it’s time to see what else the UK has to offer. 

Reading and Leeds

What: Reading and Leeds Festival takes place in two different locations over four days in August. It usually hosts rock and punk bands yet over the years has swung towards the more mainstream side of things. You can usually move in on Wednesday if you are camping and stay till Sunday. Weekend and day tickets are available and the music starts officially on Friday. The festival also hosts forest raves and dance tents alongside their live music.

Where: Leeds festival takes place in Bramham Park and Reading happens in Greenfield Avenue Park.

When: 24-26th August 2018.

How much? Weekend Camping, £205, Day Ticket, £70.


What: Boomtown pride themselves on their ability to deliver a startling amount of diversity in their music. According to them, you can be swaying to some folk one second and then dancing to some drum and bass the next. The whole festival is absolutely massive and spread across nine different districts, so there is lots to explore! It’s a little tricky to get tickets, you have to register and try your luck! It’s worth it though, trust me.

Where: South Downs National Park, Hampshire.

When: 9-12th August.

How much? Camping tickets come in at nearly £250, the first wave of them are sold out.


What: A festival by the sea! Boardmasters takes place in Cornwall and generally offer a wide range of indie, dance and folk music, from Catfish and the Bottlemen through to live DJ sets. There are also surfing competitions that go on all weekend.

Where: Newquay, Cornwall.

When: 8-12th August.

How much? You can get standard weekend camping tickets for around £160, although there are lots of other options, from a camper van package through to a VIP experience!


What: Bestival boasts themselves as the most colourful and vibrant festival in the UK, hosting a chilled line-up of London Grammar, Silk City, and MIA. Bestival also hosts an incredible amount of dance tents and DJ sets that tend to be the main reason for so many people to attend.

Where: Dorset, Lulworth Estate.

When: 2-5th August.

How much? Adult weekend, £160.


What: Download Festival is a five day heavy rock and metal affair taking place in Donnington Park, Derby. Dubbed as the UK’s premier rock festival, it hosts the likes of Guns and Roses, Ozzy Osbourne, Baby Metal, Neck Deep, You Me At Six and Bullet for My Valentine.

Where: Donnington Park, Derby.

When: 8-10th June.

How much? There are a lot of options! Your standard five day camping ticket comes in at £210, quite a bargain for five days!


What: Latitude is definitely a pop and indie festival, hosting a line-up of The Killers, The Vaccines, Wolf Alice and ALT-J. Taking place over three four days in Suffolk with music commencing on Saturday, you can also enjoy some lake swimming whilst waiting for the music to start!

Where: Henham Park, Suffolk.

When: 12-15th July.

How much? A weekend camping will cost you £200, whilst day tickets come in at £80.

Green Man

What: Green Man festival is a festival for all ages, with a variety of different activities for children, teens, young adults and beyond. They also host events such as theatre and literature, debates and live talks, comedy stand up and visual arts activities. Their line up ranges from Fleet Foxes through to King Tuff.

Where: The Breacon Beacons.

When: 16-19th August.

How much? Adult weekend ticket £180, student weekend ticket £155.

Isle of Wight

What: This is a two day long festival hosting pop and electronic dance acts! The location is a little tricky to get to, but the festival run brilliant discounts for students, knocking around £30 off the ticket price if you have a NUS card. Great!

Where: The Isle of Wight!!

When: 21-24th June

How much? A weekend ticket will cost you £209, although if you are a student it will only cost £175! Day tickets come in at £65.


What: Wilderness Festival Hosts a variety of different activities for you to partake in, from music acts and talks, through to wellbeing workshops, yoga and theatre! It is definitely a different festival in terms of activity, although the same ethos remains, hanging with friends, enjoying good food and good experiences. You can even give the boutique camping a try!

Where: Cornbury Park, Oxford.

When:  2nd-5th August.

How much? General camping comes in at £180 for the whole festival, although there are many options, from boutique camping to meadow camping! So check it out.

Elizabeth Whittingham Elizabeth is a history graduate currently working in content and communications.