With the limitlessly depressing void of 2016 at an end, 2017 symbolises a fresh new beginning. With this comes the refreshing prospect of this summers music festivals. As part of out 2017 festival guide, we preview some of our favourites whilst also glimmering back to our favourite moments from last years instalment:
One cannot argue with the fact that Glastonbury is perhaps the greatest festival of them all. Whilst some recent headliners and price increases may have raised eyebrows, it still remains the most prominent music festival in the UK by far.
Despite a relatively small resale, tickets for this years events have already sold out and line up preparations are already well underway. The only confirmed name so far come in the form of Radiohead, who least headlined the festival in 2003. Despite this, it was their first headline set in 1997 which is often heralded as one of the festivals’ greatest performances of all time. Other rumoured headliners include Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Lady Gaga and The Stone Roses.
What is perhaps the most fascinating aspect of the festival is the diverse range of non musical activities on offer ranging from circus acts to live poetry and intriguing entertainment spaces; Glastonbury truly is a world class festival.
Date: 21-25 June 2017
Location: Worthy Farm, Pilton
Tickets: Sold Out
Confirmed Acts: Radiohead
Check out The Last Shadow Puppets perform “Moonage Daydream” at Glastonbury 2016 below:
Whilst Rock Werchter boasts a similar attendance figure to Glastonbury, it’s atmosphere and vibe could not possibly be more different. In terms of acts, the Belgian festival boasts one of Europe’s greatest mainly due to its booking policy.
Whilst it lacks pure, unknown talent and smaller stages, such money is wisely invested into bringing world renowned musical talent to the small town. Already announced headliners include Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Linkin Park and Arcade Fire, with over 90 more acts still to be announced across three stages and four days.
Along with this is the healthy evening entertainment and attractions which the festival boasts. Whether it be in campsites or the festival arena itself, Rock Werchter cleverly provides numerous spaces for nightlife activities to commence, during and after the generous cut off times it gives its headliners.
Date: 29 June-2 July 2017
Location: Werchter, Belgium
Confirmed Acts: Radiohead, Linkin Park, Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon (Amongst Others)
Check out Tame Impala perform “Let It Happen” at Rock Werchter 2016 below:
Reading & Leeds:
Perhaps the most iconic Rock festival in the world, Reading & Leeds Festival no longer relies solely on the one genre. Instead, the famous festival depends upon a diverse amalgamation of different genres in order to provide a larger, well rounded experience.
Usually dubbed as a paradise for those first leaving school and college, R&L’s 2017 edition already boasts a stellar line up. Muse return for the first time since 2011 as headliners, alongside Major Lazer and Glass Animals. Whilst much of the bill still remains undecided, popular rumours include returns for Kasabian and Eminem.
Date: 25-27 August 2017
Location: Richfield Avenue (Reading) / Bramham Park (Leeds)
Confirmed Acts: Muse, Major Lazer, Bastille, Glass Animals, Danny Brown
Check out Red Hot Chilli Peppers perform “Dark Necessities” at Reading Festival 2016 below:
Of all the UK’s festivals, Y Not is by far the most affordable, oozing a clear value for money. In recent years it has seen substantial growth and investment allowing them to attract world renowned names such as Noel Gallagher, Madness and Catfish and the Bottlemen.
Whilst this years lineup is still yet to be released one can assume that it will follow a similar path to that of recent years. The most promising aspect of this being strenuous attention to the exposure of smaller, lesser known bands as part of the impressive ‘This Feeling’ set up.
In addition to this, the festival is set amongst the fine setting of Derbyshire’s Peak District, which weather permitting provides the perfect location for a celebration of summer, music and culture.
Date: 27-30 July 2017
Location: Pikehall, Derbyshire
Check out Noel Gallagher perform “Champagne Supernova” at Y Not Festival 2016 below:
Best Kept Secret:
Staying true to its name, Best Kept Secret is Holland’s vibrant woodland escape. Best described as a medium sized festival set amongst beautiful lands not far from Tilburg the festival is a true form of tranquility and culture.
2017s edition already boasts Radiohead and Arcade Fire to its name, with many more names from a diverse range of genres still to be announced. In comparison to previous years such a strong opening announcement provides evidence for an incredibly strong eventual line up.
Date: 16-18 June
Location: Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands
Confirmed Acts: Radiohead, Arcade Fire
Check out Ratboy perform “Move” at Best Kept Secret 2016 below:
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