UK Festivals

UK Music Festivals / UK Festivals Accommodation / Other Types of UK Festivals / Festivals Abroad 

The UK Festivals scene is the brightest it has ever been, with more choice and more events on these shores than ever before. We can boast world class gatherings like Glastonbury and Bestival (check out what happened at the latter below) alongside new contenders such as Love Saves the Day, making for a globally renownded scene of epic proportions.

Whether you want a classic blood and thunder mix of bands or a smorgasbord of haute couture food and craft ales, there's a litany of options available for everyone from the festival newcomer to even the savviest of veterans. 

UK Music Festivals

The strength of diversity of our tastes has led to a beautifully varied selection of UK Music Festivals, with many doing glorious jobs of hitting a number of genres whilst others cover specific niches perfectly. This year the cream of the music industry will perform on these shores, as evidenced by the selection of artists in our Sound of UK festivals 2015 spotify playlist below

Ravers can get lost in an abyss of choices in our dance music festivals section, with guitar music fiends equally well fed in their realm. You can find your perfect music festival via our Festival Finder tool, which helps you select the perfect criteria for your experience of what you want out of the event.


Upcoming UK Festivals

Liverpool Sound City

Liverpool Sound City

27th - 28th May 2017

Clarence Dock, Liverpool

Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight

8th - 11th Jun 2017

Seaclose Park, Newport,

Southport Weekender Festival

Southport Weekender Festival

10th Jun 2017

Finsbury Park, London

Download Festival

Download Festival

9th - 11th Jun 2017

Donington Park



21st - 25th Jun 2017

Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset



7th - 9th Jul 2017

Finsbury Park, London

Show all 20 UK Festivals

UK Festivals Accommodation

For many the festival experience wouldn't be authentic if you didn’t spend it in a tent, but this is by no means the only option available in this day and age. Here’s a few alternatives to the standard pitch a tent choice - click on each link to find festivals that allow for it or offer them as a ticket option 


Luxury VIP Camping

On-site Apartments / Chalets



See our full recommendations in Skiddle’s guide to accommodation at festivals

Other Types of UK Festivals

Festivals aren’t just focused on music. There’s Food Festivals, Beer Festivals, Comedy Festivals, Comic Book Festivals - pretty much every type of interest across our culture has an event which celebrates it. There’s even an abundance of chilli festivals celebrating the power of taste driven heat; check out the video to North East Chilli Festival below

Whether you just fancy a change from the standard festival experience or have a thirst for a specific passion, festivals provide the perfect chance for you to indulge that passion or passing interest with equal aplomb.

Festivals beyond the UK

Fancy something a little further afield? The selection of European/Overseas festivals in our guide has a mixture of UK ran events and more exotic choices, enabling you to recreate the UK experience with more certainty of the weather or discover something completely new and exciting.

Latest UK Festivals News

The Festival Experience with... Eddy Temple Morris

Henry Lewis sat down with the highly established tastemaker as he shared a plethora of festival memories.

Five Of The Best Acts at Camden Rocks 2017

Heading to Camden on Saturday 3rd June? Here's the five acts we think you should catch.

Five of the best acts at Field Day 2017

We've handpicked the finest acts coming to Victoria Park on Saturday 3rd June.

EH6 Festival 2017 brings great music and cuisine to Leith in October

The festival takes over ten venues in Leith between Saturday 21st - Sunday 22nd October.

The Festival Experience with... ABC

Henry Lewis spoke to Martin Fry about outrageous outfits, the longevity of '80s pop and his passion for cycling ahead of this year's Eroica Britannia.

Saint Etienne interview: A Homecoming

Marko Kutlesa spoke to lead singer Sarah Cracknell to talk Pedro Almodóvar, Queens Park Rangers and swerving the Britpop tag.

Other festival guides

Here's some more festival info to help you plan your summer. Or why not skip directly to our Festival Finder?