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

The Great Escape

The Great Escape

17th - 19th May 2018

Venues in Brighton

Download Festival

Download Festival

8th - 10th Jun 2018

Donington Park

Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight

21st - 24th Jun 2018

Seaclose Park, Newport,



9th - 10th Jun 2018

Heaton Park, Manchester

Barn On The Farm

Barn On The Farm

5th - 8th Jul 2018

Over Farm, Gloucestershire



6th - 8th Jul 2018

Finsbury Park, London

Show all 19 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

Virgin's Guide: Download Festival

Heading to Download Festival for the first time next year? Make sure you check out our Virgin's Guide to the rock and metal extravaganza.

Shy FX, High Contrast and more for first Shockout Festival

Holy Goof, Hype and Hazard also feature on the bass-heavy line up.

Gorgon City, Camelphat and Claptone added to We Are FSTVL line up

Mike Skinner, Sigma and Amelie Lens have also been added to the already ridiculous We Are FSTVL line up. Find out how to secure tickets.

Loopallu Festival will continue in 2018

The Scottish festival has decided to carry on for its 14th year following overwhelming support from the public.

Final headliner confirmed and tickets on sale for Download 2018

The huge name completes the headliners for Download Festival 2018 and tickets are available now.

Download announce massive name for second headliner

A huge artist has been confirmed to headline the monster celebration of all things heavy.

Other festival guides

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