You can’t buy happiness. But festival tickets are the next best thing. And there are a bunch of unreal festivals in July we’re dying to get to. Check out these July festivals to fill your month with serotonin.
Last updated: 26th Jun 2023
When we think summer, we think fun, booze, being carefree, and tunes. And music festivals are the place where all of that comes together.
Yep, with beautiful weather incoming and summer vibes thick in the air, July festivals are the place to be. Feeling it yet? We know you are. Here are the best festivals in July we can’t wait for.
NASS is a four-day festival held at the Bath and West Showground, which brings together 15,000 lovers of music, skating and BMXing to celebrate their lifestyle. Pitch your tent for a long weekend in the action sports and music world: purpose-built skate and bike parks and 5 stages of Dubstep, Drum and Bass, Punk and Rock.
This year's lineup is seriously stacked for fans of the rap genre, with superstar US rap group Wu-Tang Clan celebrating the 30th anniversary of 'Enter the Wu', alongside recent Mercury prize winner Little Simz, whose recent record since her win has only cemented her position as the Queen of Rap. With many other cult rap icons announced and a few more waiting eagerly in the sidelines; NASS in 2023 looks set to be a special one.
Between the massive music acts and the raw action sports professionals ruthlessly competing for gold, the festival's aim is to push boundaries. To ride or to party? You decide.
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If there’s any festival you can trust, it’s one that’s been nominated for an award titled Best Festival in the World.
From Mad Cool's first edition, they’ve brought the biggest names in music to Madrid. This year is looking as big as ever, with household names covering the lineup poster. Alongside those headliners, there’s Honey Dijon, Rina Sawayama, Paolo Nutini, and The Hu. So that’s electronic, metal, pop, indie, hip-hop, rock, and a splash of funk. And there are dozens more artists we’ve not even touched on, so every one of your mates is sure to have at least one artist they’re dying to see.
Interactive art installations, pop-up parties, waterfall plunge pools, workshops, a 13th-century painted castle, The magical Kelburn Garden Party festival is a cultural and artistic safari for the mind, body and soul, featuring a unique programme of music, art and entertainment spread throughout the ancient and spell-binding forest glen and gardens.
This family-friendly, independent event is bursting at the seams with creativity. Turning its back on the standard idea of what a festival should be, entertainment can be found, seen and heard in the most absurd of environments.
2023 sees the magical garden party returning for another year, and bringing it with a host of familiar music names - from London-based electronic music and visual art producer, Max Cooper to radio host and British house DJ Paulette, the legendary Ragga Twins with DJ Krucial, East African rising star Kampire and many more.
Anyone who loves to skank out in a field with their mates to some filthy tunes will love Bassfest. Going down in Sheffield, Bassfest boasts a pretty killer lineup with icons from drum and bass, house, bassline, and similar genres. Picture it: the sun sets, you finish your pint, and one of Shy FX, Andy C, or Hybrid Minds takes to the stage for a set that blows your mind with all the pyro. Lovely.
Sunderland's best pop party, Kubix, provides a much-needed injection of pure pop cheese for their joyous and carefree party that annually lights up the North East. Repeatedly bringing back pop icons from the older lots youth to come and get them moving like they used to when they were younger.
The Limneups are absolutely jam-packed with excellent throwbacks, especially in 2023. We're talking about Five, A1, The Sugababes, Blue, 911, Basshunter, and so much more. If you spend your nights out in Popworld, well you’ve probably already got tickets, but we can't remember a more well-catered cheesy pop lineup. So all rise, push the button, and get your tickets, we know it's all you ever wanted.
Arguably the champion of UK day festivals, MADE has been a widely-adored multi-genre electronic fest since its inception in 2014 with house, drum and bass, UKG, tech house, and more.
When you aren’t raving to the best names on the scene, you can get stuck into street food, street art displays, live demonstrations, and art installations. The team behind the fest have also promised the most ambitious production to date, so you know you’re in for a goodun.
Back again with a stunning lineup, the award-winning Rock Werchter brings hip hop, rock, alt rock, metal, indie, electronic, and pop tunes to Belgium. Straight off the bat, we’ve got some huge, iconic names in headline slots. And there are plenty of other killer artists on the lineup, like Squid, slowthai, Sam Fender, and Rufus Du Sol.
With a lineup like that, it’s going to be a hard one to top. And if the stunning lineup wasn’t enough to convince you, this Belgian festival has been praised in the past for great organisation with free earplugs, short queues, and easy access to water.
The world's biggest hip-hop festival is returning to the stunning Praia da Rocha beach in Portugal once again and, this one is set to be even better than the 2022 return. Last year's edition saw three huge headliners and other rising stars such as Jack Harlow, Rico Nasty, AJ Tracey, Flo Milli, and Central Cee.
However, 2023 looks absolutely stacked already, with some of the biggest names in the rap game coming down to Portugal and making a scene. The likes of Travis Scott, Meek Mill, Playboi Carti, Aitch, D-Block Europe, Gucci Mane, Kodak Black, JID, Joes Badass, Lil Uzi Vert, and Nines will be playing and there is even still more to come.
The crowd for this are always hardcore and the beachfront vibes are truly magical. So, if you are a huge hip-hop fan, and you and your pals are feeling a cheeky trip to Portugal for your summer festival this year, then it's hard to look past Rolling Loud.
Another event that dominates the festival season in Portugal is the mighty NOS Alive. The festival is adored far and wide by locals and foreigners alike thanks to its monster lineups that span across many genres, creating an interesting fest that keeps you on your feet and excited for the next artist. This year is looking as diverse as ever with metal, rock, pop, indie, RnB, electronic, garage, alternative and more.
From the huge rock superstars like Red Hot Chili Peppers and Arctic Monkeys, to the biggest pop stars on the planet in Sam Smith and Lizzo, to some stalwarts of the music world in The Black Keys and Queens of the Stone Age, NOS has it all, and the best part is they've still got more than half of the lineup to still be announced; basically, it can only get better!
One of the most impressive parts of Latitude Festival is the scale of the forest around it, enclosing and peering above all the tents below. A festival that's dedicated to greenery, Latitude has environmentally friendly initiatives such as bicycle hire, zero waste campsites and water refills.
Of course, no forest festival would be complete without stages dedicated to the scenery around it. And so, at Latitude, you will find six right in the heart of the forest and separate areas dedicated to theatre, art installations and more.
Plus, it's got an absolutely killer lineup. Returning Britpop icons Pulp are headlining one day, with the other two slots owned by Scottish Indie Soul darling Paolo Nutini, and pop icon George Ezra, plus elsewhere you'll get to see the likes of The Kooks, Metronomy, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, Black Midi tear up whatever stage they grace.
When: Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd July & Friday 28th - Sunday 30th July 2023
Where: Boom in Flanders, Belgium
Perhaps the biggest of all festivals in July, Tomorrowland is electronic music Mecca. The fest is huge, taking place over three weekends, and every year attracts thousands from all corners of the globe to celebrate multiple genres including EDM, dance, house, techno, hardstyle, and everything in between.
The momentous festival is known for its to-die-for lineups (just try combing through that image and tell us it isn't), crazy stages and immaculate vibes. It’s back again in 2023 and ready to knock some socks off, blow some minds, and leave hundreds of thousands of people with unforgettable memories of grooving and having the very best time with all their clothes pals.
After another excellent edition of Kubix Alternative Festival in 2022, the North East knees up is returning in 2023 yet again for its fifth year, with the team promising that the event is going to return bigger and better for this milestone year.
Headlining the festival will be the 80s pop icons, Squeeze, who alone should make you feel tempted. Alongside will be the, recently reformed, noughties indie rockers The Enemy; one half of Soft Cell, and the man who's gonna take hold of your heart, Marc Almond; as well as the 90s Madchester legends Inspiral Carpets, who complete a lineup that might finally make them less lonely. Get those tickets and head up to the best celebration of alternative music in the North East.
Rising out of northern Spain's stunning Basque country, Bilbao BBK Live is one of the world's most elevated and appealing outdoor music events, renowned amongst international festival-goers for its idyllic setting and always impressive programme of artists.
Offering a lofty escape from the constraints of everyday modern life, the festival, which is set on the side of Mount Cobetas, provides breathtaking panoramic views over the city of Bilbao below. In between performances from some of the world's biggest musical stars, punters can relax, taking in the rejuvenating and enchanting hillside location whilst being bathed by the temperate Mediterranean sun. Lush.
This fest welcomes indie, rock, electronic, pop, and more to perform to around 100,000 music fans, with Mount Cobetas standing beautifully in the background. In a stunning location with a smashing lineup (and did we mention it's nearby the beach?!), this fest has everything we want.
Europe’s biggest, wildest hip-hop festival will be back in July 2023, to welcome around 150,000 hip-hop-loving fans for a weekend of rap royalty. The festival has been running since 1985 and has grown exponentially to now consistently delivering the hardest lineups. If you have a passport and love hip-hop, keep your eye on this one.
This year's lineup is no exception to the rule, with the likes of Travis Scott, Aitch, Kendrick Lamar, Bonez MC & Raf Camora, BHC and Gazo set to perform, with many more yet to be announced.
If you’re thinking about attending Openair Frauenfeld, expect a brilliant lineup, crazy crowds, and pure fun. The 2022 edition looked like an unreal return after two years out of the game, and with a lineup as stacked as it is, 2023 is going to blow it out of the park.
We’d argue some of the best festivals are in July. And you can’t blame us; look at them! From the cracking artists to the stunning locations, these July festivals will be some of the most memorable of 2023.
Check out our What's On Guide to discover even more rowdy raves and sweaty gigs taking place over the coming weeks and months. For festivals, lifestyle events and more, head on over to our Things To Do page or be inspired by the event selections on our Inspire Me page.