Music Festivals

This year’s unmissable music festivals

Tickets for Glastonbury may have disappeared in a matter of moments, but if you were looking forward to rocking out in a field this summer, don’t despair: Britain is famous for its music festivals, and there are plenty of great options out there.

Whether you’re into indie, drum and bass, heavy metal or pop, today there seem to be hundreds of festivals to choose from depending on your location and budget. These four very different festivals promise to be unmissable in 2013:


The Isle of Wight’s foremost music festival is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. It’s all about fancy dress here, with the festival picking up the 2005 Guinness World Record for the largest number of people wearing fancy dress at one event. There are some pretty great acts too – with Snoop Dogg, MIA and Elton John headlining, it’s definitely worth the £180 price tag.

Rock Ness

Set amongst the breathtaking scenery of the Scottish Highlands, Rock Ness is known as “the most beautiful music festival in the world”. With an eclectic collection of artists, including Plan B and Madness, there’s something for everyone; from ravers to indie shoegazers. The festival also boasts its own comedy stage, so you can relax with a drink while Jim Jefferies and Dylan Moran get the audience giggling.

Secret Garden Party

The secret’s slowly getting out about this fabulous independent festival set in the grounds of a Cambridgeshire mansion. Launched as an alternative to the more “mainstream” festivals, the Secret Garden Party has gone from strength to strength. The full line-up is yet been announced, although acts including Soulwax and David Icke have been confirmed. This is the perfect festival if you want to see and be seen, so browse’s great range of maxi dresses, get yourself a pair of designer wellies, and enjoy.


As well as music and revelry, Wakestock adds another element into the mix: a world class wakeboarding competition. This fast growing water sport combines surfing, snowboarding and water skiing techniques. Although the festival is just entering its sixth year, it attracts big names from the music industry. The line-up for 2013 has not yet been announced, but last year Calvin Harris and Ed Sheeran headlined the West Stage, while pop punk band All American Rejects took over the East Stage

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